When I tell people I’m a ghostwriter, I get asked a lot, by laymen and other writers, what exactly ghostwriting is, and how it all works. Sometimes they think I write about actual ghosts. Sometimes I think that might pay better.
Well, for starters, it’s awesome. It’s an excuse to dive into something unfamiliar, cloak yourself in another identity, and become an expert on something you’d never otherwise really know about. Sure, you don’t get the credit, but you do get paid whether the book succeeds or not.
That said, the reality of the process is pretty simple. I’ve left out the researching, interviewing, and planning stages of the process, because those are variable. Instead I’ve prepared this very straightforward flowchart of how to ghostwrite effectively. The idea is to get the client what they want as fast as you can do the job correctly. This is a little tongue-in-cheek, and a little seriously how to get things done. Don’t over-complicate life.