Got a good story to tell but no time to write your book?
A professional without skill at writing?
Do people ask you to write about your life, but you’re not a writer?
I ghostwrite memoirs and nonfiction. How does it work? For memoir, in a few meetings we discuss your book idea, outline it, and create a schedule. If you’re a skilled writer and want to be more involved, we arrange collaboration. Next, I interview you for the material. I get to know your voice and tone and write a draft of the book, which you review as we go. Editing precedes the final proof, and your book is print-ready. Nonfiction uses a similar process, with more research usually involved.
Ghostwriters wear a lot of hats, and my closet is full of them. I have written about extremely diverse subjects and clients: engineers, educators, marketing professionals, scientists, retired doctors, IT wizards, psychologists, chefs. One memoir ghosting client is a noted San Francisco businessman with a career in international urban development. His book traced his roots and outlined his route to success. Colorful anecdotes showed his development into an entrepreneur who took risks that paid off.
Others hire me to help write their books for publication.
Robin Fisher Roffer, CEO of Big Fish Marketing and a high-powered branding strategist, hired me to help plan what would become The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How to Succeed When You’re the Only One Like You. My book proposal and ghostwritten sample for this self-help/business book secured Roffer’s representation with a top agent at William Morris, which led quickly to a publishing contract.
Tantra Goddess, by Caroline Muir, describes the journey of a sexual and spiritual healer who pioneered the Tantra movement and lived the ups and downs of a polyamorous lifestyle. The collaborative process of developing and refining this intimate personal story resulted in a 100,000-word manuscript published by Monkfish in December 2011.
A book of approximately 60,000 words (300 double-spaced pages, 12-point Times Roman) typically involves five to six months of full-time writing. You can expect several interview sessions of about two hours each over several weeks at the start of the project and should be available after that for follow up and fact verification. Review of drafts continue until the book is completed.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Ghostwriting fees vary depending on the complexity and length of the book. I provide a project fee after our initial consult to discuss the book and what will be required. Fees range between $5,000 and $8,000 for family memoirs of up to 40,000 words (price depends on complexity of interviews/research) to about $35,000 for a 60,000-word book for publication. The fee is paid in regular installments. If you’re publishing, you’ll recoup this fee. If you’re writing for family you’re investing in immeasurable value.
Do you need a writer? You’ve come to the right place.