Do you need them?
When it comes to writing your autobiography or memoirs, it is safe to say that it appears a large and daunting task. You’ve got decades of memories, experiences and sensations to record. To try and accomplish this fairly tremendous job, a lot of people choose to use ghostwriter services. However, what if we told you that you don’t need the services of a ghostwriter? And that you can use alternative methods that are not only better but also less expensive?
Hold On, What Is A Ghostwriter?
Before we begin to talk about why you do not need ghostwriter services, we should probably address what a ghostwriter is. The ghostwriter of your autobiography would be someone who writes your autobiography instead of you writing it yourself in the traditional manner. So they would interview you over several sessions, use information you provided, and then they would write your life story in a narrative way on your behalf. The advantage to this is that it saves you the task of writing it yourself. The downside is that the ghostwriter would use their own words, rather than yours, to write the book and that it would therefore not accurately reflect your personality. In addition, ghostwriter services require many interview sessions and large amounts of time to understand you and your life, and large amounts of time to actually write your story, and this therefore typically means very high costs, stretching into the thousands or tens of thousands of pounds.
How Else Would You Do It? Where Else Can You Get Help?
You could of course write your autobiography yourself in the traditional manner. Our clients have told us that typically they have not done this because it is too intimidating a task, they don’t know how to write well, or they just can’t dedicate the time. The process of writing can take too long, which can be impactful on their lives and people often spend years trying to write their autobiography but making little progress, sometimes simply giving up because they simply do not have the energy to see it through to the end.
So how about finding someone who can take your story just as you tell it? That can do that in a focused period of time at lower cost? And can produce the highest quality hardback books with full colour photography. And furthermore, can uniquely capture your own words, mannerisms and personality, not just in the books but also in audio form through recording you or your loved one telling your story onto CD and audio files?
Oral history and transcription is therefore something which provides unique benefits, captures their true essence, and is a much more focused and less expensive process. Oral history is a long established academic practice for capturing life stories, memories and reminiscences. We capture all the elements of your life story. You won’t need to spend anywhere near as long when it comes to the interview process, and your own words and story are captured in audio and in print. This means that a richer and more flowing dialogue can be achieved, which will be perfect for getting all of the wonderful details that make life so exciting. Plus, an oral transcription can be much less expensive, on average only being a few hundred pounds as opposed to a few thousand.
Recordalife and Our Expert Oral Historians
Recordalife specialises in this kind of autobiography and memoir creation. Our interview process is easy, thorough and done at a time to suit you, and the interview is all you have to do. We’ll transcribe the audio recording which is made, and then turn it into quality text for your autobiography, so that the words you read and your family reads have come straight from your mouth, with all of your speech patterns and sayings. We capture not just the history, but also the personality, in our Recordalife Life Stories.
As such, you don’t need a ghostwriter. An expert oral historian will know how to interview you to capture your life story in an exciting and compelling way. It’s a more intimate process and one which we think is better than having it ghostwritten for you. It’s quicker, lower cost and much less trouble, and creates not just a text record, but also an audio record of your life, which will be cherished by you and your family for decades. Covered in Who Do You Think You Are, Family Tree and Mature Times magazines, we believe the oral history technique, via expert interview and recordings, is the optimum way for people to tell their story, and create their autobiography and memoirs.