Everyone has a story to tell. Ghostwriters make it easy to tell that story, so you don’t have to worry about structure, tone, or time. Working with a ghostwriter isn’t just about getting words on paper, however. It’s also about the journey the two of you take together. Sharing your story–or that of a family member–involves dipping into some of the most personal parts of life.
Ghostwriters don’t only record, but they also listen intently, asking leading questions meant to uncover important details and themes that can be used to create a mosaic of imagery. Through the deep communication, the writer can put the storyteller’s stream-of-consciousness puzzle pieces together into a clear narrative. Because of the intimacy of this process, many writers and clients form bonds that last forever.
Video: Celeste Hamilton Dennis on writing for Story Terrace
Story Terrace Writer Celeste Hamilton Dennis, interviewed in the video above, believes, "Every ordinary life is extraordinary."
“My writer was fantastic and very professional. She made me feel like I’d known her my whole life.” Jam Rud
When you hire a ghostwriter, you want to be sure they can tell stories well. A big part of the telling comes from the connection between you and the writer. You don’t need to have everything in common, be the same age, or even come from the same country. It all comes down to feeling comfortable with the person sitting across from you, and that person’s ability to craft a narrative.
Many storytellers aren’t sure how to find a ghostwriter. To ensure our clients get matched with a qualified writer, we recruit through professional and personal networks, professional outreach, MA writing programs, job boards, newspapers, literary agencies, and more. We then vet them through personal and individual video interviews with a Story Terrace editor, and onboard them with our thorough Writers’ Handbook. Our 500-plus writers are located across the world, from coast to coast, in both big cities and small towns. What they share is a passion for helping people capture their life stories.
“This was TEN years in the making for us, and kept going nowhere until we enlisted their help. Months later we have a novella to treasure for generations.” Jeanne Jones
We offer three levels of writers to work with: critically acclaimed, junior, and senior. Below is a sampling of the types of writers we have on deck.
Critically acclaimed writer Chris Neill is London based stand-up comedian, newspaper columnist and former BBC Radio producer, with a love for cooking.
Kerrin Cocks, also critically acclaimed, is an experienced traveller who has ghostwritten and co-authored several books, including "Mzee Ali: The Biographer of an African Slave-Raider Turned Askari and Scout". She also blogs about being a modern-day mum.
Senior writer Paddy Magrane has been published by the Guardian, Observer, Independent and Telegraph. Alongside writing, he's a practising psychotherapist and counsellor.
Globe trotting Emily Richards, another senior writer, recently returned to the UK to arm herself with an MA in Writing from Warwick University - before that you might have found her living in Saigon, or running the Amsterdam Marathon.
Our junior writers include Rose Segal, who is a poet, singer and songwriter, and recently gained an MSt in Creative Writing (with distinction!) from the University of Oxford.
Also in the junior writer team is Krishan Coupland, who has an MA in Creative Writing, won the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2016, and the Bare Fiction Prize in 2016. Krishan has written on subjects from the Cold War, to theme parks and game design.
All our writers, no matter the level, have been vetted through our interview and training process. With our large pool of professionals, finding a ghostwriter has never been easier.
When a storyteller is ready to begin working with a ghostwriter, we send matches based on locality, availability, and suitability. We always look to find a writer who can make a connection with the storyteller, whether through hobbies, interests, education, expertise, or even language.
“I was looking to find a writer who spoke Vietnamese since English was not my parents’ first language. Ari, the sales rep, took the time to find a writer specific to my needs.” Galen Dao
Once a match is successful, our writers communicate directly with the storyteller to schedule the interviews. The editor checks in with both parties along the way, and once the interviews are complete, the editor assists the customer in reviewing and approving the writer’s table of contents and first and final drafts.
“Our writer Alex was incredibly professional and produced a phenomenal collection of my father's stories. This was a gift for my father, but it will be something that our entire family will treasure forever.” R Mitchell Ermentrout
Whether you want to tell your own story or gift a book to someone else, working with a ghostwriter is a great way to finally get that story on paper. Story Terrace is the leading ghostwriting solution, with professional writers who can interview you from the comfort of your own home.