WHY USE A GHOSTWRITER?
When you have a story to tell, whether fact or fiction, it can be difficult to get the words down.
Maybe writing (especially 60,000+ words) just isn't your forte. It could be you simply don't have the time. Perhaps English isn't your first language. Or, emotionally, you're too close to your story to put it on paper cohesively.
Using an experienced writer and editor to ghostwrite your book allows you creative control and gets the job done in a timely fashion – with the skill, diligence and perspective that's needed.
TYPES OF GHOSTWRITING
PERSONAL MEMOIR – writing a real-life story that you would like to have recorded, for yourself or for your friends and family to enjoy. Length: anything from 15,000 to 40,000 words.
FULL-LENGTH MEMOIR – writing your life story (or section of) as a long narrative, with the intention of publishing, or self-publishing as a book / ebook. Length: 50,000 to 80,000 words.
FICTION – expanding on an idea that you would like to turn into a novel, or professional help with a manuscript that is fully or partially written. Length: 50,000 to 80,000 words.
NON-FICTION / BUSINESS BOOK – writing a book for educational purposes or to show expert knowledge in your field, for traditional publishing, or self-publication. Length: 35,000 to 60,000.
PUBLISHER'S PITCH – a package that's sent out to prospective publishers before the book is written, with the aim of trying to hook a deal. It includes a detailed synopsis, plus sample chapters, a cover letter, your author bio, and some suggestions of agents/publishers to contact. Synopsis length: up to 2,000 words. Sample length: 5,000 to 10,000 words.
BOOK PLANNING – perfect if you're unsure about the book idea, and whether you'd like to have it ghostwritten. Together we map out the structure and content of your book, and create a chapter-by-chapter plan. Includes review of any material you already have, working out the writing style and format, and discussion of publishing goals.
I’m very friendly and easy to chat with, making the process nice and simple – after all, we’ll need to get on as there’s going to be a lot of talking ahead.
The process always begins with a book planning session. We can do this over the phone, via Skype, or in person, depending on where you live. We'll map out a structure and the content, make a chapter plan, review any material you have already written (if any), and discuss your goals for the book.
Once the plan is in place, we’ll need to compile all the information for me to work from. This stage will usually involve sitting down for a number of face-to-face interviews, which can be carried out over Skype or in person. The length of the project will generally dictate how long we need – it could be an afternoon, a couple of consecutive days, or several separate meetings.
Once I have all I need, I’ll go away and put pen to paper, and do any extra research needed to produce either a pitch for publishers or a first draft manuscript. After that, we’ll explore changes, check facts and get a final version together.
KEEPING IT CONFIDENTIAL
Confidentiality is key while some ghostwriting projects are underway (and after publication, too) – for a vast variety of reasons. I will happily sign a confidentiality agreement if you need to be sure of discretion, and I can do this before our first conversation, if your story is particularly sensitive.