Many writers are opting to do freelance writing because of the financial benefit. Then there are those writers who are afraid of doing ghostwriting in the fear of being conned.
I’m here to tell you that there are a lot of legitimate freelance writing gigs out there and that you can make a lot of money doing so. However, there is a catch. Understandably, most writers want recognition for their writing, in order to make a name for themselves in the industry. Unfortunately, with ghostwriting, you are giving your client all the rights to your work. You will not receive recognition for writing, but rather you are compensated financially.
It is important to know if you are comfortable with the rules of ghostwriting, before you get into it. While you wait for your career to take off, this is a great way to make money. You can always build a name for yourself outside of writing for others. It is difficult to start out making money on your own, but with these options, you are able to do so quickly. Find a ghostwriter website and start to apply!
While you may be concerned that this is a step down, but it’s really just another avenue of writing. As writers, we know that it can be hard to make money in this industry, but we need money to live and this is a fantastic option to make some cash while doing what you love.
Here are some of the best freelance ghostwriting jobs available online.
1. Freedom With Writing
Freedom With Writing is a fantastic website that advertises great jobs for freelance writers and they make sure to only advertise the best. You want to go with a reputable website when looking for ghostwriting opportunities. With the amount of scams online, you can be assured that this website does not fall under that category. The jobs that they advertise help ghost writers earn decent coin and write for a variety of different publications and niches.
Another great website for writers looking for paid work in the United States is BlogMutt. It is basically a network of writers for hire and a place where businesses, who don’t have the time, resources or expertise to write the posts themselves, come to get content for their website. BlogMutt matches these businesses with writers that fit into their niche.
Many website owners and bloggers use this site to advertise any new jobs they have available and you can greatly benefit by popping in every day. While some websites don’t update regularly, which can be greatly disappointing for writers who need work to survive, this website updates daily and the jobs on there are amazing. Go check out this website and you will not be disappointed.
Many freelancers use Upwork to make a full-time income because of the amount of work there is available there. I have never been on Upwork on the hour without a new job not being advertised. There are more than two million messages exchanged every week, which lets you know that writers and web owners are busy. I always see ghostwriters for hire UK or content writers needed on a regular basis. This happens on the hour and it is a great place to make some extra money. Even though it is not easy finding high-paying clients, you can definitely make a full-time income through this website if you are smart about it.
This website has been around for a long time and is said to be as good as Upwork. There are a ton of jobs posted daily, so you likely won’t be left without work for a long time. The users of this website have earned over $200 million, which says a lot about the success writers are achieving. The clients are willing to pay for quality work and you only need one chance to impress your clients. Competition is fierce on this website, but you are just as good as any of the writers on this site. All you need is your first client, write good content and you are ready to take over the writing world.
A lot of writers are finding success on Freelancer, as it is the go-to place for many clients in need of a good writer. Jobs are posted on the minute and they are plentiful, meaning you will surely find what is right for you. Most of the jobs are for writers and programmers, so it fits perfectly for someone looking to find freelance writing work. With the amount of jobs posted daily, this is also one of those websites where you can make a full-time income on just one website. It takes time to build a reputation and clients are a bit weary of newbies. Just keep in mind that everyone was a newbie once and many of them are now successful ghostwriters.
This website is great for clients and writers alike and because focus is given to both sides of the coin, everyone who uses the platform seems to be happy. You want to feel like you are part of an online community and you are able to get that feeling with Writology. You are rated by your clients, so a good rating usually means that you’ll be hired again by other potential clients. Many writers work for the same client for a long time. There is no reason to end your contract when you are doing a good job. It takes time to build a relationship of trust with clients, but it is not impossible. Do the best you can and you will surely have more work than you have time for.
There are freelance writers who prefer this website to find work, but you have to be willing to work for a minimal rate. If you are desperate to start earning money, you will surely find work on this website. You just have to decide on what pricing structure you want to work. There is no need to stick to the prices the website offers, because your relationship with your client is personal. Show the client how well you write and they will pay you anything to keep you writing for them. With time, you will be able to find a lot of good gigs on this website.
This list would not be complete without mentioning Toptal. You can earn a decent living writing for the clients on this website. The only hurdle may be that you need to be accepted before you can work for anyone on there. They are looking for elite writers and boast about it a lot. This is because they guarantee the clients that they will be working with experts, so you have to prove that you are a good writer. There is nothing to lose and I would definitely apply to be listed on their website.
