I am not a gambling person, but I would be prepared to put a small wager on the fact the phrase my fellow United Ghosts most often hear from prospective authors is: Everyone tells me I should write a book. In fact, if you are scanning this website with a view to writing one, it’s probably something you’ve heard once or twice yourself.
I’m not knocking it. After all, writing books is my bread and butter, so it is a marriage made in heaven. However, I am also very keen to write books that will sell.
Let me say from the outset: whether a book sells well or not makes no difference to my fee. I am paid a flat rate for writing books and do not insist on a royalty agreement as a matter of course. It is purely and simply that if someone pays me to ghost a book, I would like to see it become a commercial success and for the author to recoup as much of their costs as possible. Thus, when I first speak to any new author, I do my utmost to explore whether or not their idea is one that is worth spending time and money on. Read more “‘Everyone tells me I should write a book’ But should you?”