Ghostwriting

You’ve got a terrific idea for a book, but you don’t have the time or energy to write it.


You’re in good company. Many celebrities, politicians, and even regular folks hire people like me to write their books. I’ve ghostwritten autobiographies, memoirs, true life adventures, exposés, and novels of all kinds.

If I agree to ghostwrite your book, my goal will be to produce a marketable manuscript while remaining true to your vision of the story you want to tell.

Ah . . . I see that you have questions . . .

How does it work?

I’ll start by developing your concept or story idea into a detailed writing plan and outline. Before I start writing, I’ll go over the writing plan and outline with you to make sure you understand exactly how the book will be structured and how the major elements will play out.

Once we’re in agreement with the development work, I’ll start writing. Each week or so I’ll send you a draft of what I’ve written so you can see how it’s coming along. As the story takes shape, elements often emerge that weren’t obvious during the developmental stage. If I see opportunities to improve the story with a major change, I’ll clear that with you before I proceed.

The end result of these efforts will be a book manuscript in electronic form ready for submission to literary agents and publishers. I’ll also prepare a book proposal (a one-page query letter, a synopsis of two to four pages, an author’s bio, and a chapter-by-chapter outline), and I’ll compile a list of literary agents who will be right for your book. I’ll also guide you through the process of querying literary agents and publishers. If you decide to self-publish the book, I’ll provide whatever assistance you need with that. Of course, I’ll be available by phone or email whenever you need further help during the publishing process.

What about research?

Ghostwriting a book often requires some research. If your story is an historical novel taking place in San Francisco in the early part of the nineteenth century, for example, I’ll want to acquaint myself with historical events of that place and time, the ethnic make-up of the city, what day-to-day life was like, customs and common language idioms, and other background elements. This kind of research will allow me to place the reader in that historical setting so he or she can experience the scenes in vivid detail.

Of course, nonfiction books usually require more research than novels. One of my ghostwriting projects about the Vietnam war required quite a bit of research into several important battles as well as interviews with dozens of Vietnam veterans.

How long will it take you to ghostwrite my book?

Usually four to eight months from start to finish, depending on the nature of the book. Books requiring a lot of research will take longer than books that don’t.

If you ghostwrite my book, will you be listed as its author?

No. You will be listed as the sole author of the book. My ghostwriting work is confidential. My name will not appear on the publishing contract or the book cover. All copyright and financial rights to the book will be yours.

How much will it cost?

That depends on the nature of the book and how much work it will require. Over the past few years, my ghostwriting fees have ranged from $15,000 to $80,000. After you’ve told me about the book you want me to ghostwrite, I can tell you how much it will cost.

Does the entire fee have to be paid in advance?

No. If I agree to ghostwrite your book, I’ll need 25% to 35% of the fee up front to cover the initial development work, preliminary research, and the preparation of a writing plan and detailed outline. Once the development work has been completed and I’m ready to start writing, the remaining balance can be paid as the writing progresses.

How do we get started?

Call me or send me an email telling me about the kind of book you want to have ghostwritten. I’ll also need to know if you’ve done any preliminary research or outlining, or if you’ve already done any of the writing. I’ll get back to you right away and let you know if it’s a project I can help you with. If my work schedule is too heavy, or if I feel that the type of book you want to write is outside my realm of experience, I may be able to refer you to another writer who can help you.

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Questions about my ghostwriting services? Call me at (505) 796-6895 or Click here to send me a message.