LET'S TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A BOOK

YOU WANT TO
WRITE A BOOK

You’ve got a great idea!

 

 

It’s timely, insightful, and you’re sure it will do well in the marketplace.

Perhaps other people are always telling you that you should write a book!

And for years you've been ignoring them (or yourself), but more and more people keep telling you (or you tell yourself) that you shouldn’t let your experiences be wasted, that you need to share them because they are not only inspirational, they will make people laugh, make them cry, and entertain them.

Maybe it’s because of an amazing incident or an inspiring life journey.

Maybe you have a particular skill or an idea.

Maybe you’re funny or have a way with words.

But, there’s a problem.

Writing really isn’t your strength. Or, you don’t even have time to write a blog post, let alone a whole book.

Business has been crazy, the family keeps growing and changing, and every time you think you might be able to put some time aside, something comes up.

Whatever it is… you just haven’t been able to make your book happen.

WHAT YOU GAIN

Imagine What You Can Accomplish With Your Book

Having a book written is an incredibly efficient and proven way of changing your lifestyle and your career.

 

 

✔️ Recognition and credibility in your niche

✔️ Authority in your area of expertise and become and industry leader

✔️ Scale Your Business and Increase sales with higher quality prospects and clients

✔️ More career growth opportunities such as speaking engagements on the best stages and major podcasts

✔️ Passive Income from book sales

✔️ Spread your message and inspire others with your work!

✔️ Raise your visibility and gain media coverage. Your book is the ultimate tool for word of mouth!

WHERE DO YOU
EVEN BEGIN?

You know you have a book in you. 

 

 

You’ve been on a journey, one with many twists and turns, and you’re proud of how far you’ve come.

You’ve achieved wisdom and learned valuable lessons.

The story you have to tell will resonate for anyone who has longed to accomplish what you have, or who is seeking guidance on his own journey.

After all you’ve lived through and learned, you have something vitally important to share, a story that will inspire, encourage, and transform others.

You have insights that will speak to readers’ hearts and souls. You imagine your book in the hands of a reader eager to discover the wisdom only you can share.

But you’re starting to realize that, if you keep trying to go it alone, this book’s never going to get written.

While yours is a story only you can tell, you may need help writing your book... then it’s time to start looking for a professional ghostwriter.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF
HIRING A GHOSTWRITER?

There are a range of benefits to hiring a ghostwriter rather than trying to write your book yourself. These include:

It will actually get done! 

This is the single biggest benefit of hiring a ghostwriter.

I’m currently working with three co-authors who had been wanting to write a book for over three years, but had just never gotten around to writing it.

We connected in July, and by the end of the year they’ll have a printed book in their hands.

In other words, what had been a dream for years could become a reality within six months of engaging a ghostwriter.

 

It will get done faster. 

In many cases, a ghostwriter can finish a book faster than you could on your own.

Experienced ghostwriters develop systems and structures to streamline the writing process, which means that when you think of your book idea, the hard work has already been done for you.

 

It will take less of your time. 

How long would it take you to write and research a book yourself?

In most cases, authors spend at least 100, but sometimes 500+, hours writing, researching and revising their books.

With a ghostwriter, you can cut that down to anywhere between 10 and 30 hours of your time, depending on the revisions required.

 

You don’t need to figure out how to write a book. 

One of the most common things authors say is, ‘I learned so much from writing my book!’

This can be a rewarding experience, but it’s also time consuming with a lot of trial and error, and often the real work doesn’t start until during the editing process when authors finally get professional feedback on their book.

Ghostwriting skips that entire process.

Ghostwriting is a fantastic option for people who have valuable ideas to share but lack the time, energy, or skill to put them into written form.

Working with a ghost can have benefits beyond the final content, too.

Many ghostwriting clients find that the interview process helps them develop clarity about their methods, business, and brand.

Explaining their ideas to someone else forces them to articulate and clarify—something these busy professionals often don’t take the time to slow down and do.

Often, powerful written content (like an article or a book) feels like a bonus.

And while most clients often won’t make their money back in book sales, publishing a (great) book will often yield bigger clients, better speaking engagements, and even entirely new business opportunities.

I can say this from personal experience, both from publishing my own book and watching the success of dozens of clients over the years.

WHAT I DO

 

 

 

Hi! My name is Michael Martin.

I'm a writer living in New York City who will help you write, publish and market your book.

 

Like every ghostwriter, I used to only write the book. But I don't want to leave you hanging.

