How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Ghostwriter?

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How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter?How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter? This is a very common question, one that deserves an in-depth answer.

Shopping for a writer is a bit like walking into an art gallery with the hope of acquiring a special piece for your home or office. As you peruse the beautiful paintings on the walls, you might just wonder about their cost. After all, the price tags can vary widely. It can be intimidating to ask the artist because the price could be well outside your budget.

When you buy a car or a house, you probably embark on that journey with a rough idea of the expense involved. Now the question is: how can you know the cost to hire a ghostwriter?

Allow me to address the question of my fee directly: I charge one dollar per word to ghostwrite.

I’ve noticed that some ghostwriters don’t like to broach this subject on their websites. Maybe they’re worried you’ll just click away when you discover the price. For me, I figure why bury my pricing in some dusty corner of my website? There really is no need to dance around the subject.

As you’ll discover, writers have different fees, and some charge in different ways. For instance, some writers may charge by the hour or the page. Most charge by the word. While manuscripts vary in length, a short memoir or novella will be 25,000 words and a full-length book will be 50,000 – 75,000 words. Some clients prefer to publish mini-eBooks, which can be 5,000 – 10,000 words in length. These can be a good option to get one’s feet wet and learn the art of marketing books on Amazon.

Occasionally I’ll run into a client who actually needs a cross between an editor and a ghost, because he has already written most of the book and the first draft is in decent shape. If that’s the case with you, I’d charge much less.

Inside secret: how to reduce the cost of a ghostwriter

There are a few factors that might help reduce the cost to hire a ghostwriter. Firstly, I’m always impressed when a prospective client has taken the time to really research me and find out the steps he should take to work with a ghostwriter. I know this is a client who understands me and how I work, which is a great place to start the relationship.

Here are some key ways you may persuade me to reduce the amount I charge:

Pitch me an inspiring book

Idea for a bookWhile some ghostwriters will write about any subject matter, I’m rather picky. I prefer to write about uplifting subjects that help people in some way. Of course, the book doesn’t need to be happy-go-lucky throughout, but if you’re looking to get back at an ex or wish to delve into the horrors of your abusive past, I’m not the writer for you.

I’ve written over forty books over the last two decades. Here are a few examples of projects I’ve been honored to work on from different genres:

  • The memoir of a man who immigrated to the United States with only a few dollars in his pocket and became a multi-millionaire.
  • A nonfiction book about how to run a specialized niche market business.
  • The fictional story of a deadly family feud that spans generations and worlds, highlighting the importance of family loyalty and the overcoming of seemingly impossible obstacles.
  • The heroic journey of a man who escaped communist Hungary on foot to become an affluent businessman in Canada.
  • The memoir of an accomplished entrepreneur who started her life homeless on the street after her mother kicked her out of their home at age thirteen.

There are times when someone approaches me wondering about the cost to hire a ghostwriter. They have a story that truly appeals to me and I find that I can’t stop thinking about the project. Sometimes I want to help the author, even though they can’t pay my full price. In those cases, when the client shares the budget, I’ll do my best to at least guide them in the right direction.

If you’re on a tight budget and need help, let me know what you can afford. I can almost always make suggestions to help reduce your cost. Or I might be able to set you up with a student writer and supervise her work. When I do that, I can charge less.

Be flexible with your deadline

Normally, I request a year to complete a book project. If you need a fast turnaround time, I will need to increase my price. However, if you are flexible on deadlines and will approve extensions if needed, I can sometimes give you a price break. Flexibility allows me to take on other projects.

Having been a tournament chess player and a board-game fanatic, I routinely try to come in ahead of my deadlines, I’m just competitive in that way! However, it’s nice to have some leeway if it’s needed. Flexibility is worth its weight in gold.

In addition, there are times when my clients need to take a few months off, too. I always juggle projects to accommodate authors and will jump on another project if you need a little time off.

Reduce your word count

Since a ghostwriter usually charges on a per-word basis, you can reduce the cost to hire a ghostwriter by lowering your proposed word (or page) count. As I mentioned earlier in this article, the average length of a book is 50,000 – 75,000 words (or 200 – 300 pages), but some stories can be told in 25,000 words (or 100 pages). This can be an acceptable length for a memoir especially if you are self-publishing. So if a shorter book is more realistic for you, know that I can make it any length, within reason. Just be aware that we might not be able to include all the incidents that occurred in your lifetime in a short memoir.

Remember, quality is always better than quantity in writing. If you’re strapped financially, sometimes a 100-book is a good choice.

Show you communicate well

cost to hire a ghostwriter, communicate wellAs a ghostwriter, I need my clients to be available to review pages I send or answer questions that come up as I write. Clients should plan to put in about two hours a week on their projects with me.

I seek out clients who communicate well and respect my time. From experience, I know that working with these clients will be easier because they will respond to my queries and be true partners throughout the writing process. Of course, I will always do the heavy lifting for any book project I take on, but the client’s contributions are vital to the success of the final manuscript.

On the flip side, I try to avoid clients who need me to send five emails before answering a question or people who don’t keep scheduled appointments.

