Want to write another book, but don’t have the time? Listen as Kevin Johns shares how to work with a ghostwriter to help write your next book.
Kevin Johns grew up reading comic books, watching horror movies and playing guitar in punk rock bands. He has published six books, ghostwritten several more and helped hundreds of writers from around the world get their ideas out of their head onto the page and into readers’ hands. He is the host of The Writing Coach podcast and co-host of Write Along Radio. Kevin, welcome to the show, and thank you for being this week’s special guest expert and mentor.
Excerpt from this week’s podcast “How to Work with a Ghostwriter to Help Write Your Next Book”
Q: Kevin, I would love you to introduce our listeners to this whole concept of ghostwriting. What it is and how it works?
A: I think there is a misconception out there that a ghostwriter is disingenuous that that it’s someone trying to pass off someone else’s work as their own as almost akin to plagiarism or something, when that’s not the reality at all. A ghostwriter is simply someone who works with an author, with the author whose name ends up being on the work to help them get that piece of writing created whether it’s a blog post or an article or a white paper or in a lot of instances that I’m working on a book like the project.
It’s really a collaboration between me and my client. Usually they are someone who is very successful in some aspect of their lives whether they are a coach or an entrepreneur or all sorts of different people that I work with, but generally they are very successful. For successful people, time is extremely precious to them. While they usually have great knowledge and have a really great message to share with the world, they don’t necessarily have the skill set get it down on paper in as efficient a way as they might like.
Then also if they are charging $300 an hour as a consultant, it’s very difficult for them to justify carving out the amount of time it would take to write a book strictly on their own. These type of people often turn to a ghostwriter to assist them in the crafting of their writing. At the end of the day, that’s it. It’s nothing secret or sleazy or whatever, it’s simply someone with a message to share with the world, hiring someone to help him get that message out there.
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