So, I'm leveraging my network and the relationships I've built over the years to deliver a streamlined publishing system that's faster than the normal publishing process, and provides special benefits to you, the Author.

Let's finally get rid of all the downsides and frustrations of the old conventional way of publishing.

I can take you from idea to a professionally published, completely finished book for sale on Amazon and everywhere else, and all you have to do is talk.

Your book will be in your words, with your ideas, and your name goes on the cover.

WHAT YOU GET

It's not just your book, It's your reputation.

Our publishing package has everything you need to get from a finished manuscript to a professionally published book.

✔️ Completed Book Manuscript

✔️ Published Book (Hardcover, paperback, and eBook formats included)

✔️ Full Distribution Through Major Online Retailers

✔️ AudioBook Creation

✔️ High-Level Marketing & Promotions Strategy

✔️ You retain all rights & ownership

✔️ You keep 100% of all royalties

HOW IT WORKS

 

 

The Process

While every ghostwriting project requires a unique approach, here’s what the process typically involves for a book. A typical timeline of events:

 

 

1. Free Consult

The first step, before you begin, is to make sure you have a book in you.

Note that this is not a sales call, I cannot work with everyone who applies, so this call is about determining whether or not we should work together. I'll be looking at if I'm interested in the topic of the book; if I'll be able to connect with you and the material; if I'm excited to work on your project.

2. Initial Meeting/Interview

We will meet to see if we have the right chemistry for working together.

It will be a mutual interview where we both will discover if we mesh well. To see if we're a good match.

I will spend a day with you mapping out the structure of your book (this includes chapter topics, the subtopics to be covered in each chapter and the key points within each of those subtopics).

In this meeting, you and I will both:

  • Clearly articulate what your book is about
  • Define exactly who your audience is
  • Understand precisely why that audience will care about your book
  • Specifically outline how you will use the book to benefit you

This can be done in person (if you live in New York) or over a couple of Skype/Zoom sessions.

 

3. Proposal & Outline 

I'll verbally present to you a project proposal that you will review and verbally sign off on.

My policy is that all proposals are presented in person if possible. If not in person then by live-stream video. If not video, then by phone.

I will not email the proposal. I will not print and mail the proposal.

Once you verbally accept the details of the project proposal, the project is a go, and I'll provide you with a written contract, a terms of service document, and your first invoice.

After all respective documents are signed (and upon receipt of initial payment), I will conduct one to three recorded interviews with you by phone or video conferencing, which are then transcribed. Sample questions to expect:

Q. What does your audience need to understand?

Q. Are there steps to get them there? Is there a logical argument?

Q. What stories and examples do you have to support your points?

From those interviews, I will put together a book outline over the course of about two weeks.

This involves me filling out my Story Structure Template, using your existing content (notes, photos, any documents you may have, etc.), independent research and additional interviews with you.

You will then revise the outline. And typically, we'll work through a few drafts together until it’s just right.

Then over three to five days, I will interview you, again recording for transcription.

This will sometimes result in more than 400 single-spaced pages of transcripts!

After the interviews, I will create an expanded book outline, anywhere from fifteen to fifty pages in length, depending on the complexity of the book. Again, there is some back and forth before arriving at the final working outline.

 

4. Writing the Draft

Depending on who's the best fit to write in your niche, either I or a writer in my network will write the first chapter and then go over it with you to make sure the voice feels right before I get too far into it.

Once I nail the voice, I get to do what I do best—retreat into a writing cave, only to emerge when the book draft is complete (usually 50,000 to 75,000 words) and ready to share with you.

This draft is written based on the approved template, and the process can take anywhere from three months to a year (depending on your book length and scope, etc.).

5. Review and Revision

It's your time to review the draft and provide feedback about changes.

You get to be as involved or uninvolved as you want.

I encourage clients to “make it their own” by rewording, adding stories, and clarifying ideas.

Some clients make thousands of edits and others make two (really, I’ve had that happen).

What I love about my process is that there are rarely any major changes at this stage – because the client has signed off on the initial template, and they are happy with the overall structure and content of the book.

Instead, feedback focuses on where to add more detail or cut things back.

Our Writers & Editors

All of our writers and editors have spent at least a decade working in books and publishing. And many of them are highly decorated—Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy nominees and winners, New York Times Bestsellers and National Magazine Award winners.

6. Final Edit

I will take another two weeks to incorporate your feedback into the book.

Then, I'll pass the manuscript over to one of the editors in my network who specializes in your niche for a final edit.

