What does a ghostwriter do?

A ghostwriter is, first and foremost, a strategic partner. We serve as sounding boards, coaches, publishing consultants, writers, editors, and task wranglers.

We have a knack for asking questions that help to identify your ideal reader, highest goals, best ideas, personal and professional strengths, and unique selling proposition. We do all that and find your voice and replicate it in writing.

A great ghostwriting partnership is one in which you and your ideas shine without you having to work up a sweat.

Do people like me hire ghostwriters like you?

If you're an entrepreneur, executive, athlete, activist, consultant, speaker, or anyone else who has a strong vision for how your experience, expertise, and vision will improve the lives of others while allowing you to step up to opportunities that are currently just out of reach, then yes, people like you hire ghostwriters like me every day.

How much do you charge to ghostwrite a book?

If we're a good fit, I'll ask you to invest $27,000-44,000 depending on the length and complexity of the project and a few other details.

If you ghostwrite my book, who will be the author?

You are the author. The book is the visible product of your experience, expertise, and vision. I may have written it, but it reflects your voice and authority.

My name may appear with yours on the cover, but that's negotiable.

And rights? I have no claim to your rights. This is your baby.

Will you connect me to a literary agent or publisher?

If I believe that one of the agents or publishers I know is a good fit, I will discuss your project with them and make the introduction if they're interested.

How does this whole ghostwriting thing work?

Assuming that after talking several times and getting to know each other we decide to work together, it goes like this:

1. I interview you one or two times to get the high-level concept.

2. I develop a rough outline/table of contents and chapter synopses.

3. You give me feedback. I revise accordingly, and we schedule in-person interviews.

4. Over the course of several days, we take a deep dive into the details of your concept and vision. I'll interview you and record hours upon hours of conversations. I'll bring snacks and beverages. We're gonna need 'em.

5. I send off the files for transcription and then do what I love to do: read, sort, conceptualize, research, write, revise, and send you a first draft.

6. You give me feedback (and learn how much fun editing can be).  I revise and edit accordingly, and we end up with a shiny manuscript. There is much rejoicing.

How long does all this take?

About six months depending on length and complexity.

What about marketing? Can you help me with that too?

All great editors and ghostwriters think like marketers; I keep your financial ROI top of mind when I'm writing and editing. But, I stick to what I love: writing and editing. I do, however, know some people who are great book marketers. I'd love to connect you to them.

 

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