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Affordable Ghost Writing Is A Great Idea - And It's Worthwhile!
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If you want to become a ghost writer, chances are you think selling yourself short will cause lack of success in the book ghost writer field. And your eyes are dancing with the large sums of money you've heard a ghost writer pulls down, in yearly figures such as $150,000 to $300,000 - or amounts such as $60,000 per book.
You're a writer, you love to write, and you believe this is the way to go when it comes to ghost writing. You're a published writer who has never written a book for someone else before. You're thinking big bucks, major book contracts, large amounts of cash advances and other star-shaped daydreams concerning agents, publishers, big advances and huge percentages. You figure you could get these from the books you will be writing for big-time authors, as you enter the ranks of "famous" or perhaps far more anonymous professional ghost writers.
But let's face some facts. First-time authors are often people with no real money or skills to invest in ghost writing a book. They may have fantastic stories to tell, but they don't have the enormous amount of financial capital available to hire any such expensive ghost writers. They're bound to enter psychological difficulties when they see that their payments are to be in whopper figures such as those listed above, and that those are the only sorts of prices accessible to them.
By laying out such enormous fees, you could be stuck losing a huge customer base of ghost writing clients with fantastic stories to tell - but without the major wherewithal to pay you to tell them. What if your potential author, the person hiring you to write his or her story, has only $10,000 USD to spend on a good, professional ghost writer, for solid, sophisticated and marketable ghost writing?
I know what I'm talking about, and you can create a decent, well-written work of freelance ghost writing in three to six months for that amount of money. You simply take on smaller projects during that time frame, and then you make a reasonable amount of money, enough to keep your business going. It really isn't all that hard. Most other ghost writers I know are only as capable I am, but they do charge those higher amounts. The clients of the high-end ghost writers tend to be people with enormous sales potential, not the typical first time authors who have a great story - but often don't really go anywhere with it.
It might be worthwhile to consider charging less to be a ghost writer for them, or negotiating a low-cost deal with these "first timers." I have found an immense amount of personal satisfaction from helping would-be authors actually obtain what they are looking for in an affordable, inexpensive, low-cost writer who charges a reasonable price for the quality and quantity of work done for them.
I don't ask for a percentage, and charge the full amount of whatever I'm asking for in advance, in regular timed installment payments during the book creation's progress. This, however, can be negotiated on the basis of whether I'm really writing the book, or only rewriting and/or copy editing it as a ghost writer - called an assisting "editor" or simply a ghost editor. This works out to be less "greedy" on my part and more of a book writing service that I provide for authors who are simply yearning to get their books up high on the top of the New York Times Bestseller lists, and who know that such are their dreams, not necessarily their realities.
These are often people who have reached the ends of their ropes when it comes to negotiating a lower price for their books. They usually have nowhere else to turn when it comes to putting out their own personal stories, and they need a ghost writer with a willing ear and pen to listen and help them set down their tales before it's too late for them to be told. And there is still hope for these people to even hit the big time, if they have the right types of stories to tell - told to the right ghost writer!A
Many of these book authors simply don't know much; they need a ghost writer's professional opinions to help them, as they are dipping their toes into the ghost writing field and getting them wet for the first time. A lot of them think they are going to get their ghost writer book immediately published - and then they will get some kind of instant major advance, straight from an established commercial book publisher.
It just isn't like that 90% of the time! An advance generally comes after a deal has been negotiated with a reputable literary agent, bids by publishers for the book have been scrutinized, and contracts have been duly negotiated, approved and signed. It helps in a major way to have the completed book in hand, sometimes even having it self published first, to get anywhere near a commercial publisher. This can be a very expensive process for a first-time, would-be ghost writer book author.
And nowadays, authors must put together a sales platform (including a book proposal) for any book, even if they use a ghost writing services agency. The book proposal must include complete marketing, promotional and sales platform information, or most literary agents and publishers won't even respond to an author's requests. They may take an interest in the project initially, but if the author doesn't offer them personalized plans for pursuing book sales, they will then usually turn completely away from the project.
Also, many book authors starting out need affordable ghost writers and/or ghost editors who understand their needs, budgetary and otherwise, and who can sit down with them and negotiate a fairly low amount of money paid out by them so they can figure on at least getting some return from their books. These authors are not Presidents of the United States or famous movie actors, whose ghost writer books are guaranteed to sell, and many of them are now turning to what used to be called vanity publishing, nowadays referred to as self publishing. They won't necessarily find a commercial publisher who wants to take a chance on "huge returns" from their ghost writer books in today's multifaceted but challenging world of publishing.
These clients need literally affordable ghost writers. They don't need to spend an unrealistic amount of money on their books only to find out they all dead-ended in a warehouse, didn't sell as widely as they thought they would, or otherwise came out on the short end of the stick. They need to carefully invest their time and effort on a decent, expert professional freelance ghost writer. And they could use some material publishing help to get their ghost writer books "out there" - properly printed, distributed, displayed and promoted in today's modern Internet-oriented book world market.
Help them. Consider bargaining and bartering at a lower price sometimes, and not at a higher price. It might be worth your while. Try it and see - this will only make you a far better ghost writer for your authors!
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