If you’re based in California and want to write a fiction book, a nonfiction book, or perhaps a memoir, but don’t want to write it yourself because you either don’t want to, don’t have the skills to, or don’t have the time to (or a combination of these), working with a ghostwriter can be an option for you.
To help you find a ghostwriter for your book project, we’ve compiled a list of 8 top ghostwriters in California, with particular emphasis on those ghostwriters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
1. Write Wisdom
Write Wisdom was founded by Loren Stephens 10 years ago and is based in Los Angeles. Prior to starting Write Wisdom, Loren initially began her career by working as an editor of finance textbooks, and subsequently moved to an investment banking company. Her experience has also included starting a theatre and film production organization, and she has won awards for her productions. Her writings have been published widely in newspapers and literary journals. Write Wisdom offers various services such as editing, publishing (through Provenance Press), memoir writing and ghostwriting.
Write Wisdom can ghostwrite books of different genres such as memoirs, business books, historical fiction novels, self-help books and children’s books. The approach this organization takes to ghostwriting, is to match one of its team of writers and journalists with you, who would conduct an interview with you, and then proceed to writing a manuscript. To learn more about Write Wisdom’s ghostwriting options, you can contact this organization using the form at this page.
If you’re looking for a ghostwriter in Los Angeles, you may want to take a look at the services offered by Lee Barnathan. A professional writer with a degree in Journalism from the University of California, Lee knew he wanted to be a writer as an 11 year old when he would attend sports events and then write about them. With 12 years of experience working for newspapers across Los Angeles, after he started working for himself in 2004, he began to get different types of writing under his belt and has experience of writing speeches, scripts, website copy, and sales and marketing documents.
Lee also offers ghostwriting and the writing of books as a part of his repertoire. He is able to ghostwrite texts of varying lengths from 100 words to 100,000 words and his approach involves conducting research and writing your piece (be it a book, blog, script or whatever type of literature you want writing) using a framework that you can provide, or create collectively with Lee. You can contact Lee to tell him about your ghostwriting project through email or phone.
3. Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is co-founder of Ghostwriters Central and also the main writer at this organization. Eric himself is an award-winning author and filmmaker whose short stories have been published in anthologies, which contain works by authors such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Chuck Palahniuk, among many others. A winner of the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays, Eric has in excess of 15 years of experience in ghostwriting and editing, and through Ghostwriters Central, offers ghostwriting services for numerous types of literary formats such as books, blog and web content, Christian books, content for Jewish readers, material geared to attract readers with interests in the military, and ghostwriting for English as Second Language.
Do take a look at the Ghostwriters Central website to learn more about ghostwriting services you can access, along with other services such as editing and rewriting. To give you an idea of prices, fees for the ghostwriting of books start from $60 per page (double-spaced). Take a look at this page to find about more details about rates. Ghostwriters Central is based in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area and you can contact the organization to tell them about your ghostwriting needs through email, phone, text or web contact page.
Francine Brevetti is a journalist, ghostwriter and memoir writer based in San Francisco. She has been writing stories about the lives of people and businesses for over 30 years, and her experience in journalism began even before in1977. Her career has seen her work as a business journalist at the Journal of Commerce, spend time working for publications in Hong Kong and 10 years working at the Oakland Tribune.
Author of the book entitled The Fabulous Fior – over 100 Years in an Italian Kitchen, if Francine was to work on your memoir or biography, her approach involves firstly understanding whether you want to capture your life from early childhood, or certain events. After this, Francine would ask questions over a series of meetings, and she would use your answers to begin writing a written account of your story, and through your feedback continue to revise the manuscript. After the manuscript is complete, you would then decide whether to publish it, or whether it will remain private for selected people to read.
Take a look here to find out more about Francine’s approach to ghostwriting. She is also able to write an account of the history of your business, should you wish the story of your company to be documented. If you would like to make an enquiry about Francine’s ghostwriting services, you can complete the form at this page.
5. Robin Madell
With over 20 years of experience in corporate writing and business communications gained in San Francisco and New York, Robin Madell offers corporate writing, copywriting, speechwriting and ghostwriting services to executives, thought leaders and business owners in multiple sectors. When it comes to ghostwriting in particular, Robin writes books, blog posts, articles, and position papers, among other things. If you would like to see some of Robin’s ghostwriting samples, she is able to provide this. Contact Robin using the form at this page to provide details of your ghostwriting requirements and to get a quote for your project.
6. Mike Chen
Mike Chen has been offering writing services since 2004 to various types of businesses ranging from start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies, and to not-for-profit organizations. Based in the Bay Area, offering services across the state of California, in addition to offering technical writing and copywriting, Mike also offers ghostwriting and is able to ghostwrite literature such as magazine articles, blog posts, business newsletters, articles for the web, press releases and blog posts. To let Mike know about your ghostwriting needs and to request a quote, you can contact him using the form at this page.
Andrea Susan Glass, who is based in San Diego and is CEO of WritersWay, has in excess of 20 years’ experience in ghostwriting and copy editing and specializes in working with business owners, consultants, coaches, training professionals and service providers. Andrea has published books on personal development, spirituality and humor, and has won the 2001 San Diego Book Award for the best “how-to" book category. Her experience as a ghostwriter and copyeditor has seen her write and/or edit more than 100 books and ebooks on diverse topics such as marketing, health, millionaires, and marketing, among others. When it comes to ghostwriting, Andrea can write books, ebooks, articles, blog posts, and information products. Take a look at this page to find out about her ghostwriting packages and to get an initial idea of fees.
Bonnie Nicholls runs Hear Ye! Writing. She started her career as a journalist and worked in this profession for 12 years before moving into corporate communications, managing the home page of the intranet of a large organization and overseeing large writing projects for the web. A decade later she became a freelancer and works with customers from various sectors such as the Scrum framework, energy efficiency, and recruitment, among others. One of her particular services is ghostwriting and she is able to ghostwrite marketing pieces for senior executives. If you’re looking for someone to ghostwrite blog posts, articles, white papers or reports, email Bonnie at email@example.com to tell her more about your requirements.
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Hiten Vyas is the Founder and Managing Editor of Writing Tips Oasis.