Finding work as a ghost writer has never been easier. With all the blogs and webpages on the net, you can make a lot of money writing. Businesses are realizing the importance of content marketing and are looking for good writers to grow their businesses and traffic stats. This is where you come in with your quality writing skills. Do not let fear stop you from throwing your name in the hat. You have nothing to lose and only a lot to gain. If you do not successfully book your first job, just remember that you can always apply for the next one. With these websites offering new positions daily, there is enough work to go around. I hope you find your perfect freelance writing job.
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"Behind the title of ghostwriter, I could converse with kings and billionaires as easily as whores and the homeless, go backstage with rock stars and actors. I could stick my nose into everyone else's business and ask all the impertinent questions I wanted to. At the same time, I could also live the pleasant life of a writer… "
Next week, in an exceedingly rare departure from a lifetime of tight-lipped professional discretion, Andrew Crofts, one of Britain's most invisible and yet successful writers, a bestseller you will never have heard of, will step out of the shadows and lift the veil on a trade that's almost as old as that other ancient calling. With a bit of skirt-lifting, and more than a hint of saucy revelations, Confessions of a Ghostwriter will be a timely publication.
There's an old saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. Today, perhaps, that conventional wisdom has rarely had more meaning. To a degree that might astonish the reading public, a significant percentage of any current bestseller list will not have been written by the authors whose names appear on the jackets.
Among the many mysteries of the British book world, none is quite so opaque as the life of the ghostwriter, the invisible man or woman who fulfils the vanity of those who want their name on the cover of a book but who, for the life of them, cannot write.
You may not know it, but literary ghosts are everywhere. In this golden age of reading, publishers desperate for copper-bottomed commercial titles in bestselling genres – misery memoir, sporting lives and celebrity autobiography – will not hesitate to sign up surrogate authors.
Behind such brand names as Sir Alex Ferguson, Jordan, Andy McNab and Victoria Beckham lurks the shy figure of the ghost. Sometimes, there is no deception. Keith Richards's Life was written by James Fox. Katie Price (aka Jordan) boasts that she does not do her own typing, and relied on Rebecca Farnworth to launch her career as a novelist with Angel. Further down the food chain, even the infuriating meerkat from the comparethemarket.com adverts has had A Simples Life put together by Val Hudson, formerly of Headline books.
The top category of ghosted titles remains the misery memoir, books such as Tell Me Why, Mummy or Please, Daddy, No, or Sharon Osbourne's Extreme: My Autobiography. At its peak, this genre accounted for almost 10% of the UK book market, closely followed by celebrity autobiographies (Russell Brand's My Booky Wook), true-crime memoirs (Dave Courtney's Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off), sporting lives (Wayne Rooney's My Story So Far) and tales of derring-do (Bruce Parry, Bear Grylls, et al).
Ghostwriting in the English-speaking world is big business. The term was coined by an American, Christy Walsh, who set up the Christy Walsh Syndicate in 1921 to exploit the literary output of America's sporting heroes. Walsh not only commissioned his ghosts, he imposed a strict code of conduct on their pallid lives. Rule one: "Don't insult the intelligence of the public by claiming these men write their own stuff."
Walsh's code lingers. The acknowledgments page of many ghosted books will thank partners, children, even family pets, before making a discreet, sometimes grudging, nod to the invisible man or woman who quarried the angel from the marble. Alternatively, and more transparently, the book will be credited "as told to", or "written with", or "edited by".
Those innocuous phrases often mask a world of private pain: tearful interviews, angry confrontations, threats of violence, shocking revelations and interminable waiting, waiting, waiting. In France, ghosts are known as nègres, and there is a kind of slavery implicit in this transaction. The ghost's world may be one of jeopardy, but it's probably less perilous than it is depicted in Robert Harris's thriller The Ghost, a book credited by many with outing the ghost's tradecraft.
As with any book, the struggles of the ghosted book are all to do with love and money. First, there's the inevitable contract tussle. Traditionally, the ghost receives 33% of the advance (plus royalties). In recession, this has been squeezed to as little as 10%, a figure the better class of ghost will disdain.
