Like Barry, I am a professional ghostwriter and editor. My strength lies in narrative works, memoirs and books that involve the author’s personal history.
While I’m not a fiction writer, my projects capture the imagination and often read much like great novels.
I’ve recently written the true stories of a rags-to-riches couple who became the owners of a billion dollar oil business, a woman who founded the largest business seminar company in the U.S., and a man who escaped Czechoslovakia ahead of the Nazis to become a U.S. steel magnate. If you’ve had a fascinating life or an amazing experience you’d like to relay, I’m the ghostwriter for you.
My clients have often told me that the experience of writing a book was just as fulfilling as holding the finished copy in their hands.
Kay Legendre Doré & William J. Doré, founder and former CEO, Global Industries, said this about the process: “Bill and I are delighted to have had Nadine Taylor’s help in blending the kaleidoscope of our lives into a readable fashion for our family memoir… She became a writer, therapist, literary critic, and friend, all rolled into one. Writing the book with Nadine was a wonderful experience that we recommend to all!”
That’s because during the planning and writing processes, ideas, insights and philosophies came up that they didn’t even realize they had. It became a journey of self-discovery and understanding that led to a greatly increased awareness and, sometimes, a brand new point of view.
I’m ready to assist you on your own journey!
Working With Ghostwriters Barry or Nadine
As professional ghostwriters and editors with more than 50 published books to our credit, including New York Times bestsellers, we know that a good book is a conversation with the reader…
…often an intimate conversation during which you, the author, share your ideas, insights and perhaps your feelings, depending on the type of book.
That’s why we like to begin our work together by having a conversation with you – a lengthy one, as we delve deeply into your ideas and experiences.
We sit down together several times and get to know each other well enough that we can turn our chats into a book that makes your readers feel as if they, too, are sitting with you, listening to your every word.
Whether you work with Barry, Nadine or both of us, we travel to your location and help you sharpen your ideas to a fine point. Then we return home to ghostwrite your book. Soon you will have a highly-polished book, created by you, written by a professional ghostwriter, that’s ready to wow the world.
We love turning great ideas into great books!
To learn about the specific services ghostwriters offer, see “Ghostwriting Services.”
We invite you to read the Testimonials Page to see what VIPs have said about our process, and you can listen to Barry discussing book proposals in his “Writing A Great Non-Fiction Book Proposal” Reedsey seminar on YouTube. If you’d like to learn more about the nuts-and-bolts of ghostwriting, please see our What Is A Professional Ghostwriter? page. And for a look at the most common questions people ask about memoirs, see Memoir Ghostwriter.
I Will Make Your Dream of Writing a Book Come True
I’m a memoir ghostwriter with years of experience writing compelling books. I know what works, what sells, and what readers want. But most of all, I know how to shape your life experiences into a contemporary memoir that will sell. I’ve worked with CEOs, entrepreneurs, professionals, mothers, a U.S. Congressman, and many others. I’d like to work with you. Here’s what I can do for you.
Do you dream of writing a memoir? Do you have a book burning inside you that needs to come out? To realize your dream of publishing a book, you can hire a ghostwriter, but what you need is a team of dedicated professionals and experts who know how to navigate the publishing industry. I’ve put together an excellent team of professional to make your story come alive.
Hire a memoir ghostwriter who knows how to write your memoir
My primary focus is on memoirs. I’ve written personal stories of every kind. Business success stories. Self-help books. Books that lead the way to a better life; books that improve one’s effectiveness; books that help readers overcome addictions, overcome obstacles to well-being, overcome a traumatic experience; or overcome a strange childhood.
When I take on a new client, I work hard to conceptualize the book from beginning to end. We develop a complete outline because we want the best possible book, one that realizes all of its thematic and dramatic potential.
Not all memoirs ghostwriters are the same
You have to know that not all books are created equal because all ghostwriters aren’t the same. Not all memoirs are well-written not every writer is equipped to write a memoir. Not all books reach the full promise of the author’s intentions because the authors didn’t choose the best memoir ghostwriter to work with. You deserve a story that fulfills everything you want it to be.
How do I do that, you ask?
Your memoir will stand out
A memoir stands out when the words match the intensity of the author’s experience. It also stands out when the author’s voice is original and authentic. A book is conspicuous when the structure of the story keeps the readers focused on what will happen next. This doesn’t mean that we make up episodes, rather it means we arrange the important scenes of your life around a theme and push the narrative to develop along thematic lines.
It takes time and patience to capture your voice. I listen carefully to how you talk, what you say, and how you say it. Then create a literary voice, one that represents you. You can read more about how I capture your voice here.
