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Ghostwriting FAQ

The value returned by becoming a published author is extraordinary.

Professionals can take their experience and knowledge and turn them into books that become revenue streams and a foundation for speaking engagements (if the client has that as a goal); a book helps create consulting  and other income producing opportunities. For professionals the tremendous value in becoming a published author is proven–the impact is manifested by increased earnings capability when they publish a book.

For your information and convenience, here are some of the most common, frequently asked questions (FAQ) about having your book written by a professional ghostwriter and our answers:

Q: How much is having a professional ghostwriter write my book going to cost? I’ve checked and found that professional ghostwriters don’t work on a contingency or get paid from sales of the book after it is published. 

That depends on many factors, including: the length of the book, how much (if any) material exists, how much research will be required, number of interviews that need to take place, how soon it is needed to be finished, etc. Fees can vary greatly among ghostwriters. Our current rates can be found on the ghostwriting services page.

Q: What can I expect for those fees? You will get the full-length, completed book you want, written to your specifications, along with two revisions. The client gets the book, is credited as the author and the ghostwriter can remain completely anonymous or receive attribution such as “As told to” or “With”.

Q: How long will the book take? It depends on the project. Small books can take 3 – 5 months. A mid-size to large or complex book takes 6 – 9 months to ghostwrite. Very large or complex books requiring a lot of research or other ‘hand-work’ (beyond just writing) will possibly take longer. Again the scope of work dictates how long it will take and each project delivery has to be evaluated based on workload at the time the project is quoted.

Q: Does the ghostwriter get a credit on the book? As mentioned above, depending on the arrangement, attribution or even co-author credit could be negotiated. If so, the fee structure usually changes or decreases.

Q: How much will I need to be involved? In most cases, you’ll only need to supply access to you and your information. A series of phone interviews, call-in dictation sessions to gather information and occasional feedback/approvals are typically all that is required. A good ghost writer works independently, providing as much or as little interaction as you are comfortable with.

Q: What will I need to supply to the ghostwriter? Very simply: time, information and feedback. A series of interviews may be all that is needed.

Q: What should I look for in a ghostwriter? The best ghostwriters are professional, proven, dependable, discreet, collaborative, supportive and deadline-oriented. Most important, the ideal writer understands your project and will work well with you! Obviously, chemistry and a good “fit” are important. A professional with proven experience will provide references and often comes recommended from a trusted source.

Q: Will the ghostwriter help me find a publisher? Most ghostwriter’s are not responsible for getting the material published, nor do they typically provide services offered by agents or publishers. In this case, however, by working with Adducent, you are working with someone who also owns a publishing/publishing assistance company with both non-fiction and fiction imprints. If you are interested and we work on your project we will discuss with you the option to publish your book under one of our imprints. (Again, this is an option and not a requirement.)

Q: How does the ghostwriting process typically start? Usually, the client and the ghost writer have an initial meeting by phone to review the scope of the project. The ghostwriter then presents an overview or proposal to define and detail how things will work, including delivery and pricing. If all parties agree to proceed, the ghostwriter will provide a contract.

Q: I have a very hectic and demanding professional and/or personal schedule, how would that impact work on my book? We’ve worked with many busy professionals so if needed, we create flexible timelines for them to accomodate the many demands on their time yet are designed so that work on their book progresses at a steady pace. We also provide our client’s tools such as our unique, Client Dictation Services, that they can utilize at any time from anywhere. This is a tremendous resource to help with the writing of their book.

Q: What is the first step? Aside from reviewing this information, you should request a conversation with Dennis Lowery. But first download and complete our Writing Project & Client  Questionnaire and return to us. That will provide him with an overview of your book project and you will be contacted to coordinate a date and time to speak with Mr. Lowery.

We’ve had several people request we consider offering arrangements for those who don’t need help with a full-scale project but need assistance incrementally as they work on their own project: For those who don’t wish to retain us for a full project we can provide them guidance as a writing/book development consultant. This includes our review of what you have written so we can advise you on direction and suggestions for your story line and how to improve the narrative and overall quality of the work.

Please download and complete our Writing Project & Client Questionnaire and return to us for review and further discussion regarding your project.

