Q: Who owns the rights to a ghostwritten book?
A: You do. Before starting any manuscript, your ghostwriter should sign a contract with you designating you as the sole owner of all the content created.
Q: Should I pay for ghostwriting up front?
A: No. Ghostwriting is usually billed in installments. After an initial fee to begin the brainstorming sessions/outline, you should be charged via monthly installments for deliverables based on the progress of your manuscript and the quote you signed.
Q: Who makes the final decision as to what goes in your ghostwritten book?
A: Since it is your book, you do. Though ghostwriting is a collaborative effort, you, as the creator, should have the final say as to all creative content decisions.
Q: Is ghostwriting confidential?
A: 100% As part of a contract, a ghostwriter should sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement conferring confidentiality. In addition, a professional ghostwriter should agree not to share any of information you provide, nor should this individual use the writing developed for your book for any other purpose.
Q: How long does the writing process usually take?
A: Each project varies and can depend on you. Based on your schedule and desired involvement, a ghostwriter should develop material for you to review on a frequent and consistent basis. While every book is unique, on average, a 200-page manuscript should take between six and nine months to develop (from start to finish.)
Q: Is Ghostwriting ethical?
A: Absolutely. The most important elements in writing a book are the ideas, not the execution. Creative projects can involve many people who are often times un-credited. For instance, many successful writers depend on critique groups or beta readers to help bring their work to fruition. You can think of a ghostwriter as your partner, but ultimately you are the true creator.