I ghostwrite copy for many clients because they're too busy to write the copy, or aren't comfortable expressing themselves. The projects can be short -- a letter or an article for example. Or a project can be extensive: a client may want a book that he can promote and sell.
A ghostwriter can write an entire project, coming up with the idea, researching it, and writing the copy, or can edit previously written copy. Many clients send tapes of seminars or course material that they want me to turn into a book.
I'm asked a variety of questions about ghosting, including:
Q: Who owns the final material?
A: You do -- it's work done for hire, so you own all rights in the work. You own all the drafts and the final copy.
Q: My idea is special -- you won't steal it?
A: No. Professional copywriters value their reputation. They work with many clients, and usually sign non-disclosure agreements to protect both themselves and the client. You're assured of complete confidentiality.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: That depends on the project -- the length of the project, and the amount of research.
Q: I've got an idea for a book. Can you help me to get it published?
A: Yes, I'm happy to develop a nonfiction book proposal for you, and if you wish, to work on getting an agent and publisher for your proposed book. (Please note: I don't ghostwrite fiction.)