How to Find A Good Ghostwriter?


It is the day of the computer, the word processor, the voice writer that types your dictation; it is the day of the writer who fills the cyber universe with emails. There are 242 billion emails sent daily. Everyone writes. Literally hundreds of thousands of manuscripts are tossed over the transom (as it is called when an author sends a manuscript to a publisher.) Finding no publishers want the books, authors turn to self-publishing or ebooks to get their work out there. Then they sigh and go back to their lives, having done it, having written that book that the family and friends have read, but that is about as far as it usually goes.


Some of these are really great writers and their books die without acclaim and they give up because of failed purpose. Only a few make it. I always said it was like being hit by a meteor—not many get hit by one. Some hang on and continue writing in one way or another, and some are excellent at the language. If you are lucky, you can find one of these to write your book for you. There are many who advertise their services, like lawyers with their billboards and TV ads who seldom try cases or even see the client, but refer them to others. So hiring a ghostwriter is not unlike that. There are plenty good ones.

How do you get a good one?  If you aren’t being referred by a friend, Google. You are going to have to use intuition in large measure. Look at what the guy has written, check out his references and testimonials. See if you like the writing style. Do all of these things before you make the call. On the phone, and that is where you will probably make your contact first, you can tell something about this person. Do you resonate with him or her? That is, do you feel comfortable, or do you feel like you are being hustled or maybe the guy is nervous and really needing the business which is not a good sign.  It is no different than hiring a baby sitter, and after all, you are entrusting your baby to someone to raise.

He will expect you to ask right off how much he charges, and will be surprised when you don’t. Just have a nice “get to know him” interlude, feel him out, how quick does he respond, is there a lag in his communication, does he answer your questions directly? Ask him about his work, how long he has been doing it, ask about his track record. (most of this is on his site and you already know some of it). Then get to the fee. You usually can negotiate if he is hungry, but if he is good he won’t move much if at all over his basic fee schedule. He has to make a living.HOW TO