Drug King Pins & Mobsters Need You

I saw this on craigslist the other day:

Writer Wanted For Ex North Idaho Drug Kingpin: Looking for someone to write life story, unique story, unique Individual. Story consists of dealings with Colombians,Cubans, Mexican Federallies, 16 years in prison hanging out with mafia members from the Phildelphia Scarfo gang, Charlie Iannache, Anthony Pungitore, Gene Gotti-brother of John Gotti of the New York Mafia, being successful jail house lawyer. Story begins with the consequences for a boy with a gifted IQ who deals with uniagnosed ADHD and the path he takes in life through taking over the underbelly of the drug world,prison,self inflicted extrodinary rehabilitation efforts to his succesfull entrance back into society. This isnt some run of the mill drug dealer story! I SHOULD BE DEAD A HUNDRED TIMES OVER. GOD HAD HIS HAND ON MY SHOULDER TO GET THROUGH IT. ps: All Statue of Limitations are finished and all prison time completed. The story just needs to be told by a gifted writer. TO SEE 6 PAGE SYNOPSIS GO TO: http://bobbyconvict.blogspot.com If interested, please submit writing proposal/compensation plans. I would prefer to give the writer a portion of proceeds, but would pay the right writer to do the story. Follow up to the book would be self help videos/books for children-parents-educators-inmates to not go down the path I took, or to change an inmates life through education. please email me at: write4me87@yahoo.com

It made me think of the contest Neil Strauss just recently ran on his mailing list. It was a call to writers for samples for a chance to be a ghostwriter for some old mobster who wanted to tell his story. I’ve mentioned this before. He sent out an MP3 with a 30 minute-ish long interview segment and you had to write a story based on the audio. There were no restrictions and you could write whatever and however you wanted. It was a pretty cool and real opportunity to get a chance to work with an established writer.

I did some research to see what kinds of fees ghostwriters get and they varied wildly. Anywhere from $45 – $200/hr. Variables include whether the ghostwrite gets attribution or not and how long the project takes, but looked like about $25,000 is relatively reasonable fee to ghostwrite someone’s book for him/her.

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