The Savvy Ghostwriter: Secrets of an Invisible Author clarifies what it takes to be a ghostwriter, what a ghostwriter writes, the questions to ask before signing an agreement, as well what a he or she needs to know about contracts, budgets, writing style, ethics, legal requirements, personalities, research, scheduling, organization, working with other freelancers, and getting fired. Ghostwriters must understand and embrace these concepts: Ghostwriting is a business transaction. The client has full control over the material and pays for services. The writer’s name may or may not appear on the finished product. Terms and details are agreed upon before the project is begun. The client is obligated to explain the concept for the project, provide the information needed or direction on where to find it, and deliver on what he or she promises. Everything—what goes on, what is said, what the writer learns or observes—is confidential.
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