Salwa Emerson

Salwa Emerson - Ghostwriter

New York, NY

I'm a New York City developmental editor and ghostwriter specializing in memoir and thought leadership books.

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Overview

My clients appreciate my ability to find the heart of their stories and the pulse behind their ideas. I'm known for my warm personality, humor, and empathy. My favorite genres to serve are: memoir, biography, parenting, education, and business/thought leadership. My process is organized and personal, involving streamlined interviews, regular draft "check ins," and open-ended communication by phone, Skype, or email. I will also travel to you if you prefer working in person.

As a ghostwriter and developmental editor, I've worked with a wide variety of people, including a high-profile judge, a prominent educational leader, a restaurateur, a political pundit, a social impact expert, a prominent Eastern medicine healer, and a non-profit CEO.

I've also worked extensively with author Bonnie Hearn Hill, best known for her crime novels and her work as a literary critic.

I have special training in nonfiction research and writing, and also draw heavily upon my background as a creative non-fiction writer to compose lively prose. I have an MA from NYU and a BA from Barnard College, both in English and am well versed in all aspects of literature and figurative language, all of which informs my writing. Lastly, I am a mother, business owner, and educator who brings my creativity and life experience to my work.

THE NEXT STEP
If you'd like me to bid on your project, please email me through Reedsy to set up a time to chat so I can learn more about the scope of work involved and see if we're a good fit. There are always a number of ways to approach a project to fit your goals and budget.

MY PROCESS
Since each client's project is unique, I tailor my approach to suit those individual needs. Generally, my process includes understanding the client's goals, target audience, and preferred style. Understanding the market for similar books is also important in order to know what sells and where a particular gap in that niche exists.

Next, depending on how much material is already available to work with, I conduct a series of deep interviews, review client writing or notes, and conduct any further necessary research. I then organize and write an outline for review. After ensuring I'm on the right track, I write a rough draft and seek client feedback on a chapter-by-chapter basis, and then revise accordingly. Usually two drafts of intensive editing and reviewing is all it takes before my line-editing and proofreading team takes a final pass.

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Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Accomplished Ghostwriter

Self-employed
April, 2015 – Present (over 5 years)

In addition to ghostwriting and editing for private clients, Emerson Ink also offers copywriting services to international social entrepreneurs, B Corporations and other change makers.

Editorial Staff

DK Publishing
October, 1998 – December, 2000 (about 2 years)

Publicity Assistant

St. Martin's Press
August, 1997 – May, 1999 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Amy Grant: The Life of a Pop Star

Bob Willard

Amy Grant is a bona fide pop star with roots of gospel. As one of the biggest-selling recording artists in gospel music history, she's made the sectarian leap to mainstream "pop gospel" - but not without a fight. Grant has learned that success doesn't come easily, or directly. Despite the Grammys, numerous Dove awards, and the throngs of devoted fans, Grant has had to live with often conflicti... read more

Amy Grant is a bona fide pop star with roots of gospel. As one of the biggest-selling recording artists in gospel music history, she's made the sectarian leap to mainstream "pop gospel" - but not without a fight. Grant has learned that success doesn't come easily, or directly. Despite the Grammys, numerous Dove awards, and the throngs of devoted fans, Grant has had to live with often conflicti... read more

DIGITAL INK: Writing Killer Fiction in the E-book Age

Bonnie Hearn Hill, Christopher Allan Poe

From protagonists and antagonists, to dialogue and conflict, DIGITAL INK is a powerful, succinct, and entertaining book that will dramatically improve any writer’s work.It's a cinch to publish these days -- pop your manuscript up online via Amazon’s KDP, INScribe, Kobo, or NOOK and voilá, you've got an e-book. The number of authors, self-published and otherwise, is exploding. But what everybod... read more

From protagonists and antagonists, to dialogue and conflict, DIGITAL INK is a powerful, succinct, and entertaining book that will dramatically improve any writer’s work.It's a cinch to publish these days -- pop your manuscript up online via Amazon’s KDP, INScribe, Kobo, or NOOK and voilá, you've got an e-book. The number of authors, self-published and otherwise, is exploding. But what everybod... read more

