When You Shouldn’t Write Your Memoir

Woman_with_a_rough_life_checking_herself_out_in_the_mirror_(8436629921)Are you debating whether or not to write your life story? You’re not alone. I have had quite a few clients who have waffled over the same dilemma. And more often than not, I will advise people to go ahead and write down the chronological details of their past, if only for their immediate family. Recording your personal history for your children, and your children’s children, is a wonderful gift.

However, there are times when I would say you shouldn’t write your memoir. Here are a few examples that I have encountered this past year:

“I’ve lived a horrible life.” This might surprise you, but I get a ton of memoir requests from people who have lived a life of misery and despair. For instance, their childhood might have been filled with abuse then they later married another abuser, continuing the pattern. When I ask them about the purpose of their book, they usually say that it shows how one can live through anything.

While this may be a decent message for some, it isn’t really one to hammer into those who are trying to better their lives. It’s true that not every story has to have a happy ending, but most stories, particularly the memorable ones, inspire us. And it’s hard to be inspired when you’re reading such a depressing story. Most people would have no interest in picking and reading up such a book.

“I just can’t remember much.” A few times this year I received requests to write a book from people who truly can’t remember many details or stories from their past. Typically, when I interview a client I can help them remember things they never thought they could. However, if you aren’t able to remember much, it will be hard to put together your life story.

“I can’t write and I don’t have any money to hire a writer.” This is another popular comment. Though I’m not sure, I suspect these folks want me to offer to write their book for free (or for a percentage of the profits). Unfortunately, not everyone is completely upfront about their situation and will sometimes pretend they are shopping for a ghostwriter, even if they don’t ever plan to hire one. If you can’t write and can’t afford to hire someone to write it for you, your book won’t get written.

“I’d really like to get back at so-and-so.” Ah, revenge is a dish best served cold, right? Remember, though, that when you put things in writing, they are pretty permanent. You can’t take it back. It’s out there for all eternity for many readers to review over and over again. Writing a book to hurt someone else, even if you feel it is justified, is a bad idea.

“My family and close friends would kill me.” Surprisingly, this is a common fear. When I talk to most client prospects to give them advice and learn more about their projects, quite a few people have mentioned that they’re worried about hurting the feelings of loved ones. It’s a very valid concern, one that should be taken seriously. For as I mentioned earlier, once it’s in writing, it’s permanent.

As a ghostwriter, I can hide the identity of most people in your life through pseudonyms, but I can’t hide Momma or that eccentric uncle. Those close to you will know whom you’re talking about and they might not like what you have to say.

“I’ve lived a boring life, except for this one incident.” If you had, say, a near death experience, it might have been very exciting and worthy of a short story or newspaper feature article. However, if the rest of your life was relatively normal, or “boring,” most likely that one event won’t make for a good memoir.

“I don’t want everyone to know what happened to me.” Writing a memoir is like putting your personal life on display for all to see. If you are concerned about others knowing what happened to you, it’s probably not a good idea to write a book. However, I have clients who write their memoir not for the whole world to read, but rather just for their family. If even that bothers you then, well, I’m not sure what to tell you. The only way around it would be to fictionalize your story, but then it wouldn’t really be a memoir, and there’s a good chance your family and close friends would still guess that it has something to do with you.

Most of the time I encourage people to write their book, because I do feel people often have a book or two within them. However, sometimes one must be a bit flexible about the subject matter. Perhaps it isn’t your life story that you should write about, but rather a how-to book about your niche area of expertise or a science fiction novel. Whatever the case may be, I’m here to help.

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Want To Write A Business Book?

Daintree_National_ParkAre you sitting on the fence, wondering if you should write a business book? Most likely you’d have a lot to say about your field. Perhaps you could even make a difference for others. However, I get it, your hesitation. It takes time and money to write a book.

You’re successful because you consistently put many hours into your business, every day, every week. More than likely you don’t take many vacations and you probably rarely get eig
ht hours of sleep. And if you’re anything like me, you laugh at the concept of working nine to five.

Am I right?

Okay, you don’t have a lot of spare time, but there’s no getting around the fact that you’re sitting on information that others need. Most likely you’ve created a niche market in your industry, and figured things out that others just haven’t.

So, then, when you retire, who will learn what you know? How will you pass on your knowledge? If you don’t write a book, and share your knowledge, the next generation will flounder in that particular area.

