Scribe’s Award-Winning Ghostwriting Services

Scribe Elite Ghostwriting

Scribe Elite Ghostwriting is our highest tier book writing service. You will be paired with a high-level ghostwriter who will work with you to develop your idea, write and publish the best possible book.

Custom
$135K Minimum Investment

What’s Included

Award-Winning Ghostwriter

Our ghostwriters have written or edited New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers, and some have been recognized by winning Emmy Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. All are experienced, professional ghostwriters who have spent decades writing dozens of major books with high level people.

We have many different ghostwriters, and will work with you to pair you with the exact right fit, depending on your needs. Furthermore, if you choose, your writer can fly to you and do your interviews in person.

Complete Publishing and Distribution

Once your ghostwriter completes your manuscript to your satisfaction, we will do all the publishing and distribution services. This includes designing a beautiful cover, laying out the book interior, and writing all the marketing copy.

Your book will be available in all relevant places books are sold—Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple iBooks, etc.

Launch and Promotions

As part of this program, you will get a complete PR and media campaign starting prior to launch and lasting a minimum of three months. This will include a major PR push, podcast guest booking, guest posts on major sites, and much more.

Audiobook Creation and Distribution

We will also create an audiobook using a professional voice actor and top of the line studio production. We will handle all setup and distribution of the audiobook.

Full Ownership of All Rights and Royalties

We will set up all your distributor and retailer accounts in your name. This means you will own all your own intellectual property, rights, and royalties.

See What Authors Have to Say About Our Ghostwriting Services

Cameron Herold
Meetings Suck, Vivid Vision, and Free PR

Brita Long
The Happier Attorney, and Soon She Will Be Dead

I have said it before and I will say it again. Going through this entire process has been amazing and has changed my life.

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Brita Long
The Happier Attorney, and Soon She Will Be Dead

I have said it before and I will say it again. Going through this entire process has been amazing and has changed my life. I don’t know that I have ever had such an amazing team who TOTALLY has my back, in my entire life. I absolutely can’t imagine trying to write a book without this support, knowledge, and love.

Robin Farmanfarmaian
The Patient as CEO, & The Thought Leader Formula

Mary Hagerman
The Black Belt Investor

My scribe jumped into my socks and made my story and my teaching points come to life through every chapter. I never would have finished my book without Scribe. Everyone from my scribe to my publishing manager was always so upbeat and encouraging.

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Mary Hagerman
The Black Belt Investor

My scribe jumped into my socks and made my story and my teaching points come to life through every chapter. I never would have finished my book without Scribe. Everyone from my scribe to my publishing manager was always so upbeat and encouraging.

There is a real need for women speakers, especially in the financial world. I still can’t believe it when people come up to me and say I’m a role model for women everywhere. I just want young girls and families everywhere to have the opportunities I never did.

Will Leach
Marketing to Mindstates

Quan Huynh
Sparrow in the Razorwire

Thanks to the #scribetribe for your support, love, and acceptance. I never could have got this far without you all.

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Quan Huynh
Sparrow in the Razorwire

Thanks to the #scribetribe for your support, love, and acceptance. I never could have got this far without you all. Tucker, thanks for telling me to shut up and to get out to Austin (for the workshop) when I was doubting that I even had a story. Everyone else, this is so possible!

Shannon Miles
The Third Option

Josh Mantz
The Beauty of a Darker Soul

First, please let me say that the entire process has been absolutely phenomenal. After going through this process, it is blatantly obvious that I never would have been able to produce this product on my own.

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Josh Mantz
The Beauty of a Darker Soul

First, please let me say that the entire process has been absolutely phenomenal. After going through this process, it is blatantly obvious that I never would have been able to produce this product on my own. Never! Your team has been a pleasure to work with at every step and are highly professional and experienced. It’s turned into what’s arguably the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever done, and I’m excited to leverage this effort to drive change within the behavioral health community.

Melissa Gonzalez
The Pop-Up Paradigm

The Scribe Elite Ghostwriting Experience

We have a proven, proprietary process that has helped thousands of high level authors write their books.

