It’s easy to tell your story with a ghostwriter
Searching for ghostwriters for hire? I’ve ghostwritten books for published authors and first-time writers alike, helping them to tell their own unique stories and write books that sound exactly like they wrote them.
What sort of book we write is up to you. My ghostwriting services include written memoirs and autobiographies, business books, travel books, and books about mental health issues. Whatever story you want to tell, I’m here to help you tell it.
Here are some of my most popular ghostwriting services.
Need a little of each or something in-between?
If you’re unsure which tier is right for you, or you’re looking for a mix-and-match approach, tell me more about your idea for your book, and I can tailor my service to fit.
A few of the books I’ve helped to write
Working with a professional ghostwriter
Whether you want to inspire others with your story, or change the world one volume at a time, there are lots of good reasons to write a book. But there are just as many reasons why some books never get written …
Getting all your ideas together, deciding a structure that fits your story, finding the spark that drives your narrative, writing, re-writing, and editing … There’s no question that writing a book is hard work, and takes time… lots of time.
That’s why, for every story you want to tell, but haven’t got the time, confidence, or the opportunity to write, there is a professional ghostwriter to help you.
Benefits of working with a professional ghostwriter on your book
Your story is personal to you, but giving your story to a ghostwriter can help you create a better book. The best ghostwriting services bring necessary objectivity to the table, and ask all those niggly questions that a reader will want answers to. I’ll work with you to get to the heart of your story, making your book accessible to a wider audience. You can trust my sensitivity and tact to tell your story, no matter how difficult it might be.
I mostly work on narrative non-fiction, including memoirs, biographies, and business books, but I’ve never worked on a manuscript that didn’t benefit from the same dedication to dramatic momentum you find in fiction. With a range of professional ghostwriting services on offer, I’ll give you the freedom to explore and express your ideas in so many different ways. We’ll start your book without any preconceptions, and together, find the best way of telling your story for your audience.
There’s nothing wrong or underhand about hiring a ghostwriter to write your book and it doesn’t mean you’re not capable of writing the book yourself. The best ghostwriting services help you turn your ideas into a book more efficiently. You will get the book you wanted to write, but you won’t need to spend months or years of your life writing it, rewriting it, and editing it. And my ghostwriting rates are extremely competitive.
The ghostwriting process
If you’re considering using a ghostwriter to help write your book then you’re probably wondering how it works and what’s involved. Here’s your five-step guide to the ghostwriting process, covering everything from initial enquiry to production of your finished book.
Before we start talking about your life, I want to know a bit more about you and your expectations for your book, e.g.:
Why are you writing your book?
Why do you want to tell your story? Why now?
I want to find out everything about your inspiration and your vision for your book. I want to know why telling your story matters to you.
Who is going to read your book?
When we know who is going to read your book, we can write the kind of book they are going to want to read!
We’ll spend some time thinking about the audience for your story. Whether you want to tell your story for your family and friends, or you have a larger audience in mind, this is where we’ll start to develop the right way to tell your story.
What is your book going to look like?
When you think about your book, what do you see? Is it a paperback or hardback? Will it contain photographs? What does the cover look like?
I’m going to spend lots of time with you, asking you questions, and listening as you tell me your story. This can be by phone, online, in-person, or a mixture of all these things.
I’ll prompt you to reflect on some of the key parts of your story and help bring out the detail and the emotion that will make your stories live and breathe on the page.
The length of time we spend talking will be determined by the length of book I’m going to write for you. We’ll agree days and times for our interviews when we get started.
I’ll record our conversations so that I have a complete record of everything you share with me. This will also help me to recreate your tone of voice on the page. (Your book needs to sound like you wrote it.)
Planning and writing
Armed with my notes and the recordings of our interviews, I will create a structure for your story and share it with you, giving you a chance to ask any questions, or suggest any changes.
This chapter-by-chapter synopsis will show you the ‘shape’ of the book I’m going to write for you. It might be a straightforward beginning-to-present-day story, or something a bit more idiosyncratic. From talking with you, I’ll have a good idea of the kind of structure that will serve your story best.
Now that I have got to grips with your story, and your tone of voice, and we’ve agreed the shape and style of book your readers are going to get, I can get to work writing your book. I’ll deliver your first draft to an agreed timescale.
While I’m at work writing your book, this is a good chance for you to think about imagery. If you’re going to include photos in the book, you can use the structure we’ve devised to help you find suitable shots to include. We’ll need a suitable cover photo too.
