Help! Help! I Need Help Writing a Book!

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Get help in writing your bookDo you need help writing a book? 

You aren’t alone!

I’ve spoken with so many people who have overcome adversity and are now succeeding in life. If you fall into that category, various readers would like to read about your successful actions. Wouldn’t it be a great feeling to help others who are going through similar situations?

Or maybe you’re a CEO or expert in a niche area and wish to share your knowledge with others. Isn’t it time to give back? This is an admirable goal, one your readers will appreciate.

Now, some writers have a fictional story that has been on their minds for years. It needs to be written because not sharing it with the world just isn’t an option. I’ve talked to people who can’t sleep well because the story keeps popping up in their dream world.

No matter what the project might be, when authors have a burning desire to publish a story, but know they can’t write it themselves, they often reach out to me for help. When that happens, I’m moved. It’s truly an honor for me to help a writer achieve their goal.

If you can’t shake the desire to complete your book, and it’s all that you can think about, it’s time to take action. Understand that if you wait a week, it will turn into a month, which will turn into a year. The majority of people who contact me tell me that they have been sitting on their book project for five to ten years. It’s at that point that they realize they need to do something different from what they’ve been doing, or the book never will be written.

I’m here to encourage you.

Now is the time to complete your book project!

If you need help writing a book and wish to hire me, here is my ghostwriting process, and here is my pricing. You can either hire me as your personal ghost or as a trusty consultant (or maybe something in between).

Steps required to write a book

There are various phases every author must go through to write and complete a book. The primary phases are:

  • Researching
  • Outlining
  • Writing the first draft
  • Editing

Find inspiration in quiet spots when you decide to write a bookAlthough each project is different (and each author will have their own process), I can tell you that these are the four main steps involved in writing any book.

Each stage tends to flow into the next. As an author and ghostwriter, when I complete most of my research, I am itching to organize all the information into a chronological outline. Then as I am outlining, there comes a point where I’m just dying to start writing. When that urge hits me, I pen a few pages for my client as a sample. This becomes the start of the first draft and helps me begin to establish the style and voice of the book.

The research phase

Research is crucial for any book project. Even when you write a memoir, you still need to do extensive research. After all, you will require accurate details of the time, location, appearance, and historic events.

While the bulk of the research is done at the beginning of a project, I find that I continue to research as I write. Questions do come up and I need to look up the answers. This is especially true when I am writing about any period in the past. What was a popular rock song of the era? What kind of clothes were people wearing? These authentic particulars help set the tone of the story. Remember, readers will spot inaccuracies.

There are many resources for research: your relatives, the library, and, of course, internet search engines. There are so many databases accessible to the public. For instance, when a client provides the street address of a home he lived in or a place where a significant event took place, I can easily look it up and see what it looks like from the street. Sometimes I can even find photos that give me a sneak peek inside.

The outlining phase

Find help writing a book by searching the internetIf you get a chance to review my blog, you’ll see that I’ve written extensively about how to write an outline. That’s because I feel it is a vital first step in writing a book. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend that you take a writing step forward without a good, detailed flight plan for your book. It’s the best way to avoid mid-air collisions. The last thing you want to do is waste time on a storyline that just doesn’t fit into your book.

Having said that, I know some of you might be groaning at the very thought of sketching the story out before writing. Maybe you work best on a free-flow basis. That’s totally okay. Do what’s right for you.

The first draft phase

Once you have the outline completed, you may find that the book is pretty well written—in your mind. Now you need to get words on paper.

Budding writers will often try to edit as they crank out the first draft. I urge you not to do that. Please allow yourself to just get the rough draft completed. It might not be brilliant. That’s OK! Fine-tuning your manuscript happens during the editing phase.

Need help writing a book? Write each day to complete your book. Set up a regular time to write each day and stick to that schedule. If you hold yourself accountable for a certain word count, you will make steady progress on your story.

If you find yourself continually discouraged when you sit down to write, or if you tend to avoid writing in general, revisit your outline. There might be a flaw that needs fixing. Perhaps one of the incidents not quite working for you. That can happen if it doesn’t have a strong purpose in your book. Also, take a look at the people in your book. Does every character have a reason for being? Are they realistic? Once you have these issues sorted out, you’ll know it because you’ll be excited to write again.

When helping a client craft his memoir, I often need to counsel him to not include certain people. While it’s fine to mention Daisy the barista in your journal, she might not warrant a mention in your life story. Stick to the characters that matter and move the story forward.

The editing phase

When you complete your first draft (Bravo, by the way), it’s time to edit. I’d recommend putting your manuscript down for a few days or a week before starting this phase. Give yourself a breather from the project. Fill that time slot by reading books in the same genre.

The next step is to read over your manuscript from beginning to end and see if there are any continuity issues. Sometimes you start with one idea and end up with another. When that happens, you need to go back and make adjustments.

