What the Heck Is Ghostwriting? (And Why You Might Want to Do It)

What the Heck Is Ghostwriting? (And Why You Might Want to Do It)

You want to make money as a writer, right?

You’ve told everyone on Facebook (including your weird aunt) that you’re available to write. You’ve been writing guest post after guest post to showcase your talent and get your name out there. Maybe you’ve even landed a few jobs already. (Good for you!)

But then a potential client emails you with the question, “Do you offer ghostwriting services?”

And you’re stumped. Maybe you’ve heard of ghostwriting. Maybe you have some idea what it is. Or maybe you wonder if it involves ouija boards in some way.

You don’t want to look like an idiot by emailing back to say, “Err … what do you mean?”

That sounds like a good way to send your potential client running for the hills.

Well, look no further, because I’m about to tell you everything you need to know about ghostwriting, starting with …

What Exactly IS Ghostwriting?

You might already have some hazy ideas about ghostwriting, like I did … when I first heard of ghostwriting, I thought it was just used for celebrity memoirs.

It turns out such memoirs are just the tip of the iceberg. Ghostwriting is everywhere.

So what is it?

When you ghostwrite, you let someone else put their name on your work. That is, you don’t get any credit — at all.

Typically, the person who commissions the work will own the copyright, which also means they can modify or republish the work in any way they see fit.

So why would someone hire a ghostwriter? Are they too lazy to write their own stuff?

Not necessarily. People hire ghostwriters for many different reasons, but the most common ones are:

  • Their business has grown so much that they no longer have time to write (all) their own material.
  • They have a wealth of expertise or an exciting story to tell, but they don’t enjoy writing or they’re not that good at it.

It’s nothing new, either: ghostwriting has been around, in one form or another, for centuries.

To give you more idea of what it may involve, my own ghostwriting has included:

  • Taking a rough draft, editing it heavily, and expanding on it where necessary.
  • Taking a blogger’s rough notes and transcribing them.
  • Putting together short, functional blog posts (e.g., announcing a new podcast).
  • Taking an assigned topic and very brief outline, then writing a post.
  • Writing a post based on a title and nothing more.
  • Coming up with ideas, getting them approved, then ghostwriting the posts (though this is rare!).

As you can see, ghostwriting has a spectrum from something akin to an editing relationship to writing a piece from scratch.

Of course, I’ve only ghostwritten for blogs.

Authors like Roz Morris write whole books as ghostwriters, which is a far more involved process that includes extensive interviews with the client.

But Why Would You Let Someone Else Take Credit for YOUR Writing?

Assuming you also want to build up your own brand as a writer, why might you want to ghostwrite?

After all, you won’t get any of the credit. Your name won’t appear anywhere on the piece … and you probably can’t tell anyone you wrote it.

But you have plenty of good reasons to ghostwrite. Many writers do it, and many writers love it.

Here are two main benefits:

Benefit #1: Ghostwriting Pays Exceptionally Well

One huge reason to ghostwrite is for the money. It tends to pay better than regular freelancing.

After all, having your name attached to your words is valuable for you as a writer. When you have a byline, you can use that piece of work to showcase your talent, build your reputation, and potentially attract new clients. So it’s appropriate (and standard practice) to increase your fee to compensate for the loss of these advantages.

There’s no exact rule of thumb for how much extra you should charge for ghostwriting over regular freelancing. Personally, I tend to increase my fee by about 15%–20%.

On top of that, once you’ve established a ghostwriting relationship with someone, it often results in ongoing work for you. Most people want their writing to be consistent, so it makes sense to stick to the same writer.

In other words, you have consistent work at a higher rate than usual. That’s quite a plus, isn’t it?

Benefit #2: Develop Closer Relationships with Big Names in Your Field

As a ghostwriter, you’ll normally work quite closely with your client. You may be privy to their rough notes or mind maps, or you might interview them on the phone or in person.

Chances are, you’re also focusing your ghostwriting on a particular area of expertise (especially if you’re writing for a blog).

This means that you’ve got a brilliant opportunity to get to know someone well-established in your field.

You’ll find that you get valuable insights into the “behind the scenes” of a top blog, or you get a clearer idea of how a big-name author works and thinks.

This may be eye-opening! It could give you some ideas for how best to move forward with your own business.

And as you build up closer relationships, or even friendships, with your client, they may well share your other work on social media, bringing you a lot of extra traffic. (Several of the people I ghostwrite for have supported me in that way.)

