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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

1. What if I'd like rewrites when a project is finished?

2. Are there any hidden costs?

3. Who owns the copyright when you write my project?

4. Can I pay in stages?

5. What payment methods do you accept?

6. When do you take payment at the beginning or end?

Copywriting Questions

1. Do you have a writer who is familiar with my industry?

2. If I've written some marketing material - can you help me rewrite it?

3. I'd like something written to a really tight deadline. Is this possible?

4. Will I have a dedicated writer, or a team of writers, working for me?

5. I need ongoing content for a website/newsletter can you do this?

6. We've got a big project that needs a team of writers can you help?

7. We'd like a regular blog writer for our website can you do this cheaply?

8. I'd like a press release written. How can you help with this?

9. Do you send out press releases once you've written them?

10. How long does a website/press release/brochure etc take to write?

Ghostwriting Questions

1. How much, roughly, does it cost to ghost-write a book?

2. How long will it take to have my book written?

3. Tell me more about self-publishing is it a good idea?

4. What's the best way to get a book published?

5. Can you review my book idea and say what my publishing chances are?

6. I've written a book can you rewrite it to make it publishable?

7. What are your areas of expertise?

8. I need a book ghost-written for a celebrity can you help?

9. I'd like a book ghost-written for someone as a gift can you help?

10. Will you sign a confidentiality agreement before working with me?

11. Do you ever write books for free, and share the profits?

12. How can I be sure you'll keep my information confidential?

13. How do you go about getting information for my book?

14. Can someone interview me at my home/place of business?

15. Can you help me get published?

16. If I decide to go ahead, what happens next? How does it all work?

 

General Questions
1. What if I'd like rewrites when a project is finished?
Minor rewrites are included in any price you are quoted, which means we can tweak around 5% of the text at no extra charge. Generally, if you give a clear brief at the start of any project, rewriting is rarely necessary save for the odd change here and there. We only charge for rewriting if we need to make substantial changes that weren't originally requested, and we'll give you prices for this upfront so you'll know exactly how much costs are.

 

2. Are there any hidden costs?
Absolutely not. We give you all the costs upfront. If, after work is finished, you'd like major changes that weren't originally requested, we'll let you know prices before work goes ahead.

 

3. Who owns the copyright when you write my project?
Legally, the writer of a piece of work owns the copyright, but we're happy to discuss passing copyright over to clients, particularly if it's a ghostwriting project. Often this isn't necessary, however, as it's very rare a bespoke piece of work will be reused elsewhere. If we're rewriting a piece of work you've written, then the copyright, generally speaking, belongs to you.

 

4. Can I pay in stages?
Yes, particularly with larger projects such as books, it makes sense  to pay in stages. Be prepared to pay an upfront retainer for the writer's services though.

 

5. What payment methods do you accept?
We take payment by cheque, bank transfer or Paypal, but we add a 5% surcharge to all Paypal payments to cover Paypal fees.

 

6. When do you take payment at the beginning or end?
Payment for smaller projects (e.g. web copy, brochures, etc) is made after the work is completed. Payment for larger projects (e.g. books) is often made in stages and a retainer is usually required before work commences. You will however have had a free no-obligation meeting with the writer to discuss ideas and see writing samples before committing.

 

Copywriting Questions
1. Do you have a writer who is familiar with my industry?
Because we work as a team, one of us will almost certainly have the expertise you need. Sectors we've written for include food and drink, health and nutrition, sport, women's issues, music, travel, finance, education, broadcasting, dating, architecture and many, many more. When working with a new company, we always carry out thorough research and really get to know your area, so you know you'll receive a professional service no matter what your industry.

 

2. If I've written some marketing material - can you help me rewrite it?
Yes certainly. In fact, you'll get a cheaper quote if you request rewriting, rather than asking a writer to create something from scratch.

 

3. I'd like something written to a really tight deadline. Is this possible?
We're good at meeting tight deadlines. Because we work as a team, it's highly likely one of us will be available to complete your work quickly. However, it's always better to give the longest deadline possible to any writer, as the longer brainstorming period we have, the more creative and original the writing will be.

 

4. Will I have a dedicated writer, or a team of writers, working for me?
Every client is assigned a dedicated writer someone who can get to know your business. However, that writer will usually brainstorm ideas with the rest of the team, so you get the value of a team of writers for the price of just one freelancer.

 

5. I'd need ongoing content for a website/newsletter can you help?
Yes certainly. You can get really good rates for ongoing projects, and we can give you a dedicated writer/team of writers throughout. We run many long-term writing projects for clients, and can write whole newspapers or magazines if you need us to. We also write ongoing blogs and sales emails for clients.

 

6. We've got a big project that needs a team of writers can you help?
Yes because we work as a team we're excellent at handling big projects, Examples include 100s of articles for new corporate websites, whole magazines, newspapers and series of books.

 

7. We'd like a regular blog writer for our website can you do this cheaply?
Since blogging tends to require quantity over quality, we can offer a very good price for it by either having a professional writer create content without the usual thorough editing checks, or have a junior writer create content for you. One of our professional writers here would charge around £40 for 500 words of blog text.

 

8. I'd like a press release written. How can you help with this?
We love this question! Because we're all professional journalists and have been published in all sorts of publications, we really know what editors look for in press releases. Therefore, we write press releases in a very similar way to our successful article pitches, making them highly attractive to editors. We're so good, we're even used by PRs to write their press releases for them.

