Ginny Carter joined our May #BBchat to talk about her experience being and working with a ghostwriter.

working with a ghostwriterFor the May edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked Ginny Carter, business book ghostwriter, book writing coach, and author, for her thoughts on working as and with a ghostwriter based on her experience working as a business book ghostwriter. Ginny prefaced this month’s chat with a guest post on the same subject titled “Working as a Ghostwriter.”

To view the entire chat transcript, please visit this link. If you’d like to be notified about future chats, please subscribe to our Facebook events. Below is a reformatted version of our discussion.

How did you get started working as a ghostwriter?

I was originally a freelance social media manager – learned I could write in my clients’ voices and moved to books!

Why would someone use a ghostwriter to write a book?

Usually to save time so they can get on with running their businesses and get them ‘book ready’.

What does the initial strategy session with a client look like?

We pin down their objectives, audience, topic and outline. A vital part of the process – can’t start a book without it.

How much of the outline is based on your client’s content versus interviews you conduct with them?

For me, it’s 90% interviews. But if a client had a lot of written content I would work with that. It’s just that most don’t. I interview and transcribe our conversations, but if they’ve written blog posts, have been interviewed, etc., then I read those too.

Does recording and transcribing client interviews help you capture their tone and unique voice?

Definitely – I can see the words they use that are special to them, and get a feel for the rhythm of their language.

About how many drafts or revisions should be expected?

I do three drafts after which the manuscript is ready for proof reading.

Why are you more likely to get a publishing deal if you’re working with a ghostwriter?

If you’re a business author the publisher knows the book will be a) ready in time and b) well written

How to you explain to people that ghostwriting shouldn’t be thought of as “cheating?”

Interesting one. Most people realize it’s just someone else writing what’s in the author’s head – it’s all their content. Increasingly business people are more happy to talk about this. It shows their business is successful enough to delegate.

How should people go about finding a ghostwriter? What kinds of references should they look for or questions should they ask?

Many ways – Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, ask anyone you know who might have worked with a ghostwriter. See excerpts from what they’ve written, and have lots of conversations to make sure you get along with them.

 

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2 thoughts on “Working With a Ghostwriter

  1. Michael says:

    Interesting article! My personal way to become a ghostwriter was a bit different. I became a ghostwriter by editing. Kind Regards from Germany.

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