Monday, March 29, 2010

Time and Money Involved in the Ghostwriting Process

Published by WestviewHow long and how much does it cost to have a book ghostwritten? This is a question that I am asked quite often, so I'll explain it here.

The entire process from start to finish will take about four to six months. That includes title development (unique selling point, identifying your target market, researching your competition, creating an outline, and coming up with chapter summaries), interviewing you, transcribing the interviews, and putting the book together according to the title development plan. Then, the book will need to be edited by a second team member, proofread by a third (as well as several of your friends). Then, you will be referred to Published by Westview for layout, cover design, printing, and distribution.

The cost for all this is charged by the hour: some is administrative work charged at $15 per hour. Some will be performed by our professional editors at $50 per hour, but a good ballpark estimate is $20 to $25 per 250-words. So, if you have 250 pages (62,500 words), the total project price would come in somewhere around $5,000. This will be paid over the course of four to six months and we accept credit cards via PayPal, so don’t fret that you have to come up with the full price all at once.

We have a team of writers, researchers, admins, and can connect you with publishers, Web designers, and illustrators (see We can also help you with marketing the book once it is published.

Learn more about WITS ghostwriting services at

Yvonne Perry,
Owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services
Nashville, TN

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