Sometimes, a person wants to author a book. But they lack the time and/or expertise to actually pen (or type) the appropriate words. For many, this means their authoring dream is over. For others who are more determined and knowledgeable, the ghost-writer exists.
A ghost-writer is the individual who gets paid to tell your story in your own voice.
Chioma Nnani prides herself on her ability to hear a client’s voice and replicate it in whatever format the client finds desirable.
Confidentiality is also key in this process, so she s this to every ghost-writing client – the war veteran or retiring business tycoon who wants his/her memoirs recorded for posterity, the housewife who wants her voice to be heard, or the person who wants an autobiography.
The ghost-writing process typically begins with a consultation, which helps her:
- gauge where a potential client is coming from;
- discern their ‘voice’;
- ascertain if and how Ms Nnani can help them;
- give a realistic time frame within which the project will be completed; and
- adequately calculate the financial implications to the client.
Chioma Nnani believes that every human being has a voice – apart from their literal one. This ‘voice’ is actually a representation of a person. It tends to contain more than sentence structure. For some, their experiences, personalities, passions, expectations and ambitions lend definition to their ‘voice’; definition that they might not even be aware of.
All consultations are paid, and consultation fees are due in full at the time of booking. Consultations with Ms Nnani usually last an hour, although there is no guarantee that a particular consultation will not exceed an hour. Consultations can take place in person, over Skype or Google HangOut, or over the phone.
Where a potential client is based in Abuja, a face-to-face consultation will usually take place at a mutually agreed (public) location. On no account will consultations take place in a bar; there are no exceptions to this rule.
Where a potential client is not based in Abuja, they have the options of consulting via:
- Google HangOut
- Requesting that Ms Nnani make the journey to their city, bearing in mind that all travel and accommodation costs will be borne by the client. Travel and any necessary accommodation arrangements must be fully booked, confirmed and communicated to Ms Nnani, no less than 48 hours before she is due to travel.
Clients are advised to bring all written (and other) material, which they want Ms Nnani to go through, to the consultation. Where a consultation has taken place over Skype or Google HangOut, the material may need to be emailed through.
It is usually the case that a client’s ‘voice’ has been heard, before the consultation is over. Where she is unable to hear a client’s ‘voice’, that is an indicator that Ms Nnani will not be undertaking the project.
If Ms Nnani is able to undertake a project – following the consultation – the client is given a two-tiered quote. The quote is valid for 30 days after the consultation.
The first part is a bulk sum, which does vary from one client to another, depending on factors such as but not limited to scope of work, research to be done, and delivery time. A deposit of 70% is required, before work can begin. The balance of 30% is payable within seven days of completion of the project.
A watermarked copy of the completed project will be given to the client, till balance payment is remitted (within seven days of completion).
The second, compulsory tier of payment is in royalties. A percentage of the client’s royalties is due to Ms Nnani, if the project is published in any format – including but not limited to print, audio, media and new media.
If the client is amenable, they will be sent a contract within five working days. Among the provisions of the contract are those of ‘contact’ and ‘confidentiality’.
The ‘contact clause’ informs the client of mode and regularity of contact to expect, for the duration of their project. This can range from weekly to monthly calls and emails. In the event that Ms Nnani has informed a client that their project will take ten (10) weeks to complete, clients do not want to be fretting for ten (10) weeks. They typically want assurance that she haven’t taken a ten-week vacation to Hawaii, after receiving a deposit. Contact times are usually to show a client samples of work and/or to request additional information.
The ‘confidentiality clause’ is two-fold. In a nutshell, the first part states that the client’s identity will be kept confidential by Ms Nnani. Those bound by this part of the confidentiality clause also include any of her staff, who has had cause to be acquainted with a particular project.
The second part of the ‘confidentiality clause’ is to protect information given by the client – especially in its original form. For instance, a client for an autobiography who has submitted original photos (say, of their childhood), would like to be assured that the said photos won’t be found floating near the bank of the River Thames. Just as crucially, a client who has submitted audio files needs to be assured that the information contained in the audio files, won’t be all over the internet.
To access Chioma’s ghost-writing process and promise of
Consultation – Contract – Contact – Confidentiality – Completion
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