I will sometimes give discounts (or add words for free) to a client who communicates well and respects my time.

Three Categories of Writer

If you’re willing to pay the cost to hire a ghostwriter, it’s good to know that there are three main categories of writers:

  • Cheap writers
  • Mid-range professional writers
  • High-end celebrity writers

Cheap writers

the cost to hire a ghostwriter variesPrice range: $2,000 to $10,000

How to locate: Fiverr, Upwork, Guru, or other freelance websites

Pros:

  • Easy to find
  • Many writers in this category
  • Very low cost

Cons:

  • You need to watch for plagiarism. It’s rampant in this category.
  • Watch for AI assistance in writing your book. AI can assist with research, but will not be able to write a complete book on its own.
  • Ask about the writer’s experience. Most will have little to no prior experience. You’ll need to be patient.
  • Because of this writer’s lack of experience, she will probably miss deadlines or run into unexpected difficulties.
  • Expect a cheap writer to have another full-time job. They will be writing your book in their spare time.
  • Be prepared to rewrite their work.

Advice:

  • Ask for references and contact each one. Make sure they are legitimate by asking detailed questions about their experience.
  • Get writing samples as well as titles to completed books in your genre.
  • Make sure they include outside editing in their fee.
  • Never pay the entire fee upfront. Plan to give an industry-standard deposit of 25% down.

Summary:

If you have a very small budget (and you can’t write your book on your own), a cheap writer may seem like your only option. Your biggest risk is that you’ll wind up with an unusable manuscript that will need to be rewritten. In addition, you need to watch for plagiarism with this class of writer.

Mid-range professional writers

Hire a Limo-class ghostwriter

Price range: $15,000 to $100,000

How to locate: Internet searches, blogs, and word-of-mouth

Pros:

  • You will get personalized attention from a professional writer.
  • The process will be an enjoyable experience.
  • If you’re writing a memoir, you may remember more about your past through the interview process. This might help you put together some interesting pieces to your life puzzle.
  • Your book will be in the hands of a ghostwriter who has had years of writing experience. They will probably have written at least a dozen books.
  • If you’re so inclined, you might learn a lot about how to write as you work with your ghost.

Cons:

  • The price tag is high, similar to that of a car.
  • Since there aren’t many ghostwriters in this category, it can be hard to get on a good ghost’s calendar. We book up fast.

Advice:

  • Review the ghostwriter’s website. Look for a testimonial page and a blog, as these will tell you a lot about the writer’s experience and viewpoint.
  • Compile a good list of interview questions before you talk to her.
  • Make sure you sign a professional contract. Have it reviewed by your lawyer before signing it.
  • Plan to pay 25% when you begin the project.
  • Don’t restrict your search to local ghostwriters.

Summary:

This level of ghostwriter will make the project an enjoyable and educational experience for you. It’s a bit like hiring a limousine instead of calling an Uber. If you can afford a professional ghostwriter, you’ll wind up with a quality manuscript that you can either market and sell or pitch to an agent or publisher.

High-end celebrity writers

These ghostwriters are usually hired by actors, politicians, musicians, and other famous personalities who will sell books just by virtue of their names. The writers for these celebrities are well-established ghostwriters and authors, who have a lot of experience in this area.

The price tag for a celebrity ghostwriter is usually in the upper six-figure range. J.R. Moehringer, the ghost for Prince Harry, earned about one million dollars for his work. He is considered one of the top-paid writers in the world.

Which category is right for you?

questions relating to ghostwritingMost people recognize that they would like a mid-ranged professional writer. And, honestly, the cost to hire a ghostwriter is reasonable when you consider the time, energy, and hard work that goes into writing a book. An excellent professional writer will often spend up to a year or two researching, writing, and editing a book for you.

As you can see, the cost to hire a ghostwriter fluctuates greatly from writer to writer.

Bottom line: you get what you pay for!

Tip: Give your ghostwriter a trial run

If you’re uncertain about the cost to hire a ghostwriter and are nervous about plunking down a large deposit, propose a trial run. Of course, you’ll need to pay for the service. If you don’t pay her, she will have to fit it in around her paid work and won’t be able to grant it the proper importance. Also, if you pay for the piece, you’ll own the rights to it and can use it anytime.

This trial run will allow you to find out how well the writer meets the agreed-upon deadline and you can also determine the quality of their work. In the end, you will have a good idea of what to expect if you hire them.

Now, some people get the “bright idea” that they can piece together a manuscript by asking many different ghostwriters to provide samples for free. This won’t work. Trust me, it will look more like a patchwork quilt than a book. This is not a good way to get around the cost to hire a ghostwriter.

When I do a trial phase, I allow my client to pick the word count, then I charge my standard dollar-per-word fee. If someone is writing his memoir, I select a story from his past to write. If I’m trying out for a nonfiction piece, I usually write an essay or a blog article. These few pages give the new client a good idea of what to expect from our budding relationship.

A Little Warning

Have you received a lowball offer to write your book?

