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Top 4 Articles on Becoming a Professional Ghostwriter

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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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."

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