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How Much Does A Ghost Writer Cost?

How Much Does A Ghost Writer Cost?

If you have decided that hiring a ghost writer is your preferred option, then there are a few details you need to sort out. First you need to decide what exactly it is that you need to be completed, second you need to find somebody to do the project for you, and last but by no means least you need to negotiate a price. In this guide, we will explore the average prices of a ghost writer.


Unfortunately, in this world you often pay what you get for. Therefore, if you are expecting quality work you will need to pay a superior price. On the other hand, if you decide that you are not going to pay much then you should expect to get poor quality work. The only way you can ‘get lucky’ is to hire an up and coming writer who has talent but no previous experience.

Small Work

If you have a ‘small project’, for example, a website that needs content or a couple of articles that you need to submit then this would be defined as a small project. An inexperienced or poor writer will often charge as little as £0.30 per every 100 words, while top writers have been known to charge north of £8 per 100 words. If you do have a small project that may lead to bigger things, then the best thing you can try is to hire a new writer on a ‘test’ basis. You may have some trouble early on, but sooner or later you will find somebody capable of a decent job for a good price.

Medium Project

If you have a sizeable project (in excess of 10,000 words) then you will find that the quality of writer increases. This is because inexperienced writers never take on ‘large projects’ for fear of being overwhelmed or not experienced enough to do a good job. Therefore, you should expect to pay a bit more for this type of work. In this instance, a decent writer usually charges £0.50-£3 per 100 words, while an experienced writer can charge £10+ per 100 words.

Large Projects

If your goal is to write a book or a large guide (in excess of 40,000 words) then you will need a specialist in the field. You have to be extremely careful when you choose a ghost writer for this project because if you hire someone, and they turn out to be poor you could have already paid a deposit which you probably will not see again. There are plenty of ‘small time’ writers that will write a 100,000 word book for £1,500, because almost all of it will be poorly re-written. On the other hand experienced ghost writers can charge £30,000- £80,000 for the same amount of work (£0.30 - £1 per word).
If you require a large project and can afford to pay £30,000 plus for a single book then you are probably not short of a few contacts. The best thing to do in this instance is to ask around, because at least this way you will not be ‘caught out’.