Scientists, engineers, and many entrepreneurs in scientific fields comprise a significant portion of my clientele. After all, scientists are pretty famous for being great at discovering, inventing, and engineering things but not so good at describing and writing about their work, at length. I’m keenly interested in the latest science, exploration in general, and the thrilling act of discovery. So, I’m typically able to digest the concepts these clients describe through our lengthy interviews and ghostwrite a book that brings it all to life for the reader.
After that initial, month-long interview period, the scientists in question get to return to working on the invention and exploration they do best for the next five months while I ghostwrite their science memoirs, TED talks, or other scientific books. Ideally, by the time the first manuscript is complete, the scientists in question have had more incredible adventures of discovery and are ready to write their next books!
There is a little-known genre called “science memoirs.” You may actually have read some of these books and don’t even know it’s actually a genre with a name. A lot of these reader-friendly science books have to do with animal science and environmental science, such as the study of bird migration and lava flows and the revelations found through drilling Antarctic ice cores.
Do You Have a Science Memoir You’re Looking to Write?
I am the very best at what I do for one simple reason: I’m the only ghostwriter working for the public who uses a humorous writing style to heighten and explore the events of your life.
As I write this now, in 2024, quite a few science memoirs are on the best-seller lists. Below are few examples (note that I’m not claiming to have ghostwritten these. It’s just a list of popular science memoirs):
- The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
- Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey
- Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration by Sara Dykman
- Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
- The Fallen Stones: Chasing Butterflies, Discovering Mayan Secrets, and Looking for Hope Along the Way by Diana Marcum
- Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life by Jess Phoenix
I have written Science Memoirs for a variety of fascinating clients,
including the following books:
In Money Isn’t Everything. Everything is Money, by Tom Shepard with Ruby Peru, readers can learn the science of personal finance based upon seven financial personality types.
I’m Not That Smart But I Know How to Make Money or What I Learned From the Honey Badger –in this memoir, a wildlife researcher applies what he learned studying the elusive honey badger to the world of business.
A neuroscientist who is also a women’s basketball coach wrote this memoir to describe how she uses the principles of neuroscience to help athletes improve their academics
In Ice Angel, an Antarctic researcher works with a group of divers taking samples from the sea floor, beneath the ice, meanwhile she must fight an establishment that refuses to acknowledge female scientists
In Postmodern Organic, a lifelong organic farmer exposes the truth about both organic and conventional farming in America and why small, local farms are still better for America than the mega-farms we depend upon.
Mark Pilja’s Hashimoto’s Handbook provides guidance for surviving a serious thyroid disorder.
Writing this book with Ruby has enabled me to be honest about my lifelong struggle with dyslexia. Her research also taught me some of the benefits of dyslexia, so I learned a lot along the way. Most importantly, I’ve been told my book inspires others, and that means so much!
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Process and Fees
Scientists are interesting people with curious minds, and I enjoy getting to know them and the things they spend their time researching. My system for writing a science memoir or any other type of science-based book is the same as for all my ghostwriting projects: the six-month process includes an initial month of recorded interviews, followed by a month where I create a book outline and synopsis to be discussed with and approved by the client. This is then followed by three months of writing where I pen 20,000 words each month. And the sixth month of the project is spent performing all client edits.
In the end, scientists have a manuscript suitable for publication at the highest level. While I do not publish books myself, I guide clients toward the publication process likely to be best for them—whether it’s a matter of querying publishing agents for commercial publication or going the small-publisher or self-publishing route. In the case of self-publishing, I help my ghostwriting clients find the book cover designers and various technicians necessary for the publishing process and ensure I’m there for them all the way to the end, taking on the responsibility of writing back cover and book description copy, as well.
The fee for a 60,000-word ghostwritten book is not topic-dependent. It’s always $50,000. I don’t negotiate or haggle, as I feel this is a very reasonable price for the skill and service I provide. If clients want the book longer or shorter, that can also be achieved, and the fee will be prorated accordingly.
So, if you’re a scientist, explorer or inventor, what are you waiting for? Contact me today for a no-cost initial consultation, and we can see if you and I are a good fit.
Let’s Get the Ball Rolling!
I’d love to hear the story you’re burning to tell. Send me a quick message and we’ll set up a time for a phone chat!