Why do people hold back from working with an autobiography ghostwriter?
Before we go any further, lets address some of the concerns about giving your story to an autobiography writer and see how they stack up:
‘How can a ghostwriter tell my story?’
At the start of the process, it might feel unlikely that anybody else could tell your story. But, as your ghostwriter gets to know you, they’ll build up a comprehensive understanding of the life you’ve lived – and just as importantly, they’ll see how you want to convey your story to your readers.
Practically, the processes involved in writing a book, and all the steps a professional autobiography writer runs through are essentially the same. It’s just the input – your life story – that’s different.
Your autobiography ghostwriter will use their writing nous to streamline the process, and help tell your story more quickly and more effectively than you, simply by dint of having done the job so many times.
‘Will it be my book if an autobiography writer writes it for me?’
Figures vary, but its’s thought that anything between 50-90% of memoirs and autobiographies are ghostwritten. When Prince Harry wanted to tell his side of the story, he got a ghostwriter.
When you hire an autobiography ghostwriter, you’ll feed them all the necessary information, over the course of many hours of interviews. They’ll ask you questions about your life, and record the conversations so that when they’re writing your story, they can use your words to help them.
Your autobiography won’t be a transcript of your interviews – that would make a really unsatisfying book. But your words will still find their way into your manuscript. In other words, you are part and parcel of the writing process.
After your autobiography ghostwriter has pieced the stories together in a way that makes a compelling narrative, you’ll approve the draft manuscript, or make suggestions for changes. So, your book will tell your stories. It will use your tone of voice. It will be approved by you. It’ll be your book, through and through.
‘Will hiring an autobiography writer be expensive?’
Look for an ‘autobiography writer UK’ and you’re going to get a lot of options, and a lot of prices. From autobiography writers on Fiverr at one end of the scale, and award-winning ghostwriters at the other. In between there are autobiography writing services like Story Terrace too.
Pound for pound, an autobiography writer for hire isn’t so very expensive, compared with other professional service providers. And of course, it’s the personal value of the service and the book you’re going to get that really matters.
I recommend you set a realistic budget and find an affordable autobiography ghostwriter you like who operates within that price bracket. If you’re not looking to get your book professionally published, make sure you find a writer who understands; it should reduce their costs and yours.
The advantages of working with an autobiography writer for hire
Having overcome some of those objections to working with a professional autobiography writer, let’s consider the advantages.
Most people choose to work with an autobiography ghostwriter for one of these reasons. See which one applies to you:
- You don’t enjoy the prospect of writing tens of thousands of words.
- You’re scared that you’ll do a bad job of writing your story.
- You haven’t got the time to devote to planning, writing, and editing your manuscript. (Writing an autobiography takes months of hard work. And if you haven’t planned, written, and edited a book before, it’ll probably take even longer.)
If you want your autobiography to stand as a truly fitting memento of your life and times, of your friends and family, and of the achievements that have defined you, the pressure is on to do it perfectly. Writing an autobiography is something you’re probably only going to do once. (Never say never to a second volume though!) So it’s a big deal.
Your autobiography ghostwriter will take all of that pressure off your shoulders. They’ll get to grips with the story you want your autobiography to tell, work within the parameters of how you want to tell it, and deliver the book of your life.
What will an autobiography ghostwriter do with your story?
Too many people get to hung up on trying to tell a formal story when that isn’t usually the best way to write an autobiography. Your book doesn’t have to tell a beginning-to-end story, and it doesn’t have to touch on every important event in your life.
Writing an autobiography isn’t an exact science. There isn’t a template to follow, or rules that we have to adhere to. And that means that your autobiography writer can help you to present your story absolutely uniquely.
From choose your own adventure style autobiographies to semi-fictionalised accounts of pivotal life moments, there are so many exciting ways to tell a story. So, talk to your autobiography writer about your hopes and wishes for your book.
Your autobiography will be in good hands with me
As a professional autobiography writer, I will:
- Suggest the way of telling your story that is right for you.
- Advise you on what to leave in and take out of your story.
- Make your story easy and entertaining to read.
- Make your autobiography sound like you could have written it.
Above all, I want you to be able to read your book, knowing that, even if you’d had the time, you couldn’t have done a better job of writing your autobiography yourself. I want you to be proud of your book, and eager for your friends and family to read it.
Let’s get started on telling your story…
It’s liberating seeing just how quickly and easily you can get your story out into the world. With a bit of help from me, we can tell your story, design and print it, and self-publish it too. Get in touch for an autobiography writing consultation, and we’ll take that first step…
Chris has a great talent, and an incredible skill for getting to the heart of the narrative. He really imprints your heart and identity on your story. I’ll never regret my decision, it was worth every penny and I loved every moment we spent working on my book!Colin Mackell – author of Broken Roads Lead Me Here
Do you know someone with their own great story? Take a look at options for commissioning a biography or memoir as a gift.