Your memoir will have a crystal clear thematic issue
The theme is the inner meaning of the story. All stories have two lines of action: an outer story of the events and activities. Essentially, what happened. This is the factual truth of your story. The second line of action is the inner story, how the actions affected you emotionally and spiritually.
Did they discourage you? Did they motivate you? Did they traumatize you?
Jeannette Walls in her best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, effectively used the image of her father’s lie of building her and her siblings a glass castle to live in. This image from her childhood that is developed throughout the narrative carries the full range of her emotional growth as a child.
This is a stellar example how a theme stands as a metaphor for her inner experiences as a young girl growing into a mature adult in a tumultuous and extraordinarily bizarre upbringing. The theme holds the emotional truth of her life the way a water glass holds the liquid so you can take a drink. Without the container, one can hardly quench one’s thirst easily. Without a well-defined theme, a reader could miss the meaning of your life story.
This emotional truth is the unique territory of the memoir. Memory often plays havoc with the factual truth. When looking back on your experiences, time and memory can warp or expand or even delete the actual events. And while we may arrange the factual truth in any sequence we need to create a compelling story, the emotional truth, as you experienced it, which is the theme, must be developed methodically and honestly. Here is where, you the author, become the most vulnerable, the most honest, even transparent. And if you will, you allow yourself to stand emotionally naked to the world of your readers. (The book will be as vulnerable as you wish it to be.). Candor charges the memoir with vitality and human interest.
Your memoir will have a well-developed conflict
Think of your blood pressure. If it gets too low, real low, even down to nothing, you’ll die. Every organ in your body stops working. Think of conflict in a story as the underlying pressure that moves the lifeblood of your story. Conflict can be pressure. Adversity. Obstacles. Problems. Trauma. These descriptions apply to everyone’s life. Just as blood pressure keeps us alive, conflict drives a story. Without conflict with our parents, few of us would strike out on our own. Conflict isn’t always good. Neither is it always bad. It is, though, a fact of life. Without it, we would have no stories to tell.
Conflict comes in many forms and will differ according to a person’s life story.
- Overcoming a strange upbringing
- Overcoming a health condition
- Enduring persecution
- Overcoming obstacles to achieve success in business
- Achieving athletic success despite the odds of a difficult childhood or physical handicap
- Surviving a stroke and regaining your life
- Achieving freedom from addiction of any kind
- Escaping a traumatic relationship
- Escaping a life characterized by a series of bad decisions
- Surviving a near death experience
- Building a great brand despite all the naysayers in your life
So many people write memoirs that repeat similar life stories. So it’s imperative that your story stands out in both the quality of the writing and the development of the conflict. The narrative must be free of sentimentalism but has to be dramatically portrayed. This is the work that memoir writer undertakes.
Fleshing out the central conflict in your life is essential to the narrative arc of your outside story. And it’s essential to understanding the inside story, the theme that drives the narrative arc of your book.
Your memoir will have a distinctive narrative arc
Every story needs a narrative arc that shows personal growth, business growth, or movement away from victimization to empowerment. A narrative arc takes the elements of the conflict, the inner and outer story, and forms them into a complete and compelling narrative. This dual action in the story line makes memoirs satisfying and readable. I’ve written extensively on narrative arcs and how they operate within a story. You can read about them here.
Your memoir will have an emotionally satisfying thematic conclusion
The theme is the meaning of your story. The climactic moment of your story must answer the thematic questions raised early on in the narrative. The moment of truth that the story has been building to creates the opportunity to clarify once and for all the theme of the story. In a positive change story, you want a warm ending, a satisfying story. All memoirs don’t end this way. But most do.
The advantages of working with a memoir ghostwriter are clear
- Your book will be well-written
- Your book will have emotional impact
- Your book will be completed in your lifetime
- You can go on with your life as I work on fulfilling your dream
- You won’t have to spend every spare moment writing
- You will have a legacy for your family
As a memoir ghostwriter, I’ve spent years studying how memoirs work. I bring all of my study and experience to bear on your story to make it the best one I’ve written so far.
Our Ghostwriting Services includes the following
Conceptualizing and outlining
Interviewing you, and researching your topic to create an original and complete narrative
Writing that is compelling and story driven
Developmental editing when required, and rewriting to create a polished narrative
Detail editing, so the manuscript is publication ready
A comprehensive book proposal and query letter
Submission to literary agents for representation
Consultation on self-publishing options
What do my ghostwriting services cost?
How does the book writing process work?
Call or contact me for a free one-hour evaluation of your story. If you want a memoir written and edited by a memoir ghostwriter, contact me today.