Some (not all) of our Feedback & Testimonials

  • “I have been on the road. Went to Office Depot and printed all. Everything is awesome; I love it! Great minds think alike.” –Business executive/ghostwriting client comment via email on reading the final draft of the adventure/thriller novel written for him based on his rough idea.]
  • “Thank you. I truly enjoy your creativity in the written word. And find your writing very inspiring.” Margie Casados
    [commenting at Google+ on posts and articles from Dennis Lowery]
  • “This book is right up my alley. I’ve had so many jobs that I tried to make my life/ career. I never felt fulfilled. I felt there was always something missing. It might be hard to follow the path of your talent/dream but you’re going to have to work hard no matter what you choose. So why not choose what’s going to make you happy & fulfilled. What you truly are. You just have to find what it is.” Rebecca W.
  • “It was great how the reader could go through the whole life of the main character. I didn’t want the book to end…” SG
  • “Thank you so much, Dennis! Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful gift for writing!!” L. DeHope
  • “I still look forward to reading your writings every day.” All the best, Kelly W
  • “How moving.. and what pearls of wisdom in this…” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Linda A.
  • “Fantastic writing. Captivating. A book for all ages, you do not get much of those! Cannot wait for the next one.” Miemie
  • “I like it!!! You have me hooked. The descriptions aren’t overwhelming. The dialogue seems realistic and I could see this becoming a novel soon. Nice job on this piece!!!” Adrianne Avery
    [about reading an excerpt from an early part of The Devil’s Writer]
  • “My appreciation and thanks also go to Adducent (under their Fortis publishing imprint) for giving an unpublished writer a chance and for the editorial and administrative support they provided.” Bud Durand
  • “I just read the book Sky High. I found this book to be very inspirational for me. I can’t wait to order this book for not only my daughter but also my granddaughter who will both benefit from this wonderful book.” Kathy Rosson
    Amazon purchase of "Sky High | No Goal is Out of Your Reach"
  • “Dennis, well, I’ve perused your sites, and ALL you’ve put out there. I must say NOTHING and no one comes close… not even 10% of what you present. [This next is to his attorney who is reviewing my standard agreement]: I have talked to a number of prospects [writers] and none come close to how I feel about, Dennis.” L .M. [ghostwriting client prospects, name withheld due to confidentiality - commenting via email]
  • “To the team at Adducent who carried out my vision, particular president (and senior editor) Dennis Lowery. His patience, wisdom, insight and experience helped me navigate the many hurdles in publishing a book. His entire team was a pleasure to work with and always available to answer any question or concern which arose along this journey.” Greg Slavonic, Rear Admiral, USN (Retired)
  • “The Dripping Sound” is Absolutely Terrific!!! It captured and lured me as Alfred Hitchcock would have. Jaye M.
  • “I really need to take this to heart. I tend to blindly believe everyone is good and I’ve been burned a good few times because of it. I enjoyed reading this. It is wise.” NJ
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
  • “I wanted to thank you for the beautiful posts you wrote recently. They stay with me for a long time. I hear the words in my heart and always amazed at their timing, with things that happen in my life. It gives me strength. Please keep inspiring us all.” Galit Breman
    [subscriber to www.DennisLowery.com]
  • “A special thanks to Dennis Lowery. Thank you for your support and guidance through this project; you have helped me make this dream a reality.” Carisa Bisagno
  • “I realize you probably get hundreds of email messages, and I don’t expect mine to stand out any more than anyone else’s would. Your writings, on the other hand, seem to have come into my life at just the right moment. I’ve just read “Of A Death…and A Life”, and while I know they weren’t, your words could have been written for me.”
  • “Dennis Lowery showed me how to get the project across the goal line. Without him, my book may not have been published.” Kerry C. Kachejian
  • “Finally, the world is getting to know what we’ve already known all this time . . . that Dennis Lowery has quite the imagination . . oh, and he can write !!!” Dulce Fazel, Esq.
  • “This is the first essay I read on Figment.com aside from the typical story variety, and to be completely honest, you have a really amazing talent for weaving inspiration with your words. I’m sure your daughters appreciate the beautiful message you put together for them. I really enjoyed the rawness in your tone throughout this essay. It was heartfelt and captured the message with a polished simplicity that is very rare in writers today. I really appreciated that aspect of your writing. The only critique I have is that I have nothing negative to critique about! And I guess that’s a good thing! Overall, bravo! I honestly enjoyed this, and I hope to read more of your writings and stories.” :)))))) Miss J.
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
  • “Dennis, the project went exactly as you described it when we first spoke. As I mentioned during our last conversation, your insight, direction, and patience were invaluable to me as I learned about the process and asked a seemingly endless number of questions. I have no doubt that you spent significantly more time guiding me through this process than you had planned, and I am grateful for your kindness and generosity. It is extraordinarily refreshing to work with someone who does what he says he will do, on time, without excuses or drama, and delivers a finished product as promised. I wish more people would conduct business in the manner you do.Many thanks for your help and best regards.” George W. Clarke, President, Clarke Resources
  • “Dennis Lowery encouraged me to complete the book and provided invaluable editing assistance and guidance in navigating the vast oceans of the world of publishing.” Hank McKinney, Rear Admiral, USN (Retired)
