Ghostwriting Goodbye


At Biograph, we don’t believe in ghostwriting. It might sound odd that a life writing company would reject the word that haunts our profession. Yet after years of working with our clients, we’ve realized that ghostwriting doesn’t describe what we do.

What is ghostwriting? To ghostwrite is to speak for another person; to speak through them; to speak as if you were them. To ghostwrite is to make yourself invisible in service of the product. To ghostwrite is to ignore the fundamental human condition: we cannot ever know and represent another person as well as they know and present themselves. We’ve realized that to do justice to your stories, we needed to stop being ghosts, and start providing Authors with tools to tell their own story.


Biograph creates books from the conversations people are already having: reflections on a life-changing trip; business advice from beloved mentors; recollections of old family films; tales from strangers about the dreams that have shaped their lives. These stories—of triumphs and tragedies, mundane moments and profound epiphanies—represent our shared humanity. We all tell stories; it’s how we build and sustain connections with the people we love.

Everyone has a story. But telling it can feel daunting: how do you get past the blank page? How do you find a style of writing that matches the vibrancy of your own voice? Fortunately, you’re already narrating life every day, through internal monologues and informal conversations with strangers and friends. Biograph guides clients to tell their own stories in manageable steps: for example, self-recording brief voice memos and interviews when the spirit moves, when the time is right.

You write your story using the same skills and techniques you use every day—telling anecdotes to friends, recalling old times with loved ones. We help transform your voice and the record of your experience into beautiful multimedia books that can serve as family heirlooms, unique gifts, or contributions to the collective wisdom of humanity.


Suppose Janelle has been waiting for five years to tell the story of her child’s adoption. She already has what any good author needs: a cast of characters she knows in great detail, a clear narrative, and a passionate investment in the subject. Janelle’s only problem—one that she shares with many people—is that she doesn’t think of herself as a writer.

So, late one night, she sends Biograph an email. Her message boils down to a simple plea: help me find my voice. Our calling is not to take Janelle’s story and tell it as our own. Instead, it’s to show her that she is already a storyteller.

In Janelle’s case, her maternal love emerged most vividly in small moments: the color of her daughter’s shoes, the smell of peppers cooking in the kitchen, the gauzy green scarf she was wearing as she ran off the plane and into Janelle’s arms.

Upon reviewing her Biograph, Janelle herself was surprised by how powerful these memories were. In her daily life—making her daughter’s lunch, picking her up from soccer practice—she doesn’t have the time to dwell on these powerful details. The best writing not only describes a life or a story. It helps us realize who we, what we value, and why.


Biograph’s new platform preserves the vitality of your voice without the medium of a ghostwriter’s spells. So consider this our goodbye to ghostwriting. We are laying to rest the belief that our clients are not able storytellers. In place of these ghost stories, we celebrate a more authentic form of life writing. We give our clients all the benefits of ghostwriting in an easy-to-use application that allows everyone to author their own life.

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