This is the second in a series of posts about ghostwriting. Keylocke Services offers ghostwriting services for both fiction and non-fiction books.
The Road Map to Success
A detailed outline is crucial to your ghostwriting project. This is the skeleton of the project as well as the complete road map towards what you want to convey.
The outline occasionally will have its own fee, independent of the book writing. In fact, after this first step, you might feel confident to proceed on your own–perhaps with a bit of editing at the end of the project.
The outline carries the bulk of the responsibility for your book’s direction. The completed outline will guide the research and first draft writing. For example, the ghostwriter will be working on chapters 3 and 4, while the client is reviewing chapters 1 and 2. Typically there are milestone payments as well as milestone due dates.
Keep in mind, changes to the outline, once agreed upon, might also incur addition charges.
When speaking with potential ghostwriters, do ask about having your outline priced separately. Depending how detailed the outline is, you might feel the courage to take the next steps by yourself. But even if you want to outsource the whole project, you want a detailed, expansive outline so you and your ghostwriter are on the same page–and the same map.
If you would like to discuss your ghostwriting project, please email or call me.
Getting to Know Each Other
The first step towards launching a ghostwriting project is an investigative phone call. This will help establish the 1.) goal of your writing project, and 2.) the method which your book will be written.
It is also an excellent way to determine how experienced your potential ghostwriter is–as well as giving you a chance to get to know each other.
A non-disclosure agreement is traditionally signed early in the project so there is no fear of ideas being stolen or used with consent. The first questions will likely be discussed with any ghostwriter you are considering.
The initial investigation questions could include:
- Is your book fiction or non-fiction?
- Who is the audience?
- What problem or issue are you addressing?
- How will the book be printed? Distributed?
- Are their extras to the book such as illustrations, diagrams, etc.?
- What research will need to be done before writing? Interviews?
- Is there an outline available? Will one need to be written?
- What is the timeline of the book’s delivery?
- How will revisions be processed? How many revisions are allowed?
- Are their other factors outside the ghostwriter and the client? (ie. corporate compliance, additional editors, family, friends, etc.)
- How can the agreement being dissolved by either party?
- What are the payment terms?
Once many of these questions have been answered, a formal contract is written up and agreed upon. A partial payment is almost always due upfront and a rigorous time schedule is agreed upon. It is important for both parties—client and author—to adhere to these pre-determined timelines.
If you are interested in discussing your ghostwriting project, please email or call me. We can discuss your details and I can provide a no-obligation quote.