“Jerry helped take my dream – raising awareness for special needs pets – and made it into reality. He knew instinctively what I wanted to accomplish and he took my clutter of notes and produced an award-winning book. Since publication, I asked Jerry to write my second book. These two will not be my last books with Jerry. I am already planning a few more where I will once again have Jerry take all my ramblings and place them into words. I cannot recommend him enough.”
—Kelly Preston, Real Dogs Don’t Whisper
“Choosing Jerry was the best decision I could have made. Jerry was easy to talk to and able to write in such a way that it sounded exactly like me. He understood what I wanted to get across. He just ‘got it.’ I can’t praise Jerry enough for his willingness to work at my pace and on my schedule so that the process moved smoothly for me. He made it seem effortless.”
—Warren Kinzer, One Man’s Struggle with Obesity and the Surgery that Saved his Life
There are several factors that go into the cost of ghostwriting. Are you giving me existing material that needs edited or maybe just tweaked, or am I writing from scratch? Will I have to do any research? How long will the book be? (I can help you determine what its length should be, by the way, if you’re not sure.) When do you need it done? In very general terms, you can expect to pay somewhere around $35,000 to $45,000 for a decent-sized book. But I will always give a firm price up front.
Writing a book is hard work and very time-consuming. A good ghostwriter doesn’t just write. He or she rewrites, too. A good ghostwriter goes back over the work time and again making sure it’s perfect. It’s a total commitment. You’ll be asking somebody to put aside months of his or her life to write your book. To help with your cost, though, I normally take my fee in stages over the course of the work. If I think it’s going to take six months to write your book, I’ll split my fee by six and invoice you monthly. Never work with a writer who asks for all or even half the money up front!
I get asked this question probably eight to ten times a month. The answer, I am sorry to say, is no. Sure, I realize you no doubt have the next great bestseller and we could both become obscenely wealthy once the book comes out and Oprah recommends it and the book then gets made into a blockbuster movie. But even though I believe that, I don’t trust that a publisher will feel the same way. They’re strange like that. And I can’t gamble with my livelihood, so please don’t ask.
If you can write (and write well), know your grammar, are well-organized, disciplined, and have the time, you might not need a ghostwriter. In fact, if you’re all of those things, you might even want to consider becoming a ghostwriter yourself! But if, like most people, your writing needs a little help, you’re having trouble sorting out your thoughts, or you just don’t have the time to do what it takes to write a decent book, then you might want to consider delegating. That’s why I’m here.
Well, for a sample of some writing I’ve had published in my own name, please feel free to check out these published pieces. To find out what previous clients have had to say about my work, please check out the testimonials scattered around this site.
No. And neither can any other ghostwriter. Run from anyone who says they can guarantee publication by a mainstream publisher or even tells you it should be easy. With the book industry in flux, it’s more difficult than ever these days to get published.
Yes. This I can do. We can try to interest a mainstream publisher, or we can pursue some of the new, exciting alternatives to mainstream publishing. For more information, you’ll want to read my free report, “A Short Guide to Publishing Your Non-Fiction Book”.
You do. There will be no mention of me as ghostwriter.
I recommend that our first meeting be in person. I can come to where you are (at my expense) and we can spend at least a solid half-day together, enough time for me to gather all the information I need to write a detailed outline. From there, we’ll regularly conference by phone and communicate by email as we proceed chapter by chapter.
Yep. My ghostwriting contract includes a confidentiality clause. Your secrets are safe with me. I am Your Confidential Ghostwriter!
Depends on the length of the book and the amount of background work I need to do to gather the content. Could be a month, could be a year. Six months is probably a good average. I will always give a firm estimate going in how long I think it will take, and we’ll stick to a tight schedule to ensure we make it happen by the target deadline.
Absolutely. The first thing you’ll see is a descriptive outline I’ll put together for the book. This will help us identify what will be the chapters. Then I’ll forward you the work chapter by chapter, even parts of chapters as I go along. You’ll be right there every step of the way to make sure I’m getting it just right.
Included! I never lose sight of the fact that this is YOUR book. Consequently, you have to be completely satisfied with it. We’ll keep tweaking until it’s just how you want it. That’s what a good ghostwriter does!
Happy to help. In addition to ghostwriting from scratch, I also edit which can include anything from correcting minor grammatical mistakes to doing major rewrites.
“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Jerry. He was diligent and conscientious. He consistently brought my ideas and thoughts to life. Not only is Jerry a talented writer, he’s attentive and reliable. As a result of Jerry’s efforts, I have a book that I am very proud of.”
—Cathy Yocum, Gardening Secrets of the Pros