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Ghostwriting & Editing

The typical ghostwriting process goes something like this. An hour-long session will be scheduled each week between Steve and the book’s author. The meeting will take place either by telephone or Zoom. During the first session, the author will give Steve a broad overview of the book he or she wants written. From that Steve will develop an outline, breaking the book into chapters if possible. Going forward, Steve and the author will work through the outline. The author talks, Steve asks questions, and the meeting is recorded. Stephen writes drafts of chapters that are send to the author. The author edits them, or alternatively, Steve and the author talk about the chapter at the next session, and Steve edits the chapter based on the author’s input. Usually within three to six months, there is a finished manuscript that will be published by The Oaklea Press. Alternatively, the author can take the manuscript to another punisher if he or she wishes.


How much does ghostwriting a book cost?


The amount varies, depending on the amount of work Steve estimates will be required. The amount for ghostwriting a book from scratch typically falls between $8,000 and $15,000. The fee for lengthy or complicated books requiring photographs or illustrations may be more.

What about editing?

We rarely receive a manuscript that Steve cannot improve and bring up to a level of between four and five stars. The fee for light editing and proofreading typically runs about $500 for a for a 60,000 word manuscript. More extensive book doctoring by Steve for a book of that length typically ranges between $1200 and $2500. The fee may be higher for longer manuscripts.

Are there any more fees?

No. Once we have a manuscript that Steve believes meets our quality standards there is no fee for creating a finished interior, a cover, and publishing the book on Amazon and other venues.

How can I learn more?


If you are interested in exploring the possibility of working with Steve on a book, use the form below to get in touch with him. He will be happy to set up a free consultation via telephone or Zoom to talk about the book you have in mind. From that, he will work up a proposal for your consideration, which will include the fee to be charged.

Send Steve a message and he’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

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