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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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