5 Tips To Know If You Want To Become A Well-Paid Freelance Ghostwriter
If you want to become a well-paid freelancer, you need to follow these tips:
- Defining your area of expertise: When one is working as a proxy for a client, one is required not only to be a master of the syntax and semantics of the written word and of the ability to express and communicate ideas, opinions and arguments in a reasonably convincing and interesting manner, but is also expected to have a good quality of control over the subject matter of the ghost written material. Since, the clients are paying for these services, they expect nothing short of perfection in the work even though they might not possess such ability themselves.
- Development of necessary skills: As a ghostwriter, one is expected to produce publishable material which can be written off directly to the press. In order to do so in a proficient manner, a ghostwriter must be not only an excellent interviewer and master writer, but must posses the ability to look beyond the obvious and be able to develop and apply sharp insights into the written material. One must work with finesse, in a timely and proficient manner to the satisfaction of the client’s expectations.
- Possessing comprehensive research capabilities: Since most of the work as a ghostwriter engenders being the proxy of the client, one must therefore become an extension of the client’s identity and profile so as to be able to effectively represent the client side in the written work. Research, therefore, is extremely important. The ghostwriter should conduct meticulous and quasi-scientific research into both the subject matter and the client.
- Accepting working parameters and integrity of work: Since the objective of having an essay, dissertation/thesis, research, book, article et cetera ghostwritten is to produce high quality work as it would have been produced had the client been capable of doing so themselves, it is the clients’ expectations within which the ghostwriter must work. A ghostwriter must not only work within the conditions set forth by the client, but is inherently expected to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the work done.
- Précising the legally binding issues within the work agreement: As a ghostwriter, one is bound to a work agreement or a contract, and therefore it is wise to adhere to strictly defined rules, terms and conditions as agreed upon by both parties. Such agreements should precisely define the scope of duties, compensation packages, credit or lack thereof, and the copyright ownership of the work produced.