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Jakob Straub

Freelance Writer & Expert Storyteller

About Writer

Jakob is an experienced storyteller and his favorite books have pages all empty. He writes creative fiction in English and German. Authors hire him to shape their manuscripts into compelling stories, or to tell their stories for them as a ghostwriter. Please check out my PORTFOLIO.

I offer a free consultation in the form of a video call or an exchange of messages to determine if I am the right fit for working with you on your writing project based on your specific needs. The services I offer are:

  • Story Coaching: As a story coach, I typically assists you in the planing phase before you undertake a major writing project, such as a novel or a screenplay. A large portion of this work usually consists of plotting to provide you with a detailed outline, which will inform your writing and keep you going. Yet we’ll also examine and define your cast of characters, the story arc, the narrative voice and inner structure of chapters or episodes, pacing, consistency and clarity, as well as the theme. We can also discuss length and word count considerations for your specific genre and market. If you’re unsure how to realize your idea or don’t know how to take it further, we can talk story coaching.
  • Developmental Editing: Similarly to story coaching, we’ll look at plot, characters, structure, arc, setting, flow and pacing, consistency, theme, and even word count and length also. Yet this approach is best if you have already done a significant portion of the work yourself, and have completed an outline, or are already well into writing your manuscript. As a developmental editor, I can assess your story idea, outline, and output so far. A typical collaborative situation is with writers who have begun their journey with an outline, but now feel stuck in the meat and bones of their own story. We’ll get you unstuck and see that you’re making the necessary changes to benefit your story.
  • Ghostwriting: I can produce pages for you if you don’t have the capacity to work on your story or idea yourself.


2001-2002 English, North-American Studies, Publishing
Free University Berlin, Germany
2003-2004 British-American Studies, Philosophy
University of Constance

Work & Experience

Jan 2016 - NOW Freelance Writer

I am an author of literary fiction in English and German and of books for children. As a ghostwriter, I work on serialized fiction in the genres romance, fantasy and sci-fi. I help other authors as a story coach and developmental editor to improve their manuscripts for publication. I write online articles for clients on storytelling, literature, productivity, languages, travel, technology, and software and apps.

Apr 2021 - NOW Senior Fiction Writer

Ghostwriter, story coach and developmental editor for serialized fiction for story apps.

Dec 2014 - Dec 2015 German Content Specialist
eDreams ODIGEO

Storytelling, content management, copywriting, localization in collaboration with UX, SEO, CRM.

Feb 2014 - Nov 2014 News Reporter

News reporting on tech and software topics, SEO research, copywriting, blog articles.

Sep 2013 - Feb 2014 Online Content Editor
AndroidPIT / Supercat

News reporting on Android hardware and software topics, SEO research, copywriting, blog articles.

May 2012 - Dec 2013 Global Travel Editor
Untapped Cities

Article research and writing, SEO, contact with contributors, content management.

Jan 2013 - Aug 2013 Online Marketing / SEO Manager

KPI reporting and SEO data analysis, content management, link building, copywriting.

Apr 2013 - Jul 2013 Freelance Copyeditor
unlike media ltd.

Copywriting and editing of international city guides, copywriting, content management.

Feb 2009 - Aug 2013 Freelance Editor & Printing Consultant

Content and copy for B2B and B2C communication; strategy for web2print solutions and print campaigns.

Jun 2012 - Max 2013 Freelance copywriter

Copy for company website and marketing communication.

Jan 2012 - Jun 2012 Printing Consultant

Large Format Print in display and fine art quality. Customer service and relations.