Review and edit
The first draft of your book will tell your story in line with the structure that we’ve agreed. This is your chance to check the details are correct and suggest any changes.
I will discuss your suggestions with you and talk over any discussion points before getting to work on a second draft that incorporates your recommendations.
I want the second draft to be as close to perfect as possible, so before we sign off on the manuscript, I’ll give your manuscript to a professional proofreader who will review the whole document and eliminate any typos, inconsistencies, or errors that have slipped through.
If you wish to have your book designed and printed, we will move onto the production part of the process.
Your book will be professionally typeset. A typesetter will arrange your manuscript over the pages of the book so that it will look right in the finished book. They will eliminate any ‘orphan’ words at the end of pages, ensure correct spacing throughout, and help make your book look perfect.
If you have decided to include a photo insert, or photos throughout the book, they will be included at this stage.
Your designer will create the book jacket – the front cover image, back cover image and ISBN (if you want to sell your book).
The digital book files will then be sent off to be printed in the quantity and to the specifications you have requested.
Finally, a box of your very own books will be sent to your specified address. I think the feeling you get when you open up a box of books with your name on them can only really be topped by the feeling of sharing your books with your family and friends.
My guarantee to you
I want you to love your book. To ensure that you do, I’ll keep you involved at every stage of the process.
I won’t start writing until you have approved my proposed structure for your book (stage 3 of the process above). And I won’t take a final payment until you have approved your final draft.
I’ll be in touch with you throughout the writing process, keeping you updated on my progress, checking details with you, and requesting more information as and when I need to.
I’m here for you too. During office hours, I’m available by phone. I’m happy to share my personal contact details with you when we start work so that you can still contact me out of hours or at weekends, via email or WhatsApp.
Is a ghostwritten book still your book?
You may be asking yourself, “if you write it for me, is is still my book?” or “will it still sound like I wrote it?”; the answer to both is a resounding “yes”.
Your ghostwriter hasn’t led the life you’ve led. They haven’t got the skills or experiences you’ve got. Without you, there would be no book.
As a ghostwriter my core skills include writing in different tones of voice and making sure your book sounds like you wrote it.
Alternatives to hiring a ghostwriter
Find a good editor
If you’re intent on writing your book yourself then you could consider having your book reviewed and edited as an intermediate step. This can be as involved as you like and is a great way of getting the peace of mind that your manuscript is as good as can be.
Ready to partner with a ghost?
Whether you’re confident or curious about hiring a ghostwriter, get in touch to have a chat about your writing project and how I can help you specifically. Or, if you’re going to go it alone, here are some innovative ideas to help you write your best book.
Preparing yourself for working with a ghostwriter? I’ve written quite a few articles on collaborative writing and how to get the most out of the experience.
How will you get my tone of voice right?
I’ve read ghostwritten biographies that are very well written, but don’t convince me that the named author actually wrote them. And I think that’s a real shame.
Over the years, I’ve written for many people, and many different audiences, and I understand the importance of getting an authentic tone of voice. We’ll spend lots of time together so that I can get to know you, and get a feel for how you express yourself, while I’m getting to grips with your story.
I will use your words, as far as possible, to write your book. You will recognise yourself when you’re reading your story, and it will be your tone of voice that your readers will hear.
Don’t most people write their own books?
Not as many as you might think. Very few people have the luxury of being able to devote months of their lives to writing books. And the vast majority of popular biographies are ghostwritten.
It’s also worth saying that most people appreciate that writing a book is a specialist skill. Unless that’s a skill you want to develop, it’s probably better left to the people who do it for a living.
I don’t want the full works, can you provide a reduced service?
I’m happy to help however I can, and that may mean doing something a bit different. Here are a few scenarios:
You’ve written your manuscript in full, but it doesn’t quite work
I can review your story and help you identify the issues and make suggestions for solutions that you or I can implement.
You want to write a short memoir / self-help book / business book
Not every project needs to be as long as 40,000 words. You may have an idea for a short, value-packed book, and I can help you to write that.
You’ve started your book, but haven’t got around to finishing it
It’s sad that so many books that get started with best intentions never get finished. I can come into the project at any stage, and help you get it over the finishing line.
You want a transcription, rather than a ghostwritten book
There are many reasons why you might want a transcription. Perhaps you’re keen to let your unvarnished words do the talking. Perhaps you want a set of interviews that you can work with yourself. Or perhaps you want to get your story out in a PDF transcription format as quickly and cheaply as possible.