Tio Pepe: Food and Family on West Fourth

Jimmy and Rocio Sanz with Salwa Emerson

Discover the story behind the Greenwich Village culinary legend Tio Pepe as you meet the owners Jimmy and Rocio Sanz, their children, and the intriguing cast of friends and customers who have added spice and laughter to the Sanz family s heart-warming story of immigrant success. Highlighting the their Spanish and Colombian heritage, and offering recipes of some of their most popular dishes, th... read more

Discover the story behind the Greenwich Village culinary legend Tio Pepe as you meet the owners Jimmy and Rocio Sanz, their children, and the intriguing cast of friends and customers who have added spice and laughter to the Sanz family s heart-warming story of immigrant success. Highlighting the their Spanish and Colombian heritage, and offering recipes of some of their most popular dishes, th... read more

Chance Striker: One in a Million

Salwa Emerson, Brian Saliba

Chance Striker is a 12-year-old city kid who dreams of World Cup glory. But when Chance makes the eighth-grade soccer team, he finds himself surrounded by towering teammates and up against a lineup of scary rivals. There's Bull Pike, who holds the league record for yellow-cards; Carlos (just Carlos), the Brazilian mystery player; and Howard "The Howitzer" Markowitz, who's got a cannon for a ri... read more

Chance Striker is a 12-year-old city kid who dreams of World Cup glory. But when Chance makes the eighth-grade soccer team, he finds himself surrounded by towering teammates and up against a lineup of scary rivals. There's Bull Pike, who holds the league record for yellow-cards; Carlos (just Carlos), the Brazilian mystery player; and Howard "The Howitzer" Markowitz, who's got a cannon for a ri... read more

River Below, The

BonnieHearn Hill

A tale of suppressed secrets, fractured families … and murderWhen a mangled car is pulled from the river, containing bloodstains and a gun, the sense of safety is shattered in Tessa's Californian hometown. Tessa, who works at the river conservancy, thinks she saw a girl out on the riverbank - but Tessa's memory is failing and could this be the start of something more serious?Tessa's friend and... read more

A tale of suppressed secrets, fractured families … and murderWhen a mangled car is pulled from the river, containing bloodstains and a gun, the sense of safety is shattered in Tessa's Californian hometown. Tessa, who works at the river conservancy, thinks she saw a girl out on the riverbank - but Tessa's memory is failing and could this be the start of something more serious?Tessa's friend and... read more

If Anything Should Happen (The Kit Doyle Mysteries Book 1)

Bonnie Hearn Hill

A California talk radio host turns amateur sleuth to solve her mother’s murder—and prevent her own—in this mystery series debut. When Kit Doyle’s near-perfect mother tells her about the letter she’s written and locked away—a letter to be read only “if anything should happen” to her—Kit thinks she’s being melodramatic. But the next day Kit’s mother is dead—and what she reads in that letter will... read more

A California talk radio host turns amateur sleuth to solve her mother’s murder—and prevent her own—in this mystery series debut. When Kit Doyle’s near-perfect mother tells her about the letter she’s written and locked away—a letter to be read only “if anything should happen” to her—Kit thinks she’s being melodramatic. But the next day Kit’s mother is dead—and what she reads in that letter will... read more

I Wish You Missed Me: A thriller set in California (A Kit Doyle Mystery)

Bonnie Hearn Hill

Crime blogger Kit Doyle left her radio job to find missing people – but she didn’t realize she’d be searching for her best friend. Farley Black, Kit’s friend and former radio co-host, is missing. He was supposed to be surfing but he never arrived at his Malibu Beach destination. As the last person to hear from him, Kit is determined to find out what’s happened to him. But when Kit searches Far... read more

Crime blogger Kit Doyle left her radio job to find missing people – but she didn’t realize she’d be searching for her best friend. Farley Black, Kit’s friend and former radio co-host, is missing. He was supposed to be surfing but he never arrived at his Malibu Beach destination. As the last person to hear from him, Kit is determined to find out what’s happened to him. But when Kit searches Far... read more

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