Each week, while researching freelance job listings to feature in WritersWeekly, I see “employment ads” from folks who have a “great book idea,” but don’t want to write the book themselves. Some of them offer an hourly rate (that’s fair, as long as the rate is respectable), while others offer promises of future fame, glory, and a small percentage of the royalties.
There are more than a million books published each year now and, for each of those, there are a few million more book ideas floating around in folks’ heads. I have published 13 of my own books and I have a running list of book ideas that contains thousands of additional titles I’d love to publish. Unfortunately, I will never find the time to write them all.
If I did hire a ghostwriter or a co-author, I would NEVER insult them by only offering them a percentage of future royalties. One recent ad I noticed wanted the writer to not only write and edit the novel, but also to land a publishing contract. The offer? A lousy 15% of future royalties. So, the idea-maker (who wanted to be listed as the “author” on the book) wanted 85% simply for coming up with the idea for the book. They only wanted to share a pitiful 15% with the person who would be doing ALL the work. Insulting!
The way some of these “employment ads” are written makes it appear these “employers” are narcissists who value their idea so much that they think people are going to be lining up for the chance to, in most cases, end up earning no money at all.
If you are tempted to ghostwrite or co-author a book with someone whose idea will be used, demand a fair hourly rate AND 15% (or more) of future proceeds. Do not do the project for a flat fee. Why? Read about that HERE.
Some elderly folks say they don’t have enough money, and need their life story written before they die. Unscrupulous people may lie about their finances in order to convince you to do the work now, and “get paid later.” If you’re a soft-hearted/sensitive individual, it may be tempting to assist them. But, remember, you’re freelance writing business is not a charity and your chances of earning back your investment on these types of projects are nil to none.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
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