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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

  • “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 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.]
  • “Your, ‘What Wasn’t There…’ is absolutely beautiful… quite lovely and honest” JM, Connecticut
  • “This is a very impressive piece and I’d be very willing to read more when or if there will be more to the story! Good Job!” Liam P.
    [about reading an excerpt from an early part of The Devil’s Writer]
  • “Well written and full of good information.” Richard R.
  • “Very interesting little piece of flash fiction [A tale Lost At Sea…]. I enjoyed this very much. I was very pleased to find no grammar errors in this, and the diction and syntax were fantastic. It’s nice to read a story from the hand of a professional writer!” Heidi L.
  • “Fantastic writing. Captivating. A book for all ages, you do not get much of those! Cannot wait for the next one.” Miemie
  • “Intriguing and draws you in. Love it!” Leanne D.
  • “’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"]
  • “This is a really cool story. I found it interesting and intriguing, and it was full of imagery that really helped to set the mood and scene. It was a really cool take on the story of werewolves. Really nice work! :)” WB
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
  • “How moving.. and what pearls of wisdom in this…” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Linda A.
  • “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)
  • “It has a Fitzgerald’s story line feel to it… Irony. How wonderful. I love this story.” [Regarding ‘Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun’] Vicky Klopp
  • “The Dripping Sound” is Absolutely Terrific!!! It captured and lured me as Alfred Hitchcock would have. Jaye M.
  • “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]
  • “My gratitude also goes to Dennis Lowery at Adducent, Inc. He was an enthusiastic and discerning partner who made our book idea into an actual book.” – J. Phillip “Jack” London, author of Character: The Ultimate Success Factor and Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI (NYSE), a $3.8 billion information technology and professional services company that celebrated its 50th year in business in 2012. He served as CACI’s President and Chief Executive Officer for 23 years between 1984 and 2007. J. Phillip "Jack" London
    Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI (NYSE)
  • “I very much enjoyed reading you´re little Halloween story” [Excerpt from ‘Waiting on my Witch’] Mike S
  • “Dennis is a highly skilled writer, editor, and mentor. He believed in me and my book KH601 from the beginning and helped me make an idea and dream become a reality. More importantly Dennis helped me capture and record some of the most important aspects of my career in the Central Intelligence Agency and my life on paper. For this I will be forever grateful.” Richard Irwin
    Chief Operating Officer (COO) at SNVC
  • “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...]
  • “Thank you, thank you, thank you. The book is absolutely fabulous and we just love your work!!!” Arlene U.
  • “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
  • “This was a really well thought out book, I loved the characters and the plot. I loved the little fantasy elements that opened up amazing avenues in the book, with talking animals, talking books and all sorts of other delights. Highly recommended. Reminded me a little of the Harry Potter books – but without the magic, and maybe also of the Spiderwick Chronicles – but without the freaky creatures.” Buddy
    [Review of Mirabella and the Pearl of Chulothe]
  • “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
  • “Thank you so much, Dennis! Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful gift for writing!!” L. DeHope
  • “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"]
  • “Excellent, as usual, Dennis Lowery!” Pietro Montevecchio
    [commenting at G+ on, Night Descending]
  • “I will share this with many that need that understanding. Well written… this is a life lesson. [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Jonnie D.
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  • “He tells his story with such compassion that one really feels that he is sitting with you, telling his story.” Vicki Hubbert
  • “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]
  • “Honestly, your writings are written so well and so personally that I’ve never been drawn in by what someone has had to say so much in my life.” Reader of Dennis Lowery's personal blog
  • “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]
  • “Great advice and beautifully written.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Marguerita M.
    posted at Goggle+
  • “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
  • “A really good read with a crisp narrative style…” S. Barton
  • “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)
  • “This is a very nice beginning. Each sentence helped to evoke an overall emotion. I can definitely see how you show and not tell. Great work!” Annie W.
    [on reading an excerpt from an early part of Dennis Lowery's The Devil’s Writer]
  • “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]
  • [To Dennis Lowery] “I shared your website for I think you are an amazing writer!” Ana C
  • “And finally, big thanks to Dennis Lowery, who helped to gel the story, and stitch it all together. Without his guidance, this project would never have been finalized.” Barbara Benke
  • “I still look forward to reading your writings every day.” All the best, Kelly W
  • “Interesting and suspenseful. I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept my attention, I can’t want for the next one!” Cindy Chaney
  • “Let There Be Light | Creating a Life Worth Living is wonderfully written!” Rod Merritt
  • “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"]
  • “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)
  • “Well written and well put, Dennis!” Michael Koontz
    [Commenting on "A Ring... to bind them?" at www.DennisLowery.com]
  • “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
  • “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.
  • “I love what you shared here.Beautiful words and how true.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Mylah N.
    posted at Goggle+
  • “Love it!” Patsy D
  • “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)