I am delighted to hear the same statements everywhere I go: I’ve been thinking about writing a book for years! I know my story could empower others. I’ve been begging my grandmother to record our family history. I want to speak to audiences about this topic. I need to express my thoughts about this tragedy I overcame. I can teach other companies how to grow through diversity and inclusion.
We live in stories. The late and great author, Anais Nin, said, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” If this message resonates with you and you have procrastinated to the point of madness due to a lack of ability or time, the solution is to hire a ghostwriter. You receive the credit while I perform the work. Instead of private dancer, think private writer. Sound fun? Want one? Contact me!
For more on the business of ghostwriting, check out this article in Fortune magazine: It's a Great Time to Be a Ghostwriter.
Upon a signed statement of work, the process for completing a 200- to 250-page manuscript (nonfiction) takes up to six months. If you have a partially written manuscript that needs to be livened up and polished, the time frame is two months.
I work with a variety of professionals who want a book done like yesterday yet operate busy lives. Within the first two days of collaborating, authors receive a production schedule. In this way, each step of my process is visible yet does not necessarily require their involvement. I require the most time from authors within the first 30 days of our engagement for an “immersion experience” in order to get to know them and the subject matter through their eyes. This includes two or three days of travel for in-country clients and up to a week for all other locations.
In the past two years, I have edited five novels and two autobiographies (one in which the publisher praised me for containing zero errors, “not even a typo”). Please see the Work and Clients pages for references to this work. For most manuscripts, it takes six weeks to two months for the editorial cycle (review, substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading, and formatting).
Authors have numerous options for self-publishing, soliciting a literary agent to represent the work or directly contacting a publisher. If representation is desired, the author will also need a book proposal, which can be added to the project scope (allow 30 days to complete). I know how difficult it is to attract an agent or publisher, but it can be done with a phenomenal package!