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Frequently Asked Questions

As a freelance writer, I get a lot of questions from friends and strangers when they find out what I do for a living. I thought I’d share some of the silly and serious questions I get about being a freelance writer, freelancing from home, whether all writers are poor (here’s how much freelancers make daily), and the best time to take the leap to full-time freelancing.

1. How do you charge? I charge by the number of words for eBooks, articles, and blogs. Upon requests, I can work with a flat fee or retainer.

Will you take a percentage instead of pay? No, I won’t take a percentage instead of pay.

2. How do you handle contracts? Do you use a lawyer? I can write my own contracts, although I call them letters of agreement. My goal is to establish a professional working relationship with a clear enough specification so we don’t have to go to court to figure out what we were trying to do.

3. How did you learn to ghostwrite? I started working on content mill sites like Upwork for work. Through marketing and writing my own books, people would inquire about ghostwriting services.

4. Doesn’t the term ghostwriting also include articles? When I talk about ghostwriting I’m almost always talking about books. However, I am frequently asked to contribute to websites and blogs to create or re-purpose content.

Ghostwriting books seems unfair to me. Is this legal? Ghostwriting is a legal and common practice in various industries such as music and publishing.

5. How can you demonstrate your experience since the book is in the name of the author? I can provide samples of my work upon request. However, I do protect my clients' confidentiality and protect their privacy. Referrals are available.

6. What do you do if a client doesn’t do the work they need to do? In the event, if the client is unavailable, I will provide a limited time frame to resolve any recurring issues. If the issues cannot be resolved, the agreement will be canceled.

7. How is ghostwriting different from co-authoring? A co-author will also — presumably — do some of the writing, but is credited as a partial author. Therefore, the book is also at least partially created under their direction, and a large part of their focus is on their readers.

8. What is ghostwriting long and short form? In long-form non-fiction, a ghostwriter can be involved in any number of capacities, from leading and outlining the whole project, to filling in gaps left by the author. Memoirs, autobiographies, business, and lifestyle books. Short-form ghostwriting tends to be non-fiction. There are dozens of different short-form projects a ghostwriter might be hired for, for example, Book proposals, speeches, articles, and blog posts. 

9. Can you edit my manuscript?

In the past two years, I have edited five novels and two autobiographies (one in which the publisher praised me for containing zero errors, “not even a typo”). For most manuscripts, it takes six weeks to two months for the editorial cycle (review, substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading, and formatting).

10. With my crazy schedule, how will you keep this project on track?

I work with a variety of professionals who want a book done like yesterday yet operate busy lives. Within the first two days of collaborating, authors receive a production schedule. In this way, each step of my process is visible yet does not necessarily require their involvement. I require the most time from authors within the first 30 days of our engagement for an “immersion experience” in order to get to know them and the subject matter through their eyes.