Intake (“Test to Trust”)
After our free 30-minute call, we will move to the Intake stage, which varies according to each client and project, but usually entails some combination of the following:
- review a sample of existing materials
- dive deeper into visions and strategies for the book, including marketability
- draft a Table of Contents or simple outline
- write an Introduction or sample scene to capture voice/tone/intention
From practical and useful, to innovative and wild, to heart-wrenching turned triumphant—together, we can write your book. If after the Intake phase we determine we are a good fit, we sign a confidentiality agreement and contract, map out a timeline and schedule, and hone in on the outline. After we’ve aligned ourselves on the direction we’re taking, we hold our first interview, and then I write your first chapter. From there, we proceed, steadily and boldly… to The End. Along the way, we allow ourselves to be flexible, because unexpected things tend to happen when words flow.
Non-fiction Book Proposals
Some memoirs and most non-fiction books are submitted to agents via a proposal. Proposals range from 30-70 pages, and include the following elements: Table of Contents, Author Bio and Platform, Competitive Titles and Marketing Plan, Chapter Summaries, and Sample Chapters. Submission guidelines for agents and small publishers vary, and must be strictly followed. I can coach you through writing the first draft of your proposal, and then provide two rounds of edits; or I can edit the proposal you have in hand. I can also research agents, magazines, and small presses that would be a best fit for your manuscript.
Cost for ghostwriting full-length books and book proposals: Determined on a per-project basis, in accordance with industry standards. Paid in installments, with initial deposit paid up front. Turnaround varies.