Ghostwriting Fees

Ghostwriting Fees

(How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Ghostwriter?)

If you’re thinking about hiring a ghostwriter, undoubtedly one of your first questions is “What are ghostwriting fees? How much will it cost to hire a ghostwriter?”

The answer is “It depends.” Unfortunately for the future author who wants to hire an experienced ghostwriter, there really is no industry standard when it comes to ghostwriting fees. Conduct a search on Google and you’ll turn up fees starting at around $10,000 going all the way up to $100,000. A report from the Writers Market indicates that ghostwriting fees range from a low of $5,000 to a high of $100,000, with an average of $36,000. I’m told there are writers on some of the online job sites who’ll work for incredibly low fees, but beware and remember: You get what you pay for.

Factors to Consider:

  • Experience: Just as in any industry, entry-level ghostwriters are paid less., while experienced ghostwriters command higher fees.
  • Is your ghostwriter a native English speaker?
  • Some ghostwriters charge by the hour and some by the project. Either way, a ghostwriter is a professional. Think about what you pay other professionals: For example, I pay my “computer guy” $80/hour. My accountant charges more than that. Perhaps you’re a professional yourself…what is your hourly rate? Bottom line: a ghostwriter is a professional and is paid accordingly.
  • That begs the question, “How many hours does it take to write a book?” Again, that’s a difficult question to answer because every ghostwriter writes at his or her own pace, (which is why I charge by the project and not by the hour.) Think of it this way: How long does it take you to write something? (Your bio, a blog post, a letter, website copy – anything.) Bottom line: it takes a lot of time to complete a manuscript.
  • Before a ghostwriter types the first word of your book, he or she will spend a number of hours with you planning your book.
  • Not only does a ghostwriter spend time writing, but he or she also spends a lot of time time communicating with you via phone and email, interviewing you, researching, editing, rewriting, and—depending on the scope of the project—perhaps working with other vendors such as proofreaders, interior designers, cover artists, etc. This adds many more hours of work to the project, and a ghostwriter must pay any vendors with whom he or she works.
  • What is included in your ghostwriter’s fee? Is the fee to produce a manuscript, or does the fee include other services, such as publishing your book for you?

I charge my clients a flat fee for the entire book-writing project (and am able to quote a fee only after a full understanding of a project). I’ve been writing books for nearly a decade, and my fees generally fall somewhere below the Writers Market average.

Are you looking for a ghostwriter? If so, please read through the pages of my website to become familiar with my book-writing process, and then get in touch with me. Only with a full understanding of your project, am I able to quote a fee. Remember … you get what you pay for. Look around, connect with other ghostwriters and see what they offer. If we happen to work together, you will realize very quickly that you made the right choice and a wise investment. (But you don’t have to believe me … my clients will tell you the same thing.)

I look forward to hearing from you.