Every other person has a story to tell, but not everybody has the skill to write a great story. Writing is an overwhelming job, which only the passionate have the heart to put their hands in. Often people have the ideas but no time or skills to paint a picture without a brush. This is where ghostwriters play a significant role.
People hire ghost writers to compose blogs, fictitious novels, edit scripts or write speeches in exchange for money. A ghostwriter reflects your voice and message by producing high-quality content that nurtures your recognition. There are three necessary steps you need to follow to hire a ghostwriter.
Step #1: find candidates
- Figure your needs
Before you search for potential candidates for your project, you need to determine your needs and expectations for hiring a ghostwriter. This ensures that you hire a ghostwriter worthy of the job and skilled enough to fulfill your job requirements.
- Ask for referrals
If you know others who have hired ghostwriters, you can ask them to suggest a ghostwriter for the project. Once you have understood your requirements, you can share it with them, which can help them to direct a potential candidate for your project. This can save you time, effort and money as well as the risk of hiring an unknown writer for the job.
- Search different freelance sites
Compare different individuals, their cost and offers so you can choose the one which suits you best. Consider visiting sites such as Upwork, Fiverr, Elance and more and post your requirements so they can approach you. Keep in mind your budget and choose the one who can produce good quality with in the limited amount.
Step #2: evaluating potential candidates
- Compile your list of candidates
You need to focus on the place where you found them, their location, expertise, online rating, feedback, availability and hourly project rate. This will help you to identify the best writers suitable for your project.
- Set up an interview
Once you have found the suitable writers for your project, set up a meeting with them to understand them better. Have a professional conversation and tell them about your expectations, needs, and visions of collaboration. Remember you need to maintain a long-term relationship with the writer so make sure there are no communication gaps left.
- Evaluate them based on their portfolios
Request your candidate to send a portfolio file so you can know their writing style and skills. Read through the samples before hiring them. You must realize that a writer with no experience can also have exceptional skills and a writer with years of experience no so much.
- Request references
Get a list of places where they have worked before. Contact the references to know about their relationship with the writer and make an informed decision.
- Ask for a short sample for your project
After you have discussed your project with the candidate, ask them to provide a one-page sample for your project in a specific time range to understand if they can meet your expectations. This can ensure you if you have chosen the best candidate for your project.
Step #3: the agreement
- Discuss your expectations
Once you have finalized the writer for your project, talk with them and communicate all your expectations. This may include your deadlines, development of the project, payment details and project timetable. This can ensure if your writer agrees on your terms and expectations.
- Ask about the writer’s expectations
Don’t let any question unanswered. Talk to your writers about their expectations with the project. Consider and honor their needs and requests if professionally appropriate. This can ensure that you and your writer are on the same page. It is important to avoid any miscommunication in the future.
- Don’t forget to get everything under a contract
Once you and your ghostwriter have come to terms with all your expectations, you must write it all under a contract. Address to all the conditions set in your meetups and draft an agreement including the deadline of the project, the payment methods, plagiarism and copyrights. Make sure the contract is fair for the ghostwriter as well.
- Sign the contract
Once all the facts are on paper, all that is left to sign it. Make sure that both, your writer and you sign the contract to be on the same page. This can ensure that the contract is legally binding and can be acted on if any issues are found in the project.