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Ghostwriting Services

Do you have an idea for a great story but need help to put it down on paper? Do you have material written and need a hands-on person to polish it up?

A lot of people have wonderful stories to tell, but either lack the time, experience, or desire to write them down. If this is you, then you need a ghostwriter! Ghostwriting has been part of the publishing industry for years and makes up about 60% of all published work, especially in nonfiction. Many bestsellers have even been written by ghosts.

Ghostwriters do the heavy lifting and when all is said and done, you get to walk away with your very own book! You take credit, title yourself an author, see YOUR name on the cover, and claim every bit of the royalty spoils. All of this just for just having an idea! Sounds cool, right?

Let’s start off by getting to know each other.

My name is Michelle Deda, my pseudonym is Michelle E. Lowe. As of now, I live in southern California with my husband, Ben, and our two children. I’ve been writing for over 20 years and have published eighteen titles with two more on the way. You can find my work here on Amazon and Goodreads. A couple of my books had been traditionally published through different publishing houses, Nordland Publishing and Beau Coup Publishing, both of which have closed their doors. To get a sense of my own writing, please see my sample page.

 

To ensure that you get the best that I can offer, I will only manage two clients at a time. Please check my schedule below for my availability.

To get started simply send an email with the words ‘Book Idea’ in the subject line and tell me about yourself and about your story’s premise.

After the initial email, I will send you a brief questionnaire regarding your story. Here are the questions I’ll be asking.

 

1)      Do you already have a detailed plot in mind?

2)     Do you have a deadline? If so, what is the timeframe you are thinking?

3)     How many words do want your book to be? Give a minimum and a maximum.

4)     Are you looking for someone to write your book, or is this a rewriting project?

5)     How much creative input from me is allowed?

6)     How do you envision your main characters?

7)     Any specific scenes you can see in your mind, regardless of whether it fits into the plot?

8)    Can you recommend any books related to your project?

9)    Do you have Word on your computer, or will we be working in Google docs?

 

 

After I receive your answers, we will schedule for a free consultation, preferably via Zoom, or if you prefer, we can talk over the phone. We’ll discuss any questions or concerns you may have and what needs to be done to make your book happen. And we can converse anytime throughout our writing journey together.

If you decided that I’m the ghost for you, please email me your story outline and also a character sheet explaining about each of your characters, i.e., physical descriptions, their personalities, and their place in the story.

Note: Outlines help immensely, especially in fiction, so please make sure you have a detailed chapter by chapter outline to move us along. If you need help with outlines, check out How to Write an Outline. If you’re unable to write an outline on your own, then you and I can work to create one and therefore establish a solid premise. Once we have a clear vision of where your story is going, I can then begin to write your book. (Any changes to the storyline must be determined beforehand. Any major rewrites during the book writing process could be costly.)

 

 

Before you contact me, please read about the guidelines so to see what I can do as your ghost!

 

Your voice.

 

Everyone has their own voice when telling a story. As the author, I’m sure you will want your book sounding as if you had written it yourself. If there is a certain writing style you want your story to emulate, tell me the writer as well as suggest one of their books.

After the interview I will send you the first two pages of your story for free and give you a sense of the writing as well as allow you to address any adjustments and improvements you would like to see. 😊

 

The process of our writing our journey.

 

As your ghostwriter, I’ll write your thoughts and help transform them into the story you’ve envisioned. I will regard your work as delicately as if it were my own and deliver a full manuscript.

During the writing process, I will send your book in whatever way you feel more comfortable with, i.e., chapter by chapter, or in three increments, (the beginning, middle, and end) or the whole manuscript at once.

Note: If you change your mind about how you would like to receive your book, it can always be done. If you choose chapter by chapter and later decide to get it in increments instead, it won’t be a problem.

