My Process

Help to Write a Book

“I wanted to write my memoirs but had no idea where to start. I had forty-year-old notes and pages and reminders all over the place. After speaking with Jerry, I felt relieved. He said, ‘This is what I do. I’ll help you organize and write your book.’ And he did. He was easy to work with. Never complained about any change I wanted and we were always on schedule. Today we have a remarkably well written book ready to publish.”
—Marcelle Guy, Ellevie


Ready to hire a ghostwriter? Here’s more about my ghostwriter services:

The typical process works like this: We’ll start with me gathering all the information I need to write a very detailed outline. I recommend we do this in person and I’ll come to where you are at my expense. The outline will become the framework for your book. From there, we’ll conference regularly by phone and communicate by email as I compose the book step by step, chapter by chapter. I won’t move on to the next chapter until you’re satisfied with the previous one. We’ll stick to a schedule and have your book completed in a reasonable time frame, typically within six months.


“Jerry Payne is someone who knows how to use his gifts and talents to the betterment of those who work with him. What started out as a working relationship has turned into a trusted friendship.”
—Dr. Shyla High, Why Most Women Die



Are you ready to hire a ghostwriter professional like Jerry Payne? 

My ghostwriter services fee varies depending on things like projected book length, whether I am writing from scratch or punching up existing material, the amount of research involved on my part, etc. Normally, you can expect a fee of somewhere around $35,000 to $45,000. A consultation to further discuss your needs, however, is always FREE so please feel free to contact me and we’ll chat about your project. I always submit a proposal with an exact number and I always split my fee evenly over the time I think it will take to write your book.


“Jerry’s engaging and easygoing manner made it easy to establish a genuine sense of trust with him. His professionalism kept the project moving along and was not only helpful but very encouraging. Jerry possesses a keen sense of timing, along with sensitivity to the subject matter that made the task both meaningful and enjoyable.”
—Volina Cross, Getting Honest


In addition to writing your book, I can even help you publish it. 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.

Further questions? Please check out my FAQ page for more information.

Read my free report, “The Seven Biggest Mistakes People Make when Choosing a Ghostwriter.”


“Each time someone dies, a library burns.” —Jandy Nelson