by Jasmin Romero

Hiring a ghostwriter doesn't have to be scary. If you've been wondering how to work with a ghostwriter and all the not-so-spooky details that come with it, then you've come to the right place.

In this post, I'll be filling you in on what a ghostwriter does, what kind of ownership they get, and how you should go about paying them. You'll come to realize hiring a ghostwriter is less trick and all treat.

What Does a Ghostwriter Do?

Ghostwriters are hired to write behind the scenes. A ghostwriter helps shape your story into written words, and then *poof* they're gone. You can think of them as your spirit guide -- a lot less ominous, and at times necessary for growth.

Certain ghostwriters take the ideas and content you've created and mold them into a boo-tiful story. Other writers come up with the ideas for you -- they do all the heavy lifting such as research, interviews, and accurate comma placement (the real scary stuff). It all depends on what your needs are.

Ghostwriters can shape-shift into whatever you need them to be. Has your past life been haunting you in your dreams? There's a ghostwriter to help you write about it. Do you want to keep your grandmothers legacy alive in the form of a cookbook? There's a ghostwriter to organize those recipes for you. Maybe, you just want to write about all the failed dates you've ghosted over quarantine. Well, there's a writer to spark those memories back to life. Ghostwriters adapt their writing skills to fit your voice and vision.

Do We Shake On It?

Finalizing details requires more than just a handshake. Understanding what type of partnership you're looking for is necessary before hiring a ghostwriter.

Copyright law protects all original written work as soon as the creator puts it into tangible form.

Ghostwriting is the exception to this rule if the client contractually states they would like to commission a work-for-hire or share written credit.

There is a difference between co-authorship and ghostwriting. A co-author isn't playing hide-and-seek, they are considered an author of your book and credited as such.

A ghostwriter does not receive any credit for the work they have created unless the client decides to share credit.

A client can choose to share credit in several ways:

  1. A cover credit: this type of credit is less common and would include recognizing the ghostwriter on the front cover.

  2. An acknowledgment: a bit more low-key, this recognition can be hidden anywhere in the book. The ghostwriter still gets published credit for writing the book.

  3. A testimonial: the ghostwriter is almost invisible. A testimonial allows the client to thank the writer for their contribution, which can be helpful for the ghostwriter when looking for future projects to work on. Authors can choose to sign with their initials to keep anonymity.

  4. Back-end revenue: annnd they're gone, no trace of the ghostwriter. This incentive allows the ghostwriter to receive a percentage of the profit or royalties the book receives. The author keeps all the credit, and the ghostwriter receives bonus pay. A win-win situation.

So now that you've figured out what type of partnership you want -- it's time to write the contract and talk numbers.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Ghostwriter?

Choosing the perfect ghostwriter is in fact comparable to choosing the right pair of shoes. You have to ask yourself what you need them for, how long you want them to last, and if you care about the craftsmanship. There are no "set-rates" for ghostwriting services, but there are a few questions you can ask yourself when thinking about cost:

  • What will the ghostwriter be doing for you? If a ghostwriter is shape-shifting into several different roles, the cost will be higher. The cost also varies depending on what kind of book you want written. Do you need the ghostwriter to do interviews, research content, and create an overarching theme or do you have everything prepared so all they have to do is write? These are factors to take into consideration.

  • How long is the project? Some clients only need a ghostwriter for a chapter of the book, or for certain pages. Most clients want to have a ghostwriter help them with the entire book. In that case, clients should have an idea of how long they want their book to be. The more time-consuming your project is, the less time ghostwriters will have to guide others with their stories. Hence, their rate will be higher.

  • How much experience does the writer have? Experience can mean anything from the level of education and training they've received to the number of years the ghostwriter has spent on their craft. How well can they shapeshift and disappear into the shadows? The more experience, the more expensive they will be.

Lisa Tener, an award-winning book writing coach, says that on average, a ghostwriter that is just beginning will charge $10,000-15,000 for a book of 200-300 pages, on the low end. Hiring an inexperienced ghostwriter sounds like walking into a haunted mansion -- surprises around every corner. You run the risk of wasting time and money on a low-quality book,

A high-quality ghostwriter can charge anywhere from $20k-$75k depending on the length and complexity of your book.

Ultimately, writing a book takes a certain skill level only experienced writers obtain. You deserve to have a story that you're proud of. Make sure the ghostwriter you hire has the tools to get your book where it needs to be.

Why You Should Hire a Ghostwriter and Where You Can Find One

Let's cut to the chase, hiring a ghostwriter will save you time, money, and tears. As spirit guides, ghostwriters are hired to take a load off your shoulders and they're happy to do it.

