The services of a ghost writer can be the best solution when you have writing or editing work that needs to be professionally done. By doing this, you know that the project will be handled by a competent writer who ensures that your work makes tangible sense.
Basically, what a ghost writer does is provide you with original content depending on your specifications, after which all the rights are transferred to you as the work’s owner. Professional ghosts compile the notes and knowledge shared by the client and transform into in to high quality material ready to be used on the Internet and elsewhere.
The need for many website owners to have quality articles for the promotion of their websites have led to a phenomenal rise in ghost writing services. However, please note that ghost writers are not restricted to writing articles, but also handle other projects – such as ghost writing fiction and nonfiction books, memoirs, screenplays and scripts.
Some ghost writing projects should be handled by experts, in order for them to achieve the desired outcomes. This is where ghost writing services come in handy, since they usually have a team of qualified writers who have the expertise to handle diverse topics and specialties.
The work is assigned to the most appropriate ghost writer – depending on the nature of the project – so that you can enjoy great value for your money. You definitely need content that is rich in knowledge and that will educate your target audience, and this is actually what a ghost writer helps you achieve.
What may be most important is to hire a ghost writer with a decent professional reputation, and with whom you can get along without too many arguments. One way to measure this is by checking through testimonials on the firm’s website, in order to see what other clients have to say about the services offered. But you can usually tell through simple email exchanges and over-the-phone contact whether or not you will enjoy working with the writer of your choosing.
I have found over the years as a ghost writer that editing is always what you will be doing, strangely enough, one way or another. Even when you’re doing a strict ghost writing project from the client’s outline, notes are usually involved, and so is Internet and library research. And that usually entails some substantial rewriting of copy.
If you use what you find on the Net or at the library, aside from writing people for permission to use their material, sometimes you will somewhat reword what you find and fit it to the client’s work. Also, the client will often give you notes that are comprehensive enough to work from, rewriting as you go and trying to keep to the client’s overall “voice.”
So you must understand the nature of copy editing to be a ghost writer. Editing comes in stages, which I will attempt to delineate for you in order. Basic editing or line editing involves editing for grammar, spelling, syntax (the order of words, arrangement of them etc.), and to some extent style and color.
Basic editing doesn’t involve major rewriting, but there is the removal of redundancies, fact checking such as the correct spelling of names, etc. Beyond line editing, there are more comprehensive forms of copy editing, although line editing can be quite substantial by itself and involve the application and use of several style manuals, such as the Chicago Manual of Style.
Content editing is the next stage. When you content edit, you are usually rearranging things in a more major manner, involving rewriting the overall “voice” to suit the aimed-for audience of the work, for example. When you content edit, you are changing the style and overall “feel” of the work to suit the client’s specifications and the requirements of the readers. You may shift around chapters, rename characters, put in or take out whole scenes, etc.
Finally, there is developmental editing. When you do this, you’re coming much closer to basic ghost writing from scratch, but you’re still using the client’s material to work from. There is usually plenty of material to edit from, but you have to really rework it in a vastly major manner.
You will be adding whole blocks of material, subtracting other portions, adding in new scenes, new characters, new backgrounds and new facts throughout. You basically take something that is dull and unfinished, full of bad material and redundancies – and you turn it into a professional, polished job. Or you work with something that has good or even great ideas, but it needs completely rewritten and restyled in order to fit the client’s and the readers’ needs a lot more precisely.
The best copy editors are probably the developmental editors. They do the most work, and their profession is a lot more like ghost writing than that of the other, lesser types of editors. As a ghost writer, I’ve had to do many different forms of editing, but I can tell you that proper developmental editing is the hardest form of editing. The other types are cakewalks next to it, but the challenges are there for the most capable editors to undergo and enjoy.
All in all, both ghost writing and editing offer a wide diversity of challenges, both for the ghost writers or editors and for their clients in general.
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