How to Write Like a Pro With the Help of a Ghostwriter

ghostwriting Apr 22, 2022
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by Cris Yeager


Hiring someone to ghostwrite on your behalf can seem like an overwhelming thought if you’ve never done it before. In fact, it may seem downright scary, especially if you’re not exactly sure how to get started or where to look for such a writer! But don’t worry — we’re here to tell you why hiring a ghostwriter is one of the smartest things you can do to help make sure that you meet your publishing goals and deadlines to get your project out there into the world and share it with the people who need to hear what you have to say.

What a ghostwriter does
A ghostwriter, also known as a professional writer, is an expert writer that takes on work from clients. The term ghostwriter is pretty self-explanatory: they write on behalf of another person or business (your company). It's important to know that your ghostwriter can never publish your material without written permission, otherwise, it will be considered copyright infringement. A ghostwriter can be used for several different types of writing - nonfiction, fiction, copywriting, web content, blogging, screenplays and more. Even social media managers are ghostwriters if they are curating statuses! 

Difference between the writer and the author
The term writer is typically used interchangeably with the author, but there are distinct differences between these two roles when it comes to ghostwriting. However, being an author doesn't necessarily mean you're the writer. The writer either has a solid idea, outline or some written work already completed when they decide they may need a ghostwriter to finish the job for whatever reason.

Once a writer hires a ghostwriter to assist them, the writer behind the original idea becomes the author of said written pieces even though they have done only partial work thus far. The ghostwriter gets no credit for the writing. They simply get paid for their service.

The author's responsibilities
The author should gather as much material as possible to help the ghostwriter understand. Topic/headline ideas, a detailed outline and any research done should be given to the ghostwriter.

An author needs to know exactly what the responsibilities are when it comes to a ghostwriter's writing assignments. The writer is not there just to help - they do their own work. Be specific about your expectations and how you want things handled. 

You will still be required to put in time composing high-quality text that reflects who you are and what makes you unique. It's simply an opportunity for someone else to do some - or all - of that work for you while simultaneously expanding their skillset!

The writer's responsibilities
The responsibilities of a ghostwriter include curating headlines, research, writing and editing. With the help of the hiring author, the writer may have ideas and an outline in place already. This allows the writer to do any necessary research, write the content and edit it properly for finishing.

You must understand what a ghostwriter can and cannot do for you. A writer can give voice to your thoughts and ideas, craft fresh words that capture your message and help tell your story. A ghostwriter does not replace the author as the writer, they are simply a paid tool for getting the job done.

Write like a pro
A ghostwriter is an experienced writer that helps you create your best work. It's time to put down your thoughts without fear. Stop trying to fit everything into your own style and make room for someone else's expertise. At its core, ghostwriting is about collaboration between two or more people who are working toward common goals. A good ghostwriter will treat you as their number one priority and help unload some of your writing burdens so you can focus on what matters most: delivering stellar content for your readership! This notion transforms an author into a writing pro and an expert in their niche.

Making the right choice
If necessary, write down everything in an agreement or contract so that both parties understand their obligations and work responsibilities. You can even consider hiring an attorney to draw up a legal document if you have concerns about how your ghostwriter will handle your content. This is also helpful if you plan on using third-party content (like press releases) as well as other copyrighted material from other sources. And don't forget - once you've hired your ghostwriter, it's important to communicate regularly throughout the process so they know what you're looking for and how to deliver it. After all, they need to be able to write just like YOU would!