Successful business people who have specialized knowledge definitely have a responsibility to record their information, so that others can benefit. You can’t let your knowledge die with you. It just isn’t right.

When my husband and I visited the rainforest many years ago in Queensland, Australia, we took a number of guided tours. I was struck by the abundant life that grew all around us. It was thrilling! And I was particularly fascinated by the culture and knowledge of the aboriginal people. They could heal the body of most ills with the plants they found growing in the rainforest.

One tour guide told me that he was able to learn a lot from the aboriginals, but that they wouldn’t share everything with outsiders. Although I could understand their viewpoint, and respected it, I still felt sad to know that certain medicinal remedies would be lost forever as a result.

The same could be true for your business, your specialized knowledge. So, why should you share it? Why do you have an obligation to our children’s children? These are questions you really can only answer for yourself.

Still, allow me to offer some other compelling arguments to consider. For instance, wouldn’t you like to be a published author in your field? It gives you undeniable credibility with your clients and peers, not to mention, it’s a great feeling to say, “I wrote the book on that subject!”

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you really do want to write your book, that you do understand the urgency to share your information with others. You most likely find an indescribable joy in helping others and would like to take the next step toward seeing your book in your peers’ hands.

And I’m here to help!

However, keep in mind that come January 1st, many people will be writing me, asking for help with their books. I think writing a book is probably a top priority on many peoples’ New Year’s resolutions lists!

So, write to me now and we can talk about what you need to do to write your business book!

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Writing Nonfiction- a Niche Area of Expertise

Have you developed a niche area of expertise? It could be through your day-to-day work or it might have grown from a hobby.

Do you have specialized knowledge in a particular field?

Is your way of doing things better than the norm?

Would someone be able to do a task better and more efficiently by using your method?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should consider writing nonfiction, a prescriptive nonfiction book, to share your knowledge with others.

writing nonfictionDefinition: A prescriptive nonfiction is a how-to book, which gives someone direction or information on a subject. It does not tell a story.

If you’re writing a prescriptive nonfiction book, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

Make sure to define all the industry terms. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that people will be impressed with your liberal sprinkling of hard-to-understand technical words throughout the manuscript. Clearly defining all industry jargon will allow even novice readers to understand your book. Keep it simple, so that anyone can understand!

Start with an outline. Bullet-point the important topics, which will form your table of contents.

Next, take each chapter and expand on them. Don’t write out the entire chapter now, but rather, express your thoughts in a few paragraphs of prose or further bullet-point the subheadings.

People want to hear your stories and anecdotes that complement the text, so go ahead and add a few lines into your detailed outline. You can abbreviate them, making quick notes so that you know what you’re referring to later.

Add in a few practical exercises for your readers. It’s a good idea to get people out of the mode of just reading and into action. Make sure the assignments are easy to follow and accomplish. The last thing you want to do is frustrate your reader.

When you have your detailed outline worked out, start in with one chapter. You don’t need to start at the beginning, with the first chapter. You’ll gain confidence in your book if you start with your favorite topic.

Continue to write each chapter. Remember, don’t edit as you write. Just let the words flow onto the pages.

As you progress through your first draft, you will most likely think of other things to add to your book. Simply add them into the detailed outline, adding text to existing chapters as you progress.

If you are self-publishing, your prescriptive nonfiction book can really be any length, but you’ll want to make sure you have covered your topic thoroughly. When you’re done, I highly recommend that you hire an editor to polish your manuscript and fix any typos.

Share your knowledge in your niche area of expertise with others. You’ll feel great when people write in to thank you! And if you need some help writing your book, please contact me for a free consultation.

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Eight Reasons Why You Should Write a Book

19749453_sDo you have a book idea that you’ve been mulling over for years?

Maybe decades?

Do people routinely say to you, “You should really write a book about that!”

If so, consider taking the first steps to writing and publishing your book right now. If you have a great idea, but don’t know how to start, contact me. I can offer you advice on how to get started, guiding you as you take your first steps.

If you need a little convincing, here are eight reasons why I think it is a great idea to get your book published now:

You can say, “I wrote the book on that subject!”

If you’re an expert in a field and have valuable information to share, you should really write a book, so that others can learn from you. People are always looking for successful examples from experienced professionals in their industry. Plus, it is fun to point to a book jacket and say, “I wrote the book on that!”

