3 Mistakes Keeping Ghostwriters Overworked & Underpaid

Nicolas Cole
4 min readJun 4, 2024

If you want to escape the freelancer hamster wheel (and start landing high-paying clients), then you need to stop calling yourself a “Freelance Writer.”

Instead, call yourself a Premium Ghostwriter.

Here’s why:

One of the first questions we get when writers or people working a 9 to 5 discover the world of Premium Ghostwriting is, “How is this any different from freelance writing?”

It’s an understandable question. Many people believe “ghostwriting” is just another way of saying you’re a freelance writer. It conjures up an image of a writer trawling the pages of Upwork and Fiverr trying to find clients. And because there are hundreds of other writers to compete with, they sell their pen as cheaply as possible.

But this stereotypical image misses the fundamental difference between Freelance Writing and Ghostwriting.

What’s the difference between Freelance Writing and Ghostwriting?

The language you use to describe yourself has a huge impact on the way your clients, other writers, and even yourself view what you do and what you offer.

Let’s dive into the main differences between these two groups of writers.



Nicolas Cole

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