If you ever need a favor or need some advice, there’s a good chance they’ll be very happy to help.

So much of blogging success depends on getting a helping hand from other bloggers … particularly those with a large audience and a great reputation in their field. Ghostwriting brings you into close contact with exactly those people.

The Counterpoint: Why You Might NOT Want to Ghostwrite

There are a couple of big concerns that writers have about ghostwriting:

“But surely that’s not ethical?”

“But why should they benefit from my hard work?”

“But what about building my platform?”

These are real, valid concerns … and for you, they may be deal-breakers.

So let’s dig into them.

Objection #1: “You’re Helping Someone Fool Their Readers — That’s Unethical”

When you ghostwrite for someone, they pass your words off as their own.

Is that ethical?

The authors who hire ghostwriters certainly think it is! But not all writers or readers agree. Many feel that some types of ghostwriting are more ethical than others.

For instance, think about these two scenarios, which are on opposite ends of the ghostwriting spectrum:

  1. A big-name blogger hires a ghostwriter to write an ebook on their behalf. The blogger talks to the ghostwriter for an hour and provides a detailed outline. Once the ebook is complete, the big-name blogger reads it, edits it, and puts his name on it.
  2. A big-name blogger hires a ghostwriter to write an ebook on their behalf. They give the ghostwriter free rein to come up with the topic and outline, and they don’t supply any help. When it’s done, the blogger puts his name on it without giving it a second look.

Personally, as a reader, I’d feel comfortable with situation #1. The thoughts in the ebook belong to the blogger; the ghostwriter has helped shape those.

Situation #2, however, seems a lot thornier. As a reader, I’d feel cheated by that. I’m buying the ebook because I want the blogger’s expertise … not that of a ghostwriter I don’t know.

If you’re thinking of ghostwriting, you have to make up your own mind about what is — and isn’t — ethical. Where would you personally draw the line as a ghostwriter, if at all?

For more thoughts on the rights and wrongs of ghostwriting, check out Patty Podnar’s post Is Ghostwriting Ethical?

Amanda Montell’s Your Favorite Influencers Aren’t Writing Their Own Content—These Women Are is also quite eye-opening about some of the less ethical practices in the ghostwriting world.

Objection #2: “It’s Too Painful Watching Someone Else Get Praised for YOUR Work”

It may sound silly, but not getting recognition for your writing can be quite painful — unbearable to some.

I have to admit that, as a writer, it can sometimes sting a little to see a blogger receive lots of lovely praise for a post that I wrote every word of. And I’m not alone; many writers find themselves missing the attention and craving the recognition.

It’s no fun watching someone bask in glory that should be yours.

But think of it this way: All that praise is a sign you did a great job. You can be proud of that, and you can feel confident you’ll get hired again!

Also, as ghostwriter Roz Morris points out in an interview with whitefox, it’s not just ghostwriters who go unnoticed by readers:

There are many unsung heroes in the creative industries, and ghostwriters are only one of them. Editors can also make a huge difference to a book and are rarely credited.

So, if you can’t stand watching someone else take the praise, that’s okay. Many writers feel that way. But maybe we should also keep things in perspective.

Sidenote: If you think ghostwriting sounds like a perfect fit for you, and you’re a reasonably experienced writer, I recommend Roz’s course, Become a Ghost-Writer.

Objection #3: “Ghostwriting Keeps You from Building Your Platform”

Even if you’re okay with someone else getting the praise, you may still oppose the idea of letting them take credit.

Some writers feel that, for long-term success, you need to take credit for every word you write and create an impressive body of work with your name on it. They believe that ghostwriting is essentially a waste of time.

After all, when you’ve got a bio (or at least your name) on every blog post you write, each of those posts helps raise your profile. You’ll be bringing in new readers and potentially new clients through your work … without any additional marketing.

This is essentially the argument that Demian Farnworth puts forward in The Brutally Honest Truth About Ghostwriting:

The first thing every writer should ask is this: What do you want to accomplish as a writer? Is building a personal and visible platform important to you? Will it help you in the long run? If you have to ghostwrite to make ends meet, fine. But beat a hasty path out of the business as soon as possible. It’s your turn to run the show.

I certainly think it’s worth putting some serious thought into how best to make ghostwriting work for you. It might be that you want to solely focus on your own platform (heck, you might even hire ghostwriters of your own, some day down the line!)

