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Christa Bourg

Christa Bourg - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Nonfiction editor and book coach with 18+ years of experience helping authors bring their visions to life

Overview

18 years of experience providing editorial services (editing, book coaching, ghostwriting, proposal writing) for a wide range of nonfiction books, including multiple award-winning and New York Times bestselling titles. I've worked with both commercially published and self-published authors on more than 100 books in a wide variety of categories, including memoir, lifestyle, humor, health/well being, inspirational/self-help, business, and more.

But really, my clients say it best...

“It’s been an absolute joy working with Christa Bourg, who has helped me write this book. She understood exactly what we wanted to communicate, and captured my voice. She added tremendous value and worked tirelessly to get the best possible product. If you liked the book, she deserves much of the credit.”
—David Novak, Taking People With You (Crown Business)

“A big hug goes to Christa Bourg, my literary mentor and the calm in my perpetual storm. She helped me develop the book from a glint in my eye to a luminous tome and was such an endless source of wit and wisdom.”
—Babe Scott, The Lazy Hostess (Bantam Press UK)

“I want to thank Christa for her amazing strength and ability to piece together the puzzle of my life into something readable. And, while doing so, for being a personal therapist, ally, and dear friend. It has been an amazing experience.”
—Ma-Ling Lee, The Education of a Very Young Madam (Scribner)

“Thank you Christa Bourg, for being with me from the very start with a sharp editing pencil, guidance and friendship.”
—Katharine Sise, Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide
for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career (Running Press)

“Christa Bourg was the first person to take my book as seriously as I did, and she not only taught me how to write a proposal for it, she also had enough faith to give it, and me, several crucial shoves. She has been a wonderful teacher and friend.”
—Elise Mac Adam, Something New (Gallery Books)

“We would like to thank Christa Bourg, who took the helm of our project and steered it through to the bitter end. Bless you!”
—Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, Dress Your Best (Harmony)

“Believing in this book from the outset was Christa Bourg, whose editing and writing talents, sound judgment, and clear focus held us all together.”
—Estelle Ellis, The Booklover’s Repair Kit (Knopf)

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Entertainment Health & wellbeing Home & Garden Parenting & Families Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Nonfiction Editor, Writer, and Book Coach

Various Publishers, Authors, and Corporate Clients

April, 2013 – Present (over 3 years)

Deliver expert creative development and editorial services for nonfiction books and book-related marketing.

As an editor, book doctor, and ghostwriter with eighteen-plus years of experience, Christa Bourg has worked on more than 100 books in a wide variety of nonfiction categories (business, memoir, lifestyle, humor, health, inspirational, etc.), which have been published by top publishing houses like Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Barnes & Noble Books, Hay House, Zagat, and more. She has also taught seminars on writing nonfiction books and book proposals at Mediabistro in New York, where she has helped numerous students on the path to publishing their own books.

Zagat Senior Editor

Google

February, 2012 – April, 2013 (about 1 year)

Oversaw the development of restaurant, shopping, and travel-related content for publication in Zagat-branded guidebooks and on G+ Local web and digital platforms. Hired content providers (writers and subject matter experts) from around the world, and oversaw teams of writers, junior editors, quality assurance professionals, and others to produce reviews of local businesses. Edited and assured quality/accuracy of content.

Freelance Editor, Book Packager, and Writing Instructor

Various Clients

September, 2006 – February, 2012 (over 5 years)

Partnered with a wide variety of corporate clients and individual authors to develop, write, edit, and produce nonfiction books and book-related content (proposals, web sites, cover copy, promotional materials, etc.) Designed and taught seminars on writing nonfiction books and book proposals at Mediabistro in New York, helping numerous students on the path to publishing their own books.

