Writing Partnerships & Ghostwriting

A ghostwriter writes the entire book for you using your ideas and insight.  She works with you to develop the concept then interviews you and others for the content.  A ghostwriter can also pull in your other material like workshops, speaking outlines and blogs.  You work closely together over the course of several months to put your thoughts and expertise on the page.

 

Here is a short video explaining the process.

 

 

If you’d like an idea of the types of projects Emily Chase Smith has written in the past, here is a short CV.

Contact us for more information and to discuss your book.

 

FAQ – Since ghostwriting is not a service people purchase often the way they visit a familiar drycleaners, the answers to some FAQs are in order.

HOW WILL I USE MY BOOK?

My guess is you are to have several ideas of how you’re going to use your book to advance your profile and your business.   It’s really not a matter of how will you use the book, it’s a matter of how will you get the darn thing done.

Books open an incredible number of doors. The best use that I put my book to was sending it with a note to people in high places with which I wanted to connect. Something about getting a personal note along with a 200 page calling card compelled them to reach back out. And when they did, they knew a lot about me.   A well-written book is the best calling card you could have.

Books also opened many doors on the speaking circuit as well as boost revenue through back of the room sales.

If it’s national media attention you want, a book can do that for you.

If you want to make customers and clients for life, give them a copy of your book.

If it’s an opportunity to reach out to current and prospective clients, nothing will position you as an authority more than a book.

DO YOU SUGGEST THE TRADITIONAL OR SELF PUBLISHED ROUTE?

Like everything, there are benefits and drawbacks to both. Summing it out, traditional publishing still has cachet, but it’s a long arduous road with many gatekeepers and you’re not likely to make much money.   Self-publishing is now completely legitimate instead of waiting years hoping someone deems you worthy, you can deem yourself worthy. The other major upside is that there is margin in selling your books that you’ve never get with a traditional publisher.  There is also the hybrid model.

I write both traditional and self published books, but I strongly suggest you have an agent and publisher in place before beginning the ghostwriting process.

ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A PHYSICAL BOOK, E-BOOK OR AUDIO BOOK?

Yes, yes and yes.  You want the physical books to sell and to give. You want the e-book and audio for those that consume content that way. Once you have the book, it’s pretty easy to get the other two together.

 

WHOSE NAME IS ON THE COVER OF THE BOOK?

Both of ours. Yours as the author and mine “as told to”, just like all the celebs and politicians.

 

WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

Ghostwriting peculiar animal. The information I need for the book is stored in your head. That’s why having been a lawyer is very helpful in this process. I have oodles of experience digging into a story and pulling out the essence and lessons. It’s my job to pull the information from you and it’s your job to let me do it.

Logistically, first you reach out via the contact form and we get together for a discovery session via videoconference (Zoom) to make sure we’re a good fit.

The first three months we spent 2 one-hour sessions together online each week.   At about the 2-month mark, we get together in person. That may be here on my home turf of Southern California, your home turf or maybe we use it as a chance to see a bit of the world. That really helps me hone in and make the book your own.

After three months and our in person meeting, I spent the last month polishing the final draft. It then goes to editing, we ink the final cover design and send it to print.

Once we start, the process is done in four months. Once we get going, we move fast.

You’ll see the work in progress every two weeks.

It’s a fun and by the end – we’re friends.

 

HOW MUCH OF MY TIME WILL THIS TAKE?

You need to dedicate 2 one-hour blocks of time each week as well as three days for our in person meeting. We need to pick your start time strategically to make sure that you have the time to commit to the process.

 

HOW MUCH DOES A GHOSTWRITTEN BOOK COST?

I know I sound like a lawyer when I say, “it depends”, but it does.   Reach out to me via this form and we can chat about your needs and your budget.   If I’m not the right ghostwriter for you, we will get you where you need to be.

 

WHO OWNS THE BOOK? WHO GETS THE ROYALTIES?

You own the book and you get the royalties.   That was easy.

 

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

This is one of my favorite questions, basically, I don’t know what I don’t know.

Probably the final question to be answered is how I work.   I work on projects I’m passionate about.  I really want to enjoy each book I work on and the people I work with. I retain the right to pull the plug if it’s not a love connection.   If it is, winner, winner chicken dinner!