Ghostwriting: Does It Matter If You Don’t Get The Credit?
Many of you know me as a writer and blogger, but did you know about my ghostwriting? As well as several of my own e-books, I have written books and ebooks for other clients without a byline. And a question that people often ask me is — is the lack of credit as a ghostwriter a problem? I can’t speak for other writers but for me the answer is a resounding no. Here’s why.
Benefits of Ghostwriting: Knowledge Collection
As a ghostwriter, I get to work on a wide range of topics which are not always subjects that I would pick for my own books. Since I like learning new things and broadening my intellectual horizons, working on something like a management course or a book on consumer finance (both of which I have done) allows me to explore new interests and stockpile knowledge which might come in handy in another context. Ghostwriting is great for this.
Ghostwriting as an Expert Writer
In these cases, I am not so much a subject expert as an expert writer and sometimes it’s a case of collaborating with the subject expert to get the best possible book we can produce. Once it’s done and the client is paid the book belongs to that client. I get the satisfaction of having completed a project without having to think about the marketing and promotion which are important part of the self publishing process. I also get a lot of personal satisfaction out of helping others achieve their goals through my ghostwriting.
Beyond Ghostwriting: Getting The Credit
In contrast, I get a different type of satisfaction from publishing my own books and seeing my name on the cover. I remember what it felt like the first time I got a byline in my local paper. I was absolutely elated. Even after 25 years in the writing business, that’s still a thrill for me.
Beyond Ghostwriting: Writing as a Subject Expert
When I publish books in areas in which I have some expertise then obviously it matters to me to be identified as the author. An author credit enhances my professional reputation and my ability to reach out to and connect with a wider audience — something that doesn’t happen when you don’t get a byline.
Best of Both Worlds
My current writing and publishing career gives me the best of both worlds. Ghostwriting give me a chance to write on varied subjects while building a professional reputation in the areas that matter most to me via bylined articles and books.
Have you ever tried ghostwriting? How is it for you?
Check out my series on self-publishing:
- Ebook Research: Self Publishing Case Study
- The Writing Process – Self Publishing Case Study
- Lessons From My First Attempt at Self-Publishing
- Thinking About Ebook Design: Self Publishing Case Study
- Book Planning with Workflowy: Self Publishing Case Study
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