Freelance Ghostwriters We Recommend

If you hire a ghostwriter, you will pay that individual directly. We are only referring you to them. We do not hire them for you.

Ghostwriters almost always work under non-disclosure agreements so we can’t publish their clients’ names or the titles of those books. However, names, book titles, and quotes from those authors have been provided to us for confidential review here at the WritersWeekly Author Service Center. 

NOTE ABOUT UNKNOWN GHOSTWRITERS OFFERING THEIR SERVICES ONLINE: There is no licensing agency for ghostwriters and there are many online now who are NOT professional ghostwriters. Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can put up a website and pretend to have experience in a particular field.

A WARNING ABOUT LETTING YOUR PUBLISHER GHOSTWRITE YOUR BOOK: Many print on demand publishers and publishing service providers now claim ownership of their author’s files (what they call the “production files”) even though authors paid THEM to ghostwrite and/or edit their books. We call this a “forced marriage” because it makes it almost impossible for an author to move to another publisher someday, even if they are unhappy with their current publisher. We strongly recommend NOT paying a publisher to edit your manuscript. Freelance ghostwriters don’t try to claim ownership of an author’s files.


FREELANCE GHOSTWRITERS WE RECOMMEND

 

John Riddle 

John is the author of 34 books, including 6 business and health titles, and has worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. His byline has appeared in major publications all across the U.S., and he has written articles for over 200 websites (including WritersWeekly). Recently, John worked as a freelance copywriter for Groupon, and created over 40 special ads and articles for one of their major campaigns. He also has extensive experience writing business book summaries for a variety of publishers.

Since 1996, John has been working out of his home office in Delaware as a full time freelance writer, editor and ghostwriter. In 2002, he launched “I Love To Write Day” as a grassroots campaign to have people of all ages practice writing every Nov. 15. Last year, more than 30,000 schools throughout the U.S. held special ILTWD events and activities. Bookstores, libraries, writing groups, community centers and even a few malls joined in the celebration!

John also offers:

  • copywriting services
  • book summary / back cover copy writing

Contact John for a quote RIGHT HERE.


Kris M. Smith 

Kris is a professional professional ghostwriter, editor, copy/content/features writer, and the author of nine books, three of which were best sellers in their categories on Amazon. She has been writing/editing/enhancing copy and content for Scholastic Book Fairs for four years, as well as numerous other happy clients (see testimonials below). Kris ghostwriters books and blogs for authors and others, including articles for a diversity expert who has appeared on CNN

Rates:

  • Ghostwriting: $100/hr (If author supplies all source materials and no research is required)

Kris also offers:

  • Copy editing, basic (line-by-line editing/enhancement, no reorganization or significant rewriting): $35-$40/hr
  • Developmental Editing: $50-$80/hr
  • Extreme Makeover Editing: $100/hr
  • Editorial on Call: $20-$150/hr
  • Advertising Copy writing: $100/hr

Testimonials:

“You did tremendous work on the manuscript. You always over-deliver.”

– M.W.

“Kris did [major developmental] editorial work on a manuscript for me, and did a great job. She is very professional and will work with your needs and goals in mind. She will offer suggestions and collaborate if you ask her for her professional opinion, otherwise she will do exactly what you have requested in a high-quality, efficient manner. I highly recommend Kris!”

– J.W.

“I’ve read over the (revised) manuscript. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing your light and wisdom. I praise God that he set you in my path. Another miracle to record for me. I just wanted to thank you. I’m so happy that your love for the Lord caused you to gravitate toward my project and touch it like you did. 7 million thank yous would not be enough so I will give you 7 million and 1!”

– C.W.

Additional testimonials available on request.

Contact Kris for a quote RIGHT HERE.


James Pence

Do you have a book inside you? James Pence can help you get it out. As a full-time writer, collaborator, and editor, James helps people bring book-length projects to fruition. James has written 10 books, most published by major publishers, including Osborne/McGraw-Hill, Tyndale, Kregel, Baker, and Thomas Nelson (ghostwriter). His books cover a wide range of genres (fiction, nonfiction memoir, computer books, Christian living, and self-help), and he brings those writing skills to your project. Whether you need a co-author/collaborator, editor, or just a manuscript critique, James can help you bring your book project to life.
 
