Please note that all fees are inclusive of all work to be performed. All
fees are paid for in increments over the life of the work. I do not work
on speculation of future payments of any kind, nor do I participate in
any "back end" payments, royalties, or other arrangements.
In many cases, the cost of ghostwriting or editing a book can be tax
deductible. Check with your accountant or CPA.
Fees for Ghostwriting
and Collaborative Editing
Just as no
two stories are quite the same, every book project is different.
Sometimes the author needs me to help conceive, write and develop the
entire manuscript from scratch. Sometimes s/he'll come to me with a
complete first-draft manuscript, and ask me to edit, flesh out, rewrite,
and/or restructure as needed. On other occasions, it's somewhere in
between, where the author has written part of the story, but has taken
it as far as s/he can go and needs help with rewriting and developing
the rest. Because the task at hand can vary, so does my fee.
and Other Nonfiction Projects
Generally speaking, my fee for writing a complete manuscript from
scratch starts at $30,000 to $40,000, depending on the subject
matter, the length of the manuscript, the amount of research required
(if any), and a few other variables. A typical book manuscript today is
between 200-to-250 manuscript pages. I have, however, worked on projects
that required a manuscript of up to 350-to-400 pages.
My fee for this type of work usually involves preparing a marketing
package for prospective agents or publishers. In a few cases, I have
helped clients succeed in finding a literary agent. See Ghostwriting and
Editing Services page for more information.
Developing Book Proposals Only
In the case of some nonfiction projects, the client will hire me to
prepare a book proposal only, in lieu of a complete manuscript. A book
proposal includes an overview of the project, a chapter-by-chapter
outline, a marketing package, and one or two sample chapters. Depending
on the subject matter, the time it will require to meet with/interview
the client, the amount of research involved (if any), and the number of
sample chapters, the fee for preparing a book proposal ranges from
$10,000 to $15,000.
Editing or Book
Generally speaking, my fee for editing a complete first-draft manuscript
begins at $3,000, depending on the length of the
manuscript, the amount of work required, turnaround time, and other
variables. If the project requires additional work, such as book
doctoring or developmental editing, the fee can range from $10,000 to
$20,000, depending on length, task at hand, turnaround, etc.
Smaller projects such as coaching, general consultation, manuscript
evaluation, or proofreading can
be done on a hourly
basis. Contact me at
for more information.