The Writers' Union maintains a list of its members who are willing to do ghost writing. People who want to find a ghostwriter are asked to complete a request form, which can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. The request form is then circulated to the ghostwriters. It is left to the discretion of the members on the list to reply or not. If
you do not get a response, the members are not available or interested at this time.
Contracts with ghostwriters are negotiated on an individual basis. The Writers' Union has established a minimum fee schedule. For a book of 60,000 to 90,000 words, the Union recommends a total minimum fee of $40,000, payable as follows: 15% on signing; 10% on delivery of detailed outline; 25% on delivery of first draft of one chapter; 25% on delivery of first draft of entire manuscript; and 25% on delivery of revised manuscript.
The fee is to be paid at each stage and the contract is subject to termination by either party following each payment. Research fees would be in addition to this minimum writing fee.
"Ghost Writing," by Marian Hebb
Anyone hiring a ghostwriter would be well advised to purchase the Union's publication entitled Ghost Writing. It would assist one in understanding ghostwriting contracts. It costs $9.00 and can be purchased by sending a cheque or money order to:
The Writers' Union of Canada Publications
460 Richmond Street West, Suite 600
Toronto ON M5V 1Y1