But there’s no shame in taking ghostwriting jobs to generate a steady income while you build your platform. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can do both at the same time.

Ghostwriting takes some focus away, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.

ghostwriting infographic

Will You Give Ghostwriting a Try?

Ultimately, ghostwriting can be a little divisive.

Some writers feel — passionately — that readers deserve to know exactly who wrote the words they’re reading. Others feel building your platform is too important to let someone else take credit.

But ghostwriting is a good way to make money as a writer.

And it doesn’t mean your platform is off the table. You can ghostwrite and have a writing career under your own name. Many writers, including me, simply use ghostwriting as a way to supplement or support their writing passions.

Personally, I think it’s worth it.

Only you can decide whether it’s right for you.

About the Author: Ali Luke blogs about the art, craft, and business of writing at Aliventures. If you’re interested in going further with ghostwriting or any type of freelance writing, check out her epic post: Freelance Writing: Ten Steps, Tons of Resources.


  1. DNN
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 09:51:26

    Ghostwriting is a great way to write content as a masked writer and test the waters to see what works and what doesn’t. Good thing about ghostwriting is having the grand ability to build secret relationships and fine tune your writing along the way. It also shows you up close and personal Robin Leach style what particular style of your ghostwriting gets more shares on Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and discussed in YouTube videos. If blogging and ghostwriting is the only way to maintain job security in todays world of uncertain, then I want to work at writing 7 days a week. 🙂

    • Carolyn Lockett
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:02:58

      Can someone tell me what the fee structure is??? Charge by the hour/page or word? If so how much is reasonable to charge? HELP…..

      • Ali Luke
        Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:36:00

        Carolyn, there’s no single standard — like any kind of freelancing, different writers will have different rates based on their experience, how much they need the work, etc. You can have an hourly rate and translate that into a per word rate if you know approximately how many words you can write per hour. 🙂 If it’s any help, I bill $60 – $75/hour, usually on the higher end of that for ghostwriting and the lower end for freelancing. (I’ll also adjust based on whether it’s ongoing work or not, how much I’ll enjoy the gig, etc… I don’t think pricing is a very exact science!)

    • Noufal Binu
      Aug 15, 2017 @ 03:11:16

      The good thing about ghost writing is that it helps the person to maintain secret relations with the virtual environment and to build a wall from the othe public environment. I am really excited about this post as it gives a lot of information about ghost writing.

  2. Ashley Wilson
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 10:55:04

    I’m a small blogger and funny enough I have been considering hiring a ghost writer to write a page on a topic that I’m not as familiar with. I’ve also considered doing ghostwriting work. In a way I have helped in this area. I’ve written sales pages and marketing material for other brands. Great article 👍

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:37:00

      Thanks Ashley! If you do end up hiring a ghostwriter (or moving into more ghostwriting), I hope it goes brilliantly for you. 🙂

  3. Peter - ex-ghostwriter
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 10:57:12

    I made a living of ghostwriting and ghost-blogging for roughly a decade. It’s not a bad way of life once you get into it. I’m grateful that it happened – but eventually I got tired of trading time for money.

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:38:13

      I think a lot of writers (me included!) use it either as a stepping stone to something else or a way to generate a steady income while working on more entrepreneurial projects. Sounds like it worked for you at the time, and you moved on without regrets — that’s great. 🙂

      • Ndayishimiye Boaz
        Aug 12, 2017 @ 22:51:56

        Hi Ali!
        I need to start a project and I need someone who would write content for (not blog posts but content according to the offer),how can I get in touch with you?
        Thank you!

  4. Renard Moreau
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:21:05

    [ Smiles ] Honestly, I do not like the idea of someone else taking the credit for my writing; which is why I will never get myself involved in ghostwriting.

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:40:27

      That’s perfectly reasonable, Renard — it’s not a comfortable fit for everyone and I can completely understand that.

