Ghostwriting

What is it?

The ghostwriting process involves interviews with the client and sometimes the client provides source material, such as letters, notes, articles or blogs that are applicable to the project. (This is most helpful, and does reduce the production time quite significantly.) Generally the interviewing process – either face to face or over Skype or WhatsApp) takes up a huge portion of the preparation time, so it is a good idea to have a clear plan for what you as the author want to achieve. Interviewing time can take from 25 hours upwards.

Our director, Paula Marais, has ghostwritten several books including de:humanise and When Your Blessings Don’t Count – A Guide to Recognising and Overcoming Postnatal Distress.

How it works

Logogog will invoice you in advance for the first 10 hours of work, and from then on for every 15 hours of work. This way, you will always know where you are in terms of your budget and project deadline. We do not continue work without payment. Any specific travel costs will need to be covered by the client.

Our rates are R500 + VAT (40US$) per hour, but we can also work on per-project basis of R1.20 + VAT (10c US) a word for writing plus the hourly rate for the interview time. The transcription from audio to text can take up to three hours per hour of recorded interview time.

For a 200-page book, one is generally looking at between 100 and 140 hours, depending on the book’s complexity and if any additional research is required.