Business Book Ghostwriting and Publishing Navigation
Establish yourself as a thought leader and elevate your brand
Establish yourself as a thought leader and elevate your brand
The KAA Ghostwriting Experience
We carefully customize our ghostwriting process to meet your specific needs and publishing goals. The process below describes a standard ghostwriting experience.
Before any commitments are made or contracts are signed, we take the time to get to know you, your book, and your publishing goals. We’ll provide consultation regarding the publishing industry and discuss the optimal strategy for your book.
Through a series of phone calls and questionnaires, we’ll help you think through your book concept, platform, audience, and marketplace. Our preparation also includes reviewing any drafts, notes, articles, outlines, and other relevant background materials.
Every great book ever written was the result of an effective team. With KAA, you have an industry-leading team of bestselling writers, editors, and publishing executives that will develop a comprehensive strategy, navigate the publishing industry for you, and help you achieve your publishing goals.
Your Book Editor
Your editor will lead the book-writing process and collaborate with the team to (a) develop the book’s positioning, core concepts, structure, and themes; (b) provide market analysis and advise on target audience, marketing, and publishing strategy; (c) edit and review the manuscript throughout the book-writing process.
Note: All of the in-house editors at KAA are former acquisitions editors at Big-5 publishing houses (Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette) who have acquired and edited hundreds of traditionally published books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers.
Your writer will work with you to pen your words to the page and revise the manuscript to ensure it captures your voice and vision. Our impressive roster of writers includes #1 New York Times-bestselling and award-winning authors in a wide variety of genres.
Your Project Manager
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to writing and publishing a book. Your project manager will establish and maintain the timeline, schedule interviews, and be a helpful resource for any questions that come up along the way.
Our team of publishing executives work behind the scenes with your writing team to ensure your book is aligned with your goals. They’ll also help you find the best home for your book (more on that below).
Meet with your book-writing team in person or via video conference for in-depth strategy sessions to brainstorm, plan, and build the foundation of your book. By the end of the sessions, you will have a detailed manuscript outline that captures your vision, as well as a publishing and marketing strategy that aligns with your goals.
Ongoing Manuscript Review and Revisions
Your writer will develop your manuscript one section at a time, giving you ample opportunity to discuss the draft in process and suggest revisions.
Your editor will oversee the writing process and provide ongoing editorial review and direction to ensure the quality of the writing is up to publishing industry standards.
Finalize Your Draft
Once the manuscript is complete and meets your full approval, an additional editor (who has no knowledge of the project) will perform a “cold read,” editing the text for grammar and providing a final round of analysis and consultation.
Your manuscript will be reviewed by 20+ impartial lay readers from within your target demographic who will provide detailed raw feedback and suggest improvements. The writing team will review this feedback with you and revise the book to ensure it resonates with your audience. Beta readers allow you and your team to make editorial decisions based on data.
Did you know less than 0.1% of people who want to write a book actually publish one? Not at KAA. Whether you want to break into traditional publishing, collaborate with a great hybrid publisher, or make the most of what self-publishing offers, we’ll guide you every step of the way. At KAA, we have former literary agents on staff, partnerships with dozens of publishers, and relationships with the most seasoned book marketers and PR teams to launch your book. We won’t just help you write your book, we’ll ensure you have a remarkable publishing experience.
Publishing your own book will establish you as an expert in your field and enhance your professional profile. If you’re in sales or earn income through delivering speeches, a book will be an enormously helpful selling piece and earn you instant credibility and respect. Many people view a book as the ultimate business card—an essential for demonstrating your expertise.
Since you’re the expert, you’re probably busy doing what you do best! And while you may be an expert in business, you’re probably not an expert in writing or publishing a book. Our ghostwriting services allow you to focus on your business while we dedicate the time, expertise, and energy necessary to write and publish your book. If you’re concerned about the time commitment required to write your book, or lack confidence in your writing skills, we’re a perfect service for you.
Your level of involvement is entirely up to you, though we do recommend at least 20 hours total–most of which would be required in the planning phase. You can opt to work closely with your ghostwriter, or simply provide them with basic information and let them do the rest of the work. This is your book, which means that you have final say on the content; how and when you give your input and approval is your decision. We’ll work with you to customize the process so that it fits your schedule and preferred working style.
The duration of the ghostwriting process is partly up to you. Depending on your schedule and desired level of involvement, your ghostwriter will develop material for you to review and approve on a weekly or biweekly basis. While every book is unique, on average, a 200-page or 50,000-word manuscript will take between six and nine months to develop. We can often rush these services for you if you need to meet a specific publishing deadline.
Every ghostwriting project is unique: our pricing is flexible and varies according to what you choose to include in your package. Our comprehensive ghostwriting packages typically include strategic planning, writing, revisions, editing, review by a senior editor, pitch materials, and publishing consultation.
What if I Just Want Feedback and Consultation on My Book?
Our editing and consultation services are perfectly suited for writers who are looking to improve their work. We can give input at whatever level of detail you’d like—overarching feedback on the structure and concept of the book, critical review on the flow and transitions, or copy editing the text itself. At your request, we can also address specific issues in our review of your work.
How Much Experience Do You Have with Business Books?
Business books are our strongest genre. Not only have we developed numerous New York Times bestselling business books, but we work directly with the leading business book publishers and have agented multiple 6-figure deals for our clients. Our client list includes self-made billionaires, CEOs, and a wide range of notable business leaders from a variety of industries. We are also very well connected with the leading book marketers and publicists and can put together and manage a team that gives you the best chance at success.
What Do I Need to Consider When Choosing a Book Ghostwriter?
The internet is littered with online writing and editing services, making it nearly impossible to sift through the scams and find a legitimate and trustworthy service. Here are some questions to ask when you’re vetting companies to ensure that you pick a reliable firm for all your writing and editing needs:
Whatever service you decide to use, be sure to protect yourself. Make certain that you are working with a reputable and experienced company.
Once the Ghostwriting Is Complete, Can You Help with Publishing and Marketing?
We know that the publishing industry can be daunting, especially for first-time authors, so we offer consultation and comprehensive support for traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing outlets. Most of our all-inclusive ghostwriting packages include an original and customized query letter or book proposal free of charge. This invaluable marketing tool will be used to promote your book to literary agents and publishers. We will guide you through every step of securing an agent or publisher, as well as putting together an effective publishing strategy.