I previously blogged on ghostwriter costs based on Lynn Wasnak’s guide titled Beyond the Basics: How Much Should I Charge? My blog post gives a ballpark overview of what author clients can expect from U.S. ghostwriters — pricing and services.
I highly recommend that you take a look before you search for a ghostwriter to save yourself from sticker shock! Ghostwriting is not an inexpensive service. My ghostwriting quotes are right around the average (+-$40K), based on the 2007 guide (still the going rate after all these years). I specialize in memoirs, autobiographies, legacy books, historical fiction, romance novels, sci-fi novels, and more!
What About Canadian rates?
Are ghostwriting rates in Canada relatively close to U.S. pricing? The answer is yes.
“Contracts with ghostwriters are negotiated on an individual basis. The Writers’ Union has established a minimum fee schedule. For a book of 60,000 to 90,000 words, the Union recommends a total minimum fee of $40,000, payable as follows: 15% on signing; 10% on delivery of detailed outline; 25% on delivery of first draft of one chapter; 25% on delivery of first draft of entire manuscript; and 25% on delivery of revised manuscript.”
Ghostwriter Costs — What We Do and Why It’s So Expensive
Ghostwriting truly is a calling and a vocation. It can take six months to a year or more of focused concentration to complete a ghostwritten manuscript (although I’ve wrapped projects in four months on rare occasions). The amount of time, labor, research, collaboration, and wordsmithing required is mind-boggling for experienced, full-time ghostwriters like me.
Your ghostwriter should be highly skilled, trained, and experienced. A wordsmith with a background in English, language arts, and journalism brings added value to ghostwriting projects and can demonstrate excellence through their robust portfolios.
Of course, ghostwriting is anonymous — there are non-disclosure and confidentially aspects to ghostwriting contracts. Therefore, no professional ghostwriter will rattle off the names of the books they ghostwrote (unless they have a release from the author). Still, you should be able to see other projects, such as book editing and journalism, in the ghostwriter’s portfolio, and read testimonials from his/her website.
Do you need a ghostwriter to write your story? I’m an email away!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll get back with you to discuss your book project. I look forward to collaborating!