Member Spotlight: Karen Lacey

How did you land your first book ghostwriting project?

My first book was from a website called Elance, where entrepreneurs and freelancers connected for work projects. I earned $750 for converting a screenplay to a novel. Not much pay, I know, but the client gave me five out of five stars and it launched my career. Over time I built my resume and quality reviews. Eventually, I wrote the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Elance. In a strange way it completed a circle for me.

 

What has been your secret to building a steady stream of ghostwriting clients?

If you give yourself completely to the project, clients notice and will refer their friends and colleagues. If you love what you do people sense that. They sense your enthusiasm, your care, and your commitment. At the end of the day, you know you’ve done your best. Somehow, from there it just all works out. 

 

What do you wish clients understood about the ghostwriting process?

Writing a book is a lot of work and an enormous commitment of time and energy. Many people underestimate just how much is involved, from the outline to the first chapters, to the rounds of revisions, and that final proofread. It often literally takes years. Yet, despite all that work, it might be the most fulfilling thing that person has ever done.

 

How would you describe your favorite type of project and client?

I work best with people who want to change the world for the better. I understand a book can help build a business, it can be a calling card of sorts, and significantly increase revenue. That’s all good, but sharing knowledge and experience with readers to improve their lives, that’s the best.

 

What are the best parts of this career?

Hands down the best part is the people I meet. I love working with people to create their books. I love watching them be seen and heard. I’m very lucky to do this for a living.

 

How can people reach you?

My website, www.theuncommonoctopus.com, or my email, karen@theuncommonoctopus.com.

 

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