Karen Propp

Karen Propp - Ghostwriter Tick

Cambridge, MA, USA

I help organizations and individuals develop ideas into high quality written content. Business, memoir, psychology, and healthcare.

Request a quote
Reedsy profile URL https://reedsy.com/karen-propp
Verified identity Lock

Overview

Reviews (3)
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
Do you have a great idea you want to share or a compelling story to tell? I can help turn your dream into a reality.

I have twenty years of experience working on books that have been published by Bloomsbury, Harvard Business Press, Houghton Mifflin, Hudson Street Books, Jossey-Bass, New Harbinger, Penguin, Plume, Random House, Rodale, and W.W. Norton. I work regularly with leaders in business, healthcare, law, and the arts.

My Porftfolio represents books I have worked on as a developmental editor. Books As a ghost I have written book-length memoirs for an automobile executive, a man dying with ALS, a 1930s Polish radio personality who survived Soviet work camps, and a father whose young daughter battled a rare disease, among others. I have also ghosted blog posts published by Huffington Post or on company websites.

After hearing about your project, we discuss what format and process will best fit your individual needs and how I can best commit my expertise, creativity, and time. I work with interviews (in-person and Skype) as well as written material.

Under my own name I am the co-editer of Why I'm Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out On Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does The Dishes, the best-selling anthology of essays about marriage published by Penguin, and the author of two well-received memoirs, In Sickness & In Health: A Love Story and The Pregnancy Project: Encounters With Reproductive Therapy.

I have taught writing and literature at the Harvard Business School, the University of New Hampshire, and Boston College. My Ph.D. is in British and American Literature from the University of Utah and my B.A. in English is from Oberlin College. I have been featured on NPR, Sundays with Liz Walker and awarded grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Psychology
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships

Certifications

  • Ghostwriter Training License April 30, 2012 WAMBTAC Communications Certification WAMBTAC Communications
  • Ph.D. British & American Literature, University of Utah
  • M.A. English Literature, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A. Oberlin College, Literature & Creative Writing

Work experience

Writer/Editor

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (over 14 years)

Developmental editing, ghosting, coaching.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Why I'm Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes

Karen Propp, Jean Trounstine

Essays by twenty-four best-selling and award-winning women writers explore the challenges, joys, and humor of the institution of marriage, in a volume that includes contributions by such names as Julia Alvarez, Susan Cheever, and Erica Jong. 30,000 first printing.

Essays by twenty-four best-selling and award-winning women writers explore the challenges, joys, and humor of the institution of marriage, in a volume that includes contributions by such names as Julia Alvarez, Susan Cheever, and Erica Jong. 30,000 first printing.

The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations

Tsedal Neeley

For nearly three decades, English has been the lingua franca of cross-border organizations, yet studies on corporate language strategies and their importance for globalization have been scarce. In The Language of Global Success, Tsedal Neeley provides an in-depth look at a single organization—the high-tech giant Rakuten—in the five years following its English lingua franca mandate. Neeley’s be... read more

For nearly three decades, English has been the lingua franca of cross-border organizations, yet studies on corporate language strategies and their importance for globalization have been scarce. In The Language of Global Success, Tsedal Neeley provides an in-depth look at a single organization—the high-tech giant Rakuten—in the five years following its English lingua franca mandate. Neeley’s be... read more

High Commitment High Performance: How to Build A Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage

Michael Beer

"In these economic times this book is more important than ever. A must-read for the leaders of today and tomorrow." Douglas R. Conant, president and chief executive officer, Campbell Soup Company Praise for High Commitment, High Performance "It is seldom that I read a book about leadership and get excited; this one did that to me. The author has found values and aspects of leadership that have... read more

"In these economic times this book is more important than ever. A must-read for the leaders of today and tomorrow." Douglas R. Conant, president and chief executive officer, Campbell Soup Company Praise for High Commitment, High Performance "It is seldom that I read a book about leadership and get excited; this one did that to me. The author has found values and aspects of leadership that have... read more

Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy

Amy C. Edmondson

New breakthrough thinking in organizational learning, leadership, and change Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of learning challenges today's companies face. Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small groups within those organizations work. In most organizations, the w... read more

New breakthrough thinking in organizational learning, leadership, and change Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of learning challenges today's companies face. Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small groups within those organizations work. In most organizations, the w... read more

Befriending Your Ex after Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids, and, Yes, Your Ex

Judith Ruskay Rabinor

If you are divorced, or are contemplating divorce, you’ve probably heard the diatribe: Divorce is messy. Divorce is a tragedy. Divorce will scar your children for life.Befriending Your Ex challenges many of these destructive myths about divorce, and sets out to change the way we think about the process of divorce and its ultimate outcome. While divorce certainly can have negative effects upon ... read more

If you are divorced, or are contemplating divorce, you’ve probably heard the diatribe: Divorce is messy. Divorce is a tragedy. Divorce will scar your children for life.Befriending Your Ex challenges many of these destructive myths about divorce, and sets out to change the way we think about the process of divorce and its ultimate outcome. While divorce certainly can have negative effects upon ... read more

An Intelligent Career: Taking Ownership of Your Work and Your Life

Michael B. Arthur, Svetlana N. Khapova, Julia Richardson

Written by three career experts, An Intelligent Career is a playbook for the modern knowledge worker, providing a complete guide that will allow workers to take a composite, dynamic view of a life's work in the 21st century."Knowledge work" is fundamental in today's economy. It is the basis for long-term success in the global economy and it drives the collective brainpower through which goods ... read more

