You’ve got a terrific idea…
…for a novel or nonfiction book, but you don’t have the time or energy to write it.
Many celebrities, politicians, and even regular folks hire professional writers like me to write their books. I’ve ghostwritten many novels, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction books.
Before We Begin
- The story idea or overall concept is big enough for a book of a length required by the novel genre or nonfiction category.
- There’s a market for your planned book, and I can make it hit that market.
- I’m excited about the prospect of spending several hours a day on the book.
The Ghostwriting Process
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. I’ll be available by phone or email whenever you need further help during the publishing process.
Ghostwriting a book often requires some research. If your story is a historical novel taking place in San Francisco in the early part of the 19th 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.
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.
I guarantee confidentiality. You will be listed as the sole author of the book. My name will not appear on the publishing contract or the book cover. All copyright and financial rights to the book will be yours.
If ghostwriting may work for you, call me or send me an email and tell me about the kind of book you want to have written. 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 or interest, I can probably refer you to another writer who can do it.
Ghostwriting fees can range from $25,000 to $90,000, depending on the nature and length of the story. I require 25 percent of the fee when we both sign the Confidentiality and Service Agreement, and the balance will be due over the three to six months required for the writing.
You are my third editor, and I cannot help thinking if only I had found you back when. Most important to me, you understand what I am trying to do. Your critique is insightful, and I am grateful for your help.
Thank you for the honest evaluation of The Trout River Project. In fact, you provided more than I expected. I am encouraged to use your comments as a guideline for rewriting Trout River.
Any success I’ve had in the rewrite is due directly to your plot analysis, coaching, suggestions, and teaching this novice writer. I confess, at first I had a hard time accepting, and then absorbing, your critical comments. I didn’t want to waste all that research and storyline. But gradually as I began to rethink the project and then to employ your suggestions, it all began to make sense and I liked the story a lot more. I especially like the new scenes involving Masterson and his adventures.
Thank you so much, Bill. I found a wealth of information in your evaluation, and it was exactly what I needed. Your review was thorough and wide-ranging, covering high-level analysis (such as storyline), mid-level (such as perspective shifts and narration), and even some low-level feedback (down to grammar and writing style). I have to say that I was truly impressed with what you provided, and I cannot say that it lacked for anything.
Wow! Thank you so much for your great evaluation. It was really strange to have someone communicate in such a precise manner. I cannot argue with anything you said in terms of making the story work for the largest audience possible. It was worth every penny!
Once again, your evaluation was terrific and will be invaluable in my repair of the manuscript. I believe The Last Rapier has commercial potential, but as I said earlier, I knew something wasn’t right about it. You have helped me see what those weaknesses are, and I can fix them. Thank you.
I was overwhelmed by the thoroughness of your critique. I had no idea what to expect. It was much more than I thought it would be. I was so excited to get started on the rewrite. The help and guidance you offered during the rewrite was invaluable. I can’t think of anything else you could have done to help in the final editing and proofing process. Maybe the best I can say is that you were a joy to work with. I look forward to you taking a look at my next manuscript.
Wow, this is the most amazingly helpful evaluation (or input of any kind) I’ve ever had as a writer. I can’t quite express how thankful I am to have found your help. Your thoughts are so insightful. Every point you make has the clearest ring of truth. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Bill Greenleaf is a consummate professional at his craft. He gives new meaning to meticulous when it comes to grammatical and syntactical correctness. Better yet, Bill’s many improvements to my latest book, How Now, Norm’s Tao, were not only insightful, but were consistent with my offbeat sense of humor and irreverent literary style. If you want your book to be the very best it can be, give Bill Greenleaf a call today.
I’ll read your manuscript from first page to last and tell you what you’ve done right and what still needs work.
Manuscript Critique………………………………………$24 per thousand words
My practical, detailed suggestions will show you how to turn your manuscript into a book with solid commercial value.
Manuscript Editing………………………………………..$40 – $50 per thousand words
I’ll correct the mechanical errors (spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.) and I’ll polish the prose to improve clarity and narrative flow.
Book Proposal……………………………………………….$950 and up
I’ll help you avoid the mistakes that can make the difference between sale and rejection.
Major Rewrite……………………………………………….$15,000 and up
I’ll develop a rewrite plan for your approval, then I’ll overhaul your manuscript from the ground up.
Ghostwriting……………………………………………….$25,000 and up
I’ll ghostwrite your book based on your story idea or outline.