Having a second pair of experienced editing eyes always makes the book even better.

 

7. Final Review

I allow time for another client review here, but often the client is happy for me to send the book straight to the proofreader.

 

8. Proofread & Publishing

I'll send the draft to a proofreader who will review the draft for spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency and typos – all of those niggly little issues that require a fresh set of eyes.

After this, the book is ready for you to take it the next step!

Our Book Designers

Your book cover and manuscript interior layout will be designed by world class designers, but you have full creative control. You are getting the very best in design, because having a great book cover is a key to establishing your book as credible and professional.

My team will design a professional cover and interior for the book.

I will also work with you to determine your distribution goals and retail channels--whether you want to be exclusively on Amazon or available on as many international platforms as possible.

I will provide the best options for you, handle all the account and file creation, and upload your book in preparation of your launch.

Assuming everything goes smoothly, the typical turnaround from idea to final draft is around eight to ten months, but it can go slower or faster based on project needs.

I did one short book project in three months, and it was published a month later.

Of course, that’s not ideal, but it can be done.

You keep 100% of the royalties. You retain all rights and ownership.

Unlike with regular publishers, you get all the credit and all the upside. It's your book, your credit, your money.

 

9. High-Level Marketing & Promotions Strategy (Included in Elite Package only)

Crafting a beautiful book is only part of the publishing process. Without a clear and focused marketing strategy, your book may never make it further than your own bookshelf.

Your book will have a marketing plan that gets results. I want your book to succeed as much as you do, and we'll get it there.

We will define your pre-and post-launch marketing efforts. The objective is to help you stand out from the crowd by determining which marketing channels work best for your project.

Strategies can include:

  • Email marketing: Increase the number of subscribers to your mailing list.
  • Social networks: Build your platform on the social networks that make most sense based on your genre and audience.
  • Author website design: Get help with web copy and navigation.
  • Social and display advertising: Advertising on social media or blogs/websites to sell more books or increase your number of mailing list subscribers.
  • Giveaways and promotions: Reach more readers (and capture them) through targeted price promotions and giveaways.
  • Metadata and SEO on online stores: Use the right copy, categories and keywords to get to the top of ebookstore rankings.
  • Promotion: Hire a publicist for media exposure and blog/podcast tours.

We will prepare a document of around 5 to 10 pages that will detail your plan of action. Once your plan has been designed, you will be executing it.

 

Our Marketing & Publicity Team

For authors who want to focus on making the most of their book to spread their message, raise their visibility, and attract clients, we focus on maximizing early sales, reviews, and rankings, all to build the foundation of early credibility for your book’s long term success.

Pricing Options

I offer three packages:

Premium Guided

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

$1500/month

8-Month Commitment

$12k total

You Write The Book With My Guidance and Editorial Assessment

Personalized Coaching Sessions and mentoring

Session Recordings or Cliff-notes

Access to Private Facebook Group

Learn More About Private Coaching

Professional

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

$3.5k/month

8-Month Commitment

$28k total

Completed Book Manuscript Written By Our Writers in Your Words, your Voice and Your Ideas

Published Book (Cover Design/Interior Layout)

Hardcover, paperback, and eBook formats included

Full Distribution Through Major Online Retailers

You Retain All Rights and Ownership

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Elite

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

$7k/month

12-Month Commitment

$84k total

Completed Book Manuscript

Published Book (Hardcover, paperback, and eBook formats included)

Full Distribution Through Major Online Retailers

AudioBook Creation

High-Level Marketing & Promotions Strategy

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the questions and answers authors most frequently ask me. Of course, if your questions aren't answered here, I'm happy to answer them. Simply contact me or schedule a consultation.

ghostwriter is a professional writer who will write your book for you, while still allowing you to take credit as the official author of the book. (So your name is the one that goes on the cover.)

People of all walks of life (celebrities, executives, participants in timely news stories, and political leaders) often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, memoirs, magazine articles, or other written material.

But public figures are not the only ones who hire ghostwriters.

In fact, biographies are the single most-common writing query I get. And although I have written some minor celebrity biographies, the volume of queries is not due to a lineup of celebrities outside my door.

Many people have lived exciting lives building businesses, escaping from crime gangs, challenging the government, being falsely accused of a crime or overcoming a great personal challenge.

Many people have intriguing stories of their own and they come to me because the main benefits are that your book will get doneit will be written to a high quality, and it will take far less time than if you were writing the book yourself.

