by- Tom Kubrak
This is a scary thing to have to do sometimes…
Have you ever had to just sit in limbo hoping someone would give you a call, send you an email or even just return your call?
It can be an excruciatingly painful waiting period. At the same time though it can be a blessing in disguise. If you have the patience that is.
This skill, in my opinion, is the magic word that all ghostwriters must have. If you don’t have patience and are trying to be a ghostwriter than you may be in the wrong profession. This is the ultimate waiting game. Which is why I encourage all ghostwriters to play poker and chess to constantly be reminding yourself about patience. A game of poker can last a few days sometimes and a game of chess can last an hour sometimes too. In ghostwriting, you may be waiting for a return call for 5 years or more from someone.
Learn this skill and constantly be refining and reminding yourself of it.
Whether you’re waiting on a contract proposal to be accepted, waiting for someone to call you, waiting for someone to respond to your advertisement, or just creating content and hoping someone notices you…JUST KEEP WRITING.
A couple ways you can do that and stay busy while you’re in that ‘limbo’ period are…
Create a Blog Series
This is probably the single most important thing I did in the, almost, 4 years it took me to get my first contract. This not only kept me busy, but it sharpened my writing skills, got me new followers/friends and educated a few people that read my posts. It was by no means easy, but continuing this proved to be invaluable.
Write Stories About People- Look and Ask
Even if you’re not affiliated with a website don’t worry. By having your own place to post it(your website). The person you ask to write about will be flattered. They just want to tell their story and by you being there to help them do that they won’t care. Unless their a pop star or something craving the exposure. Start small and find people in your own community. The stories you’ll find will be far more interesting than the faded pop star. All you have to do is look and ask.
Networking and Education
The networking didn’t have really anything to do with getting clients but more so in building a network of people who I can ask questions and who can support me when I’m in a bad mental state.
This proved to be invaluable too because while I was writing these new friends taught me a ton that helped me become a better writer and communicator. Which sometimes is more important than the actual writing. It also gave me the confidence to be ready for that contract when it finally came.
“Before you can see anything, you have to first invest in yourself.” -Anonymous
By- Tom Kubrak