Ghostwriters from the Inside Out
Also, if a writer asks you questions about your preferences and style, try not to
be defensive about it. Chances are he or she is trying to save both of you
potential aggravation, and nothing more.
Getting Started With Your Ghostwriter
Now that you’ve identified your project, ploughed through a stack of
submissions from writers and have selected someone to work with – how do you
First you want to have either an understanding or an actual agreement in place
before you do much, including make the first payment (most writers expect an
up-front payment to get started, see below). There aren’t too many ways a
ghostwriting relationship can go wrong, other than just not working out, but you
should be aware of them:
Avoiding Potential Problems
There are three basic “bad things” that can happen when you hire a ghostwriter.
They’re probably fairly obvious but we still think they’re worth spending a few
minutes thinking about:
1. The writer is not good
2. The writer is too slow
3. The writer is submitting plagiarized materials
Two out of three of these are more or less “gut” issues but there is a proviso for
the time issue – and some serious potential problems with number three.
If, in the course of the project, it becomes clear that the writer is different than
you thought, doesn’t understand what you’re trying to achieve, is not a fit from a
management or personality point of view, you should have already made an
understanding of some kind about what happens if the project is stopped
Generally speaking you should be prepared to forfeit your deposit if there has
been good faith work done by the writer, as well as be able legally own whatever
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