What to Do If Your Ghostwriter Screws Up

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What to do if a ghostwriters messes up
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about finding the right writer and communicating, so you get what you want.

Unfortunately, sometimes it happens and your writer will screw up. If you receive a project you’re not happy with, there’s no need to panic. Everything is salvageable and it’s going to take a little work to get there.

Here are some tips to help you:

1. Ask for revisions. Most writers include a round of revisions in their work for hire agreement or as part of their services. Not because they expect trouble but sometimes there are miscommunications or mistakes and it’s easier to address them with an upfront policy.

2. Address the revision request in two parts:

  • What works? Let the writer know what you did like about the content and what you want to keep.
  • What doesn’t? Once you’ve touched on the elements you want to keep, then let the writer know what needs to be revised, why you need it revised and how you want it to be revised. Be specific. The more details you can provide, the better.

3. Assess your systems and communication process: Often content mistakes are made because of a miscommunication. The writer didn’t understand what you wanted. Common issues include:

  • Not enough information was provided
  • Too tight of a deadline and the writer was rushed
  • Not a good match for your content needs or industry. Most writers specialize, make sure they have experience in your niche or with the content format you need written.

4. Ask for questions: Make sure your writer understands what you need written and what your goals are. Make it easy for them to ask questions by being available and organized.

5. Decide whether to try again: It can take a little time to iron out the kinks with a new writer. If they’re responsive to your revision needs and you think there’s a future together then consider trying again. If your writer still doesn’t produce what you need after revisions, it might time to consider moving on.

The key thing to remember is that even professional ghostwriters need training so they can work most effectively with your business and to your specifications. Once you have a well trained writer on your team, they’re an invaluable asset you don’t want to lose.

Remember, we’re always available to help you with your writing. With our monthly savings program, you get to work directly with our project manager who specializes in communicating with our writers and making sure you get exactly what you want. Check us out here.

 

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  • http://www.virtualassistantmoms.com Stephanie Watson

    These are excellent tips. Most things can be fixed with good communication. I always tell my clients that if something is wrong, let me know, but also let me know what’s right. In addition, giving as much information as possible helps. For instance, if someone wants me to write about “soy” it’s important for me to know if they’re pro soy or con soy and why. That way I can write about it based on their ideas and opinions and not my own.

    • contentrix

      Yes! It’s those little things that we often forget to specify in our projects that cause us to get something different than we expect. But as writers and clients, if we learn to communicate better, we both get what we want.

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