Planning Your Book

The first step in putting together a book with a professional ghostwriter is planning your book. This includes detailing the scope of the project, how long it will take to have it written and what topics the book will focus on.

Say you’ve got a great idea for a book, but you don’t have the time or the interest in writing one. That’s when a professional ghostwriter can help you in every step of the process, from planning your book, to gathering information and writing a rough draft, to the final finished product.

The first step is to meet with a ghostwriter, either in person or over the phone or even by email or Skype. Together, the two of you will decide what the focus of the book will be.

Do you want to author a book about real estate? You won’t want to have a book that’s the encyclopedia of real estate. Instead, you should focus your topic on one aspect of real estate. What’s your area of expertise? For example, past books have included how to become a profitable landlord or how to successfully invest in a type of tax certificate that most people probably haven’t even heard of.

Do you want to have a book about your life story? Think about what parts of your life are most important in making you who you are today. It’s usually better to focus on one part of your life story than to try to write the sweeping tale of your entire life.

Once you and the ghostwriter have decided how to focus your story, the next step is setting up a production schedule and establishing deadlines. The ghostwriter will let you know what to expect from her and when you’ll see the rough draft and later versions of the book. Once you’ve laid out a plan for your book, the next step is gathering the information and having the ghostwriter interview you. You’re on the way to becoming an author!  

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