Andy Symonds

Andy Symonds - Ghostwriter

Washington, DC, United States

Author, ghostwriter, and the President and Publisher of Ballast Books. I specialize in writing and publishing military fiction/non-fiction.

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Overview

Is there anything more nostalgic than opening a long-forgotten trunk of childhood papers?

When my aging parents (sorry, Mom, better than calling you "elderly") recently brought such a collection to my home in the suburban DC area, it forced a sentimental reflection on the adolescent passion that eventually turned into my career.

My first novel, banged out on an actual type writer, was in that stack of papers: "The Adventures of Ricky and Jimmy."

"Damn," I thought, reading through it. "Ten-year-old me really understood how to develop plot. And what character arcs!"

I never stopped writing after that first experience bringing two fictional best friends to the printed page. I started with short stories and poetry as a kid, eventually becoming the EIC of my high school paper. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree, and immediately took a job as a beat reporter job for a daily newspaper. I've since published two of my own novels, have a third one in the can, and am nearing completion on two wonderful ghostwriting projects, not to mention dozens of amazing books I've acquired and edited as a publisher.

I specialize in both military fiction and non-fiction, with a special emphasis on Special Operations, though I dp work on a lot of business books. Both my novels are about and were written with Navy SEALs, and the aforementioned ghostwriting projects are with the wife of a SEAL Team 6 sniper and a Green Beret, respectively. I write with the same passion that these warriors operate under, and it's an honor to work with them.

I'm a hiker, runner and still play men's league hockey. As the head of acquisitions for Mascot Books/Amplify Publishing (a large hybrid publisher) I'm always looking for authors and book ideas across all genres. As a ghostwriter, I have a variety of interests that I enjoy writing about. My goal is always to maintain the voice of my author, keeping their story theirs.

I look forward to hearing about your book projects, no matter what they are.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
History
Writing & Publishing

Work experience

President & Publisher

Self-employed
July, 2019 – Present (5 months)

I am the president and publisher at Ballast Books, a hybrid publishing company who specializes in editing/ghostwriting, designing, publishing, marketing, and distributing high quality books for top performers. I am also an accomplished author, ghostwriter and editor, and love talking with authors about their work no matter what stage they are in.

Vice President, Acquisitions and Business Development & Author

Mascot Books
May, 2015 – July, 2019 (about 4 years)

I am both an author who published with Mascot Books and the former head of acquisitions. Having been on both sides of the author/publisher relationship gives me a unique perspective, and I love helping my authors find the type of publishing that best fits their goals.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Enemy in the Wire

Andy Symonds, Chris McKinley

A riveting thriller giving the reader an up-close, behind-the-scenes look into the SpecOps brotherhood in the vein of American Sniper or Lone Survivor, with heart-racing action sequences that could only be relayed by a real Navy SEAL. Enemy in the Wire is a follow up to the critically acclaimed first novel by Andy Symonds, My Father's Son. Wounds aren't always followed by Purple Hearts, and th... read more

A riveting thriller giving the reader an up-close, behind-the-scenes look into the SpecOps brotherhood in the vein of American Sniper or Lone Survivor, with heart-racing action sequences that could only be relayed by a real Navy SEAL. Enemy in the Wire is a follow up to the critically acclaimed first novel by Andy Symonds, My Father's Son. Wounds aren't always followed by Purple Hearts, and th... read more

My Father's Son

Andy Symonds

When Nathan's father, a decorated Navy SEAL, is killed in combat, he must rely on his father's teammates for direction while learning to become a man. The normal struggles of adolescence are amplified while growing up in the shadow of a war hero, and a young man's future hangs in the balance. No one is safe from the scars of war in this funny, heart-wrenching, poignant novel.

When Nathan's father, a decorated Navy SEAL, is killed in combat, he must rely on his father's teammates for direction while learning to become a man. The normal struggles of adolescence are amplified while growing up in the shadow of a war hero, and a young man's future hangs in the balance. No one is safe from the scars of war in this funny, heart-wrenching, poignant novel.

JFK: The Last Speech

Reunion '64 Inc.

