A ghostwriter is like a manager for your book project. I’m the one that manages the structure of your ideas, I implement the words, and I deal with the problems. But it’s your company. You are the one who created it. You are the one who owns it. And you have the final word on every decision, every step of the way. As a ghost, I work for you. My only job is to ensure that I deliver exactly what you want.
Do I need a ghostwriter?
You’ve got an idea. Not just any idea. A really, great, keep you awake at night sort of idea that you want to get out to the world. You scribble notes everywhere, take memos on your phone and have images of what the final product will look like, but you have no idea how to get started.
That’s where a ghostwriter comes in. As your ghost, I help you organize your thoughts, pull ideas together and outline the entire book. I work closely with you to identify your target market and focus on a single theme to build your book around, delivering your message in only the way your personal style can.
You dream of leaving your legacy through the written word, in your voice, vividly capturing every detail of your long and full life.Or perhaps you have finally decided to write that novel you’ve always said you would write . You just don’t have the time or experience that writing a book demands.
Good storytelling is becoming a lost art. Too many people rush to get their stories told and wind up with flat narratives that speak only black and white. They never take the time or the effort to fill in the pictures with the vibrant colors of their experiences. Or to hire the right person to do it for them.
When I work for you as your ghostwriter, I listen closely to everything you say and pull out details of your story that you didn’t even know you had. Then, I take those details and paint your characters and events with broad, bright brush strokes, so that readers almost smell the fire burning on the crisp fall night and swear they can taste the dewy salt of your tears. The final product is not just a memoir or novel, but a living, breathing story that draws people in and begs them to sit down and listen for the whisper of a voice, the hint of truth, the turn of events as your story unfolds.
How does the ghostwriting process work?
Once you have an idea, you call me and we schedule a series of interviews over the phone or through web-chat. Based on the information I gather, I will come up with a schedule of milestones for deliverables. The first, and most important, is the outline. Think of it like a blueprint for your book. After we review the blueprint, I start building. Once I have the first 5,000 words (less for short books) done, I send that off for your review. This is when you and I will finalize tone, voice, approach, style and goal so that I can proceed.
As I finish each predetermined section or chapter, I send it off to you for your review to ensure we are still headed in the right direction. Once the project is completed, I pull it all together for a draft presentation. That’s when you read it over for a final review and then return it to me for editing through an outside editor (included in the fee). Once the editing is complete, your final manuscript is done and ready for publication.
Once I have my manuscript complete, what do I do next?
That’s up to you. Some of my clients take their manuscripts and then send them off to agents or publishers. Others stick them in a drawer somewhere. However, most of my clients choose to have me continue the process and take their book to market with my publishing services. In just weeks, your final manuscript can be edited, published and available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major retailers.
If you write my book, am I still the author?
You are the author of your book. In fact, you own all rights to your book, even if I publish it for you. As your ghostwriter, I enter into a contract with you stating that our relationship is confidential and that I have no claim to any rights, credit or royalties on your book. If I publish for you, your book is listed under your name (or a pen name, if you choose) and all royalties are sent directly to your account. My name is not listed on the book cover, in the interior or on any online marketing. The only people who know that I ‘wrote’ your book are you and me.
How long will it take for my book to be written?
That depends. An average 150 page book takes anywhere from three to six months to complete. But that time could vary based on your availability, your response to my questions and of course, payments. Most of my clients have been very motivated to move their projects forward and have stayed within that timeline without any problem.
What’s the next step?
Let’s talk about your project. Whether it’s a memoir, a novel or just a nagging idea lurking in the back of your mind, let’s hash out the details together and see if it’s something worth exploring. Call me at 772-631-5850 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to helping you bring your idea to life!