You will also pick up on issues with the flow as you read it through. Some scenes will flow right into the next, while other transitions will be choppy. This is the time to fix that.

Dialogueusing dialogue tags effectively when you write a story is another element to focus on. If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend reading your book out loud, especially the conversations. You’ll immediately know if they ring true or fall flat. If you find you have trouble in this area, take a break and go out and listen to how people speak. Watch a few movies you enjoy and really listen to the words. It’s interesting how informal and “improper” the dialogue can be!

Once you’ve worked out the major kinks, you can review your manuscript for errors in grammar and punctuation. I’d recommend hiring one or two editors to look at your story with fresh eyes. It’s always good to have a detached person review your work. If you’d like to learn more about the different kinds of editors, check out my article Different Kinds of Editors.

When you need a little help writing a book

People reach out to me when they can’t write a book on their own. It isn’t easy to pen a 200-page manuscript. For first-time authors, the task can seem mammoth. People sometimes start out strong, then get caught in the middle of one of the above stages and falter. They find that writing a book is much harder than they had anticipated. If this happens to you, don’t despair. There are options you can take to complete your book.

Hire a writing coach

The process of writing a book is not really taught in high school or college. If you talk to seasoned writers, you’ll find they uniformly say they learned their craft from experience. I believe that authors learn how to write a book by reading and writing and reading and writing and…(you get the picture). When you’ve written a few hundred thousand words, that’s when you will find your voice.

There is another popular theory that suggests that if you want to gain expertise in a subject, you must put in 10,000 hours. There is no way around putting in the time to gain the needed experience.

So, if you want to write and publish your first book this year, what do you do?

One option is to hire a writing coach. She will charge by the hour to assist you in organizing your thoughts and ideas and break through the mental blocks that are stopping you from making forward progress. This is a great solution for writers who are doing well overall but just need an occasional helping hand. I charge $145 per hour to coach.

Hire a friendly ghostwriter

hire a friendly ghostwriter to help write a bookIf you are having great difficulties and it seems as if you may not be up to the task of writing your book, consider hiring a professional writer, a friendly ghostwriter like me, to help you. I charge one dollar per word to ghostwrite and will get the job done for you.

On the other hand, if you are a writer who just needs a little assistance, hire someone to edit and make minor rewrites. A professional ghostwriter can also act as a manuscript doctor, helping to troubleshoot your book and debug any issues.  For instance, he or she can assist you with character development and storyline, while keeping your voice intact.

It isn’t cheating to hire a ghostwriter

Some feel that it’s cheating to hire someone to write a book for them. After all, their name will be on the cover, right? How can it be ethical to take credit if someone else wrote the book for them? Although I understand the concern, let me assure you, it’s done all the time. Hiring a ghostwriter is an accepted practice and you have the right to put your name as the author. After all, it’s your idea and really should be your book.

Having an experienced professional to help guide you through the book writing process will help you grow as a writer. It will give you an experience boost that will carry through to your second and third books. Your next literary adventure won’t be fraught with the perils of inexperience since you will have traveled these waters already.

If you need help writing a book, here are a few additional articles:

My Ghostwriting Process

Write Your Family History

Great Memoir Themes

Your Guide to Hiring a Ghostwriter

 

170 Comments

  1. jayanthree Nayagar Jeanine nayagar

    Am working on a true story based on, a disabled person has equal rights, I need to know to change this story so that i can add alot more to this story.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you for writing! Please email me so that we can set up a few consulting hours. I’d love to help you!

      Reply
  2. Nomayenzeke

    I’m a young lady I want to write a book about my life. My life have messed up. I want to share my life with others maybe I’m not the one who have this problem.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hello! I’d love to help you. Please email me directly through my Request a Quote page. Give me as many details as to your budget, deadline, and page count that you can and I’ll give my best advice! Thank you!

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  3. Jesse Prescott

    Please call me I have a life story that will truly bring u pain and happiness and a understanding of every aspect of life

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Please feel free to email me directly. If you can let me know your budget and deadline, along with a general idea of your story, that would be helpful. Then I can give you good direction. Looking forward to hearing back!

      Laura

      Reply
  4. F. Iheka

    Hello Laura , my name is Florence , I think you are the one am looking for to help me write this miracles apparition events/story that took place in Israel. The Lord has asked me to write a book on my Pilgrimage experience to Israel. I real need your help. Thanks.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! It was good to talk to you! I am sorry we couldn’t work together, but I wanted to wish you luck and success with your project!

      Reply
  5. Debra Hippler

    My reason for writing this book is not for gain it is to help others and have something of me left behind
    I do not have any funds and need direction
    Thank you

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  6. Debra Hippler

    I have no funds to even begin my main reason to write this book is not for gain it is to help others.

