I want to tell my story.
Has this thought crossed your mind? Do you believe that sharing your story will help others and yourself?
If so, you are not alone. We interact with people on a daily basis who feel this way. Their real-life stories tend to be inspirational, harrowing, admirable, shocking, unbelievable and remarkable — all at the same time. Most likely, your story can reach a wide audience. However, you’re not sure where to start.
That’s where a good independent publisher comes in. Now that self-publishing has achieved a level of acceptance and respectability, there’s no reason not to hire a self-publishing company. Once you do your homework and understand the costs of self-publishing, it’s a good idea to consider the following with respect to telling your story.
Telling your story properly in the form of the written word requires an ongoing commitment. A good self-publishing company will assign a project leader to work with you one-on-one. In our case, if it’s a ghostwriting project (meaning, nothing has been written and we’re starting from scratch), Daria Anne will set up a weekly call with you. Depending on the length of the book and the amount of information, the first phase of the project involves a series of interviews that can last anywhere from one to three months. This is the investigative portion, where she mostly asks questions and listens to your answers. These recorded sessions remain 100% confidential. Why recorded? It enables her to truly listen without the distraction of taking notes. It also ensures that she captures all of the facts. Most importantly, it helps her to write in your voice (by listening to playback) when it’s time to put words to paper. Or, more accurately, keyboard to monitor.
Keeping this weekly commitment will keep your project on-track.
A good self-publishing company will ask and advise you as to whether to tell your story factually or transform it into a compelling fictional tale. Keep in mind, it’s much quicker to write nonfiction versus fiction. Why? Once your ghostwriter has all of the facts, it’s simply a matter of organizing the information in the most effective way. From there, the recorded interviews act as a guide. With fiction, it’s necessary to consolidate real-life characters, create plot points, determine pacing, embellish or altar real-life events, and otherwise construct an entertaining read that tells your story while protecting the innocent.
If you want to write your story chapter by chapter, but need assistance, our Writing Assistant add-on service is perfect. Like ghostwriting, it requires a weekly commitment on the part of the self-publishing company and you. However, this “hybrid” service works well if you want to write and tell your story with the help of a professional, versus letting someone else write your story with your input.
Want to learn more? Contact us to set up your free, no-obligation consultation.