The Team

The London Ghostwriting Company is able to service story telling and literary demands across a wide number of subjects and genres into the diverse range of media platforms available in todays amazing digital era. Story, structure and good writing remain central to our business.

Who are we? We are a team of published authors, scriptwriters, editors, journalists and illustrators who adhere to this holistic creative approach of development from the smallest to the greatest of literary requirements. We provide the full range of services, from copyediting a novel to the self-publication and printing of your memoirs.

We can work as mentors for writers who need help and guidance whilst writing a book and we have contacts in publishing when you are ready to submit your manuscript for agency consideration. Our main focus and experience is to help you write your life story and we have years of experience in conducting the interviews and structuring autobiographical life journey into a memoirs format that is well organised, professional, well written, and meaningful. We work with different writers on different projects as is required. You can meet some of the regular authors, contributors and team members below.



Ghostwriter, and screenwriter Luke Shipman is the founder of The London Ghostwriting Company. His background as a story consultant and creative writer began editing video which taught him the fundamentals of structure in story. With an ability to shine as a wordsmith, he began to write books and screenplay as a writer for hire working for film companies, businesses and individuals. To date, he has worked as ghostwriter, consultant and editor on hundreds of commissions for companies and people around the globe, advising people and groups as a story mechanic. Today, he works as project manager and agent at the company and is the go-to man to start your project. He works from his home in South London, searching for writings and studying moving image that support the company values of truth seeking, and the search for meaning. He practises martial arts, hiking and travelling with a backpack. With a passion for film, he studied film theory, has a BA in Film and Video and an MA in Scriptwriting. He teaches 1-1 and hosts workshops focusing on the power of the imagination, as well as reasons why writing a book helps a person to become physically strong and mentally healthy.

 

 


Simon Petherick is a writer who was originally trained at the Central Office of Information where he wrote government information material. A novelist, screenwriter and non-fiction writer, he has published a number of books including The Power Of The Mind, which he wrote with hypnotist Joe Keeton. Simon has written travel guides and business titles and has also collaborated with artists and music industry names on their memoirs. His first novel, The Last Good Man, was optioned by an American film company; his second, English Arcadia, takes as its premise the history of the English 20th century political movement, Common Wealth; his third, The Damnation Of Peter Pan, is a dark story of one family’s blighted relationship with JM Barrie’s creation. He lives in London, spends a lot of time in Cornwall and travels frequently for his work.

 


Ashley Stokes is a ghostwriter, author and editor. His published work includes a novel, Touching the Starfish, a collection, The Syllabus of Errors, a minibook on Voice for the TLC Press, over thirty short stories, plus reviews, features, copy and ghostwriting assignments. His editorial experience includes the Unthology short fiction series and The End: Fifteen Endings to Fifteen Paintings, a collaboration with the artist Nicolas Ruston (both Unthank Books) and over 900 projects for The Literary Consultancy. He’s taught creative writing from adult outreach to MA level for the University of East Anglia, Norwich University College of the Arts and the Open University and has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. A new novel, Gigantic, will be published by Unsung Stories in 2021. He lives in Norwich and is interested in everything.

 

 


Ruth Learner is a writer and editor. Her published work includes non-fiction books, a novel, short stories, features and reviews. She taught for six years in Professional Writing and Editing programs for the RMIT University (Melbourne) and NMIT (Melbourne) and has a PhD in English Literature from La Trobe University. Ruth’s professional editing experience spans more than twenty-five years. She works globally for clients in the UK, Continental Europe, the US and Australia. She has worked closely editing fiction for trade publishers, ghost writers and literary agencies, as well as editing non-fiction for government, corporate and non-government organisations, and academic publishing.

 



Jacqueline Haigh has a fifteen-year career working as a professional writer and story consultant, and with a side-line vocation as a performer, she is an expert drama story consultant, able to re-engineer your creation whilst enhancing the drama and the quality of it. Having written for film, TV, stage, radio and books, she is the brains when it comes to story design and structure. She has script-edited hundreds of films of every genre and for a variety of writers, directors and producers. She has written and directed award winning short film and stage plays and is currently in development on several young adult and children’s books, is co-writing an autobiography and working as ghostwriter on several memoirs projects. ​As a performer, she has worked with actors and directors in theatre and on screen. She particularly loves comedy and often performs in comedy shows and stand up. ​She has a BA Honours in English Literature – Oxford University – and an MA in Scriptwriting from Goldsmiths College – University Of London, where she was the winner of the Olive Till Memorial bursary. Having taught scriptwriting for Film London, London Film Academy, and the University of Essex, Jacqueline is our Number 1 when it comes to anything screenplay. Her favourite genres include fantasy, comedy and British drama. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of anything spiritual, mystical, conspiratorial and all things magic, Jacqueline is our go-to girl when any story takes place in a galaxy far far away!


Dean Shanson is a New York Times and Businessweek bestselling ghostwriter, journalist and editor. Specializing in business books, his skills have enabled executives to build personal brands, helped marketing gurus empower entrepreneurs, and allowed professional speakers to multiply their incomes with clear and effective information products. Born in London, Dean has lived in China, Israel and the US. After working as an in-house writer for a museum and an Internet company, Dean began accepting ghostwriting projects in 2001 while serving as the US correspondent for a UK-based trade finance publication. In addition to developing a 40-page ebook into a New York Times bestseller, Dean has also seen works he’s ghostwritten taught on MBA courses and re-commissioned into a third edition. Today, Dean is happy to help successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and others turn their ideas and experiences into books that tell their stories and communicate their ideas clearly and in their own voice.

 


Shaku Lalvani is a professional and experienced qualitative researcher. She specialises in the interview aspect of our service when technicalities are concerned and has a 30-year background in research. She has worked for social, television, consumer, ethnic and arts clients including the BBC, C4, Disney, the Arts Council, and the V&A. Her experience spans all aspects of the research process, from creating ideas and developing strategies, services and products through to assessing advertising communication. Shaku has also been a joint course leader in qualitative research for postgraduate students at the London School of Economics. With such an extensive career in the field of research, her work collecting the data our writers often need is paramount to the entirety of our service.