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Memoir & Autobiography Ghostwriter | Jennifer Carr

You have a great family history, or a life story that just has to be told. The problem? You’ve never written a book before. Maybe writing classes were never your strong suit, or you don’t have the time to write your memoir.

That’s where I come in.

I will take your personal biography and transform it into the book you’ve always dreamed of. My official title is ghostwriter, but what I really do is help people achieve something they’ve always dreamed of — a book telling their story.

Who Gets a Ghostwriter?

More people than you would imagine. And not just celebrities selling their memoirs, but also:

…older people with a unique family history
…business executives who don’t have time to write their story
…lawyers and doctors and officers who have seen some wild and crazy things

What Exactly Does a Ghostwriter Do?

It depends on the particular project or client.

The myth is that ghostwriters just do the “technical” stuff. But far more goes into ghostwriting than simply putting notes together in complete sentences.

As a ghostwriter, I have to be a chameleon, taking on a new authorial voice for each project. Artificial intelligence can be programmed to create stories—but they don’t have distinct style. I find the style, the story, develop the characters (yes, even in nonfiction), and craft scenes to be both concise and interesting.

Whatever story you have to tell, I can help you fully realize it.

If you’re ready to see your ideas on the page, it’s time to work together.

About Me:

Hi! I’m Jennifer Carr.

I’ve been a freelance writer and ghostwriter for nearly ten years, as well as a creative writing and English teacher for almost fifteen.

I’ve worked on projects as wide-ranging as an activist’s memoir, an international law textbook, an entertainment executive’s history-memoir, as well as fiction projects covering every genre from science fiction and fantasy to romance to high literary.

I’ve worked with lawyers, psychologists, construction workers, housewives, and CEOs and have given them each the same service and same quality of guidance.

If you want someone to listen carefully to your story and make it into a compelling read, I’d be happy to work with you.

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Ghostwriter

Publication competition is stiff.

If you’re serious about shooting for publication, you’ll want to make sure the writing quality and storytelling are lucid and engaging.

A memoir is not a blog.

Even in nonfiction, there needs to be a story structure. As a professional writer, I have had years of training and experience in finding the story and crafting the narrative around that. In thirteen years of teaching writing, I have learned how to laser in on finding the story in thousands of different pieces.

Learning to write a full-length manuscript can take years.

Some writers work on their first novel for fifteen years. Do you have that kind of time?

What is your process?

The first step is the consultation. We would have a conversation about your project and your overall vision. I’d then give you feedback and options for the best storytelling approach. You would then send any notes you have on the project, and I would write up a loose outline, or, if you already have an outline, I would help you shape that and offer different narrative possibilities.

Once you are pleased with the direction, we sign a contract and I begin the writing process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the ghostwriter’s name be on the book?

It depends. For most of my clients, they are quite willing to acknowledge my role in the process. In that case I would be listed as a co-writer on the cover.

For other clients, they are more comfortable with acknowledging me as an editor.
But if you have a special reason that you require more discretion, I can be willing to accommodate. In some cases, I sign a confidentiality agreement.

Do you ghostwrite for self-published authors?

Yes, many of my clients go on to self-publish their manuscripts. But some pursue agents and traditional publication.

Will you work for money on the backend?

Sometimes my contract will include a cut of potential royalties, but that is never my only form of compensation.

Consider your job. Would you work for 4 months every day in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, you might make some money in the future?

What kind of contract do you offer?

For every client, I will create a unique contract that serves their needs.

Do you write both fiction and nonfiction?

I focus mainly on memoir, but if you have a novel and think I’d be the right person to write it, let me know. But please don’t ask me to ghostwrite poetry. That would be difficult.

How long will it take?

This depends on the project. It could be finished as quickly as 3 or 4 months, while other projects might take 8 months to a year.

What is your pricing?

It depends on the project. For some very short book length projects I’ve charged around $5,000, but if your book is long or requires a good deal of research, then we could be looking at $15,000 or $20,000. An average book is about $10,000.

Please contact me and tell me about your book, and I can give you some rates.

Please answer these 3 questions.

• What is your book about?
• What do you want this book to accomplish?
• How long do you think the book will end up being (in words or pages)?

I look forward to hearing from you!

    4 Tips For Hiring a Ghostwriter and 7 Dangers to Avoid

    Memoir GhostwriterIf you have an interesting story to tell, but lack the time or the desire to write it, there’s a simple solution: hire a ghostwriter.

    So many people live fascinating lives, accumulating stories that would awe and fascinate readers, but yet they don’t feel comfortable doing all the writing.

    Look, writing isn’t easy. Even the best writers will admit this. For instance, James Patterson doesn’t really write his own books anymore. So get some help.

