5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Be a Ghostwriter

Why on earth will anyone want to be a ghostwriter? Why would you willingly put yourself through the hassles of doing insane research then writing a story that people rave about, only to turn it over to someone else and slink back into obscurity? And what does this have to do with internet marketing anyway?

I’ve written consistently about treating your online business as a business, which means you need to have a business model. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know I’m passionate about helping you build a business that makes profit. But the emphasis is and always will be on building a business. I’m not here to help you make a quick buck at the expense of your customers.

One foundation of building a profitable online business is to have a workable online business model. This could be providing physical goods, digital goods, and services. There are so many services you can provide but one popular one is ghostwriting. This is different from freelance writing even though it is often used interchangeably. With ghostwriting, you get absolutely no credit for the work you’ve done. Well, you get paid. That’s it. So before you decide this is what you want to do, you need to know what you’re getting into.

Ghostwriting as an Online Business

As a service, there is a huge market for ghost writers and the more niche you are the better. In other words, if you are very knowledgeable about pet care for instance, you’d be surprised to discover that a pet care writer might be in high demand. Offline, ghostwriting has always been more common in certain niches; recipe books for instance, memoirs and autobiographies.

The insane demand for content both online and offline means that there is now a greater demand for ghost writers. The fact that hiring one is now incredibly affordable, thanks to the internet, seems to have increased the hunger for ghostwritten articles. However, Amazon.com has taken this to a whole different sphere with their Kindle publishing platform.

The result of this is that there are self-owned publishers desperately seeking ghost writers in almost any niche but mostly in fiction. So if you can tell write a good story, chances are you will not run out of work. But there are conditions to that. Ghostwriting is not for the faint-heart or ego-ridden. Before you decide on being a ghostwriter, here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t be one.

You Shouldn’t be a Ghostwriter if…

5. You have a problem with not getting the credit.

There is nothing wrong with wanting credit for your work. It is natural and it is human. It is not pride either. However to be a successful ghostwriter, you’ll need to be able to write your best and give it up. I mean, give it up completely. This is not just someone else putting her name on what you’ve written with so much passion and creativity. This is someone else taking your work and rearranging it so that it is almost unrecognizable. And if you’re writing fiction, it’s even worse. You will fall in love with your characters (if you’ve done a good job) and you’ll have to watch them go to another home. It hurts. This is one really HUGE reason not to be a ghostwriter.

4. You don’t like people changing or criticizing your work.

If you’re getting criticism or ‘change this’ remarks from an editor, it’s easier to grin and bear it. It’s not easy, but at least it’s way better than getting that from someone who knows nothing about crime fiction for instance. Imagine someone who never reads novels but feels they can profit from the genre asking you to rewrite your crime fiction masterpiece in a way you, crime fiction guru that you are, know will never work. But you do it anyway. Please, don’t become a ghostwriter if you’re not really comfortable with criticism.

3. You’re not a great writer

That goes without saying. The standard expected from you when you’re writing something someone else is paying for is high. While it shouldn’t be any higher than the standard you set for yourself, you would be more forgiving than your clients. So if you’re not really that good a writer, find something else. Ghostwriting is not for you at the moment.

2. You hate research

Whether you’re writing nonfiction or fiction, you can’t get away from research. As a matter of fact, for those who love writing, that is the real work. You need to research your subject, your theme, sub theme, characters, location etc. It can seem endless. If you really hate the research part of it, then you shouldn’t be a ghostwriter. Of course you could be lucky and a client may do all the research for you, but you’ll still have to read it and what are the guarantees you’ll get such a client anyway?

1. You don’t like writing

It seems silly to include this doesn’t it? Well it would surprise you how many people set up shop as ghost writers because they believe writing is easy. They don’t really like it, but it’s an easy way to make money. First of all, there’s no easy way to make money, not really. Writing could be easy but that’s only if you already love doing it. So go find something you love doing and forget about writing.

If you really want to be a ghostwriter, you don’t mind any of the points above, you actually love writing and don’t mind the research then go ahead and do it. There are several reasons why you should be a ghostwriter if you love writing, but I’ll bet you already know them. If you don’t just leave a comment and I’ll do another post on that.

If You Can Write Fiction…

Finally, if you can write fiction and don’t mind not getting credit etc for your writing, then get in touch with me. I’m looking for solid, reliable ghostwriters particularly those who can write romantic fiction. If this applies to you, contact me.

So… have I successfully put you off ghostwriting? Let me know your thoughts ;).