When researching the cost to hire a ghostwriter, a low offer might sound attractive. However, it rarely works out for you in the end. I have received calls from several prospective clients who made “excellent” deals hoping to save money. In the end, they each had to shell out a lot more cash to have everything rewritten. It’s frustrating for the author, as well as for the ghostwriter who must now take over the project.

If you’re paying a fraction of the usual price, you often get a fraction of the quality.

Writing a book requires a certain advanced skill set, and the complexity involved with ghostwriting is even greater. A ghost needs to capture the style and voice of our authors while meeting the goals of the client. That’s why the price tag should never be cheap.

If you have questions and need help,  don’t hesitate to contact me! Check out my testimonial page to see what my clients have to say about me and my work.

Additional articles you might find helpful:

What You Need In a Ghostwriting Contract?

Write Your Family History

Four Different Ghostwriting Methods

149 Comments

  1. dana

    Hi Laura,
    I have seen a social worker for 8 sessions telling her about what arranged marriages in this particular nationality has done to my family in the past like 200 years and how even today The personality disorder of some members of my family over the decades have gone unchecked to cause havoc. This psychologist suggested I need to write a book, but, I am not an author, but, people like the nationality of people who are involved in what happened in my life. I have gone to Ancestry DNA to get facts of what I needed to know, and people are captivated by my story, reason for telling it needs to be exposed. I need to right the wrongs of the rogue people in my family. This is NOt non-fiction. My mother kept secrets from her children about what happened to her in life, but, the ancestry DNA people told me. I had no idea this nationality of people did this sort of thing. I cannot discuss it here, but, wanted to kind of speak to you about it, if you might be interested. It is something about this nationality, that I derive from and had no idea this sort of thing went on unnoticed. Let me know

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Dana,

      I would love to help you tell your story. Please email me directly so we can set up a time to chat. Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  2. Jackie

    Hi, I would definitely like to talk with you about my book idea, I am not sure if I’m looking for a ghost rider or not, and I have some questions. As an example of something that might possibly lower the cost, would doing your own research, and having a rough outline of the chapters help with that?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Jackie,

      Thank you for writing! I sent you a private email to discuss your project in more detail. Yes, I’d love to help you and given what you say, I most likely can lower my price. I look forward to talking!

      Reply
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  4. Rick Barcomb

    Hi Laura,

    I have spent the last 4 years reinventing myself after a very tumultuous experience as a “whistleblower”. I can’t say that my story is the positive kind of story you said you liked to ghost write but there have been some really interesting events and a great story about the struggle for justice in a modern setting.

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    • Laura Sherman

      It sounds like a great story! It was good to chat a bit over email. I wish you luck and success with your project!

      Reply
  5. Douglas Nelson

    Hi Laura;
    My name is Doug and I have a dystopian novel that is about half complete; about 800 pages. Yes I know, a little on the long side. I’ve done this because I write , letting the story develop which has brought me to this verbose tome that needs an active scalpel. I find myself trying to cut but fearful of throwing out important details for the story line.
    The story mixes science fiction with little know scientific fact, obscure current events, current social thought, current Christian thinking. The book stands Christian teaching on it’s head and extracts new teaching from the Bible that demonstrates how religious scholars have perverted what God has said in order to carve out a powerful controlling niche for themselves. It points out obtuse political realities and unworkable current social behavior and how these forces are leading to the destruction of western civilization.
    My story begins in rural Newfoundland with a representative portion of this obscure republic. The republic is called RONCS, or the republic of non-contiguous states which are scattered, for the most part across the ocean seabed worldwide. In the group located in rural Newfoundland, emerges a local man who fits in well with the group and becomes a prominent force. After being assured of this young man’s fitness for adaptation to the group he begins a developmental process that leads him to the leadership of the Seabed Transportation Authority that he oversees and will connect the various groups worldwide.
    As is typical of the world we know, they are interested in what the STA can do for them; but what RONCS is most interested in is that their values are preserved and remain central to all that they do. Thus, this young man is faced with many new concepts for daily living as well as the macro-decisions he must make.
    The story is premised on the many evils in our society and how they are failing us, while offering us a new approach to society in which the individual is dedicated to the republic and the republic is (sincerely) dedicated to the individual.
    I would like you to look at a portion of what I’ve written; tell me what you can offer me or tell me where to find a suitable editor or tell me this not publishable and tell me who might like to publish something of this ilk.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Doug! I sent you an email and look forward to hearing back soon! Thanks!

      Reply
  6. Dan Raio

    hey Laura,

    I am looking for a gohst writer to help me write a short book chronicling the trials and tribulations of clinical rotations in PA school to the first years practicing. I have done stand up comedy in the past, and am constantly told I need to put my humorous stories in a book. How do you feel about comedy? The purpose of the book is to allow people to see the lighter side of medical training. An understanding that through levity we learn, and although health is a serious matter, sometimes we must find humor in uncomfortable situations.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I love the idea of your book. I wrote you back privately and look forward to hearing back!

