Dear Friendly Ghostwriter, I want to find a ghostwriter to write a book about my life. I’ve experienced so much, and I feel others could benefit from reading my story.
There have been many ups and downs over the last ten year, but I’ve come through and have a good life now. People are always telling me that I should write a book. All the time! So I decided to reach out to you today. I don’t have the time to write my book myself. Also I really don’t know how to do so. I need someone with experience. I need help! – R.W.
I’ll tell you, each week, I get at least three emails from authors who need help writing a book about their life story. Of course their stories are unique and there are variations to this request, but the plea is basically the same: Help, help, I want someone to write my book!
I hear you!
I’m here to help.
I can’t always respond to everyone who writes, but I try. However, if you’re interested, there are a few ways you can be sure to catch my attention. Ghostwriters can’t ignore certain elements in a well crafted pitch.
Have an uplifting angle
Trust me, no one wants to read a book about how horrible a life has been. While the story could be completely true, it will make reader feel awful and sometimes squeamish. In addition, when everything is doom and gloom, it doesn’t allow for any room for the characters to grow. That makes for a flat and boring read.
Personally, I will only write meaningful stories with some kind of uplifting ending. There is plenty of bad news in the world; I don’t wish to add to it. It’s very rewarding for me when a reader walks away from reading a book I wrote with a new positive outlook and fresh approach to life.
I’ve ghostwritten a few books about the Holocaust, because I feel the survival stories are each important to share. I spoke to a survivor the other day, who lives her life every day feeling grateful for being alive. She feels the weight of responsibility to make good decisions that help others because she feels she was chosen to survive against all odds. Shouldn’t we all feel that?
Research me and my website
If you’d like to hire me, please check me out a bit. I love it when prospective clients do their homework before they write me. Review my website, read samples of my books, look over my testimonials, etc. I’d like it if you want to hire me because you enjoy the way I write. I’ve written over a hundred blog articles, so if you want to get a feel for my writing style, my website is a great place to start.
I’ve also written over two dozen books, but unfortunately, you can’t read them. I know, I know… It’s just that I always sign a confidentiality agreement with each client. After all, when you hire me, you’ll be the author and once we’re done, I’ll just be a ghost.
I do have five books that bear my name. Check them out. You don’t have to purchase them but can see a preview on Amazon. Yes, each client has a unique written voice, but it’s always wise to do a little research and become familiar with your ghostwriter’s writing skills.
Know what I charge
Take a moment and review my pricing. If you do, and I’m within your range, let me know. It saves us a lot of time. If you can’t afford me, but have a budget, be upfront about that. I can sometimes help you work something out with another writer.
I charge $50,000 for a 200-page (50,000 word) book. That works out to a dollar per word, so if you have a smaller budget, I can write a shorter book. Mini-eBooks are popular on Amazon, so that’s always an option.
Please understand that no matter how compelling your book is, I am not able to write it for free (or for a percentage of the sales when it is completed). It takes hundreds of hours to write a book. Ghostwriters always need to be paid upfront.
I love working with new authors but am very selective about the books I write and the people I write with. My clients become my partners for the period we work together and most become good friends. It’s a special relationship, one I cherish.
If you’re saying to yourself, “I want someone to write a book about my life” email me and we’ll see what we can do to get started.
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