Should Writers Hire a Ghostwriter to Write for Them?

Should Writers Hire a Ghostwriter to Write for Them

Why hire a ghostwriter in the first place?

The reason why people hire a ghostwriter is to publish something on their blog or social media.

By publishing and taking ownership of the content that they did not write, they can exert their influence within their industry.

There is nothing wrong with this practice as long as the site owners are in agreement with the ghostwriter. That is how these writers operate anyway.

Besides, people who hire a ghostwriter are non-writers or are too busy to do the writing themselves.

Instead of learning how to write or squeeze in time in their busy schedule to write, it is much more convenient to hire a ghostwriter to achieve the purpose of gaining influence.

However…

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The answer to this possibly complicated question is…YES, IT’S OKAY.

For years, I have worked my way up by writing for different clients.

I am far from being a publishing empire, but I have built a decent business with my content writing services.

I busted my ass writing content ranging from different topics for hours. I even had to work during the weekends to finish my projects!

Along the way, I got writer fatigue. I just do not feel writing on some days because of the volume of written content I have churned out the past weeks.

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Like a worn out tire, I just needed to take a break that, unfortunately, I cannot afford.

Part of it was my fault — I took on jobs more than I could handle. The load was manageable the first few days, but it became too burdensome as the days went by.

As writers, it is inexcusable if you cannot produce quality articles for your clients. You cannot delay the order you promised to deliver on a certain date.

Your performance is your reputation.

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As a writer who has amassed lots of orders throughout the years, I found myself missing out on those deadlines. I continue to struggle getting out from my slump, which only delays the time for me to finish the article orders.

Finally, I have decided to contemplate on hiring a ghostwriter to solve my problem.

It took me quite a while to hire a ghostwriter. Mostly because I was afraid of them.

Part of my concern is the possibility of the ghostwriter to get the orders wrong. They might not approach the topic in such a way that I would approach it.

However, the time lost in delaying the orders has proven too much for me. I do not want to further disappoint the clients, so to hire a ghostwriter was a drastic measure that I had to take.

After working with a ghostwriter, I really wished I could have done this sooner!

Much of the weight has been lifted from me. I was able to learn how to delegate and manage the content on the fly without typing a word.

Without knowing it, I was able to carry on my other projects and start writing again.

Takeaways

First, you should never take writing jobs that you can finish.

You need to know your limits and learn what you can and can’t do.

My reason for taking the writing jobs that I did was due to financial reasons, but that is no excuse for taking more jobs as humanly possible, which meant compromising my current projects.

The second and most important thing, it is definitely okay for writers to hire ghostwriters.

As mentioned, it is how ghostwriters operate. They are perfectly fine with giving away their content and have someone else own it.

More importantly, it is for your own piece of mind.

Writers are human, too. While we pride ourselves in producing grammatically correct, SEO friendly, and actionable content on a consistent basis, there will be times when we won’t be able to meet those standards, no matter how great we are.

Having a ghostwriter at your disposal eases the stress that comes in with having different clients. You can delegate the tasks so you can get more things done.

Best of all, you can collaborate with the articles that you have to send over to your clients.

Just to clarify, ghostwriting is not necessarily getting them to write for you and just sending the content to the clients. As writers, you cannot afford to cede the writing duties solely to the ghostwriter.

To ensure that you still have an imprint to the content written by the ghostwriter, you need to review and revise the content as you see fit.

Katherine McCoun says it best in her post about writers hiring a ghostwriter:

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Therefore, by establishing a more collaborative environment between you and ghostwriter, you can still take ownership of the articles you will send to clients.

Now, I turn the tables to you:

What are your thoughts about writers hiring ghostwriting to help write for your projects?

Do you feel dirty when you as a writer publish content that you did not write?

If you have ghostwriters help you out, what are the best practices that you observe when working with them?

Type in your comments below so we can forward the discussion!

About the author

Christopher Jan Benitez

Content marketer during the day. Heavy sleeper at night. Dreams of non-existent brass rings. Writer by trade. Pro wrestling fan by choice (It's still real to me, damnit!). Family man all the time. Hire me to write your content!

