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Your Ghostwriting Team

Founder and CEO

Luke brings a wealth of experience to his role at MemoirGhostwriting.com. A Yale College graduate who also studied at Yale Law School, the Yale School of Management, Cambridge University, and Peking University, he has cultivated a deep understanding of narrative structure and effective communication. His teaching experience at Yale SOM further honed his skills in mentoring and leadership. For 13 years as the founder of ProofreadingServices.com, Luke has successfully led teams of award-winning editorial professionals, serving more than 25,000 clients globally. This experience uniquely positions him as the cornerstone of the team at MemoirGhostwriting.com, where he continues to leverage his expertise to guide authors through the nuanced process of crafting compelling personal and public-facing stories. 

 

He is always available: Contact Luke@MemoirGhostwriting.com for any reason at any time.

Luke Palder

Book Marketing Guru; has helped 700+ authors achieve Wall Street Journal bestseller status

Tyler Wagner is a book marketing visionary renowned for transforming ambitious authors into bestsellers with nearly unprecedented success. Tyler has helped more than 700 authors achieve Wall Street Journal bestseller status and more than 1,000 authors achieve Amazon bestseller status. His expertise has not only escalated authors to top spots on prestigious lists but has also catapulted their careers to new heights. Tyler’s services have proven indispensable for authors aiming to not just publish but to profoundly succeed and influence.

“Great job! Very impressive campaign and very, very much appreciated!”

- Steven Kotler, multiple Pulitzer-nominated journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance Kindle Edition

“After Tyler launched my book to bestseller, I landed my first $30,000 keynote speech. I could not have done this without Tyler’s help.”
- Christopher Kai, Fortune 100 global speaker, Amazon #1 bestselling author of Big Game Hunting: Networking with Billionaires, Executives and Celebrities

Tyler Wagner

Michael has attempted to put 124 books on national bestseller lists, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. All 124 of them made it.

Getting books noticed is in Michael’s blood. Making books the essential reads that everyone needs to buy and talk about is in his genes. He’s launched 124 consecutive books onto national bestseller lists, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and he has promoted over 1,000 books to number one in their category on Amazon. Michael perfected his skills at such respected publishers as Bard Press, Entrepreneur magazine, Longstreet Press, and Thomas Nelson Publishers, among many others.

 

Michael also works with authors on an essential component of their continuing success: building a platform that will expand their audience. Through his speaking engagements, career coaching, and the use of personas to intensify the effectiveness of copy, he’s created a new generation of thought leaders who nourish today’s idea-hungry marketplace.

 

“Michael Drew helped me build a marketing campaign, so I sold 22,000 books in the first two weeks. We stayed on the bestseller lists—New York Times, plus Wall Street JournalBusiness WeekUSA Today, and Amazon. Michael stuck to everything he said he would do. It was worth every penny.”

- Garrett Gunderson, Author, Killing Sacred Cows

 

“My first book I did with Michael Drew, What Got You Here Won't Get You There, went on to become one of the top five bestselling management books published in the last ten years in the United States, according to BookScan/Neilsen. If you want to get your message out, you need to understand the book business. Michael can help you understand the business. Michael keeps up with it. He’s a great guy to work with. He’s done a fantastic job for me.”

- Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Michael R. Drew

The Traditional Publishing Whisperer

Randy is a highly accomplished figure in the literary world, boasting a track record of successfully guiding authors to prestigious bestseller lists, securing high-dollar deals with traditional publishers, and even optioning their works for Hollywood films. Her expertise spans multiple areas of the publishing industry, and she pitches manuscripts to agents and publishers ranging from the esteemed Big Five to smaller houses. Additionally, Randy excels in converting books into screenplays, pursuing lucrative film deals, and skillfully negotiating bulk sales, showcasing her comprehensive understanding of the industry.

 

Some books Randy has sold to publishers:

Randy Peyser

Memoir Writing Expert

​Susanne is a versatile author and an experienced editor who literally wrote the book on memoir writing. With over twenty years in the publishing industry, Lakin has written more than twenty novels of her own across various genres including fantasy, contemporary fiction, dark comedy, and historical romance. She is also well known in literary circles for leading writing retreats in South Lake Tahoe and other locations.

