“Sure, you could pay someone $5,000 to write your memoir, but it’s not going to be any good,” says author Lawrence Grobel. “You get what you pay for.” Grobel knows what he’s talking about. He’s written the book on biographies—literally. It’s called Icons, and it goes behind the scenes in the making of dozens of high-profile biographies he’s produced over the last three decades. Meryl Streep and Al Pacino have bared their souls to him. He spent more than 15 months working with John Huston on a memoir. He interviewed Barbra Streisand for more than 50 hours for just one Playboy article. “It’s about shaping a story—making it interesting and alive and readable. And not dull.”
For the person who has everything, this gift—a complete memoir or biography—is perhaps the only thing left to give. The author will spend, in his words, “as long as it takes” to write the book on the gift recipient, whether it’s a family history, a personal chronicle, or a compilation of conversations. The subject will own all the rights to the completed manuscript, and all research will remain confidential. After interviewing the world’s most fascinating people, though, Grobel tends to be selective. His one requirement? You’d better be interesting. “You could be anyone—Elon Musk, a serial killer,” he says, “but you have to be someone who excites me.”
Priced at $1.2 million plus expenses. Contact Lawrence Grobel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.