Ghostwriter Book – deal or no deal?
Could you handle a ghostwritten book or movie deal? Well, there is a lot more to it than you might think.
By Karen S. Cole of Ghost Writer, Inc.
What is a ghost writer book? It’s a book you write, as our author client. It’s called a ghost writer book due to its nature. It is one a professional ghostwriter has carefully crafted, with your assistance. You supply the ghost with a book outline, a book timeline, background notes and other research documents. The ghost supplies you with a ghost writer book, in the end actually a book manuscript.
If you work with us at Ghost Writer, Inc., you get the full package. The GWI ghost will ghostwrite, edit, proofread and professionally format your book manuscript for one total price. However, due to the need for a second set of eyes to go over your work, you will need to provide another editor. This can simply be you! You go over the work during the course of completion of the book manuscript, checking for factual errors. You also check for grammar, spelling and syntax mistakes, and make suggestions. When you hire GWI to create a ghost writer book, you are involved in the process.
How do I Write a Ghost Writer Book?
What else goes into the making of a great ghost writer book? You must put your heart and soul into it. The ghost you are hiring will do the work, but you must supply about half of it yourself. This entails creating a solid book outline. It is a one to two-page document where you lay out the contents of your book, all the important parts. You start at the beginning and proceed on to the end.
You should also create a book timeline. Not as important as the outline, this document is like a Curriculum Vitae. You put the date, month and/or year an important event occurred, and you type in the event as one to three lines of copy. The date is placed on the left side of the page, and the copy about the event on the right side. This is generally how you lay out a CV. But in the case of a ghost writer book, this document will help both you and your ghost keep events straight and in good working order. It is always laid out in chronological sequence, first to last.
You refer to these documents while you write the book. I am calling it a ghost writer book, but you are actually the true author of your own work. You can also create a chapter by chapter outline, where you lay out all the chapters, name them and write three to five lines about each chapter. One of the best ways to write a book is to start at the beginning and write it all out to the end. Another way, used in fiction novels, is to start at a presumed end and then flashback throughout the book, finally coming to a less than foregone conclusion. Without telegraphing your ending.
What are the Specs on a Ghost Writer Book?
If you want to write for your reader and for the book market, there are a few things you should know. First, a novel nowadays, fiction or nonfiction, runs between 200 to 300 pages generally. This is at 250 words per page, or 50,000 to 75,000 total words. Note: editing usually adds words, not subtracts them. Your ghost writer book manuscript must be formatted at one inch all-around margins, with indented paragraphs. It will need to be double-spaced, in case you have it read by literary agents. They have to be able to potentially make notes in the margins. Some agents insist on viewing a hard or printed out paper copy. Also, your ghost writer needs to be able to scan the manuscript thoroughly and easily, while editing it. So will you.
The type font must be Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana or some other easy to read, readily available font preferred by commercial publishers. Making it 12-point type is the size preferred by most literary agents and book publishers. There should be no colors other than black used on a white background. Underlines must be kept to a minimum, as they are considered to be directions to the printer, and so should capitalizations, exclamations points, bolded or italicized text, or other “standout” typewritten copy. And it’s best to keep to one style of font, not several styles. Finally, your ghostwriter will proofread everything, with your assistance, to ensure all your I’s are dotted and all your T’s are crossed. The ghost should be the one who professionally formats your manuscript. Here at Ghost Writer, Inc. we always make sure the final manuscript is checked over, clean and ready to be reviewed by top level agents and the mainstream commercial publishers.
Why hire you to create a Ghost Writer Book?
Because we know what we are doing. At GWI, we only use published, experienced writers and editors. We are able to perform the marketing and if needed the publishing services for your book. We have years of experience at assisting 350+ book authors to create, polish, finish, promote and publish their book manuscripts. A ghost writer book worked on through GWI is likely to do well. Our bestselling ghosts have a 90% success rate at landing you a major industry agent, through our “grabber” book proposal and query creation services. But we won’t take on just anyone.
I have been in business as a ghostwriter since 2003. Before then, I was a published freelance writer and editor. I have won awards for my short story editing through Writing.com, and am published in multiple literary arts magazines. I am also an Expert Articles writer at Ezine Articles. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. We have several bestselling book authors working at GWI. They have NYT Best Seller Lists and Amazon bestseller credentials. Your ghost writer book through GWI could possibly go all the way, to million copy bestseller status!
