My writing career began when I was twenty years old. I was in a cafe, painstakingly engaged in the 22nd edit of my first book — a memoir of my travels hitchhiking across country, being homeless in Los Angeles, living with one of America's wealthiest people, and sailing the Inside Passage to Alaska. Beside me, a woman asked if I was writing a memoir.
"I'm trying to," I told her, clearly exhausted.
"May I see it?"
I gave her my laptop. "Sure."
She read. Minutes passed. Long minutes. I pretended I was totally calm while her eyes zipped through the words on the screen. She kept looking at me with wide eyes, then darting back to the computer. I felt undressed, and I regretted having shown her my book in the first place. Trying to make light of the whole thing, I said, "Pretty bad, huh?"
She looked at me very seriously. "No," she said. "This is very impressive, and trust me, it takes a lot to impress me, kid. How old are you?"
Her jaw nearly dropped. "Seriously?"
"Yes, why? What is it?"
"You're twenty years old and you wrote this?"
Turns out, this random lady was a legendary novelist who was one of the first in America to be awarded a $1 million advance. She was hugely successful, having received glowing reviews from the New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Vogue, and others, as well as having her books published in over 20 languages. From that day on she became my mentor, and with her support, I went on to secure a job as an editor at the publishing company Booktrope. Then I became a full-fledged ghostwriter. My successes have brought me around the world. I've worked with princes, doctors, entrepreneurs, millionaires, billionaires, celebrities, and folks who've suffered abuse and want to empower others.
In my experience, it doesn't matter whether you're a wealthy aristocrat or a homeless person on the trash-strewn streets of Los Angeles (as I was, once). If you've got a great story, I want to help you tell it. And by God, I will tell it well.
Also, I have the experience of writing not just one, but eight #1 bestsellers. I'm an obsessive perfectionist, holding myself to a nearly impossible standard. My drive and ambition are limitless. I strive to turn each project into a masterpiece, perfecting the client's voice and using my honed interviewing skills to get to the very heart and soul of the story; telling it in a way that will capture the attention of any audience.
I love ghostwriting. It's not just a career, but a way of life. I always tell people that a great ghostwriter is like a great method actor. The English actor Daniel Day-Lewis comes to mind — a man who trained for two years with a professional boxer for one of his films, the end result being that the former champion said Lewis could have gone pro and become world champion himself; a man who literally built the set of "The Crucible" using his own two hands, and who walked the wintry streets of New York in period clothing and caught pneumonia in the film "Gangs of New York." Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't play his characters, he becomes them. In a similar way, I don't just write the stories — I live them.
“Alex Foster is a pure drop in an ocean of ink. A writer with taste and an impeccable work ethic. A clear voice. Someone to pay attention to. Remember that.”
—Josey Cary, internationally-acclaimed artist and photographer
“Alex Foster is a hard-working and caring writer, whose enthusiasm for writing will drive your project forward. Intelligent, honest, reliable, Alex will give your project the attention it deserves and do his best to make it a success.” —Barbara Baig, author, Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers (Writer's Digest Books, 2016)
“Alex Foster is a driven and passionate writer. As an emerging voice and accomplished author in the fast changing publishing world, Alex can navigate a project from concept to completion without hesitation. His commitment to craft and integrity will benefit anyone who wants their story told with the quality it deserves.”
—Paul Molyneaux, author, A Child's Walk in the Wilderness
“Alex is incredibly talented, generous with his time; he is indeed a very rare and special writer able to tackle the most arduous tasks without flinching. ”
—Prince Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, Baron de Watteville, author, Balthus
I shape clients' ideas and experiences into memoirs, novels, and creative nonfiction books. I write, proofread and edit until the finished product is a concise and sellable book featuring the client's unique voice.
Choosing projects from the bulletin, reaching out to clients and editing their MS until completion.
Mandy Lange, the daughter of a pastor, grew up in South Africa before moving to the states in 1986. Her "normal" upbringing was completely derailed when she was seventeen because of a church scandal that destroyed her family. For the next thirteen years Mandy worked through addiction, mental illness, sexual assault and other kinds of trauma. She made it through it all because of her resislienc... read more
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is sent to investigate a haunted house. But he discovers that there is more than a ghost causing mayhem. The Mansion is a fast-paced supernatural story about 10,000 words long.
Jack Nightingale thought he was on vacation, driving around America's most haunted sites to get the feel for the supernatural side of his adopted country. But when a child's doll appears in the middle of the road, the vacation comes to an abrupt end and Nightingale finds himself fighting for his life. The Doll is a fast-paced supernatural story about 10,000 words long.
Jack Nightingale knows the dangers of doing a deal with a devil, but sometimes beggars can't be choosers. And when his nemesis Proserpine comes up from the bowels of Hell to ask for a favour, he has no choice other to help. Which is why the supernatural detective finds himself going up against The Undead, and putting his own life on the line. The Undead is a fast-paced supernatural story about... read more
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale gets called in to deal with a particularly nasty case of possession. But he can't do the exorcism alone - for that he needs the help of a priest. A very special priest. But Father O'Grady is all too well aware of the dangers of tangling with demons and he's going to need some persuading. Possession is a fast-paced supernatural story of almost 11,000 word... read more
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows, in the grey areas where demons and monsters seek their prey.In this collection of nine short stories, Nightingale matches wits against demons from Hell, monsters created by humans, and Satanists who have done their own private deals with the devil.The stories are – Still Bleeding, Cursed, Blood Bath, I Know Who Did It, ... read more
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate a brutal murder and savage mutilation that appears to have been carried out by children - children with dead black eyes. Children Of The Dark is a fast-paced supernatural story about 10,000 words long. Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an ebook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the cr... read more
Something out in the Everglades is killing people - and eating them. Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate and discovers that evil is at work out in the swamps, and that more people will die unless he can stop it. The Creeper is a fast-paced supernatural story about 13,000 words long. Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an ebook an... read more
A mysterious woman has been prowling around a derelict mental asylum hacking victims to death with an axe. A TV crew goes in to investigate and Jack Nightingale goes in with them. But the truth is more shocking than any of them realise, and not everyone will get out alive. The Asylum is a fast-paced supernatural story about 16,000 words long. Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful ... read more
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I am the co-author of UNCONTAINABLE with Kip Tindell of The Container Store, a book editor for New Word City, and a freelance journalist.
I'm a full-time freelance ghostwriter and editor in New York offering ghostwriting and developmental editing services to book authors.