Hy Bender BookProposal.net Hy Bender

New York Times Bestselling Ghostwriter, World-Class Book Coach and Developmental Editor, and Top Book Proposal Expert to Help You Become a Famous, Respected, and Successful Author, Elevate Your Career by Branding Yourself as a Thought Leader in Your Field, and/or Reach Mass Audiences With Your Unique Voice and Message

You have something special the world needs—a life story, professional expertise, technical knowledge, a unique voice, a distinct vision. Whatever your gift is, you're depriving both yourself and everyone else if you're not sharing it with the world. And the most effective way to provide your in-depth information to mass audiences is a book.

2024 is brimming with opportunities. It's a wonderful time to heroically live your full potential by working with me to craft the finest book possible for your message.

My rate is $100 an hour, working from upfront renewable retainers (similar to an attorney, albeit with a far lower hourly rate than a lawyer). If that's within your budget, please email me at hy@hyreviews.com with your name, phone number, and day and time that's most convenient for you to chat. I'll be happy to provide you with a 100% free phone consultation during which you can tell me about your book idea and get my honest assessment, and also ask any questions you might have.

That's the executive summary. If you'd care for more information, please find complete details below; or simply email me right now at hy@hyreviews.com. Either way, I'd love to hear from you.—Hy


Hy Bender

Hy Bender

Hy Bender

Email: hy@hyreviews.com


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Last updated April 2024


If you have a great idea for a book and/or movie, you've come to the right place.


My name is Hy Bender. I'm one of the top ghostwriters, developmental editors, and book coaches in the country, and probably the only book proposal writer you can hire who helped a first-time, non-celebrity author land a $1 million advance (please see below). I've aided hundreds of clients, ranging from New York Times bestselling authors to Hollywood screenwriters. Two of the books I ghostwrote, both for first-time authors, reached The New York Times Bestseller list. One hit #16 on Amazon.com, and also the USA Today Bestseller list, and to date has sold over 500,000 copies.


In addition, I'm the author or co-author of 19 books under my own name that have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The latter include five books in the popular Dummies series and a Complete Idiot's Guide which demonstrate my ability to explain even complex concepts in an accessible, entertaining manner that anyone can understand.


And they further include a nationally bestselling interview book with superstar novelist and screenwriter Neil Gaiman that reached #240 on Amazon.com. I'd use those same interview skills to draw out the critical details of your book.


I've written books under my own name for such top publishers as Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and McGraw-Hill, and have also written for niche publishers such as DC Comics and Writers Digest Books. Whatever type of book you're envisioning, I'm eager to aid you in reaching the largest number of readers possible.


Book as Personal Brand

My most frequent clients are professionals who have tremendously valuable knowledge and insights—doctors, other health experts (nutritionists, fitness trainers, etc.), attorneys, politicians, business executives, entertainers (movie/TV stars, comedians, singers, directors, etc.), journalists, technology experts, scientists, spiritual gurus, life coaches, and more—but lack the experience and time to communicate them effectively in book form. If you fall into this category, I'll be superb at extracting your expert information by casually chatting with you over the phone, and then "translating" industry jargon and complex concepts into flowing prose that's fun to read and easy to absorb.


The result will typically be a book that powerfully delivers your key messages to a potential audience of millions; legitimizes you as a top expert in your field; helps you achieve national fame; and becomes the foundation of your personal brand.


Your Life Story as Book and Movie

If you want to tell your personal story via a memoir, I have a major advantage over other book ghostwriters because I also write screenplays, and as a world-class story analyst help screenwriters bulletproof their scripts. My deep understanding of feature films allows me to give almost any life story a movie-like structure, which vastly increases your memoir's chances of winning over both very large numbers of readers and Hollywood producers.


Laughter Makes Anything Better

On top of my book skills, I have a world-class sense of humor. I have a popular Twitter comedy account at @hybender (over 73,000 followers); and I've sold humor articles to such diverse national newspapers and magazines as The New York Times, American Film, Advertising Age, Spy, and Mad Magazine.


My comedy expertise allows me to both ghostwrite and edit with wit and an easy-going style, thus avoiding the sort of dry, muted tone that spells death for many nonfiction books.


Million Dollar Book Proposal Writer

My accomplishments as a ghostwriter and top book proposal developer include:



Please know that I'm not for everyone. I'm exceptionally honest and tough on pages (because both publishers and readers have high standards), so I'll never be patronizing and merely tell you what you want to hear. But if you have a thick skin, I'll do my very best to help you write an extremely compelling book proposal and a great book.


