How I Charge For Ghostwriting or Editing

Although I have a single devoted client, one client does not pay the bills. As an author, neither does my current lineup of books. Though this boggles my mind, due to the reviews I have received, perhaps it shouldn’t. This means that I have to find other clients to help add to what I bring in from my main client.

While I understand that most newbies and struggling authors cannot afford a huge sum of money-as far as cost goes-I also know that you cannot undercharge or you will not make enough to do much good. With this said, below are my fees.


up to 7000 words-$35

up to 8,000 words-$40

9000 words-$45

10,000 words-$50

anything above 10,000-add $5/1000 words.

In other words, if you want a 50,000 word total, you would be paying a total of $250.  Yes, I know that this a rather high price, but I doubt that I will actually be doing more than 10,000 word totals. Just realize, though, if you were to pay me to do 50,000 words, you would get an extremely well written manuscript that would be well worth your money. I never do anything half-assed.



I do co-write for free, no matter what type of project it is, as long as I get writing credit. If you want me to write for your magazine, I expect to be paid a fair wage/salary and to be paid in a timely manner. Don’t promise payment, then back out or renege on the promised payment. I don’t have time to play games or wait forever for payment. Like you, I have bills. All I ask is all to be timely on payment and to be fair.

I will also proof read, beta, critique and review your work for free. All reviews, if of a book or music (or movie), appear here on the blog. critiques, proofed material, or beta’d material will not. I will, however, plug anything I have beta’d,critiqued, proofed, or edited as “books to look for”. Promotion here is free.


4 thoughts on “How I Charge For Ghostwriting or Editing

  1. Your prices are reasonable indeed, and this is a valuable listing. I have written a few political speeches and brochures in my past, but mostly on a volunteer basis. Thanks for publishing this list. 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome. I posted due to the desire to get back into ghosting and editing. I had a dry spell and had to go work at a gas station for a while, but with a move coming up, I need something i can move with me. I don’t particularly enjoy writing nonfiction (speeches, cook books, informational books, etc), but will do whatever the client wants done. As long as I am given a direction to go in, and the research done to that point (or, at least, possible sources of research…not wiki, though. not professionally accepted.) And thanks for the vote of confidence. It was much needed.

      1. sure! I have thought at times of doing editing, etc. to earn some cash…spend most of my time writing in my blog now, and doing photography now that it’s digital I can afford it…if I had to buy film I’d be dead in the water. 🙂

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