If you’re looking for a ghostwriter to bring your idea to life, but you’re unsure of what exactly to expect rate-wise, look no further. For your convenience, I have drawn numbers from several different ghostwriters and sites to determine an average, as well as the typical range.
The truth is, ghostwriting rates vary dramatically. However, so does writing ability. You can’t determine a writer’s talent and how well they’ll suit your project by rate alone, but oftentimes this can be a good indication of ability. There are always exceptions to this rule, but in most cases, you aren’t going to get a brilliant novel for just a few hundred bucks.
If you’re looking to get a well-written manuscript that reflects your vision, you’re looking in the thousands. Just to give you an idea of how much these prices vary, I’ve taken the rates of five random ghostwriters I found online. These are based on if they were writing a 50,000 word book. I won’t provide their names, due to privacy reasons.
Ghostwriter #1: $20,000
Ghostwriter #2: $40,000
Ghostwriter #3: $15,000
Ghostwriter #4: $3,000
Ghostwriter #5: $80,000
So yes… there is a wide spectrum here. This is why it’s important to know your budget going in, but don’t settle for lower-quality writing just because it’s less expensive. You will get what you pay for, so choose your ghostwriter wisely. There are a lot of great ones out there that are on the lower end of the price spectrum, but you’ll only find them if you carefully seek them out.
One great place to find ghostwriters within your budget is on Reedsy.com. I have yet to become a ghostwriter on Reedsy (I’m currently on Fiverr, and also gain clients through my YouTube channel + website), but I know some great ghostwriters who use it.
The average rate for writers on Reedsy is $0.35 per word. If you want your book to be around 50,000 words, you’re looking at about $17,500. However, only trusted professionals are hired on this site, so at least you can be sure that you’re getting what you pay for.
Generally, (according to my research) the ghostwriting rate range is between $2,000 and $80,000, with most rates falling around $15,000. These payments can be done in installments (which you can decide upon with your ghostwriter), or hourly. Most ghostwriters have set rates, but some are willing to negotiate. It never hurts to ask!
As for me, my ghostwriting rate is currently $0.15 per word, or $7,500 per 50,000 words, but I’m open to negotiations (especially when there is a higher wordcount). You can learn more about my process here, and feel free to contact me here.
Good luck with your search!