Long before Greenwich Mean Time, anno Domini, and papyrus paper, there were a handful of storytellers who engaged their audiences with tall-tales by using meaningful illustrations alongside exaggerated expressions and sounds. Eventually, those sounds and their consequent meanings evolved through the ages to create language in all its nuances, and now the world is populated by many people who love to tell a good yarn.
So, why do people hire a ghostwriter? There are several reasons. Often, a person feels they have a great story to tell, but they don't know how to write to a publishable standard. Some people feel too close to their story and need an objective, third party to help them bring their story into the world. Sometimes, storytellers just don't have the time to sit down and write, or they might simply prefer oral storytelling.
What is a ghostwriter? A ghostwriter is a writer who writes on behalf of a client and who uses the client's voice: their tone, intonations, language, etc... to tell the story or to write certain content. They can write anything in the voice of another, from: articles, blogs, web content, ebooks, biographies, memoirs, non-fiction or fiction books. Usually, a ghostwriter sets out the guidelines in a contract, including: attribution, royalties, fees, research, and travel. Hiring a ghostwriter will enable you to do what you do best, while your ghostwriter does what they do best.
A ghostwriter will:
Expect the storyteller to share their story with them, even the juicy parts.
Conduct interviews to gather information and/or further the story.
Undertake research, including experiential research to thoroughly understand setting, sense of place, or an event.
Check facts and dates, tables and knowledge.
Plan and develop the client's story or idea.
Provide advice about the tone and style of the text or body of work.
Write the story or content in the client's voice, using agreed vocabulary, intonation, assonance, rhythm, pace, and volume.
Capture readers with engaging and well-crafted narrative.
Use clear structure and story arcs to progress the story.
Use writing craft and literary techniques that keep readers engaged.
Produce a manuscript to a publishable standard.
Give the story-teller space to embrace their story from a distance.
Do you know someone who could write my story or content? Actually, I do. Kyla-Jayne Rajah is a talented, skilled, sensitive and excellent writer who understands the journey of writing a book from initial conception to polished manuscript. She will expertly guide you to tell your story while she does the hard yakka of actually writing it. Sounds like a win-win situation.