Written by three career experts, An Intelligent Career is a playbook for the modern knowledge worker, providing a complete guide that will allow workers to take a composite, dynamic view of a life's work in the 21st century."Knowledge work" is fundamental in today's economy. It is the basis for long-term success in the global economy and it drives the collective brainpower through which goods ... read more

Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (Clinical Supervision Essentials)

Natasha C.N. Prenn, Diana Fosha

Utilizing insights from attachment theory and research in neuroplasticity, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) clinicians help clients unearth, explore and process core feelings in order to transform anxiety and defensiveness into long-lasting, positive change. In this book, AEDP founders and leaders Natasha C.N. Prenn and Diana Fosha offer a model of clinical supervision tha... read more

Utilizing insights from attachment theory and research in neuroplasticity, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) clinicians help clients unearth, explore and process core feelings in order to transform anxiety and defensiveness into long-lasting, positive change. In this book, AEDP founders and leaders Natasha C.N. Prenn and Diana Fosha offer a model of clinical supervision tha... read more

An Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer's Story

Pamela Jane

It is 1965, the era of love, light—and revolution. While the romantic narrator imagines a bucolic future in an old country house with children running through the dappled sunlight, her husband plots to organize a revolution and fight a guerrilla war in the Catskills.Their fantasies are on a collision course.The clash of visions turns into an inner war of identities when the author embraces rad... read more

It is 1965, the era of love, light—and revolution. While the romantic narrator imagines a bucolic future in an old country house with children running through the dappled sunlight, her husband plots to organize a revolution and fight a guerrilla war in the Catskills.Their fantasies are on a collision course.The clash of visions turns into an inner war of identities when the author embraces rad... read more

In Sickness and In Health: A Love Story

Karen Propp

The author pens a beautiful memoir about a marriage placed under stress by the rigors of prostrate cancer and its treatment. 30,000 first printing.

The author pens a beautiful memoir about a marriage placed under stress by the rigors of prostrate cancer and its treatment. 30,000 first printing.

The Pregnancy Project: Encounters With Reproductive Therapy (Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction)

Karen Propp

The Pregnancy Project is the story of one woman's quest to have a baby, a search that leads her to new ways of viewing concepts, telling stories, and constructing fertility myths in this technological age.Propp relates her own experiences with infertility treatment. After speaking with women across the country about fertility problems, she was able to also weave other women's stories into her ... read more

The Pregnancy Project is the story of one woman's quest to have a baby, a search that leads her to new ways of viewing concepts, telling stories, and constructing fertility myths in this technological age.Propp relates her own experiences with infertility treatment. After speaking with women across the country about fertility problems, she was able to also weave other women's stories into her ... read more

Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures—and Yours

Tarun Khanna

China and India are home to one-third of the world's population. And they're undergoing social and economic revolutions that are capturing the best minds--and money--of Western business. In Billions of Entrepreneurs, Tarun Khanna examines the entrepreneurial forces driving China's and India's trajectories of development. He shows where these trajectories overlap and complement one another--and... read more

China and India are home to one-third of the world's population. And they're undergoing social and economic revolutions that are capturing the best minds--and money--of Western business. In Billions of Entrepreneurs, Tarun Khanna examines the entrepreneurial forces driving China's and India's trajectories of development. He shows where these trajectories overlap and complement one another--and... read more

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth

Amy C. Edmondson

Conquer the most essential adaptation to the knowledge economy The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent—but ... read more

Conquer the most essential adaptation to the knowledge economy The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent—but ... read more

Karen has 3 reviews

StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
Professionalism
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
Quality
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
Value
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
Communication
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar
StarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar

G McCauley
We did not meet our original deadlines and we pretty much stopped collaborating after that. I was under the impression that we would do more collaboration, but my final files were delivered in what felt like an afterthought. While I think there was enthusiasm at the beginning, I was left thinking she was glad to be done with my project. I could be wrong, but that was the impression I was left w...
Read more

G McCauley, March 2019

Karen Propp
I'm sorry that you were disappointed. I reached out to try and remedy the situation but did not hear back.

Reply from Karen Propp


Vinod Jain
Great help by Karen on my book proposal; will come back with more work.

Vinod Jain, March 2019

Karen Propp
Thanks, Vinod. It’s a pleasure working with you and I look forward to future collaborations.

Reply from Karen Propp


Sabrina Wood
Karen is amazing to work with. She clearly stated what she would do to polish my book and completed the work as agreed. Gave great suggestions and very responsive. I would definitely work with her on future books.

Sabrina Wood, January 2019

Karen Propp
Thanks, Sabrina! I really enjoyed working with you. All best to your wonderful book project!

Reply from Karen Propp

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Thumb 8570629d03616fd63883fc57ac22fb4adb6baff5

Allyson Machate

Formerly of Simon & Schuster, I am a bestselling book collaborator and expert publishing consultant leading serious authors to success.

Maryland, United States

Thumb 306c3733c98aa6b0fa434589204017652daff7fd

Anna Katz

Versatile writer and editor with a passion for mission-driven nonfiction, literary fiction and sci-fi, and all things comedy.

Seattle, WA, USA

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy