Ghostwriting wasn’t always a realistic opportunity for freelance writers. Not long ago, freelance book ghostwriting projects were few and far between. Most authors worked with publishing companies, and these companies already had ghostwriters on staff. This meant that anyone who wanted to build a career as a freelance book ghostwriter would have needed years of experience within a publishing house to scoop up the few freelance opportunities that were available.
Getting occasional pushback from clients on your pricing or contract terms is an expected part of the selling process. If you’re in the early phases of your business, you have to give yourself the flexibility to negotiate. Once you’re booked more consistently, you can be firmer in your terms. But even then, you may choose to occasionally bend to client requests when it makes sense. I’m no negotiation expert, but I do have some experience in this area.
In a recent podcast episode, I explained why it’s so important for freelancers to create multiple income streams. I made a case for info products, and why they can form the basis for a healthy, secondary income stream for you. And I laid out two different paths for success in the info product market. Today I’m going to tell you where to start your info product journey, if this is a path you want to pursue. First, let me talk about the elephant in the room.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".