Finding A High Quality Author

By Crystal Powers

One of the most difficult tasks for the person who is in need of the services of a high quality author is determining just who can do the work. It's one thing to be capable, but it's another thing to be available and do the work.

As the hiring party, there are several things that you can do to ensure that you find a capable and available author.

Does the author have experience? Also, do you think that he or she may be able to write on the proposed topic? A good author will have samples of his or her work readily available for your perusal. Authors would sometimes hold their best work back from the public due to fears of piracy or because of third party confidentiality and because of this, do not assume that all of the author's work is posted online.

If covering a topic outside of their areas of expertise is what the author must do, will you be willing to pay extra for the research that they need to do so that they can accomplish the task?

Is the author available to work on your project now or is he or she presently busy with other assignments? How tight is your deadline? Can you work with the author's schedule or is your schedule not flexible? Ask yourself if you would consider using the same author at a future date for a different project if no agreement can be made to do the current project.

Does the author have references? Can you get a person's name and phone number and contact them about their work?

Try to determine how much the author expects to be paid. Perhaps the author has a list of his or her pricing structure on their website. Can you get an ironclad estimate? What payment methods are they expecting.

Do you want the author to use his or her name and submit the articles to article directories for links back to your site or is the author writing as a ghostwriter?

Discussing over the phone the details of what the hiring party wants, what they can do for this person, and attempt to get a better feel for the job is what any author may prefer to do.

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