I specialise in writing scripts and screenplays for clients who contact me. Some of this work is done as a ghost writer for hire (basically without credit). I’ve written and rewritten high profile TV series and serials and produced and theatrically released feature films (that don’t have my name anywhere on the credits). It’s my bread and butter living to do this.
Ghost writer for hire
Most of the time I work with UK and US film industry producers and directors, but anyone can hire me, if you can match my budget and I think the project has merit as film or TV series. So, that means you. You can hire me to ghost write a script or screenplay for you (based on your own story) – and I do this work on a fairly regular basis.
Self published books or memoirs
I often get clients approaching me with self-published books, memoirs, or true stories which they think will make a good film or TV series for the likes of Netflix or Amazon.
Self published books vary wildly in quality – from the people who have done the whole thing themselves to people who paid a professional ghost writing company to have the story written up properly and the book designed well, and printed on top quality materials.
Of course, for most people it’s better to pay for a professional ghost writer service, especially when it comes to books.
Rave reviews for StoryTerrace
By far the best company for self publishing these types of ‘life story’, ‘memoirs’ or ‘true story books’ is a UK firm called StoryTerrace – this company gets rave reviews from its own clients and many of the books it has published have also had great feedback from the general public and in the media – indeed, I first heard about a StoryTerrace book while watching Sky News – even legit authors would be jealous at some of the press pick up these premium ghost written books receive, have a read of the article in The Times all about StoryTerrace (there is a pay wall) or this in-depth coverage in GQ Magazine.
Of course, the better the book is written and presented – the more likely the book will spike the interest of a film company or broadcaster – and often, having a book professionally ghost written is better than hiring a script writer for hire as legally, a published book is more likely to get read by a production company (or broadcaster like Netflix or Amazon) than an unsolicited screenplay, this because of very sound legal reasons.
All in – if you have a true life story you’d like to get out there into the world StoryTerrace should be your first port of call.
Matthew Cooper has been a script writer for hire and UK script consultant for over 20 years. He’s written for most of the UK soaps, including writing award-winning episodes of Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs and has been BAFTA shortlisted and Royal Television Society nominated as a script writer.
His directorial debut, the rubber reality horror thriller ‘Markham’ was released in 2020, his second feature film as director ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ hit the screen in 2021. You can find out more about Matthew’s work as a director here.