You are not alone! It seems the world is going at warp speed these days and finding time to write is at the bottom of the pile of priorities. But your book doesn't need to wait until you are in your rocking chair with time on your hands.
...Need help telling your story?
Hiring a ghostwriter is more common than you think! You should consider asking a ghostwriter to help if you fall into one of these categories:
1. You have a great idea but no time to write.
2. You are sure you have a good story to tell, but are not so sure about your writing skills.
3. You have information that can best be disseminated in a book but writing a book is beyond your scope.
4. You have written a draft of your book and know it needs more than just an editor's red pen to make it shine.
5. You have spoken to a publisher who said he or she was interested in the concept of your book, but suggested you find a ghostwriter.
6.You want to quickly produce your book.
Barbara Munson has authored, ghostwritten or collaborated on numerous titles. She is happy to consider yours, especially if it is a nonfiction topic such as history, biography, autobiography, spirituality, personal finance, business and sales, how-to, self-help, inspirational, travel, and personal narratives. Please send her an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (303) 526-9095.
Book proposals and query letters
Unless you are independently publishing your own book, book proposals are part of the process of finding a publisher. Barbara also can provide you a polished proposal that is designed to get a publisher's quick attention. Many publishers require full book proposals (up to 40 pages) before they look at your manuscript.
Query letters to literary agents or publishers: sometimes a succinctly written, one-page letter about your book is harder to write than a full proposal. Ask a professional wordsmith to help.
Becoming an author is one of the most satisfying experiences you can have. Your book is your legacy to the world, a permanent expression of you, your ideas and your story. Yet many books aren't getting written because of the misconception that becoming an author is an insurmountable task. Would-be authors say, Write a book? Who me? I don't have the time or the talent! But becoming a published author doesn't have to be that difficult, with the right help. Consider calling a ghostwriter.
OF A GHOSTWRITER
WHEN TO CALL A GHOSTWRITER You should consider a ghostwriter if you have a good idea for a book, but
a. you do not like to write
b. you are too busy
c. you want a book completed within a specific timeframe
d. you have a draft of your book written but it needs substantial rewriting
e. you have a lot of material for your book but need help compiling it all into book form.
TYPES OF BOOKS DO GHOSTWRITERS WORK ON?
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GHOSTWRITER AND A COLLABORATOR?
A GHOSTWRITER TYPICALLY OPERATES
After discussing your goals for the book, the ghostwriter asks for copies of any and all materials you have that are relevant to the book. That might include notes, research you've done, audiocassette tapes of talks you've given, handouts from your talks, diaries and journals, published articles about you, biographical write-ups, etc. Copies of any photos, charts and graphs, and an outline to follow are helpful, too. The rule is: provide your ghostwriter with everything! The most seemingly inconsequential piece of information could spark a brainstorm and a new focus to the book. The actual ghostwriting process includes a minimum of four drafts of the manuscript. The first draft is simply a typed compiled version of the material you provide the ghostwriter. A discussion between you and your ghostwriter on the tone and direction of your book, arrangement of chapters and major points to bring out in the text follows. The actual writing starts in the second draft. The third or fourth version can be used to get reviews or feedback from colleagues, professionals in your topic area and reviewers. A final draft, including the suggestions from reviewers, polishes the manuscript for acceptance by a publisher.
This process can take from four months to a year or more, depending on the length and complexity of the book, how much research is involved by the ghostwriter, and how much time you can spend on interviews and reviews of the work in progress. During this entire time, the ghostwriter will be in touch with you on a regular basis, providing updates, asking for feedback, and fine-tuning the project.
MAKES A GOOD GHOSTWRITER?
ON HAVING A SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE WITH A GHOSTWRITER
Discuss the timeframe for completing the project and fees after you are confident you can work well with the ghostwriter. If you are considering other ghostwriters for the project, make sure you are comparing apples and apples, not apples and oranges. Compare book experience, knowledge of the topic, and abilities along with fees. Remember that faster or cheaper is not always better in the case of your book. A ghostwriter worth his or her salt will want your book to succeed as much as you do! Finally, treat your ghostwriter as you would any professional. He or she is now your business partnerŅand your ultimate product is your book.
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