A ghostwriter is a writer who writes your book for you. They do all the writing while you get all the credit for the work. Just as you wouldn’t hire an employee without asking questions, finding the right ghostwriter should be no different. Many authors are interested in hiring a ghostwriter to help them write their books, mainly because they are busy or do not know how to go about writing their books. Hiring a ghostwriter can be a great way to get your thoughts, ideas, and memories down on paper without having to worry about the writing process. However, not all ghostwriters are created equal. Some have very specific areas of expertise while others have a wide range of experience. If you’re thinking about hiring a ghostwriter for your book, you need to ask the right questions before deciding.

But before I tell you the questions to ask before hiring a ghostwriter for your book, let’s look at what ghostwriting involves:

  1. The process starts with an interview or discovery call: You tell them about yourself and your book idea, and they ask questions until they have enough information to write a solid outline of your book. (Therefore, it’s important that you pick someone who has experience in interviewing people).
  2. Once they have an outline, they write your draft using their own voice: Or, if you want, they can use a “collaborative voice” — meaning it sounds like half of them and half of you wrote the book together.
  3. Once they finish the first draft, you review it and send them any changes or corrections. Then they revise it based on your feedback and create a final draft.

Some ghostwriters may also help you with editing and proofreading as well as formatting for print and ebook publishing. Now that you know who a ghostwriter is and what a ghostwriting process involves, you should know how to choose the perfect ghostwriter for your book.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Ghostwriter for Your Book
  1. What is your writing experience?
  2. Do you have any experience in the subject matter?
  3. Will you be writing the book yourself or passing it on to any of your employees?
  4. May I see some samples of your work in this genre and contact some references?
  5. May I see some samples of your work in this genre and contact some references?
  6. How will we work together? Is it a hands-on or a hands-off approach?
  7. What will the communication be like?
  8. Can we meet in person or via video call if necessary?
  9. Will I need to do any work?
  10. What will you need from me to get started?
  11. How long will it take and how many revisions are included?
  12. What do you charge, and what does it include?
  13. How should I pay you?
  14. Do you have a contract?
  15. What happens if the contract gets cancelled?

As a ghostwriter and the lead creative of THE MIDAS TOUCH LITERARY SERVICES, I always help prospective clients find it easy to decide if they want to hire me for their book project or not. Sometimes many of them do not know the questions to ask me and I take it upon myself to answer these questions and explain each point during our discovery call. Doing this also helps me know if I want to work with that client or not.

Now that you have these tips at your fingertips, I hope it makes you more confident in your search for a ghostwriter. If you would like to book a discovery call to know the type of nonfiction ghostwriting I do, or to see if I am a good fit for your book, email me via

I wish you all the best on your journey to becoming a published author.

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