Ghostwrite - Live the Writer's Life
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Ghostwrite - Live the Writer's Life

A guide to setting up your at home ghostwriting business and getting clients using the tools you already have.
4.1 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
996 students enrolled
Created by Joanne Reid
Last updated 3/2015
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Includes:
  • 31 mins on-demand video
  • 9 mins on-demand audio
  • 4 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get started with a real ghostwriting career
  • Find clients
  • Know the downsides of ghostwriting
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Requirements
  • You will need a word processing program and access to the internet
Description

Interact with more than 900 students in the quest to understand whether ghostwriting is your kind of dream work.

One of the most urgently needed online services is ghostwriting. it's a great way to carve out your own niche and offer a much needed service. Whether you want to write blogs or romance novels or technical articles or speeches or - well the list is endless, there are people who need ghostwriters all the time.

Wondering where to start your ghostwriting career? Let me guide you through the basic things you should do to get started.

This course starts at the very beginning with the basics you need to know before taking the big leap into ghostwriting.

You will be shown the inside world of ghostwriting. For people who like to write and are interested in making a good living working from home, ghostwriting is an ideal career. The big question is - where do you find clients?

The next big question is - how much should you charge?

One of the most valuable lessons about ghostwriting is that you can choose your niche and become a highly sought after service provider.

You will learn how to to deal with difficult clients and how to meet deadlines.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for someone who likes to write and wants to be their own boss
  • If you struggle with procrastination and have difficulty with spelling and grammar this might not be the career for you
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:00:02
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About this Course and About Me
4 Lectures 04:48

Here's a little bit about me and my ghostwriting career. I have fun with ghostwriting and it makes me feel like I am always having an adventure.

Preview 01:02

You can make real money working from home as a ghost writer. All you need to do is make a plan and just do it! This is a real job with real money and real working hours.

Preview 01:52

Ghostwriting is one of the fastest way to get money into your bank account that you will find online - or offline.

Preview 01:34

What you will learn and what you will not learn.

What You Will Learn in This Course and How It Will Help You
00:20
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Tools of the Trade
2 Lectures 05:13

A few words about word processing and how to present the finished product to the client.

Word Processing
03:31

You need to have access to the internet but you can be quite creative about getting online even if your circumstances make easy access seem impossible.

Preview 01:42
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Adjust Your Mindset
6 Lectures 13:27

When you write for hire, you don't own the final product. Coming to terms with this will make being a ghostwriter a lot easier.

Preview 03:07

Be very good at what you do but don't let fear of not being perfect get in the way of keeping good clients and making some serious cash.

Preview 01:43

Not to put pressure on you but managing your time makes the difference between success and -- not success. (Failure is such a harsh word.)

Learn Good Time Management Skills
06:05

Time management is crucial. So here's more advice on managing your time. This is a pdf guide to changing your time management habits.

Time Management and Anti-Procrastination Habits
3 pages

Be realistic. How much time do you have available to work as a ghostwriter? What's your work ethic? How's your energy and attention span?

Scalability - Make Your Job as Big or Small as You Need
02:14

There are several ways you can go - you can be a generalist and write many different types of writing or you can be a specialist and only write a specific kind of document.

Types of Writing - Which One Will You Love Best
00:18
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Pricing, Money and Getting Paid - The Business of Business
3 Lectures 01:12

There is no audio here. Just follow the instructions and find out how fast you can write.

Turnaround Times - Or How Fast Can You Write?
01:00

Money is difficult for many people to talk about and they feel shy at setting rates that are reasonable. There are some hard facts that you need to take into consideration.

Setting Your Rates - And When to Raise Them
2 pages

Make paying you as easy as possible for your clients. Remember, many of them will not live in the same country as you do.

Getting Paid
00:12
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Clients
5 Lectures 12:50

You need clients to have a thriving career as a ghostwriter. Where do you start looking for them?

Finding Clients
05:06

Clients can be cagey - especially if they know you are new in the ghostwriting business. Here are some common tricks they will try on you.

Common Tactics Clients Will Use and How to Deal with Them
03:45

Should you have your own site? If so, how elaborate should it be?

Your Own Site - Or Not?
02:16

There will come a time when you want to hide from your clients because you're missing a deadline or having difficulty completing the job. Don't.

Why You Will Want to Hide from Clients and Why You Shouldn't
01:43

How do you get started finding clients - the best place to look and the worst place to look.

How Do You Really Find Clients?
14 pages

How and where do you find clients.

Finding Clients
4 questions
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Wrap Up
2 Lectures 03:20

Here are answers to common questions you might have.

FAQ
03:09

Last Words and Contact Me
00:11
About the Instructor
Joanne Reid
4.3 Average rating
44 Reviews
2,152 Students
2 Courses
Software Instructor and Writer

Technology and Writing

I began my working life as a writer and became fascinated with technology. The first technology for me involved a portable manual typewriter. I needed to be able to work anywhere.

Among my certifications, the one that was the most difficult to obtain was my Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation. Even though, I "retired" from an international consulting company in 2003, I continued to apply the intense knowledge learned during the CISSP training to my business life.

Living the Simple Lifestyle

Part of working anywhere meant that I learned to keep my lifestyle simple and streamlined. I like to find the easiest (and cheapest) way to keep things running smoothly.

I had a small computer repair shop where I revived computers that people thought were dead or at least non-functioning. When I realized that 90% of the computers that came into the shop were suffering from malware attacks, I found ways that people can prevent this kind of disruption in their computer world.

How I Learned

I became involved in computers in 1981 when there were not many choices for home computers. I grew up with home computing and learned each new rendition and release as it appeared. By 1989, I was teaching people how to use WordPerfect in an office setting.

By 1995, I was learning how to build websites. By 1997, I was a contract instructor for the biggest names in software training. In the new century, I was a consultant for CGI, an independent information technology and business process services firm.

In 2003, I "retired" from working in an office and ghostwrote and fixed computers and turned to seeking the simple lifestyle.