We offer you decades of writing, marketing and publishing experience. One of our ghosts recently earned a $500,000 advance from a publisher. He wrote an exciting proposal, submitting it to the right literary agents. He landed the book deal, then arranged for the movie. It all sold in the million-dollar category; the film starred Queen Latifah and Jennifer Garner. I’m not allowed to tell you much more, as our ghosts are sworn to secrecy whenever needed. A ghost writer book is written by a ghost, and they don’t necessarily take credit for it. It is up to you to decide whether to share any credit with your ghost.
How much do I pay for a Ghost Writer Book?
It depends on the nature of your project. If it’s a book we think will become a bestseller, we might take a percentage payment alone. In this case, you will need a bestselling ghost, a standard but unique book proposal and query, and the assistance of our GWI ghost writer book professionals working on your behalf. Sometimes the ghost works alone, sometimes with one of our marketing team members. On the other hand, supposing you are a first-time author with a great book idea, but you’re not sure what the actual sales potential for your book will be? Or your audience?
In a case like this, we take only upfront payments. On the other hand, you might not want to share your percentage payments for some reason. Too often, while the book author is able to readily collect from a book publisher, something can go wrong where the ghostwriter is not able to collect speculation payments. We usually prefer the author to be paid by the publisher. Then the author pays the ghostwriter. But we’re flexible and willing to work out a deal between the ghost and the author. A ghost writer book, however, means that the ghostwriter always has to be paid somehow.
So when I talk about upfront payments, they are made in advance during the course of completion of the book manuscript. A ghost writer book of 200-300 pages might go for $10,000 to $35,000 USD, depending on how much technical work is involved. It also depends on the experience level of the ghost, whether they are a student or a bestselling author. It’s a range, and we figure out the pricing. Also, you might want an ebook of 30-100 pages in length. This comes at $750 to $5,000, depending again upon your type of ghostwriter.
Ghostwriter or Editor for my Ghost Writer Book?
Do you need a full-fledged ghostwriter or just a book editor? This depends on how much you wish to spend, and how much work you want performed. A ghost writer book often only requires editing before it is advanced over to an agent or publisher. Is there something it lacks? Then you might need content or developmental editing. Does it contain a lot of spelling and other, similar errors? You might require grammar, spelling, syntax and/or color and style editing, plus fact checking assistance.
Content and developmental editing comes at a higher editing price. Say you need to add characters, scenes, plot devices and flesh out some of the sequences in your fiction novel. You hire a developmental editor to work on your ghost writer book, at about $4,000 for a 150-page novel. Say you only need that infamous second set of eyes to read over things and catch your important grammar mistakes. But you think your manuscript is a bit dull, it needs livening up. So you hire a grammar, spelling, syntax, color and style editor to polish it into perfection and give it that colorful “pizazz.” This could come at around $2,000 to $3,000 for a 250-page novel.
If you simply require your finished manuscript to be edited for minor grammar, full formatting and final proofreading, we can charge you $500-$750 depending on total word length. Proofreading alone to ensure you have a nearly perfect manuscript, done by a professional industry proofreader, is $1-2,000 for a 200-300-page book. Your ghost will proofread your book at no additional charge if you buy our GWI ghostwriting services. But it helps to hire both a ghostwriter and an editor, as this splits up the work and adds to the creation of a polished, ready for publishing ghost writer book.
What are my Options with a Ghost Writer Book?
These are only a few such examples. To some extent, Ghost Writer, Inc. goes by your budget. We use our higher paying clients to help defray the costs associated with our lower paying clients. You will need to pay a reasonable amount in any case. But we also offer you book coaching services, where you hire a professional ghost to coach you through the process of writing your own manuscript. This is a lot like book editing, and the ghost will edit your book into final shape at the end of the process. But mostly it’s a case of guiding you through writing your own book. A ghost writer book is an individual matter, and you will determine things – within reason.
You will also need to sign a Contract through Ghost Writer, Inc., directly one-on-one with your ghostwriter. I can email you all the instructions you will need regarding the signing process. The Contract will lay out all the rights and responsibilities of both signing parties, you and your ghost. When it comes to assigning and completing the process, GWI has no peer.
You will receive a clean, polished manuscript copy of your proudly created ghost writer book. You only need to work with us in a polite, caring, professional manner in order to achieve it. Once your manuscript is completed, we can begin the process of marketing and potentially assisting you through the publishing process as well. You have come to the right place; the rest is up to you. Good luck to you, as you become a Brand New Book Author.