Have you ever wondered how athletes, actors or big name people get their book out? Some do write it but a good portion uses ghostwriters giving the author what they want to see inside the book. So have you ever thought to becoming a ghostwriter or to using one for yourself?
The opportunity has risen for me twice but both never panned out. In a way that is good for I was not sure how I felt about becoming a ghostwriter. The pros: It is a paying gig. You add a new skill to your resume. You might get future work with this. The con: You get no credit for the work. If the book does well you don’t get a bit of the profit since your job ended when the book was finished.
So what would you do? Would you be willing to write what could very well be the next best-selling book but have someone else’s name on it? Or what you get paid would that be enough for a job well done?
It is something I have gone over back and forth when I was asked if I would consider doing this. I’m still not sure One can’t have it both ways. If the chance came around again and it was something that would be followed through I would have to decide yes or no. And if the price was right that could easily tip it over. 🙂
I been spring cleaning my office. It is something I have been avoiding for way too long. With it came two full cabinets stuffed with papers that I had to go through one by one. Joy, right? The bookcases were not bad. The roll cart that is dedicated to writing and etc was easy peasy. But the file cabinets not so much
But as I sorted through sheet after sheet of paper I found some awesome stuff. Cards from years and years from my husband with his message inside each one. I came across some old pictures that made me pause and smile as the memories came back alive. I came across stacks and stacks of papers concerning writing whether it was an article, an old notebook from classes I have taken, notes from a conference, pictures from conferences I been to and so on.
I have been doing this a while now, writing. It really has flown. People have asked me, “Hey, are you still writing?” I get why and yes I am. In fact one book has been ready since March of last year but life gets in the way at times.
It was awesome to find photocopies of quotes I have received or made myself. I saw an old calendar of my events, programs and speaking engagements I have done over the years. It has truly gone by so fast. But it has been a great experience for me for this is something I never expected to be doing when I was younger. Heck, even years ago.
So while it took me a number of trash bags, a lot of shredding, a lot of filing and finding room for everything my office is now in order and there is a place for everything so I am better organized. That alone was worth it. But the journey to get here was hard work but so much fun as I scanned visually the last few years as an author. It has been really great, I have met some amazing people, I have formed long-lasting friendships that go beyond writing, and I have come to be happy with this.
I hope those who are writers who follow me can say the same that the journey has been worth it,
What are your goals for your book? And if you have figured that out did you do it before or during the process of writing it out or after? There are many options to go with. I know a writer who just wants to write a book and is quite happy at stopping at one and is okay if it is published or not. I know another who has written a number of books but just writes for the pure pleasure of doing so.
Is this where you are at? Or do you want more? Do you want to be published traditionally? Perhaps you are going the self publish route. Maybe you will be a hybrid author. Do you want to have an agent? You could stick it out on your own and submit to those houses that don’t require you have one.
Do you plan on having an editor? If so which one? There are a number of different editors out there from copy editor, line editor, developmental editor and so on. Do you plan on having your book beta read or go through the gauntlet of a critique group?
I can go on. There is so much involved in a book and the old phrase comes to haunt me when I first started on this path. Writing is the easy part. Well folks that is so very true. The real work starts when you are done. But if you wait until the book is done before you define your goals in essence you are already behind.