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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Ghostwriter?

How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter? For the purposes of this post, let’s assume the project is a nonfiction, 250-300 page book. In my post, What Is Ghostwriting? I defined the process and the steps involved in bringing a concept to fruition in the form of a professional book in Kindle/eBook and paperback formats. Please click here to read.

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. If you’re using your book as a vehicle to expand your brand, business, and influence, I advise you to do your research before signing a contract with a ghostwriter or anyone who promotes themselves as one. Unfortunately, I’ve worked with clients who found me after their ghostwriter took their money and vaporized. So, be sure to ask for references and speak with other clients they’ve worked with as part of your due diligence before signing a contract.

That being said, look for someone with experience. Which brings me back to your financial investment in the project. If you want to take the least expensive route, there are ghostwriters out there who will probably write your book for about $2,000. If your budget doesn’t have any wiggle room, seek out a student or a professional who is new to the industry. A word of caution: scour your manuscript for possible plagiarism before you publish it.

The next level involves professional writers with a track record of success and an impressive list of satisfied clients. Due to the time-consuming nature of the the work, he or she will most likely charge anywhere from $12,000 to $90,000 to write your book. It’s not a one-size-fits-all; the investment hinges upon the subject matter, the amount of work required, and the writer’s competency and experience.

At the highest end of the range are celebrity writers whose clients are actors, public figures, professional athletes, politicians and others who are well-known in the culture. Because they’re well-established entities, these writers command anywhere from $150,000 to $750,000 for a book.

If you’re an entrepreneur who understands that your book enhances your brand and acts as a vehicle to expand your business, your success, and your income, I recommend hiring a skilled, experienced ghostwriter. No, you don’t have to shell out a six-figure payment, but neither should you take the “cheapest” way out.

In this post, I focused mainly on a ghostwriter’s skill and experience, but there’s another quality every successful ghostwriter must have: a genuine interest in other people. If they cannot put themselves in your shoes and write the book as if they’re you, it won’t be an accurate reflection of you because it will lack your voice.

In my work as a ghostwriter, I spend a significant amount of time conducting recorded interviews with my clients to capture the information I need to write their books, but also to get a clear sense of their unique voice. That way, when it’s time to write, I can channel them, not me.

Furthermore, these ranges I’ve listed pertain to writing only, but my proposals for ghostwriting collaborations include all-important elements like customized cover design, interior formatting, ISBN number, book marketing, and assistance with the indie publishing process. If you’re like most of the busy professionals I work with, you don’t have time to navigate the complex world of indie publishing. When you choose to work with me, it’s a simple process that results in the publication of a book you can be proud of.

Interested in learning more? Contact me at (321) 722-7920 or via email at to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

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