This is one of the ultimate questions. Why would anyone hire a ghostwriter? If you have an idea, just write it…
Hiring a ghostwriter is a business choice. You hire one to take the writing/first draft step off your own plate, then can come back in and edit afterwards.
Hiring a ghostwriter takes the initial one hundred hours of work off your plate, allowing you to do something else with your time. If writing isn’t your strong point, but plotting is, ghostwriting is a viable option to get your book out and into the hands of readers - Without the headache of trying to figure out how to write the transition between chapter 1 and 2.
What a Ghostwriter can do for you.
Ghostwriters are professional writers. It’s their job to make an idea good. So, you have a great plot and you’re not really sure what to do with it? Hire a ghostwriter. Even if they produce a document that is 80% what you were looking for, you can fix the last 20% in way less time than producing the full manuscript.
You also don’t have to write the boring parts. You’ve paid someone to do that. It’s a dream of a lot of people - produce plots and sit back while someone writes it for you.
Why Hire a Ghostwriter?
You have a day job
Let’s be honest, making a living off of art isn’t an easy task. Add a family, and it’s a dream killer for your plot or your books. Hire a ghostwriter, and they do the chunk of the time suck.
You have little experience writing
Anyone can think of a brilliant plot. It could be tumbling around your head right now. But, if you have no experience or training writing, then you could be in for a terrible experience.
Writing isn’t easy. Writing well is even harder than that. If you really want a book, but you aren’t sure how to do it, hiring a ghostwriter can help fill in those gaps.
You don’t want to write (insert: Sex, violence, gore, horror) and you hate that part of manuscripts.
This is a big thing for writers. If you hate writing sex… it’s not going to be fun. It can grind your manuscript to a halt. Also… readers know if you hate writing stuff. And sex is hard to write, expecially write well.
So, write the rest of your book and leave the parts you hate for the ghostwriter.
It’s your first rodeo writing a (insert: Short Story, Novel, Script)
Developmental editors are amazing. They help you with the overall plot and flow of your manuscript. One problem: They only look at your manuscript after it’s done.
So, if you don’t know how to plot a book or a story of the length you want, then hire a ghostwriter. You can give them the outline, and they can give you a chapter by chapter plot.
You want to take the annoyance of plotting of your shoulders.
So, you have a great idea and half the plot in your head. You also do well with a chapter by chapter outline.
Hire a ghostwriter to fill in those gaps. For fairly cheaply, too. Because many ghostwriters work at a price per word, a general plot outline is 3,000 words. That’s cheap, and it definitely helps start off your next work.
You simply don’t want to write
I don’t judge. If you have a great idea and you don’t want to write it, pay someone to have them write it for you. Even if your idea isn’t so great, a good ghostwriter will help you iron out the plot points that stick.
You have a ton of different series and need to keep up with the releases
This is the main reason published and successful authors use ghostwriters. They simply don’t have the time to put in the initial words. If you have multiple series and you’re finding yourself missing KDP pre-orders (we’ve all been there), then hiring a ghostwriter can take care of all that stress. Giving you time to advertise and write what you want.
Whatever the reason, get out there and start looking for someone in your price range. Beware, because sometimes you get what you pay for!