Avner Landes

Avner Landes - Ghostwriter Tick

Chicago, IL, USA

Professional ghostwriter and editor for thought and industry leaders—finance, tech, memoir, and fiction. Making the personal universal.

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When writing my first novel, I made every mistake a writer can make, and this history informs my everyday work as a ghostwriter and editor. Every step of the writing process—from the first lousy sentences one types through the final edits of a manuscript—carries the risk of derailing the writer from his or her vision. To write a rewarding and successful book or article, whether you are new to the business of writing or a veteran, demands time, patience, and a conscientious and generous guide at your side.

Over the years I've helped industry and thought leaders shape and extend their brands and share their wisdom with others. I've worked with wealth managers, hedge fund traders, attorneys, entrepreneurs, professional coaches, and technology consultants. In our work together, these professionals learned how to draw on their personal and work experiences to craft a compelling and illuminating narrative.

Fiction is a passion, and I believe that whether someone is writing a novel, memoir, or self-help guide, the goal of the author is always the same: To tell a relatable and urgent story to one's readers. Nobody is obligated to read your book, and the reader can put down the book at any time, which is why every word counts.

I'm a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program, and I'm capable of guiding other candidates through the MFA application process, like directing applicants to the right schools based on specific talents and needs and helping with any requested application materials, i.e. portfolio, statement of purpose.

My general philosophy as a writer and editor is simple: Too many writers fail to appreciate the importance of learning how to read one's own work. Too close to the work for too long, writers have difficulty perceiving how a first-time reader will engage the prose. They make assumptions about certain elements of plot and characterization being clear and obvious. The job of an editor is to help the writer understand what he or she wrote, point out what is and what is not working with a piece, identify characterization and plot issues, and determine the spots where the pace is lagging. Finally, my work is about helping writers prepare their prose for publication, which is perhaps the most challenging hurdle to leap. Sharing our words and ideas with the world, after all, is the goal for writers. I'd love for you to share your work with me, so we can start a conversation.

Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Parenting & Families
Politics & Current Affairs
Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Literature

Certifications

  • Columbia University, MFA

Work experience

Editor/ Writer

Texas-based Publishing Services Company
December, 2015 – June, 2018 (over 2 years)

Helping thought and industry leaders turn ideas into books. My specific job was to help authors structure their ideas and words into a coherent and compelling narrative.

Editor/ Writer

Self-employed
May, 2012 – November, 2015 (over 3 years)

Assisting MFA applicants with their writing samples and application process.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Bite the Ass Off a Bear: Getting In and Standing Out On a Hedge Fund Trading Floor

Garth Friesen

Contrary to Hollywood mythologizing, there are no wolves on Wall Street. Ruthless, greedy, and power-hungry individualists actually make terrible hedge-fund traders. If you're going to succeed in this business, you need to understand not only how America's financial markets work, but how being a team player makes you the most valuable asset to your company and clients.In Bite the Ass Off a Bea... read more

Contrary to Hollywood mythologizing, there are no wolves on Wall Street. Ruthless, greedy, and power-hungry individualists actually make terrible hedge-fund traders. If you're going to succeed in this business, you need to understand not only how America's financial markets work, but how being a team player makes you the most valuable asset to your company and clients.In Bite the Ass Off a Bea... read more

The Black Belt Investor: A Martial Arts Guide to Wealthness; How to Kick Butt and Feel Rich!

Mary Hagerman

How is your relationship ... with money?If you're like most people, it's not as healthy as it could be. In her 30-year career as a financial advisor, Mary Hagerman has seen unhealthy attitudes about money warp and distort too many lives. She knew from personal experience that it didn't have to be that way.A practicing black belt in Karate, Hagerman believes that wellness comes not only from th... read more

How is your relationship ... with money?If you're like most people, it's not as healthy as it could be. In her 30-year career as a financial advisor, Mary Hagerman has seen unhealthy attitudes about money warp and distort too many lives. She knew from personal experience that it didn't have to be that way.A practicing black belt in Karate, Hagerman believes that wellness comes not only from th... read more

Catalyst: Leadership and Strategy in a Changing World

Joseph Kopser, Bret Boyd

It's an exciting and challenging time to lead. Globalization and technology are increasing the frequency of catalyst events - which trigger big changes with broad-reaching effects - ranging from innovations to socioeconomic crises. The consequences of these upheavals will transform industries, communities, and nations. Leaders who seek to ensure their organization's success in the evolving env... read more

It's an exciting and challenging time to lead. Globalization and technology are increasing the frequency of catalyst events - which trigger big changes with broad-reaching effects - ranging from innovations to socioeconomic crises. The consequences of these upheavals will transform industries, communities, and nations. Leaders who seek to ensure their organization's success in the evolving env... read more

Competing in the Connecting World: The Future of Your Industry Is Already Here

Gregg Garrett, Warren Ritchie

The rapid convergence of computing and telecommunications technologies into products, better known as the Internet of Things, coupled with strong human behavioral change has created the emergence of a technological discontinuity that is disrupting all industries as we know them. Information once "trapped" in products is being unleashed, creating a flow of Product in Use Data that is becoming t... read more

The rapid convergence of computing and telecommunications technologies into products, better known as the Internet of Things, coupled with strong human behavioral change has created the emergence of a technological discontinuity that is disrupting all industries as we know them. Information once "trapped" in products is being unleashed, creating a flow of Product in Use Data that is becoming t... read more

Shift the Work: The Revolutionary Science of Moving from Apathetic to All in Using Your Head, Heart and Gut

Joe Mechlinski

70% of the American workforce is disengaged. With every tick of the clock, millions of people inch closer to their breaking points--a growing epidemic of apathy and anxiety in the workplace that is affecting life outside of the office. But meaningful work-life integration is possible. In Shift the Work, Joe Mechlinski, the New York Times bestselling author of Grow Regardless, shares his person... read more

70% of the American workforce is disengaged. With every tick of the clock, millions of people inch closer to their breaking points--a growing epidemic of apathy and anxiety in the workplace that is affecting life outside of the office. But meaningful work-life integration is possible. In Shift the Work, Joe Mechlinski, the New York Times bestselling author of Grow Regardless, shares his person... read more

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Christopher Major

Avner was a great listener, and helped me find the elements of fiction that helped make my stories more realistic. His line edits were spot on and offered insights to help hone my skills. I plan on working with him again and would definitely recommend anyone looking to create quality, entertaining work to seek him out.

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Christopher Major, July 2018

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