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  7. Avonia Smith

    Hi Laura this Is Avonia im want to know hpw do I. go about getting my story heard..my 16 year old son was killed due to a police officer placed with the state against some other guys. he got in trouble with they called him snitches and killed my 16 year old son and now its a cold case noone wants to hear what I know cause i bring up the officer getting him killed but what can i do to have my son story to be heard thanks for your time

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    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Avonia, Thank you for sharing your story with me. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine what you’ve been through. Please feel free to write me privately to discuss how you can write your book. I’m happy to give you pointers.

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      • Doris

        Hi Laura,

        I’ve written a book entitled COMING TO FINLAND (Dare to live) and it’s about my experience in Finland. Anyways the book is not yet completed but would need a bit help from you since it’s my first writing a book.

        Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
        Doris .

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        • Laura Sherman

          Thank you so much for writing! I just sent you a private email. I’m eager to discuss your project with you!

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  8. Cherese A Gerhardt

    I’m nothing amazing, but I have jumped many hurdles and I want to get down all that I’ve overcome. My biggest goal, is offering hope. I, myself am still on the journey. I pray it ends well. I’ve overcome loss, abuse, mental illness, and tramatic injury. That’s a lot in one life time. I have this need to tell it all but I’m not a writer. If I can offer any sort of hope, than my pitfalls in life are yours to share.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Cherese,

      Thank you so much for writing! I am so glad you were able to overcome all those obstacles throughout your life. Write me and let me know how I can best help you!

      Thanks!
      Laura

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing. Let me know how I can help!

      Reply
  9. patrick hurley

    Good MORNING Laura; I am reaching out to you because I think you might be able to help me in writing a book about God’s miracle about my wife life threatening illnesses. I am her husband and been with my wife for 45 days in the hospital in Mesa Arizona. I have a journal from day one on all the illnesses that my wife has overcome. I believe this would be great book for families that are going thru the storms with their loveones how to deal with any situation. The name of this book would be called Debbie Tree of Life.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Patrick,

      Thank you for writing me about your book project! I sent you an email and hope to hear back. I would love to help you share your wife’s story!

      Reply
  10. Lurline

    hi Laura, just came across your site and honestlt I need your help in completing a book I have been writing, im stuck at chapter six and I need help. Can you help me please. Its a romance fiction.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi there! I wrote you back privately and am looking forward to chatting! Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  11. Chandra Potschner

    My daughter was murdered on June 13th, 2018. I want to write a book on her. The whole story was all over the News. They shot her in her right side of head, then dumped her body on the side of the road at a sheriffs shooting Range driveway.In Madison Township, Ohio. Followed by a 2 hr. Standoff shoot out with sheriffs, 3 hostages, another murder of his girlfriend’s blind,disabledMother then attempt to shoot himself. He is alive and fine and incarcerated.

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    • Laura Sherman

      I’m so sorry for your tragic loss. Please write me privately and I’ll see what I can do to give you advice and direction!

      Reply
  12. Akin

    Pleaase help me to write my book

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Akin! I wrote you privately, but didn’t hear back. Please reach out to me so that I can learn more about your project! Thanks!

      Reply
  13. Ashley Woelders

    Hi Laura,

    My name is Ashley. I want to write a book but I am stuck. Please help me?

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Ashley!

      I’d be happy to help. Please write me privately and we can discuss your project further!

      Reply
  14. Taylin Green

    HI, my name is Taylin. I love to write stories in my spare time, and I would love for my 13th birthday if I could get the help writing a story,

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    • Laura Sherman

      Happy birthday!! I want to really encourage you to keep writing. It is wonderful that you love this amazing art form!

      Reply
  15. Vernica

    Hi am interested in writing a kids book based on the life story of my son. Can you help me?

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    • Laura Sherman

      Sure, please reach out to me privately, so that I can find out more. Thanks!

      Reply
  16. Michael kentros

    Hi my name is Michael Kentros and I am the creator of The Fountain Youth Tacos and weight loss program. Please google Michael Kentros Taco Diet and take a quick peek at all the articles writen on me and my product from New York Post to Daily Mail Us News and Star as well as many more. They sensationalized my story a bit and just scratched the surface of my story. I would like to help everyone find their ideal self and return them to happier thinner helathier of themselves. Please see if u can help with my book prtoject and will like to be a part of this gl;obal endeavor

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Michael! Thanks for writing! I think you have an excellent story here, but really any professional ghostwriter would need to be paid upfront. You wouldn’t believe how many stories I’m pitched every day. So many are good, worthy books. I wish you luck with your project!

      Reply
  17. Jean Rodley Louis

    Hi Mrs. Sherman,

    I’ d like to write a history book. This is my first experience. How can you help me?

    Thanks

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    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Jean, Yes, I’d love to assist you. Please let me know how I can best help!