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    The Best Tips for Collaborative Writing

    collaborative-writing-saved-for-webThe first step to successful collaborative writing? Abandon the false idea that writers write better when they work alone.

    People usually think of writers as quiet and brooding loners who separate themselves from society in order to write. The solitary writer is imagined as an introvert, alone at the desk. But this fantasy of what Linda Brodkey calls “the solitary scribbler” is a false stereotype.

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    35 Online Writing Courses to Motivate You

    There are two types of online creative writing courses.

     1. First, self-guided courses, where you watch a video of the instructor and do your own work at your own pace. The first half of this posts gives you links to the best ones.

    2. The second type of online writing course is an instructor-led course. You meet with other writers, submit your writing, and get feedback on your work.

    The second type is more personable, but also more expensive. If you’re looking for this type of course, skip to the second half of this post (they start at #18). 

    Whichever course type you choose, know that you’re making the right decision to invest in your writing career.

    Instead of floundering for years, writing bad books and getting rejected, you can glean wisdom from the best writers on the planet and accelerate toward publication. Don’t delay — the info in these courses will radically improve your skills as a writer. Finally, some of these links are affiliate links, so thank you for financially supporting my mission to empower writers!

    I’ve spent years in the writing community as a journalist, writer, and editor, and gone to more conferences than you can imagine. The courses below are mostly ones I know personally, and can vouch for.

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    72 Short Story Ideas To Supercharge Your Writing

    short-1Are you ready to write a short story, but not sure where to start? Get some new ideas today with these diverse and engaging short story ideas. 

    Though I’ve broken them up into subcategories, don’t feel limited by the headings. Feel free to add some romance to a supernatural story, or frame a family tale in a historical or dystopian setting.

    The key to using these short story ideas is an open, flexible mind. Use these prompts as springboards, and then follow your inspiration.

    The first half of these short story ideas are general categories — Humor, Family, Power, Plot Twist — while the second half offers story ideas in specific genres — Fantasy, Horror, Dystopian, Crime, Sci-Fi, Romance.

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    Grief, Writing Colonies and Summer Blockbusters

    A meditation on grief, writing colonies, and summer blockbusters:
    Yaddo itself was born from grief, that great leveler. The colony became a playground for creative minds because Katrina Trask, the matriarch of the mansion and its well-maintained grounds, lost all of her children in infancy or childhood and she needed something to do with her hands, her mind, her heart. She created a place where you can sit in your room and write while listening to someone composing music in the next room. Where you can go for days without speaking to anyone but yourself and the characters that populate your imagination. Where people do your laundry and drive you into town in a little van. Where people bring you a heater if your hands are cold, or a fan if your room is too hot. Where they will adjust the condiments on your sandwich to your liking and where there is always a nice bottle of wine at dinner. A training in silence and concentration, Buddhist-like and private, but also communal in the sense that you never lose sight of all the other people beavering away at their beloved projects in all of the houses and outbuildings. Super-privileged prisoners of artistic ambition.

    10 Fiction Genres All Writers Should Know

    Writers hate the term genre. Readers love it.

    This is because genre creates expectations. Will these characters be able to fly, shapeshift, fall in love?

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    22 Agents Seeking Novels in 2020

    Every writer dreams of hearing the words I love your book.

    When looking for an agent to represent your fledgling novel, it’s key to find someone that shares your vision and passion.

    Here is an alphabetical list of 22 literary and genre agents on the hunt for their next bestseller.

    Will it be you? You’ll never know till you query.

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    Developmental Book Editor — Jon Davis

    Hi, my name is Jon Davis, and I help authors write better books.

    I’ve been working as a freelance editor for more than 15 years, edited books that went to the New York Times bestseller list, and founded an MFA program for creative writers in Santa Fe.

    If you want me to give you the best feedback you’ve ever received on your book, please keep reading.


    Yep, both indie authors and those seeking traditional publishers should get editing. Here’s why:

    For indie authors, content editing is essential to make sure that the book resonates with your fans. You need the best Beta reader in the world (that’s what a content editor is!) to help you improve the book before it’s launched, so that those early reviews come back positive.

    And for traditional publishing, content editing is essential. That’s because you’re competing with thousands of other writers for a few slots. If your book isn’t at the top of the stack, it’s not going to get published.

    What I do is help you improve the book so you can beat out all those other writers and score that big publishing advance, and have the prestige of being published by a traditional publisher.

    My Process

    We email about your goals for the book, your experience as an author, and see if we’re a good fit.
    To begin the editing, we sign a contract and I send you a Paypal invoice.
    I edit your book within the time frame, reading your book up to two times, and give extensive feedback.
    You ask me any questions you have about my feedback, how to revise, or how to publish, and feel confident about your manuscript.


