WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR?

On my list of options and prices, you may see that I've deliberately used three different words to convey the variety of what I offer.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Example : "MY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"

Top of the range is the autobiography - because that gives me a chance to use all the skills I have.
Your autobiography will allow me to be your ghostwriter. That means your full life story will be told in your voice = in the first person, using the personal pronoun "I."
If we record our interviews - which is always a good idea - I'll pick up on your character and way of speaking. Often I'll use the very words you've spoken.
It's important that when someone opens the book and starts to read, they recognise it's you speaking.
If someone is not a skilled ghostwriter, they collect all the facts and often tell the story quite well. But then they hear a familiar complaint from their subject: "It doesn't sound like me speaking. It's my story but it doesn't sound like me."
A good ghostwriter is mindful of this from the start. They capture the essence of the person and their language as well as their life story. I want it to sound like you. I want you to recognise yourself.
Why have I gone for the 80,000-120,000 book length option for an autobiography?
It doesn't have to be that way. I just think everyone deserves the chance of a full-length book - you know, the kind you usually find in any book shop.
In a way, this is your legacy, the best of yourself. It's what you want the world to think about you, after you've gone; and the lessons you want your loved ones to take from your life. This beautiful book takes the best part of a year to create - but the final product is well worth it.

BIOGRAPHY

Example: "MY WONDERFUL MUM"

A biography is told in the third person - most commonly "he" orĀ  "she." The book can be the same length as an autobiography. I have written full-length biographies for major publishers more than once. You're writing about an entire life, as with an autobiography.
But if the person isn't famous, and there is less source material to draw upon than you would naturally gather in a series of one-on-one interviews for an autobiography, then it can make sense to make your chosen biography a shorter book.
That's why I've gone for the "short biography" format on my options list. It means about 50,000 words in total. It's a cheaper option, but we can still create a thrilling and immensely satisfying book.
As with the full-length autobiography, we can use photographs, letters and other documents to make the book even more enjoyable for the reader. This illustrative material helps bring us to the heart of the story.
As an author, I have more freedom when I write a biography - because I'm not bound by the opinions and perspectives of the subject alone. Obviously I'll always write to order; but it's nice to get a few different opinions and perspectives when you're writing a biography. It's another way to get the measure of someone.
I'll always make sure the story is told favourably, though. As with an autobiography, it's important the reader likes the subject of a biography and becomes emotionally invested in the events driving the narrative.
The subject of the book doesn't have to be perfect. None of us are. In fact, a book feels more realistic if we humourously include a few faults. That makes the central character more endearing. But overwhelmingly, I have a responsibility to be kind - and that's what I will bring to your chosen story.

MEMOIR

Example: "HOW I MET YOUR DAD - AND WHY I MARRIED HIM"

The difference between a memoir and an autobiography is that a memoir is usually about a specific moment in time, or one special experience. It's written in the first person but it isn't an entire life story. A memoir has the potential to be the most dramatic little book of all, because it often focuses on one major moment - and should be full of emotional intensity. I've made this the cheapest option because I wouldn't expect to write more than 20,000 words if it's a memoir.
There's still a lot of ghostwriting skill involved, though. We're really going to bring that moment alive for you and capture the essence of it. But your memories of that period are going to be distilled into your voice alone.
You might choose the most romantic days or years of your life for your memoir. Alternatively, it might be the most traumatic period of your life, one you rarely talk about, but want to set down on paper while you still can.
You might choose to use a series of snapshots from your life. Put together in a memoir, they might illustrate the lessons you learnt at various points in your personal journey, in order to become a success or a better person.
But a memoir doesn't have to be deadly serious. You might want to create a collection of the ten or twenty funniest moments in your life. I suspect that little book would entertain quite a few people if you placed it on your coffee table!
The key to a good memoir is to be concise - and this is why I've gone for the shortest format on my options list.
However, it's also possible to create a full-length book out of a memoir. If one period in your life is so extraordinarily life-changing and there is enough material, then there's no real limit to length - and the price will be adapted accordingly.
I've given you some guidelines to show you what we could achieve together. When we talk, we can tailor those options to your personal needs and come to an agreement.