As you review the material, I will begin working on the next section until complete. I will be very receptive to your critique and commentary, so please don’t be shy to convey anything you need. I will do three read throughs before the project is complete. Once the first draft is written, I’ll read over the entire manuscript along with your comments and suggestions and therefore work on any corrections and adjustments needed. I will then send the manuscript back to you for another round of reviews. When you send it back to me, I’ll again go over manuscript. (Wash, rinse, and repeat.) After the second read through, I’ll send it on for your approval before I begin my final read through. In the third and final read through, I’ll address any last-minute issues and suggestions you may have as well as do the final touch-ups, making it ready for editing.

 

Important note: It is paramount that your idea is an original one. If your story is comparable to someone else’s, whether it be another book, a movie, a video game, etc., you will lose acceptance from an audience and even land yourself in legal trouble over infringement. If I recognized that a story idea sounds way too similar to another, I will send an email expressing my concerns and allow you to decide on whether changes to the storyline are in order or if you would prefer finding another ghostwriter.

 

What I write and do not write.  

 

What I write:

 

Science fiction

Fantasy

Epic fantasy

Urban Fantasy

Steampunk

Cyberpunk

Historical Fiction

YA

Cross-genres

Thrillers

Mysteries

Crime

Westerns

Memoires

Biographies

 

What I do not write:

 

Racist material. I will not write for any hate group.

Child abuse or any kind of material that exploits children.

Animal abuse

Pornography

Erotica (This may change in the future.)

Religion & Christian fiction

Fan Fiction

Chick-lit

Children’s books

Blog posts

Horror (This may change in the future.)

Romance

Paranormal Romance

Articles

Self-help

How-To books

Essays

Short stories

Screenplays (This also may change in the future. However, if you have a screenplay that you would like to turn into a book, I can help with that.)

 

 

Please note:

 

  • I do not work for a slice of the royalties.

 

  • Payments are made before any work commences and payment methods are established before the letter of agreement is signed.

 

  • If you ever wish to sever business ties with me, I require written notice of severance of contract.

There are no refunds for work already produced.

 

. Should I be unable to finish or if I cancel our letter of agreement, I will honorably refund 50% of all payments received.

 

 

Deadlines

 

It generally takes four to twelve months to write a 250+ page book. Should you have a deadline that is less than this timeframe, the price may rise. See deadlines below.

If for any reason you cannot make a payment but wish to keep me on as your ghost, let me know and I’ll hold onto your project at no extra cost until you are able to continue.

 

Pricing 

 

My pricing guidelines are pretty cut and dry. I don’t charge by the word or by the hour, but rather a flat fee.

There are two options when it comes to payment. It can be made in increments of three as the first, second, and final part of the book is written, or in smaller amounts, depending on your budget.

 

 

  • Full-length books ranging between 75,000 and 200,000 words: $10,000 total.

Option One: Pay in three increments of $3,333.

Option Two: Pay in four smaller amounts of $2,500.

 

 

Novellas between 20,000 and 60,000 words: $8,000 total.

Option One: Pay in three increments of $2,666.

Option Two: Pay in four smaller amounts of $2,000.

 

 

 

  • Rewrites for any project will be: $7,000 total.

Option One: Pay in increments of three of 2,333.

Option Two: Pay in four smaller amounts of $1,750.

 

 

Method of payment

 

After the letter of agreement is signed, I will then send an invoice via PayPal. Payment must be received within 30 days after an invoice is sent or I will assume a non-written contract breach has been made and therefore the project will be abandoned. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account in order to make payments.

 

 

 

Editing

 

 

While I am not an editor, I will do editing on my end (at no extra charge). Having said that, after the process is said and done, a professional editor will be required. My personal editor is KH Koehler who is also a cover design artist. I have worked with her in nine of my own books, and I highly recommend her if you’re in the market for an editor and/or cover designer. Her website is https://khkoehler.net/about/

Also, if you haven’t worked with an editor before, I will help you on that front if you need it. Whether the book needs minor touch ups or major rewrites, I’ll work with you and the editor of your choice until we get your book published ready. This is also a free service I offer.

