It’s been a while since I posted on here…I have been busy-and in the world of freelancing, that’s always a good thing.
I have realized that I have had to educate as well as market and produce my product-which for ghostwriters is books or articles, etc. Education is the call of the hour because people in general don’t have a clue about what it takes to be an author, especially what it takes to write a book.
If you are thinking about ghostwriting, here are a few things you should be doing to prepare for success:
One- follow your heart.
If you know deep down this (writing) is your calling-or a part of it anyway-then you’re light years ahead of most people. Just making some money on the side or getting rich quick never works out well in the long run.
When you are on your purpose, that gives you the grounding and the confidence to see yourself through the challenges of self-employment. When you KNOW writing is what you’re supposed to be doing, the critics, naysayers, and haters can’t faze you. And for those of us who choose to walk the beaten path, we’re going to need that inner knowing to get us through to the other side. After all, no one who makes their dreams come true is believed at first. Most people only become believers when they see the end results. i.e. the money, notoriety or material posessions.
Two-research the field. Find out what the average ghost makes for books, articles, and other projects like blog writing. But a word of caution: take it with a grain of salt. Don’t allow the “industry standards” to limit your dreams. use it to your advantage, though when a potential client attempts to wrangle you for minimum wage. If you know the average salary is 60,000 then you can effectively deal with cheapies.
Three-know what you are worth. I see writers too often subscribe to the stereotype of the insecure outcast who hides behind a computer screen. In the entreprenuerial world, people will attempt to swindle you and especially try to get more out of you for less. If you feel insecure about not having experience, check out my next blog. But at the end of the day. know your time and energy is valuable-as well as your creative talent.
Four-get a bigger perspective. Seeing the big picture is key when trying to freelance. Without a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks from someone else, you’re not going to make it without grounded spirituality. If your source is not God or the Universe, then you will find yourself in a constant tug-of-war with your clients and feeling destitute from the alleged instability of profits. (See my blog on spiritual finaces).
We must understand, accept and operate under universal law to succeed living our making rather than the usual making a living. Like it or not, there are laws that govern this universe, the popularized law of attraction being one of them. If we don’t believe in our own worth and talent, we will attract people who don’t believe in it either.
Above all, we have to become the great writer FIRST before the mob of clients come rushing in. Success directly correlates with who you think you are.
Lastly, thinking linear will not work in the world we live in today. Linear means just believing what the eyes can see. It also means “thinking inside a box”. For example: go to school, get a degree, get a job and receive a pension/social security when you retire. We could rely on that illusion in the past century but no more. We’re going to have to expand our vision beyond so-called job-security and pensions. If you’ve been in a coma and haven’t seen the economy collapse and millions of people lose their homes and their pensions the past few years, then let me tell you-there is no such thing as financial security! We are going to have to rely on our creativity and ingenuity again. After all, that is what this counrty was built on.
that’s it for now.
until next time, keep wriitng!