  5. Jess Campbell
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:54:18

    Great info, Ali – thanks! I have been considering growing my freelance biz to include ghostwriting but am not exactly sure how to start (other than Roz’s course, as mentioned). How did you get started ghostwriting? Any tips or links to other articles would be lovely. Thanks again for this! 🙂

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 16:18:05

      Thanks Jess! I stumbled into it through freelancing and guest blogging connections — basically, the ghostwriting gigs I’ve had have been through people I’ve got to know in the blogging world, many of whom I met in person at conferences before getting to know them well enough to ghostwrite for them. Since you’re already freelancing, you might start by simply emailing current clients and letting them know you’re available to ghostwrite (notch your rates up for it a bit) — even if they don’t need/want a ghostwriter right now, they may know someone who does. Good luck! 🙂

  6. Patti
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:56:52

    Hi Ali, great timing! I’m about to ghostwrite a memoir. The whole project is being held up by the client’s lawyer, who’s putting together a contract that I’m already so stressed out about as it seems that what we orally agreed upon is not what they’ve come up with! I’m headed to a meeting on Monday to sign the deal, but I’m worried about the outcome! Any advice on how to make sure the contract works for ME??? Thanks so much!

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 16:20:52

      Oh no, Patti, that sounds like a horrible situation to be in! I’ve been lucky that all my ghostwriting assignments have been very straightforward, and mostly quite short (blog posts). Are you a member of any writing/business organisations or unions that could advise? I belong to the Alliance of Independent Authors which is great for stuff like this.

      Sorry not to be more help — I really feel for you and hope you can get what you want out of the contract. If it’s any help, my usual rule of thumb in negotiations is to have an (unspoken!) line on what’s my “ditch the project” rate / conditions — e.g. “if they won’t pay as much as $X….” But I realise you’re probably in a position where you really don’t want to lose the work. 🙁

  7. Rosemary White
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 12:48:34

    I’ve been ghostwriting for a few years. Doing so earns me retirement income and hones my skills. I enjoy researching and writing about topics I know little to nothing about and seeing them published as blog posts. I often wish I could claim credit, if only to earn more writing work. Is there a way to do that?

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 16:26:10

      You could potentially ask the people you write for if you could include the pieces in a portfolio (either on your website or one you send out on request) — but they may not be willing! A lot of people are quite cagey about using ghostwriters and of course you’ll want to respect their wishes. Could you look for some regular freelancing positions too, or ask if your ghostwriting clients would be interested in having you write an occasional piece under your own name? Best of luck!

  8. Chris Sankey
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 13:23:03

    If anyone sees this and is a ghostwriter, I am interested in speaking with you. My project resembles scenario #1 above…”The creator talks to the ghostwriter for an hour and provides a detailed outline.” I have the framework and 30+ previously created “posts” as a content platform to start. I am not a “big time blogger”. I was the President/Co-Owner of a company from 1997-2017 and currently run two businesses so time is why I am interested. Welcoming to any interested people who may be looking to ghostwrite.

    • orlando g javier
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 05:16:59

      Hi Chris,

      I have been writing contents for others all the while through some writing resource platforms, although I am able to squeeze a few with y byline in my blogs. I am interested to explore the opportunity you cited in your entry.

      • Hoot Gibsom
        Aug 05, 2017 @ 15:19:08

        I am a good writer. I have numerous articles published in my local newspaper. I have authored two books and am writing my third.
        I just read about ghost writing and would like to give it a try.

  9. Ryan Biddulph
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 14:50:08

    Good insights Ali. I did some ghostwriting in the past. Loved it. I ghost wrote an Amazon best seller and also did a range of freelance writing work. OK ghostwriting work, since my name did not appear 😉 I have since moved toward promoting my eBooks and services, and more than that, guest posting and blog commenting and creating videos to help folks but GW is a fab, fun and fulfilling income stream to work.

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 16:27:29

      Thanks, Ryan! As you say, ghostwriting can be a great way to bring in steady income alongside other projects — and there’s definitely a balance to be struck. 🙂

  10. SMN Zaman
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 15:24:46

    Hi Ali,

    It’s an amazing post on ghostwriting. Many of you may like ghostwriting because of its benefits, but I personally don’t like it much because it’s hard to find who’s the real writer of a piece of content if that’s written by a ghostwriter.

    In fact, I’d been in the field of ghostwriting before starting full-time blogging. I was enjoying the money that I was making by writing content for others in the names of my clients. But at one time, I checked that my writing was being sold one-time and I wasn’t making any recurring money from them.

    Now, I can continuously monetize my content that’s published on my own blog.


