Somehow I feel like I'm scamming people if I have someone ghost write it for me or that I would be putting out a piece of junk product. If I have my own method of doing something or if I want to talk about my personal experience on something, shouldn't I write it?
Basically, the question is this: Are people reading the book for your writing, or for your ideas?
If it's for your writing (say, if you're a fiction author) then you should probably write it yourself. It'd be disingenuous not to.
If they're interested in your ideas (which is the case with most Kindle non-fiction books), then what's important is that your ideas aren't lost. That doesn't mean ghostwriting is fine, only that you need to find an efficient way to get your ideas out without wasting your time writing.
Basically, the process I use is to outline the book myself, sit down with a microphone, and talk through the entire book (basically recording a really rough draft of the audiobook straight from the outline). Then I transcribe it, and then hire a "writer" to work from the transcription to the finished text. That way it's high quality and maintains my ideas, but I don't have to do all the work of typing.
I wrote a book that breaks down the process in a bit more detail (especially the process of outlining, how to record effectively, how to find that editor, etc.), but basically what I said above is all you really need to know.
Here's the link if you want to check it out: www.amazon.com/Book-Box-Method-Quickly-Easily-ebook/dp/B014EUTYGM/
Writing it yourself is the best choice if it is your personal story. And as a first time writer, it would be a learning experience too. But once you have tested the "publishing" waters, getting hired help is an option worth considering. If you are clear about what sort of writing you want and select your contractor well, there is much less risk of getting a "junk product" as you mention
I've helped launch over 100 books...most of them written by the actual author. A few have been ghost written.
I think it is always best to write it yourself because then the whole experience is way more fulfilling.
If you don't have enough time to do that, then you can definitely hirer a writer. The price range varies alot depending on amount of words and research time put in to compile all the content.
I have a team of writers if you are interested in getting a quote. Let me know :)
Good luck with your project!
Hire people to research and compile information for you. Turn your personal method into a framework. Bullet point it out and elaborate on the points (speak > transcribe if you're not a great writer). Then give it to a ghost writer (with a good track record).
That will cost more than $10k to do...but may be worth it if you have a marketing plan to promote and sell the book when you launch.
Have you thought about the cover, the distribution channels you want to leverage, the alternative marketing channels available for your particular book, etc.?
Those are more important than the writing piece in many respects because they dictate what and how you write (not to mention will dictate whether you sell any books or not).