As a ghostwriter and developmental editor, I specialize in helping people tell their stories, from savvy entrepreneurs who want to build their expert reputations and industry stature, to individuals with a burning desire to tell in memoir or autobiographical form the story of their lives; from the ups and downs to the wisdom gained. Having helped many successful authors discover the deeper and most profoundly meaningful themes in their lives and work, I know firsthand that there are priceless lessons to be learned from many different kinds of lives, and my experience has convinced me that every person has an important story to tell.
Working across both nonfiction and fiction, I delight in helping authors relate their professional journey as a business book, or to write their personal stories in memoir form, and even to finally create that novel that’s been kicking around their heads for years!
The essence of ghostwriting excellence is for the ghostwriter to “become” the author precisely the way an Oscar-winning actor becomes the role. As a ghostwriter I strive to think in my author’s head, to feel in the author’s heart, to speak in the author’s tongue, and to write with the author’s hand. Whether your desire is to write a brutally true memoir based strictly and exclusively on your personal experience but firmly grounded on verifiable known and documentable historical facts, or a fictionalized account of your story in the intriguing, potentially whimsical free-form of a nonfiction novel, or even a work of pure fiction by way of the more traditional novel, my goal is to become your voice and spirit, not to alter them—to make absolutely sure it is your passion that appears on the page.
I am the former Editorial Director of Publishing for Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (LEA), which I joined when the company was five talented entrepreneurs working out of the basement of the owner and founder’s home. LEA soon became one of the world’s leading and most respected scholarly publishers of psychology and the behavioral sciences right up until the company was sold in early 2005 (for $71 million), at which time LEA was publishing over 200 books and nearly 100 peer-reviewed, scholarly journals annually. For over 25 years, I edited for publication literally hundreds of monographs, textbooks, and journal articles in psychology, education, literacy and curriculum studies, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, statistical methods and psychometrics, communication and rhetoric; topic areas in which I remain interested and highly conversant.
In 1985, I helped launch The Analytic Press, which was formed specifically to publish scholarly research and theory in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and in 1998, LEA acquired Hermagoras Press and continued to publish under that imprint studies in classical rhetoric and in the study of writing and reading. Art also edited and produced a series of books on hydroponic farming methods for NewConcept Press.
Derailed is the saga of a highly successful businessman brought down by mere allegations of misconduct, his subsequent confrontation with an American legal system that categorically denied him a fair trial. A "natural" entrepreneur, Jerry started a $20 million dollar health care company from scratch, then took over a corrupt, bankrupt mail order pharmacy and within one year turned it into a $3... read more
A wryly funny yet profoundly poignant story of one man’s incredible life over the course of a nine-decade span of human history that at times was tumultuous and cataclysmic, during which our entire world order was radically changed, arguably both politically and socially, and not once but repeatedly, right to the present day. In some respects, it is a story of just trying to make it through ti... read more
1,825 Days of Hell is the shocking story of one man's fight to regain his self-respect, dignity, and livelihood against a government bureaucracy so bent on exerting total control over his movements and activities that it was willing-and astonishingly able-to unilaterally revoke, without due process, his constitutional rights, including the most fundamental and cherished American right to freed... read more
The Book of Zev is a political thriller that tells the story of two gentle people who change the course of history. Zev Bronfman, a strapping 32-year old-virgin, angry atheist, refugee from a religious Jewish life, and former engineer for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, drives a cab and sleeps around in New York City. After a bitter divorce, Sarah Hirshbaum, a beautiful, redhea... read more
We are in the midst of yet another shift in business models because of digital. This time the force for change is not mobility; it’s data and the Internet of Things. The more devices that connect to each other, the more digital creates a personal ecosystem, called Digital Context. Digital Context is as distinct a shift in business strategy from omni-channel as omni-channel was from the first m... read more
Institutions have regimes—policies that typically come from the top down and are meant to align the efforts of workers with the goals and mission of an institution. Institutions also have practices—day-to-day behaviors performed by individual workers attempting to interpret the institution’s missives. Taken as a whole, these form a company’s memory regime, and they have a significant effect on... read more
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Ghostwriter and award-winning fiction and nonfiction author. Co-author with best-seller James Patterson. Passionate about the art of story.
Stanford-educated magazine journalist, non-fiction book author, and editorial consultant specializing in the social sciences.