  • “A great and indeed agonizing story of a young girl who experiences life changing events in a short period of time. Evil meets good face to face. This novel was surprising, captivating and brilliantly written.” Tutu
  • “Dennis is highly competent, expert editor and writer, exhibits excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. His creativity is unprecedented and noteworthy.” Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris
    Director, Center for Women Veterans at Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • “Linda and I are thankful to Dennis Lowery and his firm’s superb services that enabled us to reach our publication goal—June 4, 2011, the 53rd anniversary of my graduation from the Naval Academy.” Frank Gamboa, Captain, USN (Retired)
  • “’The moon mocked his baldness even more than the girls in the village.’ –> LOL. That made me laugh. Great story! Especially the irony at the end, how it was his personality the girls didn’t like, not his baldness. Nicely done ♥” Nyan C.
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
  • “I liked that little excerpt [from The Devil’s Writer] very much Dennis; A story with a promise to entertain and captivate.” Michael Koontz
  • “Love it!” Patsy D
  • “Well written and well put, Dennis!” Michael Koontz
    [Commenting on "A Ring... to bind them?" at www.DennisLowery.com]
  • “It has a Fitzgerald’s story line feel to it… Irony. How wonderful. I love this story.” [Regarding ‘Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun’] Vicky Klopp
  • “Adducent is a top-notch, first class organization which I would highly recommend to another who may have an interest in publishing a book. I’ve used this company in publishing two books and they were most helpful in helping me navigate through the many obstacles in book publishing.” Rear Adm. Greg Slavonic, USN (Ret), Principal Leader, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs at Computer Sciences Corporation
  • “You guys ROCK!!!” Cherie R
  • “He tells his story with such compassion that one really feels that he is sitting with you, telling his story.” Vicki Hubbert
  • [To Dennis Lowery] “I shared your website for I think you are an amazing writer!” Ana C
  • “I could not have written this book without the advice and support of Dennis. I was consistently amazed by his advice, creativity, and ability to describe situations with clarity and simplicity. I have great respect and admiration for him. He is a Superstar!” Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, Major General, USAF (Retired)
  • “Your posts embrace universality, and address the human condition as it is. We all need to strive to go that extra mile. One of things, I enjoy while reading your posts, is that you show no reluctance in revealing innermost thoughts. The sense of realism is also present,yet with a seemingly effortless way.” NMJ
    [subscriber to www.DennisLowery.com commenting at Google+ on the post: Oxygen mask...]
  • “The estimable Dennis Lowery has brought forth a host of thoughts in this poignant and eloquent post. It’s masterfully written, and thought provoking.” Lina A.
    [blog subscriber at www.DennisLowery.com commenting on the post: Not everyone understands honesty… but everyone understands punishment]
  • “While writing a book is often a constant journey of starts and stops, Dennis provided the motivation and expertise to get me over my last “stop.” Dennis, understanding the importance of the message the book contained, pressed me to get it out—and provided the ultimate vehicle for my doing so.” James G. Zumwalt
  • “Let There Be Light | Creating a Life Worth Living is wonderfully written!” Rod Merritt
  • “I love your posts and shared the one I especially loved from the airport, The D’Inja, with my husband – we had such a good laugh! It was hilarious.” GB
    [blog subscriber at ww.DennisLowery.com]
  • “Thank you, thank you, thank you. The book is absolutely fabulous and we just love your work!!!” Arlene U.
  • “Intriguing and draws you in. Love it!” Leanne D.
  • “After reading through this draft I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude for such a meaningful quality product. I believe this book will be a blessing for many people for years to come.” Ghostwriting Client (name withheld due to confidentiality agreement)
  • “I’ve had the good fortune for the past five years to work closely with Dennis on several different book projects. He is a highly skilled writer and editor and showed unequaled patience when answering the mountain of any questions I presented him on a regular basis. I know I was not his only client, and was impressed by his management ability to work with other clients but to ensure my projects kept moving forward so as to meet the agreed upon deadline and deliverable date. He is the consummate professional whose attention to detail and work ethic is beyond reproach. I continue to work with Dennis on other projects and highly recommend him!” Greg Slavonic
    Rear Admiral (Ret.), US Navy, Senior Executive | Communications & Public Relations | Marketing | Public Speaker
  • “Mesmerising…” Nina M.
    [on reading an excerpt from "The Forbidden Journal"]
  • “First let me say that I just heard about your stories recently, so I wanted to check them out. This story was utterly captivating. I felt as though your choice of words and the way your character was made throughout this piece was extraordinary. I will read some of your other works, and I love the concept of werewolves themselves, so I enjoyed reading this very much! You’re a very talented writer!” Brianna Wilkie
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
  • “The author has not only created a wonderful mix of fact and fiction, he has created characters that are very believable. It makes you believe the characters in the story are real. Usually this is the part of stories that are missing. The story line is great but the characters are flat. Not so with this one.”
  • “I very much enjoyed reading you´re little Halloween story” [Excerpt from ‘Waiting on my Witch’] Mike S
  • “You write very well. I can tell your message is heartfelt and sincere (as I would hope, considering your intended audience), and I applaud you for letting that show through your writing.” SC
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]