Creating an Outline

After you’ve gathered your information and been interviewed, the next step — organizing the material into chapters and creating a table of contents — is up to the professional ghostwriter. The ghostwriter knows how to write an outline that is detailed, inclusive and well paced.

Organizing a massive amount of information, including documents, charts and interviews, into a book can be a daunting task for any author. Fortunately, with a professional ghostwriter, you won’t have to worry about that. You can let the ghostwriter handle it, just offering your thoughts on your vision of what you are creating.

Getting your material organized is an important step before your material can be turned into a book. It provides a way to funnel a large amount of information into the right areas, making sure that everything you wanted to say is included in the book.

The ghostwriter will write an outline, which will form the basis of the chapters for your book. Each chapter will get a title, letting your future readers know what to expect. Each section of the outline will include sub-headings on topics that should be included within that chapter.

For example, if you’re writing a real estate investment book, you might have one chapter on residential neighborhoods and another on commercial properties. The chapter on residential neighborhoods might include sub-headings on single-family homes, condominiums and apartment houses. The chapter on commercial properties might include sub-heads on a variety of commercial properties: hotels, restaurants, medical buildings or strip malls. An experienced ghostwriter knows how to write an outline that will suit the specific type of book you are publishing.

Once the ghostwriter has gathered the information and organized the material, the first step in actually writing your book begins.

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