The Benefits to Hiring a Ghostwriter
Allows you to present your ideas in a clear professional manner.
Let’s face it. Not everyone was born to be a writer. Me personally, I admit that I’m not the best out there. But what if you have an amazing idea, yet lack the words to bring it to life? That’s one area where a ghostwriter can come in handy. A ghostwriter can take your well-formed ideas and present them in a way everyone will enjoy.
Makes building your author brand easier and more efficient.
Establishing your author brand takes time. Whether it’s blogging or writing a book, creating quality content doesn’t always happen as fast as you’d like. And without that content, it’s hard to build upon your author brand. Hiring a ghostwriter helps to ease that pain a bit. A ghostwriter is a professional who can help you achieve your goals in a quicker period of time. And since they don’t take credit for the work done, your brand will benefit.
Allows you to explore otherwise unreachable niches.
While some ghostwriters prefer to stay within selected niches, many of them spread their talents across many writing fields. They are quite literally masters of adjustment. Not only do they make niche adjustments, but stylistic and voice adjustments as well. Using a ghostwriter can help you to explore other areas you aren’t quite as familiar with.
Lightens your load through collaboration.
And finally, hiring a ghostwriter can seriously take a load of your shoulders. With a ghostwriter, you don’t have to write everything yourself. You’ll have someone to collaborate with. And if you can maintain a long-term relationship with a single writer, that person will be able to better adapt to your voice, style, and tone for future projects.
Your Obligations Prior to Hiring Ghostwriter
You shouldn’t expect to have your ghostwriter create your plot, characters, settings, and other important literary devices. Yes, they will help you develop them through their words. But the ideas behind them should be yours.
Normally, if you present a professional ghostwriter with the task of fully creating your book–from ideas, plotting, planning, writing, etc.–the reaction you’ll receive might not be the one you want. I’ve heard from many ghostwriters that this becomes insulting. If they’re going to do literally everything, they might as well just write the book under their own name and take the credit. That being said, some will still accept your job, but be prepared to pay a much, much larger premium.
Another major thing you should have complete–especially for a novel– is a detailed outline of your project. Remember, this is your project — not the ghostwriter’s. You need to give them detailed instructions on which direction you want your story to go. If you’re looking for collaboration in that department, you’ll want to build it into your contract.
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Cost for a book proposal
If you plan to engage an agent and submit your story to a book publisher, you will need to prepare a standard book proposal. This is a specialized document containing a lot of information about your book. Book proposals vary in length and need to be tailor made for each submission. In most cases, proposals run 50 – 80 pages, though some can be longer.
If you are going this route and plan to hire a ghostwriter to write your book, you’ll want to first engage her to write the proposal. After all, she will outline your book and write two chapters as part of this process. So she will already be well on the way to getting your book done.
A ghostwriter’s fee for a quality book proposal will run somewhere between $10,000 – $15,000. However, this price should be factored into the overall price, if you hire that ghostwriter to write your book.
Incentives to offer a ghostwriter
If you’re looking for a cheap ghostwriter on Guru or Upwork, you’ll discover that many will vie for your attention like fish seeking breadcrumbs. However, the tide shifts a bit when you seek a high-end professional ghostwriter. You may find that she isn’t as desperate for work.
If you are eager to engage a popular ghostwriter and sense that she might be able to sign with only one or two new clients when you contact her, it might be wise to consider offering a few incentives to entice her to sign a contract with you.
A percentage of the back end
While it would never be proper to ask a professional ghostwriter to work solely for a percentage of the back end (royalties), it can be a nice bonus to a ghostwriter’s fee. This incentive has the added benefit of including the writer in the marketing of the project. She will be invested in ensuring that the book sells well.
Some ghostwriters won’t be able to do much to help you with sales, while others are well versed in that area. If your prospective writer is great at marketing, it doesn’t hurt to bring her in as a marketing partner from the start.
