How to Hire a Ghostwriter

Are you planning to write a book or an ebook? 80% Americans dream of writing a book. Writing a successful book can be a rewarding way of earning money as well as social recognition. What if you are too busy or not sure how to write a book? This is where the necessity of a good ghostwriter comes in. We shall find out how to find and hire a ghostwriter for your book.


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    Decide whether you will hire a freelance ghostwriter or approach an established ghostwriting organization.
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    Hiring a freelancer can be slightly cheaper, but there can be greater uncertainty about quality and reliability. Google for popular freelancer sites to locate one. Elance and Guru, are good. Get a Free Lancers is okay for very inexpensive freelancers.
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    Advertise your project and start receiving bids from freelance ghostwriters.
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    If you go for an established ghostwriting organization, you can avoid the bidding and selection procedure. Rates are fixed and the working system is more organized. You will receive the work edited by an editor.
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    Check work samples. Zero down on the ones who have been able to show you work samples relevant to your work.
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    Pay the first installment or Escrow the fees to get the work started.
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    Sign an agreement.
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    Receive the work, read it; suggest edits.
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    Pay the final installment or release the escrow.


  • Keep a no-plagiarism clause in the contract; meaning, the ghostwriter should not copy exactly from elsewhere.
  • Send your instructions in as much details as possible.
  • Choose to pay in installments. The first installment will be an advance.
  • Sign a non-disclosure contract with your ghostwriter with the clause of maintaining secrecy.
  • Outsourcing ghostwriting to overseas organizations can save you up to 80% of the cost. However consider the pros and cons before any step.
  • There should be a deadline given, which is generally 3 to 6 months for a 250+ page book.
  • Discuss and make the ghostwriter agree to make at least three reverts within 7 days of project completion.


  • Do not pay 100% in advance.
  • Do a background check about the ghostwriter. Google the name of the ghostwriter or the organization to find out their reliability.
  • Use Copyscape to check the originality of the work submitted. If it is not original, do not accept it and ask for an immediate refund.

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