You can work as a ghostwriter and earn money per article, per chapter, page or book. This article is a continuation, and in our previous series we discussed the background information you need to earn money from ghostwriting. We also identified sites where you could work from home as a ghostwriter (online). If you haven’t read that, I suggest you click here to get the full gist.
Now that you have read the first article, you can proceed from there into establishing your offline ghostwriting business. This means going off the internet and doing something in the real world but still in the ghostwriting niche. You can execute this by joining a ghostwriting crew.
How to get a ghostwriting team
There’s a general saying that says ‘know the masters and follows them.’ If you would like to ghostwrite offline, the first thing to do is to identify an established writer who is into the business. Tag along with such a person or team and tell them you want to learn how to improve (otherwise, you can clearly state your expertise and offer your services). Guys like that usually have spilled-over jobs, and if you can prove yourself, you will be assigned to tasks. Prove that you are able to work in a team, be proficient, and soon enough you will gain a voice and a face in the industry.
While affiliating yourself with a team, I suggest you go for the most prominent name available; learn from the masters, and then gather your clients.
How to get the clients?
Advertise your job (talk about what you do everywhere you go).
You don’t have to be a pro before you start talking about it. Not at all! You could learn in the process. So whenever you are asked what you do, do not hesitate to include your ghostwriting skills, how much experience you have been able to gather through it and how it gives you joy. You never can tell who your next client will be, or at least who knows someone who would soon need ghostwriting service.
- Network Locally
Approach potential customers. Talk about your skills at dinners and what makes you different. Plus, you don’t have to work with just one team. You can handle multiple channels for a start, that way; you can be sure of regular jobs during your beginning period.
- Advertise on the social media
Talk about your skills on Facebook and attach great photos to them. Use exciting taglines like ‘need a ghostwriter?’ ‘writing with a difference has always been my dream’ etc. Include snapshots of some of your works on your WhatsApp statuses and promote yourself on Instagram too. Get the word out there.
- Open a website of your own:
Make your business more professional by maintaining a site for it. You could use this as a backup for your skills and then drive traffic through it.
Finally, you should always try as much as possible to negotiate deals that agree to give you credit. Some clients do not care, and others do not mind mentioning you as a co-editor or co-writer, so talk to them first. You could offer a certain amount of discount to them if you care about getting your name on as many books as possible.