When I first started out as a freelance ghostwriter I was terrified of quoting pricing. The field was new to me, I had no track record to back up my desired pay, and I had no clue what other writers were charging. So, after I’d put in the hard work to find a potential client and then got the opportunity to pitch him or her, when asked how much I charged, I’d freeze, hem and haw, and then say I’ll get back to you.
By then, the client could smell blood and the battle was essentially lost.
We’ve spent some time talking about pricing here at Ghostwritepro.com over the last couple months. For instance, I mentioned that I only do flat fee pricing in my post “A Modest Proposal…On Crafting Winning Proposals“, and Joey wrote a great post entitled “Should I List My Fees on My Website“. Both arguments made the assumption that you would know exactly what you’d charge—within a range—for a particular type of project.
But what if you have no idea what you’d charge? And if so, how do you figure it out? Continue reading “Taking the Mystery Out of Pricing”
Something happened to me about a week ago that totally turned what I thought I knew about ghostwriting on its ear.
Continue reading “The Authorless Ghost”
It’s not like I woke up one morning and said, “I want to be a ghostwriter.” I certainly didn’t spend hours upon hours as a kid dreaming of writing books for other people. And I never thought you could make a living doing so.
Hell, I didn’t even know something like us existed. Continue reading “The Plight of the Ghostwriter”
At some point in your initial conversation(s) with a potential client, you’ll be asked to explain the process of ghostwriting. Before you answer the question, make sure he or she understands the difference between how you ghostwrite a book and under what conditions the book will be written.
So you may have noticed that I missed my post last Monday…or maybe I’m just dreaming you pay that much attention! First off, apologies for missing my post. I was on a retreat with some fellow pastors in Payson, Arizona, a beautiful wooded, highland part of Arizona that would make you question if you were really in a state famous for deserts. When we took off north from Phoenix into the highlands, I was confident I’d be able to use the downtime to write my post in the evening. But to my surprise the cabin didn’t have Internet access. In fact it didn’t even have phone reception! So, I couldn’t even type out my post on the infinitely frustrating touch keyboard of my iPhone.
In the end, it turns out the forced fast from technology was a blessing in disguise. It’s been a long time since I’ve been completely disconnected, and I’d almost completely forgot what it felt like.
So, what I’m not going to do here is belabor a simple point, which is this: Get away from technology. Take a day or two to refocus. Reconnect with your soul.
You’ll thank me for it. It will make you a better writer.
See you next week.
My dad showed me an article a couple of weeks ago about Dean Smith, the University of North Carolina’s most decorated basketball coach. The article was about his struggle with memory loss, and it mentioned the fact his health problems forced John Feinstein to cancel a book project they were collaborating on.
Mr. Feinstein wrote about the situation in a blog post:
Continue reading “What to Do if an Author Gets Sick”
At this moment, you either have your fees on your website or you don’t. If you don’t, it’s probably because you follow the line of reasoning I’ve always used: If I tell people what I charge, or even give them a range, they might see it – balk – and walk away. ‘Course, the flip side is you meet with them, talk on the phone, email back and forth, educate them and get all those questions you need answered first and then give them your project fee. Their typical reaction?
Continue reading “Should I List Fees on My Website?”
I’m a big fan of productivity. I’m just not naturally very good at it. Mostly because I have the curse of the writer’s mindset. That means I’m usually staring out windows when I should be working and I’m always forgetting what I was working on (or should be working on) because an exciting new idea has come along.
So, I need a little help in the productivity department. Luckily there are tons of tools out there to help us helpless writers with better time management and productivity. I’ve already featured some tools in my post “5 Must-Have Productivity Tools for Writers“, but I thought I’d add a couple more here that I’ve lately fallen in love with. Continue reading “Ghost Productivity”
This month’s collection of credited ghosts on the New York Times bestseller list for Hardcover Nonfiction replaces two of last month’s entries with two new ones, debuting at numbers 8 and 11.
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Continue reading “Bestselling Ghosts: July 2010”
You’ve put in the hours to build a compelling website to showcase your mad writing skills. You’ve worked hard for years building a good cliental and a kick-butt portfolio. You’ve cut your chops studying your craft and honing your writing skills. And you’ve put in the time and energy to make great connections and network.
And now it all pays off. A potential client has requested a proposal.
Naturally you should be excited, but here’s the harsh reality. The proposal is where most ghostwriters and freelancers lose the battle. All that hard work and time spent is all for nothing if you don’t nail the proposal.
Why? Because your proposal is the client’s first opportunity to assess your professionalism and your ability—and most importantly, how you can help him or her. In fact, the proposal might be the single most important thing you can spend your time on.
So, here’s a modest proposal…on crafting winning proposals. Continue reading “A Modest Proposal…On Crafting Winning Proposals”