JFK: The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal AmericansPresident John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frostwhich reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War. Born out of these events is Kennedys remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the life course of a group of Amherst Col... read more

JFK: The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal AmericansPresident John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frostwhich reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War. Born out of these events is Kennedys remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the life course of a group of Amherst Col... read more

Global CMO: Best Practice in Marketing Effectiveness & Efficiency Around the World

Greg Paull, ShuFen Goh

Digital Transformation has changed the modern marketing playbook. As the landscape shifts, global marketers have to balance advancing unique organizational initiatives with the transformation of their entire sector. Many CMOs are spending more on technology than their Chief Information Officers (CIOs) or Chief Technology Officers (CTOs). In this new environment, what can a CMO do to stay ahead... read more

Digital Transformation has changed the modern marketing playbook. As the landscape shifts, global marketers have to balance advancing unique organizational initiatives with the transformation of their entire sector. Many CMOs are spending more on technology than their Chief Information Officers (CIOs) or Chief Technology Officers (CTOs). In this new environment, what can a CMO do to stay ahead... read more

Beyond the Finish

Brent Pease, Kyle Pease, Todd Civin

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child, Kyle Pease had grown up supporting his athlete brothers Brent and Evan from the sidelines. While his condition limited his ability to play sports, it didn't dampen Kyle's passion for them, nor did it stop the Pease family from including Kyle in various excursions. From rolling his wheelchair up Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park to zipping dow... read more

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child, Kyle Pease had grown up supporting his athlete brothers Brent and Evan from the sidelines. While his condition limited his ability to play sports, it didn't dampen Kyle's passion for them, nor did it stop the Pease family from including Kyle in various excursions. From rolling his wheelchair up Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park to zipping dow... read more

Line Change

Matt Brown, Todd Civin

Matt Brown was flying across the ice, just as his coach wanted. He gained speed as he chased the puck toward his defensive zone. The entire bench had their eyes trained on him, knowing something big was about to happen. And something big did happen--this play was life-changing, in the most unexpected, catastrophic way possible.Just as the puck settled between Matt's skates, he was bumped from ... read more

Matt Brown was flying across the ice, just as his coach wanted. He gained speed as he chased the puck toward his defensive zone. The entire bench had their eyes trained on him, knowing something big was about to happen. And something big did happen--this play was life-changing, in the most unexpected, catastrophic way possible.Just as the puck settled between Matt's skates, he was bumped from ... read more

As Many Reps As Possible

Jason Khalipa

Jason Khalipa's actions and accomplishments speak for themselves: devoted father, world champion, global businessman. After years of rigorous training, Jason earned the title of Fittest Man on Earth and finished first in the 2008 CrossFit Games. Hard work and insatiable drive paid off, and his company, NCFIT, grew to success. Jason thought he had overcome insurmountable obstacles throughout hi... read more

Jason Khalipa's actions and accomplishments speak for themselves: devoted father, world champion, global businessman. After years of rigorous training, Jason earned the title of Fittest Man on Earth and finished first in the 2008 CrossFit Games. Hard work and insatiable drive paid off, and his company, NCFIT, grew to success. Jason thought he had overcome insurmountable obstacles throughout hi... read more

I Dare You to Care: Using Emotional Intelligence to Inspire, Influence, and Achieve Remarkable Growth

Sylvia Baffour

No matter how old you are, where you come from or what you do for a living, the desire to have satisfying and meaningful relationships is one we all share. Relationships are key to everything we do, and the bonds and connections we make with others is what gives us the greatest sense of meaning, happiness, and fulfillment. Nothing interferes more with your ability to enjoy rewarding relationsh... read more

No matter how old you are, where you come from or what you do for a living, the desire to have satisfying and meaningful relationships is one we all share. Relationships are key to everything we do, and the bonds and connections we make with others is what gives us the greatest sense of meaning, happiness, and fulfillment. Nothing interferes more with your ability to enjoy rewarding relationsh... read more

A Young Adult's Guide to Personal Finance: (How to Move Out of Your Parents' Basement)

Mike McGuinness

Welcome to A Young Adult’s Guide to Personal Finance (or, It’s Time to Move Out of Your Parents’ Basement). No, this book won’t magically make you a millionaire overnight. But it will give you the tools to understand many finance topics, allowing you to ask smart questions to make even smarter decisions in the near future—and over the course of your lifetime. This guide is not intended to be a... read more

Welcome to A Young Adult’s Guide to Personal Finance (or, It’s Time to Move Out of Your Parents’ Basement). No, this book won’t magically make you a millionaire overnight. But it will give you the tools to understand many finance topics, allowing you to ask smart questions to make even smarter decisions in the near future—and over the course of your lifetime. This guide is not intended to be a... read more

Deliberate Discomfort: How U.S. Special Operations Forces Overcome Fear and Dare to Win by Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Jason Van Camp, Andy Symonds

Twelve decorated combat veterans take you firsthand through the intense, traumatic battles they fought and won, sharing lessons learned from those incredible challenges. Green Beret Jason Van Camp and a cadre of scientists further break down those experiences, translating them into digestible and relatable action items, showing the average person how they can apply them to their own lives. Rea... read more

Twelve decorated combat veterans take you firsthand through the intense, traumatic battles they fought and won, sharing lessons learned from those incredible challenges. Green Beret Jason Van Camp and a cadre of scientists further break down those experiences, translating them into digestible and relatable action items, showing the average person how they can apply them to their own lives. Rea... read more

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