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The Dreaded Pricing Question

There’s sometimes a sense that money is hard to talk about, but it doesn’t have to be.

Ghostwriting Books – the most costly service I offer

Ghostwriting is a particular, and some say peculiar, skill. Not every writer can do it, and I can’t ghostwrite every book. That said, in general, a book, which runs from 200-300 pages, or between 35,000 and 100,000 words, will cost you something in the neighborhood of $40,000 – $75,000. That’s U.S. dollars, and to put that in perspective, ghostwriters who work with major publishers and major stars earn double that or more. In fact, half a million dollars is not all that unusual for the ghost of a super star. My rate doesn’t seem so bad does it?

Obviously you can pay less – way less. To do it super cheaply you’ll probably work with someone from outside the country that submitted a low bid. If you decide to go this route, please get a sample before you sign the final contract. Once and awhile it can work well, but not often.

Although some ghostwriters charge by the hour, or the word or the page, I like to work out a flat fee. That way we we both know what we’re getting into money wise. Of course, that fee is paid in a variety of ways, including monthly, or in thirds or quarters. I also charge a 10% premium if you decide in the middle of the contract that you don’t want to continue the project. My goal with this premium is to help you be as sure as you can you not only want a book but are willing to spend the time to get it done within the framework of our contract.

My contract also acknowledges that if I stop writing you stop paying. It is, after all, a two-way street.

I’m often asked:

Will you take a percentage of the profits in lieu of payment?

No, not unless you already have a contract with a publisher and can pay me a good portion of the advance. I might consider it under those circumstances.

Do you have contacts with agents and/or publishers?

No, well, almost no. I’ll give you a good book and I’ll give you the best information I have about how you might sell it.

Which do you prefer, trade publishing or self-publishing?

It depends. Self-publishing has become legitimate, but to earn serious money requires serious work. Read my review of Peter Bowerman’s Well-Fed Self-Publisher and buy the book. It’s got the best overview of both trade and self-publishing I know.

Is it really okay to call or email you about my book?

Yes! In fact contacting me only makes sense. I don’t bite, promise. Let’s see if it seems we might work well together. If we do we can take the next step; if we don’t I’ll see if I can recommend someone else.

What About Your Other Writing Services?

I do write things other than books – blogs, articles, booklets, advertising copy, press releases – you name it. Give me a call or email me; tell me what you need and I’ll give you a price.

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