World of Ghostwriting:
Entering the world of ghostwriting can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure where to start. No matter your experience level or what kind of writing you need to be done, though, there are plenty of avenues to explore when it comes to finding the best ghostwriters out there.
The best way to find ghostwriting experts for your project depends on what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend. Signing up with a ghostwriting agency is one of the best ways to find a writer who can help you tell your story in the best way possible.
The experts at these agencies are skilled, experienced, and dedicated to helping you share your story with your target audience.
Here are 10 of the most effective ways to find ghostwriters for my story, from personal recommendations to hiring agencies and crowdsourcing options. If you decide to go with the latter two, be sure to start early—you don’t want to be in a rush once you finally find someone!
- Creative Writing Agencies
One of the most well-known (and fastest) places to get professional help with your book is through a ghostwriting agency. Agencies can work with you on anything from short ebooks and reports to full-length manuscripts, books, and even speeches.
While working with a ghostwriting agency might not always be as personal as working directly with an individual freelancer, it does provide you with multiple options in terms of services and delivery methods—including having your manuscript written by several different people!
The biggest challenge facing creative writing agencies is that they charge by word count or page numbers, resulting in some pretty hefty costs. That said, if all you need is some expert help, then agents are worth considering.
- Freelance Marketplaces
You might be looking to hire someone to write and publish an ebook. If so, you could start by exploring freelance marketplaces such as Upwork or PeoplePerHour. These sites are great because they offer access to many qualified creative writing experts at competitive rates, plus it’s easy to post a job and get started right away.
If you want help with creating your original idea in exchange for writing assistance, there are plenty of ghostwriting agencies that provide custom services at various price points. You could also connect with individual writers on platforms like Scripted or Fiverr; all you need is a brief description of what you’re looking for and samples of their work.
Remember: With these sites, it’s always important to check reviews before hiring!
- LinkedIn – Contacts/Memberships
LinkedIn is an online directory of professionals, and it’s one of your most powerful tools in finding ghostwriters. In fact, if you have a LinkedIn profile, your work on ghostwriting has already begun; you have to make sure that everyone who knows you is aware of what you’re looking for.
Remember that while using LinkedIn, people are not actively looking to do business with strangers so be sure that whoever views your profile will want or need your services. Take some time to create an effective and user-friendly profile and make any pertinent connections before posting about what it is you’re looking for.
- Facebook Groups
Join Facebook groups centered around your niche. For example, if you write fantasy fiction, join a group of creative writing experts who make their living by writing in that genre.
You can often get some excellent advice and make connections. LinkedIn Groups: Do you know how many LinkedIn groups there are? Let’s say it’s in the thousands.
This is an incredible resource for freelance writers. Go to LinkedIn and search [your niche] or your topic of interest and start joining as many relevant groups as possible! Twitter Search: Type keywords related to your topic into Twitter’s search bar and see what comes up.
Google – Communities/Areas of Interest
Google Groups are an excellent place to look when you need creative writing help from other writers or those with experience in writing. By searching on groups and community sites related to your project, you’ll be able to determine who might be available for freelance work.
Although some freelancers operate their websites, many post ads on Google Groups, Craigslist, and LinkedIn Groups. Before posting a want ad of your own, it can help to review what others have posted so that you get a feel for how often these postings are updated and what kinds of responses they garner.
Finally, if you don’t see what you’re looking for in Google or other online communities or groups—don’t fret!
If you have an interesting question, Quora will be where people get answers. For example, ask on Quora if you want to know what your audience thinks about creative writing experts. Then, people will read it and write responses that you can use in your post. A big benefit of using Quora is that there are thousands of questions already being asked, so you can save yourself time writing and searching for questions related to your book topic.
You can choose up to five channels or hangouts you’d like your ghostwriter access. In addition, you can add or remove channels and change the names of existing ones at any time.
Keep in mind that if your ghostwriter is working on multiple projects,
they may only be able to join one Slack channel/hangout at a time. On average, our clients are in two channels at most.
- Slack Channels/Hangouts
If you can’t afford to hire a dedicated editor or ghostwriter, freelance writing websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer can help you find qualified creative writing experts and editors. But note that these platforms are often overcrowded with people just starting in their careers or looking for work on the side — so only put your project in front of freelancers who have worked in your industry before.
You might also consider creating an exclusive Slack channel or Google Hangout group where you can meet potential candidates.
Finally, remember that it’s important to show examples of previous writing samples
don’t rely on previous employers/clients posting their projects online.
- Twitter Hashtags
Hashtags are super useful if you know how to use them properly. So first, search Twitter for hashtags related to your story.
You can do so in one of two ways:
On desktop, type your keywords into Twitter’s search bar and scroll down
until you see a list of relevant hashtags that include those keywords.
If you’re using Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, clicking on any hashtag will reveal other similar hashtags
that could help further refine your search.
Next, open Twitter in its browser (meaning not through an app)
and navigate through it as though you were viewing it on a desktop.
In A Nutshell…
The most important tip on finding ghostwriters is your primary goal:
Find excellent writers who can bring your ideas, characters, and plot to life in unique and exciting ways.
More than anything else, look for relevant experience and references—and whether you work with a ghostwriting agency
or directly with an individual writer, make sure you have plenty of communication throughout. We’re happy to help! As one of America’s top writing agencies specializing in creative content, we know how hard it is to choose professional writers based on their profiles alone.