What People Are Saying . . .
Bestselling author, CEO
Arthur F. Coombs III
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Bestselling author,
national speaker
Hank Smith, PhD
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Bestselling author,
learning consultant
Taylor Halverson, PhD
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Writer/producer,
History of the Saints
Glenn Rawson, PhD
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“Kathy struck the perfect balance of being able to call ‘a spade a spade’ and yet not hurt rapport with me. Her deep expertise and calming can-do attitude made her an invaluable ally for me as an author—a rare find indeed.”
“Kathy Jenkins is brilliant. She is a master craftsman of words, ideas, and stories. I’ve collaborated with her on a number of projects, and her work is unmatched.”
“Kathy Jenkins writes compellingly and swiftly, has an eye for detail, and possesses an uncanny sense for how to shape a story to make it pulsate with energy.”
“Kathy Jenkins embodies the highest professional standards and skills as a writer. She is a thorough researcher and a complete and imaginative soul, which comes through in her writing.”
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If you have something important to say but just don’t know how to say it, you need a ghostwriter.

Maybe you’ve got lots of great ideas but haven’t put anything in writing. Maybe you’ve created a basic outline or some abbreviated ideas. Or maybe you have rough text that you know isn’t even close to being ready for prime time. In all those cases (and just about everything in between), a ghostwriter takes what you have and hands you back a polished piece. 

A ghostwriter, simply, is hired to write something—a book, autobiography, memoir, article, speech, blog, business brief, ad copy, or whatever—for someone else. The ghostwriter takes money for the work but takes none of the credit for it. Most of the time, that is. (I’ll talk about exceptions in a minute.) It’s the quintessential “work for hire” agreement.

And it’s more common than you might think.

 

icon ghstwritgWhy Hire Me as a Ghostwriter?

You’ve put something together, but writing isn’t your native talent. Even if your mom says it’s the best thing she’s ever read, you know it’s not.

  • You’ve got a rough draft, but you know it needs to be radically revised. (An edit merely fixes spelling, grammar, and punctuation; a ghostwrite usually creates additional material, shifts material around, reorganizes, and so on.)
  • You’ve got some killer talents in your area of expertise, but you really can’t write at all.
  • You have lots of good ideas but don’t know where to start or how to make it happen.
  • You don’t have time to write because you’re too busy doing what you do best.
  • You simply don’t like to write. You’d rather have a root canal.

 

icon ghstwritgWhat It Will Cost

It’s impossible to provide a set price for a ghostwrite because there are so many variables. I generally charge $50 to $150 per hour; this is a case where you and I will need to look at the product you want, how much you’ve already put into it, how much work I’ll need to do, and what I’ll need to invest in terms of research and actual writing. Shorter pieces are much less, of course; a ghostwritten book could range anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000. I will always give you a specific bid and a detailed contract before we agree to move ahead.

 

icon ghstwritgNow for the Exceptions

Remember how I said the ghostwriter takes none of the credit? Well, that’s usually true. Sometimes, though, the following happens—and it all depends on what you want:

  • The ghostwriter is given a nod in the dedication or acknowledgments.
  • The ghostwriter is listed as a contributor—an example would be By Oprah Winfrey with Kathryn Jenkins or By Oprah Winfrey as told to Kathryn Jenkins.
  • The ghostwriter is listed right on the cover as a coauthor—an example would be By Oprah Winfrey and Kathryn Jenkins.

 

icon ghstwritgI’ve Done This—a Lot 

In fact, I’ve been doing it for 42 years. Below are a couple of examples of books I’ve ghostwritten.

If you have questions or are ready to get started, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

img ghost BeHappyBe Happy! By Hank Smith

You can be happy—solidly, genuinely happy—no matter what’s going on around you, no matter what happens to you, no matter what storm comes along to batter and bruise you. Face it: it’s not always easy to feel happy. With all the worries and trials of day-to-day life, the cares of the world can seem overwhelming. But as popular speaker and author Hank Smith demonstrates, no matter your circumstances, you can be happy—the kind of happy that illuminates you from the inside out, a joy that does not depend on what happens to you but on what you do with what happens. With his characteristic humor, Hank offers readers a fresh perspective on finding joy in the journey with a collection of tools and strategies designed to inspire genuine happiness.

img ghost DontManageDon't Just ManageLead! By Arthur F. Coombs III

Within the first few pages of this book, you'll realize something with new clarity: managers are a dime a dozen. Most people know or can learn how to manage. But leaders? They're something special—and what they contribute to an organization is what sets it apart from the competition.
Effective leaders make the difference between an organization that succeeds and one that stagnates. Effective leaders make solid decisions, but they take it a step further—they bring the guidance, vision, creativity, and motivation necessary to powerfully execute the decisions. They influence behavior, shape goals, and encourage the best. An influential leader's footprint is forever engraved on a successful organization's heart. The good news is that you can also learn to be the kind of leader who makes a difference. And this book—written by one of the best—will teach you how.

Writer

"Kathy writes compellingly and swiftly, has an eye for detail, and possesses an uncanny sense for how to shape a story to make it pulsate with energy."
 —Taylor Halverson

Editor

"Kathy Jenkins has honed her editing skills with such precision and excellence that today she is viewed by many (including me) as the best editor on the planet. No matter how many times I have read and reworked a manuscript, Kathy improves my writing with meticulous care and good will."
 —Susan Easton Black

Mentor

"Kathy has been so helpful to me in bringing my manuscripts to fruition, encouraging me to work diligently on my writing craft. She makes every author better in every way."
 —Ed J. Pinegar

Consultant

"Kathy brings life in her writing, wisdom in her editing, and experience in her consulting; she has made me a better and more confident author."
 —Ganel-Lyn Condie