Can you approach publishers for me?
Once I’ve finished work on your book, we can certainly talk about sending the manuscript for a publisher’s consideration if we both think there is a worthwhile chance of attracting their interest.
Depending on the book, I might be able to make specific recommendations for publishers you can reach out to. In other cases, I might suggest you speak to an agent who can do the hard work of promoting your work for you.
Very often, my best recommendation is self-publishing.
Can I trust your discretion?
I’ve worked with a lot of writers with very sensitive stories to tell. Some of the people I’ve worked with have also had to tread very carefully to protect people’s anonymity and have relied on my professional discretion.
I am, of course, happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before we start work.
Who retains the copyright and IP of the work you produce?
I will retain the copyright and intellectual property of the manuscript until the project fee
has been paid in full. At that point, full ownership of the manuscript will transfer to you, and
I will not retain any claim to the finished material.
What is your process for writing my book?
Ordinarily, I will write your story based on interviews. But even before the interviews, we’ll work out a rough plan of what your book is going to cover. Then, we’ll arrange several hours of Zoom, phone, or in-person interviews so that I can ask you about your life. I’ll delve deeper into the incidents, experiences, and characters that you want to talk about.
My job then is to sculpt the interviews into a cohesive manuscript that tells your story in the most interesting way. It won’t be a straightforward transcription of the interviews – but you will certainly recognise your own words and phrasing when you read the book.
Finally, you will review the complete manuscript and I’ll make any necessary changes before we move onto the production side of the process.
Can you help me write a book about someone who isn’t here anymore?
I’ve worked on a few books about people who have sadly died. These have mostly been to celebrate that person’s life for their friends and family.
There are a few ways of approaching a project like this. In some cases, there has been written material in the form of diaries and journals, or audio / video recordings that I’ve been able to refer to. In other cases, I’ve built up a picture of the person’s life through interviews with their friends and relatives.
Do you outsource your work?
No. I only outsource non-editorial services related to the design, print, and production of your book, using a trusted partner that I have worked with for many years.
Everything else is handled exclusively by me and I'll be your only point of contact from first meeting through to sign off so you'll have direct contact with me at every stage of the process.
How much does it cost to write and produce my book?
Every book is different, so my ghostwriting fees will reflect your particular requirements. It isn’t just the length and complexity of the manuscript that will determine the cost of your book.
To help you, I’ve put together a three-tier ghostwriting pricing model, so you can see, from the start, exactly how much you will pay for the kind of autobiography or memoir writing service you want.
I’ve taken into account some of the requests that people have made over the years. There is an option for a lavishly illustrated Royal-format hardback; perfect for gifting to friends and loved ones. While the manuscript-only option gives you the option to send it to colleagues, friends and family as a PDF document. You can send it to be reviewed by your chosen publishers, or choose from a range of self-publishing options. If you’re choosing the manuscript-only option, rest assured that my interview and writing process will be just as involved and diligent, but you won’t have to pay for any additional services that you don’t want.
With additional options for shorter and longer books, and variations like large print, and design options, I think this is the fairest way of charging for ghostwriting. I don’t add any VAT, so the price you see will be the price you pay. And to help you budget for your book, I usually charge for ghostwriting in three stages: at commencement, first draft, and sign off (or design and print stage if applicable).
By breaking down some of the additional costs that can make it expensive, I think I’ve made ghostwriting a lot more affordable. By giving you full control of the cost of your book, I hope you can now find a way to make your dream happen and get that book written
What experience and qualifications do you have?
Before setting up Lomas Editorial, I worked as a Senior Editor, overseeing, ghosting, and editing more than thirty non-fiction and narrative non-fiction books and memoirs for publishers including Routledge, Trigger, and Sharpe Books.
I then progressed to Editorial Director, with responsibility for commissioning books, and working closely with authors and agents.
Since then I've ghostwritten several self-published titles.
I’m also a member of the Society of Authors, the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders, Byte The Book, and the UK Speechwriter's Guild.
Can I order additional copies?
Yes. Additional copies can be factored in prior to the initial run or ordered at a later date. The minimum run is 10 volumes.
Are there payment options or do you take full payment upfront?
I normally invoice in three stages: at the start of the project, before delivery of the first draft, and before production (or before sign off, if you have not signed up for a printed book.)