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Lisa Cerasoli

Lisa Cerasoli - Editor

Marquette, MI, United States

Strengths—development & structure. Creative nonfiction—memoirs, faith-based books, comedic memoirs. Write movie treatments too!

Overview

Nothing excites me more than a great story. I wrote my first feature script in 1999, then met literary manager Dr. Ken Atchity, who said, "Reads like a novel. Write three chapters and get back to me." That's all it took; I was hooked on books. Writing and publishing transitioned into evaluating and editing in 2009, which led to a full-time career freelancing for authors all over the country. I have a knack for story structure and dialogue. And I work on every project as if it were my own. It's a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of an author's dream of completing and publishing a book.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Christian Humor & Comedy Inspirational Plays & Screenplays Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Parenting & Families Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships

Awards

  • Best Book Editor Official Selection, Thumbtack 2016 and 2015
  • Winner of London, Paris, Los Angeles Book Festivals, Autobiography
  • Foreword Magazine Romance of the Year, Silver Medal
  • Southwest Writers Award, Best Short Story
  • Winner NexTv Web Series and Indie Competition, 2012

Work experience

Editor, Creative Nonfiction

529 Books

January, 2013 – Present (almost 4 years)

• Editor and Writer with 15+ years' experience
• Founder/President of 529 Books
Although creative nonfiction defines the bulk of my projects, I also edit fiction and a fair amount of projects that have film/TV potential, which is why I write and/or coach writers on how to create movie treatments, proposals, and scripts (see Story Merchant Books).
I've authored (and have had published) two books on Alzheimer's and a romance.
Co-author of Lucky Number Nine (see gallery), and Through Fire and Rain: A Story of Love, Music, Modern Medicine, and Surviving Terminal Brain Cancer (Coming, Fall 2016).
• Alzheimer's Awareness Advocate

Freelance Editor and Ghostwriter

Story Merchant Books

March, 2012 – Present (almost 5 years)

As a freelance editor and ghostwriter at Story Merchant, I dedicate my energy, management and editorial skills, and visionary focus to helping writers move their careers forward. I also have the opportunity to be a liaison between authors and Hollywood producers—creating proposals, movie treatments, scripts, pitching and selling book rights where applicable.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

The Picture Kills (The Quintana Adventures)

Ian Bull

When you’re covered in mud, running from men with guns, and stuck in small spaces with very little clothing on, it’s amazing what you can learn about a person. Steven Quintana was once a top Army Ranger reconnaissance photographer until he made a fatal mistake on a mission. A boy was killed, and Steven’s military career was cut short—all because of a photo he took. Now he works as a paparazzo ... read more

When you’re covered in mud, running from men with guns, and stuck in small spaces with very little clothing on, it’s amazing what you can learn about a person. Steven Quintana was once a top Army Ranger reconnaissance photographer until he made a fatal mistake on a mission. A boy was killed, and Steven’s military career was cut short—all because of a photo he took. Now he works as a paparazzo ... read more

Budget Bucks in Your Lap: Become a More Successful Whitetail Hunter Anywhere

Gale Bott

This book was written for every hunter who wants close encounters with the nicest White-tailed bucks his/her hunting area has to offer. No sanctuary or game preserve deer are illustrated within. Every experiment was conducted on open to public hunting property. No agricultural fields, food plots, or supplemental feeding strategies were used either. Every experiment was conducted with no outsid... read more

This book was written for every hunter who wants close encounters with the nicest White-tailed bucks his/her hunting area has to offer. No sanctuary or game preserve deer are illustrated within. Every experiment was conducted on open to public hunting property. No agricultural fields, food plots, or supplemental feeding strategies were used either. Every experiment was conducted with no outsid... read more

Take Heart

Lauren Michelle Smith

Twenty-two-year-old Amelia Foster just can’t seem to catch a break. After surviving the sudden death of her father, she’s forced to drop out of college in order to support her alcoholic mother. Dealing with years of non-stop verbal abuse and strife, Mia decides she’s finally had enough. She packs her bags and moves to Austin, Texas—leaving the remnants of her old life behind. On her first nigh... read more

Twenty-two-year-old Amelia Foster just can’t seem to catch a break. After surviving the sudden death of her father, she’s forced to drop out of college in order to support her alcoholic mother. Dealing with years of non-stop verbal abuse and strife, Mia decides she’s finally had enough. She packs her bags and moves to Austin, Texas—leaving the remnants of her old life behind. On her first nigh... read more

Back to the World

Risë Phillips

Back to the World A Romance by Rïse Phillips Monica Rose is an amateur fashion-designer-turned-model. She is the daughter of world-famous romance novelist, Carol Armstrong Jones, and top cancer specialist, Jon Turner. Carol disapproves of Monica Rose’s vocational choice and boyfriend, the emotionally oblivious but “genius” horror filmmaker, Manfred. Meanwhile, Carol and Jon’s marriage is in sh... read more