Associate Editor/Project Manager

John Boswell Book Packaging

August, 2002 – September, 2006 (about 4 years)

Oversaw the development and delivery of dozens of nonfiction books each year published by major publishing houses like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Barnes & Noble Books. Shepherded project-specific teams of writers, illustrators, designers, researchers, photographers, experts, copyeditors, proofreaders, and others in the execution of books on schedule and within budget. Edited manuscripts and oversaw the layout and design process. Conceived of new ideas and wrote proposals to sell those ideas to publishers.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Illustrated Timeline of Art History: A Crash Course in Words & Pictures

Carol Strickland PhD

From cave paintings to Jeff Koons—that’s where this stunningly illustrated history of art takes you. Filled with pictures of paintings, sculptures, museum artifacts, and architectural standouts, and a cross-cultural approach that encompasses European, American, Asian, and Islamic masterpieces, it proceeds on a thrilling visual tour. Carol Strickland—author of the bestselling Annotated Mona Lis... read more

From cave paintings to Jeff Koons—that’s where this stunningly illustrated history of art takes you. Filled with pictures of paintings, sculptures, museum artifacts, and architectural standouts, and a cross-cultural approach that encompasses European, American, Asian, and Islamic masterpieces, it proceeds on a thrilling visual tour. Carol Strickland—author of the bestselling Annotated Mona Lis... read more

The Illustrated Timeline of Inventions: A Crash Course in Words & Pictures

Craig Sandler

From the spear to the printing press to the computer: this colorful, vastly informative timeline covers these and practically every other significant invention that came before and after. Find out which civilization discovered irrigation technology and who created everything from buttons, glass, the first cart with wheels, and clocks to telescopes, submarines, telegraphy, patent medicines, mac... read more

From the spear to the printing press to the computer: this colorful, vastly informative timeline covers these and practically every other significant invention that came before and after. Find out which civilization discovered irrigation technology and who created everything from buttons, glass, the first cart with wheels, and clocks to telescopes, submarines, telegraphy, patent medicines, mac... read more

At Home with Art: How Art Lovers Live with and Care for Their Treasures

Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm, christopher simon sykes

At Home with Art is about art lovers, their passion for art, and their seemingly unquenchable desire to bring home the works that have captured their hearts. Whether the artworks are Picassos or posters, these people want to acquire and live with the art they love. "I wake up in the morning and exercise where I can look at it," says John Robson about one of the paintings in his San Francisco t... read more

At Home with Art is about art lovers, their passion for art, and their seemingly unquenchable desire to bring home the works that have captured their hearts. Whether the artworks are Picassos or posters, these people want to acquire and live with the art they love. "I wake up in the morning and exercise where I can look at it," says John Robson about one of the paintings in his San Francisco t... read more

The Booklover's Repair Kit: First Aid for Home Libraries

Estelle Ellis, Wilton Wiggins, Douglas Lee

One of a kind * Everything in one * Do-it-yourselfEvery booklover knows the feeling when a favorite book is damaged: by water, a ripped dust jacket, a loose page. To throw the book out is unthinkable! The damage isn't serious enough for professional attention, but you don't want to risk further damage. What do you do? This elegant do-it-yourself kit containing manual and mending materials prov... read more

One of a kind * Everything in one * Do-it-yourselfEvery booklover knows the feeling when a favorite book is damaged: by water, a ripped dust jacket, a loose page. To throw the book out is unthinkable! The damage isn't serious enough for professional attention, but you don't want to risk further damage. What do you do? This elegant do-it-yourself kit containing manual and mending materials prov... read more

French Cats Don't Get Fat: The Secrets of La Cuisine Feline

Henry Beard

French cats are never fat—they are trim, slim, slender. In a word, they are svelte.What is their secret?The secret, mes amis, lies within your grasp, in the pages of this délicieux little book.The sensationnel French diet that will turn even the pudgiest patate de divan (couch potato) into a chic, café kitty.

French cats are never fat—they are trim, slim, slender. In a word, they are svelte.What is their secret?The secret, mes amis, lies within your grasp, in the pages of this délicieux little book.The sensationnel French diet that will turn even the pudgiest patate de divan (couch potato) into a chic, café kitty.

My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir

Noelle Hancock

“I honestly loved this book.”—Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts“Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice. Her yearlong quest to face her terrors, great and small, is moving, enriching, and hilarious—we readers are lucky to be along for the ride.”—Julie Powell, bestselling author of Julie & JuliaIn the tradition of My Year of Living ... read more

“I honestly loved this book.”—Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts“Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice. Her yearlong quest to face her terrors, great and small, is moving, enriching, and hilarious—we readers are lucky to be along for the ride.”—Julie Powell, bestselling author of Julie & JuliaIn the tradition of My Year of Living ... read more

