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Memoir Ghostwriter – Five Questions to Ask a Reference

Five Questions When Interviewing A Memoir Ghostwriter

Working with a memoir ghostwriter can bring you great joy as you collaborate to produce the book you have so long dreamed of. On the other hand, it can be a nightmare. Here are five questions to ask the references your writer has given you about working with him or her.

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1. Was the writer able to meet deadlines? Deadlines can be intermediate such as the pace of writing (50 pages a month) or when the draft copy is due or it can be final such when you want to be holding the book in your hands.

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2 Responses to Memoir Ghostwriter – Five Questions to Ask a Reference

  1. Joyce Fishman July 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM #

    Hi Denis,
    Thanks for the info. on ghostwriting. Would you say it is easier to work from a tape recorder, in an interview type of interaction, or should the ghostwriter just write directly as the client tells their story. I am interested in working this way with my husband. I appreciate your input.
    Joyce Fishman
    believeyoume.express@gmail.com
    fishmanfamily@earthlink.net

  2. turningmemories July 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM #

    Joyce,

    It really depends on what you feel comfortable with. Tape recorders are very convenient, and the ability to play back the whole conversation can be very helpful. That being said, I always prefer to take my own notes. When writing out notes I often feel more involved in the process and find myself more attuned to possible gaps in the speakers answers. As a result I am more able to push certain points with follow-up questions. The active process of note taking, as opposed to the passive process of making an audio recording, really suits my style. Ultimately, go with whatever you feel most comfortable with. The focus should be on the conversation between yourself and your interviewee, and not the process of recording that conversation.

    I hope that helps,
    Denis