Learn to Ghost Tier Three


STEP 1 – Getting the Work. Download, read, and study this comprehensive e-book, which includes an in-depth discussion of the business of ghostwriting. Topics covered include: how to get started as a ghost; marketing your services; identifying your niche; what to charge; getting and using referrals; teaching and speaking; your competition; how to quote; ghostwriting agreements, and a lot more.

Here’s a brief excerpt from one of my teleclasses, talking to non-writers about why they should become an author. Before they hire a ghostwriter, they must want to write a book!

(Use the player above or right-click and select “Save As” or “Save Link As” to download)


STEP 2 – Doing the Work. Download, read, and study this second comprehensive e-book, which includes in-depth discussions covering topics such as: the differences between ghostwriting and writing for oneself; gathering info; research; interviewing techniques; client communication; managing your own ego; common challenges faced by ghostwriters — and how to survive them; how to write for someone else; and much more.


STEP 3A – Practicing the Work, Ghostwriting Exercise. Get some actual practice being a ghostwriter! Write essays based on three downloadable audios and their verbatim transcripts, of interviews with me and 3 interesting people about subjects dear to their hearts. You can write one, two, or three essays, then submit them for written detailed critiques. Did you “get the voice?” What other ways are there to structure and organize the essay? What questions would you ask next? What questions do you wish I’d asked? Does your essay tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end? And perhaps, what do the interviewees think of your essay? This critique will help you hone your ghostwriting skills.

STEP 3B, Practicing the Work, Interviewing Exercise. Practice your interviewing skills. You will interview me by phone as if you are my ghost for 20 to 30 minutes, about a possible book or article. You plan the interview questions, listen to my answers, probe for details, and keep the interview on track. I will record our conversation and send you the audio file. You then write a short article based on the interview for our discussion later.


STEP 4 – Discussing the Work. In addition to the written critique on your ghostwritten essays, you’ll receive up to six one-on-one 90-minute consulting/coaching sessions via telephone, to be completed within six months. We’ll discuss any ghostwriting concerns or questions you may still have on the “business side” of ghostwriting. Or we can discuss ghostwriting assignments you may be quoting on, or those you have already obtained. I may offer suggestions for interview techniques or questions you might try, or suggestions on structure and organization that may fit your topic. If you want further clarification or additional examples on the subjects covered in the e-books, we can talk about that. Or I can just offer some extra encouragement.


Wait, there’s more . . .

  • Samples of forms to use in your ghostwriting business, such as quotations and agreements covering copyright, confidentiality, etc.
  • Ten (yes 10) additional e-books on subjects important to ghostwriters, including: Wowing Your Readers;  8 Making History Workbooks containing historical timelines and suggested interview questions covering 60 years and 8 broad topics — very useful in ghostwriting memoirs; and You Can Be An Author.
  • Links to other book professionals who can help you and your clients. No one does anything alone! These are people who I have worked with and personally vouch for as experienced, insightful, highly competent and honorable. I trust my clients to these folks.
  • An additional ebook, Ghost Stories for Real Ghosts,a collection of 42 of my articles and blog posts about writing in general and ghostwriting in particular.
  • Testimonial & Referrals: After completion of the course, your website and bio will be listed on my website www.primary-sources.com as a ghostwriting referral; a written testimonial from me to use on your website or marketing materials; and personal referrals upon request.