You have an idea for a book that will help you promote your business, but you’re not sure how to begin. My advice is to start by answering these three questions:
1. What’s the problem that needs to be solved? (How to get rich, how to be happy, how to be healthy.)
2. What’s your solution for this problem? (Invest in the stock market, practice yoga, eat a low-fat diet.)
3. How do you want to reach your market? (Paperback book, ebook, pdf download.)
You’re probably wondering how long it takes to publish a book. While six weeks is the average length of time to ghostwrite a self-help book, I have some valued clients who ask me to write or edit a chapter a month. Projects can sometimes last more than a year. It’s all good – all that matters is that you get the book that you want and that will proudly bear your name.
As far as book length goes, we ghostwriters work by the word count. You can inflate the page count very easily with formatting, illustrations, etc. Ninety percent of the financial self-help books that I write or edit are in the range of 45,000 words, because that’s about as long as most people are willing to read.The price for a 45k self-help book ranges from five cents per word ($2,250) up to ten cents per word ($4,500) or more, plus Elance or PayPal fees. The price is dependent upon two things: 1) How much existing material you have that can be adapted, and 2) the technical difficulty of the content. I invite you to contact me so that we can discuss how I can help you reach your literary goals.
-Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both emerging and established authors of fiction and non-fiction.