      Reply
  7. debbie matthews

    Hi Laura,
    A family friend has reached out to me to ghostwrite her memoir for her children. It’s kind of sticky because although I am a writer, I write first-person food and humor columns for newspapers. I’ve never done this kind of thing before. I’d love to do it, but feel weird charging her for my work, and have no idea what I should charge.
    Help?
    Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom you may have for me.
    Take care,
    debbie

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Debbie!

      I’ve written quite a few articles about how to charge, so I hope you find them helpful. You must definitely charge your friend. After all, it will require hundreds of hours of your time. A good friend wouldn’t allow you to give you that much time for free. Talk to your friend and find a figure that will work for both of you!

      Reply
  8. Diane Bomar

    I would like to find a publisher or someone willing to tell my story. I am not an articulate writer, and much of what I need to say is traumatic for me, but, there has to be a purpose for the painful life lessons I have endured, so that the overall public has the opportunity to expand and change the subconscious mindset.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you, Diane, for reaching out to me. I’m so sorry for your trauma. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be the right ghostwriter for you, as I only write uplifting stories (which would need a good ending). However, I could possibly help you find a writer! Please write me privately and let me know your budget. Thanks!

      Reply
  9. David Castle

    Hi Laura,

    Read pretty much every post. Wow are you a busy person. I am very touched you have reached out to practically everyone who has posted or asked for assistants. Would like to speak to you about a book I have started. Have a few titles one of which is “Crimes of The Court”. I am pretty sure you get the idea of what the book is to be about.

    Reading multiple blogs and speaking with multiple attorneys and judges after my experience has shown me just how broke our system is. Due to a multiple amount of reasons. Love to hear from you.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, David! It was good to chat with you. I hope you were able to connect with the writer I recommended for you. Being that he was a lawyer and a writer, I thought he’d be a good match! I wish you success!

      Reply
  10. Adolph Crixell

    My story is a true store about the
    Rivalry between two state and local
    Law enforcement officers in 1912 on
    The Texas Border

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I will write to you privately to find out more about this story. Thank you for writing!

      Reply
  11. Kenneth Myers

    Hello, My name is Kenneth Myers. I am wanting to get my memoirs written by a ghost writer. I wanted to know how the fees are paid, with payments or in one lump sum. Can you please inform me on the particulars on getting this process started and realistically how I can bring this project to fruition. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Thanks for writing! I wrote you back and look forward to your reply. To answer your question here, ghostwriters are paid a deposit to start (usually about 25%) then you make payments as the book unfolds. If you have more questions or desire my help, write me back! Thanks!

      Reply
  12. Jim Bava

    Please contact me a writing a book for our family. It’s about the life and death of my 25 year old son who was killed in the line of duty on August 28, 2015 as a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper. I’d like someone to capture his life and his death in writing from several sources such as family, fiancé, friends, coworkers, pastor, etc. I want others to know about my son and what a fine young man he was.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Jim! Your story is touching and, yes, we’d like to help you. Please reach out to us again if you still need assistance. Thanks!

      Reply
  13. Amarjit

    Hi I’m oozing for a ghost writer to write my memoirs. Can you please let me know how would I go about and what are your charges. Many thanks

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I just wrote you privately and look forward to hearing back! Thanks!

      Reply
  14. Shannon Carpenter

    I am writing my life story and would love to talk to you about ghost writing it for me. I have written 15 chapters thus far and would love to talk to you. I will leave my information below. Have a great day.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Thanks for writing! I write you privately yesterday and am eager to hear back. I’d love to know more about your story and see how I can assist you! Thanks for reaching out to me!

      Reply
  15. gilda

    Hi I have some questions about prices on writing a book, I would love to talk to you.
    thanks

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing! I wrote you a private email last night and look forward to hearing back!

      Reply
  16. Eric Potter

    I’m going to do this book ! My goal is to make monumental moves towards one of many books

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Excellent! Let’s talk privately and see what I can do to help.

      Reply
  17. Gen Jones

    Hi Laurel
    I would like to write an autobiography/screen play. This is something I have thought about for many years but extremely nervous how to approach this because of safety issues. I am not sure where to start. I would appreciate a consultation if possible.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for your note! I wrote to you privately to see how I can best help.

      Reply
  18. Beth Sanders

    My uncle has written a book about his life experiences. He has been typed up but he only has a paper copy. He would like the manuscript printed in a book format. What does he do?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! He can hire someone to type his book into a word processor. Then he can self-publish via amazon very easily! Good luck!

      Reply
  19. Michelle Bush

    Hi, Laura! I’m wanted to write an autobiography/ memoir or such. I have written some that I can email you, but it’s been very hard to write what I did. I don’t know how much is too much to share. I was hoping you could help me or at least point me in the right direction. Thanks, Michelle

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Michelle,

      I have written to you privately and look forward to hearing back. Thank you so much for writing!

