How a ghostwriting service can help you tell your life story

There are many reasons that people choose to share their life story. Whether you are writing an autobiography or memoir, perhaps you’ve lived the kind of life that’s inspired people, or maybe you’d love for your family and future generations to be able to read about your life in your own words. Our ghostwriting service helps put your truth, your experiences, and your reflections onto paper.

What is a ghostwriter?

Ghostwriting is the process of writing a piece of copy under someone else’s name, whether that is another person, group, company, or institution without receiving a byline or public credit. It is often seen in non-fiction literature, where the subject may not have the same writing experience a ghostwriter would have.

It is also important to note that there is a difference between an autobiography and a memoir. In short, a memoir tends to focus on a particular time or aspect of the subject’s life, and an autobiography covers their entire life. A full breakdown on autobiographies and memoirs can be found here.

Whatever your motivation for sharing your story, hiring a ghostwriter can help you tell your story, your way. Here are some of the benefits of using a ghostwriting service:

Time saver

The first benefit of hiring a ghostwriter is the time saving aspect. Once your interviews are completed and your story has been outlined, leave it to our storytelling team to bring it to life. A ghostwriter takes care of pretty much everything from writing, editing, and the structuring needed to tell your story. We also work with you in your reflecting process, suggesting practical ways to move your story forward and identify key aspects of your story that need highlighting through our interview stage.

Professional writing

Our storytelling team are also professional writers with vast experience in the field, who work closely with the subject to help pinpoint the voice and unify this throughout your book. A ghostwriting service is especially useful is if you’re the kind of person who tells great stories and entertaining anecdotes, but you struggle to make the stories work when you write them down. A ghostwriter uses their skills and expertise to take your spoken reminiscences and make them come alive on the page.

Layout

A ghostwriter can also help with the layout of your book, including what typeset is used, photographs and images to include, as well as overall design of each page, cover, and dustjacket (if required).

Documenting an entire life is a big responsibility – but you are in safe hands. Our stress-free process allows you to easily tell your story and we will guide you through to make the journey as enjoyable and rewarding as we can.

For a full breakdown of our ghostwriting service, please click here.

When researching your family’s lineage, there may be instances where you might stumble across stories or people that you never knew existed but are part of your heritage. There is one such fascinating story that has gripped generations of the Edwards family for over a century. It pertains to one man who is said to be the rightful owner of 77 acres of prime land in New York, an area which is now a significant part of Manhattan and home to Wall Street, Broadway and The Stock Exchange.

Robert Edwards was a Welsh buccaneer who was given 77 acres of largely unsettled land for his services in disrupting Spanish sea lanes. On June 1st 1778, Edwards leased the land for 99 years to John and George Cruger, on the agreement that the land and all improvements thereon were to revert to the descendants of Edwards and his siblings at the expiration of the lease on May 31st 1877. Though the lease expired, the land was never handed back to Edwards’ descendants; instead, it ended up in the hands of Trinity Church, of which the Crugers were wardens.

The Edwards family claim that when the property, pastureland at the time, was leased to the brothers, the terms stated the lease would expire in 99 years. The Cruger brothers in turn allowed the Catholic church to use the land as it saw fit. The church has controlled the land ever since, building upon it themselves and renting it to other parties. The rent for this use is stored in a vault in Manhattan itself, now estimated at over $650,000,000,000!

Subsequently, all attempts by Edwards’ heirs to file a claim to the land have proved fruitless, with the case eventually being defeated by New York state’s Statute of Limitations.

Genealogically speaking, the problem of proving descent stems from the fact that there were no standard spellings of surnames in Wales at the relevant period. Thus, the surname was eventually standardised as ‘Edwards’, deriving from the Christian name Edward, but the name can appear interchangeably in documents of the period as Edward, Edwards or even Edwardes. When the members of one family use these spellings interchangeably, and when a number of families favour the same Christian names, it is virtually impossible to differentiate between them.

A document held at the Glamorgan Record Office in Cardiff, entitled “The Edwards Millions” outlines the case as it stood in 2002, with claims and counterclaims further complicating the issue.

The Welsh patronymic naming system in common use during the 18th and preceding centuries – whereby a son or daughter takes as a surname the Christian name of his or her father – further compounds the problem by providing us with numerous unrelated Edwards families.

Another major problem is the scarcity of information available from such records of the period. Parish register entries are sparse, giving little more than that a particular person was baptised, married or buried on a particular date. Few families have records detailed enough to supplement these entries, and those which do find even this information difficult to verify officially.

If you are interested in researching your own ancestry, our previous blog ‘Ancestry Research: Tips and tricks on where to begin’ aims to give you an initial jumping-off point. We have also recently created our own ancestry chart template that is downloadable, which you can access here.

At My Story Told, we hope to turn your personal history into a written document for future generations to share, enjoy, and celebrate your life. For more information on our process, contact us here.