Ghostwriting – A Special Gift

At The Writers For Hire, we can help you give your loved ones the ultimate gift – a personalized ghostwritten book that captures precious memories, historical events, and the rich tapestry of your loved ones’ heritage.

How We Bring Your Family History To Life:

  • We personalize the narrative. Our skilled ghostwriters are adept at transforming raw data and historical facts into a captivating narrative that reflects your loved one’s unique journey. With a keen eye for detail and a talent for storytelling, we breathe life into the characters of your loved one’s past, allowing them (and the rest of your family) to connect with their heritage on a personal level.
  • We can come to you. If your loved one prefers to meet in-person, we are happy to oblige. Our family historians will travel to conduct interviews with your family, as well as help organize family documents and historical files.
  • Unveil forgotten tales. By conducting extensive research and interviews with your loved ones, we bring to light stories that have been buried by time, revealing the triumphs, challenges, and everyday moments that have shaped your family’s identity.
  • Create a nostalgic experience. Our team of experienced ghostwriters will craft a book that takes your loved one and other readers on an emotional journey through times filled with laughter, sometimes tears, and a profound sense of appreciation for family.
  • Preserve family traditions. We ensure that your loved one’s book includes all the customs and traditions from past generations, which may include specific ways of celebrating holidays, or perhaps family recipes or even rituals and ceremonies.
  • Beautiful design and presentation: We also include photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, and other memorabilia that further enhance the reading experience. Then we work with skilled and experienced publishers to package it all in a professionally designed and bound format. The final product is a visually stunning keepsake.
  • We provide full genealogy services. If you would like to combine your family history gift with a family tree, we can provide full genealogy services, including online and offline research. We’ve traveled the world to find facts and information stored in obscure locations, like village church records in Germany, Scotland, and The Netherlands dating back hundreds of years.

Life Story And Family History Gifts For The Person Who Has Everything!

We’ll help you choose the format that’s best suited for your needs, whether you want to tell one person’s story or dig deep into past generations.

We’ve listed below just a few ideas, but feel free to come up with your own. We love the chance to get creative!

Life Stories Gifts: Oral History Compilations
Here, we collect and transcribe oral histories and interviews conducted with family members to preserve the “living voice” of your loved one and others as each tells their personal story. These publications usually also include photographs and other supporting historical materials.
Family History Gifts: Narrative, Regional and Ethnic
Narrative family history books tell the story of your loved one’s family starting with the earliest known ancestors and progressing through the generations. This type of book includes stories, anecdotes, and historical context, making for a compelling — and often surprising — read.

We also collect and transcribe oral histories and interviews conducted with family members to preserve the “voice” of your loved one and others. These publications usually also include photographs and other supporting historical materials.
Personal History Gifts: Autobiographies and Memoir
Instead of focusing on your loved one’s entire family, we can craft a memoir, documenting the events of a significant period in their lives, or a comprehensive autobiography that captures their entire life story.
Family Legacy Gifts: Business Histories
Did your loved one start a business, or do they have an entrepreneurial history? We can create a gift book that traces their accomplishments and the challenges they had to overcome. Filled with interviews, photographs, business documents, news clippings, and other information, it will become an inspiration for family members down the line.
Genealogy Gift Books
These gift books trace the history, lineage, and relationships of a particular family or group of families. They generally include a variety of information related to family ancestry, including names, dates of birth and death, marriages, and other significant life events. These books may also include photographs, historical documents, maps, and other relevant materials that provide context and enhance the understanding of your loved one’s family history.

If you prefer a genealogical reference book, we can focus on presenting genealogical information, such as family trees, lineage charts, and supporting documentation. These books serve as a comprehensive resource for your loved one to study and research their own family history.
Family Trees: Gifts For Parents and Grandparents
After tracking down your loved ones’ ancestors and their vital information, our skilled genealogists and creatives can put together a beautiful family tree suitable for printing and framing. A visual reminder of their—and your—heritage. This is a truly unique gift for your family, one that will keep giving for years to come.
Ancestry Gifts: Travel Tours
Imagine literally tracing your family’s footsteps with the help of a certified international tour manager. We’ll use our genealogical expertise to research your family’s history and create a travel itinerary that provides historical context and travel recommendations to become a valuable and highly personal resource for those interested in physically exploring their heritage.

Are you interested in visiting archives and digging into old books yourself? We also offer a great service where we travel with our clients to their ancestral homes, towns, cities, regions, and countries, and take them on a historic tour while describing our research process.
Unique Gifts for Families with Treasures: Heirloom Catalogs
If your loved one has a large collection of family heirlooms, such as jewelry, antiques, and fine art pieces, or they are keen collectors of other significant objects, we can draft a catalog-style book that documents and describes each item, including the historical significance and stories associated with each heirloom or collectable.
Precious Gifts: Family Medical Histories
Our medical history books document all the health conditions, diseases, and genetic traits that run in your loved one’s family. It can provide valuable information for future generations and medical professionals. A great gift for any family that wants to learn about their ancestors’ family medical history.

