A ghostwriter for business people
So, you want to become an author. Good idea. Writing a book is an effective way to establish yourself as a thought leader, an expert in your field.
Of course, not everyone has the skill, time or inclination to write a book. This is why a ghostwriter can help.
I am an experienced writer of business-related non-fiction. I do not write autobiographies. Topics I have written about include not-for-profit, business coaching, employment law, logistics the great outdoors and aviation.
“In 2014, Andrew was commissioned to ghostwrite a coffee table book to mark Airwork’s 30-year anniversary. He is professional, easy to work with and we’re thrilled with the final result.”—Tania Cosham, Executive Assistant, Airwork New Zealand
How does ghostwriting work?
As a ghostwriter, I put your expertise into words. The material usually comes from talking to you via Skype, the phone or in person. You’ll find I’m great to talk to, and I am able to capture the way you talk, your personality — it’s your book, after all.
Not all budding authors who approach me have the same needs. So, you’ll probably fall into one of three categories:
1. You need someone to write your book
You are an expert in your field but have no idea how to write a book. In this case, I write your book based on interviews with you and other information you provide.
2. You need help to finish your book
You have written your book, but it needs work: re-structuring, editing and additional content to reach a professional standard.
3. You just need guidance
You want to write your book but need some coaching.
How much does a ghostwriter cost?
If your book is for business purposes, hiring a ghost writer is an investment and and tax-deductible expense. So, how much will your investment cost? I’m sure you’ve heard the term “how long is a piece of string?” Well, pricing a ghostwriting project is a bit like that. It all depends on how much I’m required to do.
What I can say? You need a decent budget — don’t bother if price is your only consideration. A simple e-book may cost as little as $1,000; a full-size book would likely be in the area of $20,000.
Large projects are usually completed over a period of three to six months. I will provide you a detailed plan of what will be completed each month (interviews and chapters, etc.).
Here’s an example:
After your book is written, it needs to be published. I work closely with a book publisher. Here’s what they will do:
- layout text and images
- design the cover
- create graphics
- create a digital file that can be submitted to Amazon
- print physical copies of your book.
The publisher and I will meet you at the initial planning stage. At this point you can decide on things like trim size and paper type. After this meeting, I will can provide you a complete quote that includes both writing and publishing.
Before you start
Before you contact me, ask yourself the following questions:
- What kind of book do you want to write?
- Who is the audience for your book?
- Why will people read it?
- Why do you want to work with a ghost writer?
- What is your deadline?
- What is your budget?