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By Andrew Crofts

Ghostwriting is a thriving, secretive undefined. As a ghostwriter you could create best-selling books for movie stars, footballers, pop singers, presidents, company tycoons, gangsters, specialists, spies, mercenaries, courtesans, four-star generals, royals and somebody else with an engaging tale to inform. This publication finds the entire crucial secrets and techniques of ways to show ghostwriting right into a winning and profitable profession. Andrew Crofts has ghosted greater than 40 books, a lot of them foreign bestsellers, together with offered by means of Zana Muhsen (nearly four million copies sold), the child by means of Kevin Lewis, Heroine of the wasteland via Donya Al-Nahi, Kathy and Me by means of Gillian Taylforth and Crocodile footwear via Jimmy Nail.

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46 01Ghostwriting 11/12/03 1:31 pm Page 47 How much should you charge? • • • • Will I enjoy the work or is there a boredom factor involved? How much can they afford? How much would they expect to pay? How long is the manuscript going to be, roughly? Some of these answers will have to be guesswork, but you can still have an idea. So, let’s pick a figure out of the air and assume that the minimum you can live on is £2000 a month. You think that the book will take three months to write, so the least you can possibly ask for is £6000, unless you’re willing to take a loss in order to get the job.

In any newspaper there are always stories of people who are not household names, but who have tremendous stories to tell: try seeking them out and asking if they have considered writing a book about their adventures. The bigger the name, the harder it will be to convince people that they should use your services – especially if you are inexperienced. But even successful people are usually pleased to hear from writers who are enthusiastic about the same things as they are. The more experienced you can demonstrate yourself to be in any area of writing, the more comfortable people will be using your services.

If the agent has approached the star with the idea of the book in the first place, they may have overcome an initial reluctance to take on the daunting task of writing by offering to find a suitable ghost for them. The agent knows that the ghost will understand the needs of the marketplace and will be willing and able to quickly produce a professional synopsis and sample material that will convince publishers to start a bidding war. Writing for celebrities Publishers and agents are always trying to get celebrities to put their names to books.

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