Why should I hire a ghostwriter?
If you have a story that you’re burning to tell but identify with at least one of the following, a ghostwriter may be perfect for you:
You aren’t a good writer.
You are a good writer but haven’t honed your craft for the years it takes to become accomplished.
You aren’t a great storyteller.
You are a good natural storyteller but don’t have the knowledge about character, plot, pacing, theme etc. that is required for a publishable memoir.
You don’t have the countless hours it takes to write a full-length book.
You’re not wired for the discipline and rigor required, or you find the idea of sitting by yourself for the hours and months it takes overwhelming or uninspiring.
You think you could write your story, but your goal is to get published and you don’t think your writing is at the level necessary to do so.
What Sets You Apart?
We work as a team. That means you’ll get the exponential benefit of our creative collaboration as well as the unique fruits of each of our backgrounds and expertise. More than one client has called us the Dynamic Duo (though we differ on who is Batman and who is Robin!)
We both have master’s degrees in spiritual psychology and therefore bring an unusual depth of insight, sensitivity and nuance to the interviewing and storytelling process. We’ll assist you in connecting to what can sometimes be challenging life material, and we’ll really get to the story underneath your story. Memoir is not just a recitation of outer events, it’s about capturing your inner experience and shaping it into a compelling narrative.
Because of our training, we have a strong ability to put our own personalities aside and capture your unique voice as the storyteller. Our clients often say that they feel like we “channel” them.
Dayna is an award-winning novelist with Ballantine Books, and she draws on her experience writing her own semi-autobiographical material when ghostwriting for you. Julia’s background as a successful life coach, advertising executive and professional writer and editor bring dimensions to the team that are impossible to get in just one person.
We work well with many different kinds of people, from the hands-on type to those who want to turn the project over and let us run with it.
We laugh a lot and like to have fun. We’ll make the process as enjoyable as possible and love sharing coffee, drinks or a yoga class with our clients when geography allows.
How do I know if my story is worth telling?
Some people assume that they need to be famous to tell their story and hire a ghostwriter.
But you don’t have to be a celebrity to have a great story. Examples of successful memoirs by authors no one had heard of at the time include: Augusten Burroughs's Running with Scissors, Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Chris Kyle’s American Sniper (which happens to have been ghostwritten) and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.
Sharing our stories is one of the most profound and important things we can ever do. The truth is that just going through the drama of the human experience may mean you may have a compelling story to tell.
How does the process work?
The ghostwriting process is a very intimate one. You want to make sure there is a good fit between you and who you entrust to write your book.
We begin with a number of intimate conversations and interviews with you to mine the depths of your story. We then work with you to uncover the theme of the story and the key messages you want to convey. From there, we create an outline and then we begin writing. It’s a very collaborative process tailored to each client.
We are happy to discuss this with you in more depth during a complimentary consultation.
As ghostwriters, do you get credit?
Like most ghostwriters, we remain invisible “ghosts,” working entirely behind the scenes, and receive no official credit for our contribution. Your book is published under your name, and you retain the copyright. Examples of uncredited ghostwritten memoirs include: Hillary Clinton’s memoir Hard Choices and NBA star Steven Adams’s, My Life, My Fight.
How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter?
Like most professional, experienced ghostwriters, we work on a fee basis and do not write on spec. Sometimes, depending on the project, we may receive a percentage of royalties from book sales in addition to our fees.
There is a broad range for ghostwriting fees depending on the credentials of the ghostwriter, complexity of the project and length of the manuscript. For a full-length 60,000-word (200 page) manuscript, you can find ghostwriters charging as low as $20,000 (for less experienced writers) and as high as $250,000 or more (for top celebrity writers). Our fees fall in the lower half of that range. We will be able to give you a fee estimate after our complimentary consultation.
We have heard many stories of people hiring cheap ghostwriters only to end up with an unpublishable manuscript sitting on a shelf. In ghostwriting, the maxim “you get what you pay for” is the absolute truth. If you want a well-written and insightful memoir about an important time in your life, it will be well worth paying for true professionals to get the job done.
Does it cost more to work with Memoir Legacy because there are two of you?
No. Because we are a team, we can take on more projects than if we were working individually. Our collaboration allows us to create greater value for our clients without charging more. Think of it as a BOGO deal—buy one, get one free!
Do you help me get published?
Yes, if you want us to. The first step in getting traditionally published is typically finding a literary agent who will represent you and shop your manuscript to publishers. The manuscript we prepare is agent-submission ready. We offer packages that include writing the book proposal you will need to find an agent and submit to publishers. We also offer services that help you with the steps required to secure an agent. If you choose to self-publish your book, we will advise you on finding the best self-publishing houses for your needs.
What if I want to write my story myself? Can you help me?
We offer book coaching to a small number of clients who are talented writers, well-read, and natural storytellers. If you think you might want to go this route, we will ask for writing samples to see if we think it’s a fit to work with you in this capacity. If so, we offer different coaching packages that range from helping you put together a “Story Blueprint” (including key plot points, character arc, theme and tone of voice) from which you can write your manuscript on your own, to regular weekly or monthly coaching sessions in which we walk you through the entire writing process.
We are happy to discuss if book coaching is a fit for you during a complimentary consultation.