1

Author Strategy & Book Validation

Before we begin working together, we have to make sure you have a good book in you—one that’s viable for publishing.

We’ll dive deep into your book idea, your intended audience, and the impact your book will have on your reader, on you, and on your business. We will also understand the constraints on your time, gauge how much research or other assistance your book will require, and scope out everything it will take to ensure you are able to produce the best possible book with our assistance.

Note that this is not a sales call. Not every book is right for this program.

If we’re not a good fit to work together in this program, we will happily refer you to a service or company that can meet your needs.

2

Selection of Your Publishing Team

To begin the process, we’ll put you with a Publishing Manager. They will be your main point of contact during the book process and will be responsible for ensuring your book is as good as possible and publishes on time. Anything you need, it’s their job to make happen.

We will also select your ghostwriter, based on your book idea. We’ll select a ghostwriter with extensive experience in your area of expertise—one who brings a lot to your book, pairs well with you, and effectively can write in your voice.

If you choose, your ghostwriter can also fly to you to conduct your interviews and edits.

3

Interviewing & Ghostwriting

Our professional ghostwriters will work with you in a customized manner, adapting to your needs and wants. But the basic process entails these steps:

North Star & Roadmap
Your ghostwriter begins by creating the “North Star” of your book. This is a process by which we position your book, both for you and in your desired market, by establishing these things:

  1. Clearly articulate what your book is about
  2. Define exactly who your audience is
  3. Understand precisely why that audience will care about your book
  4. Specifically outline how your book will impact you and your audience

You can think of this like a business plan for your book. If necessary, the ghostwriter will help you develop the ideas and do research to ensure the book works.

Once the book is properly positioned, your ghostwriter will create the book’s “Roadmap.” This is similar to an outline in that it will help you define your ideas, sharpen your thinking, and lay the foundation for your book.

Content Interviews
Your ghostwriter will then use this Roadmap as the guide to interview you. These interviews lay the foundation for your book and get all of your content, stories, knowledge, and wisdom out of your head and onto a recording.

This is the core of the ghostwriting experience, and these calls can and may extend over a few weeks. It is the ghostwriter’s job to get the content out of you and then turn it into a book, and to do that, they will need as much of your knowledge as possible.

4

Manuscript Revisions

Once your ghostwriter has a rough draft in your voice, you will read the book and do one full round of revisions. This usually entails you reading a few chapters at a time, making notes, and doing a call with your ghostwriter to go over the revisions.

Again, if you choose, your ghostwriter can come to you to do the revisions.

5

Book Design

The same team that has created covers for 22 NYT & WSJ bestsellers designs your book inside and out.

It starts with you telling us what you envision for your book. Our team will align your creative ideas with your book content to complete a design brief.

We will create several different design comps and present them to you. The final say on all design decisions rests with you.

We will also design a professional interior for your book to ensure it looks and feels how you desire.

6

Publishing & Distribution

Your Publishing Manager will work with you to determine your distribution goals and retail channels.

If you want the broadest distribution possible—Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and as many international platforms as possible—we will provide the best options for you, handle all account and file creation, and make sure your book is prepared for launch.

7

Full Book Launch

We’ll create a custom marketing plan that will be specifically suited to leverage your book to get the results you want.

Starting with your goals, we work backward to identify the ideal outlets, messages, and tactics to use to spread your message, and we’ll lay out the plan into a clear week-by-week strategy.

This strategy will be custom to you, but generally, it will have these elements:

Magazine Contributor
We will craft 15+ concepts from the book that can stand alone as valuable articles. Our writing team will use these excerpts to write content to share with the media. All of this content will be sent to you for approval. We will also publish this content on sites like Forbes, Entrepreneur, and others, where you will be a VIP Contributor.

Podcast Booking
We will book several interviews on podcasts and radio shows for you to share your ideas.

Media Profiles
We’ll pitch journalists and bloggers to write stories on the content in the book and reference you in their stories.

Influencer Copies
One of the most important ways that books spread is through influencers.

Before the launch, we help you identify influencers in your network who might be able to help support the book, craft email templates for you to reach out to them, and send them advance copies of your book.

