This is Robert Nahas. I'm here to talk to you today about ghost writers.
Most people find me by searching for "ghost writer", but when I talk to them, they actually don't really realize or know what a ghost writer is. They just heard from somebody that you should find a ghost writer.
Ghost Writer Explained
A ghost writer is someone who's a professional book writer, but he (or she) is not made known as the person who actually wrote the book, so they're really a ghosted figure; that's where the word "ghost" comes from.
Some people think that it's a person who writes ghost stories, which is another definition of it, but that's not what we're talking about here.
When you're looking for somebody to write a book for you, quite often you'll search for a ghost writer, so it's good to know what one is when meeting one.
What commonly is determined after somebody realizes what a ghost writer is, is they're completely fine in acknowledging the writer, which is really the common courtesy, and so forth. The etiquette of the literary world is to acknowledge those who have helped you get your book written, edited, and so forth, cover design, you know. You'll see them in books where there's a page that lists out who did what as far as creating the book.
So, when you don't have a ghost writer and you actually do acknowledge the person, it becomes a collaborative effort. So, the book-writer's name can be on the cover with you with the word "AND" or "WITH" after the authors name.
For instance, if the author's name is John Smith, it would be John Smith, "with" [ghost writer's name] ... Sally Smith. Or John Smith "and" Sally Smith.
The two words mean something different. The word "and" shows more of an equality situation. The word "with" implies more of "the second person listed as the writer." Which is a good thing actually because quite often, readers, as well as publishers, will know or feel confident that the book is written well and will be a page-turner and be engaging to the reader's mind, which is great.
If you do decide that you want to have a ghost writer, you have to realize that you're going to pay top dollar because that person, that book writer, cannot very easily show that they wrote the book, or make claim to it when it's a best seller and so forth, so, they can't have it in their portfolio. And so you have to pay for that anonymity.
The Collaborative Book Writing Arrangement
Most book deals are a collaborative effort. There are definitely benefits from going from a ghost writer to a collaborative effort, because you can save money.
Number one, the book writer will lower their price [their fee] usually to have their name on the cover. Or if you don't want their name on the cover, because it's most beneficial for the project for the book writer's name to not be included, you would have their name at least in the Acknowledgments page. You know, "Special thanks to John Smith for the great writing he did..." and so forth. And then also, any other acknowledgements that you want to make for the writer that makes it known. Therefore the writer can then say, "I wrote that book, I wrote that best seller," for future clients. And it's very valuable to the writer, for obvious reasons.
There can also be, in a collaborative effort, a situation where there is a profit share, and that is very common actually, too. A 50-50 profit share, 60-40, 30-70. Whatever you want, it's up to you. And it's a situation where, as in any negotiation, you want to have both parties happy.
Where to Find Book Writers
You can find writers several different ways. You can find many by searching for the term "ghost writer". First of all, you can spell "ghostwriter" as one word or "ghost writer" using two. You can also search for "find a ghostwriter" and "ghostwriter services", using "ghostwriter" as both one and two words. And then of course there are other ones as well, but these would definitely get you started. You'd probably find more writers than you'd know what to do with.
If you have any particular questions about ghost writers, feel free to contact me, and I'll gladly get back to you on it. I look forward to offering more valuable information for you.