As I was scrolling through Snapchat’s “Discover” area, I read about how most influencers aren’t writing their own content but rather hire a ghostwriter. Ghostwriting is a job most people aren’t aware of as it is done mostly in secret which is why I was shocked to see that this job actually exists. As an aspiring writer, I realized that I may have done this several times as most of my friends and my parents let me do their work when they can’t. Ranging from articles and speeches, I have done it for them and they mostly pay me for it.
Intrigued, I have decided to research more about it and found the pros and cons in ghostwriting.
- You don’t only write books. You have vast options with what type of writing you would do—it may be for a newsletter, an article, or even blog posts! But it all depends on your client. However, you aren’t only enclosed with book writing as you have many writing options to choose from.
- It pays MORE. Since you don’t get to claim ownership with what you wrote, your client would compensate for it with a huge deal of money. As I read in LittleZottz Writing’s site, in the 2013 Writer’s Market price rate chart, ghostwriters who get an “as told to” credit pull in about $100 per page while ghostwriters who get no credit pull in about $500 per page. Though this may be for the more experienced ghostwriters, it’s still not bad!
- Freedom. Ghostwriting provides you an opportunity to try out other areas you may want to write about and you cannot receive backlash from the public with how poorly you have written it. It can promote growth as a writer. It helps you practice lots of voices as you would work with different clients.
- Availability of Work. It’s easier to find clients than you think. With the growing population of influencers on the worldwide web, though they do what they’re passionate about, they, however, lack the ability in writing.
- Anonymity. This is the biggest con you should consider before getting into ghostwriting. Most writers want to credit themselves with their works and if you are one of them, ghostwriting may not be for you. Most clients would let you a non-disclosure agreement which prohibits you from telling anyone of your involvement from the client’s work which means that you cannot even put it in your portfolio. If you can’t handle the thought of writing something really amazing but can’t share it with anyone, then this job’s not for you.
- Deadlines. Seeing that you work for someone else, there would be tons of deadlines. If you are writing a book, chances are they would let you submit your work chapter by chapter with separate deadlines for it.
- It’s just not you. Writing for well-known people means that you have to meet with their illustrators, editors, and researchers.
- Research. Writing for somebody else means putting yourself into a lot of research and interviewing as you should be knowledgeable with what you’d write. If you hate researching, then ghostwriting is not for you.
- Demanding clients. Clients want what they want and at times, what they want is pretty difficult to achieve. Regardless of this, as a professional, you have to meet their wants.
Ghostwriting is fun for those who thoroughly enjoys writing but it has a lot of demands. What’s important to this job other than your mastery in writing is that you have fun doing it—regardless of its cons. Seeing this, I think that I won’t mind ghostwriting for others just as long as they compensate for the demands adequately. Studying a course (Occupational Therapy) that is completely not in line with this job, I think that I could make this as a mere hobby on my leisure. I do not expect to write for big people. With this, there would be lesser demands and I would get to grow as a writer.
With that being said, do you think ghostwriting is for you?
- Tharp, L. (2013, February 27). The Pros and Cons of Ghostwriting (and Why You Should Hire a Ghost!). Retrieved June 08, 2017, from http://littlezotz.com/2013/02/pros-and-cons-of-ghostwriting/
- Boyle, P. (2014, November 26). Should You be Ghostwriting? The Pros and Cons of Being a Ghostwriter. -. Retrieved June 08, 2017, from http://have-a-word.com/ghostwriting-pros-cons/
- Mattern, J. (2016, August 24). Pros and Cons of Ghostwriting. Retrieved June 08, 2017, from https://allfreelancewriting.com/pros-and-cons-of-ghostwriting/