Furthermore, we will use our own network of influencers and research relevant people in your target market, and mail out books to them as well.

Social Media Graphics & Distribution
We design social media banners for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as custom graphics for your book announcement, book launch, and quote images to post on an ongoing basis.

We will also create a social media calendar for consistent promotion of your book on your social media channels. This will include visual assets, quote images, and promotion of your written content.

Press Kit
We create a full media kit for your book, including media hooks, a book summary, your professional assets, and other tools to make covering the book as easy as possible for the media.

Book Launch Week
We coordinate our efforts to maximize the impact of your launch week, focusing on maximizing attention, sales, and reviews. In addition to emailing your LinkedIn connections and hosting you on the Author Hour podcast, we also publish an excerpt of the book to our Book Bites publication and coordinate open media opportunities to land during launch week.

Amazon Reviews
Throughout the first week, we also focus on maximizing early reviews. We leverage our Insider’s List to send early reviewers for the book and send them free copies, and we help you share free copies of the book with your closest friends and family to ask for support.

Media Outreach
We pitch targeted journalists to cover you and your book. For those interested, we mail them a free copy of the book, along with your media kit, and we’ll professionally follow up in order to secure articles. We also help them come up with potential story angles and ideas revolving around your book.

Content Publication & Guest Posts
We also focus on sharing the book’s ideas through your own content. Using the articles created earlier, we submit guest posts to various blogs and media outlets, and publish some content on your own channels. We also create a schedule to consistently share quote images on your social media in order to stay top of mind with your connections.

Paid Ads
We will use advertisements on two different platforms to raise the visibility of your book and sell copies. These will primarily be on Amazon.

Reporting
Throughout this process, we will send you a weekly progress report on media coverage, new opportunities, and discussions in progress. At the end of our work together, you’ll receive a full coverage report highlighting relevant statistics for all the media attention the book has received.

8

Audiobook

We will also create an audiobook using a professional voice actor and top of the line studio production. We will also handle all setup and distribution of the audiobook.

Examples of Editors You Might Work With

EMILY GINDLESPARGER
Head Book Coach

Emily has written over a dozen books as a Scribe, including Diva Nagula’s Wall Street Journal Bestseller, From Doctor to Patient.

HAL CLIFFORD
Former Executive Editor, Orion

Hal is our resident Editor in Chief, an award-winning journalist, and has published three books. He was also the head editor for David Goggins’ bestseller Can’t Hurt Me.

Who Should Use Scribe Elite Ghostwriting Services?

Who Should
  • People writing non-fiction books
  • People whose books fall within the broad genres of business or personal development, oriented towards an entrepreneurial audience
  • People who want to write their book but don’t have time to do it themselves and need help
  • People who want to employ the services of a high-level ghostwriter
  • People who want to invest in a serious book with wide distribution and media attention
Who Should Not
  • People who want to write a novel or fictional book
  • People who don’t know why they want to write a book
  • People who want this service, but have a limited budget (see Scribe Professional or Guided Author)

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Scribe Elite Ghostwriting different from other ghostwriting services?

Unlike other ghostwriting services, with Scribe, your book is entirely your ideas and your words, in your own voice.

Other Ghostwriters start with your book concept and a few of your ideas, then create a book using their own words, tone, and voice. It won’t sound like it came from you, because it generally doesn’t. In essence, a ghostwriter writes a book, and you pay them so that you can put your name on it. It’s not really your book.

With Scribe, you are the Author. The ideas and words and content are entirely yours and are in your voice. We put nothing in your book that did not come out of your head and your mouth. We like to say that we help you translate your ideas into a proper, professional book, but all meaningful parts of authorship are yours, making you the sole author.

The two other differences are these:

Ghostwriters give you a manuscript, and they do nothing else. We do it all—including full publishing and distribution.

A good ghostwriter is much more expensive than our process (good ones usually run about $100k+).

If you don’t know what you’re talking about, then you need to hire a ghostwriter. That way the ghostwriter can do the research and write a book that makes sense, and you get to have your name on it.

