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!