You Need a Book Proposal

By the same token, I won't ever try to cheat you. For example, if you speak to other ghostwriters, they may try to persuade you to immediately pay $40,000-$120,000+ for them to write your entire book.


But the truth is if you have a great idea for a nonfiction book aimed at traditional publishers, the first step isn't to create a complete manuscript. It's to craft a book proposal that clearly describes your concept, why it'll be compelling to a large number of readers, the ways in which it can be promoted to those readers, and how you'd flesh it out in book form. This proposal can then be used to attract agents and convince book publishers. It's only after obtaining a contractual commitment and advance payment from a publisher that you should proceed to writing the entire book, either by yourself or with a ghostwriter.


Publishers not only prefer this approach for nonfiction books, they demand it. Among a proposal's advantages are that a busy editor can read it a lot faster than an entire manuscript; it provides critical business & marketing information that a manuscript doesn't; and it avoids you being "locked in" to any element, giving an editor the freedom to ask for both major and minor changes before you devote an immense amount of time and effort into developing the full book.


I know of what I speak. On top of the 19 books published under my own name, I've been the ghostwriter for scores of books, manuals, scripts, and other client projects.


For almost all the books, I made the sale on the basis of a 15-30 page "pitch" marketing section, a 15-20 page detailed contents outline, and a 60 page collection of sample chapters.


I've been told repeatedly—by clients who meticulously explored the market for ghostwriters and then chose me—that I'm the finest book proposal writer for hire in the country. One of my clients, a New York Times bestselling author for whom I helped create an award-winning business book, called me "the guru of book proposals."


You're unlikely to find anyone else who'll do as great a job of identifying and then presenting on paper the best aspects of your book idea. Regardless of your level of experience, I'll take your concept very seriously and, if I believe you have a solid chance at selling it, will work hard to craft a winning book proposal for you.


Indie Publishing and Hybrid Publishing

Traditional publishing is not your only option. If you want complete control over your book, if you want to get it out into the world quickly, and/or if you have a large existing audience to whom you can sell directly and keep virtually 100% of the revenue, then self-publishing—also called indie publishing—may well be a better choice for you. And that's even truer if you plan to create a series of books, because the work involved in setting up an indie publishing business is far easier to justify when you'll be leveraging it to sell multiple products.

One other way to go is hybrid publishing. In this case you work with a company, but you pay the company to publish your book instead of the publisher paying you. This is an option that requires extra special care, because in some cases it can combine the disadvantages of traditional publishing with the disadvantages of indie publishing, making it the worst of both worlds. That said, if your book would be an ideal fit for a top hybrid, I'll aid you in navigating this path.


If your project is better suited for indie or hybrid publishing, I'll help build and guide your book every step of the way: ghostwriting the book, editing it to perfection, helping you hire book designers to create stellar covers and interiors, helping you create the ebook, print versions, and audiobook, obtaining your ISBN/LCCN and copyright, advising you on distribution and promotion, and sharing a variety of strategies I know to substantially increase your odds of success.


Original Movie, Book-To-Movie, and Book-To-TV Writing

In addition to my book expertise, I'm extraordinarily skilled at storytelling for movies and TV, and have helped hundreds of writers improve their screenplays and teleplays. If you're at the idea stage, I can write a screenplay from scratch based on the ideas and information you provide. Or if you have an existing book, I can turn your manuscript into a screenplay or a detailed pitch for a TV series. For more on my story analysis and script writing services, please visit HyOnYourScript.com.


World-Class Editor and Ghostwriter

While my top specialty is proposals, I'm highly skilled at every aspect of book development. For example, if you have an existing manuscript, please know that I'm an extraordinarily skilled book editor. I've turned books that no one wanted to buy into New York Times bestsellers through thoughtful—and at times brutal—cuts, revisions, and rewriting.


Similarly, if you're writing fiction, I'm second to none at providing analysis, editorial, and ghostwriting help. That's why even Hollywood screenwriters rely on me to tell them whether their movies are well-constructed and how their stories can be improved.


Alternatively, if you need an entire book written from scratch, I'm a quick, efficient, and superb ghostwriter. Again, a book I ghostwrote cover to cover reached #16 on Amazon.com and sold over half a million copies.


