I've been offered a ghostwriting gig. Help me with my expectations, please.
So, I mentioned to several people in my life that, rather than continue in print production or bookkeeping (between now and the time I begin work on a Masters degree in Film in September), I wanted to get some experience with freelance writing and/or copyediting. I got a hit right away from my friend who works for a small publisher. Very small - nearly just a vanity project for the owner of the company, who is himself "not educated or experienced, but very smart" according to my friend. I actually designed the company logo a while back, too. Anyway, the owner wants to publish a novel based in truth about some conspiratorial figure I've never heard of, and that's about all I know so far. (Uh-oh... my Turner Diaries
senses are tingling...) Sounds fun enough to me! We haven't met yet, but from my friend who runs his business, I have the impression that the job will be mine if I want it, in any case.
What kind of rate should I request, as someone with very little professional writing experience, writing a book that is not expected to profit enormously?
How much time should I expect to spend on a short reseach-based novel?
What complexities or stumbling blocks should I look out for in this arrangement and the adjunct relationships?
Resources for, um, how to write my first novel without personal inspiration, and on the fly?
I believe I can muddle through the copyediting and the research parts, but making the content interesting, authentic and well-structured are all problems I have no experience solving.
Any other advice, freelancers?
Thanks very much in advance!