3 Steps to Getting Freelance Ghostwriting Jobs

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It's unlikely that you'll find a good ghostwriting gig on LinkedIn's job posting site. Or any other digital job site for that matter. So, exactly how does an aspiring ghostwriter go about entering the business and get the attention of a reputable publisher? While it may take some legwork there are steps one can take to get noticed and get published. As long as you realize (and accept) going in that ghostwriters rarely get a byline (or even credit) for their work, being a ghostwriter can be an interesting and lucrative career.


Follow These Three Steps

Before you begin it's important to know where the opportunities are. Generally, books in a series and books "penned" by famous people hold the most opportunity.

Step 1: Think before you act. Think long and hard about whether or not this is the right career path for you. Without a byline, you may end up with nothing to show once you've completed the project other than a paycheck. While this is certainly OK, make sure you are willing to work without having the validation of a clip to add to your portfolio.

Step 2: Do your research. There's no duplication for methodically doing your homework, so your second task is to educate yourself. One of the best articles I've read that ​covers the subject is Jenna Glatzer's article on book packaging at right-writing.com. 

Step 3: Go where the jobs are. While jobs postings online may be few and far between, I have seen some ghostwriting jobs posted at freelance writing job boards.

These postings are a better bet than general interest job posting sites like indeed.com. You also need to be proactive and target publishers on your own. Don't be afraid to reach out with a letter of introduction or try cold calling. You can also find publishers through their associations like the American Book Packagers Association or the American Association of Publishers.

Like most freelance writing jobs, getting ghostwriting jobs is a matter of digging through the various postings, sending out a killer introductory pitch letter and cold calling the companies you want to work for. Before you do any of the above, assemble an attractive freelance writing package complete with a detailed resume, your best clips and at least three professional references.