How Do You Work With A Ghostwriter?There are an infinite number of ways to have someone write a book for you. Here are some of the most popular:
- Talk on the phone once every week or two for about an hour. Work with a ghostwriter to develop an outline for your book and then use each phone session to provide enough information for her to write a chapter. Provide feedback on the chapters intermittently either by phone or in writing, whichever you prefer.
- Have you already created material on video, audio, or on paper? Give these items to your ghostwriter and let him write an outline and as many chapters as he can without your help. Then let him ask you questions on the phone to fill in the missing information.
- Tell your ghostwriter what you want to write about and let her create the book. You can come up with the outline together or let her do it. Then just point her to the material you want her to include and let her write. Just make sure you read the final results carefully to make sure you approve of it. (It also helps to know the material in case someone from the media asks you a question about it.)
- Let the ghostwriter tape interviews with you. Do a marathon interview for two or three days, and then let her go off and write the book.
- Take what you've written and expand it. You may have written a bunch of stuff that's not quite ready for publication. Let your ghostwriter rewrite it and make suggestions for additional material and what you might want to cut.
- Let your ghostwriter do all your research for you. Your ghostwriter can do all the library work and all the legwork, too. Let him find the right sources for the information you want. Or let him get the story from your clients or experts you want him to interview.
- Mix and match any or all of the above.