3 Tips for Finding Work as a Ghostwriter

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While traditional magazine and newspaper freelance writing opportunities continue to decline, ghostwriting is one market on the upswing. Here are three tips for locating and landing lucrative ghostwriting projects.

Amid shuttered magazines, extinct newspapers and failing websites, one bright spot for freelance writers trying to make a living wage is ghostwriting work. In fact, crafting documents for time-starved corporate executives, celebrities, national speakers, politicians, scientists and doctors can be quite lucrative.

“Some ghostwriters earn six-figure fees in exchange for help in drafting book-length works,” says Marcia Layton Turner, founder and executive director of the Association of Ghostwriters (http://www.associationofghostwriters.org). “The trick is knowing where to find such projects.”

Three ways to locate and land lucrative ghostwriting gigs include:

  •     Contacting book acquisition editors. In addition to finding and signing experts to pen books, acquisition editors also connect such experts with ghostwriters to help complete their manuscripts. Let them know of your track record and talent to be considered for upcoming book projects.
  •     Connecting with corporate execs. Introduce yourself to senior executives through a letter of introduction or via your personal network and indicate your interest in assisting in any upcoming writing projects, such as blogs, speeches or social networking.
  •     Pursue collaborations with university professors. In an environment where “publish or perish” looms large, professors and instructors are frequently in need of backup but don’t necessarily know where to turn for help with articles, reports and books. Look for topics that interest you and then track down college and university professors working in that area to find a great match.

Take the occasion of National Ghostwriters Week, March 1-7, 2010, to explore new ghostwriting opportunities or to learn more about the field at http://www.associationofghostwriters.org.

National Ghostwriters Week was founded by Mahesh Grossman, author of Write a Book Without Lifting a Finger: How to Hire a Ghostwriter Even if You’re on a Shoestring Budget.

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