Douglas Glenn Clark

Douglas Glenn Clark - Ghostwriter

New York, United States

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Overview

My ghostwriting skills have helped CEOs, financial advisors, physicians, therapists and other busy professionals expand their businesses or transition into new careers. A book is a powerful business card.

But some authors don't need another writer. My Book Coach services are designed to assist authors who feel stuck or lost and can't finish or polish their manuscript.

HOW IT WORKS: My guidance is divided into 3 phases: Discovery, Story Mapping & Execution.

DISCOVERY: I must absorb the material you've created so that I understand the purpose of your project and how much work is still needed. Or, perhaps you have too much material and a new focus will help.

STORY MAPPING: This is effective for nonfiction (memoirs, self-help, etc.) and fiction and screenplays. Early drafts of a manuscript are necessarily messy. That's good! You have written freely, creating much to work with. Now we must map your narrative -- often finding a fresh way to begin that leads to a fulfilling end to your book. We will also drill down into each chapter to improve flow and dramatic impact.

EXECUTION: You may only need Steps 1 & 2. Now that you have a map, you can write your book. BUT if you don't have time or the skills, this is when my ghostwriter services come into play.

SAVE TIME: If you are stuck or lost you may be wasting valuable time trying to figure it all out. A fresh pair of eyes will see what you are too close to see. One client had labored for 5 years to write a crime novel. We worked together for 8 months to expand, invent and pull it all together. He has since won an Indie publishing award.

STEP BY STEP: Trust the system of Discovery, Story Mapping & Execution. A first draft may have been written in with spurts of energy and passion. That's good. Now go back to the beginning and do some planning.

CHOOSE YOUR GENRE: Does your book fit into a nonfiction or fiction genre? By choosing where your book belongs -- self-help, memoir, crime, thriller -- you immediately gain some clarity. Once you choose a genre, think about the inner workings of your book. Is it a quest or coming-of-age story? (These are not the only choices.)

PUBLISHING PATH: Understand your publishing choices. Many authors want a traditional publishing contract, but don't understand the challenges in these times. Self-publishing gives you complete control but is a lot of work. Partnership publishing lives between Trad and Self-pub and is effective for nonfiction books.

KNOW YOUR PURPOSE: Is your title is a nonfiction book meant to build public awareness of your skills, use it as a business card. Share it whenever appropriate. And then market it via your website. Have a screenplay to sell? Hollywood social media sites may help. Have a novel or collection of poems? Arrange a reading at a local bookstore, club or informal book launch party. Have fun and be proud. You have accomplished what many say they want to do but don't.

YOU OWN YOUR WORK: Your don't give away your copyright when you collaborate with a book coach or ghostwriter. The manuscript is owned by YOU.

YOUR NONFICTION IDEA MAY NEED A BOOK PROPOSAL: Most nonfiction books that win contracts with traditional publishers start with a book proposal. These are intense -- a marketing plan with a couple sample chapters and other elements. But they are an effective way to FOCUS your idea so that others get excited.

DO YOU HAVE A SCREENPLAY IDEA: The explosion in streaming entertainment with Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Disney and others has created a need for content. Here again, the structure of your story is very important. A book coach will help you sort through your ideas to create a powerful feature film or television script.

ARE YOU UNSURE HOW TO BEGIN? Begin with Discovery. Just that much might inspire you to push ahead and finish your book. Need more guidance? Add Story Mapping and know that you will have a detailed plan to guide you.

I WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS!
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
Music
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Plays & Screenplays

Certifications

  • I am a member of Writers Guild of America and have co-developed one-hour TV pilots for ABC and CBS.

Awards

  • I am the recipient of multiple writing grants and fellowships from arts councils in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Michigan.

Work experience

Ghostwriter

Self-employed
December, 2005 – Present (almost 15 years)

"Douglas your writing is concise, taut, and you take what could be complicated details and roll them out seamlessly—and the pace, terrific." — Beth Davey, Davey Literary & Media

The descriptive power of his words … was exceptional.”
— Midwest Book Review, The Lake That Stole Children

I am a former newspaper reporter and editor. My own books include fiction and nonfiction titles. Work with a professional.

“An excellent novel that touched my heart in so many ways.”
— Amazon review of The Memory Songbook

“Wow! Another great job. It’s funny and communicates the message really well. We can only begin by thanking you for all you have done for us! Your professional yet friendly personality makes working with you a pleasure.”

— Sergio Briceno, CEO, CaseCruzer

“This is excellent. I believe not only is this on-point with the client’s themes, but I feel they will love the conciseness and clear message.”