Specializes in:
Christian memoir, fiction, how-to
 
Services include:
Ghostwriting
Manuscript critique
Substantive editing
Copyediting and proofreading
Collaboration and co-authoring
 
Endorsements:
I was overwhelmed with gratitude when I read the edited version that Jim Pence prepared. He took the words I sent and made them flow and come alive. He made it beautiful. He has a true gift with words and helping people. He also did this with sweet encouragement, which made the process enjoyable especially since this was my first book. He understood what I was trying to say and made it clear for the reader. He is an amazing writer and editor.  
— Rebecca R. Nye, Author Tale of the Butterfly

“James Pence has a gift for taking an average manuscript and polishing it into a strong finished product.  He found plot holes, character inconsistencies, lazy writing, and gave me practical advice to correct it via comments found in the margins of my manuscript.  His part in the journey of my manuscript was VITAL and worth every penny.”

Michael Littau

Dear Jim: I wanted to share my excitement about something you helped bring about-my book, The Writer, was accepted for publicationAfter receiving your critique, I was able to identify and make needed changes that were crucial for improvement. Thank You for your feedback. It was worth every cent and made all the difference, and made me a better writer! 

Sarah DePledge

Contact James for a quote RIGHT HERE.


Kyle Weckerly

Kyle has a certification from Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program (CCPE/CSULB, a UPCEA 2018 Outstanding Noncredit Program). He provides ghostwriting of book length manuscripts, book proposals, analysis and recommendation.
 

Ghostwriting Credit List

2018 Business Plan Workbook – Ghostwriter; Editor
2017 Technology Thought Leadership Blog – Ghostwriter
2017 Lead Generator E-Book – Ghostwriter
2017 Blog Editor – Ghostwriter
2017 Fiction-Thriller/Mystery – Ghostwriter
2017 Fiction-Mystery – Ghostwriter
2016 Blog Compilation & Book Proposal – Ghostwriter
2016 WWII Memoir – Ghostwriter
2016 Rags-to-Riches Memoir – Ghostwriter
2016 Legal Self-Help – Ghostwriter
2016 Relationship Self-Help – Ghostwriter
2016 Mental Health – Ghostwriter
2015 Psychology White Paper – Author
2015 Marketing Blog Ghostwriter

 
Rates:
Generally, Kyle charges $3,000-$5,000 per month to complete a book project.
 
Endorsements:

“I had the pleasure of working with Kyle at Direct Call Solutions. Kyle is one incredibly gifted writer and an all-around fantastic guy. His work ethic and attention to detail are second to none! I can honestly say that Kyle is an asset to any company and anyone who is fortunate enough to work with him.”

— Neil O’Reilly, Director of Marketing for Direct Call Solutions

“I enjoyed working with Kyle. He’s a professional through and through. From the moment he started working, he was driven, disciplined, and his writing was top-notch. It was a pleasure working with him and I would recommend him without hesitation in the future.”

— George Olfson, Chief Technology Officer, Direct Call Solutions.

“Kyle is passionate and committed to writing with creativity and flare and his writing style brought a unique flavor to our CityOf.com/San-Antonio living site. You can depend on Kyle to be consistent with his projects and work ethic. It has been a pleasure working with Kyle.”

–Jacqueline Romanczyk, President-CEO, CityOf.com

“It has been a pleasure working with Kyle. I appreciate his thoroughness, and ability to develop a solid understanding of topics he has been hired to write about. He keeps his commitments and has great follow-up.”

— Roger Hall, Full Fusion

Contact Kyle for a quote RIGHT HERE.


Mary Meldrum

Mary is the daughter of two English teachers, and has been a writer/editor for over 20 years. She is a Michigan native, as well as a skier, sailor, poet, artist, and volleyball addict. Mary is also an obsessively ethical word enthusiast who has an unhealthy attachment to her thesaurus. She brings a fresh perspective, integrity, and energy to her work. Writing is truly her craft and her passion…kind of like her cooking, only with greater appeal and favorable outcomes every time.
Rates:
$45.00 per hour
Recent Ghostwriting Projects:

Ghost Writer for Director of Datacenters and Integration at a technology company, Washington, D.C.