      Reply
  18. Mo

    Hi Laura I’m interested in writing a novel . The thought of writing this book has been hunting me since 2012 i just don’t know where to start.. i have a great feeling , that this book would be an awesome read please help

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    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Mo, Thanks for reaching out to me! Definitely, email me with a few details and I’ll do my best to help. Looking forward to hearing more!

      Reply
  19. Rosemary

    How do i publish my book and i really need help with it

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    • Laura Sherman

      I’d love to help answer your questions! Please send me an email with more specifics and I’ll do my best to assist you.

      Reply
  20. Cletus Michael

    Hello Laura. Please i have a book to write on a topic money follows rewards.

    Please i don’t know how to go about it.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I like the subject matter! I just wrote you and look forward to hearing back soon. Thanks for reaching out to me!

      Reply
  21. Dywalla Street

    Hello Laura,
    I desperately need your help with writing a book about my struggles of living with lupus as a young adult , and how I overcame the illness in my 40’s by simply changing my diet and incorporating a few life changes. I think my story should definitely be shared with the world.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Please feel free to write me privately and I’ll do my best to help give you direction! Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  22. Rhonda Brockhouse

    Laura, I need assistance to begin writing a book about my son’s incredible resistance and bravery in life. He died at the age of 38 from leukemia. However he survived 3 near death car accidents, was not suppose to walk again, yet ran track, actually marathons. He had such a beautiful enduring spirit. He was a humble yet tough spirit named Tommy. Even though the cancer took him, he fought out in Los Angeles and worked till the weekend he died. He was and engineer and an A student who never bragged. He helped all people in need. His friends were many and NO enemies. We are still shattered parents. Can you help me?

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for reaching out! Yes, I can help. I sent you an email privately and look forward to hearing back!

      Reply
  23. Lori Sidebottom

    Laura,
    I would love to write about all the things I have dealt with in my life, there is plenty, loss of fiance’ at 18, dreams after he dies where he comes to me. A marriage where my then husband was extremely abusive, being abused by one of his family members while going through divorce, Finding love once again, deceased fiance’ coming to me in a dream about new boyfriend. Current marriage, going back to college and getting a degree. There are alot of details in the middle that need to be filled in but those are SOME of the major highlights. I have no idea where to start or how to get started and where to go from there.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks so much for writing! I wrote you back and look forward to your reply. Have a great day!

      Reply
  24. Racheal

    Hey I have passion for writing all kinds of creative stories from action to romance to humor. I have lots of unfinished stories because I can’t seem find how end chapter or if I do finish chapter I wouldn’t know how write next chapter but the story is in my head. I would love to get help on writing my first book! I have idea of first book I want to write which is romance book and I’m eager to get it published one day.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Sounds interesting! I write you privately and look forward to hearing back!

      Reply
  25. Patricia Staggs

    pi really can use some help i am trying to write a book about my life and i am only 17 and i need help

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Patricia! I wrote you a private email with some advice. Hope it helps!

      Reply
  26. Robert Michael Wooldridge

    Interested in helping me write my book ? …….”From Shoe-Shine Boy…..to Millionaire ! If I Can Do It….Anybody Can ! ” My true, inspirational story ! And…..I did it all, after being blinded in one eye at 5 years of age !

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hello! I wrote you a private message last night and look forward to hearing back! Thanks!

      Reply
  27. Maha

    Hi Laura,
    I am a lost child of war, and now I am motivational speaker who fights against gender issue among women. Bplease help me to publish my story.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing! I’ll email you privately for more details.

      Reply
  28. Shay

    Hi Laura,

    I am also interesting in writing my own autobiography and would like some help to get started. I have no money to hire a ghostwriter but my story is so painful I don’t think I. Can sit there and write, please please help.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I completely understand. It’s a tough problem! Sometimes it isn’t the right move to write a book, especially if it is too painful to confront. Even if you could hire someone, you’d need to give all the details to your ghostwriter. Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  29. John Lewis

    Hi my name is John Lewis I have started a book. This is my first book it is 5 chapters long. I want to keep it short sweet and to the point. the problem I’m having, it’s too short I can read it in 10 minutes I need someone to help me make it a little longer each chapter, could you perhaps help me make it a little longer like 100 to 200 pages if that can happen then I think it will be a great book. please help thank you.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I’d love to help you! I wrote you back privately, but didn’t hear back. Please feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to direct you.

      Reply
  30. kathie mcgirr

    please help me write a book about my 23 year old son who died of electrucution less than a year ago

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you for writing! I just wrote to you privately and look forward to hearing back.

      Reply
  31. Lisa Lancaster

    Hello Laura Sherman I what be a writeing because i love write i alway write some poems and some story but I do not know how start write book Can you help me .

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Keep writing! Continue with short stories to gain experience. Good luck!