Although there are a range of benefits to working with a ghostwriter, there are also a number of downsides that mean this approach isn’t a match for everyone.

Some of these include:

The cost of ghostwriting. 

Most people assume that ghostwriting is pretty expensive… and they’d be right.

So how much does a ghostwriter cost?

Tucker Max, the founder of Scribe believes any ghostwriter charging under $15,000 probably isn’t very good.

 

There are no guarantees for quality. 

When you pay a ghostwriter, you are often paying them a large sum of money with no idea of what the end result might be.

If you find a good ghostwriter, you might end up with a fantastic book delivered on time.

If not, you could find yourself paying a lot of money for a book that runs over time (throwing out your publishing schedule) or that is subpar.

(Note that this risk can be mitigated by finding the right ghostwriter.)

 

The process will still take some of your time. 

One of the things I always tell my ghostwriting clients up front is that they will need to be available to work on the book throughout the ghostwriting process.

This may be for interviews at the beginning of the process, answering questions during the writing process, or reviewing and providing feedback on drafts. 

I try to limit this time, but if they are not available, the book won’t be as good as it could have been, and time frames can blow out as I wait for feedback.

 

You only get a manuscript. 

The ghostwriting process (and fee) only covers the writing of your book – it doesn’t cover design, printing, distribution or any other parts of the publishing process.

Unless you’re working with an end-to-end provider who is providing the full service, you will still need to manage and pay for the rest of the process yourself.

 

There are a number of common worries and concerns that come up when clients inquire about ghostwriting services.

Interestingly, not all of them mean that you need a ghostwriter – some concerns can be addressed by working with a writing coach, and some can even be addressed by working with a good structural editor.

Consider the concerns below:

‘I’m not a writer.’ 

This is the most common concern I hear. The good thing is that you don’t need to be a writer to write a good book.

In fact, I have worked with over 150 aspiring authors and only three of them had a professional writing background!

Instead, as long as you have a lot of knowledge to share, the state of your first draft doesn’t really matter – a good structural editor will pull it apart and put it back together, turning your brain dump into a book that is credible, compelling and, best of all, coherent.

 

‘I don’t know how to get all of my ‘stuff’ out of my head.’ 

This is where a good writing coach could help, and this is exactly what I used to help people with private coaching – I would get clear on their idea, map out their entire book in using my Story Structure Template, and they’d then have a clear blueprint to write their first draft around.

 

‘I don’t have the time.’ 

Writing a book doesn’t take as long as you think. My Story Structure Template streamlines the process by helping you create a blueprint so detailed your book will write itself – in fact, I used this framework to write my fantasy novel in 30 days!

While I don’t recommend a 30-day writing spree (between you and me, it was a bit intense), having a clear blueprint makes it easier to get your book out in a month or two, even if you only have 30 – 60 minutes a day.

 

‘I just want to get it done!’ 

So why don’t you? If it’s because you just haven’t made the time or gotten around to it yet, make the time!

Start getting up an hour earlier to write, or take off a couple of weeks in a cabin in the woods to start writing.

Some people really want to write the book themselves but lack the confidence. 

If that’s you, consider instead hiring a book coach to guide you through the process.

A book coach helps put together an outline and create a writing plan, as well as gives feedback on your writing and keeps you on track.

Once your book is done, look for a skilled editor to bring your writing to its best.

If there really is no way you can do it yourself, then I’d consider engaging a ghostwriter, but remember that you’ll still need to be involved when it comes to answering questions and reviewing drafts.

In short, being short on time and not being a natural writer are not reasons to hire a ghostwriter – they are reasons to get a bit of extra support around the writing process, such as a coach, a great editor or even a writing framework you can use, but a ghostwriter is optional.

The main reason I’d consider engaging a ghostwriter is if you’re in the position where you’ve been wanting to write a book for years and just aren’t getting it done.

If you’ve realized that it’s just not going to happen if you’re on your own, then a ghostwriter can turn your idea into a publishable draft.

The same applies for if your request is for a biography of somebody else, often a parent or grandparent with heroic war stories or tales of escaping from tyranny.

Or even a biography of someone you admire or the founder of your company.

If publishing a book will catapult your business or brand to the next level, consider hiring a ghostwriter.

When you’re ready to hire a ghostwriter, the key is asking the right questions up front.

Different book types are … different.

Horror stories are different to young adult vampire romances, poetry is different to erotic romance, and even nonfiction book types vary with memoirs and interview books being very different to how-to books.

Each of these book types is written in a different structure, includes different content and often uses a different tone of voice.

