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Hours to be determined
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We're looking for a key asset to join our team - We're two founders who own digital agencies and need help leveraging our personal br…

Ghostwriting LinkedIn Content Writing Social Media Content
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Ghostwriter for healthcare business book Hourly ‐ Posted 7 days ago

Hours to be determined
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Greetings, we are a healthcare education and training firm supporting health practice founders & owners such as doctors, dentists, vete…

Ghostwriting Storytelling Content Writing Health & Wellness Nonfiction Book Writing
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Book Introduction Writer Hourly ‐ Posted 7 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Hello! I am in search of a talented writer to assist me in crafting an intriguing and captivating introduction for my upcoming book. Th…

Ghostwriting Narrative Content Writing Writing
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I am an independent publisher seeking a talented and creative ghostwriter to bring to life a comprehensive and engaging book on the top…

Ghostwriting Book Writing US English Dialect Nonfiction Ebook
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Cozy mystery fictional ghost writer Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 days ago

$900
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

I am new and seeking an experienced COZY MYSTERY writer to assist on my journey of writing 3 - 4 books initially, about 3 - 4month’s wo…

Ghostwriting Crime Fiction Writing Fiction Satire Mystery Drama Novel English
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Looking for 2 Ghostwriters Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$60
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are a small agency. We develop websites, manage content, and provide other related digital marketing services. We are looking for 2…

Ghostwriting Article Writing Content Writing English Writing
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking an experienced writer to create a 150-page Kindle book on the topic of Pickleball. The book should cover all aspects of…

Ghostwriting Ebook Writing Content Writing Writing Ebook
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Herbalist Needed Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$250
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi everyone, We're looking for an herbalist who is also a native English speaker. You will have to write 10 recipes (tinctures, salves…

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Article GhostWriter Hourly ‐ Posted 5 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled and experienced Article Ghostwriter, especially Op-ed, for specific article on sustainability. As a Ghostwrite…

Ghostwriting Article Narrative Content Writing Fact-Checking Public Policy Sustainability Nonfiction
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience level

This book in the public domain: Deuterocanonical Books of the Bible https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/124/pg124-images.html 1) I a…

Ghostwriting Christian Theology Ebook English Nonfiction
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Ghostwriters on Upwork
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How to Become a Freelance Ghostwriter

If you have experience writing high-quality content and are skilled at writing in different voices, you might be able to put your writing skills to use as a freelance ghostwriter. Ghostwriters master a client’s writing style, creating content that the client then publishes. As a ghostwriter, you can help clients to create content that they might not have the skill or time to craft on their own.

What does a ghostwriter do?

Ghostwriters create content on behalf of other people, who will then publish the content under their own name. Ghostwriters commonly create non-fiction books and blog posts for celebrities, businesspeople, and experts who want to share their insights, thoughts, and experiences with the world.

Ghostwriting services often involve deep research. Writers delve into subjects to learn about a specific topic so that they can write about it accurately and intelligently. If the client has already published other content, the ghostwriter will need to study that content so they can write in the client’s voice.

What skills do I need to become a freelance ghostwriter?

As a freelance ghostwriter, you will create large amounts of content for others to use under their own names. Expect decent compensation because they will benefit from your work but they will not be required to credit you with a byline or list you as a co-author in the finished product. Instead, you’ll need to be able to write in the client’s voice, and they’ll publish your work as theirs.

Ghostwriters benefit from having certain key skills:

  • Be able to deeply research, analyze, and understand topics to present them in written form.
  • Be able to write original content for publication. That often includes but is not limited to content writing and creative writing for websites, magazine articles, blog posts, and book writing.
  • Be able to compile existing information and material to create new content.
  • Be familiar with content formatting for delivery through multiple mediums such as blogs, traditional publishing, ebooks, etc.
  • Be able to work with other professional writers and editors to polish content.
  • Be comfortable using writing software to format and edit text.
  • Be able to work directly with ghostwriting clients on specific freelance writing projects.
  • Understand how to adhere to strict word counts.

Since ghostwriters are unable to cite work that they have sold the rights to without permission, many ghostwriters struggle to amass a portfolio of successful work. In the old days of ghostwriting, reference requests and calls were a common way of verifying ghostwriters’ skills. Platforms such as Upwork have massively improved the process of building a portfolio of work through data anonymization.

Ghostwriter use cases

Ghostwriters are able to fill a variety of roles within businesses. Brands produce marketing materials, web copy, sales letters, and other collateral, but it’s not uncommon for one or two ghostwriters to craft the content. Ghostwriters bring value in their ability to adopt a business’ brand voice.

Further value is derived from the type and depth of research that ghostwriters carry out. This skill allows many ghostwriters to tackle book writing, content marketing, filling out biographies, and finalizing stage or video scripts. Even technical and research papers may be completed by ghostwriters.

What are the job responsibilities of a ghostwriter?

As a ghostwriter, you will need to take ownership for researching, creating, and editing content for whatever publication(s) your client plans to submit the material to. Some publications do not allow ghostwritten content, so it’s important to understand where the content will be published.

It’s similarly important to understand this because you will need to be able to meld the professional’s voice with the voice requirements of the outlet. We’ve aggregated these job responsibilities from multiple postings to hire ghostwriters and simulated some of the best requirements here for you.

  • Create and develop content for blogs, marketing material, and other related ghostwriting work
  • Write newsletters, whitepapers, articles, social media, blogs, and other forms of copy
  • Perform research to fully understand the overarching topic and related concepts
  • Follow a logical writing process for both drafting and editing
  • Communicate regularly with clients to determine needs and preferences as they arise and change
  • Aggregate research sources and reference materials to fulfill any and all citation requirements
  • Collaborate with other freelance writers to develop increasingly expressive content for the brand
  • Write quality content that adheres to the specified style guides, including the brand voice guide
  • Ensure projects are completed on time
  • Manage multiple ghostwriting projects for clients within specified guidelines

If you’re looking to launch your ghostwriting career or want to bolster your income potential, seek out your first gig on Upwork. If you need additional information about becoming a freelance ghostwriter, please review the resources listed below.

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