Interview-Style Gift – A Published Book In Just 3 Months

If you’re looking for an effort-light option with a faster turnaround, consider our interview-style keepsake. We capture a record of your loved one’s special memories through personal interviews, so their stories are never lost. Our writers will interview your loved one, collect their stories, memories, and accomplishments, and transform them into a beautiful, professionally published book.

A truly unique family present this is a keepsake book that future generations will treasure. We capture a record of your loved one’s special memories through personal interviews then turn their life account into a beautiful, professionally published book.

Watch Below To See More About The Interview-Style Gift:

What Does This Gift Include?

  • One-hour family consultation. Before we interview your loved one, we will schedule a one-hour consultation with you or your family to learn more about your loved one and to discuss your goals for this book. During this time, we will also work with you to develop a set of interview questions.
  • Interviews with your loved one. Our professional writers will conduct an interview for up to four hours (by phone or Skype) with your loved one. Digital interview files are included in your gift.
  • Transcription. Our professional writers will transcribe their interview notes.
  • 100% custom printed hardcover book. Professionally printed with up to 100 pages and up to 10 photos (optional; provided by you or your loved one in digital format).

Here’s How This Personalized Family Gift Works:

How To Present Your Gift Book

If you believe that the best things come in small packages, consider an understated envelope, containing the exciting news and explaining the gift. You can use one of the ones we’ve provided (click on a letter to download ) or create your own.

Want something a little more elaborate? Consider a surprise gift box, such as the one in the example presentation below.

Customer Testimonials

“I had previously sent you an email stating how very much pleased I am with the book…but, I am not sure whether I fully expressed it. Frankly, the writing of the book is simply outstanding! You and your team have done a wonderful job of creating a very readable and interesting book! I just can’t believe how it is all coming together.”

“What you came up with was very, very good. When Ray told me you were the best, I thought he was just blowing smoke (he does that a lot you know), but you really do a quality professional job. I have enjoyed working with you!”

“Once I started reading Kevin’s story, I couldn’t put it down. Though I knew him personally, I did not know all the struggles he faced on a day to day basis. This is a story of love, courage, faith, and an incredible warrior.”

“I’ve had so much positive feedback and response, from the great job that you did. As a matter of fact, I have been nominated for the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame! It was well worth the time and effort!”

“We are very pleased with the stories you did for us, and it has been a pleasure doing business with your company. We have other books planned, and we will certainly be in touch with you for additional work. In the meantime, please know how much we appreciate everything.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who has the rights to my keepsake book?

You do. It’s your book, and you retain 100% of the rights to it.

Can I include pictures in my book?

Yes! All photos must be supplied by you or your family, but we can help you with scanning and organizing them.

Who will be interviewing my loved one or family?

One of our professional ghostwriters will be interviewing your loved ones. Our writers have a talent for putting people at ease and drawing out memories.

What will the book look like?

That’s up to you! A popular option is a hardcover book, professionally bound and printed, with a linen cover, beautiful gold embossing, and interior black-and-white or sepia pictures.

Will I receive anything else with my book?

In addition to your professionally printed book, you will receive digital files of our interviews with your family or loved one.

What if my family members are hesitant to be interviewed?

No problem. We have worked with many reluctant interviewees. After some initial hesitation, most of them find the process incredibly enjoyable. Once we get them talking, we will discover all sorts of fun stories you never knew about! Of course, we will never be pushy or ask them to respond to anything they don’t feel comfortable answering.

How long will it take for our family to get the book?

This is a 100% custom gift. The Interview-Style Gift is our fastest turnaround offering, with an average 12 to 20 week delivery time. For a full-length book, we recommend expecting the process to take between 6 to 12 months. One popular option is to gift the book one holiday season and present printed copies to the entire family the next.

How can I get the whole family involved?

Want to give your whole family the chance to honor your favorite relative? Consider asking others to contribute to a gift “From All of Us”. Sites like payit2.com make it easy for anyone to pitch in, no need to mail checks or send cash.

What if I want additional copies?

No problem. Just let us know how many, and we can get you an exact quote for the copies you need.

About The Writers For Hire, Inc.

Our team of experienced ghostwriters and family historians has written more than 30 nonfiction books and autobiographies. Not only are our team members talented storytellers, they’re also skilled interviewers who understand the nuances of writing for someone else.