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Lisa Cerasoli

Lisa Cerasoli - Editor

Marquette, MI, United States

Strengths—development & structure. Creative nonfiction—memoirs, faith-based books, comedic memoirs. Writer of movie treatments/scripts!

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

Awards

  • 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 (about 5 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 6 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 (25 selected works)

Maseah Mountain

John Thomas Everett

Tribe. Loyalty. Love.The year is 1932. Dr. John Rocklan, an arrogant trauma physician, attempts to bury the memory of a personal tragedy by disappearing into the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. Seeking solitude, Rocklan purchases an old ranch deep in a remote valley among the peaks of the Maseah Range. There, he hopes to put his past behind him through isolation and reinvention. Instead, he fin... read more

Tribe. Loyalty. Love.The year is 1932. Dr. John Rocklan, an arrogant trauma physician, attempts to bury the memory of a personal tragedy by disappearing into the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. Seeking solitude, Rocklan purchases an old ranch deep in a remote valley among the peaks of the Maseah Range. There, he hopes to put his past behind him through isolation and reinvention. Instead, he fin... read more

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

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 progressive dementia. The Weaver family quickly discovers that she isn t the only one suffering. The comicals of Nora Jo bring a whole new realm of crazy to their offbeat but copasetic abode, driving it into full-throttle Darwinian mode. It s officially Survival of the Fittest at the Weaver jo... read more

Life goes from Hollywood to Michigan to Mars when Lisa and her family take in her grandmother who has progressive dementia. The Weaver family quickly discovers that she isn t the only one suffering. The comicals of Nora Jo bring a whole new realm of crazy to their offbeat but copasetic abode, driving it into full-throttle Darwinian mode. It s officially Survival of the Fittest at the Weaver jo... 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

The Picture Kills (The Quintana Adventures)

Ian Bull

The Picture Kills (A Hollywood Thriller—Book 1 of The Quintana Adventures) 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... read more

The Picture Kills (A Hollywood Thriller—Book 1 of The Quintana Adventures) 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... 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 FurstW e s t e r n L i g h t sBUDDHISM is an ancient eastern... 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 FurstW e s t e r n L i g h t sBUDDHISM is an ancient eastern... 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

Sometimes life sends you to the bottom, sometimes if starts you off that way, but nevertheless, you need to find your way out. That’s the story of Lucky Number 9, Rina’s incredible journey from living in poverty on a plantation in the jungles of Malaysia to making her dreams come true. Rina’s story shines a light on how to frame your mind so you can persevere through the toughest times. By loo... read more

Sometimes life sends you to the bottom, sometimes if starts you off that way, but nevertheless, you need to find your way out. That’s the story of Lucky Number 9, Rina’s incredible journey from living in poverty on a plantation in the jungles of Malaysia to making her dreams come true. Rina’s story shines a light on how to frame your mind so you can persevere through the toughest times. By loo... 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

South Texas Drag

Tony Molina

Take a trip through the South Texas terrain through the eyes of drug runner, Toño Garcia. His distinctive South Texas slang adds a unique charm to this dark story, but the appeal and originality doesn’t stop there. This guy knows more about style than Carrie Bradshaw, which adds massive flavor and a whole new twist to a tale about “crime as a way of life” in South Texas.Toño sets the mood of e... read more

Take a trip through the South Texas terrain through the eyes of drug runner, Toño Garcia. His distinctive South Texas slang adds a unique charm to this dark story, but the appeal and originality doesn’t stop there. This guy knows more about style than Carrie Bradshaw, which adds massive flavor and a whole new twist to a tale about “crime as a way of life” in South Texas.Toño sets the mood of e... read more

Catch a Falling Star (The Shooting Stars Series Book 1)

Leah Downing

THE #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER WINNER Beverly Hills International Book Awards® Cross-Genre Fiction"Amazing, genre-defying story..."-Dandelions Inspired: Reading and Reviewing Amazing Books!In Book One of The Shooting Stars Series, Catch a Falling Star, bestselling author Leah Downing introduces Lauren St. Germain, a Federal Investigator accused of assisting the Taliban in a homeland terrorist attack... read more

THE #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER WINNER Beverly Hills International Book Awards® Cross-Genre Fiction"Amazing, genre-defying story..."-Dandelions Inspired: Reading and Reviewing Amazing Books!In Book One of The Shooting Stars Series, Catch a Falling Star, bestselling author Leah Downing introduces Lauren St. Germain, a Federal Investigator accused of assisting the Taliban in a homeland terrorist attack... read more

