When you hire a business book ghostwriter, the collaboration process will look something like this:
Step 1: Discovering Your Book
In this step, you do a lot of talking – and I do a lot of listening and asking questions. We explore your ideas together – even chase down a few bunny trails – to get at the heart of your book.
Our conversations are recorded but don’t worry. Your words will be edited – multiple times. And you will always have the final say regarding what goes into your book.
When we’ve exhausted every avenue, I will shoot the audio files off to a transcriptionist – and the real fun begins.
Step 2: Finding Structure in the Chaos
I sift through everything to see what we’ve got to work with – and figure out what we’re still missing. At this point, we may actually discover that you’re wrestling with more than one book! But, don’t worry. We’ll sort it out.
The goal is to get all of the information I’ve collected into a working outline – which you, of course, sign off on before we continue to the next step…
Step 3: Creating Your Rough Draft
This is where words are first put to paper. I will write one or two chapters at a time and pass them on to you. And, let me warn you now, it’s not going to be pretty. First drafts are ugly, raw, and (yes) rough.
We’ll discuss the chapter(s) together… I’ll make note of what you like and don’t like… and then I’ll move on to the next one or two chapters. We’ll keep repeating this process until the entire rough draft is written.
Step 4: Turning Your Ugly Duckling into a Swan
I consider your ideas, comments, and suggestions on the rough draft. If we’ve come up with a new theme for your book, it’s at this point the changes are made. The ugly first draft is rewritten, revised, and reworked until you are over-the-moon thrilled with it.
This step in the process is your last chance to add new content. Once you okay the manuscript, I will ask you to share it with your spouse, business partner, or trusted friend (beta readers) for feedback.
Step 5: Making Your Book Really Shine
Another round of revisions takes into account the feedback from beta readers and polishes up your book into a final draft. It will be sent to a proofreader – to allow another set of eyes to catch any typos that I missed – and then a completed copy of your manuscript will be sent to you.
The entire process will take between 10 to 12 months. If you want my assistance with hiring a cover designer… creating a book proposal to send to agents/publishers… or self-publishing your book as well, let’s talk!