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The Dreaded Pricing Question

There’s sometimes a sense that talking about writing prices is difficult. It doesn’t have to be.

Ghostwriting Books – the most costly service I offer

Note: other writing services listed below.

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.


What About Your Writing Prices for Other Services?

I do write things other than books – blogs, articles, booklets, advertising copy, press releases – you name it.

In general think of 30 cents a word or so. There’s lots of variation, depending on the nature of the project. I prefer working out a flat fee as we develop our plans. Give me a call or email me; tell me what you need and we’ll discuss writing prices specifically for your project.

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