There is nothing like a book for gaining credibility

Writing a book takes a lot of time, energy, and knowhow. If you complete and publish a book, people will take notice. As long as your book is well-written and contributes something to society, you will gain credibility.

You will become a published author

You will have the suffix published author attached to your name like a royal title. It’s a good calling card, regardless of what business you’re in.

You can cross off an important goal from your bucket list

Just completing a long term goal is reason enough to venture into the world of writing. It is very satisfying to have accomplished a task that has occupied so much of your attention for so long. Let’s mark it as DONE!

You will be helping others

By sharing your story or giving others your secrets of success, you will help others, people that you’ve never met. It is immensely satisfying to receive reviews and emails from others, letting you know that you have bettered their lives in some way.

A new business path could open up for you

All authors must become entrepreneurs to some degree. If you market and promote your book properly, you could make money on into the future through sales. If you’d like some tips on how to sell your book, feel free to contact me.

Once you’ve finished one book, the next one will be easier

When the first book is up on amazon.com and selling well, you will find the second book you write will probably take less time and will click into place faster. Plus, if you’ve had success with the first book, you’ll have gained a readership, who will buy your subsequent books based on your reputation.

There are many more reasons why you should write your book, but I hope I have inspired you with these eight. I can tell you that waiting for any length of time is a bad idea. Historically, the people that contact me and then put off starting their project, never actually publish a book.

If you’d like a free consultation, email me and we’ll set up a time to talk! I’d like to help you get started now!

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I Want To Hire A Ghostwriter, But Don’t Have Any Money…

insert-life-storyUsually, I really enjoy talking to people about their book concepts. Some have very good ideas and just need help. However, occasionally there are those calls which frustrate me beyond belief. One occurred today:

I was right in the middle of the second to last chapter of a book I’m ghostwriting for a client when the phone rang. I don’t like to be interrupted while writing as it breaks the creative flow, but I worried that it might be a writer with a question, so I picked up.

“Hello?” I asked.

“Is this Laura Sherman?” the young woman demanded.

First of all, I dislike it when people don’t bother to identify themselves before asking me for my name when they call. Grrr.

“Yes, it is,” I said, letting it slide. She didn’t seem like a telephone solicitor, so it was likely she wanted to write a book.

“I found your website. I want to hire a ghostwriter to write my book, because I just don’t have the time to write it myself.”

“Great,” I said. That was a common plea. “And to whom am I speaking?”

She paused for a moment, probably weighing the pros and cons of telling me her name. “Joyce.” (Okay, that wasn’t really her name, but I’m a ghostwriter, so I can embellish.)

“Hello, Joyce,” I said. “What’s your book about?”

“My life story,” was all she offered. “I just want to know the steps involved with hiring someone to write my book.”

I gave her a brief overview of how the process works, letting her know it would probably require thirty to forty interviews, spread out over a six month period. I explained how it takes a ghostwriter hundred of hours to write a book. She asked a few more questions then got to the big one.

“So, how much will it cost?”

“I charge a dollar per word,” I said. “What’s your budget?”

“I don’t have a lot of money to spend.”

“Ah,” I said. Just what every ghostwriter wants to hear. “Well, how much did you want to spend?”

“I don’t know, maybe a thousand dollars? I know that probably isn’t enough, right?”

“Right,” I said. No one can live off a thousand dollars for six months of work, not even starving ghostwriters. “Look, I know a few editors who are looking to branch out into writing. If you’re looking to write a one-hundred page book, I could talk to one of them about maybe coming down to five thousand dollars.”

“I don’t have that kind of money.”

“Then you’ll probably need to write the book yourself,” I said. “If you did manage to find someone willing to write your book for a thousand dollars, you really might as well throw your money in the trash. It will only cost you more in the long run in revision, editing, and possibly rewriting fees.”

She then asked me what would happen after the book was written and I gave her a rundown on what an author needs to do to sell a book, such as creating and maintaining marketing websites.

“I’m not good with computers, so I can’t do any of that.”

“You’ll want to learn then,” I said. “Even if you get a publisher, you’ll need to do your own marketing. It isn’t hard, though. And I can help you when the time comes.”

Apparently, she didn’t like my answer, as she said, “So, how can I find a ghostwriter?”

“As I said, if you’re able to scrape together five thousand dollars, I can ask around for you.”

“But that would be for a good writer,” she replied. “What if I just wanted to find a writer who will do it for a thousand dollars?”