By hiring a ghostwriter, you're allowing them to do what they love: write. You keep the credit, and no one ever has to know the partnership existed. It's kind of like running away from the IRS and paying someone under the table, but legal. If you're struggling to find the right words for your story, this might be your saving grace.

Kingdom of Ink has a selection of experienced ghostwriters ready to write your books, and guide you in the right direction. Our collective has done the hard work for you: we've found high-quality writers with experience, time, and passion. They're ready to get started on your next book.

Do you want to continue asking yourself how ghostwriting works or do you want to step into the ghost world and find out for yourself? All I'm going to say is one option sounds way better than the other. Let's have some fun!


Jasmin Romero is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles. She has used investigative skills obtained at USC to profile Olympians, award-winning chefs, and hard-working community members. Jasmin has written for multiple online publications, lifestyle blogs, and short films. She believes honesty and compassion are key in capturing compelling stories.


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Written by Jasmin Romero

Last year, the rise of mutual aid in communities radically changed thousands of lives.

The pandemic sparked an overwhelming reality: Capitalism won't always be there to save us. Instead of adopting an "every man for themselves" mentality, individuals came together to support one another.

Many created organizations founded on the principles of mutual aid, they worked together to meet the needs of every community member. Service Workers Coalition, a cash relief fund created by New York service workers, raised over $25k with the help of their community, the money obtained was re-distributed to the coalition itself. Across the country, hundreds of mutual aid organizations have risen up to help support underrepresented groups.

Mutual Aid isn't anything new. According to The Cut, the term originates from a 19th-century socialist Peter Kropotkin, who ventured out into the Siberian wilderness, and discovered that animals unite against common struggle rather than fight in competition.

U.S. History has shown this theory to be true in a number of ways, laborers commonly organizing together to help each other succeed.

If mutual aid helps everyone, why wouldn't every organization want to implement ethical entrepreneurship? Our founders Kyle Cords and Amy Suto asked themselves just that when creating their new collective, Kingdom of Ink.

Kingdom of Ink: What Ethical Entrepreneurship Means to Us and Why Mutual Aid is Important

Kingdom of Ink is a high-end collective that specializes in matching clients with the perfect freelance writer. We incorporate an ethical model that includes equal monetary distribution. 5% of every contract goes back to all freelance writers in our collective (our own form of mutual aid).

Ethical entrepreneurship isn't a new concept to our founder Kyle Cords. He had tested mutual aid models before with his creative management company, The Orphanage Collective. Kyle says he wanted people to have a sense of ownership -- a community of workers that supported one another and pushed for each other's success. Kyle questioned how he could share an effort of involvement and compassion amongst his team. His answer was simple: money.

"In business, we determine value and appreciation through money. So I thought to myself, 'why can't we just take 5% of our cashflow after it covers costs, and redistribute it to the rest of the group?' A communal pie of funds everyone can have a piece of," -Kyle Cords

Implementing mutual aid in this way has helped everyone feel involved. Kyle mentions workers aren't often incentivized to help community members find a job when they feel like they are giving up their own opportunities. With mutual aid, every job opportunity benefits the entire collective.

So if mutual aid is so great, why don't all companies do it? Most businesses prefer to follow a capitalistic structure, the ones working at the top of the ladder receive the highest compensation. Could you imagine if Disney gave all their employees .5% of the company's profit? In 2019, the Walt Disney Company racked in over 11 billion dollars. Before the pandemic, the Walt Disney Company employed around 155,000 employees. Zero math is required to know every employee could receive a million dollars every year, with little damage to Disney's total profit.

On the brighter side, companies like Apple and Google offer stocks to their employees. This type of cashless pay, allows workers to own a stake in the company they work for. A great business model that works best for companies already making a lot of money.

Mutual aid helps small businesses create an ethical work environment, and provide a sustainable lifestyle for their workers.

For freelancers like us, monetary security can be difficult to find. Amy Suto, fellow freelance writer, and co-founder of Kingdom of Ink, says the biggest problem with freelance writing is cashflow. Content writers have to depend on clients to get paid, handle business costs, health insurance, and to top it off -- those starting off in their careers also have the added worry of finding a job.

"The cool thing with mutual aid, especially at Kingdom of Ink, is that you can expect to have cash come back to you at the end of every quarter. Even if you haven't booked a client in a while, or need to take time off, you still have a safety net. We're bringing socialism into a very capitalist gig economy." - Amy Suto

Unlike Upwork and Fiver, two freelance platforms that help writers find jobs, Kingdom of Ink returns a percentage of income back to their freelance writers. We take care of the marketing, billing, and technical work for our writers. In doing so, we save our writers and clients time.

