Services and Rates

We customize our writing services to meet the goals and preferences of our clients.

No two books, or clients, are exactly alike. Please allow us to discuss your book in detail and determine the optimal process to achieve your goals.

On a Budget? High-quality professional services do not come cheaply, but there are ways to reduce the costs of writing a book. For example, many clients who think they require ghostwriting services need only developmental editing services, which costs considerably less. Please review the various services and packages offered below, or call us to see if we can put together a plan that will achieve your goals within your budget.

Note: We do not offer services that are paid solely by commissions or come with contingencies.

Please allow us to discuss your book and determine the best possible service and price for you. Call 1-844-997-4837

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Ghostwriting

Our comprehensive ghostwriting service provides you with an experienced team of professional writers, editors, and publishing experts who work collectively to write a publish-worthy book. Our general process is outlined briefly below; we are happy to personalize our process to your preferences and provide you with a detailed proposal. Learn more about our ghostwriting services here.

The Writing Team

Managing Editor: The managing editor oversees the logistics of the process to ensure that the team is working well together, staying on schedule, developing high-quality content, and meeting your expectations. They are whom you should contact should any issue arise during the writing process.

Lead Writer/Ghostwriter: The ghostwriter will be responsible for developing the drafts and revising them per your feedback.

Lead Editor*: The lead editor will collaborate with the team during the planning and outlining phase and provide ongoing editing and consultation throughout the writing process.

Consultant**: The consultant will collaborate with the team during the planning and outlining phase and provide ongoing consultation on both the quality of the manuscript and how to improve its marketability.

Final Editor: The final editor is not a part of the planning phase; they perform a final “cold read” of the manuscript upon its completion and provide text editing, critical analysis, and feedback.

Our Writing Process

1. Questionnaire: We’ll send you a detailed questionnaire to fill out, informing us of your goals and expectations. This will be shared with and reviewed by the writing team.

2. Introductory Interview with Writing Team

3. Preliminary Research and Preparation: We’ll review all available drafts, articles, notes, outlines, and other relevant materials in preparation for the Strategy Sessions.

4. Strategy Sessions—Planning and Outlining: Intensive in-person (preferred) or virtual planning and strategy sessions to plan and outline the book. Typically a multiday process at one of our offices (NYC, LA, or Nashville), or we can fly the team to your location.

    a. Agenda: We’ll send you a detailed agenda for the Strategy Sessions in advance.
    b. Outline: By the end of the meetings, we will have a detailed outline (5-15 pages in length).
    c. Scheduling: The Managing Editor will establish a schedule and timeline for interviews and deliverables.

5. Review and Analysis of Outline by our Chief Consultant or Editor-in-Chief**

6. Developing the Draft: The lead writer will write the manuscript, 5-10 pages at a time, revising each draft until it meets your satisfaction.

7. Ongoing Editing and Consultation*/**: The lead editor and lead consultant will review, edit, and provide detailed analysis and consultation at (a) the completion of the first chapter, (b) the completion of half the manuscript draft, and (c) the completion of the entire manuscript draft.

8. Finalize the Draft: The managing editor will meet with the team to ensure all parties are satisfied with the draft and approve it for final editing.

9. Final Edit: An additional editor who has no knowledge of the project will perform a “cold read,” editing the text for grammar and providing a final round of analysis and consultation.

10. Final Review: The managing editor will meet with you to ensure all expectations have been met.

11. Query Letter and Targeting Agents: We’ll provide you with a custom-written query letter and assist you with targeting agents. We can also develop a full book proposal upon request.

12. Publishing: Our service includes two years of publishing consultation to assist you in securing a publisher or advising you on self-publishing options. We also offer extensive self-publishing and cover design services.

*Available only with our Standard and Premium packages
**Available only with our Premium package.

Package Options Rates
(200-300pgs)
Premium

The lead writer is a bestselling or widely published author.

The process includes an in-depth, often multiday strategy session.

The writing team includes a lead editor and a consultant who provide editing and consultation throughout the planning and writing process.

$75,000–$150,000+
Standard

The lead writer is a published author.

The process includes an in-depth strategy session.

The writing team includes a lead editor who provides editing and consultation throughout the planning and writing process.

