Time Management as a Ghostwriter

ghostwriting Oct 05, 2022
Time Management as a Ghostwriter: A hand holding a gold analog clock.

by Cris Yeager


Being a ghostwriter, time is your most precious resource. Without any money to spend on your own project, you'll fail to sell as many books, thus you won't make as much money. Given this, it's of great importance that you develop good time management skills as a ghostwriter, so that you're meeting deadlines and increasing your income.

Your job as a ghostwriter is to create content that adds value to your client's lives, so the quality of your work is important as well as meeting their deadlines. Time management does not have any hard and fast rules, but there are a few tricks to maximize each moment. The following tips will help you schedule your time effectively so that you can fulfill client expectations while also achieving your own goals.

Work schedule management
It’s easiest to stay organized if you schedule time for all your tasks and clients. You can do this by creating blocks of time for each on your calendar. It seems like an easy thing to keep a calendar, but the timing when you're juggling a few deadlines—that’s just one more reason to work on good time management. The more organized you are, the easier it is to make appointments and attend interviews and follow-ups. 

You'll likely be working on several different projects for a variety of clients. If you're managing one or many, it's important to determine what tasks need to be completed each day so that your priorities are in line with their expectations and you can stay productive.

Take time out for socializing and self-care to keep your morale up through busy weeks and do not let your schedule dictate what you do! The good news is that there are a wide variety of tools out there to help you stay organized and keep your schedule straight. You can also use Google Calendar if you want a web-based tool.

Client meetings and communication
When you schedule a meeting with a client, typically, it's a collaborative process. Put aside a block of time in your calendar and avoid scheduling it at a time when you know there's something else that might interrupt it. It might be a good idea to see if they have a preferred time, as well as your availability. If they say no, ask them what other day would work better or when they might be available. With luck, it won't take more than three or four conversations before setting up an initial session. by having a chance to get to know their work schedule, personalities, etc., you will be better prepared and confident in booking the actual appointment.

Project deadlines
If you are a ghostwriter with no other duties, you still need to finish your work on time. Don't let procrastination stop you. If you hit a snag, break up whatever project or task is holding you back into smaller pieces and make new deadlines for each piece. Deadlines are sacred-don't miss them! Not finishing a project on time is an easy way to lose a client.

Writing faster is not the answer
The temptation, when one is running behind, is to hurry up and rush through it. This does not, however, make for good writing. A more efficient method of writing a paper would be to dedicate more time to research and self-editing so you have a head start on your paper before actually starting the writing process. Therefore, if you don't have the time to research, outsource some of your tasks. Hiring research assistants will allow you to focus more on composing and shaping your own work.

Family, work and more
You can get close to balancing work and life. List your personal priorities in order of importance. The top priority for most people is family, but hobbies, fitness goals, social activities, and volunteering may also rank high. Are you experiencing work-life balance issues? If so, determine how much additional effort it will take to achieve it. Make time for fun when things are slow, but don't let it interfere with your next big project.

Manage ghostwriting time like a boss!
It's not only a creative pursuit; it's also a business. As a freelance ghostwriter, you need clients to continue writing-and you would probably want to have as many clients as possible if you want to work full-time. These time-tested tips will help you keep them, give them great work quickly, and maintain quality control over every project they work on with you. To allow for future opportunities and to create positive relationships, you should conclude your ghostwriting work professionally.