The coolest part of the Scribe process is that you end up working with some of the very best editing and ghostwriting talents in the world—you just do it through our systematic and defined process. Our Ghostwriters love working with us (and our authors), because they are able to avoid most of the problems that freelancers have: finding good clients, negotiating terms of the deal, collecting payment, limiting the scope of the work, etc.

Our systematic process is actually better for authors and for freelancers, because it creates a clear set of expectations and deliverables, a defined workflow, and ensures there is a trusted third party—Scribe—to monitor everything and ensure that it works. Our roster of freelancers includes Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy Award winners, bestselling authors, bestselling ghostwriters, etc.

This creates a three-way relationship where everyone wins: you publish a great book, the freelancer gets paid well for work they enjoy, and we make a profit by coordinating the whole exchange.

We wrote a much longer piece on the differences between traditional ghostwriting and the Scribe process. You can read it here.

If I do Scribe Elite Ghostwriting, am I the author of the book? Is it in my voice?

Yes, you’re the sole author of your book, and it’s entirely in your voice. You are the only one contributing the ideas, the knowledge, and the content to the book, (and with the Guided Author Program, you actually write it out as well). All we do is help you with the parts of book writing that you aren’t an expert at; positioning, structuring, etc.

We’re able to do this because the book is literally created entirely from interviews with you—there is no other voice it could be but yours.

How do you select my Ghostwriter? Can I choose them?

No, authors do not choose their own Ghostwriter. That is why you are paying us—to do that.

To begin with, we thoroughly vet and test all our Ghostwriters. It’s easier to get into Harvard (6% acceptance rate) than it is to work with us as a Scribe (<1% acceptance rate). Not only that, but our Ghostwriters have spent at least a decade (usually longer) in writing and publishing, and many of them are highly decorated—Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy nominees and winners, and National Magazine Award winners.

We have an internal “ask system” that we use to pair up the right Ghostwriter and Author (you). Here’s how it works:

We get to know you, your book, and how you work. Then we create a “Project Scope” for your book, and let all our Ghostwriters see it. They will read it, and the ones who are interested in working on your book ask to be assigned.

They answer two questions: 1. Why are you excited to work on this book, and 2. What do you bring to the book that might help the author?

We then pick the one we think will be the best match—95% of the time, this process works great.

But yes, in rare cases, the Author and Ghostwriter are not a fit. If after working together, they feel uncomfortable or unwilling to move forward with the project, we’re happy to find a replacement Ghostwriter.

Can writing a book help boost my career?

Absolutely. We’ve seen hundreds of authors get more paid speaking opportunities, more clients, and more revenue after their book boosts their status and credibility in their field.

How do I use my book to increase my authority and credibility?

Books by their very nature enable authors to occupy a level of credibility far above where they started. This piece covers the effect in general, and we have literally hundreds of examples from our authors:

John Ruhlin used his book to establish his professional brand, become a sought after speaker, and double his firm revenue.

Deb Gabor used her book to build her own brand, and get work with Fortune 50 companies.

Cliff Lerner was a very successful entrepreneur who no one knew—until his book got him on the radar, and now he is on dozens of boards and is a high profile investor.

There are dozens of other examples here.

Who will I be working with in the process?

Your publishing team, led by your Author Success Manager. They are your main point of contact and are in charge of ensuring you get a great book.

Most of the writing will be done by your Ghostwriter—a professional writer and editor that has spent at least a decade working in books.

You will conceptualize your book cover with the help of our Creative Director, who has created dozens of bestselling book covers. They will lead the creative process, but your feedback will be instrumental to guide revisions.

Your marketing efforts will be led by our book launch and PR team to ensure your book reaches its audience and achieves your goals as a newly published Author.

It’s time to write your book. We can help.

If you’re serious about writing and publishing your non-fiction book this year, simply schedule a free consultation call with one of our Author Strategists. We’ll discuss your book idea and see if it makes sense for us to work together.

Your book idea doesn’t have to be solidified—part of the process is to refine and perfect the idea. We just need to know what you are thinking right now and how it can help your business.

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