      Reply
  32. Robin marenco

    hi Laura my name is Robin I have a book that would like to write but I can’t spell good at all I can’t put it all together on paper and I seen that you help people writing books I would like to be in contact with you looking to share the story that I have in my head I appreciate you call or talk with me through text …..thank you Robin

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing, Robin! I wrote you privately to find out what I could do to help you. Looking forward to hearing back!

      Reply
  33. trina

    I have written a book about how I survived child abuse, but it seems so “all over the place” I surely need someone’s help

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Trina! I sent you an email and look forward to helping you.

      Reply
  34. Laura Sherman

    Thanks for writing! I wrote to you privately and hope to help you.

    Reply
  35. john la beff

    Hi Laura, I have a story in my head but as I tried to put it together the information and different directions overwhelmed me. There is enough for a 10 book series at least with major implications as well
    Kind of scary how so much clicked into place. I have written about 4 chapters but can’t find time to continue. Can you help?

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, John! It was good to chat with you about your project. I look forward to helping you!

      Reply
  36. Fadiya

    Help regarding writing and publishing a book
    I’m an 18 year old girl, and a 12th passout.
    Coming to the point, I actually wanted some guidance from you regarding the fact that, I want to write a book and get it published. I believe I can get some help from you. I really want to do this, because my story is based on a real life experience of a girl whose mother passes away and she has to live in somebody else’s house for two years. And how her life changed drastically, the responsibilities that she gets on her shoulders and how she misses her mother and a lot more.
    I really need your help, mam because I’m passionate about this and I’ve always wanted to write. I hope you consider my request and reply to me soon. I will be waiting.

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you for writing! I definitely encourage you to write your story and share it with others. My suggestion is that you join a local writer’s group and also read a lot of books that are similar to the style you wish to present. Good luck to you!

      Reply
  37. Amanda

    Hello Laura, I have been wanting to tell my truth for so long, but I have always been afraid. I feel like it is my time to free myself and inspire others. I want to write a book about events in my life that has happened to me that has shamed me for so long and still hurts me till this day because I never got the chance to ask for help. I would really like it if you could help me please and thank you.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I’m happy to help you. Please email me at Laura@LauraSherman.com so I can give you direction and help. Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  38. Kimberlee

    I tried to email you but it said it was an invalid address.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I’m so sorry you had difficulty! My email is Laura@Laurasherman.com. Please feel free to email me anytime!

      Reply
  39. Pauline Mindus

    My name is Pauline Mindus I know what I want to say but I don’t know how to put it down on paper. I wrote a story the name of it is Uncle Johnny’s ranch if you would like me to send it to you I will. So could you please help me.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Pauline, Thank you for writing! I wrote to you privately about this project and look forward to hearing back!

      Reply
  40. JACOB HAMMOND JR

    I need help with writing a christian book. I have a story but do not have the skills of writing.

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  41. Twanda

    Hi laura i really want to write an autobiography. I have been thru several life altering events and i have been told by several people who know anything about my life that i need to put it on paper. I just don’t know where to start can you please help. I promise once you hear my story you will know it it’s worth your time.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you for writing! I wrote to you privately and will do my best to help you.

      Reply
  42. efrem

    hi, Laura. I am a refugee living in UK now. I have been in the UK almost for 1 year now. I have incredible story about my life and journey. but I have no idea how to write a book. do you think you can help. thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Please email me at Laura@LauraSherman.com so that I can give you specific advice for this project!

      Reply
  43. symone poe

    I have two great trilogy in my head, even tho im young i wanna get my story out an i know a couple of people have been in the same situation. i use to love reading and writing but i have no type of experience can someone please help me please. thankyou

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thanks for writing! I wrote you back privately and look forward to chatting further with you!

      Reply
  44. mark keegan

    I have a great trilogy in my head , I’ve been wanting to write a book and at 37 and got the next couple of years to do it, now is the time, can anyone with experience in writing books please help, thanks Mark x

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    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Mark! I’ll email you to see what I can do to help!

      Reply
  45. Rebba dean

    Hello I just went through a lot of stuff and I was interested n trying to write a book about my life. I need help and was wondering if we can talk and I can tell u more about it

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! Thanks for writing! I’ll email you shortly!

      Reply
  46. Florence Fulgham

    Hi, Ms Sherman, I’ve needed to write this book for sometime now and just don’t know how to get started. I have an outline and know what I need to write but getting started is my problem. I need to know about the cost of your service. I like to hear from you. Is there a number where you can be reached, and where are you located? Thanking you in advance. Kindly, Florence

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    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Florence, Thank you for writing me! I just emailed you privately, so that I could better answer your questions. Best, Laura

      Reply
  47. Hope

    Hi Laura..am so glad the world still has amazing people like you…i have a passion for writting and i have a lot of ideas but i just dont know where to start..please help..thanx

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    • Laura Sherman

      Thank you for your kind words! I’ll email you and see how I can guide you to beginning your project. 🙂

      Reply
  48. mia

    Hi Laura! I am an 15 year old writer. i really want to do something with all the thoughts going on inside my head and i thought what way is better than writing a book. so i wrote down ideas and etc.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Mia! Thanks for writing me! I think it is great that you have a passion for writing. Keep going with it. I’d suggest starting with short stories. Maybe you can enter a few contests. They can be very rewarding! Good luck and thanks so much for reaching out!