This means each of these book types requires a highly specialised skill set.

To get the best result, you want to find a ghostwriter who specialises in the type of book you want to write.

If you want to write a how-to book, you should start by looking for a ghostwriter with proven experience writing how-to books. If you want to write your memoir, look for a ghostwriter with experience writing memoirs.

I specialize in long-form narrative. Fiction and nonfiction options are available.

 

Memoir

A life story that is focused on events and themes you find most meaningful and resonant. It can focus on a small slice of your life, perhaps a life-changing experience. Often, a memoir will start with a dramatic moment, and tell the story in a thematic way rather than sticking to a strict, linear timeline. A memoir has a narrative arc that takes the reader on a journey of trials, tribulations, and triumphs.

Autobiography

A telling of your life story from the day you were born until the present. It involves reflection, details, and a linear timeline of events.

A Book of Life Lessons (Advice, Inspiration, Motivation, etc.)

Can be thematic, and even prescriptive if you believe you have valuable, practical guidance to offer the reader. Categories and industries I've written for include:

  • Art, Design and Writing
  • Business
  • Computers and Tech
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance, Planning and Investing
  • Health and Diet
  • Home and family
  • Leadership
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Personal Development
  • Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Fitness
  • Travel

I get lots of fiction-writing queries from people who have developed intriguing plots and even created whole fantasy worlds…but they just can’t spin a story well enough to grip their audience.

I've been hired to write:

Fantasy

Any book that contains unrealistic settings, or magic, often set in a medieval universe (but not always), or possibly involving mythical beings or supernatural forms as a primary element of the plot, theme, or setting.

Science-Fiction (Sci-Fi)

Typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life.

Magic Realism

While encompassing a range of subtly different concepts, expresses a primarily realistic view of the real world while also adding or revealing magical elements.

Young Adult (YA)

Typically catered towards readers from 12 to 18 years of age. Or it may also include books primarily written for adults but which have appeal to younger readers.

Action Adventure

In which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases.

I do not ghostwrite for children's books (under 13 years), short stories, textbooks or other non-narrative works like rap lyrics. I don't rap anymore.

For clients who choose the professional package (not Elite) you are free to submit it to literary agents, traditional publishers, editors, your friends or you may self-publish it.

Regardless of which method of publishing that you choose, creating and maintaining your own marketing websites and social media is highly recommended. Even if you get a publisher, you’ll need to do your own marketing.

It isn’t hard, though. And I can help you when the time comes. I don’t provide an official marketing service but I’m more than happy to offer any advice or point you in the right direction when needed.

You want your book done as soon as possible. That’s why you’re hiring someone to write it for you, isn’t it?

While hiring a ghostwriter comes with the benefit of actually getting the book done (when the idea may have been rolling around your head for months, or even years), it’s important to be realistic with time frames.

The time it takes to finish an entire book varies depending on many factors such as length and scope of the project.

There are some services out there offering to ghostwrite your book in a weekend, but I’d be wary of these – from what I’ve seen, most of these offerings are glorified transcription services. They will record an interview (or a couple of interviews) with you to get your knowledge out and will simply type up the transcript.

Yes, they will tidy the grammar and might clean up circular sentences and repetition (some common issues with direct transcriptions), but they probably won’t be providing a great deal of structure for your book and won’t be doing additional research to add more depth and credibility to your book.

If you work at my speed, I am comfortable promising a completely finished book within 8 months (sometimes a little shorter).

With that said, my standard ghostwriting process, from the initial interview to the final proofread, usually takes about 3 months, though I’ve had cases where this has stretched out due to the book getting stuck with the client over the revision period.

Also consider that if you haven't done any of the background research for your book, I will have to do that for you.

And if you don't yet have an outline of what you want in your book, I will create that from scratch too.

Only then can I start the actual writing of the book. And even during the writing process I would also require multiple interviews with you, spread out over the course of the ghostwriting process.

My job is to make sure your story is gripping and delivers a powerful emotional experience to your audience.

Your story's quality is equally as important as getting your book written quickly!

The key is understanding both the turnaround and lead times for the ghostwriters you’re considering (and whether there’s any wiggle room).

If you find a ghostwriter you really want to work with, you may decide to adjust your print deadline for them. If your deadline’s non-negotiable, you can keep looking to find someone who can work within your constraints.

Consider that asking for faster turnaround times not only puts a lot of pressure on the writer, but might mean I would need to postpone or even cancel other work.

