A: Your ghostwriter will write the book for you. This is an option for many clients
who are too busy to write a book themselves or who do not have the expertise or organizational
skills to turn their ideas into a marketable book. We ghostwrite for our clients
based on a series of interviews, which are usually conducted over the phone. We also
use the client's notes, if available, as well as any relevant research the client
may have done on the topic.
The very first ghostwriting interview, once you’ve signed up for a project, will
discuss the specific needs of your book. You and your ghostwriter will discuss why
you are writing the book, what you want the book to accomplish, what action you want
your readers to take as a result of reading the book, etc. This conversation enables
your ghostwriter to get a bird’s-eye view of what you want out of your book.
2. I understand that a ghostwriter will write the book for me, but I’m still not
sure of what all this means. What exactly is the process?
A: The process starts with an interview about the needs of the project and what you
want to accomplish with the book (see above). From there, the ghostwriter will concept
the book, which means thinking and planning through the book idea, calculating what
information is needed from the client, mapping the best way to present the information,
etc. Based on that, the ghostwriter will schedule interviews with the client. Your
ghostwriter will collect information from you, and possibly other sources, through
these interviews. Your ghostwriter may also review any previous notes, manuscript
drafts, or other source material you provide to see if it can add to the project.
Your ghostwriter may also find it necessary to do supplemental research.
Once your ghostwriter has written the manuscript, it will be provided to you for
your review. Once you have had a chance to review the manuscript, you will provide
your feedback and your ghostwriter will make changes based on that feedback — and
final edits will be done. If this is a project that includes design and project management,
the manuscript will then be sent to the design desk for formatting and layout.
Special attention will be given to making your book easy to read, appropriately designed
for its genre and audience, and eye-catching. Once the book has been designed, the
project will be sent to you for review once more. This review will focus on the overall
look of your project in book format. You also will receive three cover design options.
You will then provide us with your feedback on the inside pages file and choose a
cover — and we will make changes based on the feedback and finalize the project for
We will send the project out for bids to our proprietary network of printers, so
that you get the best printing deal. The bidding process, fully managed by us, results
in printing rates that are extremely low. Once the bidding process has been completed,
we will recommend the best printer to you based on your priorities: most economical
rate, best turnaround time, special printing needs, etc. If you are ready to have
the books printed, we will send the files to the printer and manage the printing
process, which includes helping you place the print order, addressing any printer
questions or issues, and confirming shipping details such as getting your books delivered
to your home, office, or other storage location.
3. What if I don't live near you? Can you still write my book?
A: Absolutely. We have clients from all over the country (even Canada), most of whom
we've never met in person. Thanks to our information-gathering techniques and top-notch
(newspaper and magazine) reporting expertise, we can write at a high level without
ever having a face-to-face meeting. Via email, phone, and fax — we are always connected
to our clients.
4. If I hire someone to write the book for me, am I really the author?
A: You sure are. Many people choose to work with ghostwriters for a variety of reasons.
Many clients come to us because they don’t have the time to dedicate to writing a
book. Some hire us because they don’t have the necessary writing, research, or organizational
skills. Others turn to us because of our extensive experience, superior knowledge,
and efficient process. No matter why you choose to let us help you, you are the author.
5. What part of the book creation process do you handle?
A: We can handle just one part or the entire process. We can write the book for you
(ghostwriting). If you already have a book written, we can edit it for you. We can
design the inside of the book, as well as its cover. We can take care of securing
your ISBN, barcode, Library of Congress Cataloging Number and other technical details
to ensure your book is eligible to be stocked in bookstores and libraries. We can
solicit great rates from specialist book printers. We can manage the entire printing
and production process. In short, we can take your ideas from scratch and turn them
into a high-quality book that is delivered right to your doorstep.
6. What if I don’t like the book?
A: The ghostwriter conducts a thorough interview at the start of the project to make
sure that you and your ghostwriter are on the same page. That initial interview helps
the ghostwriter understand the vision for the project. Since writing is a subjective
process, the feedback period is very important. That is where you get a chance to
review the manuscript and give feedback on what you’d like to see changed. This sometimes
means taking out information you had originally shared with the ghostwriter, adding
new information, etc. The ghostwriter expects that you will want some changes to
the manuscript. That is part of the process. Once your ghostwriter makes the changes,
final edits will then be made; the manuscript will be sent to the design desk, if
the changes were minor. If the feedback resulted in extensive changes, the ghostwriter
will make those changes to the manuscript and send it back to you for your review.
Two rounds of feedback and revision are sufficient for most projects.
Additional rounds of revisions also can be made, if necessary, but that is usually
not the case — due to the in-depth interview at the beginning of the project. We
do a lot of communicating at the start of the project to make sure we have a complete
understanding of your vision and expectations. Our vast experience (10+ years, 34
books and counting) has helped fine-tune our process, allowing us to deliver a high-quality
book that usually exceeds expectations.
