Scott Carbonara

Scott Carbonara - Ghostwriter

Hillsborough, NC, USA

Former award-winning crisis counselor and healthcare executive working as a professional speaker, author, and writer for 10+ years.

Request a quote
Verified identity


I always told myself I would write my book once I retired. In 2008, I took the first step in that direction when I left active employment as the executive chief-of-staff of a multi-billion-dollar healthcare company to enter my "I wonder what's next?" phase. That's when I wrote my first book (and began speaking and consulting).

A second and third book soon followed.

The woman editing my books told me that I was the best author she'd worked with. I really liked her, but she was fairly expensive for me since I was developing my own speaking business and platform. So I married her, which didn't necessarily save money, but...

Through my wife, I met other authors who requested I write content for their books. Over the years, I ghostwrote book sections, advised authors on their content, and continued to author my own books. I've been published by McGraw Hill and John Wiley & Sons. And I began ghostwriting entire books for others--including a former NFL player and a TV star.

From an early age, I've had an aptitude and passion for storytelling. Early in my career, I ran a residential group home for young delinquents, where storytelling became one of my best tools in implementing change. In corporate America, my work in employee engagement, customer loyalty, strategic communication, and change management became a series of stories we used to educate our 13,000 employees. As the CEO of a consulting/training organization, I speak across the world for groups and companies ranging from IT to banking, education to healthcare, project management to human resources, manufacturing to government. While my keynotes and training sessions combine my experiences and positive psychology research, each one is story-based, which is like putting candy-coating around a learning pill.

I'm passionate about helping people tell their stories so they resonate with their intended audience. I love creating dialogue, getting into the head of a speaker and using that speaker's unique voice. My process involves interviews up front to learn your story, and equally as important, your voice. The questions I ask probe beyond just what happened or what you want to share, into "the why." I love working on books that show triumph amidst pain. I have experience with books on addiction, mental health, positive psychology, and more.

I'm also fluent at working on any book in the leadership space. My credentials and experience enable me to relate to nearly any topic in management/business.

I try to make work fun. If possible, we might share a laugh or two. But I take my work seriously, so you will get at least as much as you pay me for.

NOTE: You can have quick, or you can have great. I don't overbook. I treat each client with the same personal attention that I expect. Your book deserves no less from me.


"I've had a story to tell for years, but I'm not a writer. Hiring Scott was the best decision I made to get my book done. Through interviews, Scott asked questions I hadn't even thought about. The book he wrote blew me away. It was my story, in my voice. But it was even better. He was able to deal with my painful story and make it something I'm proud to share. He created a story arc that made me want to read it. I can't wait until it comes out. If you want your story told right, by someone who cares enough to bring out the best, hire Scott."

Randy Grimes, former NFL player, upcoming book Off Center

"I've never been able to write, so I knew I needed someone to write my book. As a busy consultant, I also didn't have time to figure out how to make it happen. Scott made it easy. He sat with me for in-depth interviews. The story he came up completely outdid any expectations I had. He's gifted at getting my voice. He made it a page-turner that people don't want to put down. I can't tell you how many people have told me it changed their lives, and an added bonus was, it was so well written. It's opened doors for me to speak and help people around the country. I can't recommend Scott enough if you want someone who will tell your story like it is and even advise on the publishing process."

Tim Ryan, TV star of A&E's "Dope Man," author of "From Dope to Hope"
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Self-help & Self-improvement


  • Prosci Organization Change Management Certified Professional (2007)
  • FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) (2005)
  • Aubrey Daniels Institute Certified, Performance Management / Behavioral Coaching (1997)
  • Boys Town Certified Residential Family-Teacher (1989-1991) / In-home Crisis Counselor (1992-1994)


  • Family Therapist of the Year (1993) for the State of Michigan
  • Speaker of the Year (2017), MO-PMI

Work experience


June, 2009 – Present (over 11 years)

Ghostwriter / Author / CEO / Leadership and Communications Consultant / Coach / Keynote Speaker

Managing partner delivering ghostwriting, international training, speaking, executive coaching, strategic communication, change management, organizational development, and marketing/branding services to leaders and organizations.

* Authored A Manager’s Guide to Employee Engagement, McGraw Hill; Go Positive: Lead to Engage (coauthor/lead writer, training program), John Wiley and Sons; Firsthand Lessons, Secondhand Dogs; Don’t Throw Underwear on the Table and Other Lessons Learned at Work.

* Coauthored self-leadership book, Getting It Right When It Matters Most (TBD, 2020,) to improve outcomes of moments that matter in leadership and life.

* Authored Paint Won't Cover that Stain (Spiritus, publication date TBD).

* Ghostwrote House Mouse to Healer, From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery and Off Center.

* Ghostwrote/contributed content on communication, motivation, and employee engagement to: Leaders-Start to Finish, ASTD; Solving Employee Performance Problems, McGraw Hill; Motivating Employees, McGraw Hill; A Manager's Guide to Navigating Change.

* Developmental edited and coached for Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison.

* Wrote plan and marketing, launched, and managed inaugural “National Sports Summit” event with NFL, MLB, and other sports agencies in attendance, to facilitate referrals for substance abuse disorders; managed press coverage of treatment center, including by The New York Times.

* Wrote scripts for and produced countless branding video series and press materials to showcase clients’ service differentiators from the customers’ POV.

* Wrote communications for, consulted, coached, and trained leadership team at multiple global and Fortune 500 companies including healthcare, higher education, manufacturing, government (local, state, federal, and foreign), etc.

Chief of Staff

May, 1995 – May, 2009 (about 14 years)

After starting as a management development specialist in the Human Resources department, I took promotions into Operations where I created departments overseeing strategic communications, employee engagement, customer experience, training and development. Relevant work includes:

* Developed learning curriculum for supervisors-director level leaders;
* Served as speechwriter for various senior executives;
* Created and implemented quarterly leadership meeting content for top 10% of the organization; and
* Authored multiple internal newsletters for employee-executives.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Go Positive! Lead to Engage Deluxe Facilitator's Guide Set

Glenn, Sam, McKinley, Doug, Carbonara, Scott

Scott has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Victoria Harris
Scott was a pleasure to work with. Very good communication and high quality work.

Victoria Harris, December 2020

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Thomas Hauck

Book developer, ghostwriter, and editor

Gloucester, Massachusetts

Jana Murphy

Expert ghostwriter and editor specializing in narrative and prescriptive nonfiction

Greensboro, NC, USA

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy