What is a ghostwriter and why would I want to be one?

Ghostwriter: the person who earns a paycheck for letting someone else take all the glory.

Or as Wikipedia says:

ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person. Celebrities, executives, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, magazine articles, or other written material.

Sound like fun?

Well, it may not win you the Pulitzer, but ghostwriting CAN help you pay the bills, exercise your creative muscles, and make industry connections. You can craft your masterpiece on your own time. On the clock, you write someone else’s book!

How to be a great ghostwriter

If you’re curious how to break into this market, how to collaborate with the “author,” and how to deliver quality writing on a deadline, check out the following articles:

1. How to Be a Successful Ghostwriter (Writer’s Digest)

2. How to Be a Ghostwriter (Wiki How) 

3. How to Become a Ghostwriter (eHow)

4. Become a Ghostwriter and Write for Money (Street Articles)

Word of Warning: If you’re serious about your own writing, it’s important to be protective of the time and energy it takes to create original work, so make sure your ghostwriting efforts don’t leave you sapped and feeling like an actual ghost.

But if you can strike the right balance, your original writing and your ghostwriting will feed one another—and help put some food on the table, too.

Do you have experience as a ghostwriter? What were the struggles and rewards? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Chris Robley

About Chris Robley

Chris Robley has written 563 posts in this blog.

is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

6 thoughts on “Top 4 Articles on Becoming a Professional Ghostwriter

  1. Helen Evans says:

    To be a professional ghost writer is not an easy deal! It requires a lot of self-organization and time management. Besides, it is very hard to write something sticking to the style of some other person. https://abcessays.com/en/ghostwriting. For me this article is very helpful, they have interesting tips as to the ghostwriting as a profession.

  2. swati sharma says:

    Ghostwriters are essayist for appoint who obtain cash but none of the credit for the employment twisted. The actual writer, or author, is appointing the ghost as a freelance writer to create copywriter job free.

  3. sahil tbgt says:

    both the 4 articles mentioned in this post are too informative and helpful and I learned a lot from it. thanks for sharing this information.

  4. Richard Lowe says:

    I’m a professional ghostwriter, and your list of articles is a great reference. Ghostwriting is hard work – especially finding clients.

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