    Are Beginners and Experienced Writers Welcome?

    In my long experience as a teacher and editor, I have given advice across the board, both to writers creating their first book, and to authors creating their fifth. Whether you’re just starting out or whether you are a seasoned professional, I will target my advice to your level of sophistication.

    If you’re just beginning, I’ll be gentle and kind, yet give you clear steps to improve the book.

    If you’re an author with a few books under your belt, I’m going to use more esoteric writing terminology, level with you in terms of a firm critique, and give advanced recommendations.

    In other words, wherever you are in terms of talent and complexity, I will meet you there and help you get to the next level.


    Why You Should Hire Me

    I’ve got a great track record of helping authors create their best work. I’ve edited:

    • New York Times Bestsellers
    • Winners of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
    • Books that have won accolades from Oprah, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and GQ

    Basically, I’ve been doing this successfully for a long time. I give amazing feedback to my authors and they are uniformly grateful by the time our work together is done.

    Many of you have been part of a writing group before and received feedback, but I’m much more detailed, precise, in-depth, and proactive about offering specific solutions. It will be the best feedback you’ve ever received.

    More About Me

    I have published five chapbooks and six full-length books. My seventh book, The Many-Body Problem, is forthcoming from Grid Books in 2020. 

    I have received a Lannan Literary Award, the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. I taught for 23 years at the Institute of American Indian Arts before founding the IAIA low residency MFA in Creative Writing.

    The students that I worked with have produced well over forty books and won numerous awards like Whiting Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will you read my book multiple times? 

    So purchasing an editing package with me includes a single read through. But don’t worry — you will be getting an enormous amount of feedback. Also, for the authors who make big revisions and want me to edit again, I give a discount.

    And of course it’s free to email me any questions you have about my feedback, or how to go about your revision. I want you to succeed.

    Do you edit nonfiction as well as fiction?

    So I focus on editing fiction and poetry. If you have a memoir, I can help you with editing, but I’m not the best fit for most nonfiction books.

    Do you do copy editing as well as developmental editing?

    No, I don’t do copy editing. However, we have another editor here at Bookfox which specializes in copy editing, and she’s fantastic. Please contact her by using that link.

    Do you do ghostwriting?

    No, my job is not to rewrite your book. It’s to give you advice on how to revise your book. You have to do the work of revision yourself.

    Do you offer a contract?

    Yes, for any significant editing projects, I will offer a professional and thorough contract which we both will sign.

    How fast will you edit my book?

    That depends on my schedule, but most of the time I get your book back to you in a month, or at the most, 6 weeks. If I am available, I offer expedited editing for an additional fee.

    Do you edit books that not the first in the series?

    Yes, I will consider them on a case by case basis, but at the minimum I need synopses for the earlier books in the series.

    Will you publish my book or help me find a publisher?

    In some cases I can point you toward a publisher who might be a good fit, but in general that is the role of an agent. Agents connect you with publishers, while editors help you improve your book. Two completely different roles.

    Can you give me advice on indie publishing?

    Yes, I can answer your questions about indie publishing after we work together on your book.

    Will you jump on the phone with me?

    Normally, I handle everything over email. However, if you choose my highest editing package, I will do a one-hour Skype session with you.

    Will you bill hourly?

    No, I find that this makes authors feel uncomfortable, because they don’t know the total price beforehand. I prefer to charge by the word, so you know exactly what you’re getting charged before we start.

    Will you also help me with my query letter or cover letter?

    If you hire me for editing your book, I offer a query letter editing service for $150.


    “I have worked with Jon Davis for over 15 years, initially in a workshop, then in twice monthly individual sessions. Through our work my writing changed and developed, leading to the recent publication of my book, Quiet at the Edge. I highly recommend Jon as both mentor and editor. Whether you are a committed writer or someone just beginning, he will offer invaluable stimulus to creativity as well as fine-tuned awareness and direction to your work.”

    – Deborah Casillas

    “Jon Davis was able to help me create my dark fantasy sci-fi novel, Snow Over Utopia. He was able to not only preserve the original voice and intent, but enhance its potency. He was painfully thorough and meticulous in going through each line, giving it optimum attention, truly teasing out the full potential of the manuscript.”
    – Rudolfo A. Serna


    “Jon Davis’s editing saved me months on rewrites and led me down fruitful paths I’d never have explored for my story collection “Cheyenne Madonna.” His incisive cuts made the prose ring truer and more importantly made the reader think and become more immersed in the stories rather than being constantly hit over the head with explanations and exposition. Jon Davis is that rare editor who is a storyteller in his own right who can absorb your story and show you what you ought to be saying. I trust him completely with my work.”

