I started out as a web designer and have been moving more and more into writing. First I put together SEO articles for my clients, then I branched out to a couple of short reports for one of them. Now this client wants me to ghostwrite a whole book for him and I haven’t a clue how to charge, largely because I have no idea how much time I’ll be investing in this project. I like working with flat fees.
What do you suggest?
Congratulations on your expanding career. Writing a book as a ghost can be billed on an hourly basis or as a flat fee. And you may know more about how long it will take you than you realize. Here’s one way to begin to get at it:
- Typically, a book will have 40,000 – 60,000 words. That gets you about 200-250 pages. (Most trade publishers want at least 200 pages for most books.) Illustrations, if there are any, and other items obviously can change this.
- I’m going to guess that your SEO articles are probably around 800 words. If I’m right, you’d need between 50 and 75 articles to get to the 40,000 – 60,000 words.
- If it takes you two hours on average to write an article, you’ll have between 100 and 150 hours in the book.