$35,000–$65,000

Base

Enjoy the benefits of working with a world-class firm at an affordable price.

The lead writer is talented but not yet published.

A publishing industry insider or published author will review and edit the manuscript to ensure the book is well written.

$15,000–$30,000

Rewriting

Our rewriting services involve developing and rewriting rough drafts into final copy, as well as ongoing consultation and coaching throughout the writing process. Call us to learn more.

Base Inclusions

All packages include:

  • Interviews and ongoing consultation via phone or Skype (in-person interviews are available at our NYC, Nashville, and Los Angeles offices, free of charge, or anywhere in the USA or Canada for an additional fee)
  • Brainstorming, planning, and developing a detailed outline of the manuscript
  • Marketing strategy
  • Editing, rewriting, and expanding rough draft material supplied by client
  • Revising the manuscript until it meets client’s satisfaction
  • Advising client through the entire writing process
  • Line editing with critical review and analysis by an additional editor
  • Final edit by a publishing insider or widely published author
  • General formatting
  • An original, custom-written query letter
  • An up-to-date contact list of the 20 best possible publishing/literary agents who are actively accepting manuscripts in the genre. The list will include all necessary contact information and preferred method of contact for each agent.
  • Publishing consultation by our team of bestselling authors and publishing insiders
  • The entire process will be overseen by one of our managing editors
Package Options Rates
Standard Package $50.00–$75.00/page (approximately $0.20/word–$0.36/word)
Premium Package

Begins with an in-depth, often multiday brainstorming and strategy session with two or more widely published authors and/or publishing insiders.

The primary editor will be a bestselling or widely published author.

$75.00–$350.00/page (approximately $0.36/word–$1.40/word)

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is a process in which we collaborate with clients throughout the writing process, providing ongoing critical review, consultations, and editing. Call us to learn more.

Base Inclusions

All packages include:

  • Interviews and ongoing consultation via phone or Skype (in-person interviews are available at our NYC, Nashville, and Los Angeles offices, free of charge, or anywhere in the USA or Canada for an additional fee)
  • Brainstorming, planning, and developing a detailed outline of the manuscript
  • Marketing strategy
  • Ongoing critical review and consultation throughout the writing process
  • Editing rough draft material supplied by client
  • Final edit by a publishing insider or widely published author
  • General formatting
  • An original, custom-written query letter
  • An up-to-date contact list of the 20 best possible publishing/literary agents who are actively accepting manuscripts in the genre. The list will include all necessary contact information and preferred method of contact for each agent.
  • Publishing consultation by our team of bestselling authors and publishing insiders
  • The entire process will be overseen by one of our managing editors
Package Options Rates
Standard Package $30.00–$75.00/page, depending on the depth and scope of services (approximately $0.12/word–$0.30/word)
Premium Package

Begins with an in-depth, often multiday brainstorming and strategy session with two or more widely published authors and/or publishing insiders.

The primary editor will be a bestselling or widely published author.

$75.00–$150.00/page, depending on the depth and scope of services (approximately $0.30/word–$0.60/word)

Line Editing with Critical Analysis

Learn more about our Line Editing with Critical Review and Analysis here. Services include:

  • Editing for grammar, punctuation, readability, flow, diction, syntax, awkward phrasing, and minor rewriting and restructuring on the phrasal level
  • All edits will be fully implemented by the editor but also tracked for review purposes
  • Detailed analysis and consultation:

    Fiction/Memoir: focuses on the manuscript’s flow, structure, cohesiveness, story arc, character development, plot structure, marketability, and readability, as well as any other issues that may affect the quality of the book

    Business/Self-Help/Nonfiction: focuses on the manuscript’s flow, structure, cohesiveness, marketability, and readability, as well as any other issues that may affect the quality of the book

  • Page-by-page feedback will be provided via liner notes in addition to a detailed written report
Package Options Rates
Standard Line Edit $0.035/word-$0.06/word (rates vary according to the size and strength of the manuscript)
Line Editing Plus

(a) 2 hours of direct consultation with the line editor to discuss your manuscript and his/her revisions and recommendations

(b) Line editing with critical review and analysis

(c) Second round of review to assess your post-edit changes

(d) Final edit by a second editor

(e) Custom-written query letter for targeting agents and publishers

(f) Contact list of 15–20 recommended agents.

