Alice Sullivan

Alice Sullivan – Ghostwriter

Award-winning ghostwriter of over 50 books, and over 1,300 edited titles. Let me help you tell your story!


I’m a Nashville native and a natural-born storyteller. I’ve been in the publishing industry since 2001 as a ghostwriter, author, writing coach, speaker, and managing editor. I've written 58 books and edited over 1,300 titles, eleven of which are New York Times bestsellers.

I specialize in memoirs (trauma, travel, cultural, legacy, and military) as well as self-help and personal growth. I love helping my clients identify their goals and messages, so we can create engaging content to connect with their target markets while drawing the reader into the story.

Fun facts: I'm terrified of karaoke and sharks.

My rates are as follows:

*Book Proposals are $25,000 and include a query letter, a researched agent list, and instructions on how to pitch to each agent.

*Full-length Book Manuscripts (between 55,000 and 85,000+ words) are from $125,000 to $150,000.

Former clients include Shaquille O’Neal, Manny Pacquiao, Jen Hatmaker, Lee Greenwood, Thomas Steinbeck, Pam Tillis, Donald Miller, Bill Cosby, Dave Ramsey, Michael Hyatt, Mastin Kipp, Danette May, Tony Jeary, Bill Bennett, and Judge Andrew Napolitano. I’ve written books for Hay House, Forbes, Abingdon Press, WND Books, and Thomas Nelson Publishers (now Harper Collins), among others.

Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Health & Wellbeing History Inspirational Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel
English (US)

Work experience


Jul, 2001 — Present

I’m a natural-born storyteller. People’s stories have always fascinated me and my gift is the ability to capture words, thoughts, emotions, causes, and events in a very compelling manner. I’ve been writing (and published) since the second grade but back then I took my payment in the form of chocolate pudding.

I do still really like chocolate pudding.

When I work with a client for ghostwriting, co-writing, or editing, my goal is to craft a story that is transparent, authentic, entertaining, and, of course—marketable! Sometimes I’ll meet with an author face-to-face and spend several days with them to build a relationship, learn their personality and communication styles, hear the full story, and discover the reasons they’re passionate about reaching others with their message and legacy. I can also do Skype interviews, phone interviews, or email interviews, but my preference is for the initial meetings to be in person.

Though there are many strategies, I find it is easier to create an outline based on the topic and main points to be shared, then allow the client to simply tell stories in a casual and relaxed setting and ask questions along the way, filling in the gaps, adding details, and expanding the outline as we go, until we have enough material to compile a first draft. We’ll go back and forth through several rounds of revisions and edits until we’re both satisfied that we have a compelling and complete story.

And here’s the catch—it won’t sound like I wrote it at all. That’s right! A great writer or editor will retain the author’s communication style, phrases, humor, branding, and preferences in the writing. We’ll work together every step of the way to make sure your story captures both your vision and your voice.

A book project can be completed in 6-7 months, while longer manuscripts requiring research can take as long as a year (or more). Book proposals are finished in 4 months.

If you’d like to speak with a few of my former authors to hear their thoughts about the process and the finished product, I’ll be happy to provide a few names.