7. What if I have an idea for the cover design?
A: We’d love to hear it! If you have an idea for the cover, please let your ghostwriter
know at the beginning of the project. Your ghostwriter will convey your ideas to
the designer. The designer will create a cover based on your idea, as well as two
alternatives. If you don’t have any ideas for the cover or are pretty open, then
it’s not necessary to provide cover design ideas. The designer will create three
separate covers, based on the book’s content and audience.
8. Do I owe you anything after the book has been published, such as royalties or
A: Absolutely not. You owe only the fee for the project, which is clearly outlined
in a written quote, and later, in the Letter of Agreement. Any profits or money you
make on the sale of the book are 100% yours.
9. Do I own the rights to my book?
A: You sure do. You own the copyright to your work. We are doing this project as
a work-for-hire, which means we are simply your ghostwriting and design team. We
don’t own your book or its content in any way.
Also, we are not listed as your book’s publisher — you are. The profits from the
sale of the book are all yours.
10. I am a very busy person. Will this project take a lot of time and effort on my
A: Many of our clients are high achievers who are busy running businesses, speaking,
consulting, and doing other work. We know their time is at a premium. That is why
we have designed our process to have a minimal impact on our clients’ schedules.
If interviews with you are necessary for the completion of the manuscript, then those
interviews will be scheduled according to your availability. Most projects that involve
interviews require a commitment of only about 30 minutes to 1 hour a week. That schedule
can be adjusted up or down, depending on the needs of the project and your availability.
And of course, if you have any source material such as notes, research, etc., that
you want considered or would be helpful in writing your book, we need you to share
that information with us. Beyond that, we just ask that you take the time to review
the manuscript — and later, the designed file — to provide us with your feedback.
That’s pretty much it.
11. How long does it take?
A: Our turnaround time varies greatly, depending on the nature of the project. Some
projects take only a few weeks. Others take a few months.
12. I know I should have started on the book sooner; I have an event coming up. Can
I have my book in time?
A: Completing projects in record time is nothing new to us. But our top priority
is to produce a high-quality book for you. We are technologically very proficient,
communicate and respond quickly, and have extremely efficient processes — all of
which allows us to get you your book out in the tightest turnaround time possible.
If you have an event coming up soon or need your books in a relatively short period
of time, just let us know before the project starts; we will let you know if it can
13. How much does it cost?
A: Each quote is customized, based on the unique needs of the project, so it’s not
possible to give an exact figure without knowing the details of what you want. We’ll
be happy to give you a free quote. We provide expert writing to help position you
in your reader’s mind as a leader or other authority figure. Your book is aimed at
distinguishing you from others in your field, by sharing your unique perspective,
experience, and ideas. If you are offering a solution to a problem, your book will
be a lead generating tool that will help readers see you, your ideas, and your business
as the answer to their big problem. If you’d like a free quote, please use this form
to send us a note. Please tell us a few details about your project: the topic, whether
you have any notes/research, etc. If you need the book completed by a specific date,
please let us know.
14. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept debit and credit card payments. We can also accept payments made through
PayPal. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
15. I can’t pay the entire fee upfront. Can I still use your services?
A: That’s fine. We have several flexible payment options. Choose the one that best
fits your budget.
STANDARD OPTION: Half of the project fee is due upon signing the Letter of Agreement.
Remainder is due upon notification of completion of the project.
THREE-PAY OPTION (for projects $5,000 or more): One-third of the project fee is due
upon signing the Letter of Agreement. One-third is due upon notification of availability
of manuscript draft for review. One-third is due upon notification of completion
of the project.
MONTHLY OPTION (for projects $10,000 or more): The project fee can be paid in monthly
installments, with an initial payment of $5,000 with the returned (signed) Letter
of Agreement. If choosing this option, the monthly fee will be based on estimated
completion time of the project.
A 5 percent discount is available on projects paid in full upfront.
16. How do I get started?
A: That’s easy. Call us at (800) 678-9382 or use this form to tell us a few details
about your project, including the topic, whether you have any notes, research, or
other source material, etc., and request a quote. If you need the book completed
by a certain date, please let us know. After we get your call or message, we’ll send
you a quote. Simply review the quote and let us know which package you’d like to
go with, and we’ll email you a Letter of Agreement to get started. The project is
a go after you sign the Letter of Agreement and email or fax it back to us. It’s
17. Do you take on all book projects that come your way?
A: No. We do not take on projects that are pornographic, commercially unviable, or
do not match our business philosophy and spirit. We take on clients who have positive,
inspirational, and significant information to share.
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