    – Eddie Chuculate, O. Henry Prize winner, Wallace Stegner fellow, Iowa Writers Workshop graduate

    “Jon Davis brings an incredible wealth of skills to the editorial process: he can help you hone a story and craft a line to their ultimate power. He understood where I was trying to go with my novel and helped reveal the path to fruitful completion. He’s smart, kind, funny, and there to support your vision.”


    – Charlotte Gullick



    I offer three levels of editing for writers, and all three of them offer valuable feedback. And please note these quotes are for books more than 70,000 words — please contact me for books shorter than that, and it will be a little more per word. 

    The Basic Package is for writers who want feedback about the book as a whole. I don’t make any marks on the manuscript, but I do write one single-spaced page for every 10,000 words. So if your book is 80,000 words, I would write a minimum of 8 single-spaced pages of feedback (and sometimes more!)

    The Advanced Package includes the feedback of the Basic package, but includes light marginal notes as well. I comment on things like word choice, pacing, dialogue, and anything else I can offer that will help you improve the writing.

    The Pro Package includes the feedback mentioned prior, and also includes heavy marginal notes. I use Microsoft Word’s Track Changes  so you can see everything that I’m changing as well as all my comments.

    For example, here are some sample prices for a 70,000 word novel:

    Pro novel editing:


    Advanced novel editing:


    Basic developmental editing:


    (For those of you who struggle with math, you multiply your word count by .02, .03, or .08.)

    Contact Me

    Contact me using the email below or using the form:


      And if you’re still reading, here is some bonus info:

      Content Editing or Copy Editing?

      Sometimes self published or indie authors only hire a copy editor to fix the grammar and punctuation and other small details. The details are important, but if you don’t have a successful story with memorable characters, no amount of copy editing will save the book.

      Ultimately, a content editor is worth it because they make sure your reader loves your book. If you end up changing a chapter ending to make the reader cry, or changing a paragraph so that the reader laughs, they’re going to like your book a lot more. They’re going to recommend it to others. They’re going to give it five stars on Amazon.

      And that good word of mouth will make your book a success. Remember that the best way to have a best seller is to write a fantastic book. A copy editor helps you avoid embarrassing mistakes, but a content editor helps you contour your book into a more successful shape that entertains readers.

      Plus, copy editors only make red marks all over your book. I actually talk to you at length about it. I’ll give you three guesses which type of feedback is more satisfying.




      How To Trust Me as Your Content Editor

      It’s hard to find a content editor that you can click with. Someone who truly understands your story. And that’s the great fear of an author hiring a content editor. What happens if you get all this feedback and it was a complete waste of your money and time?

      But even though almost every writer comes to me with that fear, they never feel that way after I work with them.

      For every single book I edit, I make sure I treat it as a precious object — because it is! I never try to impose my own vision of the story upon your book, because my sole goal is to help you tell your story better. It’s always your book, and I’m just acting like a midwife.

      Also, I’m not always right. That’s why you should treat all my recommendations as just … recommendations. And if you get a suggestion that you don’t like, please tell me why it doesn’t work, and I’ll suggest another method forward.

      But to be honest, the writers I work with instinctively agree with 99% of what I recommend, and only every once in a while will there be something that we need to talk through. I welcome that dialogue.


      Is Content Editing Worth the Money?

      How many months have you spent writing your book? How many total hours? Go ahead, add it up.

      One last question: Based on all that time, what is the value of your book to you?

      If you’re like me, your book feels priceless. You want to protect it, to help it along, and to find readers for it. Your book captures something essential about you, it offers a message that many readers need to hear, and you’ve devoted an enormous amount of time to it.

      That’s exactly why you should invest in an excellent content editor. You want to make this investment because the book is such an important part of your life.

      Don’t cheap out here at the finish line. This is the moment to really invest in yourself as a writer. Remember, a content editor not only helps you with this book, but helps you improve as a writer so your next book will be even better.


      Don’t Hold Back from Hiring an Editor

      Authors tell me all the time that they’re terrified to get an editor.

      They’re scared that the book isn’t as good as they think it is. They’re scared to received criticism on something they’ve worked so hard on.

      As an author of seven books myself, I totally understand! Yes, it is frightening. It takes a lot of courage to let someone read your book, someone who is going to offer you feedback.

      But that’s why I choose to offer a blend of feedback: a mixture of telling you where your book is succeeding, as well as what you can improve.

      It’s just as valuable to know your strengths as to know what you can change. When you get my feedback you will feel both encouraged and confident in your path forward.


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