You have that burning desire to write a book. The idea has found you, somehow, and you are ready to make it happen. But book writing is a tedious, time-consuming, maybe even emotionally draining process. You have plenty of other responsibilities knocking on your door, pulling at your heart, and demanding your attention. How will you find the time (and discipline) to give birth to a book too?
But it is a really good book. The world needs this book. It may even be the book you needed but could not find. So you ask yourself one very important question: can I hire someone to write my book for me? Then, a follow-up question arises. Does that make me less of a legitimate author if someone writes my book for me?
Let’s set the record straight.
Will My Book Writer Sound Like Me?
An exceptional book writer is going to do everything they can to emulate your voice, tone, and vision. They will interview you. They will study the way you talk and the way you write. They will help you craft a vision or build upon the vision you have already created. Their number one goal is to write a book that sounds and feels like the authentic you or the voice you are hoping to bring to life.
Also, you are in control of your book writing process. Your writer will do the writing, but you will do the steering, reviewing, and approving. If your book doesn’t sound like your voice, work with your writer to figure out the best approach to make that happen.
Do I Have to Give Formal Credit to My Book Writer?
Truthfully, this is a personal choice. While you may be resistant to adding your book writer’s name to your byline on the cover, there are other ways you can give your writer credit and kudos if you choose. First, you can include your writer in your dedication or acknowledgments. You don’t even have to say what for. Another option is to credit your writer as an editor, because, in a way, they are editing your thoughts, right?
Most people out there helping others write their books are not doing it for the glory. They are doing it to get your message out into the world. Many writers just love writing, whether it is for themselves or for someone else. Giving any sort of formal credit to your book writer is a purely personal decision.
Am I Still a “Real” Author Even If Someone Else Does the Book Writing?
Simply put, it is your story, right? Be it fictional or nonfictional, this story came from your beautiful mind. That means you are the author. It does not matter if another human puts the words on the page. It is your concept, and as long as you work alongside your writer to preserve your voice and vision, you are totally and completely an author.
The best part is, there are people out there in the world who love nothing more than to write books for others. They are a talented breed of creative human who feels “ghostwriting” is a service to others. So remember, you’re not pawning off your book on someone else. You are hiring a team member to play the writing game with you.
Yes, You Can Hire Someone to Write Your Book
Celebrities do it. Famous historical figures have done it. Even The Baby-Sitters Club author Ann M. Martin has done it. Hiring someone to write your book can be a fantastic collaborative adventure. It will give you the time and space to focus on what is most important to you, while your book writer brings your idea to life. You will still maintain credibility as an author, and you might even learn some lessons about writing along the way. The author/book writer relationship is built upon trust and mutual understanding, and it is nothing short of a rewarding journey.