What if you have the ideas, concept or first rough draft of your book or manuscript, but just don’t know how to make it all come together professionally?

That’s when you need a professional ghostwriter to help make your dream a reality. A ghostwriter can help you, whether you want a ghostwriter for a memoir or an original draft rewritten for better flow and consistency. I have helped ghostwrite memoirs for a collection of elderly residents at a retirement home, for the sole purpose that they wanted their lives documented for their families. I’ve also helped ghostwrite a monster of a book, which bridge the gap between memoir/legal textbook/self-help guide. In short, it dealt with child abduction laws and the author was father whose children had been kidnapped. His case was so rare that it was often used in case studies.

Many people get nervous when it comes to hiring a ghostwriter, and it makes sense. It can be a daunting task thinking about “where will we start?” “how much will it cost?” “how long will it take?”

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But a professional ghostwriter guides you through the steps of how to create a book, so that you don’t have to. The key steps involve: planning, execution and completion. Your job is to make decisions and communicate your vision and material to the ghostwriter. It’s the ghostwriter for hire that writes it.

Here are five tips to finding the perfect ghostwriter for you:

 

1. Experience

Your ghostwriter should be experienced in the type of work you want to create, whether it is a prior history in that field, or a published manuscript in that subject. You ghostwriter will ask you who your target audience is, why you want to write the book, and will always have both parties sign clear contract agreement—just to name a few of the early steps.

 

2. Flexibility

You don’t have time, and that’s obviously why you are hiring the ghostwriter in the first place. So the ghostwriter you hire should understand that and be able to work around your schedule, meeting when you can meet and being patient with your revisions.

 

3. A Method to The Madness

The ghostwriter should have several suggestions on hand about different styles and working methods to see what works best for you. Some to consider: 1. You (the author) writes alone, and then the ghostwriter organizes and edits the material. 2. You speak into a digital recorder and then the ghostwriter transcribes and edits it. 3. The ghostwriter interviews you and transcribes everything.

 

4. Voice

Obviously you want the ghostwriter to be able to authentically represent your voice. This is technically written by you, so when your close family and friends read it they should feel like they are hearing you talk to a certain extent. You should be able to realize if the ghostwrite can represent your voice or not after reading a few pages of the transcribed and edited material.

 

5. Understand That Revision Takes Time

It’s completely natural that the ghostwriter will write and revise, write and revise, at least two or three times before the finished draft. The ghostwriter should also have different methods for this as well. Usually, the ghostwriter crafts one draft and then provides it to client for revisions, who answers questions and suggests changes.