Completing all of the research and writing in four weeks needs to be worth my while to do so.

However, I also strongly discourage rush jobs because good writing takes time. I may have finished the first draft of my fantasy novel in 30 days. But afterwords, I spent a ton of time revising it with my editor.

The cost of self-publishing a book can vary dramatically depending on the quality of the book you want to produce and the suppliers you work with.

Ghostwriting is no different.

How much a ghostwriter costs will vary on a number of factors, including:

How long your finished book will be. 

Longer books take longer to write. This means they cost more, as the time spent working on your book takes your ghostwriter away from other potential projects.

 

The amount of existing material you have. 

If you already have an extensive collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts and other content, you may be able to negotiate a lower rate, as there will be less writing for your ghostwriter to do. However, I recommend giving them some time to review everything before coming to you with a final quote, as it doesn’t matter how much content you have if most of it isn’t useable.

 

Whether you will be bringing in more work. 

As with many things, it pays to buy in bulk! If you’d also like your writer to write a year’s worth of blog posts or to do some smaller booklets for you along with the main book, consider asking them to quote it all at once – they may be willing to provide a discount if you buy everything at once.

 

So, how much should I pay?

 

 

There is no set industry standard for ghostwriting fees; therefore, price quotes widely vary between professionals.

Ghostwriter's can charge per hour, per page, per project or per word. 

Personally, I charge by month. 

My contract length is hard capped at 12 months with a minimum commitment of 8 months.

Having tried a number of methods, I've found this to be most simplest and safest pricing structure for clients because there is no room for doubt or question.

You'll know how much you're paying upfront and you will never be caught off guard with hidden fees because the monthly subscription is self-evident.

Researching prices, the range I've seen professional writers charge is from $4.5K per month up to $15k per month.

 

Pricing for my ghostwriting service starts at $3.5K per month for the Professional Package. And up to $7k per month for the Elite Package

Tucker Max, the founder of Scribe, says that ‘If you cannot afford more than $15,000 for a ghostwriter, you should probably NOT hire one.’ His reasoning is that anyone charging less than $15,000 is probably not very good.

The reality is that you get what you pay for. And hiring a high-quality and professional ghostwriter is only for people who can afford the best.

The best-case scenario is that your inexpensive ghost is new to the industry and trying to build out their portfolio.

The worst-case scenario is that they are plagiarizing other work or outsourcing to offshore writers.

Put simply, ghostwriting is a service that requires a high level of skill and experience, and that’s something that needs to be paid for.

Fortunately, all is not lost – if hiring a ghostwriter is simply out of your budget, then consider finding a good structural editor instead.

Even if you’re not a writer, a good structural editor can tear your book apart and put it back together beautifully – all you need to do is provide the initial content.

This is an interesting question and one to think about before you go any further.

When we want a new house, we hire other people to build it, don’t we?

We hire other people to decorate our houses, too.

We hire them to landscape our lawns and to paint our walls.

They install our carpeting and our bathroom tiles.

We generally get the credit for this sort of stuff.

When friends and family visit, they 'ooh' and 'awe' about our taste in decorating or about our new carpet, even though they know we did not do these things ourselves.

That’s because most people understand that, to be done right, such work requires a unique set of skills and talents.

Therefore people with those skills and talents must be hired to get these sorts of things done.

It’s the same with books.

Very few people know how to write a book.

Book writing requires a unique skill set—one that goes far beyond the mere ability to write.

In order to write a successful book, one must know quite a bit about the book market, the publishing process, and reading habits.

So, what are you paying for when you hire a ghostwriter?

As much as I and other ghostwriters will focus on word count, pages and research, the core of the matter is that what you are paying for is our creativityimagination and speed.

When I ghostwrite a book, I strive to embody my client’s voice.

I pore over hundreds of pages of interview transcripts, looking for patterns. I piece together ideas.

I build on my client’s genius.

Although I write the initial words, we are very much co-creators.

This is reflected in the fact that most ghostwriting clients leave the process feeling like they wrote the book—only they typically save more than 300 hours of time in the actual writing process.

Whether you have all your research done, you need 10,000 words or 250,000, you want mostly pictures in your pages or you have a full outline, the reason you're hiring that ghostwriter is because you either do not have the time to sit down and write that book, or because you are not now aware of your ability to quickly produce the book with grace and meaning.

The very trade of ghostwriting is all about being quickcreative and reader oriented.

We know what your readers want to hear from you, we know how to extract the right information from you and we usually have a rate of 64 words-per-minute (wpm) or better, which means we can quickly write that book for you.