All You Have to Do is Talk

Among the reasons I'm at the top of the ghostwriting field is I'm a superb listener and interviewer. In addition to the extensive interviewing performed for my bestselling books, I co-hosted a career podcast that involved interviewing executives from Microsoft, AT&T, 3M, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, Deloitte, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Siemens, Eli Lilly, The Mayo Clinic, Salk Institute, Genentech, State Farm, Allstate, WordPress.com, Tumblr, and dozens more. (For a sample, please listen to my interview with wonderful comic Mike Lawrence by clicking here.)


Plus I've used my conversational skills to tackle projects for such renowned organizations as Morgan Stanley, Reuters, American Insurance Group (AIG), New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), Northern Telecom, Juno Online Services, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Congress.


You therefore don't need to write anything. We can create your entire proposal—and, eventually, your entire book—by simply chatting casually over the phone while I digitally record your knowledge and memories. I'll then transcribe your spoken words into Microsoft Word documents, at which point we'll have text I can edit and, eventually, turn into polished material. I've used this approach to ghostwrite scores of compelling proposals and acclaimed books.


Holistic Approach

I advertise myself as a ghostwriter because it's a term everyone instantly understands, but my services are actually broader and more holistic. If you're like most of my clients, becoming an author is part of a larger plan for taking your career to new heights. Whether you're seeking to expand your business, get recognized as a thought leader in your field, become nationally and internationally famous, spread an important message across the globe, or in some other way make the world a better place, I'll be a great resource for you.


Beyond your book, I can help you shape a powerful and focused message throughout all your media efforts, and help ensure your various media activities all synergistically support each other instead of sending confusing mixed signals. I'm especially strong at identifying core messages and finding the ideal wording to attract and persuade your target audiences (in fact, that's why I'm so good at book proposals...).


For example, I've helped self-help gurus to vastly improve or reinvent their ideas, key terms, and presentations. And one client for whom I helped create new branding and an online platform expanded her business so quickly that she no longer even needed to do her book.


And yes, I can help you build an audience via social media. I've done this for myself, with (at the time of this writing) over 50,000 followers on Twitter and 33,000 members in my Writing to Sell club on Clubhouse.


In a nutshell: Regardless of your field, the chances are that you'll make exciting discoveries and enjoy new insights as a result of working with me that you can apply to your career branding and marketing.


Resume, Writing Samples, Movie Analysis, and More

To learn more about my experience as a ghostwriter, bestselling author, book coach, screenplay analyst, script doctor, and/or to check out my Twitter comedy account, Clubhouse writing club, or Instagram spirituality account, please click the items that interest you below:



You can also read about the 19 books published under my own name by searching for "Hy Bender" via either Google or online book superstore Amazon.com. The following are the covers of some of my books:


Hy Bender

Five of Hy's 19 books published under his own name



My standard rate is $100 an hour, working from upfront renewable retainers of $5,000 (covering 50 hours).


Modesty aside, considering what I'm bringing to the table, I'm worth far more when paired with a strong book idea and articulate expert. Several first-time authors who could barely afford my services when they hired me have ended up multimillionaires as a result of our working together.


For certain projects and during certain periods, I might be open to a different payment structure, such as a flat fee. So if you don't like paying by the hour for some reason, please feel encouraged to get in touch regardless so we can share thoughts and explore possibilities.


As for overall cost, I can't give an estimate for a full book without at least knowing something about its details (length, complexity, subject, etc.). But I can provide an estimate for book proposals, which have a more easily predictable structure.


A book proposal is essentially a business plan for your book. It requires only one investor, i.e., a publisher; but that publisher will be spending around $50,000 on editorial, layout, cover design, printing, bookstore distribution, online distribution, marketing, etc., plus an additional $10,000-$100,000+ on your advance. Publishers therefore need you to provide a rock-solid document to justify that investment.


Creating a book proposal that adequately meets this challenge requires highly skilled and time-consuming effort. A proposal typically runs 80-110 pages, which breaks down to 15-20 pages for a detailed outline describing the book from beginning to end; around 60 pages of sample chapters; and a "pitch" section running 15-30 pages that makes a business case to convince publishers your book will sell numerous copies. And conceptually, the proposal covers roughly a third of the work involved in creating the full book—i.e., it's akin to the book's skeleton, plus most of its brain (while writing the rest of the book is effectively adding flesh and blood to that skeleton).


