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Nine Tips for Ghostwriting Success No. 5 Never Start Work Without Payment

Never Start Work without Payment


Don't work for free; doesn't it seem obvious? Yet I’ve allowed myself to violate this rule for what seemed at the time like the best of reasons. I could always rationalize why I started writing the book before the client wrote a check.

Stop. There is no better prediction of a successful engagement than the client’s willingness to make a substantial down payment and your willingness to wait for it. If paying you isn't a priority now, it never will be.

Architects don't began drawing and lawyers don't begin drafting without a retainer.  You’re a professional, too.  Decline to do any work until you have received the initial payment.  Ideally that payment should be as large as possible.  Try for at least one-third of the total paymentup front check—and it clears.




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