Q1. Why do I need a ghostwriter or copyeditor?
Ans. Did you know that a large percentage of ebooks, bestselling books, and other info-products are written by ghostwriters rather than the author? The most knowledgeable experts on any subject rarely have the time, skills, or discipline to write a book on their own. Yet, they would like to share their expertise with a wider audience. A ghostwriter will write, research, edit, and/or coach you until your product is ready to sell—helping you overcome any obstacles on your way to success. A book ghostwriter may also serve as your partner and accountability coach—keeping you on track until the last word is written, managing your project from the germ of an idea to the gem of a finished product to your meteoric rise on the Amazon bestseller list. We can help you pull the ideas and wisdom out of your head and onto the page, so you can effectively, efficiently, and expertly turn your ideas into books or ebooks. A copyeditor will polish your manuscript once you’ve finished it. If you’re planning to self-publish, your editor will make sure your book is as good as any published by a major publishing house.
Q2. How can I find a good ghostwriter or copyeditor?
Ans. Since you will be in a relationship with your ghostwriter anywhere from 3 to 12 months and your copyeditor for a few weeks to a few months, you want someone you feel comfortable with—someone you know, like, and trust. So first ask for a referral from people you respect who have had a good experience using the services of a professional writer or copyeditor. If you can’t find one that way, do an Internet search varying your keywords, such as ghostwriting, freelance ghostwriter, book ghost writer, copyeditor, book editor, etc. Visit their websites and see how you feel about them, based on their website content and bios. Read their testimonials and contact some of their clients. Then e-mail the top three to set up a phone consultation. Notice how responsive and reliable they are. Ask as many questions as you need to determine if you are compatible, and get some samples and a proposal of costs, services, policies, and timelines. Make sure there’s a refund option if it doesn’t work out. You don’t need to work with someone locally unless you feel more confident doing that. As a San Diego ghostwriter and a San Diego editor, I’ve worked with authors all over the world.
Q3. What is the ghostwriting or editing process?
Ans. After the estimate is accepted, a contract is signed, and the initial meeting or phone call is scheduled to discuss the scope of the project, the author’s goals, and the ghostwriter’s level of participation—after which timelines are set up. We may decide to talk on the phone once a week, or have an e-mail check in on a regular basis. The content for the book may be made available to the ghostwriter through your notes, previous documents (like website or articles), rough draft, transcripts, audiotapes, phone interviews, or additional research. At WritersWay, our job is to gather all necessary content—whether on paper or in your head—and weave it seamlessly into your finished book, that sounds like you wrote it! All of our services are totally customized to fit your needs. With copyediting, we get your book, provide an estimate, discuss your needs, and get started. Turnaround time is usually under one month.
Q4. How are fees determined?
Ans. Estimates are prepared based on the length of the book, the amount of available content provided by the author, the extent of editing needed, and other details concerning the project. Editing is often based on word count. The ghostwriter or copyeditor requires a deposit to begin the project, and payment terms are set up to fit your needs. However, the relationship between the ghostwriter or copyeditor and author is primary. At WritersWay, we are committed to helping you achieve your dream of having a book or other infoproduct written and edited.
Q5. What would you suggest is the best way to get started?
Ans. It depends what your goals are, but if you want to build passive profits through infoproducts, we would first discuss your product funnel, that is what products would you like to start with and what products do you ultimately want to have. We can start with an ebook, then add some audios, then create a workbook or manual, and perhaps a teleclass or webinar series. Then you may want to develop an e-course as well as a companion live seminar. Start small and keep building your product line. We’re here to help all the way from idea to infoproduct to massive success!
Q6. What other services do you offer besides ghostwriting and copyediting?
Ans. We offer coaching and accountability. Along with our joint venture partners, we offer webinars and classes to teach you how to create and sell your own infoproducts. We have free introductory webinars and teleclasses. To stay current on our educational offerings, check back often and subscriber to our mailing list.
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