How Ghostwriting Works

Backed by a full-service ghostwriting company, there’s no room for failure. This is how the process works. (To learn more about the company I partner with, visit Wambtac Ghostwriters, or click the link at the bottom of any page on this site.)

(1) Concept Development

You will:

  • Provide the ideas, theories, proofs, and examples for your nonfiction book, or share the plot points, scene ideas, and characters for your novel;
  • Participate in the necessary recorded interviews.

I will:

  • Determine the best potential markets for your nonfiction concept or novel;
  • Generate a list of topics and questions that covers your full nonfiction manuscript, or develop the specific premise and storyline for your novel;
  • Conduct and record all necessary interviews;
  • Transcribe all interviews.

(2) Structural Edit

Structure is the #1 reason books don’t get read and manuscripts fail to generate serious consideration in the marketplace.

I will:

  • Organize all your nonfiction drafts, notes, and interview transcriptions into a logical, smooth-flowing order, or develop your novel’s 15-point story line (no draft) or your action map (from draft), and create or deconstruct your characters’ backgrounds, motivations, agendas, personalities, mannerisms, and attitudes.

You will:

  • Review and approve the outline, approach, tone, and sequence of your nonfiction material, or work with me on character studies and an action map for your novel.

(3) Ghostwriting

I will:

  • Ghostwrite the first chapter based on your outline or plot map and character studies;
  • Edit the chapter to ensure your tone, voice, intent, and perspective shine through;
  • Forward the finished chapter to you;
  • Make all corrections, additions, and deletions you request and return the chapter to you for further review;
  • Repeat the above steps until you’re happy with the chapter;
  • Follow the same back-and-forth process with each chapter until all chapters are written.

You will:

  • Review each chapter when you receive it;
  • Make notes, comments, and changes and return the document to me;
  • Repeat the above steps until you’re happy with each chapter;
  • Follow the same procedure for all forwarded chapters.

(4) (Musical) Line Edit

A “musical line edit” is line editing to the next level, something only Certified Ghostwriters know how to do. A good line edit is a vital, often overlooked editorial pass that adds flow, polish, and professionalism to your manuscript.

I will:

  • Arrange the individual chapters into a master document;
  • Review your entire nonfiction manuscript to correct any lingering nonfiction redundancies and repetitions, and highlight any remaining information gaps and example disconnects;
  • Review your entire novel to increase dramatic tension, smooth out the pacing, and add punch to fictional prose;
  • Send the full manuscript to you;
  • Make any additional corrections or minor changes you request.

You will:

  • Review the full manuscript when you receive it;
  • Make appropriate corrections and minor changes and return the document to me.

(5) Final Edit

The final edit corrects any lingering sentence structure, grammar, word-choice, punctuation, typographical, page-format, and style-coding issues.

I will:

  • Send the final draft to a third party, cold-eye editor if desired, and to a third-party proofreader unless you choose to do so on your own;
  • Make all appropriate corrections that do not change your tone, style, intent, or perspective;
  • Return the final master document to you.

You will:

  • Launch your submission campaign, or prepare to self-publish your new intellectual property.

(6) Publishing Preparation, Book Proposal, Synopsis, and/or Bestseller Marketing Plan (options can be included or separate from ghostwriting)

You will:

  • Submit your new intellectual property to literary agents or no-agent publishers; OR
  • Submit your manuscript to a self-publishing press to handle all of the below; OR
  • Begin the “back office” work of self-publishing, such as:
    • Buy a set of ISBNs and attach appropriate metadata;
    • Obtain an LCCN from the Library of Congress;
    • Obtain a PCiP from Quality Books or another provider;
    • Arrange for interior formatting and cover designs;
    • Prepare a marketing flyer and other materials; and
    • Arrange for production and distribution.

I will:

  • Guide you on a publishing path based on your literary property and your preferences.
  • Create a Publishing Plan, if requested, that provides a broad list of publishing options, including specific publishers or agents interested in publishing your type of book, their contact information, guidelines on how to approach them, and next steps.
  • Create a Book Proposal package, if requested, that includes an overview of the work, an industry market analysis, a competitive-title review, your bio, what you will do to promote the title, the cost-specific details of the property, a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book’s contents, and approximately 30 sample pages (2-3 chapters).
  • Create a Synopsis that relates your entire story, including the ending, in submission-standard format and style (especially useful for fiction).
  • Create a Bestseller Marketing Plan that includes a comprehensive list of promotion steps, distribution channels, contact information, author interview questions and answers, and more.
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