Today on New Year’s, everyone makes resolutions for self-improvement. This year, more people are making resolutions that involve helping others.
One of the resolutions on your mind this year may be: I will write my novel/memoir/how-to/screenplay/business ebook, even if I’ve never written in my life and don’t particularly enjoy it. And after all the champagne and celebration, you might just add enthusiastically, “And I’ll hire a GHOSTWRITER! That will make it easier!”
By hiring a professional, you have just followed one of the experts’ tips about keeping New Year’s resolutions: Be realistic.
Think of it this way. If you want to get fit and toned/lose weight/stop smoking/get organized, you hire a personal trainer, consult your doctor or call a professional organizer. A ghostwriter is no different. Ghostwriters are the personal trainers of the written word.
After you make that resolution, however, I strongly suggest reading the following articles from The Happy Guy Marketing:
- Are You Ready For a Ghostwriter?
- Working With your Ghostwriter
- How Ghostwriters Can Help You Get Published
The next step is to resolve to gather your thoughts and any materials you’ll need. Here’s a tip: If you think you don’t need to tell about the murder suspect in a mystery or what the hospital smelled like when your identical long-lost twin, who you’ve just reunited with, was born, write that detail down.
Some experts recommend making a list of a series of small steps to achieve your goal. Your list might look like this:
- Read about ghostwriters
- Investigate ghostwriting agency
- Begin gathering thoughts and any documents (for fiction as well as nonfiction)
- Contact ghostwriting agency
- Discuss project with ghostwriter by phone or e-mail
- Organize ideas with clustering techniques
- Ask your ghostwriter about publishers, agents, producers
While it may sound like a lot of work, the steps you’ll put in (according to my experience) will bring you closer to your goal within weeks or the first two months of 2009 than you would be if you hadn’t made a list of steps and if you hadn’t resolved to hire a personal trainer for your manuscript.
Whether your project is a mystery plot you’ve been dying to write or something that will benefit mankind (or at least help someone through a difficult time), the goal is important to you. So make your New Year’s resolution specific, actionable. Investigate ghostwriting services or put your thoughts down on paper. Then you can look back on next New Year’s Eve and say, “I did it.”