- By R.T. Markovsky
- Published 03/23/2008
There are all sorts of ways that writers of one sort or another eventually get published. Some are would-be writers who have something to say but don’t feel they have the ability to put together the finished product so they hire a ghost writer. Ghost writers undertake all kinds of projects from one-time articles and web content to a full blown novel. The writer is called a ghost writer because they get no credit for what they have written other than a previously agreed upon fee for writing. The book or article is listed under the name of the person who commissioned the writing. Where are Contract Writers Needed and What Do They Write Contract writers are needed in the entertainment industry to write celebrity biographies, they are commissioned to write blogs, they work in academic circles, in businesses and on the internet. Many celebrities are encouraged by their agents to tell their life stories by writing an autobiography. While a good number of well known artists have written their own autobiographies there are an even bigger number that hire ghost writers to do it for them.
Sometimes they will give the writer some notes and then leave them to get on with it. Still others prefer to take more of a hands-on approach and will meet with the ghost writer on a regular basis going through the book chapter by chapter and, other than the actual writing,
they are fully involved in the process. Ghost writers write books. They may also write ebooks for people. Some of these are fiction but most are factual. They can cover subjects from work-at-home moms to car insurance. For-hire writers also write ad copy and other types of web content. The rise of the internet has generated a demand for ghost writers who are both literate and able to meet deadlines. Skills Contract writers need to be able to promote themselves in order to bid for jobs. They need an excellent command of the English language as well as good research skills since they may be writing on something about which they know very little. It also helps if they know how to touch type. Speed is often of the essence in ghost writing so being able to type quickly is a great skill to have. Ghost writers, unlike many other writers, need to be able to adhere to strict deadlines. Getting Started
Getting started as a ghost writer is not too difficult but staying in the game is. There are plenty of internet sites where writers can bid for work. There are also sites that hire contract writers to write content that has been requested by other people. Many ghost writers get started by word of mouth. To find out where the jobs are, active writers will generally have their own blog or belong to writers’ forums. Being a writer for hire is ideal for people who want to work from home for reasons of one kind or another and who have a good level of writing skills.