Professional Writing and Editing

August 30, 2012

Looking for a Ghostwriter?

Entrepreneurs and professionals know that the secret to success is to be viewed as an expert in their field. It brings with it many benefits: publicity, exposure, and most of all, customers and clients. The easiest way to establish that expert status is to write a book.

I know that’s easier said than done. After all, most entrepreneurs and professionals aren’t gifted writers–they’re skilled business people, doctors, attorneys, professors, coaches, consultants-you get the picture. Even if they are gifted in the written word, they’re often too busy to find time to formulate, organize, and compose an entire book. Therefore, they put it off until they aren’t so busy, but that day rarely comes.

The truth of the matter is you don’t become a guest on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, or other media outlets unless you have the credentials that give you credibility. The easiest way to get credibility is to write a book related to your expertise. Your book is your tool–your key–to becoming an expert and becoming the go-to resource in your specialty. When that happens, you can set your own price and your own terms, enjoy multiple streams of income, and attract even more publicity.

You may not be a writer or have the time to devote to writing a book. If that’s the case, isn’t it time to invest in the services of a ghostwriter who can do it for you? Why wait another day, while the competition is doing what you haven’t done?

If you are looking for a ghostwriter, I’ll be happy to discuss your project with you. I’ve ghosted books for entrepreneurs, keynote speakers, coaches, consultants, doctors, attorneys, actors, and even Olympic medalists. I’m a published author and ghostwriter, with a #2 business bestseller and a few dozen books completed. Plus, you’ll find that my rates are very reasonable. While some ghostwriters charge $10,000 or more, my rates are a small fraction of that price.

If you’ve been looking for a ghostwriter you can afford, contact me. I’m experienced, published, and ready to help you become the expert you need to be.

Patti McKenna

Pattimck6@gmail.com

January 9, 2011

About Patti McKenna and Ghostwriting

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I know that writing a book can be a daunting task, especially if you aren’t a writer per se and have no professional experience in the variety of tasks it entails. From organizing a book and formulating your message, down to the final edit and proofread, format and layout of your book, there are so many opportunities to lose your inspiration and become sidetracked or overwhelmed.

That’s where a ghostwriter can be your lifesaver.

You know you have a book in you–you have a message that’s intriguing, compelling, insightful, even groundbreaking, but you just don’t know where to begin.  If you decide that you do need a ghostwriter, make sure the one you choose has past successes in writing books that get published and know how to help you receive publicity. Don’t choose someone who writes part-time as a hobby, or you might find yourself waiting for your manuscript for far too long. Writing is a business, and it’s a competitive and tough one. Select a writer who has made it a business; they have far more at stake and will provide you with the professional services you deserve.

Always, too, ask for references or the names and publishers of books the ghostwriter has completed. Here are a few of mine.

  • Two business books:  John Wiley and Sons
  • One parenting book:  Urban Edge Publishing
  • Memoir:  Sherpa Press
  • Finance book:  Morgan James
  • Internet Marketing Book:  Morgan James
  • Inspirational book:  Sterling
  • One self help book on cancer: LaChance Publishing
  • One self published book (author):  From a Lullaby to Goodbye (release Feb. 2011)
  • One co-authored book, bullying:  Patch (self published)
  • One self-published book, teens and risky behavior (ghosted)
  • Two weight loss and fitness books, self published (ghosted)
  • One ethics book, self published (ghosted)
  • Two memoirs, Olympic athletes, self published (ghosted)

In addition, I have a laundry list of published books that I’ve edited and/or formatted, some of which have been published by traditional publishers and include contributions by bestselling authors. I’ve been a featured guest on Chicago’s WGN radio, The Today Show, and many other talk radio programs.

Feel free to contact me for information on how you can get your book written, edited, proofread, and/or formatted. I can connect you with an experienced book coach who will help you, or provide you with individual services within my professional expertise. No job is too big or too small, but every word matters.

