What if I told you that most ghostwriting companies aren't really ghostwriting companies at all?
The main revenue stream for companies comes from self-publishing their clients. This is why they guarantee publication in the broadest sense of the term.
Here is the truth about package deals offered by ghostwriting companies:
- The promotions are ineffective and usually involve giving your name to a list of reviewers who get kickbacks from the company and who don't specialize in your topic or genre.
- The package deal is nothing more than upselling you on useless services and products.
- Almost all literary agents in New York City have never heard of these companies or their writers or "teams."
- The editing provided by companies is bad to mediocre. Most independent ghostwriters such as myself edit the work for free.
- Your self-published book will probably sell only to family and friends. These companies will not place your book into the hands of the movers and shakers of the literary marketplace or in bookstores.
- The bargain prices offered in these deals (ranging from $499 to $4,999 sometimes slightly more) are not professional fees. You get what you pay for. Would you let a doctor do your heart surgery for $499? Garbage in, garbage out.
- The pricier companies will charge you anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000 for their package deals.
- If you read the fine print on company websites, the companies say that they do not guarantee publication, nor do they promise that any of their promotions (such as package deals and their components) will be effective or result in sales.
If you're serious about your book, contact me at email@example.com for a realistic evaluation of your publishing options and what you need to do once your book is written.