Three reasons to fire your ghost writer

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All of us have at least one book inside us. We all have our own unique way of looking at the world and that can be of interest to others. Provided you keep your eyes and ears open, then you can reveal what others may not see.  

That’s all well and good but how can you write that book. Not everyone has a gift with words and it is essential that your book should maintain the interest of your readers.
One solution that is used by a wide variety of people is to employ a ghost writer. This practice is more widespread than you might imagine. After all most celebrities have very full lives and are constantly on the go. How could they possibly find the time to write a book, or even several books.

If you find the right ghost writer then you too can produce a book that will grip your audience. That is often easier said than done. It is almost as difficult as finding the right marriage partner. You and the ghost writer will be spending a great deal of time together and need to be working with a common purpose. Here are three aspects to consider that may mean the potential ghost writer is not right for you.

1.  Values

Clearly if the ghost writer and yourself have fundamental differences in what you regard as important, then this is an obvious reason to cut short your involvement. This may be something that does not emerge immediately since the ghost writer will undoubtedly seek to present the best possible image that will meet the needs you express.

However in any long-running engagement you are both likely to revert to your natural way of working. This means that it is very important at the outset to have an in-depth interview to make sure your people chemistry does not clash.

2.  Time

How one views time is a factor that can produce major conflicts. Different people work at different speeds. Some people are driven and strive to complete any task as quickly as possible. Others welcome occasional breaks so that they can even brainstorm on different ways of taking the next steps.

If your potential ghost writer has a different view on time than you do then you will quickly be at loggerheads. Again this is an important issue to fully explore in an initial interview.

3.  Money

The final factor that may be a deal breaker is the question of money. It is highly probable that the initial draft of the book is not entirely to your liking. Even that first draft may have cost more than you had hoped for. Working through a second or third draft will be unthinkable.

Again this requires a full discussion at the very start of the project. The ghostwriter must have a clear idea of your budget and be willing to work through any drafts that may be needed while staying within the budget. It is worth taking whatever time is needed for this discussion. If essentially the same discussion takes place when an unsatisfactory first draft has been produced, no one is likely to be happy.

Ideally you should feel a kinship with your selected ghost writer. By hammering out a common understanding on these three important factors, the odds are good that you will achieve what you are looking for. Let us hope that your book then finds an eager audience.

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