A Code of Trust With Me as Your Ghostwriter
Earning Your Trust
If there was one superpower I could invoke into my life with the snap of my fingers, it would be for people to feel my unwavering Code of Trust. It would make life so much easier.
Those who know me will tell the prospective authors. But, truthfully, we don’t even trust testimonials on websites anymore. AND – as a ghostwriter, many people want to keep our relationship private. How is a person supposed to know they can trust me???
Counterintelligence Expert’s Code of Trust
When I saw a post on LinkedIn about the “The Code of Trust” based on the book by Robin Dreeke, I was fascinated by his insights. It seemed like his “Five Rules” were ready-made for the work I do with my expert book author clients. Rather than trying to tell you all the reasons to trust me, let me explain how my approach to being a ghostwriter fits the profile. While the topics covered in Dreeke’s book are quite different than my approach to these rules, I am confident they apply perfectly to the rules I follow for my work.
Rule #1 – Suspend Your Ego
I can’t tell you the number of times writers have told me they could not possibly do all the hard work it takes to write a book and not get their name on the cover as a co-author. My ego simply does not require the recognition.
- My professional services are not about me.
- My writing is not about conveying any of my own ideas.
- My ghostwriting skills are not even about impressing my author client
The sole purpose of me serving as a ghostwriter to my author clients is to co-create a book for their readers. If the book is written with my author client’s readers in mind, it is the most important measure of my success.
Rule #2 – Be Non-judgemental
Any ghostwriting project begins with extreme respect for the opinions, ideas and perspectives of my author clients. Even when, in rare cases, I reject a book project simply because I am not a good fit for them, the respect and honor directed toward the author is always present.
People who want to author a book are a dime-a-dozen. People who actually take action to get the book written are extremely rare. Those who move forward to develop a book have something special about them. I won’t go into the consultant work we do to narrow the focus of the book, but just know this: It is critical the author be clear on the reason WHY the book needs to be written and WHO the reader will be. Without answering these two important questions, the book pretty much has no chance for big success.
Rule #3 – Validate Others
Nothing – and I mean NOTHING validates the value of a person’s ideas and purpose for living more than a published book. When the client author also has a platform for HOW to get the word out to their reader audience, it can literally transform their life and the lives of many others.
Part of my value to my clients is to dig deep into their value to the world and extract the very best book to publish. We make sure we determine how to market to a hungry audience of readers and make the reading easy.
Rule #4 – Honor Reason
Resist all forms of flattery or coercion is part of the rule number four. Honesty is at the foundation of the work I do for the client authors I serve. Sometimes my “reason” is different than they had perceived before talking to me. And sometimes the reason I present as an experienced ghostwriter kind of “bites” a little. Book authors, by their very nature, are proud of what they want to share with their readers. However, part of my job is to bring unbiased reason to the task of completing the book.
- Sometimes the author uses complicated thoughts in their book and it is my job to untangle the concepts to make them easy for the readers.
- Sometimes the author has only a partial sketch of what will be in the book. It is my job to help them make decisions about what to include, how to organize the segments, develop a good book flow for the reader and bring reason to all these matters.
- Sometimes the author is repetitive. It’s really no surprise because a book is a very big document. If they have written their manuscript over months (or sometimes years) the repetition is a natural thing to do. However, the reader does not see it as reasonable. We have to organize things in such a way it flows from one concept to the next – without repeating the same things over and over again.
These are only a few ways my work brings reason into the picture for my author clients.
Rule #5 – Be Generous
The relationship between author and ghostwriter is far from one-sided. While only the author’s name is shown on the cover of the book, my work as a ghostwriter represents countless hours of mind-blowing work. The fees I am paid don’t begin to cover the effort, training and expertise I bring to the job. It is a very generous act to perform ghostwriting services. But, you know what? I have never enjoyed earning a living any other way compared to the pleasure of writing for my book author clients.