Guest Post: Ghost-writing? What’s that all about?

I have a guest post for you, today. It’s interesting for me because I am not (or I was not) sure of what exactly a ghost writer does. Are they the walking dead who like to write? Are spooks haunting us with their ghostly words?

Well, if you’re anything like me, sit back and learn all about ghost-writing from our guest blogger! You’re welcome. :)

Right then. Take it away, Teena!



Ghost-writing: What Is It And How Does It Work?


Ghost-writing is where an individual is hired, usually on a freelance basis, to write for and in the name of another person.  It is very common and widely used in public relations, social media, and other industries that produce a great number of articles and written content.

So what type of projects do ghost-writers work on?

Social media content

Social media and online content is a huge part of everyday life, with most brands, organisations and celebrities operating social media accounts across numerous platforms.  Typically company CEO’s, celebrities and the like often don’t have the time to manage and update their social media profiles, therefore many employ a ghost writer to work on their behalf, updating their content.


Not all those with a story to tell are naturally gifted writers, therefore throughout the history of publishing celebrities, politicians, historical figures  and business leaders have employed a ghost writer to help turn their ideas and visions into reality.  More recently, with the increase of self-publishing an even wider range of individuals are calling in a ghost writer to help them to write books on a wide range of topics from cook books to how to guides.


Throughout history public speakers have been given assistance with their speech writing, with some employing a ghost writer to complete the entire speech.  Ghost writers have been used in speech writing for presidents, CEOs, members of Congress and big brands.  With the growing popularity of TED style conferences, more and more individuals who wish to position themselves as business leaders are using ghost writers to stand out amongst the crowd of “experts”.

So if a ghost-writer is employed to work on these types of jobs, do they take any credit?

One of the most common uses for a ghost writer is producing books, and a ghost writer will rarely receive any recognition for their work asides from a small acknowledgement within the writing.  They are often asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep it quiet that a ghost writer has been used, and this is often the case with high profile projects.  This is not always the case however, and some ghost writers will be given the title of “co-author”.  When it comes to speeches and all other types of content discussed above, ghost writers are completely invisible and never acknowledged.

Is hiring a ghost writer expensive?

The cost of a ghost writer will vary for a number of reasons.  The two main indicators of cost will be the level of experience the ghost writer has, and the size of the project you are asking them to work on.  In the example of having a book written, you would be looking at anything from £20,000 to £200,000 depending on the ghost writer you select and the complexity of the project.

How long does it take?

As with the cost, this will vary from project to project depending on the time frame expected to deliver the work within.  It isn’t a simple process of simply sitting down and putting pen to paper, there will need to be a number of drafts and revisions made before the final piece is complete, and this can take an indefinite amount of time depending on how you are as a client.

So I am thinking about hiring a ghost writer, what should I look out for?

There are a number of different things you will need to take into account when employing a ghostwriter.  The key things you should be looking for are value for money, experience/ credentials, and likability.

You need to ensure when selecting a ghost writer that they are firstly going to be able to work within your budget, then you will need to ensure that they have the experience to work on the project and that they will be able to fulfil your needs.  Finally, you should interview your ghost writer first to ensure that you actually like them.  It is likely that you will spend a lot of time with this person, and they need to be able to understand your vision to produce the final piece you require.

Hi my name is Teena and I am a professional ghost writer.  I offer a variety of ghost writing services, and have much experience in a writing about a wide range of topics.


Thanks Teena!

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  1. says

    I was a ghost-writer for a while, working for people who wanted their names attached to non-fic e-articles. It paid badly and took too much time, so I quit! lol
    It’s great to meet you, Teena! Wishing you much success. :-)

    • says

      I didn’t see the reason for it either. Unless you were writing illegal material :) Or erotica and didn’t want to get your name associated with it, at all. But it seems a shame not to take credit for great writing. Thanks for stopping in Lexa. X

  2. says

    Having read a few articles about ghostwriting before this, I always wondered what the draw was… I understand that a paycheck is a paycheque, but to not be able to say “I wrote that” or even “I helped write that” on a resume seems almost risky. There’s a point where some credit helps, if not the emotional “writer’s soul” then at least the “you want to hire me because I can really get this project done right” part.

    I do hope your writing does well, Teena.

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