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Alice Sullivan

Alice Sullivan - Ghostwriter

Nashville, TN, United States

I'm a freelance ghostwriter, collaborative writer, editor, and author coach with 15 years of experience in book publishing.

Overview

I’ve worked in the book publishing industry since 2001 as a ghostwriter, author, writing coach, speaker, and editor and have worked on over 1,100 books—including eleven New York Times bestsellers. Some of my more notable clients include Shaquille O’Neal, Manny Pacquiao, George Foreman III, Lee Greenwood, Thomas Steinbeck, Pam Tillis, Bill Cosby, Dave Ramsey, Michael Hyatt, Tony Jeary, Bill Bennett, Marilyn Meberg, and Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Inspirational
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Entertainment Health & wellbeing History Home & Garden Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Ghostwriter, collaborative writer, and editor

Alice Sullivan

July, 2001 – Present (over 15 years)

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 take as little as three months and as long as a year, but I generally aim to keep larger projects between 8 and 10 months. That always depends on schedules, revisions, and any hard dates set by a publisher or media contacts. Shorter projects can be completed in several days to a few weeks.

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.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Orvis Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing: Your Ultimate A to Z Guide to Being a Better Angler

Tom Rosenbauer

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 with an elusive rainbow trout, The Orvis Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing is the perfect companion. Ideal for newcomers looking to get their f... 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 with an elusive rainbow trout, The Orvis Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing is the perfect companion. Ideal for newcomers looking to get their f... read more

The Hippie Guide to Climbing Corporate Ladder and Other Mountains: How JanSport Makes It Happen

Skip Yowell

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 adventures around the world, he lets it all hang out as he offers you a rare behind-the-scenes look at the three hippies who built a su... read more

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 adventures around the world, he lets it all hang out as he offers you a rare behind-the-scenes look at the three hippies who built a su... read more

To Love is Christ

David Teems

Each page of this new devotional by David Teems is charged with originality, beauty and the richness of our common language, as well as necessary and timely spiritual content. Each day illuminates one subject, Love. Each entry puts Christ at the center of that love, whether it's love for your husband or wife, for you neighbor, for the stranger, for God. It's all centered in Him and in 365 love... read more

Each page of this new devotional by David Teems is charged with originality, beauty and the richness of our common language, as well as necessary and timely spiritual content. Each day illuminates one subject, Love. Each entry puts Christ at the center of that love, whether it's love for your husband or wife, for you neighbor, for the stranger, for God. It's all centered in Him and in 365 love... read more

Giftocracy: Awakening The the Seeds of Greatness

Michael Tetteh

Nearly thirty years ago, in a tiny, impoverished Ghanaian village, a young boy dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player and competing against European powerhouse Manchester United. Despite being told that he wasn’t good enough to become a professional soccer player, his dream was realized after being drafted by Seattle Sounders FC and competing against Manchester United, in front of 67... read more

Nearly thirty years ago, in a tiny, impoverished Ghanaian village, a young boy dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player and competing against European powerhouse Manchester United. Despite being told that he wasn’t good enough to become a professional soccer player, his dream was realized after being drafted by Seattle Sounders FC and competing against Manchester United, in front of 67... read more

bomb pops, blow dryers, & butterfly kisses: a journey of healing. a story of hope.

Angelia Waite

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; experienced a failed marriage, the foreclosure of a home, a debilitating illness, or any other type of devastating loss; I pray you find answers i... 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; experienced a failed marriage, the foreclosure of a home, a debilitating illness, or any other type of devastating loss; I pray you find answers i... read more

Quantum Christianity: Believe Again

Aaron D. Davis

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? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" Now some 2000 years later, many are still asking the same questions with the sam... 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? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" Now some 2000 years later, many are still asking the same questions with the sam... read more

Selling Simplified

Michelle Moore

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 estate license, are new in the real estate business, or you have been selling real estate for over twenty-five years, this book is for you!... 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 estate license, are new in the real estate business, or you have been selling real estate for over twenty-five years, this book is for you!... read more

The Fighting Spirit: The Art of Winning Your Fight

George Foreman III, Mary McAlary

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 ultimate motivational playbook. The Fighting Spirit™: The Art of Winning Your Fight is the first in the Everybody Fights® book series, part... 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 ultimate motivational playbook. The Fighting Spirit™: The Art of Winning Your Fight is the first in the Everybody Fights® book series, part... read more

The One: Experience Jesus

Carlos Darby, Judah Smith, Charlotte Gambill, Carl Lentz, Gary Clarke

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 uses The Voice Bible translation alongside powerful, full-color images to maximize the long-term impact for the reader, creating a dyna... 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 uses The Voice Bible translation alongside powerful, full-color images to maximize the long-term impact for the reader, creating a dyna... read more