O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition

David Novak, Christa Bourg

Jeff took a deep breath to calm down. He was about to stand in front of the employees of the Happy Face Toy Company’s faltering Cleveland factory. As the new CEO, he’d been advised to close this factory as soon as possible, but he wanted to see it first. “How hard could this be?” he wondered, gathering the courage to ask them about their jobs. He had no idea what he was in for. When was the la... read more

Jeff took a deep breath to calm down. He was about to stand in front of the employees of the Happy Face Toy Company’s faltering Cleveland factory. As the new CEO, he’d been advised to close this factory as soon as possible, but he wanted to see it first. “How hard could this be?” he wondered, gathering the courage to ask them about their jobs. He had no idea what he was in for. When was the la... read more

The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook

John Boswell, Lenore Skenazy

Somewhere, someone is having a perfect Christmas, filled with chestnuts roasting and sleigh bells ringing…Screw ‘em.Most of us are having just the opposite: a nutcrackin’ nightmare of anger, hurt feelings, evil in-laws, and carbs beyond counting. A time when grudges grow and gasses pass. A time of maxed-out credit cards and a ham that the vegetarians are ready to hurl through the frosty window... read more

Somewhere, someone is having a perfect Christmas, filled with chestnuts roasting and sleigh bells ringing…Screw ‘em.Most of us are having just the opposite: a nutcrackin’ nightmare of anger, hurt feelings, evil in-laws, and carbs beyond counting. A time when grudges grow and gasses pass. A time of maxed-out credit cards and a ham that the vegetarians are ready to hurl through the frosty window... read more

No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness

Michelle Segar PhD.

"When it comes to exercise, most of us have gotten the message but still lack the motivation. That's why we need this remarkable book." --Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us"No Sweat provides a step-by-step program for staying motivated to exercise. Michelle Segar shows us how easy it is to apply science to achieve a lifetime of fitness, well-being, an... read more

"When it comes to exercise, most of us have gotten the message but still lack the motivation. That's why we need this remarkable book." --Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us"No Sweat provides a step-by-step program for staying motivated to exercise. Michelle Segar shows us how easy it is to apply science to achieve a lifetime of fitness, well-being, an... read more

Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen

David Novak

“AN IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT MOTIVATION FROM A PROVEN MOTIVATOR.” —JACK WELCHYum! Brands CEO David Novak learned long ago that you can’t lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 50... read more

“AN IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT MOTIVATION FROM A PROVEN MOTIVATOR.” —JACK WELCHYum! Brands CEO David Novak learned long ago that you can’t lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 50... read more

Lazy Hostess: How to entertain and feed your freeloading friends without breaking the bank or barely lifting a finger (Volume 1)

Babe Scott

Does even the thought of entertaining inspire panic attacks? Do you have an allergy to cooking so severe it practically requires doses of Ephedrine? Well help is at hand for you hotplate avoidant harlots. Babe Scott's new book The Lazy Hostess will show you how to host a sizzling cocktail party without stretching your pocketbook or inducing a stress headache. This luminous tome will transform ... read more

Does even the thought of entertaining inspire panic attacks? Do you have an allergy to cooking so severe it practically requires doses of Ephedrine? Well help is at hand for you hotplate avoidant harlots. Babe Scott's new book The Lazy Hostess will show you how to host a sizzling cocktail party without stretching your pocketbook or inducing a stress headache. This luminous tome will transform ... read more

Painting Your Way Out of a Corner: The Art of Getting Unstuck

Barbara Diane Barry

In the tradition of The Artist’s Way, an exciting program that introduces painting as a jumping-off point for realizing one’s full creative potential in all areas of life. Based on author Barbara Diane Barry’s popular course Art for Self-Discovery and supported by research in psychology and the science of brain function, Painting Your Way Out of a Corner guides readers through the process of o... read more

In the tradition of The Artist’s Way, an exciting program that introduces painting as a jumping-off point for realizing one’s full creative potential in all areas of life. Based on author Barbara Diane Barry’s popular course Art for Self-Discovery and supported by research in psychology and the science of brain function, Painting Your Way Out of a Corner guides readers through the process of o... read more

The Sacred Six: The Simple Step-by-Step Process for Focusing Your Attention and Recovering Your Dreams

JB Glossinger

Ever wished you could break free of the rat race and pursue what really matters to you? JB Glossinger did just that, exchanging the golden handcuffs of corporate success for a three-hour workday and the freedom to golf, write, spend time with family, and guide others toward realizing their dreams. Now in The Sacred Six: A Simple, Step-by-Step Process for Focusing Your Attention and Recovering ... read more

