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Ghost Writer FAQ

Ghost Writer FAQ

In this guide, we will explore some of the most common questions that you will need to know in order to hire a ghost writer. Remember, these points differ from person to person. Therefore, you will need to check for differences between writers.


How Much Will A Ghost Writer Cost?

Ghost writing is not inexpensive, but prices differ depending on what you require. First, it depends on what type of document you are writing, second it depends on the length of the document, and then another factor you have to take into account is the ghost writers’ experience, as generally the longer the writer has been around the more they will cost.  A professional ghost writer with a lot of experience can charge anywhere from £10,000 to £70,000 for a 300-400 page book. However, it all depends on the person. There are some writers that will charge less than £1,000, but you really have to take into account the quality (or lack of quality). You need to make sure you look around for the best price writer who also offers quality because this is a lot of money to spend.

What Does The Cost This Cover?

Generally, the fee covers all necessary research, all communication time, writing, re-writing, editing and travel; however, this is not always the case. When you hire a ghost writer make sure you both agree on what is covered as part of the fee, otherwise you may find a large invoice for extras waiting for you at the end of the project.

When Do They Get Paid?

Almost every ghost writer charges an initial ‘deposit’ for their work. Past this you can either work one of two ways. Either you can ask for monthly or ‘stage’ payments. Either way you will receive work at certain times and make payments. Never pay a ghost writer a large chunk of the money from the start or even near the beginning. If a writer asks you to do this then proceed with caution, because the chances are they are not legitimate.

What about Copyright Issues?

If you are afraid that your work will be plagiarised by the ghost writer then you need to set up a contract. All ghost writers and clients should be signing a contract because of the amount of money involved. The contract should state that the ghost writer cannot disclose any information, or use it at any time, even before payment is received.

What Happens After?

Once the last payment has been made, and the book has been passed over, the work is now the ‘property’ of the customer. This means they can publish the work or use it whatever way they would like. Ghost writers rarely get any credit, but this is not always the case. An experienced ghost writer will never receive any profits of the book (unless, for some reason, it has been written into the contract) or be liable for the contents of the book once it is released. Somebody with limited sums of money may make agreements with the writer to pay when the book sells a set amount of copies or to pay based on profits the book receives.