Back to the World A Romance by Rïse Phillips Monica Rose is an amateur fashion-designer-turned-model. She is the daughter of world-famous romance novelist, Carol Armstrong Jones, and top cancer specialist, Jon Turner. Carol disapproves of Monica Rose’s vocational choice and boyfriend, the emotionally oblivious but “genius” horror filmmaker, Manfred. Meanwhile, Carol and Jon’s marriage is in sh... read more

Western Lights: A Collection of Essays on Buddhism

Andrew Furst

“Personal experience has proven that my body has to do nothing short of screaming to get my attention. In my mid-thirties I was working sixty plus hours per week. I loved the opportunity, I wanted the money, but then came the back spasms…. And that was the alarm that I needed. The lightening had struck. It was time for change.” Andrew Furst W e s t e r n L i g h t s BUDDHISM is an ancient east... read more

“Personal experience has proven that my body has to do nothing short of screaming to get my attention. In my mid-thirties I was working sixty plus hours per week. I loved the opportunity, I wanted the money, but then came the back spasms…. And that was the alarm that I needed. The lightening had struck. It was time for change.” Andrew Furst W e s t e r n L i g h t s BUDDHISM is an ancient east... read more

Santa Muerte (The Daniela Story) (Volume 1)

Lucina Stone

THE YEAR IS 2030. IN A DRAMATIC, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, lo... read more

THE YEAR IS 2030. IN A DRAMATIC, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, lo... read more

Attack at Khoda Bridge

Frank Mitchell

Ankara, Nov 5th 1979 (TPI). Two days ago, terrorists attacked an engineering survey party preparing topographical maps for the future hydroelectric dam on the Aras River between the Republic of Iran and the Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan. A senior Russian engineer, an Iranian engineering officer, and a junior officer were killed by the terrorists. Surviving were an American and a Turk... read more

Ankara, Nov 5th 1979 (TPI). Two days ago, terrorists attacked an engineering survey party preparing topographical maps for the future hydroelectric dam on the Aras River between the Republic of Iran and the Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan. A senior Russian engineer, an Iranian engineering officer, and a junior officer were killed by the terrorists. Surviving were an American and a Turk... read more

I'm Always Going Somewhere: Mapping in Latin America for the Inter American Geodetic Survey

Paul Hauser

The Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS) was one of those little known U.S. Army (and later U.S. Department of Defense) programs established in April of 1946. At the end of WWII there had been a shortage of mapping that had impaired military operations in many parts of the world. Our government (including the military) became concerned about the effects of political unrest and Communists infl... read more

The Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS) was one of those little known U.S. Army (and later U.S. Department of Defense) programs established in April of 1946. At the end of WWII there had been a shortage of mapping that had impaired military operations in many parts of the world. Our government (including the military) became concerned about the effects of political unrest and Communists infl... read more

Lucky Number 9: Journey of a Rubber Tapper's Daughter

Rina Tham

People who have nine as their lucky number never, ever stop weaving their dreams…. If you live with your heart open, fear becomes an adventure…. I was ready, I guess. I was of age. In many ways, I had less than most—living on the plantation, saving pennies for food, fighting for floor space by the window, never seeing Father, tapping trees at dawn with Mother. And then there was my arm: I was ... read more

People who have nine as their lucky number never, ever stop weaving their dreams…. If you live with your heart open, fear becomes an adventure…. I was ready, I guess. I was of age. In many ways, I had less than most—living on the plantation, saving pennies for food, fighting for floor space by the window, never seeing Father, tapping trees at dawn with Mother. And then there was my arm: I was ... read more

A Message from Jessie: The Incredible True Story of Murder and Miracles in the Heartland

Buck Blodgett

“Love is stronger than hate.” That was a grieving dad's message to 1,000 people at his daughter’s funeral after she was brutally murdered in their home. Borne of this statement was Jessie Blodgett's legacy: The LOVE>hate Project. As I sat there with my face in my hands, asking Him why, my thoughts traveled forward from the eighth grade musical where Jess debuted her first original composition,... read more

“Love is stronger than hate.” That was a grieving dad's message to 1,000 people at his daughter’s funeral after she was brutally murdered in their home. Borne of this statement was Jessie Blodgett's legacy: The LOVE>hate Project. As I sat there with my face in my hands, asking Him why, my thoughts traveled forward from the eighth grade musical where Jess debuted her first original composition,... read more

As Nora Jo Fades Away: Confessions of a Caregiver

Lisa Cerasoli

Life goes from Hollywood to Michigan to Mars when Lisa and her family take in her grandmother who has dementia. The Weavers quickly discover the comicals of Nora Jo bring a whole new realm of crazy to their copasetic abode. And the question becomes, how high a price can they pay for this traumatic change?