— Nick Alt, president, Clear-Media

“I am very pleased with your services. Your endless creativity and ability to meet tough deadlines continues to impress me.”

— Jeff Elliott, president, PowerPR

“Douglas is an extraordinary writer. Tremendous talent is evident in his fiction. His gifted storytelling ability also has been applied to articles and profiles he's written for several of my clients. Whether he's profiling a master herbalist … a floral artist or dress designer … Douglas brings out emotional ‘nuggets’ … that connect readers to the story. He is able to capture what so much of business writing and marketing communications often misses — soul. I always look forward to working with Douglas!”

— Maria Fotopolous, owner, TurboDog Communications

My clients also include law enforcement (crime fiction) and fitness (self-help) professionals, as well as—

• A French chef whose childhood memoir is a recipe for a delicious lifestyle

• A physician whose zeal for commercial real estate is helping professionals of all walks create lasting wealth.

• A lonely farmer who took to the internet after the death of his wife of 50 years and fell in love texting a woman whose handle was DL SAUCY.

• An Army chaplain whose war experiences inspired him to write a self-help book for caregivers paralyzed by powerlessness in an explosive world.

Let's talk. I want to know more about your book and what you hope to accomplish as a published author.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Restoring Venus : A Journey from Chronic Pain to Possibilities

Amy Eicher

One moment she was gliding through water training for an NCAA swimming competition. Thenext moment she was writhing in pain on the tiled deck of the college pool.Had a simple flip turn destroyed Amy Eicher’s athletic dreams? Or would her eighteen-yearquest to overcome debilitating pain be an initiation that would lead to her true calling?In her memoir, Restoring Venus, Eicher recounts the emot... read more

One moment she was gliding through water training for an NCAA swimming competition. Thenext moment she was writhing in pain on the tiled deck of the college pool.Had a simple flip turn destroyed Amy Eicher’s athletic dreams? Or would her eighteen-yearquest to overcome debilitating pain be an initiation that would lead to her true calling?In her memoir, Restoring Venus, Eicher recounts the emot... read more

The Passive Income Physician: Surviving a Career Crisis by Expanding Net Worth

Thomas Black

Even the best and brightest doctors lack a financial education. And that's why so many high-income earners eventually face a career crisis.Now there is a remedy for medical and other veteran and aspiring professionals—and it does not require predicting or investing in the stock market.THE PASSIVE INCOME PHYSICIAN is the story of a former U.S. Navy veteran who became an emergency medicine physi... read more

Even the best and brightest doctors lack a financial education. And that's why so many high-income earners eventually face a career crisis.Now there is a remedy for medical and other veteran and aspiring professionals—and it does not require predicting or investing in the stock market.THE PASSIVE INCOME PHYSICIAN is the story of a former U.S. Navy veteran who became an emergency medicine physi... read more

OMG!!!! You Met On The Internet?: How an online romance conquered grief and depression while restoring faith in a higher power

Donna Marie and John Peterson

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about with online dating? Or maybe you tried it and are still recovering from the shock and awe of the toothless wonders who confessed their undying love? In this riveting memoir, Lonely Farmer and DLSaucy, in their 7th and 8th decades, relive their romantic tale. From the reeling loss of a spouse, to depression and Depends, their online connection rekindled ... read more

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about with online dating? Or maybe you tried it and are still recovering from the shock and awe of the toothless wonders who confessed their undying love? In this riveting memoir, Lonely Farmer and DLSaucy, in their 7th and 8th decades, relive their romantic tale. From the reeling loss of a spouse, to depression and Depends, their online connection rekindled ... read more

Shelley in Haiti: One woman's quest for orphan prevention through job creation

Shelley Jean

Shelley Jean traveled to Haiti determined to adopt an orphan she had discovered online. Although she was already the mother of two biological children, expanding her family by embracing a displaced child was, in part, a fulfillment of her compassionate Christian faith. But when she witnessed the agony many Haitian women experienced when poverty —not lack of love—forced them to give up their ch... read more

Shelley Jean traveled to Haiti determined to adopt an orphan she had discovered online. Although she was already the mother of two biological children, expanding her family by embracing a displaced child was, in part, a fulfillment of her compassionate Christian faith. But when she witnessed the agony many Haitian women experienced when poverty —not lack of love—forced them to give up their ch... read more

The Memory Songbook

Douglas Glenn Clark

The Lake That Stole Children

Clark, Douglas Glenn

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