Most people hire ghostwriters because they don’t have either the writing expertise or the time to get their masterpiece down on paper. Hiring a ghostwriter requires a little bit of homework and preparation. Several factors should be considered before you sign on the dotted line.
Make Things Clear From The Start
It’s absolutely essential you make it clear from the start what you expect before any work begins. This includes matters like the length of work, the books topic, key points and any other stipulations the ghostwriter may need to know. Always make sure you and the ghostwriter are on the same wave length as far as the direction your campaign is going in. Mistakes at the start can be costly further down the track, so it’s important to get off on the right foot.
Make sure to carefully examine the ghostwriters portfolio, which should contain examples of their writing styles. Does their work read well, does the ghostwriter provide editorial services. Do you want the ghostwriter to email you each chapter upon its completion? A trustworthy ghostwriter will never create plagiarized material.
Many ghostwriters work on more than one project at a time. So make sure the writer understands your requirements and deadlines.
Their fee for the project, should fall in line not only with what you’re willing to pay for, but it should be in the same ball-park area as other ghostwriter quotes.
Author – Ghostwriter Agreement
A contract should be in place before the writing project begins. They should be willing to sign and abide by the terms of the agreement, including relinquishment of rights. The Author/ Ghostwriter agreement should cover all aspects of the writing assignment. With a signed agreement in place, all parties are fully aware of their rights and responsibilities.
See example form of Author / Ghostwriter Agreement below