Life goes from Hollywood to Michigan to Mars when Lisa and her family take in her grandmother who has dementia. The Weavers quickly discover the comicals of Nora Jo bring a whole new realm of crazy to their copasetic abode. And the question becomes, how high a price can they pay for this traumatic change?

Project Nephili

T.L. Farmer

Reviews "Project Nephili is a southern gothic thriller, but it is much more than that. Tim Farmer has gone all the way into America's heart of darkness and far beyond, and he has done it with a relentless honesty that I would call courage. He has also written a marvelous story of personal redemption. I fell in love with Angie McDowell, the newspaper reporter with a drinking problem. Her search... read more

Reviews "Project Nephili is a southern gothic thriller, but it is much more than that. Tim Farmer has gone all the way into America's heart of darkness and far beyond, and he has done it with a relentless honesty that I would call courage. He has also written a marvelous story of personal redemption. I fell in love with Angie McDowell, the newspaper reporter with a drinking problem. Her search... read more

The Fat Rules

Misti D Mosteller

NEW, Fully REVISED and EDITED: The Fat Rules. There's even a new cover! This memoir is a MAY 1, 2015 Story Merchant Book Release. Reviews PRIOR to 01MAY2015 are on the OLD Version. We hope you enjoy the book! “Smart, witty, funny, painful, honest, brutal, forgiving. Truly amazing and left me wanting more!” “This was laugh-out-loud funny and relatable. I felt like I was reading my best friend's... read more

NEW, Fully REVISED and EDITED: The Fat Rules. There's even a new cover! This memoir is a MAY 1, 2015 Story Merchant Book Release. Reviews PRIOR to 01MAY2015 are on the OLD Version. We hope you enjoy the book! “Smart, witty, funny, painful, honest, brutal, forgiving. Truly amazing and left me wanting more!” “This was laugh-out-loud funny and relatable. I felt like I was reading my best friend's... read more

You're Not Helping...

Ryan Patricks

You're Not Helping… Ryan Patricks is a self-described “guy’s guy,” and unlicensed chiropractor. His book, You’re Not Helping… is a collection of short comedy articles that guide you through his delightful, inventive, and often nonsensical take on everything from attention-seeking dolphins to home invasions by the The Barenaked Ladies. You’re Not Helping… blends both humor and heart in what lit... read more

You're Not Helping… Ryan Patricks is a self-described “guy’s guy,” and unlicensed chiropractor. His book, You’re Not Helping… is a collection of short comedy articles that guide you through his delightful, inventive, and often nonsensical take on everything from attention-seeking dolphins to home invasions by the The Barenaked Ladies. You’re Not Helping… blends both humor and heart in what lit... read more

Bruises: Divorce, Crazyland, Jiu-jitsu...a Memoir (Journey to Black Belt Book 1)

Michael R. Simpson

Mike was trapped in *Crazyland——that’s a term he’d coined for that place between marriage and divorce. He was spending too much time at the bars, in the beds of strange women, on “spring break” in Mexico…and in his own head. This thirty-six-year-old yuppie was every kind of messed up. And it wasn’t like he didn’t know it. He was smart——an engineer running his own company, a father of two and h... read more

Mike was trapped in *Crazyland——that’s a term he’d coined for that place between marriage and divorce. He was spending too much time at the bars, in the beds of strange women, on “spring break” in Mexico…and in his own head. This thirty-six-year-old yuppie was every kind of messed up. And it wasn’t like he didn’t know it. He was smart——an engineer running his own company, a father of two and h... read more

Make The Job Need You!: Today's Holistic Approach to Career Success and Longevity (Volume 1)

Mr Earnest Robinson Jr

My father-in-law asked me where I was going to college the first time we met. I hadn’t thought about it. That wasn’t the answer he was looking for. “In this house,” he said, “we go to college.” His conviction changed the course of my life. I wrote this book with one goal: to reach people who need direction, motivation, mentorship, and need to find their faith in order to have success in their ... read more

My father-in-law asked me where I was going to college the first time we met. I hadn’t thought about it. That wasn’t the answer he was looking for. “In this house,” he said, “we go to college.” His conviction changed the course of my life. I wrote this book with one goal: to reach people who need direction, motivation, mentorship, and need to find their faith in order to have success in their ... read more

Catching Raven

Lauren Michelle Smith

ERIC HANSEN is a struggling artist who’s been running from a dark past for as long as he can remember. When he’s not covering a canvas with color or getting into trouble with the law, he clings to any distraction he can get his hands on—namely women. Whatever keeps the façade going, right? RAVEN BELLOTTI is an ambitious college girl who’s on the fast track to becoming a fashion designer. She h... read more

ERIC HANSEN is a struggling artist who’s been running from a dark past for as long as he can remember. When he’s not covering a canvas with color or getting into trouble with the law, he clings to any distraction he can get his hands on—namely women. Whatever keeps the façade going, right? RAVEN BELLOTTI is an ambitious college girl who’s on the fast track to becoming a fashion designer. She h... read more

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