How to select the right ghostwriter can be a real challenge, especially when you have no way of knowing the right questions to ask, or how to gauge the validity of the responses a prospective writer-for-hire provides.
I’ve learned that my clients have already given a lot of thought to their book writing projects before they contact me. They often have a good idea of what they want to say, and how they want to say it. They simply lack the skills to weave the book together in a way that conveys the intended message with appropriate delivery of the message.
Another issue to consider when hiring a writer is budget. Most ghostwriters are specialized, and their fees are very high. Everyone understands that celebrities are not great writers, but when their memoirs are published, they are polished, great reads. The obvious answer is they used the services of a “ghost.” The fee for that type of writing project is typically $150-300 thousand–far exceeding the budget of most people. Then there is the other end of the spectrum–the new “writer” who was laid off from his career position, and recalled that he got an “A” in a college English class once–and voilà, he hangs out his “writer-for-hire” shingle.
I am a true ghostwriter, and have been writing books 26 years. I write multiple books each year, including memoirs, biographies, business and management books, family and corporate histories, motivational and professional books, etc.
Get answers to your questions before hiring a ghostwriter to write your book. Contact me and feel free to ask any questions you like.