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Testimony to the book is that I now feel fully briefed on all the ins and outs of ghostwriting as a profession and anyone who wants to do this as a career should definitely read Richard Lowe Jr.'s book. It is well written and covers anything and everything that should be known on the subject.
Although written in a way that is straightforward and easy to follow, the author intersperses the necessary technical data with personal examples drawn from his own experience, so it is kept alive and interesting all the way through.
Clearly, the author has been an excellent project manager in his previous career and this stands him in good stead in his ghostwriting career. In fact, I would even encourage anyone wanting to learn about excellent project management skills to give this book a read anyway, as those shine through in the book and can be applied to other projects of an artistic and/or technical nature with great results.
Definitely recommended reading for anyone managing a project of any size, and particularly for writers managing a writing project involving other clients.
I do a lot of blogging; all my website content was written exclusively by me (I never believe in scraping content) but have I thought about becoming a ghostwriter? Well, not really; but mainly because I didn't know what it entailed (I know it has nothing to do with spirits LOL) It's actually being a content writer for someone else, pretty much; and as the author says, it's not exactly a small feat to be good at this. You have to be able to research and have a good grasp of someone else's point of view and all the subtle nuances that come into play.
Richard G. Lowe Jr gets right on the job of explaining the process and how freelance writers can stumble onto opportunities, as well as the technicals of the process; it is a business, and should be treated as such; with professionalism, interviews, and written arrangements in place in order to help projects go smoothly underway. There is helpful advice as well when it comes to negotiating, doing revisions, sticking to the terms drawn up, and dealing with clients gracefully.
I do some freelance writing on Fiverr so I have managed to dip my toes in the water of seller/client relations; so some of the advice was not new to me, but the strategies outlined by the author will be very helpful in keeping transactions between writers/clients harmonious, avoiding unpleasant surprises, and maintaining reasonable expectations, as well as getting paid what you're worth.
Thank you, Richard, I do hope to get acquainted with more of your work!
He gave step by step processes from communication skills, written skills to even copyright terms which is very important in this business. He shows you the way you can write the book better and faster for greater impact. I really enjoyed the book and it's something that will benefit those who want to get into this business.
Tunji Ogunjimi, author of How to WRITE Your Book FAST: A Foolproof Guide to Transforming Your Ideas Into a Manuscript in record time. (Taking your Idea out of your head, onto Paper and Into a Book)
Richard does an excellent job of breaking down the tasks of ghostwriting. This is an invaluable piece of guidance if you're remotely interested in becoming a ghostwriter. It's one of the best preps on how to make money (you won't become right, by any means) writing for other people.
One of my favorite key takeaways is the Statement of Work. Without that critical document, you could end up making pennies for hours of hard work. Be smart, get this, you'll be very glad you did.
Top takeaways: Be highly organized and record communication and alterations meticulously. Check your ego in at the door. This is about making your client successful using your writing skill.