Writers willing to forego a byline and venture into the world of celebrity ghostwriting should know that the work is fiercely competitive. But there are steps you can take to help break into this profitable market.
Before writing the life and times of Steven Spielberg or LeBron James, a writer who seeks to enter the celebrity ghostwriting field needs to be considered a credible journalist with more than a few stories published in respected publications. According to Madeleine Morel, a literary agent who only represents veteran ghostwriters:
You really have to get your name out as many places as you can. The more you can build your inventory of published material, the better chance you have of being taken seriously.
Another important aspect of celebrity ghostwriting is networking with other freelancers. Michelle Burford, a best-selling writer, recommends reaching out to colleagues and offering to take on any projects they decide to turn down.
For more tips on how to get your own celebrity ghostwriting gig, read: How to Land a Celebrity Ghostwriting Gig.
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