Patti McKenna

PcMcKenna6@aol.com

January 14, 2010

A Ghostwriter’s Lament

I love ghostwriting. Helping people convey their message in their voice is both rewarding and challenging. It’s one thing to be able to write in your own voice, but an enriching experience to write in a different voice as you begin each new manuscript.

For the ghostwriter, though, there are disadvantages. It is understandable that clients would require a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or a confidentiality agreement, legally binding the ghostwriter’s promise to not disclose or discuss his or her participation and contribution to the book. After all, once the ghostwriter’s fees are paid, it’s common for all copyright ownership to transfer to the author.

But, therein lies the disadvantage. If a ghostwriter cannot disclose their work or clients, they must also omit that information from their resume. Often, this can lead to a resume which makes a ghostwriter look inexperienced.

Ghostwriters would love to be able to list their clients and publishers and boast about it to obtain appealing clients and projects. There are some ways around this, including asking clients to serve as references upon request and listing works in a nondescript, vague manner without revealing names and titles. Yet, it isn’t the same as laying stake to the claim that you contributed to (or wrote) a particular book which just reached bestseller status.

That’s one reason why a ghostwriter might charge more than someone who gets book cover credit, acknowledgement, or a byline for their work.

It’s also one reason we’re called ghostwriters. We’re invisible. And so is our past experience.

Patti McKenna

January 11, 2010

A Ghostwriter’s Fee

What do ghostwriters charge? How much does it cost to hire a copywriter?

Well, the answers to those questions varies as much as the different skills, education, and experience a writer brings to the project.

Regardless of the answer, suffice it to say that writers deserve to be paid a fair and honest wage. They work, just like other people do, but often are asked to work for ridiculously low rates that would set them up for financial suicide. 

Guru.com is a site where employers can find freelance writers. Today, a project was posted seeking an article writer at the going rate of $1.25 per 300 word article. Wow! That’s .004 per word. Several years ago, inexperienced junior copywriters were being paid .08 per word, and I’m sure it’s higher now.

At the rate of $1.25 per 300 words, an employer should consider themselves lucky to get someone who can read, let alone write. I guess a writer could compile 300 words quickly, if there were no guidelines, no research, and if they were already an expert on the subject matter. But let’s face it, if the writer is an expert, they’d most certainly demand a much higher wage. This was the criteria posted for the job:

We would like for you to be able to write 8-10+ of these articles each day of the week (Mon-Fri). Our budget for these types of articles is $1.25 each, which can usually be written within a few minutes time.

We require someone who is fluent in English (first language preferred), has excellent grammar skills and can provide us with articles which require no/minimal editing.

All of your work submitted to us must be original – we use Copyscape and Google to check all submissions.

You must also agree that none of your work submitted to us will be used by you or anyone else in any way. You may not post it on a blog or in any other media.

So, providing original copy, using excellent grammar and delivering a perfect article which requires little or no editing can earn a writer as much as $7.50 per hour (if the writer can complete six such articles in one hour.)

Good writers are worth a fair wage. They also have to dedicate a chunk of time to finding work. Like any other job, it doesn’t knock on their door every morning. Every time they apply for a writing job, it’s like applying for any other job. A writer must compose a personalized cover letter and resume which addresses that project and answer any and all questions to the employer’s satisfaction. And that’s before the writer even begins to put letters to paper.

Alicia Dunams talks about ghostwriter rates in her article at http://ezinearticles.com/?id=2750989. Anyone interested in hiring a ghost or copywriter should read her article.  My rates are below those mentioned, yet they are competitive enough to attract some at the lower end of the pay scale.

If you’re in need of a quality, ethical writer, give them a little respect. They deserve to earn a living, and as any business entepreneur can tell you, they also deserve to make a profit, even if it’s a small one.

If you can’t afford to pay a respectful wage for a talent and skill (yes, writing is a talent and a skill), then write your own copy and hire the best-quality editor or proofreader you can afford to clean and polish your message.

And, if you’re like many I’ve talked to, you’ll appreciate the contribution a professional writer can bring to your message, company,  or book. Good ones are worth their fee.

Patti McKenna

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