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(1) Concept Development
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.