I have to admit I was speechless for a moment. Finally, I just repeated that anyone willing to write a book for a thousand dollars wasn’t someone she wanted to hire. Before I could explain that the quality of work would be so poor that she would likely have to hire a new ghostwriter and have them start over, she cut me off and said, “Okay, thank you!”

Moral of the story, if you’re serious about writing a book, you will find a way, either by hiring a good and qualified ghostwriter or by making the time to write it yourself.

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How To Write A Book Proposal


Why Should I Hire A Ghostwriter?

377px-Albert_Anker_Mädchen_mit_SchiefertafelMany people have great ideas for a book. Usually, the concept has been with them for at least a decade, sometimes their whole life. It is a goal that burns deep within them, aching to be accomplished.

Does this sound familiar?

So, why wouldn’t you just write your own book?

Why would you need a ghostwriter?

Here are ten good reasons why you should hire a ghostwriter to write your book:

Number One: You just don’t have time to write a book right now. And “right now” will probably be “right now” in two weeks or two years. Most likely, if you can’t budget the time to complete your book now, things won’t change.

Number Two: Many books that you know and love have been ghostwritten. Check it out on your favorite search engine. You may be surprised!

Number Three: You may not have the experience needed to write your own book. It isn’t a matter of putting words down on a page. You need to be familiar enough with the rules of writing to know how to break them down creatively.

Number Four: You may be too close to the subject matter to be able to write about it. Approximately three quarters of the people who write to me, asking for help with their book, want to write their life story. Most get very emotional about the subject and can’t write objectively. They need help.

Number Five: A ghostwriter is trained to interview you, pulling information from the depths of your memory. My clients routinely remark, “Wow, I’d completely forgotten all about that!” It’s a side gift I can give them.

Number Six: You get the benefit of a full author’s credit without having to put in the hundreds of hours needed to write a book people won’t want to put down. You’re the author. You own the rights to the story. It’s your name on the cover.

Number Seven: You should get your book written as soon as possible. Why wait? There is no benefit to holding off, but there is a very real danger that someone else will come up with your idea and write the book themselves.

Number Eight: Once your book is available to readers, you are a published author in every sense of the word. Your book will live forever, entertaining and educating your readers throughout future generations. It’s quite an achievement.

Number Nine: If you’ve been sitting on this book concept for a decade, you most likely want the book to be written correctly. How disappointing would it be to have the book released and get horrible reviews? Hiring a professional ghostwriter will give you a book that will make you proud!

Number Ten: The ghostwriting process is a lot of fun. You’ll enjoy watching the pages of your inspiration unfold before your eyes. Just imagine what it would be like to receive the first chapter of your book in your email’s inbox within a month. Go for it!

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When hiring a ghostwriter, what are my options?

If you have a story to tell, but you don’t have the time or expertise to write a book, you may be thinking about hiring a ghostwriter. If that is the case, your first step would most likely be to interview several writers and get quotes on your project. But what you might not realize is that you have options. There are a few ways to go:

Write a proposal: If you have a nonfiction book concept that is very marketable, and you would like to have a publishing contract, your best bet is to write a proposal. If the idea is strong enough or the issue your idea is based on has been plastered all over the news, you might get a healthy advance.

You can find examples and how-to articles on how to write a proposal online, but keep in mind that a publisher will be looking for certain qualities and if your proposal is poorly written, it will be rejected.

If writing isn’t your forte, your best bet is to hire a ghostwriter to write your proposal. It typically costs between $5,000 and $8,000 and will include all the basic components.

Self-publish: If you feel that you can market your own book, you might consider self-publishing. In that case, you’ll need to hire a ghostwriter to write your book for you.

Expect to spend anywhere from $10,000 to $75,000 on your book. The price will depend on the ghostwriter’s experience, ability, and your budget.

You may get quotes that are below $10,000, which sound tempting. But most likely a book written for such a low price tag will not meet with your expectations and will draw poor reviews on websites such as Amazon.com, which is the kiss of death for a new author.

Write it yourself and hire an editor: If you realize that you don’t have the budget needed to write a book, you will need to buckle down and write it yourself. If you are able to write, this is a reasonable option.

If you need help, consider hiring a mentor to help you through the basics. Someone who is an expert in writing can guide you through the steps, helping you avoid basic errors.

