According to a New York Times article, “On any given week, up to half of the books on any nonfiction best-seller list are written by someone other than the name on the book.”
[Note: This is also happening in fiction. Many best-selling authors now use co-authors and ghostwriters to produce work under their name.]
From Dennis Lowery, President of Adducent
Q: How much is a ghostwriter going to cost?
That depends on many factors, including the length of the desired book (or work), how much (if any) material exists, how much research will be required, number and type of interviews that need to take place, how soon the project needs to be finished, etc. Keep in mind professional ghostwriters don't work on a contingency or get paid from sales of the book after it is published. Fees can vary greatly among ghostwriters. Contact us about ours.
Q: What can I expect for those fees?
The client gets their manuscript to present to agents, publishers or to self-publish, and is credited as the author. The ghostwriter can remain completely anonymous or receive attribution such as “As told to” or “With”.
Q: How long will it take?
It depends on the project. Small books can take 3 – 5 months. A mid-size to large or complex book takes 6 – 9 months to ghostwrite. Very large or complex books requiring a lot of research or other 'hand-work' (beyond just writing) will possibly take longer. Again the scope of work dictates how long it will take and each project delivery has to be evaluated based on workload at the time the project is quoted.
Q: Does the ghostwriter get any credit?
As mentioned above, depending on the arrangement, attribution or even co-author credit could be negotiated. If so, the fee structure usually changes or decreases. Or the ghostwriter can remain completely anonymous.
Q: How much will I need to be involved?
In most cases, you’ll only need to supply access to you and your information. A professional ghostwriter will determine a writing and development approach and plan for each project. A series of phone interviews, call-in dictation sessions to gather information and occasional feedback and approvals are typically all that is required.
Q: What will I need to supply to the ghostwriter?
Very simply: time, information and feedback. A series of interviews may be all that is needed. A professional ghostwriter will determine a writing and development approach and plan for each project.
Q: What should I look for in a ghostwriter?
The best ghostwriters are professional, proven, dependable, discreet, collaborative, supportive and deadline-oriented. Most important, the ideal writer understands your project and will work well with you! Obviously, chemistry and a good 'fit' are important.
Q: Will the ghostwriter help me find a publisher?
Ghostwriters aren't responsible for getting the work published, nor do they provide services offered by agents or publishers. In this case, however, by working with Adducent, you are working with someone who also owns a publishing and publishing assistance company. If you are interested in publishing services, and we work on your project... we will discuss with you the option to publish your book under one of our imprints. Again, this is an option and not a requirement.
Q: How does the ghostwriting process typically start?
Usually, the client and the ghostwriter have an initial meeting by phone to review the scope of the project. The ghostwriter then presents an overview or proposal to define and detail how things will work, including delivery and pricing. If all parties agree to proceed, the ghostwriter will provide a contract. A professional ghostwriter will determine a writing and development approach and plan for each project.
Q: I have a very hectic and demanding professional and/or personal schedule, how would that impact work on my project?
Speaking for us, we've worked with many busy professionals and if needed, we create flexible timelines for them to accommodate the many demands on their time yet are designed so that work on their project progresses at a steady pace. We also provide our client's tools such as our unique, Client Dictation Services, that they can utilize at any time from anywhere. This is a tremendous resource to help with their project.
Q: I'm interested in your help, what is the first step?