How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Ghostwriter?

Like any legitimate service, ghostwriting costs money, and the cost varies. Hiring a good, reputable ghostwriter is usually not cheap; however, the money spent is usually worth every penny. Generally, a ghostwritten book can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000 to write, with books ghostwritten for celebrity clients costing much more.

Some writers charge by the hour, some by the page, and many by the word. I charge by the word, and my per word rate depends on the level of effort I have to put towards a project.

The Quality/Value Triangle

There are three aspects to every job done by a professional: quality, speed of service, and price. These three items have been called the Value Triangle, the Quality Triangle, or the Unattainable Triangle. Whatever the name, the truth remains: you can have two of the triangle items, but never all three. If you opt for a low price and quick service, then don't expect quality. Or, if you want quality and fast service, be prepared to pay. This triangle is worth remembering, whether you are hiring a contractor to remodel your house or a ghostwriter to help you write your book.

You Get What You Pay For

My mother had a lot of sayings, and one of them was, “You get what you pay for.” Again, the Quality Triangle reigns supreme: you can’t expect to pay a cut rate for quality service done cheaply and on time. It’s just not possible.

To find out what your project might cost, please contact me.