Everybody has a story to tell, and if you look in the mirror, you will see the best person to tell it: you! Nobody knows your life better, and who could be more motivated? You might think your life isn’t exactly a page turner – but think about your own ancestors. Wouldn’t you love to read the tale of their lives? You can be certain your family feel the same about you. But writing a book is no easy feat. It takes time and a huge amount of commitment. Crafting a book people want to read requires consummate skill. Unless you’re a professional writer, it can all feel utterly overwhelming. Given the challenges, it’s no surprise that many people find themselves asking – how do I find someone to write my life story?
It’s never been easier to hire a professional writer to write your story. If you’re thinking of turning your memories into words, then hiring a ghostwriter could be perfect for you.
Quite simply, a ghostwriter is a writer paid by someone to write projects on their behalf. They don’t receive any credit for the work produced and their names don’t appear anywhere – much like a ghost! These professionals write for others to make their living, and have the time, experience and skills to meet the high standards required. Some specialise in certain fields while others write across a wide range of topics and sectors. Using a ghostwriter is a wonderful way of telling your story the way you want it to be told, while taking all the struggle of putting pen to paper away.
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and hire a ghostwriter. You’re now much closer to turning your experiences into a book you and your family will treasure for years to come. But you still need to take a few short steps before you pick up the phone or send an email.
You need to find the right professional for the job. The best way of doing this is to decide exactly what you want from a ghostwriter at the outset. Do you want to tell your whole life story, or just some key aspects from it? Often, deciding what to leave out can be as important as what to leave in. How personal will it be? Thinking about the tone you want will help the ghostwriter tailor their words to match your requirements.
How long do you want the book to be? Everyone’s story is different, but ultimately you want a book people will want to read. So, don’t make it too long! Also, ghostwriters normally charge according to the amount of words written. As a rule of thumb, between 40,000 and 70,000 words should be enough (150 to 270 pages) to tell your story.
You should also consider what you already have that will help the ghostwriter tell your story. For instance, diaries, photo albums, newspaper clippings, and all the various certificates and records we acquire. These will all help give your book context and images to go along with the words.
Finally: when do you want the book to be finished and delivered?
You do not need to get everything finalised at this stage of finding someone to write your life story. With the right partner on board, you will be able to thoroughly discuss and agree everything when you go through the hiring process. But taking these initial preparatory steps will get everything off to the best start.
After you’ve done your preparatory work, now’s the time to find someone to write your life story. Where can you find them? There are many writers out there – and finding them is easy thanks to the internet. You’ll find plenty of potential authors offering their services either on their own sites or under the many freelance writing platforms. However, this being the internet, you’ll find the good, the bad, and the ugly. While there are great professionals to be found, unfortunately there are many fake profiles and scammers. There are also well-meaning amateurs who just don’t have the skills to deliver what you need.
You’ll also find all manner of prices. While it can be tempting to take a chance and go for a cost at the low end of the scale, chances are you’ll end up wasting time, energy and money. You could well be left with a product that doesn’t tell your story in the way you want and you either have to start all over or simply abandon the project altogether.
Sifting through the thousands of writers out there is a very time-consuming undertaking. There’s also no way you can guarantee you’ve selected the right one. Quite simply – you need to go to the experts. If you’re thinking “how do I find someone to write my life story”, then the best way to turn your memories into words is to use a dedicated service like LifeTime Memoirs, the world’s leading bespoke memoir and autobiography service.
When you choose a LifeBook project, you don’t just get a ghostwriter, but a dedicated and carefully selected team. A team all working together with you to create a stunning, handmade book. The book that will tell your story the way it truly should be told.
A highly trained and experienced interviewer will be assigned to your project. Over a series of 12 90-minute interviews, this personable and open-minded professional will collect all those fascinating memories and experiences you’ve amassed through your life.
Every minute of your conversations are then passed to a dedicated expert ghostwriter. They are selected for their ability to capture your unique ‘voice’, so your personality shines through every word in your book.
Your editor will polish and refine your story, making sure everything is clear and consistent. Meanwhile, your typesetter will ensure your book looks fantastic and provides a wonderful reading experience. Your proofreader will then cast an expert eye over your story, so you can be sure that all grammar and spelling is perfect.
When you have reviewed your project and are happy, the manuscript is then passed to our specialist printers and binders. Your memoir will be printed on beautiful archival grade paper, all hand-stitched and section sown.
With all these different elements being overseen by your personal project manager working with you every step of the way, all the strain of putting your memories into words simply melts away. You’ll be left with a rich and rewarding experience and a beautiful book that will bring your memories to life for you and your family for many years to come.
If you’re looking to pen your story, then please contact us. Whether you are ready to commission your LifeTime Memoirs project or just want to ask some questions, our dedicated team are here to help. And if you’d like to see memoir and autobiography testimonials from our many authors and gifters, then you can find them here.