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I have begun a book about my tragic life but I don't know how to write very well so am trying to find a ghost
Writer or  a co author.
My life is about horrible abuse as a child. Running away from home and sleeping on a box
At 11. I we using meth at 12. Abducted at 16 for 6 month and used in the sex trade. I have
Survived a $400 a day heroin habit,cocaine addiction ,prostituting myself and 7 years in prison.
40 years later, I am successful and truly blessed to alive. I would love to write my story in
Hopes of helping others.
Any advise would be appreciated!
Tammy Gitsham

Hi, Tammey!

So sorry to hear about your life, but it's great you were able to overcome your problems. Memoirs aren't something I've worked on, but I do know a terrific resource for you that will help you learn the process of writing yours. As I understand it, memoirs are one of the few books that you don't have to write in advance of selling it. You can sell the CONCEPT of the story and have the publisher help find you a ghost writer.

Click this link and read the sticky threads. You'll find out more than you ever dreamed about the process (including how to find a ghost writer if that's the route you want to go!)

Hope that helps and good luck!


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