If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for a ghostwriter, or perhaps you’ve stumbled here because it’s the word ghostwriter that is interesting to you. More mysterious? You may be a freelance writer or someone researching ways to tell their life story. I shall attempt to write for both —
Which is which? The main distinction is that ghostwriters are completely invisible. They are the enigmatic wordsmiths of the trade – the ones who write books that you read—by famous celebs, fat cat politicians and king pins of the criminal underworld. Word on the street—some of the big authors now have their books ghostwritten. I didn’t believe it at first, but with an audience demanding two books a year from one person, decade in—decade out, and a publishing contract demanding it too, I can get my head around it. A lot of people do it. Why not?
If you want a book written and you are looking to hire a writer, do you want a ghostwriter for hire, or the more simple freelance writer… the copywriter? Answer: you want a ghostwriter who works with a copy-editor.
Most copywriters I meet would love to one day work on an autobiographical project as a ghostwriter. Most ghostwriters that I know have at one time or another worked as copywriters—or written copy. If a copywriter is someone who is well skilled at working on different types of copy and a ghostwriter is someone who can write different kinds of books, is a ghostwriter then not someone who has simply upped their game? Reached for the bigger project? We are all freelance writers and a writer at any level, especially the published author will require a proofreader and copy-editor to ensure that their writing is error free. Proofreading and copy-editing can all sit under the copywriter job title—in a way—but when it comes to writing books, the author at work should be working with his or her—editor. I even have a copy-editor proofread these blogs – somewhat late after they’ve been published I’ll add, and so for a period of time may even get published with errors inn.