Hiring a ghost writer can be a daunting task because the magnitude of work is often extremely large. This can be magnified if you do this online because your contact will only be by email or phone. Therefore you have to take a leap of faith with any trust issues. In this guide, we will explore how to hire a ghost writer without putting yourself at any danger.
The Ghost Writing Contract
Due to the size of the project, it is always best to have a contract in place. A contract gives both you and the writer projection if something goes wrong. A writer will not be afraid to sign a contract if they are legitimate and confident. If you are hiring a writer and they do not want to sign a contract then you should steer clear of them because the likelihood is they do not know what they are doing.
Remember, a contract should be written by the person that is hiring the writer. However, the conditions set out in the contract should not all be in favour of this person. You need to make sure you put conditions in the contract to protect the writer as well as yourself. One way you can do this is to send off a contract and ask the writer to put in their details. This can take a while (to finalise), but will leave you both with a contract that you feel happy signing.
Your contract should include:
- The relationship between you and the writer.
- What your financial agreements are. Including total cost, and payment stages.
- Any guarantees that have been set.
- Ownership Rights. This is a big point to include, because if you do not include these and the writer goes on to publish the work you will have minimal projection. Therefore, you need to make sure you specify that your payment to them is in exchange for the work they are providing.
- Confidentiality Agreement. This should state that the writer cannot disclose any of the information, because ‘leaking’ of this information could affect sales.
- Any Additional Legal information. This section should include what happens in the event of death of either party. As well as any other bits you would expect to find in a contract for a service.
If you feel happy ‘drawing’ up a contract then you can, but it is always best to get the final document proof read by a solicitor who specialises in business contracts. This way you can be 100% sure that you are covered. A 1 hour meeting should be enough, and will cost you about £150, but this does add peace of mind. If you do not have experience in contracts than the chances are you will miss something out, or miss word something which means your contract is not watertight.
Hiring a ghost writer can be scary if you do not know what you are doing. However, if you include all the points above then it should not be a problem.