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Is It Really This Hard To Find A Quality Ghostwriter?

Postby tvanslooten » Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:38 am

I have gone through at least 8 ghostwriters in the past year because none of them know how to write (in my opinion anyway). I use two sources exclusively - Rentacoder.com and Elance.com. I usually pay around $8 for a rewrite and $10 for original articles (400-600 words per article).

I don't know if I'm being too picky or if I'm not paying enough, but nobody can write anymore!! I'm almost to the point of hiring someone like Tiffany Dow and pay $20/article just to get good articles that I don't have to spend hours editing.

Have any of you been able to find any good, reliable writers at an affordable rate? If so, where are you finding them and what are you paying per article?

I know I'm very picky but the quality I've been seeing at $10/article or less has been horrible. Does a guy really have to spend more than that to find good writers?

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Postby Lynn Terry » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:29 am

This is a GREAT topic, Travis. I would love to move it over to the main forum for more feedback - if that is okay with you?
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Postby tvanslooten » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:03 pm

Sure...the more feedback the better :wink:

I would be interested in finding out how much people are paying (on average) per article and where they are finding their writers!

I'll monitor this post in the main forum. Just let me know where you move it to in the forum.

Thanks!

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Postby Lynn Terry » Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:16 pm

I moved it to Home Office Talk ;)
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Postby bs28723 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:46 pm

I am interested in who is having luck with this. I was planning to invest in some ghosting writing this year.

I still remember a paper I wrote for a college technical writing class. The professor asked me after class if he could use my paper as an example for other classes. I was feeling pretty good, then he said "I want to show them what NOT to do." OUCH. :oops:
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Re: Is It Really This Hard To Find A Quality Ghostwriter?

Postby nar321 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:23 pm

Based on the info posted, You must not value your time as if you think a article by Tiffany isn't worth her price, yet you will rewrite a $8 article. Seems to me to be penny wise and pounds(UK Currency) foolish. Try the SSWT job board or barter for what you want in exchange for some skill you have. I have no idea wether Tiffany is good, bad or indifferent just pointing to the obvious

tvanslooten wrote:I have gone through at least 8 ghostwriters in the past year because none of them know how to write (in my opinion anyway). I use two sources exclusively - Rentacoder.com and Elance.com. I usually pay around $8 for a rewrite and $10 for original articles (400-600 words per article).

I don't know if I'm being too picky or if I'm not paying enough, but nobody can write anymore!! I'm almost to the point of hiring someone like Tiffany Dow and pay $20/article just to get good articles that I don't have to spend hours editing.

Have any of you been able to find any good, reliable writers at an affordable rate? If so, where are you finding them and what are you paying per article?

I know I'm very picky but the quality I've been seeing at $10/article or less has been horrible. Does a guy really have to spend more than that to find good writers?

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Postby RadioGirl » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:33 pm

I've never really had trouble finding good ghostwriters. They just don't last for long, generally around six months. I know that is the way it goes though because I generally hire off my writer's network and find those who are new to freelance writing and are just looking to gain experience and clips. After a while, they move on to bigger fish who can pay more and I move on to the next talent.
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Postby TimeSaverVA » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:29 pm

I have a friend that has a ghostwritting business. She is great and I have hired her before and she has had awesome reviews. If you are interested PM me I will pass it on to her or give you her website.
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Postby adavant » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:29 pm

Hi there,
I am a ghostwriter and just wanted to let you know that my current rates are $15/article and only $5 for rewrites. I have a good base of clients who would be willing to give you some testimonials. You can also read testimonials on my website. I would be honored for you to give me a try.

http://alyssaavant.com
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Postby TimeSaverVA » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:32 pm

Opps there she is right above me. SO I guess now you have her website. :D
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Postby tvanslooten » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:35 pm

Yes, I've run into this issue as well. I'll find a great writer who's rates are reasonable and then after a few months they leave. The whole process is frustrating. Oh well, so it goes...

Travis

RadioGirl wrote:I've never really had trouble finding good ghostwriters. They just don't last for long, generally around six months. I know that is the way it goes though because I generally hire off my writer's network and find those who are new to freelance writing and are just looking to gain experience and clips. After a while, they move on to bigger fish who can pay more and I move on to the next talent.
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Postby RadioGirl » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:43 pm

I don't mind it much because I've been a freelance writer myself...so I know where they're coming from and have actually encouraged a couple to move up the payscale by finding better markets as they develop the skills...
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Postby WAHumor » Sat Jan 12, 2008 3:08 pm

Hmm...it hadn't occured to me how many Elancers and the like would bail after getting a little experience (and hence better market value) under their belts.

I'm definitely on the lookout for good ghostwriters for inclusion in my upcoming product launch, "Promote ANYTHING Online". Alyssa, you have been noted!
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Postby deannatroupe » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:19 pm

I also do ghostwriting. I charge $10 per article and $5 for rewrites. My website is http://www.deannaspencer.com
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Postby TorontoCarol » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:52 pm

I'll add my name to the ghostwriting pool. I charge $10 for 400 words and $5 for rewrites.
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