Below is a question from a fellow writer about to venture into ghostwriting. I love getting these questions because it gives all of us an opportunity to spread our knowledge and experience.
Can you help this writer?
If you have specific, constructive advice you can give, please put it in the comments below. All of us will benefit from your consideration and willingness to share!
Here’s the question…
There’s a possibility that I might be ghostwriting a book for my dream client and I need to put together a proposal for the pitch. As someone who is relatively new to the freelance writing industry (I’ve written several of my own screenplays and books, and edited several for clients), I could really use help determining a flat rate for a 200-300 page book that would be fair to both myself and the potential client.
I haven’t really ghostwritten anything yet, but I’m a strong writer and have a lot of experience conducting interviews, transcribing audio, developing narratives from interviews/transcripts, and writing powerful articles based on them.
The content will be intellectually challenging (science), so probably not as simple to write as other projects.
Does anyone have suggestions as to how long a project like this would take and what a fair rate would be for both myself and the client?
I don’t want to overcharge him since I’m obviously not a veteran in the field, but I’m also confident in my skills and abilities so I don’t want to shortchange myself either.
Okay great writers… what advice would you give? Can you offer any specific examples?