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Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:27:28 AM »
I was on a social media site recently and one person mentioned being a certified ghostwriter.  I did a google search and there is a place that offers this.  However, the process (lessons) cost more than $1600.  Has anyone tried this or a similar program?

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Re: Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2014, 07:56:00 AM »
I wouldn't pay $1600 for any fancy certification. Good writers will get jobs whether they are "certified" or not. What clients want is proof that you are a good writer. There are thousands of sites where you can post your best articles. You can use those articles to prove that you are a good writer.

IMO, that certification is just one way people are trying to make some easy cash from gullible writers.

p.s I don't know any certified ghost writers.

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Re: Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2014, 05:33:37 PM »
I did not know there was a certification for ghost writing.  I was under the impression a ghost writer is simply someone who interviews someone and then writes their biography or memoirs for them based on what they say.  It's a way someone who is not a good writer can publish their story in a form that is easy to read.

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Re: Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 04:21:39 AM »
That has scam written all over it. Even if it does what it says, the certificate is only valuable if agents and editors know what it is and I'll bet you few people have heard of it.

I know quite a few ghost writers and none of them get gigs from being certified, they get them by being able to write well. They find work through their literary agents.

The other alternative is a book packager - packagers give the writer the outline and the characters and the writer does the words. The name on the front may be a pen name - but not always. Things like the Sweet Valley High or Babysitter's Club books are examples of book packagers works. Yes, I know I'm showing my age.

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login are a book packager who are open to subs - I know of people who have been accepted, but I don't know of anybody who has worked for them. This kind of thing is often controlled by very tight NDAs so it can be difficult to find specific information about how it works.

DancingLady - a ghost writer can be used for anything. Celebrity biography is usually ghost written, as is celebrity fronted fiction.


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Re: Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2014, 05:15:10 AM »
A ghostwriter is basically a work-for-hire writer who doesn't get any rights to the book/article/post. You can be a "certified" ghostwriter for articles, books, or whatever. Those who work at content mills are essentially ghostwriters. In other words, other people claim ownership for their work. I've seen some blogs of professional novel ghost writers who like to produce books but not take the credit(or book cover) for it. Writers for Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys are basically ghostwriters. It's a booming industry, but you don't need a certification to be one.

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Re: Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2016, 09:23:37 AM »
I am a ghost writer because I write for clients who put their name on my work as authors. I've never heard of a site that certifies ghost writer and for a fee of $1,600 for lessons, no thank you. I've written about 30 ebooks and countless articles for clients and I've never been asked for certification, just a sample of previous work. Certifications will not guarantee that your work will be accepted by clients, quality work does.

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Re: Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 04:56:28 PM »
That sounds like a huge scam.  I certainly had never heard of ghostwriter "certification" before this, and I was an English major in college.  It's not something that requires a special licence or qualifications other than being able to write (fairly) well.  I suspect that, if you want, you can Photoshop and print out one yourself that will have about the same legitimacy as the one they are asking $1,600 for.

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Re: Is Anyone a "Certified" Ghostwriter or Know One?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2016, 05:00:48 AM »
You pay $1600 to get a certificate from a website, will this certificate get you $1600 ghost writing contract? I would never pay money to get a certificate from the institution that does not have any reputation. If Harvard is giving certificate, I would definitely apply.

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