 

9. Do you send out press releases once you've written them?
Generally, we don't. However, we can suggest a few good publications to send your press release to, and also recommend PR agencies if you'd like a full press-release distribution service.

 

10. How long does a website/press release/brochure etc take?
Long deadlines mean better-quality work, so try and give us as long as possible to complete your project. But to give you a rough idea, we'd schedule around a week for a small website and a few days for a press release/brochure.

 

Ghostwriting Questions
1. How much, roughly, does it cost to ghost-write a book?
Typically, around £7,000 for the text, all interviews and travel costs, £400 for page design and cover design (optional) and £5.50 per printed paperback copy inc. delivery (optional).

 

2. How long will it take to have my book written?
We usually suggest a timeframe of around six months to complete your book, which includes sending you drafts, corrections and making general checks along the way. However, if you have a tight deadline it's possible to create a medium-sized book within a few months.

 

3. Tell me more about self-publishing is it a good idea?
The internet and digital printing mean self-publishing is now very cheap and easy, and can yield some good results if you're happy to self promote (and self-promoting is also much cheaper and easier, thanks to the internet). If you're an expert on a specialist subject that people are likely to ¢˜Google', self-publishing can be an excellent way to sell your book and keep all the profits. We can help with all aspects of self-publishing, including book design, ISBN assignment and getting your book sold on Amazon.

 

4. What's the best way to get a book published?
Research publishers and literary agents and find out who takes on manuscripts similar to the one you'd like to publish. Then find out how your chosen publisher/literary agent would like material submitted and follow their guidelines to the letter. An excellent book for finding appropriate publishers and agents is: The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, which is updated and re-published annually. We can submit material for you for a fee, and we include submission to three suitable publishers/literary agents as part of our ¢˜three chapters and synopsis' package.

 

5. Can you review my book idea and say what my publishing chances are?
We're not literary consultants, but if you want us to help rewrite your book we can give you a good indication of your publishing chances before any writing goes ahead. If you email us your idea and/or everything you've written so far, we'll be able to give you feedback and prices.

 

6. I've written a book can you rewrite it and make it publishable?
Yes we often rewrite books to make them more commercially attractive, and this is a much more cost-effective process than writing a book from scratch. Typically, the price would be around £6000 for rewriting a medium-sized non-fiction book. For rewriting full-length fiction, the price would be around £10,000.

 

7. What are your areas of expertise?
Fiction, food and nutrition, self-help, spirituality, marketing, health, nightlife, travel, autobiographies, celebrity projects and fitness. However, even if we've never covered your topic before (which is unlikely), we are professional writers who research in detail everything we write about, and you can rely on us to create a high-standard manuscript.

 

8. I need a book ghost-written for a celebrity can you help?
Yes we write autobiographies and fiction for celebrities fairly regularly and offer excellent rates. We have a confidentiality agreement that we will sign before undertaking any work, and will never reveal details of any projects to third-parties.

 

9. I'd like a book ghost-written for someone as a gift can you help?
Yes we have a gift voucher we can send you to present to a friend or relative, offering them their first interview with a ghost writer. Once work is underway (i.e. you know your recipient is happy to go ahead with the idea), we'll take payment from you, but won't reveal prices to the gift recipient without your permission.

 

10. Will you sign a confidentiality agreement before working with me?
Yes, we can do this if you need us to. However, please have respect for our time and only request an agreement if there's an excellent reason for needing confidentiality, such as working with a celebrity.

 

11. Do you ever write books for free, and share the profits?
Yes generally for celebrities. Sometimes, a client gets in touch with a really wonderful, unbelievable life story and we put them in our file of interesting stories for potential future use. However, usually we're so busy writing paid-for projects, we don't have time for much else.

 

12. How can I be sure you'll keep my information confidential?
We're a professional company with a reputation to protect theres no way we'd jeopardise this by revealing confidential client information to third parties. However, for extra reassurance we can sign a non-disclosure notice, which puts in writing our legal obligation to keep your information private. Get in touch with us if you need a ghostwriting contract of this sort.

 

13. How do you go about getting information for my book?
There are three ways we retrieve information for a book project:
1. Sending out a Dictaphone to clients, so you can record information for us.
2. Visiting a client in person and carrying out a series of interviews.
3. Using written material already created by a client as our primary source of information.
4. Additional research, using Google etc.

 

14. Can someone interview me at my home/place of business?
Yes, certainly. However, if you need to be interviewed in person for a ghostwriting project, there will be extra charges involved. On average, we charge around £125 for a half day of interviewing, plus transport costs. A medium-length book requires four or five half days of interviewing to gather enough information to write the manuscript.

 

15. Can you help me get published?
Yes, we can help. Our ghost writers are published authors who have experience of the publishing industry and know how to write a successful book that sells. However, we can never guarantee publication. Our assistance means you'll have a professionally written, well-structured manuscript that will be attractive to publishers. Nobody necessarily knows what the success stories are going to be, but investing in one of our professional writers will considerably boost your chances of publication.

 

16. If I decide to go ahead, what happens next? How does it all work?

We ask you to send over any written material that will help us write your book, and a contract is drawn up that suits both parties. Different writers work differently, and as freelancers we're very flexible to work in a way that suits you, so the contract will cater to your requirements in terms of writing deadlines and payment stages. Most of our writers will agree to write a sample chapter for you before their retainer is paid, so you can check they will handle your book in the right way. Once the writing has begun, most of our writers take payments in instalments as the project progresses. The writer will submit the text in batches (usually 10,000 words) for approval to ensure they are following your vision.

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