      Reply
  49. nancy

    Hi laura,

    I have written about 100 pages of my life story. What I am having trouble with is I write from beginning to end. I don’t know where you would start a chapter. Im writing from five yrs of age to present. Do I write the whole book as me telling the story.

    Thank you,

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Nancy! Yes, I can help you write your book. I often get extensive notes from clients and write books from them. I’ll email you shortly to find out more! Thanks!

      Reply
  50. Ennyat

    Hi Laura

    I need help, and inspiration in surpassing the first eight pages of my book. I am sooo stuck…

    It feels as if I’m writing the same thing over and over, so I delete and delete, while continuosly whittling my
    pages away. Also, I am constantly unsure of my grammar and punctuation.

    Any help is appreciated!

    Ennayt

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi! I wrote to you privately, but wanted to address your comments here as well. It’s very important to not edit your work until you have a first draft completed. It’s very easy to whittle away those first words to nothing! Also, grammar and typos are handled in the final phase, after you’re sure of the structure and prose. You’ll probably want to hire a professional editor to review it for you.

      For now, just write and write and write! And then write some more! 🙂

      Reply
  51. Danielle Prince

    Surrogate Mother wanting to share my stories of all the children I’ve had for others. Including the actor Robert DeNero.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Danielle! I wrote to you privately, but wanted to also acknowledge your post here on my blog as well. Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  52. Heather

    I need help writing bout my life your # 1 on google I hope you can help I know what I want to say but when I type everything gets all mixed up!

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Heather! I would love to help you. Could you email me through my contact page? Please let me know more about the content and give me a rough idea about your budget? I can offer you ideas on how to proceed once I know more.

      Reply
  53. Dan Petersen

    Hi Laura,
    I have written a story about a teen who has doubts about his faith. The story takes place in a different realm. I have a complete story in about 30,000 words, but it lacks deep character development. That is my struggle. I want help developing feelings of the characters on paper. I would also like to expand the story by at least double the word count. Am I barking up the right tree by asking for your help? There is a whole lot more to this than I can write here. Looking forward to your response.
    Peace,
    Dan

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Dan! I tried to contact you via email, but didn’t hear back. I’d be very interested in helping you. Please email me your phone number so that we can talk! Thanks!

      Reply
  54. Richard a Wagner

    I need your help .

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Hi, Richard! Please email me more about your project and how I can help! Thanks!

      Reply
  55. JENNIFER MCLUCAS

    Hello Laura,

    I would like to write a kinda autobiography about my life and experiences I have gone through. When people hear my story everyone says the same thing..writes book. However, I do not know where, how or what to start. Please help!!!!.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Jennifer, Thanks for writing! I will email you privately and answer your questions.

      Reply
  56. Marissa Perkins

    Hello,
    I love writing and I want to be an author some day, but my problem is writing the middles of stories. I really hope you can help me out. That’d be amazing. I’m not sure if this costs money or anything, but if it does never mind because I really don’t have any.

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Really, you need to continue to write and write and write! Just throw yourself into it and enjoy. Don’t worry about editing, just allow the stories to develop. I also recommend that you read a lot. Find the style you enjoy reading, figure out why you like it so much and then use those skills in your writing. I wish you tremendous success!

      Reply
  57. scott

    Hi Laura,

    I commend you for your generosity in helping folks get started. At your convenience, please e-mail me and I can describe what I want to accomplish.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Miller

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      Dear Scott,

      I would be happy to email you and set up a time to talk! Thanks for reaching out!

      Reply
  58. Jennifer Jurkowski

    Hello Laura , I am writing a true story about my Mother’s life, not sure if should start with the ending first, then go to the beginning ..I believe this could be a best seller, Back in time when people didn’t talk about mental illness, how the court system could legally pull you off your Mom as little girls screaming and crying, split us up into foster care. A memory that still haunts me to this day. Thank you for your time i hope to chat with you soon.. Jennifer

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      You always want to drop the reader in the middle of the action, grabbing them by the scruff of the neck and not letting them go until the end. However you want to accomplish that, whatever works is the way to go!

      Reply
  59. Valerie

    Ms.Laura I’m writing a book about my life I really need help please contact me @vj3537@Hotmail.com

    Reply
    • Laura Sherman

      I look forward to chatting with you about your project!

