Ghostwriting is a popular form of writing used all over the internet today. Ghostwriters are individuals who are hired to write content without receiving any credit for the work produced. In this blog, we’ll explore this business relationship, why it exists, and how to become a ghostwriter. 

What Is Ghostwriting? 

Ghostwriting is a business arrangement that typically involves two parties. 

Party 1: The “author” who hires the freelance writer. The author requests that the freelancer produces content for an agreed-upon fee. They take the credit for all the original work produced. 

Party 2: The “ghostwriter” who is a freelance writer and generally paid before completing the job. They receive none of the credit for their work once the contract is complete. 

Why Hire a Ghostwriter? 

Although it isn’t often publicized, ghostwriting is a common and popular practice. When someone wants to create content for their website, LinkedIn profile, social media accounts, etc., they may choose to hire a ghostwriter instead of writing the piece themselves. Some people do this because they cannot write high-quality copy while others simply do not have time to do it. Hiring a ghostwriter is an attractive option because the author doesn’t have to give up their byline. They’re able to publish high-quality work under their name without dedicating their own time to it. 

How to Become a Ghostwriter

Ghostwriting is a lucrative and rewarding job. However, it isn’t for everyone. Many people who write enjoy doing so under their own name, and they’re resistant to giving up rights to the work. That said, if this isn’t a dealbreaker for you, then you may enjoy being a ghostwriter. Here are some of the benefits: 

  • Interesting topics to write about
  • Project and client freedom
  • Upfront payment for your work 
  • Rewarding compensation 
  • Writing experience
  • Objective distance from your work 

Here are some ways you can become a ghostwriter if you’re interested in this line of work.

1. Build a network 

The type of people you need to connect with all depends on the type of ghostwriting you want to do. If you want to ghostwrite books, you’re looking at a much different clientele than someone like me who ghostwrites for small business owners online. I recommend networking with people in the field you want to ghostwrite in. I generally have contact with either small business owners or marketing personnel. 

2. Gain experience 

Before someone will trust you to write something in their name, you’ll need to write something on your own. Hard work can get you a long way if you’re not able to leverage social connections. Consider blogging or self-publishing to get your name and writing out there. 

3. Develop and maintain your own personal style

One project can spiral into many. Landing one gig can help you form connections and acquire new jobs. However, don’t forget about your own projects and passions. There are both financial and artistic rewards to maintaining a personal writing style outside of your ghostwriting. It also helps to have personal samples to show potential clients as you likely won’t be able to share much of your professional ghostwritten portfolio. 

Final Thoughts 

Ghostwriters are always needed! If you’re interested in ghostwriting for others to produce content on their behalf, check out my blog about How to Get Your First Freelance Writing Job