      Reply
  20. Robert ganger

    I have the making of a very interesting book that i know would become a movie, its how the legal system take parental rights away from parents and then sell the kids to the highest bidder, i have full page news paper articals about myself and a lawyer i worked with and an investigative reporter that followed us around just to get the story, i was a private investigator, and got judges , prosecutors, lawyers, social workers arrested and one other time i came close to getting myself and my lawyer friend killed, theirs way to much more to write like this.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing! I will reach out to you privately to see what I can do to help you.

      Reply
  21. Glenda

    Hi Laura, I’m Glenda, and I need help with writing my life story… from the age of 7 when my mom passed, to up to date my husband just passed away, and I’m still pushing through life… it’s plenty more to this story, that could inspire someone who’s having a hard time in life… can you please help me?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Yes, I can help! I wrote you privately and look forward to hearing back.

      Reply
  22. Rohit Noghan

    Hi Laura,
    I’m interested in getting my father’s memoirs from his journey to the UK. He left Uganda when the all Asians were forced out of Africa and into the UK, however, he didn’t come by plane, instead hitch-hiked his way across Africa (jungles included) and Europe and finally into England. A journey that took him around 9 months. he has led a colourful life, suffered from ill-health, had 2 strokes, one major which left him paralysed and unable to do anything, but through determination, he recovered and fathered 3 children. He has many wonderful stories about his life, which I would like to capture in text for future generations to discover.

    Many thanks,
    Rohit Noghan

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Wow, thank you for writing me about your father’s exciting story! I’ll email you privately to discuss the details.

      Reply
  23. Julissa Fremaint

    Hey laura need to write an important book need advice can we talk

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I’m glad we connected via email. Let me know if you have more questions!

      Reply
  24. Salma

    Hi Laura !

    I have already sent you an email telling you about my true story and how important it is to me.
    Enquiring about how to have it done.
    Thank you

    Regards
    Salma

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      It was wonderful to chat with you via email! I look forward to helping you with your project in the future!

      Reply
  25. Rahul

    Hello Laura!
    I am looking for a ghost writer to write a book on my story ( journey of two strangers from different countries to a friend forever)
    Please contact me for further discussion
    Hoping a positive response from your end.

    Regards
    Rahul keshari

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Thanks for reaching out! I will write you privately and see how I can best help!

      Reply
  26. Ken Davis

    Hello Laura,

    I have developed a work of fiction that I am looking for some advice on. Your insight would be greatly appreciated.

    Respectfully,

    Ken

    Reply
  27. Jay Satern

    Hi, I’ve been trying to write a book but need a constructive ghost writer. Book would be from 100-200pgs. Could you give me some info on how long it would take and how much it would cost?

    Reply
  28. Theresa Dorsey

    Hello! I have been trying to write a book for a long time,, but I dont know where to start.. will you please help me????

    Reply
  29. Andy Levendy

    Very nice website and great info. I have a passion for telling stories and entertaining people. This one book idea I have is jaw dropping to those few who have heard it and feel it should be told. Alas, finding the time proves to be most difficult so I began looking into ghostwriters. The info you provided was quite helpful. I also just brought a chess set for my 8 year old daughter last week and now came across your book!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      It has been great chatting with you! I look forward to helping you with your project and finding out how the chess lessons with your daughter are progressing. Thank you for finding me!

      Reply
  30. P. Gerard

    Hello Laura:
    I intend on writing a historical fiction novel. I have been doing research on it for the last two years. I am now at a point that I should start writing. I was going to do the writing myself, but now I am thinking that I may get a ghostwriter for consultation and/or write the project.
    Is it possible to contact you directly to discuss this further?
    regards,
    P. Gerard

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      It was good to chat with you! I hope that my advice was of help!

      Reply
  31. Joyce Pellegrino

    My Mother was born 1908 & in 1920, her Father died. I’d like to write about the adventures of my mother her widowed Mother from Italy & 8 siblings during World War 1. From a small town in Florence Wisconsin to Steelton Pennsylvania and my Grandmother couldn’t read or write. She could barely speak English.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I’m sorry I was so delayed. I just noticed your message here! I just popped you off an email and will do my best to help you. Thanks for reaching out to me!

      Reply
  32. Martina

    I live in n.ireland. Separated 8 years ago from my husband. We were a couple that worked hard built up businesses, property etc. The story is about a divorce that has lasted years with no hope on the horizon for closure or a financial settlement. A story to show the hell that women experience to get a fair deal. The story highlights the corrupt legal frofession;barristers and solicitors that behave in a corrupt and illegal way and even a court system that facilitates such. My frustration at the process with escalating legal bills has brought me in contact with a celebrity that is left destitute but later finds her millions and a lady in the House Of Lords who has attempted to re write the divorce laws in the uk that has left the Uk the divorce capital of the world.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Martina, Hi! I wrote to you a while back, but didn’t hear back. Please let me know if I can ge of assistance to you. I’m intrigued!

      Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I’d love to chat with you! Please email me at Laura@LauraSherman.com so we can discuss this in detail!

