If you have chosen to hire a ghostwriter, regardless of the type of writing you need, you might be wondering exactly how to tell you are hiring the right one. Many times after posting an ad, you get dozens of replies that you need to weed through. Once you have a handful or so based on their experience and resumes, here are some tips to guide you through the rest of the hiring process.
1. Writing Talent
One of the first things to look for when you’re in search of a ghostwriter is going to be their writing talent. Not only the ability to write, but the ability to write the type of content you need. Not all ghostwriters are adept in all areas of writing, so make sure you are clear when you post ads looking for writers. If you want short blog posts, long press releases, or website content, be very detailed. Ask for portfolio and examples for the type of work you are in need of.
2. Being Reliable
Another thing to look for is a writer who can prove to be reliable and dependable. You most likely have deadlines when handing out writing assignments, so checking their references can help you find out how dependable they are. One great way to get a clue about their reliability is by paying attention to how quickly they respond to emails and other forms of communications. Ask them about their writing schedule and how quickly they can meet deadlines.
3. Structure for Writing
If you’re looking for a ghostwriter to handle eBooks or longer writing formats, the structure of their writing also comes into play. It is important that the ghostwriter you hire understands exactly how you want the writing done, including formatting. Even for an article or blog post, the way you format your posts should be succinct, so find a writer who can follow along with what you already have going.
4. Tone and Voice
Everyone has their own tone and voice in their content, whether it is a blog post or newsletter. If you are hiring a ghostwriter, you need them to write in your voice, not their own. Finding a writer who naturally writes the way you do is a big plus, but at least find one who can alter their style to fit your own more closely. A good way to find out if they can accomplish this is by having them write a paid, test article and telling them the voice you
5. Proper Compatibility
Finally, as someone who is going to write a good deal of content for you, you will be in communication with them often. Being compatible with them on a professional level is very important. You usually get red flags during initial communications about whether or not they are a good fit for you and your needs.
Just by looking at their portfolio and samples, you can get a good idea of how they write, and whether or not they will be able to write what you are looking for.