Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I often work as a ghostwriter, screenwriter, co-author, editor, and book coach for both author clients and students.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I have worked on a self-help motivational book.
Co-authored a book on relationships with a doctor of clinical psychology.
I have just completed writing a book of my own short stories.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When you hire a ghostwriter/coach, there is a little bit of a marriage going on. i often meet with someone for up to 2 hour session for $100, to talk about their project. I want them to walk away with more than $100 of lessons from me, and after that decide if you want me on your project, or I want to work on your project. Ghostwriting a book, if you do it right, takes commitment, time, effort, and it should be done as masterfully as writing my own books.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. At a certain point, a writer has a finite number of days left to write and work on their body of work. I want my clients to know that I have enough ideas and projects to work for the rest of my life--I never need their ideas and would never think to take one. That said, if a client selects me to work on their project, I must also select them. I embrace their project as my own with all the heart and fever that I can muster to help them--and I work day and night to make it magical. I want it to be wildly successful for them.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Will you do a 2 hour session with me to explore working together?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You can meet for a $100 session and think things out together. Sometimes it takes a conversation to explore all the things you are thinking or haven't thought about yet. Meet and talk. It's one of the best ways to move forward inexpensively with time from an experienced writer.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I believe there is a user-friendly rhythm and word selection to my writing. It's usually a fast and exciting read that pulls the reader along to turn the pages and wanting more.
I have been a Benjamin Franklin Book Judge for 15 years, so I know excellent writing, and I have had many years of doing it.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love being blessed by another who selects me for their project and I love pleasing my clients with brilliance and clever writing on their work.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How long does it take to write a book?
Depends on the genre and length of book. When I first started I took years. As you mature, I can write one very quickly, but I take time to edit, edit, edit. If I were to ghost write a book for you. I would probably set your expectations to 3-4 months for first draft.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I am proud that Bryce (The Power of One) Courtenay called me "The Writer" of the 2000 Maui Writer's Conference. He told me that I wrote in Truman Capote territory.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. When Picasso sketched something in 10 minutes, a viewer said, 'That took you must minutes to do, and now its worth thousands." Picasso said it took, "All his life," to do the sketch. To be able to write with great depth, it takes life experiences and years of observation and life, to make the writing have the depth where it touches the readers' souls.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was the CEO of a publishing company when Tom Clancy read my work and published it in the forwards of Executive Orders, and Without Remorse. That experience pushed me to sell my company and move to Los Angeles to study screenwriting and writing.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I just completed a high concept suspense novel that will be a series.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I have a huge reference library in my home on writing that is constantly updated and cherished. I attend writer's groups.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Printing technology and then e-books have radically changed the life of a writer. We no longer have to wait for years for an agent, to help us get published. We can all publish books on our own and create our own social media marketing, etc. Never before has the writer had so much control.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Private projects are private. So I'm in a current project now where the author has me retained as she needs me.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. While I often earn $75-125/hour for my time, I charge about $50/hour on ghostwriting projects, because i love to breathe life into someone else's idea for them.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Do it, it's wonderful!
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Fine, user-friendly, exciting writing. Engaging scenes, unique characters, witty dialogue. Hooky titles and great opening lines.
"The bed was wet and smelled like sex."
"There was a dead man in my boudoir."
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Everything. I'm into continuous improvement at all times.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. If I hie you as a ghostwriter, do I have to pay you a royalty on the book?
Yes. Ghostwriter gets an agreed upon royalty on your project. If you skip this step,
you simply aren't being fair to your freelance writer.