3 Secret Places to Find Ghostwriting Gigs
The hardest part about being a ghostwriter, for me at least, isn’t the lack of a byline or the need to mimic someone else’s voice. The hardest part is finding clients in search of professional ghostwriters.
While content agencies may advertise their need for writers and ghostwriters, individual clients are typically not as forthcoming. They don’t necessarily want to out themselves as people in need of writing help. So finding ways to connect with them is generally quite challenging.
Fortunately, there are three services – besides the Association of Ghostwriters – that are in the business of connecting clients with ghostwriters.
LinkedIn’s new ProFinder service aims to help LinkedIn users find professionals to complete work for them. The promise on their home page is: “LinkedIn ProFinder connects top freelance professionals like you with high quality leads.”
To be added to LinkedIn’s freelancer database, all you need to do is apply and be approved. To up your odds of inclusion, make sure your LinkedIn profile is strong and that you have several endorsements already in place. The service was recently launched and, according to an Inc. article, LinkedIn hopes it will soon be a significant source of revenue.
Reedsy is a new U.K.-based platform that was designed to help individuals interested in publishing a book make contact with qualified professionals. It’s very similar to LinkedIn’s ProFinder except that Reedsy specializes specifically in the publishing marketplace. It has been connecting would-be authors with editors, graphic designers, and printers for the past few months as the site prepped for launch and just recently announced that it had added “ghostwriters” as another category. I’m hoping that’s because users were asking for help.
Reedsy claims to be uber picky when it comes to allowing professionals onto its platform, stating that only “the top 3%” have been selected. Not sure what that means in terms of odds for ghostwriters, but I’d certainly recommend you apply and see how far you get.
ProBlogger has been around since 2004 and has long been the go-to place for learning how to make money from blogging. One of the services available on the ProBlogger site is its job board, where clients can describe the type of blog posts they need written and scout for writer candidates. Webmasters and companies in need of professionally-written posts pay ProBlogger to advertise to its database of writers.
Since blogging opportunities are often filled the day they are posted, according to ProBlogger founder Darren Rowse, it pays to stop in regularly at the site to see what new opportunities may now be there.