This is what you are essentially hiring a ghostwriter like me for.

With all the prep work done, the meat is all that is left to prepare, and a ghostwriter is there to make sure that happens properly and productively.

I offer two packages:

Professional Package

The professional package only covers the writing of your book – it doesn’t cover design, printing, distribution or any other parts of the publishing process.

You will still need to find, hire, manage and pay for the rest of the process yourself.

And that's a great thing!

Look at it this way. You're in complete control over every detail of your book's branding.

Perhaps you might feel as though you don't have the time to think about all that stuff and you'd rather pay to have it all done for you. I respect that. Plus, it's kinda the reason you're considering hiring a ghostwriter.

For you, I also provide the Elite Package.

Elite Package

The elite package covers:

  • the writing and editing of your book
  • book cover design
  • interior deign
  • printing
  • distribution
  • marketing and promotion

Basically, I will be the one doing all the writing for your book. The rest of the process will be handled by my team--a network of awesome folks I trust with my own personal projects.

And the process is similar to the writing part. I will be your contact and guide you through it all. And you will review and sign off on each stage of the process.

With me, you're hiring a person. Not a company.

 

 

 

A combination of both.

During our initial interview, I will gather as much information from you as possible. Once the writing starts, it’s usually faster if I do research on my own.

However, consulting you is usually better for accuracy. And I will schedule interviews with you throughout the process.

I provide reasonable back and forth after the final draft is completed.

I will answer any questions and provide additional feedback and revisions for up to 12 months from the date of purchase.

But a full rewrite of your book would have to be billed as a new project under Premium Coaching.

It’s fairly common for authors to be a little unhappy with their first draft, because it is common in all writing, regardless of whether an author works with me or not.

Author Neil Gaiman once recounted a time where he was about 3/4th done with a book, and he called the publisher to tell him that it was no good.

"The characters are bad, everything is trash," Gaiman said. 

At which point the publisher laughed and told Neil, "Do you know you do this on every single book? Just keep going."

And Neil did, and it was good.

This happens to me too! So, I totally get it.

Yet, more than 90% of my clients are happy with their first round of revisions.

But what if—after all the edits and changes—you don’t like your book?

Since I create and provide the content, I can’t 100% guarantee your happiness. I am not guaranteeing any specific outcome directly or indirectly attributed to this process.

Great novels can go unnoticed, and bad stories get published all the time… 

My goal is to give your story the strongest legs possible to run a competitive race in the commercial marketplace.

I wish I could guarantee your complete satisfaction. Truth is, some authors opt-in to get their book idea affirmed.

Some authors aren't prepared to make a commitment to honesty, to digging deeper, to answering my plea to give me more, to take me further into an understanding of what you know and how you came to know it.

Some authors aren’t open to giving creative freedom to the ghostwriter and would probably be better off writing the book themselves.

But, I will do everything I can on my end to ensure that you get the book you want.

If it means multiple editing passes, then we’ll do that. 

We’ll keep tweaking until it’s just how you want it.

That’s what a good ghostwriter does!

You have a total of 12 months with me from the date of purchase.

And my goal is to get the best book possible for you. Anything reasonable I can do to achieve that, I will do.

You book is yours.

You always have full ownership, retain all copyrights and maintain anonymity. I will obtain a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) where applicable.

My list of NDA clients can't be found on my websites or social media because I never list those specific projects I've worked on. Nor do I disclose those client's names or my part in the creation of their books.

However, just like other professionals, ghostwriters need a way to prove that they are capable of handling projects offered by new clients. Under certain conditions, I will disclose the nature of the work I've performed and might provide excerpts from past projects to new clients. As a professional courtesy, I always inform clients when I include excerpts in my portfolio.

I will send you an invoice for each payment. I accept payments via credit card, bank transfer and Paypal.

I set the maximum amount of progress reports at a reasonable once per week or less.

There usually isn’t a need for any additional updates since we’ll be in frequent contact for interviews, feedback and edits. But we can always discuss other timelines that might be a better fit for your schedule.

You will have access to me via text, email, phone, chat/direct messages on social media, or in-person (if you live in New York).

I keep my pricing options as simple and straightforward as possible to make it easier on us both.

Prices listed on this website are "as is" and cover everything in their services’ description. Nothing less. Nothing more. Unless, otherwise explicitly stated.

Any additional charges for other services or packages would have to be expressly initiated by you by clicking one of the blue "purchase" buttons on this website. There are never any hidden fees.

