Pricing

Ahhhh, rates… Isn’t this what you want to know most? For many people, your budget is the key to hiring a writer. And it should be. I can recall an experience I had in 2011 when I found out that a very good client of mine had his electricity shut off because he opted to pay me over his electric bill. You may be surprised to find out that this is a common theme among people who hire writers. The reasons vary, however, impatience and the feeling that you “need” to get a book out, is the main culprit.

What did I do? The first thing I did was contact my client and we had a long discussion about where I fit on a priority list. Truth is that no writer should ever rank above your mortgage, rent, utility bills, or family needs. Secondly, I changed my consultation to reinforce the importance of understanding your budget when hiring a writer.

Cost

When I cost a book I take into consideration:

  • Time to complete the book and the project scope (data gathering, writing, editing, pre-publishing, publishing, etc.)
  • Living costs (House, bills, utilities, family)
  • Health insurance
  • Taxes
  • Retirement
  • Marketing costs

While the rate is negotiable, I prefer the following payment structures for hourly and flat rate projects:

Hourly:

  1. Deposit: All projects begin with a deposit to start work. Generally, the deposit will cover enough hours to complete information gathering and build an outline.
  2. Pre-paid hours: Once the hours for the deposit have been satisfied, you can choose how fast you would like to go by pre-paying for hours that I put toward the project. *This has been a great way to help people manage their book budget.

Flat Rate:

  1. Information Gathering: 30% of the flat rate is paid to start the project.
  2. Writing: After the bulk of information gathering is completed and a simple outline is put together 30% of the flat rate will be paid to begin the writing phase.
  3. Completed Draft: After completion of the rough draft 30% is paid to complete the book.
  4. Book completion: the remaining 10% is due when the book is completed.

*Publishing costs are extra.

*Phone calls will be billed at $25/hour (a different cost than the project rate)

Packages

If you’re like most people you will want to know what you are getting when you hire me. I’ve put together a general guideline of expectations in the form of “packages.” Understanding what your goals are is a good way for me to appropriately estimate a book cost for you.

I. Basic – about 50 – 100 pages

The basic package is ideal for people who want to complete their memoir or autobiography but are not sure how they want to publish the completed work yet. This package will work for most people who have led a relatively normal life, with a couple great adventures or unique experiences. 

Includes:

  • Up to 6 hours of interviews
  • Transcription of interviews
  • Relevant research
  • Creative writing to bring transcription to life.
  • Edit and proofread
  • Formatting so the manuscript is ready for publication at a future date.
  • Flashdrive with the completed document in .pdf and Word.

*The basic package will be ready to submit for publication at a later date. Due to publishing costs, this package is a great way to complete your memoir and save the publishing expense for later. We can always meet once the project is done to complete publishing.

II. Standard – about 125-175 pages

This package is great for those who are ready to put your memoir or autobiography in book form and are not concerned as much about the display of pictures or the details of the interior layout. The book is still an attractive book, but not a “coffee table” style book.

Includes:

  • Up to 8 hours of interviews
  • Transcription of interviews
  • Relevant research
  • Creative writing to bring transcription to life.
  • Edit and proofread
  • Flashdrive with the completed document in .pdf and Word.
  • Simple interior design (samples available)
  • Cover design with a professional book designer.
  • Paperback and ebook set-up on Amazon publishing.
  • Proof of completed book for review
  • 10 copies of your book, with the option to purchase more at any time through Amazon at the Amazon reduced rate.

*These books will have a black and white interior and the images will be scanned and printed on the same paper as the manuscript text.

III. Advanced (most popular) – about 200 pages

Advanced books really move your book from the standard to a highly aesthetic book where images and quality are just as important as your story. I work with an established book publisher to develop a detailed interior color layout and professional cover to include your images, charts, and more. This is a high-quality book that can be printed in paperback or hardcover. This package is good for small business owners, minor celebrities, and local politicians. 

  • Up to 12 hours of interviews
  • Transcription of interviews
  • Relevant research
  • Creative writing to bring transcription to life.
  • Edit and proofread
  • Flashdrive with the completed document, interior and cover art in .pdf and Word.
  • Interior design with an experienced printer.
  • Cover design with a professional book designer.
  • Publishing with an experienced book printer.
  • Proof of completed book for review
  • 25 copies of your book, with the option to purchase more copies from the printer/publisher at any time.

IV. Comprehensive Plan – 200+ pages

The comprehensive plan is the all-encompassing book which includes everything in the advanced plan, plus additional inclusive products for writing and interior layout. This book tends to be for those who have led an adventurous life with several achievements. This book can be for anyone, however well suited for celebrities such as “known” reality TV stars, local, regional and some state politicians, and business owners or athletes.

  • Up to 24 hours of interviews
  • Transcription of interviews
  • Relevant research
  • Creative writing to bring transcription to life.
  • Edit and proofread
  • Flashdrive with the completed document, interior and cover art in .pdf and Word.
  • Interior design with an experienced printer.
  • Cover design with a professional book designer.
  • Publishing with an experienced book printer.
  • Proof of completed book for review
  • 25 copies of your book, with the option to purchase more copies from the printer/publisher at any time.

V. Specialized Comprehensive

The Specialized Comprehensive package is traditionally reserved for high-level celebrities such as state and national politicians, household-name celebrities, artists or athletes. Due to the options available at this rate and the extensive time put into these projects the cost is highly variable. Please contact me for more details.