Anyone can hire a ghost writer. A lot of business professionals work with ghost writers for completing their numerous writing projects (articles, blog posts, press releases, newsletters, e-books, email campaigns etc). Since there are different categories of ghost writers, hiring the right one is not going to be easy. You need to be very clear about what your requirements are, how much you plan to spend and your timeline. It’s not just about going to an online resource where you think you can find ghost writers and hiring the one that fits in with your budget and is available. It’s a lot more than that.
Even when you know where to find ghost writers, you may not be ready to pick the right one from the lot. The best idea is to interview the ghost writer before you make the hiring decision.
Given below are seven interview questions that you must ask a ghost writer to ensure they are the right choice for your needs.
Q1. How long have you been in the ghost writing business?
The very first thing you need to know about a ghost writer is their experience. If you have earned your money the hard way, you’ll always want to ask this question. Hiring a ghost writer with a long track record of success will also guarantee the success of your writing projects.
Q2. What’s your specialization?
Large companies and seasoned professionals will always turn to specialist ghost writers, rather than working with generalists. In terms of subject matter specialization, you’ll find different categories of freelance ghost writers including business ghost writers, medical ghost writes, fashion ghost writers, fitness ghost writers etc. Before you hire one for your own needs, make sure they have the specialization in the niche you belong to.
Q3. How do you approach the process of ghost writing?
If you are out to hire a ghost writer, chances are you know about the process of ghost writing which includes consultation, agreement, research, creating an outline, reviewing, editing, finalizing etc. Still you need to ask this question, as it will help you know whether the ghost writer you want to hire really understands what ghost writing is all about and whether their approach is right.
Q4. Can you show me a few samples of your previous work?
If the ghost writer you are in touch with has good experience, they must have also worked with several clients. Therefore, don’t hesitate to ask for a few samples of their previous work. Once shared, you can review those samples closely and to understand whether they have the quality you actually seek.
Q5. Do you have some client references?
Asking for previous client references is a vital part of doing some background research on the ghost writer you want to work with. As soon as you get some client references, don’t hesitate to verify the same. While getting in touch with the given references (which is highly recommended), you should feel free to ask a little more about the ghost writer you want to hire.
Q6. Do you have any published work of your own?
A ghost writer is a ghost writer for YOU. In the real world, however, they must have some online presence. It’s highly unlikely that someone who’s long been in the business of freelance ghost writing doesn’t have any online published work of their own. If their answer is ‘Yes, I have’ to this question, ask for links to their published work. This will also give you a good idea about their style or tone of writing.
Q7. Are you cheap, reasonable or expensive?
This one is my favorite. Broadly speaking, you can divide ghost writers into ‘cheap’, ‘reasonable’ and ‘expensive’. Find out which of these three categories your ghost writer falls into. Expensive ghost writers are expert industry professionals. On the other hand, reasonable ghost writers are a good value for your money. If you are on a shoestring budget, cheap is the category to go for. But hiring a cheap category ghost writer is a decision you’ll make at your own risk.
I really hope you won’t forget to ask a ghost writer these key interview questions before you make the hiring decision. Once you have found the right ghost writer for your needs, it’s time to sit with them, make them understand your specific goals and discuss the details of your writing project.
If you’ve ever hired a ghost writer for your writing projects, please feel free to share your experiences.