More and more often recently, I’m being asked about ghostwriters. Why to hire one, and why not to hire one. So I put together this handy list for you.
When folks ask me why I recommend hiring a ghostwriter, my first answer is always this:
First and foremost, a professional ghostwriter is a professional writer.
When we want something done right, we employ someone who’s already mastered the learning curve.
Hiring a professional always gets better results. Always.
The professional writer, like the professional carpenter, plumber, lawyer, mechanic or farmer, has studied his craft. He can readily apply skills, knowledge and even “tricks” to your project that would take you years to learn.
The professional writer also has a proven track record of his own work, often under his own name as well as several pen names.
In short, the professional writer loves to to write. It’s his day job. It’s all he does.
But why should you hire a professional ghostwriter?
Well, if any of the specific reasons below ring true for you, it’s something you should consider.
One: You have a great novel idea rattling around in your head.
You aren’t alone. Many, many really good novels are written in the mind but never committed to the page.
A professional ghostwriter will run with your idea. Your book, with your byline, will be written and ready for publication before you know it.
Two: You lack the time to write your novel.
This is a common problem most would-be authors face. In most cases, it’s the main reason the novel never makes it to the page.
Maybe you have a full-time job, family commitments and other interests. Nothing wrong with that. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
A professional ghostwriter gives the same passion and time to writing that you give—and rightly so—to the activities and interests and people you love.
Three: You lack the skills and knowledge to write your novel.
Most would-be writers don’t even realize all the things they don’t know.
Most genres (including literary) have certain ingredients and certain touchstones that occur at certain places. If you don’t include those ingredients or if you don’t hit those touchstones, readers in your target genre won’t buy your book.
Note that these ingredients and touchstones do not comprise some sort of cookie-cutter “formula.” They are merely what readers expect to see in a given genre.
A professional ghostwriter knows these conventions and many, many more. And because they are his stock in trade, he knows how to apply them.
Four: Even if you wrote your book, you lack the skills and knowledge to publish it.
The whole process seems overwhelmingly complex.
How do you avoid the scams and pitfalls that seem to litter the literary landscape? Do you even know what to watch for? Where and how do you even submit your work?
A professional ghostwriter knows because he’s been there.
I have a long history of helping other writers. Hundreds of writers have learned from me in workshops, conference presentations, and even questions posed via email.
And now I’ve decided to offer my services as a ghostwriter.
• I’ve had years of success as a professional writer.
• My work has been widely published through traditional, subsidy and independent publishers. I can guide you, as I have guided dozens of others, in finding the right publishing route for you.
• To date, I’ve published 18 novels and a novella under four names. A few years ago, I also co-wrote a psychological suspense/horror novel with a nationally known writer.
• I’ve also written 15 non-fiction books, and well over 140 short stories in almost all genres and sub-genres.
Email me at HarveyStanbrough@gmail.com and see what I can do for you.
A few other points —
If you believe you lack the funds to hire a professional
it’s in both our interests to develop a workable solution. I will work with you in this regard, and everything will be spelled out up front in a clear and easily understood agreement.
If you’re afraid of being scammed or ripped off
it’s in both our interests that you aren’t. I make a living on my reputation as a writer. I’ll help you protect your intellectual property and your copyright. As my friend, ghostwriter Dan Baldwin, put it, professional ghostwriters are “fiercely protective of our name and […] of our clients and their works.”
If you want your book to be your book
No worries. I will write your book, not my version of your book. My fingers are on the keyboard, but you’re writing through them. For over two decades as a professional copyeditor, maintaining the author’s voice was always my number one concern.
If you’re ready to get that novel or novella out of your head and into print, contact me at HarveyStanbrough@gmail.com and let’s get started. If you’d rather talk by telephone, we can do that too, but please email me first.
Until next time, happy writing!