Composing an outline, whether general (to be filled in later by client interviews) or bulleted down to the last detail, is the first step of a how-to book ghostwriting project. This week, I want to talk about how to get started with your outline. There are no hard and fast rules on how you … Continue reading Outlining a How-To Book as a Ghostwriter
I've talked about pitching quite a bit on this blog—cold pitching and responding to project listings. However, I haven't talked much about what happens if your pitch gets a response, so I want to cover exactly what that looks like for book ghostwriting projects. (Not sure how to pitch? You may find these posts helpful: … Continue reading How to Craft a Ghostwriting Bid
Today's my birthday, so I want to do something a little more casual and talk about what I have found are the best and worst parts of working in my niche. If you're new to this blog (welcome!), I ghostwrite and copy edit books (for more detail about my niche and how I chose it, … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Working in Books as a Freelancer
When you work with manuscripts, like I do, it's important to have knowledge of the publishing industry to share with clients. Not only does it help you establish yourself as an expert, but being able to present a ghostwriting or editing client with their viable publishing options also gives you that "extra mile" reputation that … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing
If you choose to work as a freelance writer, most of your work will be commissioned and dictated by other people. It still beats the hell out of other jobs, believe me, but the job sets inherent boundaries. You have to write content relevant to a client's blog. You have to turn the client's words … Continue reading Make Money with Your Fiction: Tips for Publication
If you're thinking about starting a freelance career, especially if you want to drop a 9 to 5 job and start freelancing full-time, one of your biggest initial questions/worries is how long it's going to take you to establish yourself. You have bills to pay, mouths to feed, all that jazz. Switching a stable job … Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Become a Freelance Writer?
If you want to write as a freelancer for a living, you're a "writer for hire." Many clients will want you to sign a work-for-hire agreement/contract. In the simplest sense, this means that you are working for the client as an independent contractor and the work you are providing is the client's after you've … Continue reading What Is a Work-for-Hire Contract?
When I signed up for classes at my Freshman orientation, I knew I wanted to be an English major. There was never any doubt. As for my minor, I did what everyone told me I should do and chose Education. Freshman year, it didn't matter, because I was getting all my gen. eds. out of … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Love My Communications Minor
I recently got an interesting response back on one of my blind pitches. Through the pitch, I asked an author who had a mystery series in the works—let's call him M—if he would like a copy editor. His response was that he was interested but since he was the PIC, he wanted to be able to … Continue reading Who Does No. 2 Work For?: The Editor, Writer Relationship
You're in for a treat, fellow writers, because over the past two weeks I've had the privilege of chatting with ten talented, kick-butt freelancers who have agreed to give you input on some of the most daunting obstacles they faced starting out in their careers. The fact that all ten are women is a coincidence … Continue reading Expert Roundup: The Scariest Obstacles Freelancers Face