By Karen Cole
This article tells you about how copy editing led to ghost writing as my main job description. Truly, editing and writing are so intertwined, as the article describes, that it can be difficult at time to differentiate one from the other. But this article gives you some guidelines to go by. It’s by a ghost writer and copy editor who regularly writes articles about ghost writing.
Meanwhile, what is it about ghost writing? Well, if you need something done along those lines, I would suggest you research your ghost writers as much as you can before hiring one. However, don’t go overboard and interview hundreds of ghost writers. You need to find a good one, and there are plenty of those. But pricing can often be an issue. Try not to get suckered into those who parade incredibly low rates, such as $2,000 per book.
I have offered that kind of pricing before, back when I could afford to, but nowadays it is a much leaner and meaner book market for ghost writing. So I charge more around $15,000 per book myself, and have staffers who charge more or less according to their experience. Seeing if your book ghost writer is a better match for you makes the most sense. You need someone you can get along with, without feeling a loss of contact, or like you can’t handle their ghost writing.