      Reply
  60. qani

    i wanna a write my story and some stroy from my mother ….name is book ….. i feel all my dreams and i feel dreams from my mother

    Reply
    • Laura

      Thanks so much for writing! Write me through my contact page and let me know how I can help!

      Reply
  61. Jamaal Spann

    Hi Laura. I really can use some help writing this book which I love to eventually turn it into a screenplay and so on. The title of it is “Electra Rose & The Ink Pen. It’s a science fiction book about a woman by the name of Electra Rose Dymkee who is visited by a man b from the future by the name of Riley Crimson Jr. which they both possess an ink pen which is believed to have the power to rewrite history and write its very own. It’s way more to it, but I’m just having a difficult time of putting everything together. I have a lot of ideas of where I want the story to go but it’s just hard for me to actually put it down on paper. If you could take the time and be able to help me, I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    JS

    Reply
    • Laura

      Hi! I will contact you privately. If you wish, you can write me through my contact page and I give me your phone number and I’ll call you for a free consultation! Thanks for writing!

      Reply
  62. Misty Waters

    Hi! im looking for help getting my ideas on to paper, i have the first page done and i know exactly what i want my story to be like/about but for some reason i just cant get it on paper! Its a psychological drama/fiction and i could really use some pointers!

    Reply
    • Laura

      Thank you for writing, Misty! Let’s chat via email!

      Reply
  63. Tony

    Would you please help me write a book. I just don’t know where to start and I don’t have the writing skills but i have the story.

    Reply
    • Laura

      Sure! Use my contact form and email me your phone number. Tell me a little about your story. I’m happy to help you as I can!

      Reply
  64. Anthony Knight

    Hi, Mrs. Laura. I’m a 19 year guy and I’ve been through alot over the years. Both parents are military so I’ve gone through alot that I would like to help get out on paper. To help comfort other military kids out there. Some good and alot of depression and i’d like to let others know they are not alone. I’ve been through it all. I need help getting started. Thank you for reading.

    Reply
  65. Amy

    Hi i want to write an autobiography about my experiences in life. I have been told by alot of people that they think i should. I have no idea how to get it started. Please help me

    Reply
    • Laura

      Amy, Thank you for writing! You have two choices here. If you have the money you can hire a professional writer. If you don’t you can write it yourself and hire an editor when you’re finished. Editors charge 4-10 cents a word to help you polish the manuscript, so that you can self-publish. I hope this helps!

      Reply
  66. Karin Eades

    HI I REALLY NEED HELP WRITING MY BOOK BASED ON MY LIFE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR ASSISTANCE 🙂

    Reply
    • Laura

      Hi, Karin! Thank you so much for writing! I will email you privately. Feel free to also use my contact page any time!

      Reply
  67. Mitchell Shafer

    Hello it seems very repetitive to say i am an aspiring writer and i have many stories and they are all complete and bits and pieces are written down i just cannot write the story i can tell it fine i just cant write it. was wondering if there was anything you could do to help. Love to hear back and thank you for your time.

    Reply
    • Laura

      Hello! I love that you enjoy writing! If you can email me through the contact form on my site and let me know your phone number, I will give you a call. Please let me know the best times to reach you!

      Reply
      • Martha Smith

        16 years old cosmetology school
        35 instructor of cosmetology
        Wonderful experience about my learning to deal with public/ students
        And my mistakes
        Martha Traylor, Smith

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Thanks for writing! I wrote you privately and look forward to hearing back!

          Reply
  68. Maia minier

    I need your help writing my book

    Reply
    • Laura

      I’m happy to help! Please email me through the contact page and we’ll go from there!

      Reply
  69. Claire

    Hello Laura,

    I would like to write a kinda autobiography about my life and experiences I have gone through. When people hear my story everyone says the same thing..writes book. However, I do not know where, how or what to start. Please help!!!!.

    Reply
    • Laura

      I would like to talk to you on the phone. Please email me directly through my contact page (or call) and we’ll set up a time to talk! I can help you get started.

      Reply
      • Traci lewis

        I would love you to help me write my first book. Please email me do we can discuss this more

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Please email me directly, so that we can discuss your project! Thank you!

          Reply
          • Syed feroz

            Hello Laura.
            My name is Syed Feroz,I have a real life story in my mind which is based on my fathers life his sacrifice,I need help with writing the book,how should I start and write it please.
            Thank you..

          • Laura Sherman

            Thanks for writing! I wrote you back privately and look forward to helping you.

  70. Cedric Nance

    I need helping writing a book. Here’s what i want the book to be about.