If you are writing your memoirs or a novel, I would also highly recommend that you pick up and read Digital Ink. Available on Amazon.com for just a few dollars, it will give you many important tips on how to write your book. Read it cover to cover.

Once you have finished your final draft, you will need to find and hire an editor to help you polish and correct any errors or inconsistencies. This service will cost a few thousand dollars.

Whatever option you pick, whatever path you take, understand that you will need to market your own book. You’ll need to have your own blog and be acquainted with all the basic social media sites.

Writing your first book is a big step! If you have decided on hiring a ghostwriter, make sure that you’ve explored your options and you have selected the right path for you. If you need help sorting through your choices, feel free to email me. I’m here to help!

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Write Your Book Now!


As a ghostwriter, I see many people procrastinate about writing their books. There are many “good” reasons why their book projects get shoved to the back of the closet.

What’s the result?

The books never get written.

If you have a strong idea for a book, it’s important to write your book NOW. Don’t wait. I can’t emphasize this enough.

If you don’t start now, several things will probably happen:


  • Same time next year, you’ll still be thinking about writing a book. It’s true! Over the last ten years, I’ve had numerous prospective clients contact me for help with their book projects. These particular people all had very good ideas (I’ll always be honest if someone’s idea isn’t workable) and I like to keep in touch with them, so I contact them regularly. The reply is usually the same, “Things haven’t changed. I’m still too busy to write the book.” And when I call the following year, the answer is the same.
  • Someone else will write a book very similar to yours. People sometimes are very afraid that someone will steal their book idea. That doesn’t happen often. However, other people can come up with a similar idea on their own. If your niche is highly specialized and requires a lot of research, you’re probably safe. However, if you’re writing about a general field or your life story isn’t unique, chances are someone else will write the book you wanted to write.
  • You will continue to think about your unfulfilled goal. If you are anything like me, failure doesn’t sit well. You will continue to spend time thinking and considering your book project, wondering what your book would have looked like on the shelves of your local bookstore. You may even come up with brilliant marketing strategies to sell it. It’s all wasted time and energy if you don’t actually write your book!
  • You will develop a very bad habit of not writing. Once you develop the habit of not writing, it can become increasingly difficult to start writing again. If you stop and start a lot, that pattern also becomes familiar. It’s almost comfortable, something you learn to expect and accept. So then, in order to actually complete your book, you must overcome the additional hurdle of the bad habit that you’ve formed. I’ll admit one needs a lot of discipline to write a full-length book. Honestly, some people hire me because I’m a relentless bulldog when it comes to completing projects! Just ask my clients.

You can avoid all of this by simply working steadily on your book. If you can’t afford a ghostwriter, you will need to set aside time each and every day to write. Don’t allow yourself the luxury of excuses as to why you don’t have time, energy, or enough pencils. The dog ate your manuscript shouldn’t fly either.

Oh, you’ll come up with all sorts of legitimate sounding reasons for why you can’t write one day or the next. They sound good and reasonable, but you can’t let that deter you. The trick is to treat yourself like you would a client. Give yourself targets and deadlines and then meet them!

And finally, writing should be a joy. If it isn’t, something is wrong. If it is a chore, then don’t continue, because the manuscript won’t come out well. Your readers will feel your resentment pouring from the pages. If you are bugged, contact me and I’ll try to help you get back on track. Most likely your concept just needs a little tweaking. Once that is fixed, you’ll be eager to write again.

So, if you have a good book concept, please don’t wait. Write your book. NOW!

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Need a Ghostwriter?

bl2Do you have a great idea for a book and want to make that dream a reality? Maybe you need a ghostwriter!

I know quite a few people who spend a lot of time tossing around book ideas. They plan to do it themselves themselves, but for one reason or another they have had trouble getting started. Do you fall into this category?

Maybe you don’t have the time or discipline. Perhaps you’re not a huge fan of research, or maybe you just plain don’t enjoy writing. Whatever the stumbling block, it doesn’t have to keep you from publishing a book! A ghostwriter can help you take your idea from conception to fruition.