Ghost Writer for book and speeches for owner of worldwide company

Ghost Writer for staffing company presisident

Ghost Writer for founder/owner of technology company

Ghost Writer for CEO of cannabis testing kit business

Communications Ghost Writer for consulting group owner

Ghost Write for non-profit President & CEO

Contact Mary for a quote RIGHT HERE.


Jennifer Brown Banks

Jennifer Brown Banks has enabled countless business owners, bloggers and authors to tell their unique stories through quality ghost written blog posts, articles, and books (fiction and non-fiction). Her clients have included CEOs, teachers, and busy professionals from various industries.

Areas of Expertise: 

business, relationships, self-help, education, marketing and poetry.

Ghostwriting Credit List:

2015-2018 Blog Editor-Ghostwriter for Membership Blog for Writers

2014-2015 Fiction Novel on family secrets in the South

2011-2012 Memoir of a domestic violence survivor

2008-2009 Marital counseling/relationship help ghost “expert” blogger

Rates:
$6,000 – $12,000 per book
Testimonial:
 “I have been working with Jennifer Brown Banks for more than five years. She is a fantastic writer and teacher, and has no problem going that extra mile! Jennifer pays attention to detail and has offered me advice and suggestions about my projects, that always proves practical and helpful. I will continue to call on her for her knowledge and expertise—whether writing a new book, marketing or updating my blog. I know I can count on her experience and support.”
– D. B.

Contact Jennifer for a quote RIGHT HERE.


Carmen Glover

Carmen has been actively writing since 1987. She has a very diverse background, which she states makes her “well-rounded” and enables her “to write proficiently in various genres.” She served as senior manager of publications and editorial director of “Change” magazine; a global publication, and taught English and writing skills for Seattle Community College and editing for Highline Community CollegeEnglish Department’s yearly book of short stories; The Arcturus.

Carmen currently provides editing, writing, ghostwriting, AND organizational development. She has ghostwritten, edited, and/or published more than twenty-two books for pastors, government officials, and entertainers (one which hit the New York Times Best Seller’s List, selling over 158K copies).

She has written for attorneys, doctors, movie producers, television celebrities, and musicians. Carmen has also been a Hollywood script reader for a notable Hollywood script-writing competition. She writes business and entertainment articles and online blogs for several media organizations.

Specializing in:

Ghostwriting – books: Faith-based, memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, book-to-screen scriptwriting, and book proposals 

Writing: Television, feature film, and online series

Scriptwriting

Script reading/evaluations

Editing/proofing 

Rates:

Please contact for a quote. Projects are very unique and quoting case-by-case is the best way to fairly and accurately quote your project. 

Contact Carmen for a quote RIGHT HERE.


Carolyn Roark, Ghostwriter and Developmental Editor

Carolyn has worked on 20+ book projects, some with indie authors, and others with traditional and hybrid presses.
Rate:
$80-$100/hour
Testimonials

I struggled for 4 years over many attempts at writing my book before hiring a professional ghostwriter. From the first meeting Carolyn exuded a calm intelligence I was looking for. She also had a relaxed willingness to read every word, poem, outline I had written to date. As early as the first chapter I was convinced I had made the ideal choice in Carolyn. She asks all the right questions in the right order, really listens to what you are saying—your intonation and inflections, your pauses- to not only capture your topic but your feelings. Her work could not have sounded more like ME! She is professional, compassionate, on time and always dependable. I’ll likely hire Carolyn again to ghostwrite my next book. 

– Danna W.

Carolyn brought order to the ‘chaos’ of my manuscript by first assessing what I had, flipping it on its head, surgically deconstructing it, reaching into my brain and is methodically transforming my manuscript into a masterpiece. When you hire Carolyn, you hire an artisan at the highest skill level of her craft. Carolyn not only produces the highest quality of work; Carolyn also sharpens you in the process.Trust me when I tell you: When she bids on your project, your search is over. Carolyn is amazing!!! 

– Todd S.

Carolyn took this raw, edited transcript–just people speaking back and forth–and turned it into a full fledged book. Two of them for that matter! That’s one of the best things about Carolyn. She has some knowledge, especially in the business arena, that allows her to take what you are giving her and actually expand on it. You won’t have to give the same level of guidance you might need with some junior level ghostwriter; Carolyn takes it and she fleshes it out for you. Her process is very solid.

– Charlie M.

Contact Carolyn for a quote RIGHT HERE.


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