    • Ali Luke
      Aug 03, 2017 @ 16:28:13

      Thanks, SM! Yes, ghostwriting can be quite divisive, and I can understand how you feel about wanting to know who’s the “real” writer. It’s great you’re successfully monetizing your own blog — good stuff! 🙂

  11. Pedro
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 17:50:16

    Hi Ali,

    Thanks for sharing your experience and insight on what is usually an elephant in the room. We know it’s a widespread practice, but very few admit to using ghostwriters. While I appreciate that people ghostwrite for a verity of reasonable reasons, I will find it very hard not to take credit for my work.

    Thanks for starting this overdue conversation.

    Best regards,


    • Ali Luke
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 12:21:02

      Thanks, Pedro! Yes, I think many bloggers and writers have no idea how widespread ghostwriting is.

  12. Alex D
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 18:54:57

    Great post! Funnily enough I’d been looking into getting into Ghostwriting recently when I saw this pop up in my emails. Thanks!

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 12:22:06

      Glad this was such good timing for you, Alex. 🙂

  13. Arvind
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 02:57:59

    I have heard of ghostwriting but was not aware what exactly it means…but here I got lot of information on ghostwriting…in future if I have money I would love to hire someone for ghostwriting and use my name for publishing the article…I think to manage time in our life is very important…for that hiring writers will surely help in saving our time..!! as usual a very helpful post..!!

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 12:22:36

      So glad this was helpful for you, Arvind. Best of luck with your blogging and writing!

  14. Dina
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 03:37:12

    Ghostwriting is an incredible approach to compose content as a conceal essayist and try things out to perceive what works and what doesn’t. Fortunate thing about ghostwriting is having the excellent capacity to assemble mystery connections and calibrate your written work en route. It additionally indicates you very close Robin Leach style what specific style of your ghostwriting gets more offers on Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and talked about in YouTube recordings. On the off chance that blogging and ghostwriting is the best way to keep up employer stability in todays universe of questionable, at that point I need to work at composing 7 days seven days. 🙂

    • DNN
      Aug 08, 2017 @ 09:34:11


      You hit the nail right on the head. What works and what doesn’t. The good news is that whatever doesn’t work still brings traffic to your blog or website and may possibly yield some sales fruit in the moment of future. It’s still content but you’re striving to get it right along the way.

  15. Ashley Wilson
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 08:04:37

    How do I unsubscribe from getting emails that people are posting comments on here? I only wanted to sub in if someone responded to my comment. Now I’m getting an email all the time when someone comments. I’ve tried numerous times to unsubscribe but it does nothing. Please help!

    • Heather Sanders
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 09:34:59

      Ashley – You should not receive any more emails. 🙂

  16. Esthy
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 09:49:52

    I love ghost-writing. I started writing as a ghost writer. It gave me the ample opportunity to learn from experts and sharpen my writing skills.

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 12:25:41

      That’s great to hear what a good fit ghostwriting has been for you, Esthy. 🙂

  17. Jamie Rockers
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 18:09:49

    I have started blogging myself. I am trying to find out the basic problems that my blog is having and looking for solutions. Also, I’m searching for some basic things like themes and other stuff.
    I have read your whole article, I am looking forward to getting a positive result after performing this myself.
    Can you suggest me any basic idea that I might need in the future as a new blogger?
    Thank you

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 05, 2017 @ 10:06:44

      ProBlogger and Daily Blog Tips are both great blogs that cover all the basics … I started reading them around 2007 when I got into blogging, and both are still going strong (and of course much bigger now). Good luck with your blogging!

      • Jamie Rockers
        Aug 05, 2017 @ 14:22:17

        Thanks, Ali Luke.
        I will follow your blog properly to gain some knowledge.

  18. Nishat Mahmud
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 18:10:38

    Just loved this article. I have found something amazing tips here.
    Thanks for sharing this article.

  19. Jitendra
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 11:11:31

    I used to do ghostwriting few years back…I learnt a lot during those days….after reading this article I am thinking to start ghostwriting again…as usual one more great post..!!

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 10, 2017 @ 06:31:41

      Thanks, Jitendra! If you do turn to ghostwriting, I hope it goes brilliantly for you.

  20. Matheus Bertoluci
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 09:22:46

    Hi Ali,

    It’s an amazing post on ghostwriting. Many of you may like ghostwriting because of its benefits, but I personally don’t like it much because it’s hard to find who’s the real writer of a piece of content if that’s written by a ghostwriter.

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 10, 2017 @ 06:33:12

      I think that’s a very valid concern, Matheus … and one that I know other readers have too. Ghostwriting is a very common practice, but of course some writers will choose not to participate in it (either as a ghostwriter or as someone hiring a ghostwriter) and I totally respect that decision.