If we're starting from just an idea, such a proposal will typically run $10K-$20K, with most of the cost going into the careful and strategic development of the book's outline and content. That's a very reasonable investment in your future if you're serious about getting published to communicate your message to a mass audience, boost your national and international fame, push your career to the next level, and/or have a solid chance of becoming the author of a bestseller.


It's important to understand that what you're paying for isn't merely a document to "trick" a publisher into saying yes. Creating your book proposal with me provides you with an extraordinary development process that helps you make the finest choices for your book, exploit and highlight its greatest assets, and help ensure you end up with the very best book possible. My goal for you isn't to simply land a publishing contract, but stack the odds in favor of your becoming a bestselling author.


When you land a publisher, you'll typically receive an advance that covers most or all of your book proposal cost. And if your sales take off, you could earn a great deal more than that from your royalties.


For most of my clients, though, the biggest payoff from a book is the elevation it provides to their careers. A professional who leverages his or her book strategically and effectively can potentially increase his or her own client revenue by 100% or more.


Your Ideas Are Kept Strictly Confidential

Please don't hesitate to share your book plans with me. As a ghostwriter at the top of my profession, I receive hundreds of book and movie ideas a year. As a matter of policy, I keep them all strictly confidential. Protecting the concepts of my clients, and potential clients, is as automatic for me as breathing.


If you still feel uncomfortable, though, then please feel encouraged to register your manuscript—regardless of whatever partial stage of completion it's in—online with the US Copyright Office at copyright.gov/registration. It's a quick process, and the $45 fee is worth it for peace of mind alone.


By the way, while on the subject of registering, if you're self-publishing you can obtain your free LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number) by following the instructions here, here, here, and here; and you can purchase your ISBNs from Bowker here. You should perform all these registrations and purchases before you self-publish your book. (Alternatively, if you've sold your book to a traditional publisher, the publisher will take care of these details for you.)


Email Me

My email address is hy@hyreviews.com. If you need a ghostwriter for any aspect of book development, please feel super encouraged to reach out.


Please be sure to include your phone number, as the best way for me to learn about your book and answer any questions you might have is to chat with you by phone.

Again, I've found that razor-sharp clients who spend weeks carefully interviewing ghostwriters around the country typically end up hiring me.


Whether you plan to put in that same amount of research work or simply want a ghostwriter who's an obvious right choice, I'd love to hear from you, learn about your ideas, answer any questions you might have, and chat about how I might be of help in turning your vision into a book.


Other Resources


• To get help with generating ideas and plotting your story, please click here.


• To get feedback—from me, writing groups, and/or alpha & beta readers—please click here.


• To get reviews for your book, please click here.


• To find book covers, children's book artists, or graphic novel artists, please click here.


• To register your book's copyright, buy ISBNs, and/or obtain a free LCCN, please click here.


• To access Kindlepreneur's many excellent free author tools, including its QR code generator, Amazon book sales calculator, book description generator, Amazon ads course, and MailerLite for Authors course, please click here; and also check out its stellar paid products such as Atticus and Publisher Rocket.


• To learn how you can lay out your book quickly and easily (if you're self--publishing), please listen to an episode I did on Clubhouse with Vellum co-founder Brad Andalman by clicking here.


• To learn how to build a mailing list using reader magnets, deliver your manuscript to alpha and beta readers, get reviews for your book, and sell your ebook and/or audiobook directly to your audience, please listen to an episode I did on Clubhouse with BookFunnel founder Damon Courtney by clicking here.


• To learn how to get your ebook distributed widely via scores of book vendors (if you're self-publishing), please listen to an episode I did on Clubhouse with Draft2Digital Director of Business Development Mark Leslie Lefebvre by clicking here.


• To listen to a Clubhouse episode I did with a client—Dr. Ran Anbar, one of the top hypnotherapists in the country—on how to use self-hypnosis to write more easily and deeply, please click here.


• For resources for poets, please click here.


• For resources for horror writers, please click here and here.


• To access dozens of video recordings of book panels from the 20Books Vegas conference (all free on YouTube!), please click here for 2022 and here for 2021.


• For help bulletproofing a screenplay, please visit HyOnYourScript.com.


• For laughs and joy (especially if you like animals), please follow my Twitter comedy account here.


History will be kind to me,

for I intend to write it.

—Winston Churchill


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