Melanie Votaw

Melanie Votaw - Ghostwriter

New York, NY, United States

I'm a full-time freelance ghostwriter and editor in New York offering ghostwriting and developmental editing services to book authors.

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Overview

I'm a full-time freelance writer based in New York with 10 books of my own, most published by Running Press/Perseus Books, and 28 ghostwritten books. I have also developmentally edited more than 50 books that have won 30+ awards, including the Best Beach Books Festival Grand Prize. My ghostwritten and edited work has been published by such houses as Macmillan, Hyperion, New World Library, Hay House, and more, and my work has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. I specialize in non-fiction, particularly self-help/prescriptive work, psycho-spirituality, popular business, cookbooks, and medicine/health. I also help clients with their book proposals and offer advice as to structure, titles, and publishing strategies. Proposals I have written have gone into bidding wars and have been bought by publishers like Penguin Random House, Little Brown, and more. Additionally, I'm a journalist and photographer who specializes in travel and entertainment topics.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry
Nature
New Age
Psychology
Religion & Spirituality
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Certifications

  • Bachelor of arts degree in English, magna cum laude graduate

Work experience

Freelance Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Self-employed
February, 2001 – Present (almost 21 years)

I'm a full-time, self-employed writer who specialized in ghostwriting and developmental editing of nonfiction books and book proposals - primarily prescriptive (i.e., educational or self-help) nonfiction.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

Jump…And Your Life Will Appear: An Inch-by-Inch Guide to Making a Major Change

Nancy Levin

Are you ready to make changes in your life—but feel something is holding you back? Is your soul asking you to take a leap—but you’re too afraid to take it? Are you ready for something new—but aren’t sure where to start?If this sounds like you, the book you hold in your hands will give you the courage and faith you need to jump across the threshold from where you are—to where you want to be. Ju... read more

Are you ready to make changes in your life—but feel something is holding you back? Is your soul asking you to take a leap—but you’re too afraid to take it? Are you ready for something new—but aren’t sure where to start?If this sounds like you, the book you hold in your hands will give you the courage and faith you need to jump across the threshold from where you are—to where you want to be. Ju... read more

Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth

Nancy Levin

When we feel that we aren’t enough, or that we aren’t good enough, we also fear that we’ll never have enough. Money. We love it. We hate it. If we don’t have enough, we’re struggling to get more. If we do have it, we’re fighting to hold on to it. Why does money have to be such a source of anxiety? Is it possible to find a balance? Yes! According to integrative life coach Nancy Levin, the real ... read more

When we feel that we aren’t enough, or that we aren’t good enough, we also fear that we’ll never have enough. Money. We love it. We hate it. If we don’t have enough, we’re struggling to get more. If we do have it, we’re fighting to hold on to it. Why does money have to be such a source of anxiety? Is it possible to find a balance? Yes! According to integrative life coach Nancy Levin, the real ... read more

Women Rocking Business: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guidebook to Create a Thriving Life Doing Work You Love

Sage Lavine

Women are rocking the world of business, changing the face of commerce, and bringing our talents to the marketplace with fervor, commitment, and passion. Over the last 15 years, women have stepped into entrepreneurship in significantly greater numbers than men, but we’re also failing at those businesses even faster than men. This book is going to change that. Women Rocking Business provides a ... read more

Women are rocking the world of business, changing the face of commerce, and bringing our talents to the marketplace with fervor, commitment, and passion. Over the last 15 years, women have stepped into entrepreneurship in significantly greater numbers than men, but we’re also failing at those businesses even faster than men. This book is going to change that. Women Rocking Business provides a ... read more

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Michael McGee
Melanie is wonderful. She is a skilled writer. She is a joy to work with. I recommend her without reservation.

Michael McGee, October 2020

Melanie Votaw
Thanks, Michael. It has been a pleasure!

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Pamela Greenba
Working with Melanie was a pleasure. She was terrific

Pamela Greenba, November 2019

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