The Path of Least Resistance (The Shooting Stars Series Book 2)

Leah Downing

The deadly actions set in motion by Collin St. Germain during the Gulf War created a catastrophic chain of events, resulting in an IED triggered homeland terrorist attack over a decade later. In 2008, Fort Bliss was targeted by one of its own: Army Captain Burak Yilmaz. When it’s discovered that Collin’s wife has close ties to the Captain, she is thrust into the spotlight of a national investi... read more

The deadly actions set in motion by Collin St. Germain during the Gulf War created a catastrophic chain of events, resulting in an IED triggered homeland terrorist attack over a decade later. In 2008, Fort Bliss was targeted by one of its own: Army Captain Burak Yilmaz. When it’s discovered that Collin’s wife has close ties to the Captain, she is thrust into the spotlight of a national investi... read more

Through Fire and Rain: Surviving the Impossible with Love, Music, and Precision Medicine

MaryAnn Anselmo, Joseph Anselmo

"It’s almost unprecedented to have this type of regression with the currently approved therapy."-From TIME Magazine's March 2015 article featuring MaryAnn AnselmoIn 2012, MaryAnn Anselmo was at the height of her career, headlining at Chico’s House of Jazz—a premiere venue in New Jersey for jazz singers. It was a sold-out show. The love of her life and husband, Joe, was by her side when she bro... read more

"It’s almost unprecedented to have this type of regression with the currently approved therapy."-From TIME Magazine's March 2015 article featuring MaryAnn AnselmoIn 2012, MaryAnn Anselmo was at the height of her career, headlining at Chico’s House of Jazz—a premiere venue in New Jersey for jazz singers. It was a sold-out show. The love of her life and husband, Joe, was by her side when she bro... read more

Six Passengers, Five Parachutes (Quintana Adventures Book 2)

Ian Bull

Six Passengers, Five Parachutes (A Hollywood Thriller—Book 2 of The Quintana Adventures)It's a race from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Hong Kong to Mexico, culminating on a plane flying over the Pacific Ocean. Army Ranger reconnaissance photographer Stephen Quintana is tracking an international group of investors who create illegal high-end movies of their darkest murder fantasies. They’re t... read more

Six Passengers, Five Parachutes (A Hollywood Thriller—Book 2 of The Quintana Adventures)It's a race from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Hong Kong to Mexico, culminating on a plane flying over the Pacific Ocean. Army Ranger reconnaissance photographer Stephen Quintana is tracking an international group of investors who create illegal high-end movies of their darkest murder fantasies. They’re t... read more

Golf: The Four-Letter Word That Taught Me to Believe in Miracles

Marlene Summers

IN EIGHTEEN HOLES OF COMPETITIVE GOLF, I often experienced every season all in the same round. The game could start off in torrential rain and end in blazing-hot sunshine. Sometimes, it would get so cold I could not feel my hands on the club. Almost every single tournament seemed to consistently reveal the same enormously varied conditions, as if the weather continued to test my focus, to see ... read more

IN EIGHTEEN HOLES OF COMPETITIVE GOLF, I often experienced every season all in the same round. The game could start off in torrential rain and end in blazing-hot sunshine. Sometimes, it would get so cold I could not feel my hands on the club. Almost every single tournament seemed to consistently reveal the same enormously varied conditions, as if the weather continued to test my focus, to see ... read more

"Hello, God:" A Process in 3 Steps (God Inspired Collection Book 1)

Sada Beltran

BY THE TIME I ACKNOWLEDGED I had slipped out of the Peace of God’s Love, the cancer of ego had eaten away at my faith. And then God whispered…and my life changed. Peace permeated my being. In this state, I saw life with different eyes and understood my worldly concerns didn’t have to identify me. I had obligations, but no longer felt the heavy weight ofthem. I was able to stand in observance o... read more

BY THE TIME I ACKNOWLEDGED I had slipped out of the Peace of God’s Love, the cancer of ego had eaten away at my faith. And then God whispered…and my life changed. Peace permeated my being. In this state, I saw life with different eyes and understood my worldly concerns didn’t have to identify me. I had obligations, but no longer felt the heavy weight ofthem. I was able to stand in observance o... read more

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