Ten years ago, self-publishing was a last resort. It was expensive and complicated, and the end product usually ended up looking inferior to the output from a ‘proper’, professional publisher. You could end up short of several thousand pounds and with boxes of not very pro-looking books gathering dust in your garage. Now it’s different. I recently made a visit to Lightning Source’s printing press in Milton Keynes, and the sight of modern self-publishing at work was mind-blowing. Paper was flying through presses so fast that you couldn’t see any content – just a blur – but this wasn’t a
In the same way that homeowners invite estate agents to produce documents that help sell their properties, a proposal offers publishers the opportunity to peruse your story’s strengths and consider the attractions of attaching themselves to it. In addition to outlining the story itself, a well-executed publishers’ proposal explicates what makes it unique, while identifying the market/s in which your title could thrive. In an increasingly competitive market place – an overused phase, I know, but a painfully accurate one in the writing business, as in so many others – a project needs to really stand out in order to
To many, the world of the ghostwriter is a peculiar one, shrouded in secrecy. But there is no mystery to the profession: it’s a ghosts job to write someone else memoirs on their behalf, and bring their story to life in a cohesive, compelling and entertaining way. For six years now, it has provided me with a wonderful and varied source of income. I have met some incredible men and women who have inspired me, made me laugh and cry in equal measure, and whom I can honestly say, I feel privileged to have met. The very fact that someone trusts
‘I’ve been looking for a ghostwriter for so long . . .’ I hear that a lot. When people get in touch about their stories, they have often taken an extremely convoluted path to get to me. They may have found me in the acknowledgments page of a book they’ve read, or through my website, or through LinkedIn or Twitter, or even just a Google search – but that’s the easy part. It’s so much harder to write that email, or make that call. There are plenty of sleepless nights and many worries over whether it is the right thing.
Six common questions that I’m often asked about working on your memoir with a ghostwriter. I’ve been told I should write a book but I don’t know where to start. That’s a ghostwriter’s job. They should be able to help you structure your memoir depending on your aims. What’s your reason for writing your story? Is it memories and anecdotes about your life to leave behind for future generations to read or are you hoping to have your memoir picked up by a publisher? What if I want to write some of it myself? Great! In past projects I’ve