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It can be difficult to hire a ghostwriter because of the confidential nature of this kind of work-for-hire. The ghostwriters’ clients – famous celebrities, politicians, business leaders, even successful “authors” – don’t want people to know they did not write their own book. If they mention their silent partner in writing at all, it may be to acknowledge them as an editor. And the ghostwriter is usually required to sign a confidentiality clause or legal agreement stating that he or she cannot share information about past work.
Because of the secretive nature of the work, people trying to find a ghostwriter often turn to a ghostwriter referral service. Lisa Tener provides professional matchmaking between writers and those looking for writers.
Lisa will interview you to gain an understanding of the nature of your book (business, self-help, health, memoir) and the writing style you want to achieve. She will provide you with a referral to one or more ghost writers whom she believes will fit your needs.
Before you make the decision to hire a ghost author, we suggest that you:
A word of caution
Listen to your intuition. Ghostwriters are not always reliable in sharing information about the nature of their past work and because it is confidential, it can be hard to verify. That’s often why clients prefer to work through a trusted intermediary like Lisa Tener, who knows the author and his/her work.
If you’ve never hired a ghost author before, you may not know what you are looking for when interviewing writers. Here are some of the traits Lisa looks for in a successful ghostwriter:
This last one will be particularly important. After all, you will be working with this person for some time.
Once you hire a ghostwriter, we recommend drafting a work-for-hire contract that sets clear expectations up front, with benchmarks along the way. Lisa can provide you with a name of a lawyer who regularly handles ghostwriting contracts.
The two of you will need to determine the scope of the work and how you will work together.
You will want to schedule one or more face-to-face meetings, skype calls or phone calls to allow your ghost author to hear your voice and to ensure he or she understands your project and your goals. You may then choose to meet regularly, to talk on the phone/skype at determined intervals, or to email drafts back and forth. The ultimate details of your writer for hire contract are up to you.
Lisa Tener strives to help clients find their perfect match with writers for business books, health books, self-help books, memoirs, relationship books and, sometimes, novels. Contact our office to schedule an exploratory call with Lisa.
Read more about the high quality ghostwriters we work with and recommend, as well as how to hire a ghostwriter.
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