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, filmmaker and scriptwriter 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 individuals 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 finding, purposeful living 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.
Mary Alexander is a published author and professional ghostwriter, committed to helping bring human stories to the world. Call Me Elizabeth was a Sunday Times Bestseller – the story of a middle class mother who became a call girl. She has written the memoirs of a Palestinian Christian born in 1947 Gaza and a captain of industry – both as an anonymous ghost. With an MA in Creative Writing, Mary also writes fiction. Her first collection of short stories, The Wind on his Back, was published in 2017 and her novel, based on the life of Penelope Betjeman, the wife of poet John Betjeman, will be published March 2019. Mary has spent years working as a; feature journalist, in consumer press, with digital, B2B copy, short stories and non-fiction. As well as editing and commissioning titles, she wrote three books on health issues for the small publishing company Pocket Issue. She has a business studies degree, a diploma in Periodical Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing. Mary is currently based in London after many years living in Oxford. She has spent her entire life living between these two cities, but also travels widely. Favourite things include her children, her mildly neurotic dog, reading, writing, walking under a clear blue sky and a great cup of coffee.
Katherine Blessan is an English and Creative Writing tutor and the author of Lydia’s Song: the story of a child lost and a woman found (Instant Apostle, 2014) and several short stories including one in the anthology Word for Freedom (Retreat West, 2018) published to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage. Born in a Christian home in Norfolk, her imagination was sparked through the telling of many stories including C. S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles. Once she could read, these stories formed the bread and butter of her literary heritage, thrilling her with a sense of the adventure of a life of faith. Katherine went to Hull University to do a BA in English and American Studies (98) and a couple of years later she completed an MA in English Literature at The University of Sheffield. Her career took her to London and she worked in publishing, but working as an admin assistant didn’t give her the opportunity to use her literary skills, and the right doors didn’t open. After a year on a working holiday in Australia teaching English, she realised that her passion for literature was raising its charming head, and she signed up for a PGCE in Secondary English at the UEA (2006-7). Teaching English has proved to be the best way to hone her understanding of the craft of writing, both in terms of linguistic constructions and stylistic features and through exploring ways of forming narrative. Katherine and her family live in Sheffield where she works and continues to develop her professional abilities as a writer. She is currently taking the MFA in Creative Writing at York St John’s University.
Yang-May Ooi is a bestselling author and ghostwriter who is passionate about helping people tell their unique stories. She specialises in working with clients on their memoirs, business books and non-fiction narratives. She was educated at Roedean and St Hilda’s, Oxford University where she gained a B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature and Language. Trained as a solicitor, she has combined a successful corporate career in law and security asset management in the City with her creative work. She is the bestselling author of the novel The Flame Tree (Hodder & Stoughton; Monsoon) which has been described as “Amy Tan meets John Grisham”. Other titles include an international thriller Mindgame (Hodder & Stoughton; Monsoon) and a business book International Communications Strategy (Kogan Page) which was nominated for the FT Goldman Sachs Business Book Award. She is also the author of the acclaimed family memoir Bound Feet Blues (Urbane) and wrote and performed a 5 star solo theatre show of the same name at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End – the play script is part of an anthology, British East Asian Plays, published by Aurora Metro Books. Yang-May has also been the online editor and ghostwriter for non-profits and cross-cultural arts & culture projects. In addition to her 20-year experience as published author, she brings to ghostwriting her warm and friendly interview skills from her podcasting experience (Creative Conversations, South London Voiceband Fusion View, which was featured on the BBC) as well as her inter-cultural perspective and wide-ranging interest in business, technology, psychology and personal stories. She is a professionally trained Co-Active Coach (Coaches Training Institute) and a member of the Society of Authors.
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.
Dr. Hester Vaizey is a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and an award-winning author of four books. Her interest in stories about people quickly encouraged Hester down the road of history as a subject. Three degrees from Cambridge later, and five years working there as a professional historian, Hester is now fully trained in bringing other people’s stories to life. Her book Surviving Hitler’s War (Palgrave, 2010) won the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History in 2009. Other works include Keep Britain Tidy and other posters from the Nanny State and Born in the GDR, Living in the Shadow of the Wall. Hester has written for the books pages of the Financial Times, the Guardian, History Today, the Independent, the Spectator and the THES. She has also done research for the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Commission for Looted Art in Europe. She lives in London with her husband and most importantly, works full time as a professional ghostwriter of memoirs and non-fiction. She can also work as story consultant and editor and subsequently, in the course of her work, Hester has helped a number of first time authors transform their ideas into commercially successful books.
Sue Kelso Ryan is a ghostwriter and copy editor. She is a qualified English teacher, is a member of the Alliance of Commercial Writers and an Intermediate Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Sue’s ghostwriting credentials include co-author credits for Never Say Di and In the Blink of an Eye. “I always had a love of words and reading. According to my family, I started talking at six months and I’ve been communicating ever since! I wrote my first serialised novel at the age of thirteen. My working life has revolved around writing and it seemed natural to focus on these skills to help others achieve their dreams. Whether the project involves ghostwriting, copy-editing or proofreading, I work with the client to create the book they always wanted to write. I tackle most things in the course of an average week and variety is one of the pleasures of the job. Nothing beats taking a raw manuscript and turning it into a thing of beauty. I have experience in writing on a wide range of specialist subjects including medical,
environmental and financial.”
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.