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pricing and terms

A 156-page print book + ebook edition for $8,995. You get sole credit as the author.

YES, I ghostwrite your book. I then turn the manuscript you approve into a book you will be proud to share with your clients or supporters. All for a single fee.

Book Specifications

Print Edition. The dimensions of the 156-page print edition book is 5.5 x 8.5 inches. That’s big enough for you to sell proudly for $12-$20 (or more) to the public, but a format inexpensive enough to give away the paperback edition to prospective clients at a cost to you of about $4 each plus shipping.

A 156-page book offers substance. There’s room for me to tell your story on those pages and persuade your potential customers to buy your product or service. The focus of the book is about what you and your company can do to benefit your clients.

Your book will offer insight, build trust, and motivate readers to take action.

Your book will be printed with black ink on cream paper. That is a rich-looking book that’s easy on the eyes.

Text font size will be about 11 over 16 leading depending on the font selected. There is not a lot of fluffy open space that makes your book seem cheap, but open enough to keep people reading. You will get three layout options and can choose the one you like best.

See sample page designs that serve the book dimensions, page count, and word count range.

The word count will vary based on multiple factors. These factors include your front and back matter, font size and leading (see above), layout design features, blank verso pages, and any interior images you may want included. Many 156-page nonfiction books are in the 35,000-45,000 word range, although no exact word count is guaranteed.

Ebook Edition. You also receive an ebook edition as part of the package.

I convert your print book into a flowing-style ebook. The prevalent flowing style does not replicate page layout because replicate pages can be read on so few ebook readers. Flowing style is universal.

Note that interior images in an ebook may not appear as you expect because of the flowing nature of flowing text and the dimensions of various ebook readers.

Covers & Tech Are Included

PRINT COVER. You get an appealing basic print cover, which you approve, at no extra charge. I use Public Domain Images in a unique design. You are free to supply front and back cover images that meet technical and legal specifications and there is no extra charge. See a few of my covers here.

EBOOK FILE AND COVER. You receive the “EPUB” file format. Amazon is now requesting that format for ebooks (instead of their proprietary MOBI format), so EPub is now a truly universal format.

You choose whether you wish to distribute the ebook edition and the method used to do it.

The ebook cover is the same as the front cover of your print book.

TECH. I’ll upload your print and ebook to your Amazon account as part of my services. If you prefer not to use Amazon as I recommend, I will upload everything to another distributor in place of Amazon.

NOTE: It is not possible to write and produce a quality paperback/ebook at this price and in this timeframe if custom specifications are requested.

No Cost Surprises

no surprises

$8,995(USD) is the full price for all the items you see above. There are only three add-ons.

  • Interior images you request or supply. Cover images are included, but interior images are $35 each. They must meet legal requirements and provided in a specified format. Interior color images appear as black and white in print books and in color in the ebook edition.
  • Extraordinary research expenses you request, such as special document fees or travel.
  • Changing book elements (content, designs) you previously approved.

You will always have the opportunity to approve expenses before I incur them.

How many copies of the book do I get for the fee?

No physical copies of the print edition are included in the fee. You purchase paperback copies from your printer.

For example, if you use Amazon, as I recommend, you can purchase from 1 to 999 copies at a time at a wholesale price (normally under $4.00 each) plus shipping and applicable taxes. You can give them to prospective clients, customers, patrons, or employees, or sell them yourself at any price you set.

Of course, your book will be available for purchase on the Amazon site at a normal retail price you set, which is normally in the $12-$20 (or more) range.

Over the decades, I have found it best to keep things as simple as possible. I ask you to sign a simple Memorandum of Agreement so that your responsibilities and mine are clearly defined.

No worries about the agreement. Almost all the terms are in the Memorandum of Agreement are disclosed on the pages of this website.

It comes down to this. You pay me according to the schedule and promise to reply with approvals (or change suggestions) promptly. I do my professional best to write a book that will put a smile on your face and help you achieve your goals. Yes, we can do this together without drama.

To proceed, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and I’ll send you the Memorandum of Agreement for your review.


Will You Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

With content, people often think they have a rare or unique idea. However, it’s normally one, or very similar to one, that I have seen many times before. 

If I signed an NDA regarding your content, I would jeopardize my ability to write for other clients with similar ideas, systems, or products. Therefore, I do not sign NDAs related to content in your book.

However, a confidentiality agreement regarding authorship is included in the Memorandum of Agreement. I will not disclose that I authored the book on your behalf.

Do you want me to appear as the author of your book? That’s possible by special arrangement at no extra fee.

What are your payment policies?

I work on retainer, not speculation. I accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover via PayPal (USD). There are no refunds for any reason because of the opportunity and other costs associated with accepting you as a client and developing a book for you.

There is a big front-load with a book. By the time you get the first draft, 75% of my work is complete. Therefore, I receive a mutually fair nonrefundable 60% advance payment to start, 20% when the first draft is ready for your review, and the final 20% with the delivery of the final draft.

I issue a Copyright Assignment to you upon full payment and until then I retain ownership of the intellectual property in the book. I do not “Work-for-Hire” as defined by the US government, California, or other states.

Do you outsource your writing projects?

NEVER. I think outsourcing, particularly to offshore writers (those outside the USA where we are located), is an extremely poor business decision for anyone to make. Knowing English is not enough. You want a writer who understands idiomatic English and the marketing psychology of your readers, and that varies by culture.

You are paying for my knowledge and writing expertise. I have the experience to write a quality book on deadline. I have a particular method and I write everything myself. Also, I never accept more work than I can complete in the time frame I promise to my clients.

Will I be able to make money from the book you write for me?

If you use your book to promote your authority in your field and the expertise of your company or organization, then you are likely to attract clients that can result in huge profits. Can I guarantee that? Sorry, no. It depends on your business, your client base, and how you distribute your book.

Some people sell their own book on their own website for higher than market prices, like $50-$100 or more. This usually takes a unique topic, an existing fanbase, and extraordinary marketing.

The books I write are primarily designed to establish you as an authority in your field and build trust in potential customers or clients. I provide a tool, but generating profits, if any, is up to you.

If I write a nonfiction book on a topic that is not specifically crafted for promotional purposes, can you make money from book sales alone? Maybe. However, there is a lot of competition in all fields and you will need to invest your time and money in book promotion. I will offer you tips about how to market your book, but I no longer do book promotions.

What about biographies or family, church, or other non-profit organization histories? You should keep your profit expectations low. In most cases, your extended family, friends, members, or patrons are your primary market.