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Subject: Ghostwriting rates
Category: Business and Money > Consulting
Asked by: lizabiz-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 22 Oct 2003 07:41 PDT
Expires: 21 Nov 2003 06:41 PST
Question ID: 268570
I am being considered to ghostwrite a book for a local speaker and trainer.
NOrmally I charge an hourly rate, but she wants me to propose a lump
sum. I don't know how to go about this and would like to find some
advise from other experts, i.e. ghostwriters who have done this before
and websites to look at. 

I would also be interested to find out about editing services and websites.

Thank you!
Subject: Re: Ghostwriting rates
Answered By: byrd-ga on 22 Oct 2003 14:28 PDT
Dear Lizabiz,

While setting one’s own rates ultimately remains a personal choice, it
can be a confusing business at first.  Fortunately there are quite a
few sources available with guidelines and advice for the prospective
freelance writer to help in arriving at a rate that is both fair and
competitive.  Here are some links to information that will hopefully
give you an idea of current guidelines and an idea of what others are
charging for this type of service.  You will notice that some are by
the word, some by the page, some by the hour, some by the project, but
all provide a way to evaluate and value the project depending on how
much work you estimate it will require, and/or how long you think it
will take to complete, combined with an accurate assessment of your
own abilities and qualifications.  Bear in mind these references are
for information only, and do not in any way constitute professional
advice. Please see the disclaimer below.


Here are links to some guidelines/reports from professional
organizations on freelance rates for services including editing and

Writers Guide – Current Freelance Rates (as of April 2003):

Writers Market:

WriterFind: resources and information for freelancers, including
results of surveys around the world on freelance rates:

Writing World: Article with links on setting freelance rates for
writing services:


Examples of current rates being charged by individuals 

RTP Writers Group: 
EBA Creative: 
Ebook Helper/Ghostwriter:
Just Write Editing: 
“The Ghostwriter:” 
Williams Writing, Editing & Design:


Companies and publishers offering editing services and ghostwriting
with published rates (or rate ranges):

A-1 Editing Services:

Black and White Editing Services:  (*Note:
this site is interesting because they give a range of words per hour,
which can be helpful as an estimate in calculating and/or setting an
hourly rate.)


Griffith Publishing: 
  An e-book about Ghostwriting, with advice on rates: or the html version, here:

Hawkeye Editing, Inc.: and

Llumina Press (click on the “ghostwriting” link on the left side of
the page): 

Success Literary Services:


Discussion forum:


Assorted articles and advice on freelance writing rates:


If you’d like more information on this subject, or additional examples
of rates being charged, it wouldn’t be difficult to continue searching
on your own.  The  search terms I used that had the most relevant
returns were

ghostwriting rates OR "how much to charge" 
rates ghostwriting OR editing OR writing OR "editorial service" OR
"freelance writing"
“editing services” 

However, I believe the above links, especially since taken together
they do provide an overview of a fairly standard range of rates for
ghostwriting and editing services, ought to give you a fairly solid
foundation from which you may proceed to construct your own rate
structure.  If you have any questions or anything needs further
explanation, please use the “Request Clarification” feature before
rating and closing your question, so I can be sure you’re satisfied
with the information provided.  Best of luck in your venture.

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