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How do I find work as a ghostwriter?

 
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I want to be a ghostwriter, as I’m a professional writer and I’ve been in the writing career for quite a while now. I’m aware that there are many people and organizations who want a ghostwriter for hire, but I am a little confused about starting this profession as a freelancer or directly start working for some organization. Since I’ve no knowledge of ghostwriting of my own, and also I don’t know about anyone in my social circle who has been working as a ghostwriter. I’m in desperate need of suggestions here. Any kind of help will be highly appreciated.
 
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A ghost writer usually has connections with publishing houses and they do the job offering.
I am rather curious as to what kind of professional writer isn't aware of how ghost writing works though, I would think that you either have or have had an agent, which are the other venue for getting ghost writing assignments.
 
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What are your credentials? What have you written?

You make some interesting word and grammatical choices. In what languages do you have experience?

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What's the difference between a copywriter and a ghostwriter?
 
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I don't know, spelling?

Copywriting involves the creation of media for the purpose of advertising, for the most part.

Ghostwriting was first done both freelance and secretively. Originally, it was thought that one couldn't possibly have ideas worth hearing if one couldn't cogently convey them.

Ghostwriter

Copywriter

But I suppose anything goes in the twitter era...

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I know dozens of freelance writers and all of us do ghost writing at times. Staff writers are also ghost writers if the content is published as the publication rather than in their bios. I also have a collaborator whose company ghost writes books, primarily printed books, but also some ebooks.

Many get started using platforms like WriterAccess; however, they are at the low end of the pay scale. Only those who can write quickly can make a living doing that. Writers who are subject matter experts make more per piece. Some of the worst pay is SEO writing, but also some better pay.

Ghost writers, bloggers, and journalists do not typically have agents and most of them don't write books which is what some are thinking of when they ask about ghost writing.

raven ranson wrote:What's the difference between a copywriter and a ghostwriter?



A ghost writer produces content that is published in someone else's name. That content could be blog posts, articles on major sites, white papers, ebooks, or print books.

The correct definition of a copywriter is a high-paid specialty that requires the ability to convert readers into buyers. Many people call SEO writing copywriting, but most of it is not and many who claim to be copywriters aren't. The very best copywriters can get many $1000s to tens of $1000s per piece.

Two of the better places to find writing gigs are https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?keywords=writing and https://problogger.com/jobs/. The main downside of both sites is that many jobs do not reveal what the rate of pay is. They range from "you've got to be kidding cheap" to "decent" to "well-paid". Some you can only find out if you jump through their hoops.

The better writers don't use the writing platforms, relying instead on referrals and their portfolios usually posted publicly on a site like Contently. Here is an example portfolio there:  https://gailgardner.contently.com/.

I'd be happy to connect on Purple Moosages or Skype or some other chat (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) to answer questions. I have to guess that this post must be ranking highly for residual income streams as the OP seems to have found Permies because of this post rather than because of permaculture.

It is harder to find work as a ghost writer outside of wherever your native language is written. In the U.S., American writers are preferred, followed by Canadian, British, Australian, and Kiwis (New Zealanders). But there is a significant difference between American English and British / Australian / Kiwi spelling and vocabulary.

Writers from other countries that speak and write English are typically avoided because the writing is quite different. India and Pakistan are good examples of countries where English is used, but it is quite different. It is best to write in your native language for people in your own country unless you are a subject matter expert and you hire an editor or the person you write for is willing to have your work edited.
 
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