What is a ghostwriter?

A ghostwriter is a person who writes one or numerous speeches, books, articles, blog posts etc., for another person who is named as, or presumed to be, the author.

The power of the written word is never more obvious than in books written specifically to promote a person, company, product or service. Whether you need a ghostwriter to help you write your autobiography, or require a book to explain and promote your philosophy, I can provide the answer. If you can imagine it – I can write it, if you can’t, my creative and innovative mind will work with you to come up with something that really works. I’ve helped authors with subjects as diverse as energy healing to family trusts and from a wartime memoir to a book on the construction industry.

Using a ghostwriter to write articles and blog posts is a great way to ensure your blog or newsletter is up-to-date and relevant. A ghostwriter can save you enormous amounts of time and provide a professional feel to any of your publications.

Let me take your words and turn them into magic on the page and dollars in your pocket.

I am a long-standing member of the Association of Ghostwriters, which is the leading professional organization for ghostwriters of books, articles, speeches, blogs and social media content. Members are experienced ghostwriters dedicated to providing high-quality content.

Why hire a ghostwriter?

  • Not everyone is a writer, or at least not a professional writer. Writing a book, for instance, requires a lot more than average writing skills if it is to be readable, accessible and a page-turner. Hiring a professional writer to turn your words into a publishable book makes sense.
  • Books take a great deal of time to write – several hundred hours – do you have that much time to dedicate to your book?
  • It’s not their first rodeo – experienced ghostwriters know a lot about how a book should be constructed and what makes it readable.
  • Blog posts and newsletter articles take time, time you may not have. They also need to be search engine friendly.

How much does a ghostwriter cost?

A better question would be, how long is a piece of string?

Cost depends on a large number of factors, including the length of the book, or other piece and its complexity.

The bottom line is, ghostwriters are not inexpensive, but they are an investment. I have one client (a professional) who invested $50,000 in the writing, designing, and printing of a book. As a result, he quadrupled the size of his business and sold in excess of 2,000 copies of the book at keynote speeches and lectures for $50 each. I’ll leave you to do the math, but as you can see his investment paid off! I’m just about to start work on the third edition of his first book.

I can help you:

  • Conceptualize your idea for a book (or anything else) effectively and:
    • Build a table of contents that makes sense
    • Carry out research
    • Make your words come alive
    • Take your rough notes and turn them into a book, an article, or whatever you need
    • Produce a book that publishers will recognize as professionally written
  • Write blog posts and articles that:
    • Are interesting and unique to your organization
    • Promote your organization
    • Drive people to your website
    • Are search engine friendly
    • Stimulate interest in your products and services

In all cases they capture your story in your voice.

Who are typical ghostwriting clients?

  • Professionals
  • Individuals with a story to tell
  • Towns, cities, regions, local authorities
  • Industry associations
  • Corporations
  • Sportsmen and sportswomen
  • Celebrities
  • Politicians

Beyond Ghostwriting

I am one of the only ghostwriters to offer a complete turnkey service which offers authors everything from concept assistance, ghostwriting, editing, design, production, printing and delivery of the finished book. My decades of experience as a publisher, author and freelance author allow me a unique perspective on producing professional publications. Visit the Custom Publishing and Project Management page for more information.

Collaboration

Although some of my clients wish to be the sole author of their book, others look for a more collaborative relationship. I am happy to work with authors in a way that makes sense for them and the project.

Many of the books I have written started out as ghostwriting projects, but the relationship between myself and my client, and with the project, developed to the extent that they either insisted my name appear next to theirs, or the book became a true collaboration.

A true collaboration can be where the risk and reward are jointly taken by the author and the ghostwriter. In general ghostwriters will only enter into such arrangements on high-profile books, where the book has significant potential, or it is on a topic of particular interest to the ghostwriter.

Why hire me?

“After working with Mike on my first book Professional Corporations – The Secret to Success in 2003 I went back and asked him to help me update it and work on my second book The Financial Navigator. After my experience with the first book I went back because of Mike’s handling of the entire project. From concept development to ghost writing and printing Mike ensured the highest quality product. I’m proud to be associated with Mike and  would recommend him to anyone who wants to get the most from their publication.” Tim Paziuk: Author of Professional Corporations: The Secret to Success, and The Financial Navigator.

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