$0.07/word-$0.20/word (rates vary according to the size and strength of the manuscript)

Critical Review, Analysis, and Assessment

Learn more about our Critical Review, Analysis and Assessment services here. Services include:

  • Detailed analysis and consultation:

    Fiction/Memoir: focuses on the manuscript’s flow, structure, cohesiveness, story arc, character development, plot structure, marketability, and readability, as well as any other issues that may affect the quality of the book

    Business/Self-Help/Nonfiction: focuses on the manuscript’s flow, strength of content, structure, cohesiveness, marketability, and readability, as well as any other issues that may affect the quality of the book

  • Page-by-page feedback provided via liner notes in addition to a detailed written report
  • Direct phone consultations with your reviewer. (These can also be done in-person, upon request)
  • Assessment and price quote for editorial or ghostwriting services to adjust per the analysis and feedback
Package Options Rates
Standard Package $0.01–$0.02/word, depending on the strength of the writing

$90.00/hour for additional phone consultations with the reviewer (optional)

Premium Package

The critical review and analysis will be conducted by a widely published or bestselling author, or a publishing industry insider with professional experience at a major publishing house

$0.02–$0.035/word, depending on the strength of the writing

$150.00/hour for additional phone consultations with the editor (optional)

Copy Editing

Services include basic editing for objective issues with grammar, punctuation, stylistic consistency, and format.  Learn more about our Copy Editing services here.

Rates
$0.02–$0.03/word, depending on the strength of the writing

Proofreading

Available only as a final review of a manuscript that has already been edited professionally. Proofreading services include a final edit for basic errors and typos.  Learn more about our Proofreading services here.

Rates
$0.015–$0.025/word, depending on the strength of the writing

Self-Publishing

Learn more about our Self-Publishing services here.  Services include:

  • Formatting and typesetting
  • Custom-designed book cover
  • Facilitating the entire self-publishing process via Amazon or a print-on-demand (POD) publisher of client’s choosing
  • Copyright and ISBN acquisition
  • Books will be available to order via Amazon (paperback) and Kindle (eBook)
  • Client retains full rights to book
Rates
$1,500–$3,500

Query Letter

A single one-page (250–300 words) pitch letter, used to solicit literary agents and publishers.  Learn more about our Query Letter services here.

Options Rates
Revisions to an existing draft: heavy editing and consultation $100–$150
An original query letter based on summary/synopsis (provided by client) and/or phone interviews $250–$450
An original query letter for a manuscript we’ve reviewed and/or edited $150–$350

Agents List

An up-to-date contact list of the 20 best possible publishing/literary agents who are actively accepting manuscripts in the genre. The list will include all necessary contact information and preferred method of contact for each agent.  Learn more about our Agents List services here.

Options Rates
If we’ve already reviewed the manuscript or written the query letter $275.00
$375.00

Book Proposal

Customized book proposal for submitting to literary agents or publishers. Most book proposals are between 10 and 50 pages long, depending on the genre and length of the writing sample. Learn more about our Book Proposal services here.

A typical proposal includes the following segments, though we customize each proposal per industry standards.  

  • Cover Letter/Query Letter
  • Synopsis/Summary
  • Annotated Table of Contents
  • Market Analysis
  • Platform/Marketability of Author
  • Author Bio
Options Rates
Heavy editing/rewriting and consultation for an existing book proposal and writing sample $0.04/word–$0.40/word, depending on the depth of revisions necessary
Ghostwriting an original book proposal and editing client’s writing sample (15–30 pages) $4,500–$8,500
Ghostwriting an original book proposal and ghostwriting the writing sample (15–30 pages) $5,500–$12,500
Premium Package

The primary ghostwriter or developmental editor would be a bestselling author, widely published author, or former acquisitions editor at a major publishing house

Process includes in-depth collaborative brainstorming strategy sessions with multiple widely published authors and publishing industry insiders

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A “page”: Per publishing industry standards, a “page” is double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman), and no extra line spaces after paragraphs, chapter headings, headings, subheadings, or chapter breaks. The average “page” will contain between 250 and 300 words.

Most nonfiction books will run 150-250 pages, whereas full-length novels and memoirs typically run 200-300 pages.

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