Often, battles over the money pale into insignificance next to the titanic clash of egos involved in taking on another's voice and character.Some ghosts, who generally speak on conditions of anonymity, report that the subject they approach with utter dread is the fragile personality with pretensions to authorship.
Who, after all, is not vulnerable to the tug of amour-propre? The ghost, who starts out as a hybrid of therapist, muse and friend, enters a psychological minefield. Accordingly, the ghost is advised never to forget that, at the end of the day, he or she ranks somewhere between a valet and a cleaner.
I recall, some years ago, a female pop star attending a book trade prize-giving for which her ghosted bestselling memoir had been shortlisted. Before this honour, she boasted she hadn't even opened, still less actually read, the book that bore her name. When she duly won, she left her ghost at the table and graciously collected her prize, all smiles, modesty and gratitude, the model author. When she returned to her publisher's table, the woman who had actually written the book reached out, instinctively, to touch the trophy. Bad move. The star snatched it back, clouting her ghost across the cheek to remind her who was boss. When you pay the piper, you call the tune.
Crofts has written some 80 books, sold more than 10m copies and appeared a dozen times in UK bestseller lists. In a rare interview with the Observer, Crofts described some 40 years of ghosting. An easygoing, youthful man in his early 60s, Crofts was educated at Lancing College, but says he was "too arrogant" for university, and stumbled into ghostwriting because, he says, "I didn't want to have a permanent job".
Ghosts, notes Crofts, lead episodic lives: "It's a perfect arrangement. You get the commission, have the adventure – anywhere from a palace to a brothel – and return to the security of your own home." Crofts is a child of the 1960s who seems to have transformed a secret vagrancy into a way of life. At 17, on leaving school, he nurtured vague literary ambitions, wrote a novel ("more Robert Harris than Virginia Woolf"), suffered the inevitable rejection and began writing PR copy. With typical English self-deprecation, he describes himself as "an opportunistic hack" who would "do anything I got paid for". When pressed, however, he admits to taking pride in his craftsmanship and in having made "a good living as a writer for 40 years".
When he started, he recalls, "'ghostwriting' was a dirty word". In 1984, with the chutzpah of youth, he launched himself in business. His approach was simple and direct. He placed a three-word ad – "Ghostwriter for hire" – in The Bookseller, and waited for the phone to ring.
Crofts was lucky, with impeccable timing. Book publishing would be turned inside out by the IT revolution. Ghostwriting, similarly, was transformed by the web. "The internet made all the difference", says Crofts, who was one of the first ghosts to launch his own website. Now, he gets three or four approaches a day. "I'm writing all the time," he says.
Under his own name, and from a certain pride in his trade, he went on to publish Ghostwriting, a how-to manual. When Robert Harris read this as part of his research for The Ghost, he sought permission to quote some of Crofts's obiter dicta ("Of all the advantages that ghosting offers, one of the greatest must be the opportunity to meet people of interest") as chapter-heads. The Ghost, says Crofts, was "a gift from the gods. Harris did us all a huge favour."
Since 2007, Crofts has become the ghost's ghost, the go-to spook in a now-booming market. "I charge a lot," he admits, and concedes that his fees average six figures. Crofts, who currently earns more than most professional UK writers, is sought after by overseas celebrities, politicians and stars, especially in India. He also works with Russians, Africans, Arabs, and South Americans. "Everyone loves London," he says. "This is soft power in action. London is seen as the home of publishing, a place that's kosher, where Dickens walked the streets."
His rule for accepting a new client is that they must have a good backstory. He took on Alexandra Burke (of TheX-Factor) because of her mother's career sacrifice. "She was in hospital watching her daughter on TV, living her life," he says, and confides a special interest in tales of childhood abuse. Sold, the shocking rape story of Zana Muhsen, has shifted 5m copies and, Crofts believes, created a new market for books such as Jane Elliott's The Little Prisoner. Crofts also took on Big Brother's Pete Bennett, an acute Tourette's sufferer, out of respect for "an extraordinarily attractive character", and ghosted Pete: My Story, another bestseller.
Is there anything he wouldn't do? "I have to be interested", he says, conceding that he could happily coexist with monsters. "I have a horrible feeling that if I'd got the call from Germany in the 1930s I would have hopped on that plane like a Mitford."