      Reply
  33. Todd moeller

    Hi Laura,

    I am very interested in writing my life story. It has been one crazy life, i am an ex computer hacker and email spammer made over 100k a month, lived a rockstar life for over 5 years, untill i was arrested by the secret service and did 5 years in federal prison. Came home fell into drug addiction, and up homeless on the streets. I now have completely changed my life, and am now the founder of a non profit that helps addicts get off the street and into treatment. We helped save 80 lives so far. My life story is one of crime, drugs, and outrageous real life events. I need to hire a ghost writer, i am flat broke. But i am willing to give a percentage of the book to the writer, and this memoir will sell.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing! It sounds like a fascinating story, but you’d need to come up with upfront money to hire a ghostwriter. Good luck with your project!

      Reply
  34. Brittany Walsch

    Hi, im 16 years old and had an idea for a book for almost a year now. As i am 16 im busy with school and family and dont have time to write. I would like a ghostwriter to write my story and possibly second or third also. But I dont have the money that most ghostwriters ask for. i would love for you contact me asap. Through email. Thank you so much.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Brittany! Thanks for writing! I wrote you a private email as well, but wanted to make sure you received my response. Ghostwriters tend to cost quite a bit, just to warn you. My advice would be to write your books yourself, as it sounds like you have really great ideas! If you were set on hiring someone, I’d need to talk to your parents, but wouldn’t be inclined to go that route. I appreciate your writing me and wish you luck!

      Reply
  35. Isabelle

    I was wondering about collaboration on a book series spanning over (at least) six books.
    I’ve started the first book, made an outline, made character sheets, setting sheets, hired an editor and cover artist. I plan on making some progress during NaNoWriMo this year, but I know I fall short in some areas, and that’s where I’m hoping to find some help.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      You’re on a wonderful path and I applaud you! I just wrote you privately to see what I could do to help!

      Reply
  36. Mark

    Will love to get in touch as I am in a drafting phase of a Memoir.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I just sent you a private email. I look forward to hearing back soon!

      Reply
  37. Milliardaire Syverain

    I just finished the first draft of a memoir. I need my prose to be tighter and richer. Could you help?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Definitely I could help you with that. I’ll write to you privately and discuss this with you. Thanks!

      Reply
  38. Wendy Sells

    I would like to learn how to write a satorie about haunted ghost towns and how they got there,

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you for writing! I’ll write to you privately and see what I can do to help!

      Reply
  39. Delana DiSabato

    I left out some important information. I was looking for an Intelligent black man. I found him in the position of an Assistant Football and Basketball Coach for an important High School. My Partner knew he had to show himself to my parents as a good and intelligent black man.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I encourage you to focus on the positive points.

      Reply
  40. yvonne

    Hi looking for a gost writer to write family history.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Yvonne,

      Hi! Thank you for your interest! I just wrote you a personal email. I’d love to help you!

      Reply
  41. chrissy

    I think what you are doing is great! I would love your help or the pointing in the right direction. Hoping to have my book finished by the end of the year. What is a realistic timeline for a first book?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Thank you so much for your kind words! Congratulation on your book. It’s hard to say what a realistic timeline might be, but I think your goal could be realistic. I’ll email you as well and see how I can help you!

      Reply
  42. David Torrey

    I am your average Joe. And I won’t call me a writer by any means. Though I wrote a book, because it was stuck in my head. I had ten people read and edit it. Then I self published though Author House. I know it has potential but I was told it needs more description. I wrote for a fast read and people say it’s to fast. So I am lost and know I need help. I can’t afford those big bucks ghostwriters. What do I do?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing! I completely understand your dilemma, but honestly you either need to hire someone to help you or just do your best. It sounds like you might need an editor, who can expand on what you’ve written. It will most likely run 10 cents per word, unless your book needs to be completely rewritten. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  43. B

    I’m not a writer but I did manage to write a screenplay. I sent it to a reader and received notes on how to improve it. It’s a fiction piece in the genre of horror/thriller. After some thought , I think it would send me better if it were written as a novel. Do you write fiction? Is the horror/thriller genre within your comfort zone? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Thank you for writing me! I’ll email you privately to discuss your screenplay.

      Reply
  44. Leah Halley

    I would like to turn my thesis on how resources affect educational performance in africa into a book. Is this something you could help with or do you know someone who could?
    Thanks,
    Leah

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Leah, Yes, I can help you with that. I emailed your directly. I look forward to hearing back!

      Reply
  45. Peter M

    I’m have completed a 180,000 historical fiction piece. I need some technical assistance in getting the book into a more consistent format. Those who have read the 5 page treatment love the story which is very unique and seemingly unused. Please contact me at the above email. I would like to talk in person if you are willing.
    Thanks,
    P

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I’d love to talk to you about your project. I just emailed you directly and look forward to hearing back!

      Thanks!
      Laura

      Reply
  46. John Mc

    Hi laura, I’ve been thinking about writing a book about my life for the past few years, I was hoping my story would maybe influence younger people to live a better life than I , I’ve battend Drug addiction for the past 25 years. I want to tell my story of a life not lived and a person I never even got to know who was myself. I have struggled with this problem for over half of my life now, this story is all about the epidemic this country is going through right now , Prescription pills ! I have never used anything other, I’ve been clean from that evil for 2 years now but it plays with my mind every day of my life, I want the insane way this country legally deals drugs to anyone who has a splinter.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, John! I’d love to talk to you about your project! I just wrote you an email to find out more. Thanks!