A cover credit
For a ghostwriter who is starting out, a cover credit is worth a lot, because he can add it to his portfolio and resume. An open credit will help him gain future clients. Most authors don’t want to share with their readers that they had help in writing the book. That is always fine with me. It’s part of the job. You’re the author; I’m the ghost. However, if you’re willing to share credit, it can be a lovely enticement.
This is the way it would work: The front cover would read by Your Name, then underneath it would read “with” or “as told to” Ghostwriter’s Name. The author still gets the recognition as the creator of the book, but the ghostwriter gets her name associated with the project.
As I mentioned, most authors don’t like to spill the beans that they actually didn’t write their book themselves. However, many will find a way to pay homage to and thank their ghost in the acknowledgment section of their books. Over the last twenty years, I’d say half my clients gave me such a gift. I always really appreciated this kindness.
Write a testimonial
When you are finished with your book, it would be nice to offer to write a testimonial for your ghostwriter. This allows him to share your success story with other potential clients in the future.
I have been very fortunate to have gathered quite a collection of testimonials. Some authors sign with just their initials, as they wish to keep their anonymity, while others proudly share their full name.
Customary Publishing Deal or Self-Publishing?
Would you like to follow the customary course of trying to locate a major name distributor and getting a progress to help settle the expenses? Or on the other hand, would you like to keep up control of the entire project and independently publish. Either with or without the assistance of an independent publisher?
On the off chance that it is the former then you at first need the ghostwriter to deliver a proposal which can be taken to distributors. Either by you, by the ghost or by a specialist who might have the capacity to lead you to. The ghostwriter would then be able to compose the entire original copy once the distributor has been found.
If you need to keep up control then the professional writer will compose the entire manuscript for you from the beginning. That writer should have the capacity to enable you to find the specialists you have to transform it into a completed book.
A proposition for a conventional publisher will presumably be between 10,000 and 20,000 words, containing a short rundown, a writer profile, chapter breakdown, some example sections and any foundation data which will help the deal, (comparative books available, hostage markets and so on).
An entire book could be anything from 30,000 to 100,000 words or more. There are more often 300 and 400 words on a page, so you can work out generally what that will look like.
Picking the correct one for your Ghostwriting Services
When you have a clear view what the book is to be about and what you need to do with it. Once it is composed, you would then be able to reach a few ghostwriters. An email is likely the best first way to deal with a survey in the event that they are interested and that they are available. At that point move to telephone calls or Skype to perceive how the science is between you two.
You will need to believe your ghostwriter totally on the grounds that you will let them know everything. Similarly, as you tell your specialist, your advisor or your legal advisor. On the off chance that anything about them influences you to question that you will be OK with them, at that point proceed onward to the next person.
The amount a Ghostwriter Cost
How much a ghostwriter will cost involves the matter of supply and demand in the market. On the off chance that they have all the work they can deal with and potential customers approaching them consistently they will cost a great deal. For that cash, you will have the certainty that the writing will be of a specific standard and that the professional writer will know precisely what they are doing.
If they are simply beginning and frantically need to get a few books on their cv then they will be more reasonable. Yet there is dependably a risk that they won’t write well or as fast. You need a primary concern on what your financial plan is. Ask them what they would charge and don’t be reluctant to negotiate.
It is vital that neither of you goes into the relationship where you feel angry about the cash. Of course, if the ghostwriter will be burning through a year or half working for you then you must be set up to pay what might as well be called a decent compensation. On the off chance that it is a proposal they can do in a month, the same concepts apply. It’s all about giving and take, and the understanding.
The Ghostwriting Process
The ghostwriter will be cheerful to sit with you and record the entire story through. Any written material that you can give them ahead of time, in any case, will speed things along by providing some kind of material.
In a perfect world, you will spend a couple of days recording, the professional writer will then leave and compose the main draft. You will then get together again and let them know whether they are turning out badly and right. Anything that they have misconstrued or that you neglected to let them know at the first communication, and they will then create a final version of the book.