Dear Friendly Ghostwriter, I want to find a ghostwriter to write a book about my life. I’ve experienced so much, and I feel others could benefit from reading my story. Can you help me?
There have been many ups and downs over the last ten years, but I’ve come through and have a good life now. People are always telling me that I should write a book. All the time! So I decided to reach out to you today.
I don’t have the time to write my book myself. On top of that, I really don’t know how to get started. I need someone with experience to help me! – R.W.
I hear you! You might be surprised to know that I receive a lot of emails from people who need help writing a book about their life story. Of course, their stories are unique and there are variations to this request, but the plea is basically the same: Help, help, I want someone to write my book! Most busy people don’t have the hundreds of hours it takes to sit down and write their memoirs. In addition, many people who contact me recognize they don’t have the expertise to complete the project.
I’m here to help. That’s what I do.
If you’re interested in capturing the attention of a ghostwriter, I have a few recommendations. Most ghostwriters can’t ignore certain elements in a well-crafted pitch.
Know what I charge
If you’re interested in hiring a ghostwriter to write a book about your life, it is key to know our fees. Please take a moment and review my pricing, if you’re interested in hiring me. It saves us a lot of time. If you can’t afford me, but have a budget, tell me what that is and I’ll do my best to give you advice.
I offer a variety of packages to authors with different budgets. Plus I can sometimes help you work something out with another writer or find a way to help you write a shorter book. Mini-eBooks are popular on Amazon, so that’s always an option.
Please understand that no matter how compelling your book is, I am not able to write it for free (or for a percentage of the sales when it is completed). It takes hundreds of hours to write a book. Ghostwriters always need to be paid upfront.
Present an uplifting angle
Trust me, no one wants to read a book about how horrible life has been for you. While your story could be completely true, it will make the reader feel awful and sometimes squeamish. In addition, when everything is doom and gloom, it doesn’t allow for any room for the characters to grow. That makes for a flat and boring read.
Personally, I will only write meaningful stories with an ending showing success or at least a hope of triumph. The world has plenty of bad news; I don’t wish to add to it and depress people. It’s very rewarding for me when a reader walks away from reading a book I wrote with a new positive outlook and fresh approach to life.
I’ve ghostwritten a few books about the Holocaust because I feel the survival stories are each important to share. I spoke to a survivor the other day, who lives her life every day feeling grateful for being alive. She feels the weight of responsibility to make good decisions that help others because she feels she was chosen to survive against all odds. Shouldn’t we all feel that?
Research me and my website
If you’d like to hire me because you need someone to write a book about your life, please check me out a bit. I love it when prospective clients do their homework before they write me. Review my website, read samples of my books, look over my testimonials, etc. I always enjoy hearing from people who wish to hire me because they enjoy the way I write.
I’ve written over a hundred blog articles about writing and ghostwriting. I try to answer every question my readers have put to me over the last two decades. So if you want to get a feel for my writing style, my website is a great place to start.
Over the last twenty years, I’ve helped to write over forty books. Unfortunately, I can’t share most of the titles. I know, I know… It’s just that I always sign a confidentiality agreement with each client and I take that pledge very seriously. After all, when you hire me, you’ll be the author and once we’re done, I’ll just be a ghost.
I do have a few books that bear my name. Check them out. You don’t have to purchase them but can see a preview on Amazon.
I love working with new authors but am very selective about the books I write and the people I sign with. My clients become my partners for the period we work together and most become good friends. It’s a special relationship, one I cherish.
If you’re saying to yourself, I want someone to write a book about my life, please email me and we’ll see what we can do to get started.
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