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Need A Book Ghostwriter? Or A Reviewer?

Feb 1, 2008
You have a great idea for a book, but simply do not have the literary prowess or talent to transfer your idea to the written page. If that is the case, you need the services of a good ghostwriter. Here are some ideas on where to find ghostwriters and how to enter into a business arrangement with one.

Book ghostwriting requires someone who has a writing style that compliments the tone and feels that you anticipate with the finished work.

That means you want someone who has a demonstrated track record with ghostwriting and someone who understands where you are coming from.

The right ghostwriter will be someone who can ideally spend time with you and talk with you about your hopes and dreams for the project, as well as help organize your thoughts and edit them into a cohesive work worthy of publication.

Finding the right ghostwriter requires that you first look in the right places and then do some interviewing of your own. A good way to start is to contact agents who represent successful ghostwriters and arrange to meet with writers who have experience with the type of book you want to write.

Keep in mind you will pay top dollar when going through an agent, but the end result is that you may very well have an agent who is willing to pitch the finished product to the appropriate publishing houses.

You can also advertise for book ghostwriters online at various web sites devoted to writers and freelance writing projects.

Chances are you will encounter persons who are just beginning to break into the ghostwriting end of the profession. The advantages are those persons will likely be very eager to succeed and be quite willing to work with you.

They will also often be willing to work for a flat fee or at least a more modest weekly stipend. Pay will depend a great deal on how much work is involved.

Be prepared to pay at least a few hundred dollars for relatively light projects and several thousand dollars for more comprehensive projects, plus expenses if airfare or other matters come into play.

Many people have a gift of wring great copy, but are not so great when it comes to editing his or her own work.

If you fall into that category, then you may want to outsource your editing needs to a freelance editor. Here are some ideas on how to find the right candidates for your editing jobs, how much to pay, and what type of turnaround you should expect.

With the work at home movement in full swing, there are a number of freelance editors who are able to work with copy for just about anything from brochures to web sites to print media. When you are talking about hiring a freelance editor on a per project basis, chances are you will pay at least $25.00 per billable hour.

Make sure you have a ceiling for the number of hours that you will fund for the project. An alternative is to offer a per page rate, or even a flat rate for the project.

Regardless of the way you choose to structure the compensation, make sure you always include a deadline that is reasonable and will still allow you time to work your magic at your end.

Finding qualified persons to do your editing can be done online or off-line. Advertising locally will probably provide you with persons who can pick up a manuscript and return it with you with corrections and notes personally. The advantage of this arrangement is that the two of you can discuss any changes face to face if necessary.

Online, you can engage with a number of services for anything from a flat monthly fee to a per project fee. There are also job boards online where you can advertise for freelance editors, either for an ongoing working relationship or for a specific project.

However you choose to advertise the availability of your editing project, make sure your ad sets reasonable expectations as far as the type of project, the amount of time it will take, and the pay.

Being clear on the perimeters for the project will allow interested persons to determine if they are qualified and if they can deliver the finished edits in the time frame you require.
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