Here is a handy checklist to help guide you through the process:

  1. Decide on your budget. Ghostwriting pricing can span a broad range, but remember the old saying, “you get what you pay for.”  There are some cheaper options for a ghostwriter, but chances are if you are interested in producing a high quality book written by an experienced author, you’ll need to cough up some dough. Make sure you interview them, check out their testimonial page and review their writing samples to see if they resonate with you.
  2. Be able to answer basic questions. In order to get a bid, you need to be able to answer various questions. A ghostwriter will need to know how many words you’ll need, whether you’re self-publishing, what your deadline will be, and the general subject matter or genre of the book. It is also good to discuss money right upfront with your ghostwriter prospect. No sense in pouring your heart out only to learn that they are way out of your price range. I was recently told that I was a Ferrari, but that particular client was looking for a Fiat. Oh well!
  3. Find a good fit. After checking work samples, getting bids, and consulting with ghostwriting prospects, you should have a good idea about who will be the best voice for you and your book idea. Your choice should be based on not only how well you mesh with the writer, but also on their experience and qualifications. Writing a book is a financial investment, but also an endeavor of the heart, so there is a balance.
  4. Pay your first installment and get started. Once you have made your weighty decision, it’s time to make your first installment payment and begin the project. Don’t wait too long, because the more popular ghostwriters will get booked quickly. If you love a writer, know you want to hire them, don’t dawdle.
  5. Work steadily with your ghostwriter. It is important to answer emails promptly and set up a regular time to talk on the phone with your ghostwriter. Don’t allow too much time to go by without communication. Most likely they will want to talk to you once or twice a week, interviewing you and getting feedback on the work they’ve provided.
  6. Create and implement a marketing plan. Writing the book is certainly the foundation of your book project, but make sure you have strategies in place for marketing your book once it’s published. Do you want a website? Will you be publishing a Kindle version? Do you have social media strategies in place? Do you have a newsletter list in place? It’s always a good idea to start marketing early!

With a great idea, a little bit of help, and a lot of preparation, your book can become a reality!

Share with me your book idea in the comment section. I’m interested!

If I can help in anyway, do not hesitate to email me. Or if you realize that you need a ghostwriter, submit a quote request!

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Cheap Ghostwriters

New_York_City_Mayor_Mike_Bloomberg_at_Midtown_Comics2Thinking of hiring a ghostwriter, but don’t have a lot of money to spend?

If your budget is extremely limited, you might be tempted to hire a cheap ghostwriter. Heck, even if it isn’t, why not try to save a dime? I can see the logic. After all, even the most wealthy people I know are frugal and smart with their money. That’s how they became wealthy in the first place!

However, if you hire an ultra cheap writer, I can tell you from experience that you’ll most likely need to rewrite the book yourself or hire another ghostwriter, who will scrap the cheap version and start over.

I had a client who was wrestling with this very scenario. My bid for her book was within my normal range, but she was getting very attractive offers from other sources. Mine was average, but she had trouble ignoring one bid which came in well under $5,000!

In the end, after she did extensive research and checked out my references, she opted to hire me. A friend of hers went the cheap ghostwriter route, taking advantage of the too-good-to-be-true offer. My client was happy that she made the decision she did after she read a few chapters of her friend’s book.

If you simply want 50,000 words strung together that you can throw up onto Amazon.com then by all means don’t spend more than a few thousand bucks. You won’t see a return on your money, but you will have your name on a book. For some, that’s all their looking for.

I’ve been asked about my thoughts on hiring someone from a non-English speaking country. You might get lucky and find a gem, but keep a few points in mind:

  • English is not their native language.
  • They do not live and breathe your country and society.
  • The idioms and cultural nuances will be hard for them.
  • The writing quality might not be what you expect.

When you’re shopping around, you might find a ghostwriter in the U.S. who doesn’t know his or her worth. It can happen and they charge too little because they are desperate to work in this industry. Although they can sometimes write well, their business sense is a bit off, which can be reflected in your working relationship. There is usually quite a bit of baggage that comes with the deal as well.

Since you know they can’t make a living on the wages they’re earning from your project, they may not devote the hours needed each week to your project. It will take them 200 to 400 hours to complete your book, so make sure they will put in the necessary time on your project before signing with them.

If they promise to write your book in two months, make sure you have a way to check for plagiarism. Cheap ghostwriters might go that route to short cut the process, but there is software you can purchase to help you detect this criminal activity.

Ghostwriters should charge somewhere between $15,000 to $60,000 to write a full length book (200 to 300 pages). The Canadian Writer’s Union has a minimum fee set at $25,000, so if someone bids $2,000, your “Spidey” sense should kick in. Cheap ghostwriters are usually not a good plan and can end up costing you more in the long run.

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A Ghostwriter’s Fee: How Do They Charge?

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