Putting All Experts At An Equal Footing
Let’s face it, not everyone is a fantastic wordsmith. Ghostwriters offer a stepping stone for people with a high level of expertise and limited writing skills a chance to share their knowledge with the world. It might be the one and only way some experts with a limited amount of writing experience can share their expertise with a wide ranging audience.
The process of hiring a ghostwriter and trusting them to obey all legal and ethical guidelines can be a scary experience. Before you hire a ghostwriter to write anything for you, here’s a set of tips to make the experience less scary and help you avoid getting taken for a ride:
- Hiring Process – When you’re looking for a ghostwriter, treat it like you’re hiring them for a job. You need to be able to trust a ghostwriter completely and hold them to the highest standards of quality. Ask questions. Find out how much experience they have. Ask to see writing samples. Don’t settle for anyone that doesn’t meet your expectations.
- You Get What You Pay For – To get the best articles, you have to be willing to pay enough for them. Sure, you might be able to find a ghostwriter charging a dollar or two per article, but you’re going to get what you pay for. Try to pin down exactly what the service is going to be worth to you and go from there.
- 100% Exclusive Rights – It’s really important to make sure you have 100% exclusive rights to any articles someone else writes for you. If it’s not part of your agreement, you won’t know for sure if those same articles are being sold to others as well.
- Account Access – Don’t give your account information to the ghostwriter. You need to be in complete control of your account and be able to review every single article before submission to make sure they meet your expectations.
- Advanced Search – Part of your review of their work should include an Advanced Search of each article to check that they are 100% original. To do this:
- Go to the advanced search.
- Copy a random two sentence chunk from the article to your clipboard.
- Paste the sentences into the field “Find web pages that have this exact wording or phrase.”
- Click the Advanced Search button.
- Review any sites that come up as a match.
- Repeat this process several times with other random sections.
If any sites turn up in the search, it means the article was found elsewhere. If so, it’s time to start looking for a new ghostwriter.
- “One Strike” Rule – If your ghostwriter breaks your trust – even once – fire them and look for someone new. There are no second chances. As a ghostwriter, they’re representing you. Don’t let someone represent you if you don’t trust them.
Have any of your own tips you use when searching for a ghostwriter? Feel free to post a comment.