I’m a Nashville native, a natural-born storyteller, and fun facts: I'm terrified of karaoke and sharks. I’ve been in the publishing industry since 2001 as a ghostwriter, author, writing coach, speaker, and managing editor. I've written 41 books and have edited over 1,300 titles, eleven of which are New York Times bestsellers.
My rates are as follows:
*Book Proposals are $20,000 and include a query letter and agent list.
*Full length books (between 65,000 and 85,000 words) begin at $75,000.
*Developmental reviews are based on the length of the manuscript. Most will be between $5,000 to $30,000, depending on the work needed.
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. I’m a member of Rotary and The Porch: Nashville’s Writers’ Collective.
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 (or more), but I generally aim to keep larger projects between 8 and 11 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.
John Clauson grew up believing he was the son of an IBM salesman. Though the family moved often and John s father, Wallace Clauson, rarely spoke of his work, his family never questioned him nor seemed to notice the inconsistencies and oddities apparent in their daily life. Only decades later, while in his mid-30s, did John finally learn the truth from his father as he was dying of cancer. For ... read more
FOREWORD BY DAVE ASPREY Has your vision board turned into just wishful thinking? Do you believe in the power of intention and goal setting, but are losing self-respect because you aren’t following through? Do you feel completely stuck in life?If things haven’t been going the way you’ve planned, know this: Everything changes the moment you discover your life’s unique Purpose. Success, love, abu... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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 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 a... 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
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
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
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
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 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 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 followed by total darkness. Two weeks later, Scotty Smiley woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, helpless . . . and blind. Blindne... 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
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 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
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
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