• Reality Check: What Is the Value of Ghostwriting?

    In light of our Spooktacular October Special, I thought I’d take some time to discuss the cost of ghostwriting in the hope that it will underscore the value of our combined Ghostwriting-Dazzle Package.

    We receive emails just about every day from people who are interested in hiring a ghostwriter to bring their concept and/or personal story to life (often in the guise of fiction but sometimes as a nonfiction memoir). Many are surprised to learn the cost of these services during our consultation calls — notwithstanding the inclusion of our Dazzle Package in the quote.

    And it’s understandable, especially if they haven’t done any research in this regard, something I encourage everyone who wants to hire a ghostwriter to do.

    The other day, my biz partner Lisa conducted the following Google search: “How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter?”

    Here is an excerpt from one of the sites that the Google search yielded. Please do your own search to discover more.

    From The Friendly Ghostwriter:

    Writers for hire fall into three main categories: cheap writers, mid-range professional writers, and high-end celebrity writers. The following is the best detailed answer I can give about the cost to hire a ghostwriter to write a full-length book:

    • Cheap writers can be found who will write a 100 to 200 page book for as little as $2,000. If this is your budget (and you’re a gambler by nature), your best bet is to find a student new to the industry. Please be careful that he or she is actually writing your book and not plagiarizing another writer’s work.
    • Professional writers will usually charge between $12,000 and $90,000 to write a 100 to 300 page book. This price varies depending on the writer’s level of expertise and the amount of work required for the project
    • High-end celebrity writers are usually hired by actors, politicians, musicians and other famous personalities who will sell books just by virtue of their name. The writers for these celebrities are well-established authors with a lot of experience. They can charge $150,000 to $750,000 for a book. Sometimes more.

    At Writestream, our ghostwriters (including yours truly) fall into that middle category. Please note that the minimum cost for a professional writer’s services is $12,000 — and that is for a book between 100-300 pages.  Writestream Publishing’s ghostwriting services start at $8,000 for a 200-300 page book. Furthermore, because we understand that the popular adage “If you build it, they will come,” does not apply to books — especially those written and published by independent authors, we combine our ghostwriting services with our Dazzle Package, which offers everything an author needs to produce a professional product, connect with their readers, promote their book, and sell copies in eBook and paperback formats.

    Let’s get back to our Spooktacular October Special: For a total cost of $9,950 + 6% PA sales tax, you’ll not only receive the ghostwriting services of a professional writer, you’ll get all the tools you need to be successful, e.g. everything outlined in the Dazzle Package. This includes:

    • Editing
    • Cover Design
    • Formatting for eBook and paperback
    • ISBN Assignment (for eBook and paperback)
    • Library of Congress Control Number
    • Book Trailer
    • Social Media Set Up
    • Social Media Training
    • Book Signing Kit
    • One Year of Web Hosting

    Why are we offering so much for so little, given the the reality of ghostwriting costs? Because we want to help as many people as we can to write, publish, and promote their books while still making enough of a profit (yes, we are a business) to enable us to pay our bills and enjoy our lives. When it comes to ghostwriting, one adage definitely applies: You Get What You Pay For.

    But don’t take my word for it. Google “How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter?” Make inquiries to the sites you find to determine if the prices include the services listed in our Dazzle Package. We’re confident you’ll discover that what we’re offering is truly exceptional.

    Even with Dazzle, we cannot guarantee that you’ll sell 100 books, 500 books, 1,000 books, 10,000 books, 100,000 books, or 1 million books. Even if you do everything right, this is not an exact science. I can’t tell you that doing X will result in Y every single time.

    What can we guarantee?

    If you choose to hire us, you will work with a talented team that is 100% committed to your project. Your calls to us will always be answered by a human being. Your assigned ghostwriter will set up a weekly call with you to maintain accountability and involve you in the process. This person will offer suggestions but will absolutely honor your wishes. Perhaps most importantly, Writestream Publishing ensures 100% confidentiality. ONLY the things you want included in your book will ever become public information. Finally, you’ll receive everything outlined in the Dazzle Package, delivered in a timely, efficient manner.

    So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of our October Spooktacular today!


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