“Susanne’s dedication, care, and attention to detail pushed me to revisit my work with new insight. I was able to delve deeply into my soul and create a memoir worthy of publication. Being associated with her was like touching gold, and under her guidance I grew from an aspiring writer to an author. My success is due to Susanne, and I am forever grateful.”
C.C. Gross, author, Rising Up from a Long Way Down

“Susanne’s advice whipped my writing into perfect shape and I wouldn’t hesitate a moment to recommend her. Not only is she brilliant at her work, but she is also kind, caring, and enthusiastic. She has motivated me to produce the best work possible, and this has made me realize that rewriting isn’t as daunting as it seems. Thank you, Susanne!”
Jessica Bell, award-winning author and poet

“Susanne is more than an editor; she cares about your book as if it were her own. As a first-time author, I appreciated Susanne’s help, which was essential to me publishing a quality book. I simply can’t thank her enough. My book went on to win first prize in the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards!”
W Lawrence, author, Syncing Forward

Susanne Lakin

Ghostwriter
 

(One of nearly 50 ghostwriters we carefully match to the specific needs of each project. Learn more.)

After a career as a professional poker player, Russell was a Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor. He has ghostwritten projects of all shapes and sizes, from op-eds to full-length memoirs, from award-winning shorts to Oscar-winning features. He’s had the pleasure of effectively telling the life stories of a modern-day Underground Railroad traveler (and survivor), one of the world’s top-ranked poker pros, a veteran of the NYC real estate world, and more.

“Russell’s interview with me and Nora about her childhood was the best 60 minutes of my life.”

- Mark McIntyre, former presidential speechwriter

Thank you so much for leading such an organic, thought-provoking, and memory-filled dialogue. It was a pleasure.

- Nora McIntyre

Russell

Interviewer

Anthony (they/them) is a seasoned research assistant at Stanford University’s Department of Sociology. Their robust background in qualitative research, survey design, and data analysis makes them an exceptional interviewer, adept at uncovering nuanced personal stories and translating them into compelling narratives. Anthony’s experience spans roles that emphasize empathy and understanding, including their work as a program coordinator at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service.

“It is a real pleasure to work with Anthony. Anthony is very perceptive and considerate. I am glad that we have been able to build up so much momentum.”

- John, law partner

Anthony

Interviewer

Born to Central American and Mexican migrants, Alex Fuentes grew up inspired by the wisdom and power of storytelling. He studied psychology at Stanford, Oxford, and the University of Cologne. Alex served as an interviewer and writer for the Veterans History Project, an initiative through the Library of Congress to preserve the firsthand experiences of combat veterans since World War I. Alex also worked as an interviewer with the American Voices Project, a Stanford and Princeton initiative, conducting in-depth interviews to inform public policy by listening to the voices of everyday people from across the United States. He firmly believes that everyone has a story that needs to be documented.

Additional info: An article from the New York Federal Reserve about Alexs interviewing skills

“Alex’s comfortable manner allows you to feel as if you are two friends reconnecting rather than being interviewed.”

- Steven, retired surgeon

“Alex radiates genuine kindness, compassion, and understanding while maintaining complete professionalism. He is clear and consistent, asking questions to illuminate passages and create an orderly timeline. The genius of Alex is that he lets you tell your story, never interjecting as a therapist would but instead as a true ‘journalist,’ mindful of not directing in a way that would alter the truth of your journey. While I was somewhat reluctant to begin this process I am grateful I did. Thank you for giving me this wonderful experience. I have enjoyed it immensely.”
- Becca, retired architecture professor

 

“Thank you for the amazing experience. Alex listened so attentively and was inquisitive in a way that made me feel comfortable and confident in sharing some of the deepest aspects of my life. That, I am certain, will make the difference when communicating those same events to a broader audience. Very much appreciated!”

- Luis, robotics technologist

Alex
Maxwell

Project Manager

University of Minnesota alumnus and Rotary International scholar Maxwell Anderson is a world traveler, artist, and wordsmith with two decades of experience in the publishing industry. His expertise has shaped countless stories, from those of poets to politicians, spanning the global marketplace. Bringing both poetical poise and publishing knowledge to every project, he oversees creative direction with unfailing precision.

Brianna

Lead developmental editor

Brianna has years of experience performing developmental editing on a wide array of manuscripts, including science fiction stories, historical narratives, coming-of-age books, fantasy adventures, business books, and, of course, many memoirs. As an author herself, she enjoys helping other authors improve the flow, tone, and pacing of their story. Her recent projects include a historical nonfiction book based on oral history and a memoir about navigating adolescence as a teenage parent.

Here’s what clients have said about our developmental editing work:

“Your comments and notes were so meaningful to me, beyond my expectations. Your developmental editing work is unrivaled. Thank you so much!”

- Marianne, author of a historical fiction novel

 

“There are stories, and then there are stories well told. Anybody can write a story, but I also believe anybody can write a story well told as long as he or she is committed. In that sense, developmental editing broadened my view of what my manuscript could become.