Mutual aid brings safety to our writers, one that is created for them by their peers. In the end, we're all motivated to support each other.

How You Can Be Involved

Creating an organization founded in mutual aid is possible and attainable. Over the last year. individuals around the country came together to fund their community. If you don't know where to start, any organization would be happy to receive your support.

Start by joining a collective that speaks to you. Perhaps you've been thinking about hiring a freelance writer -- by working with us, you're supporting our entire community. Our service helps you help us and the cycle continues.


Jasmin Romero is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles. She has used investigative skills obtained at USC to profile Olympians, award-winning chefs, and hard-working community members. Jasmin has written for multiple online publications, lifestyle blogs, and short films. She believes honesty and compassion are key in capturing compelling stories.


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Written by Jasmin Romero

Imagine a healthy relationship. Perhaps it's one you’re currently in -- with yourself, your partner, or a close friend. What kind of work went into creating that sustainable dynamic? What kind of time and energy was involved?

Hiring the perfect freelance writer for your business should be similar to finding a life partner, with a lot less commitment. Finding a healthy working relationship can help balance your life, and hiring a freelance writer can help balance your small business and lead it to success.

Content writers help build your brand and communicate your message. So how do you find the right freelance writer for you?

Think about what a balanced relationship includes. In my experience, a good foundation is rooted in understanding, honesty, respect, and trust.

  1. Start by understanding what your business needs. Ask yourself how the content writer will fit into the rest of your business. Do you have a marketing plan? You should know who your target audience is, and what kind of content they’re looking for. Understanding the kind of content you need, will help you find the best freelance writer for your business. For example: if you have a small business that is centered around fitness and health for working parents, then you might want to hire a freelance writer that has experience in the fitness world or someone who can relate to the life of a parent. At the very least, a writer should know how to search the web for what they need. Ultimately, a hired writer should amplify your business, and attract potential customers.

  2. Do the research. Look over the playing field and the kind of content your competition creating. Decide what kind of information is new and genuine to your brand. Ask yourself what type of freelance writer you need to best share your story. There are writers available at all levels for any kind of content. A high-end business requires the help of a high-quality writer. Browse the internet, or better yet, take a look at our freelance writers to get a feel for what our rates and services are. Do you look over someone's social media accounts before you commit to spending time with them, or do you jump right in? Feel free to google our writers and look over their portfolios. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for samples of their work. Researching your freelance writer will help you in the long run.

  3. Be honest with your expectations. Creating detailed guidelines that provide a clear outline is important. Similar to expressing your boundaries and needs to a friend, communicating your goals to a freelance writer will help you achieve the results your business deserves. This also includes being realistic with your budget. You want to grow your business, but do you have the resources to make that happen? Hiring an experienced freelance writer isn't cheap. You get what you pay for, and spending more on a writer can get you closer to being stress-free. Like any relationship, quality matters, and you have to be willing to spend the energy for it. In the long run, spending more on a high-quality writer will save you time. Think about how you want your business to be represented, and who can make that happen for you.

  4. Respect the process. Be respectful in your search for a freelance writer. We're all human with other responsibilities. Avoid reaching out to content writers until you're clear on what you want. Rushing in too fast can lead to wasted time and confusion for both parties. Once you're ready to send a few inquiries, understand that freelance writers don't work for free. Time is precious. Would you ask a therapist to waive their fees because you wanted to "try" them out? If you did, they'd probably say no. Instead, ask them to join you on a short call. This is where you can feel the energy and see if you're both on the same page. Thoroughly explain your business, why it matters, and what you're looking for. The perfect freelance writer will know how to tell your story in a way that feels genuine to your business.

  5. Have faith in the content writer you choose. Let writers do what they do best. When you invest in a high-end freelance writer, like the ones here at Kingdom of Ink, you can expect to receive high-quality deliverables. . Let the partnership breathe, and give it space when necessary. Allow the writer to have creativity and freedom in their writing. Sometimes an outside view can bring a broader perspective.

Every relationship thrives off of a healthy foundation. Our freelances writers know how to work with you to get your business growing in the right direction. Are you ready to do your part? Reach out to one of our freelance writers and get started!


Jasmin Romero is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles. She has used investigative skills obtained at USC to profile Olympians, award-winning chefs, and hard-working community members. Jasmin has written for multiple online publications, lifestyle blogs, and short films. She believes honesty and compassion are key in capturing compelling stories.


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