I’ve had several questions about ghostwriting and Kindle ebooks this week, mostly along the lines of “how much do I charge?”.
I do a lot of ghostwriting, and am very comfortable with it. However, many writers are not. Keep this in mind, when you’re a ghostwriter: not only does your name never appear on the book, you can’t claim the work as your own, and you lose ALL rights in the work. The work is a “work done for hire”, and all rights devolve to your client on payment in full.
The big benefit is the payment up front, but keep in mind that this payment is all you get from the book.
Kindle ebooks: how much for all rights?
To repeat, when you ghostwrite a book, fiction or nonfiction, you sell all rights. Several of my students do well with ghostwriting, and charge a minimum of $1,000 for short stories of fewer than 10,000 words.
Elisa, for example, has several ghostwriting clients, and she’s happy with the money she makes. She said: “I charge a minimum of a thousand dollars, because I need the income. I can write a short story in a couple of days. However, as soon as I can get a little ahead, I’ll be writing for myself.”
Where to find clients
If the thought of ghostwriting appeals to you, you can find clients on social media, and on forums.
Try contacting editors, and graphic artists who do ecovers. They’ll know of book packagers who are looking for ghostwriters.
You’ll need some examples of your writing. If you don’t have any samples, write a couple of short stories, and publish them on Amazon. Then you can use them as writing samples for the people who approach you.
Selling ebooks you’ve already written
Perhaps you’ve already written some ebooks, and you’re willing to sell all rights in them. Some writers want to kick off their Amazon catalogue, and are looking for good ebooks to which they can purchase all rights.
You can advertise the fact that you’re selling all rights to some of your ebooks on your website.