Is it that they’ve worked with the most glamorous celebrities and the highest-echelon business leaders? The length of their resumes?
The glowing recommendations they’ve received from clients? Their degrees from prestigious universities?
Top ghostwriters have that extra “something” that allows them to get in sync with a client’s thoughts – quickly. They can easily put themselves into your shoes and understand your vision of your book.
And then they take it further.
They’ll push against the boundaries of your idea, scrutinizing it and looking at it in different lights and from different angles. They’ll challenge, strengthen and improve your idea. And they’ll make your book better, often much better, than you ever imagined.
Top ghostwriters don’t just throw together any old book to keep the client happy. They craft an excellent book based on your idea, your dream, your vision – plus.
Finding the top ghostwriters
Finding ghostwriters is simple – just Google “professional ghostwriter,” or “bestselling ghostwriter” and you’ll find them by the dozens. But locating the top ghostwriters is much trickier, because there is no single measure of quality. Even a string of bestsellers on a ghost’s resume is not a guarantee, as he or she may not be a good match for you or your material. You’ll have to do a little more digging.
Use the Google search results to create a list of candidates, and read their websites. (For more on this, see my blog on looking for a great ghostwriter.) Narrow down the candidates to a short list, and start interviewing them by phone or in person. But don’t just ask questions about their resume and fees (although both are important).
Invite them to challenge your book idea. To poke holes in it.
Don’t settle for someone who simply tells you how wonderful your idea is.
Look for the ghost who tells you what’s wrong with your idea, and makes a convincing case for improving or even re-imagining it.
That’s a top ghostwriter!
Working with top ghostwriters
There are some important things to remember when working with any ghostwriter, which are detailed in my blog, “Working With a Professional Ghostwriter.”
But it all boils down to this: You’ve hired a creative expert, so treat him as such.
You chose him for his ability to imagine and re-imagine, so make use of his input.
You’re paying for his ability to challenge your idea, so encourage him to challenge away.
You’ve hired an expert – use his expertise!