Being a ghostwriter is full of mystique and intrigue and maybe other things that end in “ue.”
We can’t tell you who our clients are or else we’d have to kill you.
All the guts and none of the glory.
In all seriousness, though, I am asked all the time what it’s like to be a ghostwriter (doesn’t it suck that you don’t get any credit on the cover? no, not really.) and people are always curious about how the process works (have you ever worked for someone famous? none of your business.). So, what better place to tell you about how ghostwriting works than right here in our Manley Mann blog?
Let’s start by going over the basics.
What is a ghostwriter?
A ghostwriter is someone who writes for other people and allows that other person to take credit for the writing.
Ghostwriters need to have the keen ability to mimic that other person’s voice and to set aside their own thoughts and ideas while doing so.
How does the process work?
It depends on the client.
Sometimes the client comes with an idea for a book and we’ll collaborate on the outline, and then I take over, writing the entire manuscript with my trusty partner-in-crime Editor by my side.
In this case, Christine and I work very closely with the author and ensure that all of the ideas and concepts in the book belong to the person whose name will go on the cover of the book and that the voice remains consistent and intact along the way. We’re very picky. If a client refers to “dinner” and not “supper,” well, we are going to make sure no “suppers” are found in the piece of writing.
In exchange, we get paid a handsome fee.
Sometimes, the client comes with half of a manuscript done, but they just can’t take the time to bring it to completion. These books are easy to finish because I have a whole half of a book to work with to get into the author’s mind. This helps a great deal.
No two ghostwriting projects are the same, so I work very closely with the client to make sure we nail down a process that works for us. But in all cases, confidentiality is job #1 and I never breathe a word to anyone (unless I am given permission to by the author) that the writer was moi. Because I just took their thoughts and ideas and put them into the right words. I never consider these stories my own, and our clients are always shocked at how, as they read their pages, it sounds as if they’re reading their own writing. It’s kind of crazy, really.
Ghostwriting isn’t just for books
One of the mainstays of Manley Mann Media is our ghostblogging income.
We maintain blogs for a number of people.
We write ebooks, magazine articles, and infoproducts for people who put their own name on the cover.
Any of these things can be considered ghostwriting.
Being a ghostwriter is an amazing career. I’ve had the pleasure of being in the head of many very cool people, helping to bring their brilliance to the world.
I can tell you one thing: There’s never a dull moment in this line of work. But sometimes I do get very wrapped up in a project to the point where I don’t know who I am at the end of the day. #jobhazard
Learn more about our ghostwriting services here.
Have you ever worked with a ghostwriter? What was your experience like?