STOP THE MADNESS
Ghostwriting exists for people who want to tell a story but don’t want to do the writing themselves. Maybe writing just isn’t your thing; maybe it feels like high school English class. Maybe you’re too busy with job or family demands to tell the story that you know needs to be told. If any of those descriptions feel like your life, then a ghostwriter can work unseen to turn your story into a book. You’re the author. The book sounds like you. But you don’t have to write it.
Some part of your book already exists, whether it’s a box of old letters you’ve inherited, journals and emails from a momentous event in your life, or a manuscript you’ve written partially. During the idea phase, I’ll listen to the thoughts and events you want in your book. We’ll talk together about what you want to say and what kind of story you have. Then I’ll turn those ideas into an outline for you.
Once we have an outline, I need to flesh it out. That involves gathering information from you as well as from other sources. When I’m writing the outline, I’ll see what stories and facts you already have collected, and I’ll add more from there. If we’re writing about a battle, for example, you may have research on the people involved and the events that happened, but you may not have information on the terrain or on the weather that day.
Invisible Doesn't Mean Unimportant
Line editing is the least invasive kind of revision. It involves going line by line through a completed manuscript only to look for typos and obvious errors in spelling and grammar. It is a one-pass job: you give the manuscript to me, and I return the manuscript to you with the corrections made. I’ll give you a clean Word document and PDF, which will complete my work for you.ill then edit your book substantively. I’ll return you a clean Word document and PDF, which will complete my work for you.
(3 cents p/word)
(5 cents p/word)
Substantive editing involves teamwork between the author and editor, and it is a deeper and more thorough review of the work. Not only will I look for typos and errors, but I’ll also look for awkwardly-worded phrases and inefficiently-constructed phrases. I’ll help you to say what you want to say in the clearest and best way possible. After I make changes using the Track Changes function in Word, I’ll submit the manuscript to you for review. When you give it back to me, I’ll complete line editing for basic errors. I’ll return you a clean Word document and PDF, which will complete my work for you.
(7 cents p/word)
If your book needs major rewriting and reorganization, you need developmental editing. I’ll examine your work at a structural level and help your book flow in the most logical and engaging way. For a non-fiction work, I’ll tell you where you need more support material. For a fictional work, I’ll review characters and plot structure with you. After you complete your revisions, I will then edit your book substantively. I’ll return you a clean Word document and PDF, which will complete my work for you.