I offer a Monthly Payment Plan. 

It begins with a reasonable deposit to get started (typically 20-50% of the total contract budget), followed by monthly payments.

After the deposit, we will divide the remaining amount into 8 monthly installments

This 8 month commitment is based on the length of time I'm comfortable delivering a completely finished book of high quality.

However, your service does not end after your final payment.

You will receive an additional 4 months of service (a total of 12 months) at no extra cost to you.

What that means for you is that if I were to complete your final draft in the first 3 months, you will still receive 9 months worth of follow-up (the remainder of your total twelve months) for any advice, feedback and revisions that you might need to get your book to the next step.

After the final draft is completed and your twelve months are done, and you wish to continue working with me, it would be cheaper for you to choose premium coaching for further feedback, advice and revisions.

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Every story is unique and requires special attention. And I hope to be a good fit for your project.

However, I intentionally keep my specialization narrow. That being considered, it's possible that I may not be the best fit for your needs.

Which is why I offer a free consultation to help determine whether or not we are a good match.

The truth is, I don't work with everyone and I'm not here to take your money.

I reject 20% of projects from clients who want to work with me simply because I don't write within the genre the client needs.

People who should not work with me include:

Authors who want to write the book themselves. Part of the value of my process is that I save you time, and I want to work with people who are so curious about life, they couldn’t fathom wasting hours behind a keyboard.

People Who Don’t Know Why They Want to Write A Book: If you have no idea at all why you want to write a book, what it will say, or what goals you’ll achieve by publishing it, then we are not a good fit. My process requires an investment—of both your money and your effort—so you should have an idea of why you are doing it.

Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get your free consultation.

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If you think you’d like to work with me, let’s talk about your book idea. Fill out the form and I will get in touch with you to see whether we are a good fit to turn your ideas into a professionally published book.

8 REASONS TO STAY AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING

This article was originally posted by Author Dean Wesley Smith at www.deanwesleysmith.com

Yes, I Know That is a Dream for Many…

But it is a horrid (and I mean horrid beyond words) path for writers now in 2018.

But Dean, how can you say that? You first published with traditional publishing, right? Yes, I sold my first novel in 1987 and did my last work for them in 2008. I did 106 books (that I can remember) through traditional big-five book publishing. I am pretty convinced that even by my math, most of that was last century.

Let me repeat that. Last century. You know, dial phones hooked to a wall with cords, no internet, no email. That century.

Yet traditional book publishing hasn’t changed in the slightest from those old dial-up days and writers still want to work with them. Stuns me.

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Reason One…

— They take all your copyright for the life of your work, and often will buy your characters and worlds if you are not super careful. You can’t negotiate with them on this, especially if you went begging to them with your tin cup manuscript in your hand.)

Reason Two…

— You need a book agent to deal with them. Book agents really are equal to dial-up phones, or better put, pay phones that take your money and never make a connection. (You got to be really old, meaning you had to live in the 1970s to remember that.)  Book agents will also take your copyright if not careful, and also your money. A very large percentage of them are scams these days.

Reason Three…

— You will make no more sales than you could publishing the book indie, and actually in a few short years your indie sales will pass any possible traditional publishing sales. And you will not be able to trust the traditional publisher’s royalty statements every six months. Their accounting systems are also stuck back in dial-up phone land. Not kidding.

Reason Four…

— They will price your book so high that most fans won’t be able to afford it, and will not get your work out around the world either.

Reason Five…

— Your book is produce to a traditional publisher, meaning that after a month or so they no longer care, to them your book has spoiled, and they will do nothing to promote your book after that point, if they promoted it at all ahead of publication.

Reason Six…

— It takes forever to sell a book to traditional publishing, often if you count the agent time, rewriting time, and publishing time, three to five years from writing the book to it being published. You sell a book tomorrow to traditional and B&N goes down before your book is published, you are done. Chances are your book will never be published, but they will own and keep all the rights to it anyway. (You signed the contract, sorry.)

Reason Seven…

You must write what they want you to write, not what you want to write. And also, you must write slower, do fewer books, and often contracts will keep you from writing for anyone else in any genre and any series. Not kidding.

Reason Eight…

The biggest reason for me. You lose all control of your book. And maybe all of your writing depending on the contract you sign. They put a bad cover on your book, a bad blurb, and give you a bad copyeditor and there is not one thing you can do to change that. Nothing. You have no control at all.

Read the rest at www.deanwesleysmith.com

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