Ever wished you could break free of the rat race and pursue what really matters to you? JB Glossinger did just that, exchanging the golden handcuffs of corporate success for a three-hour workday and the freedom to golf, write, spend time with family, and guide others toward realizing their dreams. Now in The Sacred Six: A Simple, Step-by-Step Process for Focusing Your Attention and Recovering ... read more

Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years

John C. Carr LCSW

Few authors are better prepared to write about fatherhood than John C. Carr, a social worker and psychotherapist who understands the psychological development of both infants and men. And, as a dad of three, he's on the front lines of fathering.Carr covers not only practical “how-tos,” but also the more elusive, emotional side of being a father. Plus, he discusses the crucial impact a father's... read more

Few authors are better prepared to write about fatherhood than John C. Carr, a social worker and psychotherapist who understands the psychological development of both infants and men. And, as a dad of three, he's on the front lines of fathering.Carr covers not only practical “how-tos,” but also the more elusive, emotional side of being a father. Plus, he discusses the crucial impact a father's... read more

The Ultimate Sales Revolution: Sell Differently. Change The World

Steve Lishansky

ACHIEVE the HIGHEST LEVEL of PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP - BECOMING an INDISPENSABLE PARTNER in YOUR CLIENT'S SUCCESS Are you looking for the keys to far more successful sales relationships, and client conversations that don't require manipulation, probing, and closing - yet which produce profoundly more powerful impact and results? The Ultimate Sales Revolution clarifies how to reach the highes... read more

ACHIEVE the HIGHEST LEVEL of PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP - BECOMING an INDISPENSABLE PARTNER in YOUR CLIENT'S SUCCESS Are you looking for the keys to far more successful sales relationships, and client conversations that don't require manipulation, probing, and closing - yet which produce profoundly more powerful impact and results? The Ultimate Sales Revolution clarifies how to reach the highes... read more

Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body

Clinton Kelly, Stacy London

The 8 million fans of TLC’s hottest show, What Not to Wear, know it as the place to go for real-life fashion advice. Now the show’s hosts, Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, offer spot-on fashion wisdom—with an attitude—in this fully illustrated, authoritative, and irreverent fashion guide to dressing your best for every occasion. Clinton and Stacy’s surefire method for boosting appearance rests ... read more

The 8 million fans of TLC’s hottest show, What Not to Wear, know it as the place to go for real-life fashion advice. Now the show’s hosts, Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, offer spot-on fashion wisdom—with an attitude—in this fully illustrated, authoritative, and irreverent fashion guide to dressing your best for every occasion. Clinton and Stacy’s surefire method for boosting appearance rests ... read more

World's Best Doctors: How Good Old-Fashioned Manners Improve Patient Satisfaction and Can Lower Litigation Risk (9781599326320)

Victoria Soto JD

DISCOVER STRATEGIES TO SHELTER YOUR CAREER AND YOUR LIFEYou’ve heard the horror stories of malpractice―of doctors who lost their license andwere forced to close their practice. With so much time, energy, and money on the line, itonly makes sense to protect your livelihood.World’s best Doctors shows how you can safely practice medicine and protect your businessfrom legal trouble. With over a de... read more

DISCOVER STRATEGIES TO SHELTER YOUR CAREER AND YOUR LIFEYou’ve heard the horror stories of malpractice―of doctors who lost their license andwere forced to close their practice. With so much time, energy, and money on the line, itonly makes sense to protect your livelihood.World’s best Doctors shows how you can safely practice medicine and protect your businessfrom legal trouble. With over a de... read more

Delicious Dating

Babe Scott

If Chelsea Handler were armed with a fork and a champagne flute, then she would sound something like this. Delicious Dating is not your run of the salt mill dating book. It's side-splittingly funny and unapologetically saucy. After splitting from a boyfriend with the romantic skills and dietary habits of Homer Simpson, this self-confessed manthropologist goes in search of men who don't think c... read more

If Chelsea Handler were armed with a fork and a champagne flute, then she would sound something like this. Delicious Dating is not your run of the salt mill dating book. It's side-splittingly funny and unapologetically saucy. After splitting from a boyfriend with the romantic skills and dietary habits of Homer Simpson, this self-confessed manthropologist goes in search of men who don't think c... read more

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