The 5 Different Ways Ghostwriting Pays You

Nicolas Cole
4 min readJan 12, 2024

Today, I want to help you maximize your ROI as a ghostwriter.

Ghostwriting is such a tremendous career path for writers.

From insider knowledge to building a high-value network, the ROI is far beyond just a monthly “paycheck.” Think of every new client like a deposit into your career “savings account.” The interest doesn’t just accumulate — it multiplies with each new project you tackle.

5 different ways ghostwriting pays you.

While your name may not grace the cover or the by-line, as ghostwriter you get paid so much more than just money. And if you overlook each of these different ways to earn, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to capitalize on everything ghostwriting has to offer.

Let’s dive in!

1. You get paid to learn.

At Digital Press, our first-ever client, whose agency sealed celebrity mega-deals, once casually halted a conversation for a call from “Warren” — as in Warren Buffet.

For 30 minutes, we got to ask this guy any and every question we could think of:

  • How did you first start your agency?
  • What makes an effective branded partnership?
  • What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
  • What do you do when a branded partnership goes wrong?
  • How do you find the right celebrity for each brand campaign?

We learned so much.

This is a guy who would routinely charge brands upwards of $50,000 for an hour of consulting. And instead, at the end of the call, we sent him an invoice.

Ghostwriting is a life hack for getting paid to learn from experts in their fields.

2. You get paid to master your craft.

Part of what makes mastering writing so difficult is that it’s a lonely endeavor.

It’s just you at your desk.

  • Shuffling around sentences
  • Swapping adjectives and adverbs
  • And subjectively trying to decide whether you think it’s better to say, “It wasn’t until I…



Nicolas Cole

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