Employing a ghost writer allows an individual to write the story they’ve always wanted to tell. Whether writing fiction material or non-fiction such as biographies, a ghost writer can help you tell the story in the best possible way, provide editorial and publication advice, and motivate you to actually get the book written. For those who are interested in this service the entire ghost writing process is explained below.
The Ghost Writing Process
There are many ways in which an author can work with a ghost writer, and at JMD Editorial and Writing Services we utilise three different options, as follows:
- A JMD writer conducts interviews and then uses the material to write the entire book
- The client writes the book and a JMD writer re-writes the content in order to get the best out of the material provided
- The client writes the book and a JMD writer provides mentoring feedback and advice to allow the client to re-write the material to the best of their abilities
Each of these options is a great way to work with a ghost writer, and the choice you make will depend on a number of factors including the following:
- Your motivation for writing the book
- Your budget
- Your available time
- Your aspirations for the book
It is important that all of these aspects are considered before deciding how you wish to proceed. However, once you start with one method, it is of course possible to change the approach if you feel it is not working for you, or you’d like to try and take on more of the writing etc. This is absolutely fine and JMD will be flexible in order to accommodate your desires and in order to get the book completed.
Step one – The Plan
Before commencing any ghost writing project JMD will always develop a plan of attack. This will include agreeing the most appropriate approach for the project, confirming the style of writing and the tone the client wishes to use, and developing a chapter plan. Once all of this has been agreed then the process of retrieving content for the book can begin.
Step two – Interviews
The term interview makes this phase of the ghost writing project sound very formal, but often these interviews are just in-depth discussions. There are three main ways in which interviews can be conducted by the ghost writer, these include:
- Face to face meetings recorded with a Dictaphone
- Skype interviews
- Telephone interviews
All of these methods will allow for a good relationship to develop between the author and the ghost writer, and will allow for the story to be transferred effectively.
Step three – Writing and Review
The main stage in the ghost writing process is the writing and review step, and regardless of who’s doing the writing, either client or ghost writer, there will be a continuous process of write and review. This ensures that both parties are happy with the book as it progresses in terms of content, style, tone, length etc. And also allows the client, if predominantly writing the book themselves, to gain valuable feedback empowering them to improve their writing skills as the book progresses.