Jana Murphy

Jana Murphy - Ghostwriter Tick

Jacksonville, FL, USA

Expert ghostwriter and editor specializing in narrative and prescriptive nonfiction

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Overview

I'm a ghostwriter, author and editor with extensive experience writing both narrative and prescriptive non-fiction. My work as a ghostwriter has been published by Algonquin, Bloomsbury, Free Press, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin, Perigee, Random House, Rodale, and Simon and Schuster as well as by multiple self-publishing entities. I've worked with top agents and editors and have outstanding and consistent professional references. My books have been called "downright engrossing," "thoroughly engaging," "highly recommended," "heartbreaking and hilarious," "breakthrough," "delightful," and "essential" by professional reviewers and earned multiple starred reviews. I love the challenge of helping each author discover his or her unique voice and message, shaping that message, and capturing it on the page. I'm an expert at shepherding projects from idea to publication and am equally versed in taking problematic, stagnant book proposals and manuscripts and shaping them into focused, vitalized, saleable and publishable books. My project with the biggest change of fate came to me after being rejected by 29 publishers; it went on to sell at auction with multiple bids, sold out its first printing, won multiple awards, and was published in multiple languages.

My areas of specialization include memoirs, business books (including investment, financial advising , legacy planning, and franchising), health and wellness (including projects for medical and veterinary professionals), and lifestyle books (including parenting, pets, cooking and travel). I generally only work on book-length projects, but for my established clients I write everything from blog posts, speeches, news articles and grant applications to scripts, publicity materials, and even personal correspondence. My authors tell me I am essential to both their self-expression and their business interests, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to spend my days helping them share their thoughts, experiences, insights and talents with their audiences.

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

Work experience

Author, Editor, Ghostwriter

Self-employed
January, 1998 – Present (almost 21 years)

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days

Brandon McMillan

The celebrity dog trainer and Emmy-winning star of the CBS show Lucky Dog shares his training system to transform any dog—from spoiled purebred puppy to shelter-shocked rescue—into a model companion in just seven days.Each week on Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan rescues an untrained, unwanted, "unadoptable" shelter dog. In the days that follow, these dogs undergo a miraculous transformation as the... read more

The celebrity dog trainer and Emmy-winning star of the CBS show Lucky Dog shares his training system to transform any dog—from spoiled purebred puppy to shelter-shocked rescue—into a model companion in just seven days.Each week on Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan rescues an untrained, unwanted, "unadoptable" shelter dog. In the days that follow, these dogs undergo a miraculous transformation as the... read more

The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget

Amy Allen Clark, Jana Murphy

When Amy Clark and her husband found themselves in unexpected financial trouble right before the birth of their first child, they quickly learned the importance of smart budgeting and making a little money go a long way. In this book, Amy offers up a clever lifestyle plan that is long on creativity and short on cost to help you achieve a peaceful, thrifty home and a loving, happy family:• Set ... read more

When Amy Clark and her husband found themselves in unexpected financial trouble right before the birth of their first child, they quickly learned the importance of smart budgeting and making a little money go a long way. In this book, Amy offers up a clever lifestyle plan that is long on creativity and short on cost to help you achieve a peaceful, thrifty home and a loving, happy family:• Set ... read more

Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir

Carolyn Jourdan

Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat re... read more

Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat re... read more

The Lost Pet Chronicles: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective

Kat Albrecht, Jana Murphy

Kat Albrecht is the only law-enforcement based pet detective in the United States. Since 1997, Albrecht and her search dogs have located lost cats, dogs, ferrets, turtles, horses, and other species using techniques that are normally used to solve missing person investigations. Full of heartwarming and inspiring tales of rescue, The Lost Pet Chronicles tells the story of Kat's unlikely career p... read more

Kat Albrecht is the only law-enforcement based pet detective in the United States. Since 1997, Albrecht and her search dogs have located lost cats, dogs, ferrets, turtles, horses, and other species using techniques that are normally used to solve missing person investigations. Full of heartwarming and inspiring tales of rescue, The Lost Pet Chronicles tells the story of Kat's unlikely career p... read more

Defiant Second Daughter: My First 90 Years

Betty Lee Sung

Dr. Betty Lee Sung is a leading authority on the Chinese in America. Her firstbook, Mountain of Gold, was a pioneer in its field and laid the foundation forAsian American Studies at the City College of New York in 1970. She remainedat the college until her retirement in 1992, having advanced to Chair of thedepartment. In 1994, she completed a database of the Chinese immigrantrecords in the New... read more

Dr. Betty Lee Sung is a leading authority on the Chinese in America. Her firstbook, Mountain of Gold, was a pioneer in its field and laid the foundation forAsian American Studies at the City College of New York in 1970. She remainedat the college until her retirement in 1992, having advanced to Chair of thedepartment. In 1994, she completed a database of the Chinese immigrantrecords in the New... read more

Endless Inheritance: Moving From Feuding to Flourishing In Your Affluent Family

Richard Del Monte

ENSURE YOUR FAMILY’S FUTUREIS FULL OF POSSIBILITIESMany successful parents have spent their lives creating a financial bonanza for themselves, as well as their children and grandchildren. What they didn’t plan for are the unintended consequences that increased wealth brings. These include issues like entitlement and loss of work ethic among the rising generation, and increased potential for up... read more

ENSURE YOUR FAMILY’S FUTUREIS FULL OF POSSIBILITIESMany successful parents have spent their lives creating a financial bonanza for themselves, as well as their children and grandchildren. What they didn’t plan for are the unintended consequences that increased wealth brings. These include issues like entitlement and loss of work ethic among the rising generation, and increased potential for up... read more

Your Dog: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog

Marty Becker

Through surprising facts, moving stories and tested solutions, the veterinary expert from Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show will give every dog owner the secrets to raising a healthy, well-behaved dog. For anyone who owns a dog or is thinking about getting one, Dr. Marty Becker's manual is a must-have guide to anything and everything canine. In YOUR DOG: THE OWNER'S MANUAL, the "best-lo... read more

Through surprising facts, moving stories and tested solutions, the veterinary expert from Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show will give every dog owner the secrets to raising a healthy, well-behaved dog. For anyone who owns a dog or is thinking about getting one, Dr. Marty Becker's manual is a must-have guide to anything and everything canine. In YOUR DOG: THE OWNER'S MANUAL, the "best-lo... read more

The Secret Lives of Toddlers: A Parent's Guide to the Wonderful, Terrible, Fascinating Behavior of Children Ages 1 to 3

Jana Murphy

Why do they rub food in their hair? Why do they want to hear the same book over and over? Why do they love being naked? Between the ages of one and three, children can be delightful, affectionate, intelligent explorers of their newfound world. They can also be holy terrors. Grounded in up-to-date research, The Secret Lives of Toddlers demystifies 52 common behaviors of toddlers, while helping ... read more

Why do they rub food in their hair? Why do they want to hear the same book over and over? Why do they love being naked? Between the ages of one and three, children can be delightful, affectionate, intelligent explorers of their newfound world. They can also be holy terrors. Grounded in up-to-date research, The Secret Lives of Toddlers demystifies 52 common behaviors of toddlers, while helping ... read more

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