Next week's theme in Fab Freelance Writing Ezine is: "Write for Others as a Ghostwriter – and Get Paid Well".
Here's an excerpt from the Editorial:
A ghostwriter is someone who writes specifically so that someone else can put their name on the book, or article. Usually ghostwriting refers to print books and articles, but over the past few years the term has been used more loosely, to refer to anyone who writes anything for others.
Why act as a ghostwriter?
Essentially because it's highly profitable. Most celebrity books are written by ghostwriters, and depending on the celebrity and the experience and abilities of a ghostwriter, you can be paid up to the high six figures for the book.
Everyday ghosting deals are much more mundane.
A friend ghosts romance novels and mysteries, and he's paid around $20,000 per book. He needs to turn out several of these a year, but it's no problem for him because he loves to write, and he doesn't care whose name is on the book.
That's the thing about ghostwriting: it involves lots of writing, and if you want to see your name on your stuff, you're probably not temperamentally suited to it.
Over the term of my career, I've ghosted several books, and have written the proposals (outline and first three chapters) for many more. I enjoy writing, and I don't particularly care whose name is on the cover, so I'm fine with it.
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