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How I Make Money Ghostwriting

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Many people should be authors. They just don’t know it. Meeting them and opening their eyes to that reality is the number 1 way you can make money ghostwriting. Let me show you how I do it.

I first became a published writer in 2006 when Sasa Sema Publications Ltd (Kenya) published my story in a book they did in collaboration with Word Animal Protection (then WSPA). I was elated when I touched the dollar bills that came with that first success. So, I continued sending out manuscripts. After a few disappointments, I discovered and began to make money ghostwriting. The rest they say, is history.

Requisite Skills

To be able to make money ghostwriting, you need to be really good at what you do. And that requires certain skills. Some of them include

  1. Good writing skills
  2. Ability to compartmentalize
  3. Really good transcriptive skills
  4. Ability to tell stories from other people’s perspective
  5. Ability to beat deadlines and still achieve client objectives

If you have basic writing skills, all the other skills can be learnt. So, find a way to develop all the others and you are on your way to making money writing for others.


I used to make money ghostwriting a lot. Sometimes, I had up to 4 projects in just a month. I have since stopped marketing. I also turn down projects nowadays that I have become more financially stable than I was then. This might not be the case with you. If you are just starting out, you will need to market your skill to those who need it. There are many ways of marketing yourself to that point in which you tirelessly make money ghostwriting. But you have to know who you are marketing to first.

Ghostwriting Customers

So, who is most likely to use your service as a ghostwriter? There is a long list actually. But I have created a list of the very obvious customers below.

  1. Pastors
  2. Teachers
  3. Lecturers
  4. Business consultants
  5. Successful Entrepreneurs
  6. First Class Students
  7. Rapidly Promoted Staff
  8. Millionaires/Billionaires
  9. Successful Sales People

Marketing Ghostwriting

Marketing to these people requires a slightly different approach. For instance, you do not use the exact same approach for attracting pastors to attract sales people.

For effective marketing, you will need some or all of the following, depending on how far you want to take your ghostwriting practice.

  1. A simple website
  2. Business cards
  3. Mini brochures (half or a quarter of A4 sheet)
  4. Email marketing
  5. SMS marketing


You are going to surprise yourself when you start creating books and materials for your clients. You are going to notice that the work you produce for your clients have a higher quality than what you would have done for yourself. This is because of their various levels of demands with respect to quality.

As a result of these factors, you will be tempted to NOT want to give the client the work. You will be tempted to rethink handing over this work you have “slaved over” to the client to put their name.

You will be tempted to see the book on someone’s bookshelf and proudly say “I wrote that.”

If you are not willing to say “no” to the wrong urges when they come, don’t become a ghostwriter.


I have encountered clients who ended up trying to cheat me. The law protected me of course. You need to have this covered as you are starting.

Let me help you

I can hold your hand and take you through the process of starting your own ghostwriting business. I can show you the exact same process I have used over the years. Do you know that I even turn down certain ghostwriting gigs these days? The system that has worked for me all these years is available to you for just a token. If you would like that, let me know in the comment section below or send me a message.


Has this article helped you in any way? How has been your journey in making money writing? Have you ever made money ghostwriting? I’d like to hear from you. Simply leave me a message in the comment section below.

2 thoughts on “How I Make Money Ghostwriting

  1. Thanks so much for the detailed info. I love writing, but making money from my passion has always been a major challenge to me. I am aware of the kind of motivation that can come from getting paid for what one love doing so am going to follow every bit of the information here and hope I start telling a good story soon too.

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