On a sidenote, before the book is sent to an editor, it would be a good idea to have at least one or more beta readers to go over the manuscript beforehand. Also, a couple of good proofreaders to read the book after editing.

 

NOTE:

(A proofreader is someone who looks over your manuscript for grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. A proofreader should see your manuscript AFTER all the editing and after beta readers have made their suggestions (and you have made all your changes).

 

If you’re looking for a professional proofreader, I recommend Scott Kinkade. Website

 

 

 

Rewrites:

 

If you have written a book or partially written one and need help to make it shine more, I can help with that!

In writing there are a set of rules such as point of view (POV), cause & effect, and show not tell. As I help rewrite your story, I’ll correct any writing rule violation(s), clear up confusing writing, make dialog believable, and transform it into a proper book. If you like, I’ll send you back comments to point out any major errors, so you’ll not make the same mistake when writing your next book.

To get started just email me with the words ‘Book Rewrite’ in the subject line, and tell me a little about yourself, your idea, and about all the material you’ve written. Your story should be in a Word document and the first two pages sent in an attachment. I’ll respond to let you know that I have received your email and then read over the material to get a sense of your story. Afterwards, I’ll email you back the first two pages for free and if you feel I’m a good fit for your project, then the next step will be to schedule a time for your free consultation to discuss your story over Zoom or by phone.

During the rewriting process, I’ll be sending you back individual chapters. If you have any questions or concerns, just add it to the comment boxes. I will not make any huge changes in your work unless you give me the thumbs up. As you review the chapter, I’ll be working on the next chapter, and so on.

 

Note: If anything comes up and you’re unable to continue, let me know immediately and we’ll hold off until you’re ready to begin again.

 

Once the first draft is completed, I will begin working on the second draft, adding and repairing everything we’ve discussed in the first round. I will again send back each chapter for your review. Once the second draft is complete, I will work on the entire manuscript alone, putting on the finishing touches. At this time, you should be looking for a beta reader(s), proofreader(s), and a professional editor if you haven’t found one already. Once I’m through with the third go around, I will send you back the entire manuscript.

 

 

Deadlines

 

If you have a specific timeframe in mind for your book to be completed, I need to know exactly how long we have before we even get started. As a professional, I will not take on a job if I feel I cannot deliver, so please make sure your deadline is reasonable. As I mentioned before, it usually takes between four to twelve months to write a full-length book, and if you’re wanting a project done between two to three months, please make sure you have your detailed outline and character sheet ready.

Putting a book on a tight leash will also tack on the cost simply because more time and focus will be spent on your project. If your deadline calls for the job to be done in half the time it usually takes to write out a book, an extra $1,000 will be added whether it’s a full-length book or a novella. Novellas, usually take 3 to 6 months to complete, so if you’re thinking two months, have everything ready for a speedy writing process.

 

 

 

Letter of Agreement

 

Below is a sample of the letter of agreement. Once we determine on the details, such as estimated word count, deadline (if there is one), book title, and payment options, I will add it to the contract I send it to you.

Please sign and date the PDF document and then email it back to me. If you do not know how to sign a PDF file, here is a short YouTube video on how to do so.

 

Video

 

Print out a copy of the letter of agreement for your own personal documents. This letter of agreement also refers to rewriting projects. Once I receive your signed letter of agreement, the work on your book will begin!

 

I look forward to working with you and helping you bring your story to life!

 

 

 

 

This agreement is between AUTHOR (print name) _________________, and GHOSTWRITER________________ and is executed this date DAY____, MONTH________YEAR__________

Author and Ghostwriter are entering into this Agreement for the purposes of completing BOOK TITLE_________________ of a wordcount of an approximately ________________ words, herein referred to as the “Work.”