      Reply
  47. Ali Tobia

    Thanks for this blog article, Laura. As a ghostwriter, I think one more thing to add in deciding how much you are will to pay for an author is a “perfect fit.” Sometimes, a perfect fit author doesn’t cost that much, but if a client does find a writer that is everything they dreamed of and more, paying extra always works out. Another, less expensive writer may have solid skills, but they won’t execute the project the way the client really wants it. If a client looks a fit, rather than price, they may end up getting the best of both!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Ali, Thank you for adding this important element. It’s actually a topic worthy of it’s own article! Personally, I’ve learned to only work with clients who are a very good fit. It’s so important, considering that you’ll be entering into such a long term and personal relationship. I appreciate your taking the time to write!

      Reply
  48. Nathan C

    Hey Laura,

    I’ve considered researching profitable book ideas and then hiring ghost writers to complete the job. Do you think using software like zon sidekick to do research and then taking the good ideas and hiring you to publish them is a viable business model?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I emailed your privately and am happy to discuss this with you. Thanks for writing!

      Reply
  49. Rashawnda

    How do you become a ghost writer? I was trained in education but always had a passion and a natural ability to write well. I took quite a few English courses in college and have done some work for various people unofficially. Now, I am considering making this a career. I would appreciate your guidance in this arena, even if it’s pointing me in the correct direction.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I do coach on how to break into the business, because most writers don’t know how to prospect for clients or bid on projects. Let me know if you’re interested! I’ll also write you privately.

      Reply
  50. Isa

    Hi Laura,

    I would like to ask how your services work. Do we set up a skype/call and go from there?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Isa, I would be happy to chat on the phone. Please email me your phone number privately (though the contact form) and I’ll give you a call! Thanks!

      Reply
  51. Miriama

    Hello I’m interested in your services for writing a book and/or screenplay. Can you help me?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I wrote you privately and would love to chat more. I do need to know more about your project before I can give you advice, but I will do my best to assist you! Thanks for writing!

      Reply
  52. Katie

    I’m interested in hiring someone to write a Bio
    for me. Could you point me in the right direction?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Sorry, I only caught this now. Let me know if you’re still interested. I do know a few people who could help.

      Reply
  53. Jo

    Hi! I am writing a book and have the first three chapters done but need help progressing from there. Looking at about 100 – 150 pg book. It looks like you can help with that?? Please contact me so we can talk. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Jo! I tried to write to you, but didn’t get through. Please contact me through my contact page and I’ll do my best to help. Let me know your budget so that I can best advise you.

      Reply
  54. claire seber

    i would like to write book but am dyslexic and have a job but it dose not pay very well i would like to change my job fit in with my famliy .I have some iders for my book can you help me please thank you claire seber

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing! I would encourage you to do your best to write your book. Reading lots of books will give you ideas and inspiration. Good luck!

      Reply
  55. Cerah

    How can I learn the art of ghost writing like you? Is there an exact field of study I should start in. Looking for a new career idea….

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hello! Thank you for asking! I coach on the business of ghostwriting, teaching people how to start in the industry. The toughest thing, I think, is to get that first client. How do you find the people who need help? Then once you have a prospect, how much should you bid and how do you get started? These are the most popular questions I receive. I can help! Let me know when we can talk.

      Reply
      • larry

        My wife is looking for help on her biography can you give me your contact info to discuss

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Hello! I sent you an email, but didn’t hear back. Did you receive my response? Let me know how I can best help!

          Reply
  56. Christina Hodshire

    Hello Laura, I was interested in hiring a ghostwriter. I would like it to be a series of three books. The first one about my mother who was born during World War 2 and experienced life inside of a concentration camp. She also worked in the underground after war war 2 as a spy. She went through an abusive marriage with my father, as well as the kidnapping of both of her children. The second book I would want to be about my brother who was kidnapped by my father and abused him mentally, physically, and emotionally,he lived on the streets, an endured many hardships in life due to the abuse. for instance how he was chase down the road my my stepmother with a bat. I would like to write a book about before my kidnapping and after. The sexual abuse as well as mental and physical abuse I went through. For example how was told that I should be a prostitute because they make more money. My hardships and my successes. I think it would be an interesting series of books coming from a parent as well as to sibblings who survived the things we as a family have gone through. each telling it from their own perspective. we have been told many times that we should write a book about our experiences.I was interested in the price it would cost to hire ghostwriter.Thank youChristina

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Christina! I tried to email you, but didn’t hear back. Let me know how I can help!

      Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hello, Christina! I would love to talk to you. I tried to email you privately, but didn’t hear back. Let me know more about your needs and I’ll do my best to help you. Thank you!

      Reply
  57. Kelly Harges

    Hi, my name is Kelly and I’m looking for a ghost writer to start my first book.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Kelly! I’d love to help you! Please email me your phone number so that I can give you a free consultation!

