Working With Your Ghostwriter

By Henia

I wish I could tell you that when you have a ghostwriter write your book, all you have to do is relax on the beach, until your ghostwriter says your book is ready.

Unfortunately we ghostwriters are not mind readers. That’s why you have to be involved in the process.

First of all, you need to convey to your ghostwriter everything you want your book to say. If you’re intending to author a full-length book, this can require hours of interviews with your ghostwriter.

To make sure your book isn’t missing anything important, you may want to make a list of all the points you want to have in your book, before you have your interview with your ghostwriter.

If you already have prewritten notes or recordings of what you would like in your book, that will save you a lot of time. But you still need to be available to answer any questions your ghostwriter might have.

If you don’t have any written or recorded material to share with your ghostwriter, your ghostwriter should be able to help you relay all the information relevant to your book, by interviewing you and listening to you tell your story, and recording and or taking notes during the interview. Your ghostwriter could also skillfully ask questions to help bring out more of your story and more of its depth.

Once all the necessary information is conveyed to your ghostwriter, whether verbally or through notes, and she begins writing your book, she will send you drafts of your book in progress to make sure you approve, or to find out if there are any changes or corrections you want.

Having a ghostwriter write your book is easier and less time consuming than writing the book yourself. But you are the author and still need to be involved in the process.