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  • I’ve been enjoying your articles so far, mainly because we came from almost the same background.

    I’ve been a ghostwriter as well (I think it’s the most common starting line for any online marketer.lol) on Essays.ph and worked my way up to being an SEO specialist.

    How many ghostwriters do you have so far? Ghostwriting is fine as long as the quality or the tone/voice of the article is in line with the client’s.

    I think the article could’ve been better if you actually compare hiring ghostwriters from hiring authors with a by-line. I’d also be interested in price discrepancies between ghost and non-ghost writers. Just my two-cents though.

    Cheers!

    Yesh

    • Thanks for the comment yet again, @yeshua_quijano:disqus!

      It’s great that you moved away from Essays.ph. Correct me if I’m I have heard bad things about the site in terms of pay.

      I’ve worked with at least two to help me complete my projects. But as mentioned in the article, I review the content and put my stamp of it (I edit and change the sentence structures) before I submit to the client.

      And thanks for your content suggestions! These are things that I will definitely look into when developing posts in the future.

      • Well, the pay is low and a lot of people actually get shocked by the amount. But it’s not all bad, I mean, you don’t really need to churn out high-quality articles. The articles are mainly used for tier 2 or tier 3 links.

        • That’s too bad. I still think people don’t have to undergo writing to these sites and think that it’s okay since quality and actionable content is what makes digital marketing and SEO tick nowadays. Not to mention, the pay is much, much better too.

          • I agree, but I think it’s a good place to start for anyone who wants to earn money online.

            Great to see that you have a sustainable business. I’ve been writing myself, but the writer burnout is too real. I prefer building amazon niche sites over content writing on any day.

  • This post took my eyes as I am now willing to start as a content writer. The concept of ghost writing is great, prices as well.

    But the shortcoming is it doesn’t help you increase your brand and get exposure.

    However it does let you build your content writing skills.

    In my opinion Writers should not hire Ghost writers as this can affect one’s writing skills if done for long. Additionally there are times when content writers are stacked up with work, hiring ghost writers then can prove useful.

    It depends on the situation. However, I don’t think you won’t be needing any ghost writers, because you are an excellent writer.

    Brilliant post, thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for the kind words, as always @disqus_03h2rItHPs:disqus!

      Depending on how you will use a ghostwriter, it can actually help you build your brand. Some business owners hire people to write on behalf of them to good effect because they don’t have the time to do the writing themselves. They send over the ideas that the ghostwriters would write and then the writers will take care of the rest.

      Ghostwriting can have negative effects depending on how people employ their skills. A bad use of ghostwriters would be branding yourself as an authority through their content when you are not an authority about the subject matter at all.

      I do believe that, if you manage the workload that you have as a writer, then there is no need for you to hire a ghostwriter. However, if your projects get too heavy for your own good, which prevents you from doing your job properly, then getting help from a ghostwriter is a good way to do that.

  • Hi Christopher. Inbound.org took me here. This is a very honest piece. I’ve recently started hiring ghostwriters but always encounter snags down the road. A bit discouraging. I’d love to chat with you about this and maybe get some advice from you. You seem to be having a good experience with hiring writers so far. I followed you on Twitter!

    • Hello, aki! Glad you liked my article. To be a successful writer (which I am on my way to becoming), you need to be honest not only to clients, but also yourself. Writing this piece was important in establishing the fact that managing writing projects all by myself is very difficult. This is the very reason why I needed someone whom I can work and trust with to continue working with multiple projects for my writing services.

      Also, I consider myself lucky on working with a ghostwriter to help me with my writing gigs. The writer happened to be a referral from someone and we just hit it off professionally. The biggest concern here is TRUST: I trust the judgment of this writer when it comes to producing content and the writer also trusts me with my judgment for the projects. So far, that trust continues to hold our ability to provide clients with awesome content 🙂

      Hope to chat with you soon. I’ll be more than happy to discuss writing tips and advice with you!