I didn’t know what I was doing for the first book I ghostwrote and charged in the mid-four figures. But it was an easy project, so my compensation worked out okay.
My second ghostwriting experience was much more involved, and I charged twice as much. The fees for that book turned out okay, as well.
I understand that the minimum going rate for a ghostwriter is $15,000, with experienced ghostwriters in the $25 to $35,000 range. (And I’ve heard of much higher numbers too.)
As a means of comparison, Book In A Box, now called Scribe, is a business that offers a turnkey solution to authors. Scribe will ghostwrite, edit, and publish a nonfiction book for $36,000. They may effectively be your competition.
Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is an author, blogger, and publisher with over 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book The Successful Author for insider tips and insights.