A Renaissance Redneck In A Mega-Church Pulpit

Randy Elrod

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 unprecedented decision to leave his redneck region behind—the coalmines and poverty of Appalachia—and seek, instead, something more from l... 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 unprecedented decision to leave his redneck region behind—the coalmines and poverty of Appalachia—and seek, instead, something more from l... read more

Steinbeck: Citizen Spy

Brian Kannard

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 Director Walter Bedell Smith, Steinbeck makes an offer to become an asset for the Agency during a trip to Europe later that year. More ... 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 Director Walter Bedell Smith, Steinbeck makes an offer to become an asset for the Agency during a trip to Europe later that year. More ... read more

Kick Start: A Story of Overcoming Life's Obstacles to Inspire You to Kick Start Your Future

Dr. Emmet C. Thompson II, Alice Sullivan

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 broken home and the early death of his father, to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries as an adult…it seemed to be one thing after another. Was this the way life was meant to be lived? Along the way, ... read more

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 broken home and the early death of his father, to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries as an adult…it seemed to be one thing after another. Was this the way life was meant to be lived? Along the way, ... read more

The Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind's Greatest Adventures

Captain William R. Anderson

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 newly classified, never-before-published information and photos from the captain's personal collection, The Ice Diaries takes readers o... 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 newly classified, never-before-published information and photos from the captain's personal collection, The Ice Diaries takes readers o... read more

Pacman: My Story of Hope, Resilience, and Never-Say-Never Determination

Manny Pacquiao

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 heavyweight boxer and HBO commentator Pacman is Manny's miracle story - his autobiography. Born and raised in an impoverished village in the Phil... 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 heavyweight boxer and HBO commentator Pacman is Manny's miracle story - his autobiography. Born and raised in an impoverished village in the Phil... read more

Pujols Revised and Updated: More Than the Game

Scott Lamb, Tim Ellsworth

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 greatness beyond any statistical measure. But the standard by which Pujols measures himself has less to do with baseball performance than wi... 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 greatness beyond any statistical measure. But the standard by which Pujols measures himself has less to do with baseball performance than wi... read more

Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters and Bizarre Events

Webb Garrison

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 the subject of countless books, films, and scholarly research―many of them quite repetitious. This nuanced perspective on the war provide... 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 the subject of countless books, films, and scholarly research―many of them quite repetitious. This nuanced perspective on the war provide... read more

Living Without Reservations, a Journey by Land and Sea in Search of Happiness

Barbara Elaine Singer

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 There Is to Life? One 44 year old woman " quit her life", or perhaps life quit her. There had to be more than waiting for retirement an... read more

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 There Is to Life? One 44 year old woman " quit her life", or perhaps life quit her. There had to be more than waiting for retirement an... read more

Maine Classics: More than 150 Delicious Recipes from Down East

Mark Gaier, Clark Frasier

Maine food is about putting on a bib and getting messy with lobster in the summer. In the winter, it's about tossing brisket and potatoes in a pot on the back of the woodstove. Maine Classics brings the carefree spirit of those who work the land and sea to life.More than 150 simple, straightforward dishes are organized by the shore, the sea, the forest, the farm, the garden, the dairy, and the... read more

Maine food is about putting on a bib and getting messy with lobster in the summer. In the winter, it's about tossing brisket and potatoes in a pot on the back of the woodstove. Maine Classics brings the carefree spirit of those who work the land and sea to life.More than 150 simple, straightforward dishes are organized by the shore, the sea, the forest, the farm, the garden, the dairy, and the... read more

Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer

Cap. Scotty Smiley

A nervous glance from a man in a parked car. Muted instincts from a soldier on patrol. Violent destruction followed by total darkness. Two weeks later, Scotty Smiley woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, helpless . . . and blind. Blindness became Scotty’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, Captain Smiley resented the theft of his dreams—becoming a CEO, a Delt... read more

A nervous glance from a man in a parked car. Muted instincts from a soldier on patrol. Violent destruction followed by total darkness. Two weeks later, Scotty Smiley woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, helpless . . . and blind. Blindness became Scotty’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, Captain Smiley resented the theft of his dreams—becoming a CEO, a Delt... read more

Men's Health Workout War: Lose Pounds, Gain Muscle, Destroy Your Opponents

Jim Cotta

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-shape program in Men's Health Workout War that's virtually guaranteed to help you lose weight. How? By tapping your passion for competiti... 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-shape program in Men's Health Workout War that's virtually guaranteed to help you lose weight. How? By tapping your passion for competiti... read more

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