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Ghostwriting Business Diploma Course

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This course walks you through each step in the process of becoming a successful ghostwriter. You’ll learn all about the role – how to do the job (including editing and revising your work), the skills needed, types of work, where to find jobs, manage clients, researching effectively, understand copyright and more.

What You'll Learn from the Ghostwriting Business Diploma Course

From this course, you will gain a greater understanding of what ghostwriting is and, just as importantly, what it is not, along with finding out about the different types of ghostwriting.

To be a good ghostwriter you don’t necessarily need to have a related degree. The Ghostwriting Business Diploma Course explores education options and provides tips and suggestions on how you can start and improve your writing. It also highlights essential skills required to be successful in this field.

There are more job opportunities for ghostwriters than you may think. This course outlines these options – covering everything from in-house and agency work, to freelancing. Should you wish to strike out on your own, the course also provides information on different business structures in the UK.

Getting your first few clients as a ghostwriter is probably the hardest part of the job, though, with the tips and tricks provided in this course, it is entirely possible - even easy. You’ll learn about using online job boards to find work, how having a niche or specialism can help you, and how to showcase your writing and gain referrals. Also covered are Ghostwriter Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

The range of writing you can undertake as a ghostwriter is vast. This course will guide you through the various types, along with how to break projects down and set timelines. You will also find our everything you need to know about billing a client, tips and suggestions on how to work virtually, and how to deal with difficult clients.

The Ghostwriting Business Diploma Course covers how to research effectively. You’ll learn how to conduct interviews for primary information, find reliable sources, verify information and evaluate an online source’s credibility. You will also gain a better understanding of plagiarism.

As a ghostwriter you need to adapt your voice to your client’s needs, through studying the course you’ll learn how to do this by using the targeted customer as a template. You’ll discover how to understand, research and target your audience.

To protect yourself and sell your work, it’s important you understand copyright protection. The Ghostwriting Business Diploma Course covers how this functions in the UK and other countries. You’ll learn how to protect your writing, register it, and reserve or release your copyrights. You will also learn about public domain and CC0 materials.

To ensure professionalism, your work must be clear, correct, and compelling. This course teaches you how to review your project – focusing on finding spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors, and checking for typos and word usage errors. You’ll also learn about subediting or copyediting and how to revise your material to increase its impact.

As a ghostwriter, you may find yourself working on a book or manuscript. From the Ghostwriting Business Course, you will learn about the various parts of a book and the sequence they should appear in, and how to finalise your work. You’ll also find out about your options when publishing to ebook formats.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The primary purpose of this course is to provide all the information you need to become a successful ghostwriter, including how to set up a business selling your services. However, much of the course is relevant to non-ghostwriters who wish to improve their writing and learn about important aspects of creating and selling written work.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Ghostwriting Business Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: About Ghostwriting

  • Types of Ghostwriting
    • Anonymous Work
    • Their Ideas, Their Words
    • Their Ideas, Your Words
    • Your Ideas, Your Words
  • Co-Authoring
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 2: Preparing to Ghostwrite

  • Education & Background
  • Read, Read and then Read More
  • Write, Re-write and Write again
    • Grammar & Punctuation
  • Improve your Writing
    • Show, Don't Tell
    • Develop Rich Detail and Descriptions
    • Eliminate Unnecessary and Unneeded Words
  • Skills Ghostwriters Need
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 3: Where Ghostwriters Work

  • Agencies
  • In-House Ghostwriter
  • Publishing House or Agent
  • Independent or Freelancer
  • Business Structures
  • Sole traders
    • The advantages of registering as a sole trader
    • The disadvantages of registering as a sole trader
  • 'Ordinary' partnerships
  • Limited companies
  • Starting Your Business
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 4: Starting as a Ghostwriter

  • Freelancing via Job Boards
  • Your Bio & Portfolio
  • Niche Market
  • Showcasing your Writing
  • Referrals
  • Ghostwriter Agreements
    • Details, Details and More Details
    • Timelines, Deadlines and Other Time Sensitive Topics
    • Milestones & Payment
    • Original Work with Rights Released Upon Final payment
    • Project Fees
  • Sample Ghostwriter Agreement
  • Non Disclosure Agreement
  • Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 5: Working as a Ghostwriter

  • Type of Writing
    • Copywriting
    • Marketing
    • SEO
    • Business Writing
    • Technical Writing
    • Non-fiction Writing
    • Fiction Writing
    • Social Media Writer
    • Headlines & Subheadings
  • Timelines, Deadlines & Milestones
  • Pricing & Fees
    • By the Hour
    • By the Word
    • By the Project
  • Credit & By-lines
  • Working Virtually
    • Virtual Identity
    • Virtually Communicating
    • Time Zone Differences
  • Difficult Clients
    • Preventing Difficulties
    • Working with Difficult Clients
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 6: Pre-Writing

  • Research & Pre-Writing
  • How to Research Effectively
  • Beyond the Internet
  • Public Domain
  • Interviews
  • Verify information
    • Credible Internet Sources
  • Plagiarism, Citing and Plagiarism Checkers
    • Quotations
    • Paraphrasing
    • Citing
    • Works Cited Page
    • Plagiarism
    • Plagiarism Checkers
  • Weeding through Your Research
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 7: Ghostwriting

  • Why it's Ghost Writing
  • Voice
    • The Purpose
  • Create, Recreate or Use Your Own
  • Audience
  • Style, Structure & Pizazz
    • Voice versus Tone
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 8: Copyright

  • Use in Other Countries
  • Protecting your Copyrights
    • Checking the Copyright
  • Registering Copyrights
  • Length of Copyright
  • Partial Rights
  • No Rights Reserved or Public Domain
  • When to Copyright
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 9: Proofreading, Revising & Editing

  • Proofreading
    • Rounds of Proofreading
  • Revising
    • Eliminating Redundancies & Unnecessary Words
    • Clichés
    • Reduce Phrases to Words
    • Experiment with Voice and Tone
  • Review your Headlines
  • Sub-Editing
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions

Module 10: Final Manuscript

  • Parts of a Book
  • Finalizing the Manuscript
  • Publishing Choices
  • ePub, PDF or AZW - Say What? ebook Formats
  • Formatting for eBooks
  • Print on Demand
  • Assessment
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Short Answer Questions
  • Conclusion

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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