At the same time, a gig to ghostwrite a memoir can also be extremely frustrating
Andrew Szanton is a veteran ghostwriter and memoir coach, with a special interest in African-American memoir, and in the memoirs of scientists. A serious student of American history and a 1985 graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Szanton's first published collaboration was with the Nobel laureate physicist, Eugene Wigner. During World War Two, Dr. Wigner worked on the Manhattan Project, which built the world's first atomic bomb. received excellent reviews.
Ghostwriting a memoir usually begins with a yearning. You have a story that must be told, whether to family and close friends or to a larger audience that could be touched or influenced by it, and you can�t or don�t want to write it yourself. I offer myself as the bridge that can transport your words, ideas, and experiences across the divide to your intended audience. We enter into an agreement and a relationship built on trust - I am entrusted with speaking your words in a way that looks and sounds like you.
Andrew Szanton: Ghostwriter and Memoir Coach
Please enjoy these memoir book reviews. The books I review here are not memoirs I've written, but simply memoirs I find interesting, which you can find at your local bookstore. If you are considering hiring someone to ghostwrite a memoir, it can be instructive to look at other memoirs—whether classics or the latest best-sellers—for guidance, tips, and encouragement.Thanks to my yearlong savings jag, this year is starting with the publication of (which I wrote in the last six months; a direct result of spending less time in bullshit meetings and not commuting an hour-and-a-half every day), and then two months on a tropical island during the dead of NYC winter. From the side of my pool, I’ll be editing a couple of other people’s novels, ghostwriting a memoir, and generally living life on my terms.Heres the reality of the fact: if you didnt have a terrible childhood or do something particularly interesting or noteworthy with your life, then your life story may be fascinating reading to future historians wanting to know what everyday life was like in our times but other than that, it will be of interest primarily to family and friends who would enjoy a written record of their loved ones lives. When people realize this, the idea of spending the $10K+ a professional writer will charge for ghostwriting a memoir rapidly becomes unappealing. The twist on traditional ghostwriting then is to allow people to create a memoir that can be quickly deployed without a writer spending six months or a year working on the manuscript.What can we expect from you in the future? This spring Split Tree will be launching a sequel to Great-Grandma’s Gifts. It is called Where is Peachy Keen? Currently I am ghostwriting a memoir about a woman who survived horrific abuse, a murder attempt, 50 suicide attempts, and life on the streets. She is now happily married, the mother of two, and a frequent speaker on mental health issues. She has been a guest on 100 Huntley Street, and won the 2007 Courage to Come Back award from the Canadian Mental Health Association. When that is done, I want to resume work on a literary novel I’ve started and a sequel to Serenity Stone. I also plan to keep writing children’s stories for my granddaughters, and another collection of poems.