    Christian Bernard Richards Sr. is a successful police officer living in Washington D.C.; he is married to Trisha Richards, and they have just been blessed with a baby boy. After CJ is born all of the tensions that’s been developing between Chris and Trisha get worse, and the string that’s been holding their marriage together breaks. Out of hate Trisha takes CJ and runs off leaving Chris on his own. After years of mourning, Chris marries again and adopts four year old Kiyen Young. After the adoption secrets from Chris and Kiyen’s past are unveiled and these secrets will either tear their family apart or reunite a father with his long lost son.

    Reply
    • Laura

      Hi! Thank you for writing! I will write to you privately and we can set up a time to talk! I look forward to chatting!

      Reply
  71. Karen McFarland

    Hello Laura! You have received a lovely award over at the WANA1011 Blogfest! Please come see it at karenmcfarland.com and join the party! Have a Happy Blogfest Day! 🙂

    Reply
    • Laura

      I am honored! WOW! Thank you very much for your kindness!

      Reply
      • Robert Thompson

        Hello Laura,

        I would like to write a kinda autobiography about my life and experiences I have gone through. When people hear my story everyone says the same thing..writes book. However, I do not know where, how or what to start. Please help!!!!.

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Hi! Thanks for your email! I wrote to you privately. Please do let me know how I can best help!

          Reply
          • Grant

            Hi
            I need help to write my life story which is amazing to many people. That’s why I am asking you what I should do.

          • Laura Sherman

            Thanks for reaching out! I would be happy to field questions. There’s a lot to writing a book!

          • Lisa McNeill

            I have an amazing book in me I no it would be a best seller I just don’t no how to go about it. Lisa

          • Laura Sherman

            Hi! Please feel free to write me directly. If you can fill out my form on my Request a Quote page, that would he great!

          • Benjamin Sirizzotti

            Hi Laura,
            I have been dreaming about writing an investing book for a long time. I’m not a business executive or someone who has extensive knowledge in the finance sector. What I do have is my own personal investing avenues that I have used and worked wonderfully for me.
            I would like to write a general investing book but I do not know how to even start. I also don’t have $20,000 to pay someone to write it for me. What imwould.love is someone to help me get started and work with me along the way, to give me there.input to make.it better. Then I would love to publish the book and let my knowledge help others to achieve success.
            Please help me Karen

      • Donald R Benjamin

        i am an army veteran who has struggled in life before I went to war. I never knew where I belonged or how to even get that understanding. I have been blessed beyond what I think I ever deserved.. I just want to tell a story. Actually a story about a man who has been struck down in life and built up in life but never gives up. No, I’m not famous nor have I succeeded in what I really want to do in life. I believe it’s always someone who made it that can write and talk about how they made it. I just think for a chance someone should read about an average man who has been through so much and haven’t made it per say but despite my troubles in life, I never quit. I really believe I have a story to tell. It’s a story for a Christian or believers as well as a story for the sinners who try to get out of a life of no gain. Thanks

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Thanks for writing to me! I wrote you back privately and look forward to hearing back!

          Reply
          • Philip Amamo

            Hi Laura,
            My name is Philip and I need your assistance to put my life journey in a book.
            I believe that you can help me on this.

          • Laura Sherman

            Hi! I would love to help you! I sent you an email and would love to chat more.

        • Barbara Stansbury

          I have a life story including Cummins Engine & a pilot for them that tried to kill me but did kill himself. Would make a great movie for screen or lmn

          Reply
      • thomas mc kinney

        Hi my name is tam Mc kinney and have grate ides for a Childs book, I read to my kids every nite from my head about a wee boy and his new pup!! If u can help me put it out there???

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Hello! I would love to help you with your children’s books! I wrote you privately and look forward to hearing back!

          Reply
      • Millicent

        Hi Laura. My name is Millicent. I was born in Africa and raised by a single Father of four children after my mom died when I was a child. We were very very poor and my Father couldn’t even afford food for us. Somehow I escaped from the POVERTY and made it to Germany where I have been living over 23yrs now. I have a story to tell the world and need your help to write a book or make it as documentary. The title of the book called Hanging on in a THIN LINE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. Based on my true story. Thank you for taking your time to read this email. Sincerely. Millicent

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Hi! I wrote to your privately and hope I can help you! Thanks for reaching out to me!

          Reply
          • Warren Calvin

            I have story bout a gang member who was killed by his own gang. His mom an,I want to tell his legacy can u help,us ???

          • Laura Sherman

            Hi, Warren! I’d be happy to assist you. Please write me privately and tell me more. I need to know your budget and time frame, as well. Thanks for reaching out!

      • Ashley James

        I would like to know how do I go about of getting a writer to write a book about my life and I’ll be the talker???

        Reply
        • Laura Sherman

          Sure, that’s definitely possible. I’ll email you privately. Thanks!

          Reply
    • Edward prout

      My book the schooner adventures is done. And on schelves may something find it and tell me please

      Reply
      • Laura Sherman

        Congratulations!

        Reply

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