To quote the infamous Aaliyah and her partner Timbaland, “It’s been a long time…shouldn’t have left you without a dope beat to step to, step to, step to, step to…” I know it’s been a while since my last post my family, and I have missed you guys so much. However, I promise that it’s all happened with good reasons. I have tons of new great things to tell you to help you on your writing journey. So keep hanging with me, please family!
First of all, for those of you who don’t know, I own and operate The Writers’ Block, a literacy and tutoring company based in Charleston, SC. I am a professional, private tutor and workshop presenter. This summer has seen a significant increase in new clients and new opportunities to work with various organizations into the coming school year, so organizing my time (yikes!) has been hectic, to say the least. Along with the obvious (getting paid to do what I love to do for free!), another great thing about this change is that it’s brought new writing and publishing clients my way. I will soon be embarking on the perilous and beautiful road of ghostwriting.
Now, some of you may be wondering. Why ghostwriting MéShelle? You are already a published poet with a new book set to release this year. (I promise…it is coming. And the wait has been worth it!) Plus, you’re working on your first YA fantasy, fiction novel with all those amazing female character story arcs you plan to write about in your next blog post. (I know I’m reaching with the audience voice here….humor me.) Why….I’m glad you ask.
1. It’s an amazing opportunity to help someone tell their story of survival and positive manifestation. This new client wants to encourage others to live a full life and to teach them how to navigate the rough waters of abuse, depression, and isolation through an engaging, powerful true story. I am ALL about that. This individual has waited years to find the right partner and finally built up the courage to open up about things that have never been said or previously publicized. This is the point of being a writing coach and ghostwriter for me: help others find their voice. Then help them share their story…because we all need it.
2. There’s money in it. Let’s be honest. Until you hit it big, win some great contests, get a fellowship, or build a loyal fan base, the life of an author is fulfilling but not always lucrative. Ghostwriting is a great way to make extra cash while still honing one’s abilities. Plus, you learn how to write in someone else’s voice and see from a new perspective. This type of work challenges you as a writer because it is not your story to tell. You are merely a vehicle for someone else’s words and experiences. Every writer cannot handle this. For those that can, it presents a key opportunity to learn some new tricks and reach some new personal depths. As a fiction author, I am particularly excited because, to my characters, their lives are nonfiction. I want to experience the differences and inherent sensibilities that come with this type of work. And get paid. Did I mention that part? GET PAID.
This is actually very important to talk about, so I am glad that you brought it up. Let’s talk about being paid to write. For those of us in love with this passion, isn’t that a goal, a dream, a wish for yourself at some level? However, it is unfortunate to note that there are many writers in the world not living their dream. They love writing, are good at it, and are not getting paid for it? Why? It has nothing to do usually with the amount of talent or even opportunity. They are simply not asking for it.
Many of you have built up in your head this belief that your writing isn’t good enough or you’re not in it for the money. However, if you have a gift or passion, but you cannot pursue it because your time also has to be spent funding the food on the table, then you are kidding yourself. Why not get paid to do what you love to do for free? I promise…it does NOT take away from the passion or the purity of it. As a matter of fact, the financial gain can often give you more impetus, resources, and opportunity to pursue further education and training in this craft. It does not make you a cheat or a “sell-out.” It makes you someone who chooses a life of freedom over enslavement to a job that doesn’t fulfill you.
It doesn’t start off easy. Trust me. But there is no time when it is not worth it.
Plus, in this digital age, it does not take a whole lot to make your at-home, writing services business lucrative. (More tips on that coming in the next couple of posts, ok!)
So, yea….do it for the love. But don’t miss out on the money. If you’re not sure what to ask for…Google it. There are a TON of average price points for every kind of service at every sort of level. You’d be surprised how much you can get just by asking and having confidence in your own abilities.
Well, that’s what I have for you today. It’s great to be back you guys. I am so excited to start pumping out tips and tricks for you. As usual, leave a comment below. Tell me what’s new with you since I’ve been gone and where you are on your latest writing project. What kind of posts about writing or digital marketing would you like to see? I’ll do my best to get you the quality answers you need.
And as always,
I can’t wait to read what you’re writing!
Don’t forget to subscribe the mailing list! I promise I don’t spam…I also promise that you’ll get the good stuff! ;P