What to Expect When Hiring a Ghostwriter? Complete Process Explained
Whenever a celebrity or a successful politician releases their new book, the foremost thing you are amazed with after reading the book is their writing style. Have you ever wondered about who are the writers behind these interesting & well-written books?
If you go to the bestseller list of the books, you’ll find out that almost of these books are written by Ghostwriters. Whether it’s an autobiography of a celebrity, or a motivational book by a renowned politician, the vast majority of books are written by ghostwriters.
Ghostwriters would be considered “co-authors” if they get credit on the cover of the book. But it all depends on the person who has hired ghostwriter. Ghostwriting is a fantastic option for people who have valuable ideas to share but don’t have time or skill needed to put them into a well written form.
Ghostwriting is Absolutely Authentic & Legal
In Ghostwriting, you are using client’s ideas & thoughts. With your written book, you are sharing someone else’s original thought, not yours. You are only mouth wording them with the appealing content you are good at. For example: Many of the clients have been motivational speakers for so long talking about their ideas. So if they are seeking to publish a book, a ghostwriter’s job is just to take their life message and put it into book form.
A ghostwriter will be getting paid for their writing but not the credit necessarily. There are people who think that hiring a ghostwriter and not given him credit for his or her work is completely unethical.
But my perspective is- as long as two individuals are willing to enter into a contractual arrangement where one does the work for money and another gets the credit, ghostwriting is authentic & legal. Why can’t you make an honest living if you have the talent of capturing another person’s voice & ideas and put them down into words?
How Ghostwriting Works- Here is the Step By Step Process
Every ghostwriting project varies differently following a unique approach. If you are seeking to hire a ghostwriter for your first book, then here’s the complete process you are going to involve in:
Initial meeting– The first process is an initial meeting that can be a telephonic one, video conferencing or a personal meeting where the client and ghostwriter meet and see if the things are good between them to work together. During this conversation, both ghostwriter & client share ideas & put forward various queries to get an overview of the project & the way it has to be written.
Proposal: In the next process, ghostwriter sends a project proposal customized to the specific book. The client is needed to approve & signed the proposal so that the project can start.
Book outline: For drafting a book outline, both ghostwriter and client works together conducting recorded interviews by phone or video conferencing, which are then transcribed. Then ghostwriter then puts together a two- to ten-page book outline through those recorded interviews which needs to be revised by the client.
Expanded book outline: Depending on the complexity of the book, many further interviews are conducted between ghostwriter and client needed to create an expanded book outline of fifteen to fifty pages in length.
Drafting a Book: The ghostwriter then start working on the book draft, finishes it before sharing it with the client for revision. The drafting process can take anywhere from three months to a year.
Author revision: The revision part is completely depended on the client. Some clients make thousands of edits and others make just one or two.
Editing and publishing: After the final draft is complete, the manuscript goes through editing and publishing.
Assuming everything goes smoothly, the overall time taken from idea to final draft is around ten to twelve months, but it can go slower or faster based on the project requirement.
Ghostwriting is More Like an Investment
You might already know about the ghostwriting costs which can go as higher as $50,000. But do you know ghostwriting returns are too quite high? Yes, the return you will get for your ghostwriting book can range many times the investment. There are clients with their publishing book yielding better speaking engagements, entirely new business opportunities & overall higher returns on investment through great profits. With ghostwriting I have witnessed success of dozens of clients over the years.
So what are the Ghostwriting Costs? According to Writer’s Market, hiring a ghostwriter for a book can range from $15,000 to $50,000 if the credit is given. If no credit is given, that range jumps to $30,000 to $100,000. These amounts can range higher or lower depending on the book’s length and complexity. There are also hourly rates for shorter content like magazine articles or blog posts which revolves around $50 per hour.
In what conditions you should hire a writer?
Here are some questions that will help you decide whether you should go for ghostwriting or write yourself:
No time to write? If you are seeking to write a book for so long but are short of time or required skills then you must definitely consider hiring a writer.
Should I invest in Ghostwriting? If you are a high-level entrepreneur, a thoughtful/motivational leader, a popular celebrity, or anyone else having a lot of money but lacks free time, then ghostwriting is an obvious choice for you. If you are none of the above then this investment is more like a waste. If publishing a book will enhance your business or brand to the next level, then you should definitely consider hiring a ghostwriter.
Want to write yourself? Some people really want to write the book themselves. If that’s you, then consider hiring a book coach to help you guiding through the process. A book coach help you outline the book and create a writing plan to you so that you can write without problem. Once you finish your book get a skilled editor to bring your writing to the best.
How much time do you have? Although working with a ghostwriter for your book will save you a lot of time, yet seeing the cost it’s surely a large investment. In order to reduce your costs, you can consider writing two blog posts a month or one magazine article per quarter.
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