How to Find the Perfect Ghostwriter for Your Book

What you need to know before looking for a ghostwriter.

So, you’re ready to find the perfect ghostwriter to write your book? Congrats! This is a huge first step and the start of an incredible journey that you’ll look back on (hopefully with joy) for years to come. But first things first, there’s a couple of things you’re gonna need to consider before you get started. 

Number one: do you have a story to tell? Writing a book is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, but is it the right time? If you’re intending on writing a novel, have you figured out the general plot? If you’re writing non-fiction, do you already have an audience and specialist knowledge? Writing a memoir? Is your story compelling enough? And most of all, are you ready to share your story with the world? 

Secondly, is a ghostwriter the right choice for your book? For example, if you’re writing about a really niche topic that you have super specialist knowledge on, it might be that you’re actually the best person to write it, rather than a ghostwriter. Hiring an editor in this scenario could be the better option to then get your book to where you want to be. If however, writing is not your jam, you have a killer story to tell, and you’re longing to collaborate with someone to bring that story to life, read on to learn how to find the perfect ghostwriter for your book. 

Start with a Google search and check out individual ghostwriter websites.

Google is usually your friend in these scenarios and is always a good starting point, but there’s a couple of things to watch out for. A quick google search will often bring up targeted ads first (which isn’t always a bad thing, but isn’t always a good thing either). Whilst fiverr and upwork can be great platforms with hidden gem talent, often you get what you pay for. 

Another thing to consider is whether you want a freelance ghostwriter or a ghostwriting agency. Agencies are great in terms of you’ll get matched with the best-fit writer and you might feel more secure in knowing that if it doesn’t work out, they’ll have another writer for you. However agencies also often come with a higher price tag and, sometimes, a less personalised approach. Freelance ghostwriters will have likely perfected their craft and customer service skills – and genuinely want (and need) your custom. 

When conducting your search, make sure you visit individual ghostwriter websites to get a feel for the person you might be working with. See if they have any client reviews or links to published books – and check out their social channels to see what they put out there into the world. 

Look for someone with ghostwriting experience and knowledge of/passion for your topic.

Writing is one thing, but writing a book is a whole different kettle of fish. There’s a reason the vast majority of people who start a book don’t finish it – it’s hard fricken’ work. You wanna know that your ghostwriter has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt (published a book). You also wanna know that they have some knowledge of your chosen topic or at least passion for it. And of course if it’s a novel or memoir, they are genuinely interested in the genre and in the story you want to tell. 

Choose someone you connect with (writing a book is a long-term and often intimate commitment!)

Writing a book can take between six and twelve months depending on the complexity of the project and the timeline you put in place. It requires multiple meetings, whether in-person or over the phone, and constant communication and idea sharing. If you’re not that fond of each other, it’s gonna be a long and potentially painful process. 

Make sure you speak to your chosen ghostwriter at least a couple of times before you hire them to write your book. See if they’re on the same page as you (no pun intended), that you feel you can trust them, and that you bounce off each other naturally and effortlessly. 

Be prepared (and willing) to share your ideas and be involved in your own story.

Ghostwriters aren’t magicians. They can’t simply conjure up a book based on zero input from you. They need your ideas, your stories, your descriptions, and essentially, your heart and soul, if they’re to write something that’s going to do your story justice. 

Ever heard the phrase two minds are better than one? Yup. Ghostwriters need you and your ideas as much as you need them and that’s what makes this type of collaboration so special. It’s two people, from potentially different walks of life, coming together to create something…. Well, magic. 

Ready to find the perfect ghostwriter and publish your book?

Yay, I’m so excited for you! And if you think I might be ‘the one’? Check out my ghostwriting services here. Have a look and see if I pass the ‘vibe check’ and please don’t hesitate to reach out so we can arrange a call to see if we click ‘in real life’ and if I’m the right person to help you tell your story.

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Amy Killingbeck

With a background in Law and over 10 years’ ‘side-hustling’ as a freelance writer, Amy now runs her own copywriting business helping creative and authentic business owners find their unique brand voice, transforming it into meaningful, engaging copy that sounds just like them and attracts their dream clients.

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