Method: In order to accomplish the Work, Ghostwriter will meet with Author over Zoom or speak to Author over the phone to discuss Author’s project, deadline, and how the Work is to be delivered, i.e., chapter by chapter, three increments, (the beginning, middle, and end), or entire manuscript at once. This can be changed during the writing procedure if Author wishes.

Plagiarism: To the best of the Ghostwriter’s knowledge the Author’s story is of {his/her} own unique ideas and does not borrow from any other copyrighted work and the Ghostwriter is not liable for any infringement violation should they occur.

Deadline: Ghostwriter will have {amount}_________ of the Work done by__________. Author will have access to the Work at any point during the writing process. An extra $1,000 will be added to the amount. The price for the Work will be______. (If no deadline is needed, the Ghostwriter will put in ‘no amount’ and ‘no set date’ into the blanks.)

Payment: Payment for the Work will be delivered according to the following method and schedule: Through PayPal invoice and in an advance. Payment option is _______________.

Royalties: Ghostwriter will not be entitled to any royalties, residuals, or commissions upon the sale of the Work. Total payment for Ghostwriter is_________ payable according to the terms listed above.

Copyrights: Author will own the Work, including any copyrights and sale or distribution rights.

Credit: Author receives full credit for the Work unless decided upon Author to include name of Ghostwriter.

Confidentiality: Ghostwriter acknowledges that she will have access to certain privileged information during the course of this project. Ghostwriter agrees to keep all information confidential from any and all third parties, during and after the course of this project.

Author will pay extra if rewrites are to be made during the book writing process. Depending on the scale of such revisions will determine the fee by the Ghostwriter.

 

Termination: Author will have the right to terminate this Agreement at any point. Should the Author terminate the Ghostwriter’s services, Author will be required send a written notice of severance of contract and Ghostwriter shall keep all payment for any completed work. Should the Ghostwriter be unable to complete Work, a 50% refund will be given to the Author.

 

Author and Ghostwriter agree to the above terms and undersign here to that effect.

 

________________________________                               ________________________________
Author Name                                                                          Ghostwriter Name

 

________________________________                               ________________________________
Author Signature                                                                    Ghostwriter Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

 

 

As of now, I’m opened to take on two clients.

The days marked off on the calendar are days I will not be writing, including weekends unless I’m on a deadline.

Sample Page

Hello! Welcome to the sample page! With each book I have selected a random chapter. Even though I will be writing your story in your voice these samples are to give you an idea of my writing capabilities. Enjoy!
Science Fiction/Dystopian                                                                       Historical nonfiction

The Warning Sample Chapter                                              Cherished Thief Sample Chapter
                                                                                            Thriller

                                                                Atlantic Pyramid Sample Chapter
            Fantasy/Steampunk                                                             Fantasy/Steampunk

        Legacy Sample Chapter                                                The Reunion Sample Chapter
       Fantasy/Steampunk                                                              Fantasy/Steampunk

   The Underground Sample Chapter                          Bounty Hunter Sample Chapter
          Fantasy/Steampunk                                                              Fantasy/Steampunk

     The Forgotten Story Sample Chapter                               The Payment Sample Chapter
                                                                                      Dieselpunk

                                                                Boom Time Sample Chapter
                  Steampunk                                                              Steampunk

The Age of the Machine Sample Chapter              Soul Thief Sample Chapter
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The Age of the Machine (Book Three)

 

The Age of the Machine (Vol.3)

COMING SOON!!

It has been 139 years since the machine people unleashed their disastrous chemical known as the Ghost Fire. Now the oceans have dried and nearly all manner of water is gone. Earth is at its end.

Pierce Landcross has crossed through time to come to this bare bones world, seeking to find two scientists who are heading for the Floating City so to learn its secrets in order to destroy it back in their own era. The journey through the Narrows that cuts through the mountainous ridge known as the Spine of the Atlantic, is the only way out, but it’s not without its dangers. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and crossbred supernatural beings are what lies ahead for Pierce as he tries to stop the global threat he’s witnessing from ever happening.