(+44)1453 454594 ● 07836 340626
The Arches, Halmore, Berkeley
Gloucestershire GL13 9HL
If you have a story to tell but don’t have the time, the skills or the inclination to write it yourself, you need a ghostwriter - someone who will write the book for you as if you were the author. The process is likely to involve getting together a number of times over a period of months to interview you to take notes and recordings. Other material can be exchanged by phone and email.
I have ghostwritten, or co-written, books for a wide range of people, from a member of the House of Lords to the father of a murdered police officer and from a man who built an empire on his talent for clowning to a desert nomad from Somalia who become a UK doctor and a woman who sold her cleaning business to sail single-handed around the world.
My experience as a ghostwriter enables me to write in the author’s own ‘voice’ so that the book will read authentically. It will be very much your book, from start to finish. You may simply wish to record the events of your life for friends and family, or you may have a more unusual story to tell, one which will be of interest to a wider readership.
Compiling enough material for a book usually requires a number of interview sessions at your home, or another suitably private and convenient location. After each meeting I will write up the material and send you draft chapters for consideration, usually with supplementary questions and requests for additional detail. It may be helpful for us to speak to friends or relatives who can add information or quotes to the story. I’ll be happy to research additional background detail as needed.
The fee depends on the anticipated length of the book, the complexity of the story and the amount of time required for interviewing, research and writing. I'll advise you of a budget after discussing your book with you, but you may expect to pay about £3000-6000 for a normal-length book.
If you can supply substantial written material, eg detailed notes of events in your life, this will reduce the cost, as fewer interview sessions will be needed. If you plan to tackle writing or part-writing the book yourself, that's fine - I can help you to develop the book and polish your text.