The first step in the ghostwriting process is very important. This is where you will have a series of discussions (either meeting, phone or Skype) with your ghostwriter to discuss the remit of your book, mapping out its basic structure and content, chapter by chapter, as well as reviewing any ideas and material already written or recorded.
This will help both you and your ghostwriter to understand the whole concept of the book: where you currently are and where you want to go. As co-author of your book it is important that you are deeply involved at this early stage – after all, it is your book and we need to know what your vision is – and of course, you and your ghostwriter need to get to know each other and ensure that you can actually work together right from the start.
For this preliminary part of the service we charge a *one-off fee (see FAQs below for further details). At the end of the book planning process, you will have discussed and agreed on:
♦ The roles of the ghostwriter and what is expected of you as co-author
♦ Author’s personal preferences in terms of style, format and content
♦ Publishing goals and target audience
♦ Deep concepts of the book and any research criteria necessary
♦ A detailed structure of the book to include, narrative arc concept, number of chapters, working titles, characters, etc.
♦ Chapter by chapter concept and plan
Once we have completed this process and have a rough estimate of the word count, we can then give a more accurate quote for the ghostwriting element of the job, which is the next step.
*In some instances, the Book Planning Stage and fee may be included within the job quote and not a separate stage payment depending on the criteria of the work.