As a continuation of my interest in pricing methods I found it interesting to learn the different approaches to pricing by ghostwriters. Their charges can be by:
percentage of profits
combination of the above
Depending on the experience of the ghostwriter experience and the complexity of the project, the charges can range as follows:
£0.33 – £2 per word
£2.60 – £26 per page
£33 – £100 per hour
£6,500 to £13,000, for a 100 to 200 page book
£13,000 to £33,000, for a 200 to 300 page book
£33,000 to £165,000 for celebrity ghostwriters
£350,000 for celebrity ghostwriters working with celebrity authors
That’ll be £100 for this post then. I think I’ll keep writing for myself for now.
A ghostwriter is a writer who authors books, manuscripts, screenplays, scripts, articles, blog posts, stories, reports, whitepapers, or other texts that are officially credited to another person. Celebrities, executives, participants in timely news stories, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, magazine articles, or other written material. A common form of literature ghostwriters are hired for is a celebrity’s memoirs. In music, ghostwriters are often used for writing songs and lyrics. Screenplay authors can also use ghostwriters to either edit or rewrite their scripts to improve them.
I’m writing a speech entitled, “3 Ways to Kill a Good Idea.” This is a humorous Toastmaster speech that requires research.
I’ve had lots of help, ideas and contributions from people. During my own internet research I came across this fun video about the invention of the wheel:
And a more serious video from the Harvard Business Review. Here John Kotter, emeritus professor at Harvard Business School, outlines four common attacks that are made on good ideas and explains the best ways to defend against them.
I’m busy writing a speech entitled, “3 Ways To Kill a Good Idea.” It’s a humorous speech for a Warrington Toastmasters meeting next week.
In my research I discovered data from some Covey Group work. They had completed a study that showed an inverse relationship between the number of goals a team has and the number of goals that are actually accomplished.
Goals set 2-3 = Goals Achieved with Excellence = 2-3
Goals set 4-10 = Goals Achieved with Excellence = 1-2
Goals set 11-20 = Goals Achieved with Excellence = 0
The deduction from this is that your business should keep the number of goals a team has to a critical few so each idea has a chance to live and not be strangled by multiple other goals.
The question you must ask about each new goal is: “Is this better than the other goals we already have?” If it is, then an old goal must be eliminated. If it is not, then the old goals stay in place and the team maintains its current focus.
Nice gig if you can get it: Warwick University researchers studied geo-tagged Tweets and mobile phone use over a two-month period in Milan.
Seriously though, this is an unsurprising but interesting piece of research.
The article lead me initially to think about the use of mobile data to count crowds at football matches and political demonstrations. Perhaps that was me thinking ‘police state’ type thoughts.
On further thought I can see how this could be put to positive commercial use in conurbations, shopping centres etc. Remember, this is not just about counting people it is about counting people at known times. The load on shops, roads, tourist attractions and all manner of other things could be counted and the trends understood.
Plus: How Apple, Facebook, Google and more tech-world heavyweights describe their design jobs.
We’re recruiting roles in graphic design and UX/UI. Job descriptions are written and I’m looking forward to meeting some great candidates. Interested people should get in touch through 6Talent, our digital recruitment company.
On the journey of planning what we were looking for I discovered this page at Fast Code Design, which has some really good explanation and definitions. I hope you find it useful.
Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer.
We have Bank Holidays in the UK, they are called this because they were weekdays when the banks closed. Most people used to have the day off and most shops were closed.
Today Bank Holidays are shopping days, with most retailers open for trade. And now UK retail banks are starting to open their doors to customers on Bank Holidays. Barclays are set to open 50 of their busiest branches on Monday 4 May. RBS and NatWest will open 34 branches.
An idea: cancel bank holidays, add the days to everyone’s annual leave entitlement and let people choose when to have time off.
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries, other European countries such as Switzerland, and a colloquialism for a public holiday in Ireland.
There is no automatic right to time off on these days, although banks close and the majority of the working population is granted time off work or extra pay for working on these days, depending on their contract.
The first official bank holidays were the four days named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871, but today the term is colloquially used (albeit incorrectly) for the two public holidays which are not official bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, namely Good Friday and Christmas Day.