Ghostwriting FAQ

What is a ghostwriter?
A ghostwriter is an invisible writer: a professional who you can hire to write your book. They are un-credited as the author or sometimes feature as co-author. Most of the time – nobody will ever know they were involved.
Why would I hire a ghostwriter?
Because you don’t know where to begin, how to do it or have the time! A good ghostwriter can normally get a project complete in 4 months.
Whether it be a short business e-book, a memoirs or a factual book on the history of a shop – writing will take time, research, dedication and commitment and writing well is a specialised skill that a lot of people do not have the time to master – this is where a ghostwriter can help you. People hire a ghostwriter to turn a rough idea into a complete, well written creative product.
How does a ghostwriter help me to write my book?
To begin, they will need to gather information. Telephone calls, skype meetings and face-to-face sit-downs are normal. The amount of time needed will average between 10 and 20 hours – depending on the project. Following this information gathering stage, contact can continue but you will also want to leave a writer to do their professional work in private, while remaining contactable at all times.
An experienced ghostwriter will be able to advice on how to approach a project and the relevant method of building it. A good ghostwriter will lead the project while your job should be nothing more than talking and answering questions.
My life story would make an excellent book or film, can a ghostwriter help me?
Yes. Lots of people have had fascinating lives, and have been told ‘that would make a great book’. Biographies, autobiographies or memoirs are among the most common things that ghostwriters are asked to work on. I will be able to identify the message at the heart of your story, while making sure the writing grips the attention of the reader.
Can you help me sell my story as a book or film?
Yes and no. Once you get in contact with me and we run through your proposed idea together, I will offer you my opinion on the project and tell you whether I think it is a go project. Some of the most surprising results come out of manuscripts that were naïve enough to be submitted to a literary agent. Timing and persistence are important factors here – and if a project is submitted to an agent who happens to be looking for ‘that very thing’ at ‘that very time’, you will be happy you gambled and paid for the piece to be written.
I will try my very best to help place the book or film script into the market place. Over the years I have acquired contacts in the UK, US, European and Indian film markets and publishing houses and literary agencies here in the UK.
Different projects find different homes in different markets. The publishing industry is refining itself with the rise of self-publishing and as a result, new opportunities are presenting themselves. Sometimes an agent can be the key to unlocking the door while at other times, self-publishing may be the route to take. We can discuss all of these things one to one when I know the specifics of your project.
How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter?
Please click here for a rough price guide.
How long does it take?
The majority of books take between 4 and 6 months to complete. This can change depending on the material I am given to get moving, the amount of research required and the size of the project.
How do I know you are capable as my ghostwriter? What is your experience?
Always request samples from your proposed ghostwriter, go with recommendations and I definitely suggest a Skype meeting. Feel free to ask the most difficult of questions during this meeting. If you are not filled with a sense of reliability, keep searching! It is important to remember that ghostwriters are ‘invisible’ and may not be in a legal position (due to Confidentiality Agreements) to send you any samples of their past work.
I have written fiction and non-fiction for all kinds of people and from different nationalities and backgrounds. I do though, specialise in certain areas and will never take on a project which I am not correct for but I have access to a professional and reliable community of writers in London. If I am not best suited to your project, I will know someone who is. A good ghostwriter will be able to write in different styles, tones, and genres – to deliver different messages and philosophies via different characters in different and changing atmospheres. I can write from the descriptive and poetic to the direct and unadorned.
While some artists know how to make art with musical instruments or with paintbrushes, writers can create art with words. They have both the natural ability and have spent years mastering the writing craft. Writers know how to create drama and conflict with words, and this is key in keeping a reader hooked. Writers are word magicians and can help people feel when they read from a page, give them goose bumps, cry, focus in, laugh, love and hate. Unlike first time writers, I can guarantee to produce a standard that is of publishable quality and ready for a UK Literary Agency. All my writing work moves through professional copy editors, proofreaders and will come to you with a professional finish.
How do I know you will fulfill your contract and finish my book?
It is important to sign a ‘writer for hire’ contract. In this contract, all of the specifics are mentioned regarding such responsibility issues. To put it simply, the ghostwriter is contracted to finish the book as you agree it and by a certain date.
Can a ghostwriter use the work they have written but I have paid for?
In the ‘writer for hire agreement’, you will sign into an Ownership Rights clause which shall assign ownership and property rights of the intellectual property (the writing) to you.
What if there is a disagreement and the ghostwriter won’t do what I want them to do?
You are paying for them to write what you want as best they can. They will upgrade and enhance your idea and this process will require clarity during conversation as well as flexibility from both parties.
What if I don’t like what my ghostwriter has done?
This is a rare occurrence due to the amount of time a client will spend with their ghostwriter during the pre-production and production of the book or film script. However, during such circumstances you will want to seek legal advise and approach the unique situation as advised.
Do I need to sign a contract?
With me – yes. Legally, you do not need to sign into a contract but there are great benefits to this and it can enhance, motivate and lock in progress – helping to see things through from a deposit payment all the way to completion.
Are you a professional writer?
I am represented by an agent, I am a member of the Society of Authors and The Writer’s Guild. My solicitors are a literary legal practice. My service is fully professional. I have a masters degree in scriptwriting at Goldsmiths College and have been working as a professional writer for over ten years.
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