Of course you are going to want to know about prices …
If you look around the Internet, you will see writing services, editing service and book publishing companies who publish their prices, but there are many that don’t and say you must get in touch first. I know that lack of transparency can easily send people scurrying off to the next site in their list of search results, so I prefer to set things out up front.
There really is no industry standard for ghostwriting fees. Conduct a search on Google and you’ll turn up fees going up to US$150,000; a report from the Writer’s Market indicates an average of US$43,000 for ghostwriting a book.
My costs begin at US$110 per manuscript page (around 250 – 300 words) but could be more because books require different levels of input and time to complete. I also offer the option of reworking / completing an existing manuscript. This is like me doing a developmental edit but also involves making all changes / adding new text as required. For this, I charge US$0.15 per word.
Writing advice and guidance
Initial consultation via telephone / Skype: Free
Ongoing writing coaching / guidance: US$100 per hour
Written report based on a sample*: US$475 per report
* At least one chapter / 3000 words are required.
I base my editing costs on Writer’s Market data and those published for the Editorial Freelancers Association. These prices are indicative and the final cost will depend on the level and type of changes necessary:
Copy editing – US$0.03 to US$0.04 per word
Line/substantive editing – US$0.05 to US$0.06 per word
Heavy/Developmental editing – US$0.06 to US$0.07 per word
Manuscript Assessment: US$775
For interior layout and file formatting, costs will vary depending on complexity, and the need to add images and so on. Prices begin at US$499.
Cover design costs can vary based on complexity of design and such as photo layering. More straightforward / simple covers are available from US$349 and for complex covers, such as where the design is followed across the spine and back cover, prices begin at US$499.
For establishing your book as available in all the major global outlets as a paperback and ebook—available for Kindle, iBooks, and Nook etc,—the price is US$249.
For book marketing support there are numerous factors affecting the price, so please contact me to discuss.
General advice and guidance: US$100 per hour
Preparation of a book proposal – fiction: US$550 per book
Preparation of a book proposal – non-fiction: US$1550 per book
So now you know!
I am sure you’ve done your homework and I hope you find my prices very reasonable; I like to think they are, and so do all my prior clients. If you agree, then please get in touch and give me some initial indications of what you are looking for. I know you are going to happy with Books from Start to Finish.