Marcia Layton Turner

How Ghostwriters Provide Writing Samples

Because many ghostwriting clients demand that their ghostwriter sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to preclude them from sharing any work they’ve done, how can ghostwriters demonstrate their skill and experience? What can ghostwriters show prospects when asked for writing samples without violating their NDA? It’s a good question and, fortunately, there are some ways to…

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The Best Way to Quote Your Ghostwriting Fee

One of the most common discussions we have as ghostwriters has to do with how to figure out what to charge for ghostwriting services. What’s fair? What’s the going rate? How should I structure payments? These are the frequently-asked questions. And the best answer is to quote and structure payments in the simplest way possible…

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Guest blog post: How I Raised my Ghostwriting Fee from $7,500 to Over $100,000 per Book

By Robert Bruce Woodcox When I started ghostwriting 27 years ago after selling my advertising agency of 25 years, I remember how nervous I was negotiating my fee with a first “potential” client. I had only written one book, so I had what I called, “light credentials,” and a very thin resume (with the exception…

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How I Plan My Day as a Ghostwriter

I know I’m always curious to hear about the schedules of other writers, to better understand how people spend their days, so I’m hoping hearing about my typical day may be of use to you. Before I tell you about a typical work day for me, I need to warn you that I’m a planning…

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4 New Year’s Resolutions Ghostwriters Should Consider Making for 2022

Even if you didn’t make New Year’s resolutions on January 1, how about taking a little time today to think about how you can improve your business in the coming year? These ideas and plans don’t necessarily need to be framed as “resolutions,” but, rather, how about as tactics or improvements? Taking even little steps…

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Ghostwriters: Want a Faster Path to a Six-Figure Income?

The holy grail for freelance writers seems to be earning six figures, or more than $100,000. Although this sum may seem huge, and potentially unreachable, to some writers, others have already scaled that peak and are working toward multiple six-figure revenues. The key to earning six figures, or to earning more at any level, comes…

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How Ghostwriters Multitask

How Ghostwriters Multitask There are frequent discussions in the Association of Ghostwriters private Facebook group about how many projects ghostwriters take on at any one time and how they manage their workload. I always find it interesting to hear how members schedule their assignments and organize their tasks, so as not to be overwhelmed by…

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My Summer Reading List

My Summer Reading List Yes, I know summer is more than half over, but as I look ahead to my upcoming vacation, I’ve set aside a few books to read or finish during my getaway that I’m excited about. In case you’re looking for ideas for books to read during your spare time, I thought…

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Guerrilla Marketing for Ghostwriters

Guerrilla Marketing for Ghostwriters Some of you may recall when the late marketing guru Jay Conrad Levinson debuted his Guerrilla Marketing books in the 1990s. The first title was so popular that it spawned several more, all providing grassroots ideas for marketing and promotion that businesses of all sizes could use to attract more business.…

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Ghostwriters: When Do You Bring up Money with a Potential Client?

Ghostwriters: When Do You Bring up Money with a Potential Client?               The question of pricing comes up a lot in conversations with ghostwriters. Not only what to charge, but when to quote a fee, is frequently asked. Throw out a number that is beyond someone’s budget and you…

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The 3 Questions Ghostwriters Need to ask Prospects to Know if They’re a Fit

The 3 Questions Ghostwriters Need to ask Prospects to Know if They’re a Fit With demand for ghostwriters on the rise, thanks to marketers’ unrelenting reliance on content, many writers are finding plenty of opportunities to work. Eager to get past the feast-or-famine lifestyle that freelance writers frequently contend with, many jump at opportunities before…

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Can a Ghostwriter Help You Become a Thought Leader?

Can a Ghostwriter Help You Become a Thought Leader? By Joel Mark Harris Did you know that a significant portion of the books on the New York Times bestseller list are ghostwritten? In fact, some estimate that at least 60% of nonfiction books are ghostwritten. This is usually because, although a celebrity, a CEO, a…

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