 

While many creative writers fear that an editor will change their ideas, my experience has been that editors make the best writing teachers. My teacher, as I fondly called my editor, was not intrusive. She understood that my project was my baby, and her editorial letter gave me a professional perspective on what stage my draft was in. She gave me many suggestions on how to build my characters and plotlines to make them their best. I made all the final decisions, and continued conversations with my teacher have helped me tighten my draft even further since.”

- S.P., author of a three-part romance series

Jana

Lead copy editor

Jana’s background in English language studies and writing for the media, combined with a lifelong passion for reading, positioned her perfectly for her career as an editor. In the years she has worked with our team, she has edited scores of fiction and nonfiction works, including many memoirs. Memoirs she has edited in recent years include an Amazon bestseller by a rancher and lawyer, an account of a mother’s struggle with her son’s harrowing drug addiction, a best-selling memoir by the owner of a leading home health care company, and a memoir about military service. She has read and edited it all.
 

Here’s what clients have said about our editing work:

“You did an excellent job on my memoir, making valuable corrections and catching errors that would have distracted readers. Your services were exactly what I was looking for, and I would recommend them to fellow authors without hesitation.”

- Jim, memoirist and business executive

 

“I needed a thorough review before my novel went to print, and you were there for me, working within my tight deadline to turn around a clean manuscript. With your help, I’m confident that I’ve published a great book for my readers.”

- Shawna, author of a four-book series

Andrew

Lead proofreader

With a passion for words and narrative, Andrew takes a proofreading approach that emphasizes the minutiae while always keeping the author’s voice in mind, and he takes particular pride in helping memoirists, business book authors, and others express themselves as fully and truly as possible. He studied history and English with a writing concentration and has published fiction and nonfiction works of his own. He has proofread hundreds of projects, including a memoir by a Texas rancher and lawyer that became an Amazon bestseller, a memoir about navigating trauma, and a technical and immensely practical book on law.

Here’s what clients have said about our proofreading work:

 

“After spending years researching and writing my book, including working with a professional editor for substantive editing, I was finished. With so much invested in getting the book ready for publication, I wanted to be sure no embarrassing typos or similar errors crept into the finished product. I chose your proofreader to do a final ‘tie a bow around it’ edit before going to print. I’m confident this one last professional review helped produce the polished product I was seeking.”

- John, author of a work of historical nonfiction

 

“You have one talented proofreader. Awesome knowledge and understanding of correct usage and incredible attention to detail. I’m glad I went through the extra step—well worth the time and expense.”

- Jeff, author of a book on psychology

Christine

Formatter of stunning eBooks
 

“After receiving my formatted eBook, I have to say that everything about the service was perfect, from the quality of the finished eBook to the speed and professionalism with which you completed the project. I will work with you for my future books and would recommend you to any independent authors seeking quality eBook formatting services.”

- J.J., eBook formatting for a CEO handbook

Zain

Print book formatter extraordinaire

Muneer

Lead digital artist

Whether it’s enhancing photos or creating captivating visuals, Muneer knows how to make an impact. As a Stable Diffusion specialist, he excels at transforming ordinary images into extraordinary works of art, and he leverages Photoshop’s cutting-edge generative fill tools to add depth, texture, and creativity to his edits. With his ability to combine technical prowess with artistic flair, Muneer brings authors’ vision to life.

Nada

Lead cover designer

Nada is a book cover designer and illustrator. She has more than a decade of experience in the field and has designed over a thousand covers across a variety of genres. Nada’s passionate about creating book covers that perfectly capture the author’s story and that grab the reader’s attention the moment they first spot it on the shelf. 

“The final product is fantastic. It’s definitely in the style I wanted but is actually far superior to what I initially suggested. I think the new cover will really help with future sales. It grabs your attention, and I’ve already sold far more copies than I ever thought I would.”
- Roland (cover design for a futuristic thriller novel) 

Lana

Head of Image Licensing

Lana helps our clients navigate the minefield of image licensing. She works with our digital artists and our database partners to help clients identify great images and secure the rights to use unmodified and modified versions in their books and on their covers.

 

Lana most frequently works with Getty Images, Alamy, Freepik, and other leading providers to acquire image usage rights. She’s an expert in tracking down the ownership info for even the most obscure images, including one project in which she helped identify the photographer and current rightsholder of an image from the Green Bay Packers taken in the 1960s, facilitating direct negotiations with the IP counsel to the sports team.

We work with a team of nearly 50 ghostwriters, matching the right writer to the specific needs of the project. Your ghostwriter could be David if your text has Christian themes and/or references, Russell who has worked on a few memoirs for pro poker players, Susanne (she wrote the book on memoir writing; see above), Sue (an expert at positioning little-known people for higher political office), or one of about 45 other people, based on your project’s unique needs. That said, every project starts in the same way: interviews led by one of our phenomenal interviewers (likely either Anthony or Alex).

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