How Much Should I Charge For Ghostwriting?

Print Friendly

Dear Angela:

As a loyal subscriber, I’ve used your expertise in so many different capacities over the years, and for that I’m extremely grateful. To that point, I’m in need again. I have a client who would like me to ghostwrite a non-fiction book and I have no idea what to charge. My research indicates that fees range from $5,000 to $100,000 (depending on factors such as research, page count, expertise, etc.) but I wondered if there were any fee structures that you could point me to and/or if you had any advice/direction from your own experience. Any help in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

-C


Definitely charge by the hour. These types of projects can go in all different directions and, if you’re not charging them by the hour, you may find, in the end, that you were earning pennies per hour. Whenever a lengthy project is being directed primarily by the client instead of the writer, you should charge by the hour.

ADVERTISEMENT

** LAST CHANCE** THIS SATURDAY! ALREADY 45% FULL!!

The WritersWeekly.com Fall 2011 24-Hour Short Story Contest is THIS SATURDAY! The Fall contest is our most popular because it always has a crispy Fall theme! Each contest is limited to 500 entrants. The Fall contest always fills up so don’t delay if you want to participate. Winners will be announced before Halloween.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $200

Entry fee is $5. You can see the complete list of 85 prizes and sign up here: http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.php