Hello and welcome to my very first guest blogger post! 
Here a twitter friend of mine, Karen Cole, tells you all about ghost writing, which is something I do from time to time in my day job. The term always reminds me of the old kids tv show that I loved when I was younger, take a look at the intro, it’s 90’s-tastic. Anyway, without further ado, here’s Karen’s post.

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A
ghost writer is a professional writer, usually a freelancer, who
creates copy for other people for which the ghost writer receives
either no credit or limited credit. When ghost writing a book, a
ghost writer may receive a cover credit such as an “As told to…”
or even coauthor status, in which case the ghost writer’s name is
usually below the client’s name. And sometimes a ghost writer
receives a credit on the acknowledgments page of a book, often being
listed only as the book’s “Editor” by the client.
With
screenplays, the ghost writer may receive a simple screen credit near
the client’s name. But credits do not usually replace pay for a
ghost writer. The whole point behind ghost writing is to make money
directly from the client, often through advance payments during the
course of the ghost writer working on the client’s project. This is
how I and most other ghost writers operate.
I
have been writing off and on over the past thirty years or so, and I
know a lot about what my clients need and what their expectations
are. A lot of people seem to think they have the next bestselling
book or idea for a screenplay for the next million dollar
blockbuster, and although I hate to burst their bubbles, I generally
have to. I can’t take only a percentage payment to work on a book
manuscript, movie script or screenplay in 99% of all cases. There is
just no guarantee of sales. Everyone has a dream, but you have to
keep your expectations realistic in the overcrowded book and film
markets. Basically, I almost never take a percentage to work on a
project.
But
I am willing to work on almost any type of book, and I send out
screenplay work to talented, optioned screenwriters on our team. You
see, ghost writing can be a quite lucrative profession, as it entails
receiving your pay upfront as you create your client’s project. The
amounts you get for your work can range from $2,000 to beyond
$100,000, depending on many factors, so it’s a good money making
field.
In
order to become a ghost writer, you need to have some already
published work, and it helps to set up a writer’s website – with a
posted resume and a portfolio displaying your best work. Of course,
you will need to basically be a good writer as well. It also helps to
have a degree in English of some kind, and it helps to have
previously published books under your own name and to have optioned
scripts and possibly even received awards for your scripts and
screenplays.
Being
a ghost writer is fun, profitable, and above all else – you get to
scare people! Just kidding, but the amount of income you can stand to
make from ghost writing is indubitably scary, all by itself.
Ghost
Writer, Inc.

and Karen Cole

– affordable book ghost writer, copy editor, proof reader, rewriter
and book author with a team of 100+ writing field and book /
screenplay workers, some of which are New York Times best-selling
authors. We do inexpensive marketing, promotions and publishing or
optioning assistance, and we have contacts with literary agents,
commercial publishers and literary or film field professionals. We
also offer ghost writers for music and composition, such as rap music
and other genres, and we have ghost writing for Facebook and Twitter
as well.

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