John Hearne

John Hearne - Ghostwriter

Galway, Ireland

I specialize in business, personal development and memoir. I've worked with Penguin Random House as a developmental editor and ghostwriter.

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Overview

I work with all kinds of people – from c-suite execs, life coaches and marketing professionals to authors, celebrities and private individuals – anyone who needs help to create high quality written content. Every project is different. I tailor my approach to suit the client and work quickly to deliver text that always exceeds expectations. Here are three recent projects:

Ghostwriter for ‘Commit! Make Your Mind and Body Stronger and Unlock Your Full Potential’ by Enda McNulty, published by Penguin Ireland in January 2017.

As word of mouth began to do its magic, the book moved steadily up the bestsellers chart, reaching the number one slot in February.

This marked the culmination of an extensive collaboration with Enda – honing his vision for the book, developing a template, interviewing him, watching him in action, interviewing his clients, then drafting and redrafting the book until it was everything it needed to be. I worked closely not alone with Enda, but with a wide variety of his clients, and of course the publishing team, to produce a work that we are all very proud of.

Ghostwriter for ‘A Full Life – the Memoirs of Paddy McKillen Snr’ by Paddy McKillen, privately published 2019.

Interviewing 96 year old Paddy to document his extraordinary life was a wonderful experience. As part of his legacy, he wanted to leave a unique and lasting gift to his many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren scattered around the world. The book we created together is much more than that however. It is a gripping account of a struggle against poverty and bigotry in Belfast in the 1930s, culminating in his eventual success as a businessman and philanthropist.

Ghostwriter for ‘Odyssey – The Business of Consulting’ by Imelda K Butler and Dr. Shane Tracy, published by Taylor and Francis (US) in 2015.

This project involved taking material from a variety of sources, including the learning resources the authors use to deliver seminars and workshops, together with interviews with clients located as far apart as India, South America and the US.

Project managing a book of this nature called upon a variety of skills. I developed a blueprint for the work, co-ordinated the long list of contributors and liaised with the graphic artist to achieve the perfect look. I also worked closely with the publisher and authors to ensure that everything came out on time and in budget.

I’ve also recently worked with a number of organizations to create web content, case studies and marketing material.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Health & wellbeing

Certifications

  • MA Economics

Work experience

Journalist, ghostwriter and editor

Self-employed
September, 1999 – Present (over 20 years)

I began my writing career as a journalist, contributing to a wide range of national and international titles, including The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Sunday Business Post, The Evening Herald, The Christian Science Monitor and Spiked Online. I wrote on a variety of topics, including health, technology, parenting, travel, music, business, consumer issues, green issues, construction and new media. I also worked as a columnist and continue to write a weekly consumer column for the Irish Examiner. I'm also a long-time contributor to Passive House Plus Magazine, the foremost construction magazine in the British Isles.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Commit!: Make Your Mind and Body Stronger and Unlock Your Full Potential

Enda McNulty

'An onslaught of positivity from start to finish . . . Plenty [of people] will find something in it to help them along' Irish TimesAs an All-Ireland winning footballer and a successful motivational coach and businessman, Enda McNulty has an intimate knowledge of what it takes to achieve real success.Enda has worked with international high achievers such as rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll, the Le... read more

'An onslaught of positivity from start to finish . . . Plenty [of people] will find something in it to help them along' Irish TimesAs an All-Ireland winning footballer and a successful motivational coach and businessman, Enda McNulty has an intimate knowledge of what it takes to achieve real success.Enda has worked with international high achievers such as rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll, the Le... read more

Odyssey --The Business of Consulting: How to Build, Grow, and Transform Your Consulting Business

Imelda K. Butler, Shayne Tracy

This book provides consultants with a career framework to build, grow, and transform their consulting businesses by becoming brilliant at the basics. The Odyssey process challenges current thinking and offers a methodology to help readers rise to the top of the profession by applying leading-edge techniques and methodologies.An ideal companion to the Odyssey Consulting Institute’s suite of lea... read more

This book provides consultants with a career framework to build, grow, and transform their consulting businesses by becoming brilliant at the basics. The Odyssey process challenges current thinking and offers a methodology to help readers rise to the top of the profession by applying leading-edge techniques and methodologies.An ideal companion to the Odyssey Consulting Institute’s suite of lea... read more

Seek the Frozen Lands

Frank Nugent

High on any list of Polar explorers would be the names Crozier, McClintock, McClure and Shackleton. But how many know they were all Irish? Seek the Frozen Lands unveils an array of Irish heroes largely unknown in modern Ireland. The sage begins with Edward Bransfield, who made one of the first sightings of the Antarctic in 1820. The story ends with the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and t... read more

High on any list of Polar explorers would be the names Crozier, McClintock, McClure and Shackleton. But how many know they were all Irish? Seek the Frozen Lands unveils an array of Irish heroes largely unknown in modern Ireland. The sage begins with Edward Bransfield, who made one of the first sightings of the Antarctic in 1820. The story ends with the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and t... read more

Would The Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up

Gerry Ryan

Gerry Ryan on life, the world, the universe - and a few things besides. Here are his experiences, stories and opinions drawn from nearly thirty years of talking to the nation. It's a sharp, punchy read all told in his no-nonsense, irreverent, straight to the bone style. It's the best, the worst, the funniest, the most outrageous. And threaded through it's the story of coming of age as a broadc... read more

Gerry Ryan on life, the world, the universe - and a few things besides. Here are his experiences, stories and opinions drawn from nearly thirty years of talking to the nation. It's a sharp, punchy read all told in his no-nonsense, irreverent, straight to the bone style. It's the best, the worst, the funniest, the most outrageous. And threaded through it's the story of coming of age as a broadc... read more

Sorted!

John McGuire

When it looked like his businesses were going down the tubes John McGuire slept in his office and started a battle for financial survival.He knows what it's like to see everything you've worked for about to collapse around your ears.He knows what it's like to lie awake at night wondering how you're going to deal with the bank the next day.He knows what it's like to get up in the morning determ... read more

When it looked like his businesses were going down the tubes John McGuire slept in his office and started a battle for financial survival.He knows what it's like to see everything you've worked for about to collapse around your ears.He knows what it's like to lie awake at night wondering how you're going to deal with the bank the next day.He knows what it's like to get up in the morning determ... read more

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