Book Ghostwriting Process & Timeline
Here are the big-picture steps involved with writing and publishing your book:
I need to get inside your head, know what you want to say, and understand your voice and perspective.
You give me every scrap of content you can possibly dig up, including a rough draft (if you have one), outline, articles (including relevant third-party articles), audio and video recordings, podcasts, interviews, etc.
2. Finding the Angle
Having something important to say matters more than how you say it.
The goal of this step is to figure out how to make your content as impactful as possible. It’s not about clever words (bluffing with fluff) — it’s about big, substantial, world-changing ideas.
The bigger the idea, the easier it is to write.
At this step we’ll also determine the style of your book, whether it be strictly non-fiction, a story, a parable, etc.
3. Creating an Outline
Our fact-finding sessions will result in a basic outline, a skeleton that gives us direction for adding flesh and blood.
Getting it right from the beginning saves massive amounts of time on the back end; don’t be surprised if I don’t actually put words on paper in the first month of working together.
We take our time up front to avoid wasted time later.
4. The Long Haul
At this point, I dig down and write the content — day in and day out, pounding away to clothe our naked outline.
Do NOT underestimate the editing process. I can’t stress this point enough. Editing is extremely painstaking and time-consuming.
It’s not a simple matter of handing the manuscript to the publisher and waiting — it involves input and revisions as the editors make recommendations.
6. Graphic Design & Interior Layout
Once we have a final manuscript, it’s turned over to the design and layout team.
I go back and forth with them for as many revisions as it takes to get a final product to send to print.
The timeline for producing a book depends on your budget, goals, and the length and complexity of your content.
I can produce a world-class book for you usually within six months, depending your cooperation and on how much content you have to give me.
If you’re launching a full-fledged bestseller campaign, this process is longer because we have to coordinate with publishing industry schedules.
If you’re self-publishing and handling the marketing yourself, you’ll usually get your book within six to nine months.
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“Stephen’s creativity, wisdom and friendship helped to draw the very best out of me and write a far better book than I could have ever done alone. He made the process so enjoyable that I feel we not only wrote a world-changing book together, but that I’ve gained a new friend for life.”Steve D'Annunzio
“Stephen is a man of integrity and is insightful, wise, unbelievably well-read, a good man, and talented beyond belief. He just gets it. Stephen is absolutely amazing as both a writer and as a human being.”Michael Bunting
“Stephen has been more than a writer for me — he has been a partner. He captures my voice and puts it into writing in ways that I simply cannot…without him our book probably would not have become a New York Times bestseller…”Garrett Gunderson