Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Know When to Call a Ghostwriter

Today I have a great guest post by Dan Poynter, the savvy author of the Self-Publishing Manual. Every writer knows how difficult and time consuming it is to write effective content and stories, whether fiction or non-fiction. But, some authors may not have the necessary skills to create an effective and engaging story.

Know When to Call a Ghostwriter
by Dan Poynter

You do not have to be a writer to be an author.

According to a recent New York Times article, “On any given week, up to a half of the books on any non-fiction best-seller list are written by someone other than the name on the book.” The reason is simple: being an expert, an eyewitness, or a celebrity does not necessarily mean that
one is also a skilled writer/communicator. Enter the ghostwriter.

Ghosts typically work for four kinds of clients. One is the expert, who writes to preserve and share his or her knowledge. Another has an extraordinary first-person experience to relate. The third is a celebrity or aspiring celebrity, who wants a book to memorialize or launch a career.
The fourth has a fictional story to tell, but not the necessary storytelling skills.

You don't think Lee Iacocca wrote those two best-selling books all by himself? Iacocca is the author; it is his information, but he does not have time to be a writer.

“Writing is the toughest thing I’ve ever done.”
—Richard M. Nixon, 37th president of the United States.

The ghostwriter fills in for any skill or knowledge that the author lacks. In return for their expertise, ghosts are typically paid a cash fee plus a percentage of the author’s royalties. In return, the ghost takes a vow of perpetual silence.

If you are not a fully-skilled writer, but have expert knowledge or an extraordinary experience to share, or seek to launch or enhance your image, that’s when you should call a ghostwriter.

Dan Poynter does not want you to die with a book still inside you. You have the ingredients and he has your recipe. Dan has written more than 100 books since 1969 including Writing Nonfiction and The Self-Publishing Manual. For more help on book writing, see
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