Use recordings with these ghost writing clients – Our Write Side

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If you remember from my last post, there are five main methods I use to capture other people’s stories. They’re a lot like the methods you might use to capture your own. These are recordings, interviews, journals/notes, research, and writing collaboration. Today I’m going to talk about recordings.

Who uses recordings

Recording is a preferred method for busy professionals. Many of them only have time to work on their books during their commute and in quick, 30-second bursts. Yes, that means they’re multi-tasking and essentially handing you a pocketful of sticky notes, but that’s why you’re the ghostwriter.

Recording equipment

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You can still get a mini-recorder for anywhere between $50-$350. Benefit is that it fits in your pocket and doesn’t drain your phone battery. But you have to hook it up to your computer, download the file, save it in the correct format, and send it to the writer. If your busy professional is really that busy, this is not a very effective method.

Install a free or low-cost app in your cell phone. Here’s a list of recommended apps you can try for the Android platform and here’s a list for iPhones. Now transferring the file is as simple as hitting the send button, but there may still be some software compatibility issues on the writer’s side.

Record directly into a shared Evernote file. Using this method, you can record from any device you want. If one of you has a Premium account, the file can be shared on the cloud, so notes are automatically delivered to the writer, shaving time off your professional’s process and reducing the possibility of dueling formats.

Turning recordings into stories

So you’ve got the audio file, now what?

The one problem with all of the above methods is they all need to be transferred from audio to text. There are a few ways you can make that happen. Whichever way you choose, don’t forget to include that expense while determining your quote for the project.

  • Transcribe it yourself. Here is some handy software to help you with that.
  • Hire a transcriber. I’ve heard of people having success with Fivrr and Craigslist, but I’ve never tried this myself.
  • Use voice recognition software. I use Dragon Naturally Speaking, but the free software linked above may be a good way to test out the concept before buying something more expensive.

Of course, once you have the audio files turned into text, you still need to make some sense out of all that talk. Next week, I’ll talk a little about the benefits of interviews to enhance the process. Before you go, do you use recordings to help you with your own writing? What process do you use?