What is ghost writing exactly, you may ask? You’ve heard the term and maybe seen the movie and/or the TV show, but you still have some questions. Well, a ghost writer writes and edits for pay for people who either don’t have the time or the inclination to write something entirely by themselves.
Also, ghost writers are often on hire to edit a person whose work is poorly worded or otherwise shoddy or difficultly worded somehow; publishing houses and literary agents both hire ghost writers on a regular basis to edit such work. The ideas are sound but the writing is poor, and ghost writers make it much better. Also, ghosts are paid upfront for their labors in most cases. So they don’t have to worry about either finding ideas or waiting to be paid on spec or on commission for their work.
When it comes to indie writers, the above holds quite true: independent writers often don’t check themselves for grammar and syntax errors, and they may turn in sloppy, poorly edited and poorly worded but great-in-the-idea department book manuscripts. So it takes a ghost writer to go over their work and improve it markedly for publication purposes. The pros of ghost writing in regards to indie writers include much better and improved book manuscript preparation, and the ability to present a clean, sparkling work to literary agents and publishers, and the cons mostly relate to the costs when you hire a ghost. These costs can go upwards of several thousand dollars in many cases. Usually, editing costs less than out-and-out rewriting or ghost writing.
So if you are an indie writer and you’ve been told your work needs some editing or at least a second set of eyes to go over it and proofread your copy, you really should follow this suggestion if you can afford to hire a ghost writer. Look under affordable ghost writers on the Internet, and see if you have a friend or colleague who does book editing for free or for less money than a professional, if you can’t afford the services of a professional book ghost writer.
Meanwhile, if you are an indie writer who could use a lot more experience in freelance writing for pay, or you could use a day job in writing somehow, ghost writing could be your choice. It can be hard to find work as a ghost writer on the Internet, so you will want to study up on how to get published under your own name first, and then see about writing some publishable pieces. There are a lot of articles on EzineArticles that tell you all about how to become a ghost writer.
The best way to make it a true day job is to get hired by a literary agent or large publishing company that is in the business of sending hires to ghost writers on a regular basis. You need to become part of their stable of writers and editors. It helps to be able to ghost write and edit both books and screenplays if possible. Also, your writing must be impeccable, and you have to deliver your finished writing work in record time in most cases. So the pros of being a ghost writer as a day job include some decent upfront payment for your hard work, and the cons include some pretty fast deadline turnarounds and also not having any credit or your own name on all of your hard work in most cases.
Like I said, it’s best to be published under your own name at first, and then you can follow some of the suggestions on Ezine Articles, such as starting your own ghost writing business website and doing your best to draw in potential leads. You can make a day job out of ghost writing and publish your own books at your own pace this way, by working anywhere from two to six ghost writing jobs per year.