Brian Kannard

Brian Kannard - Designer

Nashville, TN, United States

A literary concierge with the experience to develop books from ghostwriting to covers and layouts.

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Overview

Since 2008, I've been involved in publication projects for over 150 titles including: ghostwriting, editorial reviews, research, print and eBook layout, cover design, author consultations, and supply chain management.
Here are some of my career highlights.

Cover design and interior layout for The Keys to the Sacred Pattern by New York Times bestselling co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Henry Lincoln.

Research, fact checking, and editorial review for Missileman: The Secret Life of Cold War Engineer Wallace Clauson published by WND Books.

Layout for print and e-book for former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw’s motivational book Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS Warrior published by Dexterity.

Interior layout and eBook conversion for books related to the film, Because of Gracia.

Interior layout and cover design on thirteen texts for world-renowned Dead Seas Scrolls scholar, California State University Long Beach Professor Emeritus Robert Eisenman.

Print and eBook layout for Jeff Standridge’s Accelerators for Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Change Agents and The Top Performer's Field Guide: Catalysts for Leaders, Superstars and All Who Aspire to Be published by Fitting Words.

Worked closely with editor and ghostwriter Alice Sullivan as researcher, developmental reviewer, and consultant on over fifteen different projects.

Interviewed John Steinbeck’s only surviving son Thomas Steinbeck, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? playwright Edward Albee, and a CIA intelligence officer who served during the height of the Cold War for Steinbeck: Citizen Spy.

Interior layout and cover design for the world’s first English translation of The Syriac Clementine Recognitions and Homilies by Joseph Glen Gebhardt.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
History
New Age
True Crime
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction

Work experience

Literary Concierge

Self-employed
September, 2009 – Present (about 9 years)

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Steinbeck: Citizen Spy

Brian Kannard

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

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

Missileman: The Secret Life of Cold War Engineer Wallace Clauson

John Clauson

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

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

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