On ghostwriting while freelancing

This blog seems to be dead because I’ve been ghostwriting for a content studio.

That means everything I’ve produced over the last few months doesn’t have my name under it.

On the other hand, I’ve been making money.

It’s been an interesting process, to say the least.

Further brief considerations after the jump.

At first, I was not convinced. I’m just building my resume, I want to be able to showcase everything I write. I want my name out there. And the pay the studio offered was about the same I’m getting from my freelance clients, there was no bonus. A line in their e-mail caught my eye, though. It said: “You don’t have to worry about collecting payment”.

I’ve been lucky, so far my clients have been very responsible. They order content and they pay for it. Nevertheless, I’m still an unbankable Venezuelan. The process to get the money into my account is always messy and a hassle. I’m not the most organized individual, believe it or not. And this is a one-man show, I have to pick up my own mess.

On top of that, through history, I’ve dealt with all kinds of clients. I know what it feels to be waiting for a cheque that doesn’t arrive. I’ve called a number a hundred times, and gotten the machine a hundred and one. What I’m trying to say is, I’ve been burned before. So, this idea appealed to me: “You don’t have to worry about collecting payment”.

The first project arrived and it felt like a breath of fresh air. The freedom! My name was not going to appear anywhere, so the pressure was off. I still gave it my all, I’m a professional after all, but the process was so light I almost felt I was cheating. But, I wasn’t! I was doing exactly what I was supposed to.

Still, even though it has been better than expected, I have nothing to show for these last few months. This blog and my LinkedIn profile have not gotten me any direct clients so far, but I like to think they will. And for that to happen, I have to feed them with fresh content. And I don’t have any.

So, all in all, I don’t even know what’s going on or if I’m on the right track. As per usual.

I’m having fun being a ghost, though.

ADITIONAL NOTE: While this whole ghostwriting thing developed, I was watching the coolest show ever: “Lodge 49”. In it, fictional author L. Marvin Metz (played by Paul Giamatti) gives an invaluable piece of advice to ex-journalist Connie Clark: create an alter ego. When she finally does, she finds her voice and starts writing again.

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