  21. Netsuite TPM Implementation
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 05:10:46

    I heard about the ghostwriting exactly not know what it is but now i come to know, thank you for the information and sharing the Experiences, having problem in dealing with the trade of the business i-TPM is a Netsuite Software with Integrated Trade Promotion Management.

  22. Anyaogu Ikechukwu
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 21:44:06

    Seriously I once had that mentality.

    How can someone enjoy what I have written? But I discovered that it’s really going to make your name go viral especially in guest posting.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Ali Luke
      Aug 10, 2017 @ 06:33:31

      You’re welcome! Glad this was helpful for you. 🙂

  23. Jaylene
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 15:23:51

    Hi Ali!
    A ton of helpful tips in this article, and a very rich and complete guide on this subject!
    Very helpful, and I can now say that I know plenty about this matter:)

  24. Kristel Miley
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 21:30:48

    I’ve been intrigued by the concept of ghostwriting before, but I’ve never actually done a gig as a ghostwriter. Where and how would be the best way to start a ghostwriting career? Thanks! 🙂

  25. Mandeep Singh
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 12:38:27

    At first glance, Ghostwriting would seem to have no benefit. But, having the ability to network with top performers in an industry is a huge.

    • DNN
      Aug 13, 2017 @ 21:17:35


      Writing alone, whether it’s article marketing, blogging, or ghostwriting…any kind of writing gets indexed by Bing, Google, and YaHoO! search engine spiders into the SERPs. They just call the content produced different names. But all in all, content is content either way you look at things.

  26. Samson
    Aug 13, 2017 @ 13:23:38

    My writing skill is not good that’s why I hire ghost writers. When you doing ghost writing you have to be little selfless. You can’t earn fame but yeah you can earn good amount of money.

  27. Sreemanti Ray
    Aug 14, 2017 @ 04:53:57

    This piece of article about ghost writing was very informative.Will try to apply this concept in my blog.

  28. Pravin Patel
    Aug 16, 2017 @ 16:04:03

    Now only I come to know what is ghostwriting. Thanks for this 🙂

  29. Colin Newcomer
    Aug 17, 2017 @ 05:25:44

    I like to do both to keep myself sane. Bylined writing builds my platform and, most importantly, brings me new clients without having to do outreach (including ghostwriting).

    Ghostwriting, on the other hand…makes me more money 🙂

    I do confess that seeing someone else get praised for my work does indeed sting. But I also confess that the money works as a decent salve for that sting.

  30. Deon Christie
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 09:14:55

    I do agree that ghostwriting is an excellent idea to make some money online, and I’m familiar with sites like Upwork, Guru and Freelancer. All paying top dollar for unique content. Must admit that as a writer, I do feel a little uncomfortable for someone else to own my content. But, a great method none the less.

  31. five nights at freddy’s
    Sep 08, 2017 @ 06:15:31

    I’ve been ghostwriting for a few years. Doing so earns me retirement income and hones my skills. I enjoy researching and writing about topics I know little to nothing about and seeing them published as blog posts. I often wish I could claim credit, if only to earn more writing work. Is there a way to do that?

    • Ali Luke
      Sep 15, 2017 @ 08:55:47

      To be honest, I don’t think there is an easy way! You could ask your clients if they’d be happy for you to use the pieces in a portfolio — it never hurts to ask. If it’s something you wrote a while ago, they may be less sensitive about it than something you wrote very recently.

  32. Wendy Strain
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 19:53:28

    Lovely post that does an excellent job of summing everything up. Thank you! I’m sharing it for all those people who’ve asked me these questions.

    I’ve been a ghostwriter for a long time now, and agree with you regarding scenario #1. I see myself as the expert on writing and communication (there’s often a lot of consulting/counseling involved in the job as well) while the authors I write for are better serving those aspects of their business where their expertise is most needed.

    It can hurt a little to not have anything published with your name on it, but many of my authors are willing to at least list me as their editor or provide some form of thank you in their text. Lately, I’ve been working on building time in my schedule for my own projects.

    • Ali Luke
      Sep 15, 2017 @ 08:56:47

      Thanks, Wendy! It’s good to hear you’re getting some acknowledgement from your authors (it sounds like you do a ton of hard work for them). Best of luck with your own projects! 🙂