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William Meis

William Meis - Ghostwriter

I specialize in co-writing and ghostwriting creative personal book-length memoirs and autobiographies of extraordinary, ordinary people.

Overview

After a successful career founding and editing prestigious academic journals and then working in Hollywood as the Director of Publications for the Writer's Guild of America, I wrote a number of controversial books under my pen name, Guillermo Bosch, then an entertaining detective novel, The Innocents, under my own name. I have now settled into a successful career ghostwriting creative personal memoirs and autobiographies of 'extraordinary, ordinary' people', and I have found my 'third act' ghostwriting career very rewarding and a welcome addition to caring for my late-in-life, very active, young son.

When I have helped authors write their personal memoirs and autobiographies, I have, at times, worked on projects from scratch when authors bring me little more than an outline and ask me to create a book for them from notes and memorabilia. Other times I have held numerous interviews and conducted extensive research. Sometimes authors bring me a nearly completed project that needs greater character development, more narrative cohesion or simply a sense of humor—elements that require more than just editing but not a total rewrite. Each project is unique and special, and I enjoy the challenge of finding the key that helps an author to find success.

Since I have written a critically successful dystopian fantasy, Rain, and also a detective/mystery novel, The Innocents, I can also be helpful working with authors who are writing in those fiction genres.

Ultimately, my greatest satisfaction comes from the fact that my clients have been very pleased with our work together as their testimonials indicate:

Working with Bill was an absolute pleasure. He is talented, attentive and diligent. I would recommend him to anyone looking for quality work…
Perry Rizopoulos, co-author Wheat Songs (A memoir).

William Meis did a magnificent job ghostwriting Stanley K. Sheinbaum’s memoir! I would highly recommend working with him on any book-length writing project…
Betty Sheinbaum, Stanley K. Sheinbaum (An autobiography).

William A. Meis Jr. has an uncanny talent for listening, grasping and empathizing with the mentality and personality of the characters that he is writing about. He is imaginative and creative and easy and pleasant to collaborate with…
Rita Schinnar, co author Bela’s Story (A Memoir).

William A. Meis Jr. did a fabulous job taking my father’s notes and turning them into a searing memoir about Salonika's Ladino Jews from the Great Fire of 1917 through the 1943 mass deportation to Nazi death camps…
Rachel Kocsis, Names Without Tombs (A Memoir)

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Dystopian

Work experience

Publisher & Managing Editor

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (almost 8 years)

Published 14 books from concept through distribution on Amazon: 5 memoirs, two collections of Award-winning essays and numerous fiction novels. Worked closely with writers and monitored their progress from first words through publication. Managed interior design, cover design, e-book creation.

Partner & Creative Director

Self-employed
January, 1994 – December, 2009 (almost 16 years)

Developed editorial content and design for newsletters, brochures, manuals, reports, books and websites. Worked with high-profile international clientele from the film industry, travel & tourism, and sports & fitness.

Director of Publications

Writers Guild of America (west)
February, 1988 – November, 1994 (over 6 years)

Completely re-organized the professional editorial staff, and revamped the layout for all publications of the Writers Guild of America—the national union for all radio, TV and film writers. Solicited, edited and published content from top Hollywood screenwriters.

Co-founder & Managing Editor

New Perspectives Quarterly
January, 1983 – January, 1988 (about 5 years)

Hired staff, developed and implemented budgets, and managed from its inception, the design, layout and production schedules for NPQ, the international policy journal circulated among top policy makers, academics and politicians.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Stanley K. Sheinbaum: A 20th Century Knight's Quest for Peace, Civil Liberties and Economic Justice

Stanley K. Sheinbaum, with William A. Meis Jr.

The memoir of an exceptional man who began life as an unexceptional young boy growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan when the Crash of 1929 brought disaster, but whose later life reads like a chronicle of major events of the late 20th century. Secret CIA involvement in Vietnam, running for Congress, organizing Daniel Ellsberg's defense for the Pentagon Papers trial, engineering freedom... read more

The memoir of an exceptional man who began life as an unexceptional young boy growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan when the Crash of 1929 brought disaster, but whose later life reads like a chronicle of major events of the late 20th century. Secret CIA involvement in Vietnam, running for Congress, organizing Daniel Ellsberg's defense for the Pentagon Papers trial, engineering freedom... read more

Béla's Story: A Brave Journey Through Unforgiving Times

Rita Schinnar, William A. Meis Jr.

Born into a family of modest means in a small village in eastern Hungary, Adalbert Izsák—or Béla as everyone called him—might have expected to encounter some hurdles in life, but he hardly expected any great adventures. As things turned out, the deck was stacked against him from the start and Béla’s life became a dramatic journey constantly endangered by forces beyond his control. The politica... read more

Born into a family of modest means in a small village in eastern Hungary, Adalbert Izsák—or Béla as everyone called him—might have expected to encounter some hurdles in life, but he hardly expected any great adventures. As things turned out, the deck was stacked against him from the start and Béla’s life became a dramatic journey constantly endangered by forces beyond his control. The politica... read more

Names Without Tombs: A Personal Memoir of Salonika, Greece, 1917-1943

Semaya Abraham Levy, William A. Meis Jr.

A searing memoir about the cultural life of Salonika's Ladino Jews from the Great Fire of 1917 through the 1943 mass deportation of the entire community to Nazi death camps.

A searing memoir about the cultural life of Salonika's Ladino Jews from the Great Fire of 1917 through the 1943 mass deportation of the entire community to Nazi death camps.

The Innocents (The Peter Paderewski S. J. Mystery Series)

William A. Meis Jr.

The Innocents, the first book in the Peter Paderewski S. J. Mystery Series, tells the story of what happens when Paderewski discovers an abandoned, apparently dead, baby on his doorstep. When it turns out that the baby is, in fact, miraculously alive, Paderewski attempts to do the right thing and find the baby’s parents, but his investigation takes him down a twisted, winding trail of murder, ... read more

The Innocents, the first book in the Peter Paderewski S. J. Mystery Series, tells the story of what happens when Paderewski discovers an abandoned, apparently dead, baby on his doorstep. When it turns out that the baby is, in fact, miraculously alive, Paderewski attempts to do the right thing and find the baby’s parents, but his investigation takes him down a twisted, winding trail of murder, ... read more

Rain

Guillermo Bosch

A thrilling erotic, allegorical, political fairytale which tells of one man's attempt to save a world on the eve of destruction. (Sold thousands in first print edition. Now check out this second printing.) What others have said about Bosch's novel, Rain: "Rain definitely pays homage to the European tradition of an erotic literature which stimulates intellectual and moral questioning of social,... read more

A thrilling erotic, allegorical, political fairytale which tells of one man's attempt to save a world on the eve of destruction. (Sold thousands in first print edition. Now check out this second printing.) What others have said about Bosch's novel, Rain: "Rain definitely pays homage to the European tradition of an erotic literature which stimulates intellectual and moral questioning of social,... read more

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