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From small-town Kansas boy to adventure-junkie extraordinaire to respected mountaineer, this funky and funny read traces Skip Yowell's (Co-Founder of JanSport) unorthodox journey to the top of the outdoor industry.Full of offbeat details and photos from Skip's... read more
From rods to reels, fly lines to tippets, fishing hats to hip boots, this guide covers everything an angler will need before heading to the water. If your favorite way to spend the day is stepping into a mountain stream―fly fishing gear in hand―to match wits w... read more
To reach your weight-loss goal, start a Workout War contest with your friends. Studies show that competition and financial rewards motivate people to stick to exercise and diets.Former Los Angeles Lakers strength coach Jim Cotta presents an innovative get-in-s... read more
Hope Unseen challenges readers to question their doubts, not their beliefs, and depend upon God no matter what—the inspiring true story of “blind” faith.A nervous glance from a man in a parked car. Muted instincts from a soldier on patrol. Violent destruction ... read more
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An Adventure where The Secret meets Eat Pray Love and takes off from there,,,except she has no real plan and little money. She openly shares the thrills and fears as she reinvents her life and leaves the comforts of an upper middle class lifestyle. Is This All... read more
Civil War buffs, be warned: Webb Garrison’s Curiosities of the Civil War may catch you off guard. Packed with obscurities and bizarre anecdotes, it spills over with specifics you’ve likely never heard. Debated, reenacted, and analyzed, the Civil War has been t... read more
After a decade starring for the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols is already compared with names in the highest reaches of baseball’s pantheon: Ruth, Gehrig, Aaron, Mays. Slugging his way toward the Hall of Fame, Pujols has raised the game’s standard for grea... read more
Pound for pound, Manny is the best boxer in the world, but even more important than holding that distinction, Manny has connected with the people of his home country, the Philippines, to the point where he is almost like a god. --Lennox Lewis, former heavyweig... read more
The greatest undersea adventure of the 20th century. The Ice Diaries tells the incredible true story of Captain William R. Anderson and his crew's harrowing top-secret mission aboard the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Bristling with... read more
(Original Edition) For the new version, search for the ISBN 9781942557722.A true story of overcoming obstacles to score in the most important game of all―life. Tom Thompson’s journey was fraught with many obstacles and setbacks from a very early age. From a br... read more
This changes everything we thought we knew about John Steinbeck. After languishing in the CIA’s archives for 60 years, a letter is uncovered in John Steinbeck’s own hand that shatters everything history tells us about the author’s life. Written in 1952, to CIA... read more
From bellbottoms and Bible camp to a career center stage, this beautifully written, heartfelt memoir, in the style of Mark Twain, is both a coming of age and American success story. The first person in his family ever to graduate high school, Elrod made the un... read more
We are living in a world increasingly geared toward visual learners. With the explosion of sites like Instagram and Pinterest, it is evident that the way we consume content is changing before our eyes. Developed for the avid consumer of visual content, The One... read more
To anyone and everyone who wanted to give up but didn’t, who hit rock bottom and came back swinging—or anyone who ever wanted to—this book is for you. George (Monk) Foreman III teams up with Mary McAlary, a mom and grandmother fighting MS, to co-author the ult... read more
Written by Michelle Moore, a real estate selling and training expert with more than 40 sales and leadership awards, Selling Simplified shares what it takes to reach the highest levels of success in real estate. Whether you are considering getting your real est... read more
Over 2200 years ago, the Greek philosopher, Epicurus (341 BC - 270 BC ) stated, "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both abel and willing? Then whence cometh evil? ... read more
One minute, Ramsey was eating a popsicle by the pool. The next, he was . . . gone. In an instant-less than the time it takes to give butterfly kisses-the Waite family was forever changed. Whether you have buried a child; had dreams and hopes stolen; experience... read more

Alice has 7 reviews





Barbara C.

Barbara C.

Mar, 2023

Alice is a true professional and very talented, generous and honest. I got the story I was looking for, and it was a pleasure to work with her.
Julio C R.

Julio C R.

Mar, 2021

Alice is great at what she does. Her ability to connect with you and draw out important details felt safe and guided. She was extremely knowledgeable about all subjects in storytelling, writing and publishing. She was patient with me, understood life happens and did not make me feel rush, while still keeping me moving to the finish line. I became more impressed with each draft. I would highly ...
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Alice S.
I can’t wait to see the waves of impact from your book! Thank you for trusting me to help you tell your story.
Danish D.

Danish D.

Oct, 2020

Excellent experience so far. Alice is professional and experienced. She gave some really great input into my project- a valuable interaction.
Scott M.

Scott M.

Dec, 2018

Alice was incredible to work with on the project. This was my first book and a combination of ghost writing and editing. She is professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. She always had the perfect questions to ask in order to draw more emotions and details from me, I believe this really enhance the story and book. Also, she was very helpful in the overall book process and help...
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Alice S.
Thanks so much, Scott! It was a pleasure working with you on your book.
Elie J.

Elie J.

Nov, 2018

My collaboration with Alice was a wonderful experience. She adapted a consultative approach from the very beginning, aiming to understand the background of the story that the author's trying to convey, so that the message emerges in a very genuine and accurate way. This is, in my opinion, the most valuable thing to every author, where he or she gets to tell their story in a very personalized ex...
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