Re: Ghostwriting question

Subject: Re: Ghostwriting question
From: "B.J. Smith" <bjsmith -at- ucar -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:54:23 -0700

Ghostwriting is like most other kinds of writing in which the writer is dependent on SMEs of one sort or another. It requires effort and time on both sides.

Be sure the client has a budget and tie payments to key deliverables: content outline, every X number of chapter drafts, final edit, etc.

I would be very leery of accepting royalties in lieu of fees. There may never be any.





On 2/22/2012 8:33 AM, Robart, Kay wrote:

I haven't personally done this, but I knew someone who did years ago. I think it is very important to get all those details decided (and in writing) before you start. My friend's experience was that the "author" gave her a pile of materials to work with and none of his time. In the end, the book was never finished. I don't know what he paid her for the time she spent on this work (more than one year of her time). She saw it as an opportunity to develop a credential, since she was just starting out as a writer. It wasn't.

Kay R.


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Subject: Ghostwriting question



OK - not strictly a tech- writing question -- but I've been approached to ghost-write a book about a failed high-tech startup. Anyone here have any experience ghost-writing books? I'm particularly interested in thoughts about how to (I'm thinking of suggesting that the author record his thoughts, with me transcribing them) and how much (an hourly rate? project rate? a percentage of royalties should there be any?)



Thanks,

Matt



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References:
Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: John G
Ghostwriting question: From: Matt Gras
RE: Ghostwriting question: From: Robart, Kay

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