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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

  • “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]
  • “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)
  • “Working with Dennis Lowery has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional career. He can do it all, and make it look easy. He has all the skills and attributes needed to help his clients succeed. He is so easy to work with and always delivers great results. Dennis should be on everyone’s speed dial.” Kerry Kachejian
    President & CEO, Bold Solutions, LLC
  • “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"]
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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...]
  • “I love what you shared here.Beautiful words and how true.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Mylah N.
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  • “I liked that little excerpt [from The Devil’s Writer] very much Dennis; A story with a promise to entertain and captivate.” Michael Koontz
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    Chief Operating Officer (COO) at SNVC
  • “Excellent short story. Your writing style reminds me of my favorite short story author–O’Henry!” [comment upon reading, “Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun”] Jim Zumwalt
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    [subscriber to www.DennisLowery.com]
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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
  • “Well written and well put, Dennis!” Michael Koontz
    [Commenting on "A Ring... to bind them?" at www.DennisLowery.com]
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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 (Retired)
  • “First off, I love the cover. Again your descriptions here were amazing! I don’t know how you do it. It made me feel like I was in the main character’s body. I like how you use more complex language in this piece. And the descriptions are really realistic. Nice job on this piece!!!!!!!!!!” Adrianne Avery
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
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    [blog subscriber at www.DennisLowery.com commenting on the post: Not everyone understands honesty… but everyone understands punishment]
  • “I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the unwavering support of my publisher, and friend, Dennis who created an environment in which I was able to explore without boundaries both the idea and practice of becoming a published author. His steady hand, sense of humor, and perspective on life as a Navy veteran were a match for my style from day one. Thank you, Dennis for your partnership, mentoring, and coaching through one of the most challenging years of my career. You inspired me to live and write with the Navy core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.” Dr. Curtis L. Odom, Ed.D.
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
  • “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
  • “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)
  • “Your, ‘What Wasn’t There…’ is absolutely beautiful… quite lovely and honest” JM, Connecticut
  • “The Dripping Sound” is Absolutely Terrific!!! It captured and lured me as Alfred Hitchcock would have. Jaye M.
  • “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
  • “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"]
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
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  • “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
  • “Fantastic writing. Captivating. A book for all ages, you do not get much of those! Cannot wait for the next one.” Miemie
  • “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.
  • “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
  • “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]
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  • “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"]
  • “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, 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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  • “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)