      Reply
  58. Sara

    Hi Laura, I’ve have been thinking about writing a book for such a long time now, I just don’t know where to begin can you please give me some advice in what I need to do! I have like a thousand questions! thank you!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Sara, It was a pleasure to speak to you on the phone about your project. I look forward to working with you!

      Reply
  59. Dawn

    Hi Laura, I would like to set up a consultation. Please email me so I can call you.

    Reply
  60. Bob Nilsson

    I want to tell my life story. I don’t write so well. Can you please contact me?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Bob! I sent you a private email, asking you more about your project. I look forward to hearing back! Thanks for writing!

      Reply
  61. David E Brosig

    Hi Laura, I am thinking about having someone ghost write a book about my life before, during and after the Attica Prison riots. I was the co-plaintiff for the lawsuit brought against the state. Some say I was more instrumental in our winning than any others involved in the suit. Is this something you may be interested in or could you direct me to someone who may?

    Thank You
    David

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you, David, for writing! I look forward to talking to you on the phone about your project!

      Reply
  62. Richard W. "Rick" Reno

    Dear Laura:

    I wanted to write a book telling the truth about a plane crash but have not the skill to do so. I need help setting the record straight.

    Sincerely,
    Rick

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you for contacting me about your intriguing story! I have emailed you privately and would love to chat.

      Reply
  63. Andre Lynn Allen

    I’m writing a memoir and i just dont have the time and patience to write i know what i have will be a best seller.Can you help me?

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Sure, I can help! Can you email me and we’ll set up a time to talk?

      Reply
      • Jack

        Can you write a one chapter memoir by Monday it has to be 4 pages and on an object. ill give you $20. thx

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          This sounds a lot like a homework assignment. You should really do this on your own! You’ll get a lot out of it and might just enjoy the learning process.

          Reply
  64. John

    I have a gift, and I am too slow of a writer. I have a portfolio of work and strong references. I need someone to write down all my thoughts during a session in a literal fashion. My best work is for you to decide. I have no formal training in writing but I am willing to present what I have done over the past two decades.
    I’m new to this whole ghost writer thing, so your informative reply would be most appreciative.

    Reply
  65. William kearns

    Hello,
    I’m offering an interesting and accurate recollection of events and actions in Los Angeles /Hollywood during the 193’0s to 1945; mob actions , and Hollywood Mob structure. The last of the eyewitnesses; first account experience. contract 760-475-3745…for the source…

    I’m sending to multiple sources since time is short…

    Bill…

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing, Bill! It sounds like you have an interesting story to tell. I wish you luck with your endeavor.

      Reply
  66. Carla Cable

    I’m looking for help start to finish , with a certain flare and style . I would love to hear your thoughts or opinions .
    Thank You Kindly , Carla Cable

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hello! I’m happy to help you. I will write to you privately to discuss the details. Thanks for writing!

      Reply
      • Paul

        Hi how are you?

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Hi, Paul! It was good to chat with you. I wish you luck with your project!

          Reply
  67. Olukunle Ojo

    I have an idea for a movie storyline but having consulted couple of friends, I was advised to put the story down as a novel (book). I would need a support of a ghost writer. Please advice.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I’ll email you directly and we can set up a free 20-minute consultation. Thanks for writing!

      Reply
  68. Priscilla

    I have written a fiction book, but would like to know if a ghhostwriter will be able to polish and shine my story, and perhaps even write a few extra chapters to turn it from a novella into a novel. Thanks. Kind regards.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I sent you an email just now! I would love to discuss the details of your project, so that I can help you. Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  69. LeAnna Hayes

    Hi I’m Leanna and I want to write a book but has no intentions on knowing how to start. I hope u contact me and please reply back

    Reply
    • Laura

      Hi, Leanna! I’d love to talk to you. Please feel free to give me a call and I can give you some advice. Thanks for writing!

      Reply
      • Kaashif Ameer

        I did know that it was that expensive to have a ghost writer. I would like the opportunity to speak to you in regards of writing.

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Hello! Thanks so much for understanding about the cost. I emailed your privately and look forward to hearing back!

          Reply
  70. AYANNA PATTERSON

    HI IM AYANNA PATTERSON PLEASE CONTACT ME

    Reply
    • Laura

      Hi, Ayanna! I hope our telephone consultation was of help! Let me know if I can do anything else for you.

      Reply
      • Kate blecher

        Hi
        I would like to hire a ghost writer who has written books, and has a relationship with a literary agent/publisher. Is this possible?

        Thanks, Kate

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Hi! Thank you for writing!

          Ghostwriters typically don’t have a relationship with an agent or publisher. You would need to hire a ghostwriter then find an agent. The agent would only be interested in your experience as an author (and not the ghostwriter’s) and would want to know that you could help market your book.

          Hope that helps!
          Laura

          Reply
        • Rachael

          I wonder if you might be able to provide feedback on an idea for a book I’ve been considering for a very long time. You might be able to provide some insight as to how you think this topic might do!

          Reply

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