So, you've always wanted to write the next "Game of Thrones", but just never could find a way to get the novel started? Fortunately, you don't have to write 100,000 words yourself to produce the fantasy novel you've always dreamed of writing.
Freelance writing and editing existed long before the Internet, however the Internet has made it easier than ever before to find ghost writers and editors that can help you write your novel. Better yet, the vast talent pool has driven expectations (and therefore, quality) up and kept prices surprisingly affordable -- especially if you're willing to do the work of outlining and story engineering.
With a reasonable amount of research to find the right team, you can find up-and-coming freelance ghost writers who will help take your outline and turn it into a fully-fledged novel. A solid ghost writer early in their career might charge anywhere from 3 to 5 cents per word. That means that you could get your entire book written for somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000 -- not bad for a fully-fledged book.
More experienced writers might charge anywhere from 10 to 25 cents per word (and a few charge even more), however if you're willing to provide an outline and make extensive notes and revisions, you can utilize an inexpensive ghostwriters to do the bulk of the heavy lifting -- leaving yourself for the big picture.
If you want your novel to really shine, a freelance editor will cost anywhere from $20 to $50 per hour, and will help ensure that your novel reads well from a genuine outsiders perspective. While top-tier editing can be expensive (at a standard 20 to 25 cent per word rate to a high-quality editor, your 100,000 word book will cost between $20,000 and $25,000 to edit). Alternatively, you can find an "up and coming" editor for much less, however unlike ghost writing, a substandard editor can do more harm than good. If the novel is really that important to you, and you don't have the funding for a $30,000 outlay, editing the novel yourself (or getting a publisher to pay for the editing on your behalf) could make more sense.
Ultimately, the key is to get started. The tools are out there for you to succeed, all you have to do is utilize them!
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