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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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