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9 Easy Questions (for prospective new ghostwriting clients)

Below you will see the 9 questions we ask prospective new writing/ghostwriting clients to answer before their call with Dennis Lowery to discuss their project. It takes just a few minutes to answer (four of the questions require simple Yes or No answers) and return to us.

You can also request the Word version of the form by emailing us. IMPORTANT TIP: Or type up your own document to return to us via email with the information we ask for, just reference the specific question number for your reply. (Please note—the questions regarding the budget for your project are relevant. If #6 is not answered or you indicate you do not have a budget or funds to use for professional help then, unfortunately, we won’t be able to help you. Please see our rates page.All information is held in strictest confidence and is for our internal review only. We do not share this information with anyone outside our organization.

The Questions (email us to request a PDF or Word version so you can fill out and return):

Date:

Name:

City/State:

Telephone:

Fax (if applicable):

Email:

I need help with:

a) Ghostwriting     b) Re-writing/Developmental     c) Consulting or Other  (please write a brief description of what type of help you need)

PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING:

1) Tell us just a little bit about your story? (Story premise, a summary of concept, main points you want to get across, theme, etc.) and type (nonfiction, business, memoir, how-to, professional/technical, self-help, etc. or fiction)? — This can be just a couple of sentences:

 

2) What do you estimate as, or what is the approximate length or desired length of your story? (As an example an average nonfiction book is 200 to 300 pages/50,000 – 75,000 words in length.)

 

If you need rewriting/developmental help, what is the approximate word count of the relevant material you have on hand that you need help with turning into the story (and book) you envision?

3) Does your ghostwriting or developmental project require research? (If so, what kind and how much?)

 

4) If yours is a ghostwriting or developmental project, does an outline already exist? Are there any existing reference materials (drafts, notes, blog posts, published articles or research)? If so, how much (pages or word count)?

 

5) [This must be answered to consider your project.] Do you have a budget for having someone help you with your project? Writers and ghostwriters are just like other professionals—they are paid for helping clients. They do not work on contingency or payment from sales of books. Ghostwriting and rewriting or developmental services rates are based on the size and scope of work of your project. My starting rate for straight nonfiction is $0.425 per word (as of April 1, 2017). Example: 23,500 words would come to $9,987.40. Of course, we have to learn more about the complexity of your project to give precise pricing. You can see more about rates at this page: Rates & Pricing. Please look at that information before our call. Based on our rates can you afford to hire us for your project or for consulting services to help you?

 Yes                   No

6) Ghostwriting and/or rewriting and developing a manuscript, depending on the scope of the project, can take months. Project turnaround depends on the size of the work and workload at the time of the project. With that in mind, do you have a deadline for the project? A milestone, anniversary or key date by which you would like to have the work completed? [Completion of the manuscript.]

 

7) Will this project require us to tackle a steep learning curve, do extensive research and/or develop a working knowledge of your subject or industry? (Dennis Lowery, however, has considerable personal and business experience and quickly grasps the nuances and “language” of many areas and industries.)

Yes                   No

8 Are you prepared to commit the time to support the project effort and for phone interviews and draft approvals? (Typically 2 hours per week or as needed.)

Yes                   No

9) Do you want your name solely on the story/book as author or are you willing to attribute the writer/ghostwriter’s contribution? (The story/book credit would have your name as author “with” the writer/ghostwriter.)

Yes                   No

Note: Attribution and credit to the writer/ghostwriter do lower your project cost.

 

Some (not all) of our Feedback & Testimonials

  • “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)
  • “I still look forward to reading your writings every day.” All the best, Kelly W
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  • “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
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    [on reading an excerpt from "The Forbidden Journal"]
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  • “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
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
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  • “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
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  • “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.
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  • “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 (Ret.), author of Leadership in Action | Principles Forged in the Crucible of Military Service Can Lead Corporate America Back to the Top
  • “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)
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    [about reading an excerpt from an early part of The Devil’s Writer]
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    [subscriber to www.DennisLowery.com]
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  • “You believed in me and my book from the beginning and helped me make an idea and dream become a reality. More importantly you helped me capture and record some of the most important aspects of my career in the CIA and life on paper. For this I will be forever grateful.” Richard G. Irwin (retired CIA Agent)
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    [on reading an excerpt from an early part of Dennis Lowery's The Devil’s Writer]
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
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  • “Tremendously enjoy reading all the stories you share with us Dennis Lowery. Especially liked tone and setting in this story.” NMJ
    [On reading the flashfiction piece, A Tale Lost at Sea...]
  • “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)
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  • “Great advice and beautifully written.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Marguerita M.
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
  • “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
  • “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"]