Ghostwriter Academy: Turn your passion into a profession

Oct 02, 2017, 03:19 AM

Ghostwriter Academy: Turn your passion into a profession



I’ve been an author since 2004. But for the first 8 years, it was always a side-hustle. After all, with a wife and 3 kids, I didn’t think I could make a living as a full-time writer. Then in 2012, my friend Scott asked me if I could help him fulfill his dream of writing a book.

After chatting further, he said he needed a ghostwriter. I didn’t know the first thing about ghostwriting, and I certainly never planned on becoming one. All I knew is my friend needed help, and so I jumped in headfirst.

Besides helping Scott write a compelling book, that same year I also left my day job. If you guessed those two events are related, you’re right. In a way, you could say that ghostwriting helped me turn my dream into a full-time gig.


That first gig turned into a second and then a third. Initially, I was surprised at how lucrative ghostwriting can be. The rates below are considered the “industry standard.”

$10,000 to $20,000: just getting started with ghostwriting $20,000 to $30,000: mid-level ghostwriter $30,000 to $50,000: veteran ghostwriter $50,000: celebrity ghostwriter or really busy

The Professional Writer’s Association of Canada provides clear guidelines for ghostwriters: $10,000 to $50,000 flat fee entire advance + 50% of royalties. And even if you’re not Canadian, The Writer’s Union of Canada establishes a great baseline for ghostwriters everywhere: For a book of 60,000 to 90,000 words, the Union recommends a total minimum fee of $40,000.

Naturally, this variance is based upon several factors including: experience, competence, length of manuscript, deadline of project, etc.


Many Traditional Publishing Houses admit that about 70% of their books were written by ghostwriters. Even crazier, nearly 99% of all books published by artists, celebrities, and politicians were ghostwritten. Throughout history, there may have been a stigma with ghostwriting in some circles. But today it’s much different. Many ghostwriters are proudly displayed on the front cover or in the acknowledgments.

Ghostwriters play a significant role by helping clients tell their story. As a result, thousands of people are impacted.

Ghostwriters are valuable because:

They produce a better book. They save their clients time. They save their clients money.


Today, I don’t ghostwrite any longer because my current business focus doesn’t offer me the bandwidth. After all, in 2014 I started a publishing company: Author Academy Elite. We’ve published hundreds and hundreds of books from authors around the world.

I’ve had a vision to train up a guild of ghostwriters. Until now, I haven’t had the margin to do so. But within the last year, after turning down several potential books inside Author Academy Elite due to a lack of ghostwriters, I realized we couldn’t delay any longer.

I knew that many writers, editors, and ghostwriters would join Ghostwriter Academy and start their own businesses or level up their current ones. This is all part of the plan. Whether you get your gigs on your own or through The Guild, I believe in abundance. After all, if 82% of the population wants to write a book, then the world needs high quality ghostwriters defined by clarity, competence, and confidence.


  1. Ghostwriter Guidebook: An 86-page interactive guidebook chock-full of resources. This is the proven process I used to go pro.

  2. Video Modules: Benefit from 7 Masterclass modules comprised of 29 videos, each designed to be clear, concise, and direct. Leverage these “forever access” tools and tactics in your own ghostwriting business.

  3. Curated Content: The ghostwriting industry has shifted over the last few years, and you need to cash in on these changes. Dive into this curated content via hand-sele...