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Mike Towle

Mike Towle - Ghostwriter

Nashville, TN, United States

I'm a freelance ghostwriter, content editor, journalist and publishing consultant with 25 years' experience as a media professional.

Overview

Since 1990 I have spent about half of my professional career as a print/digital journalist and editor. In the other half I’ve been immersed in the world of book publishing as an author, ghostwriter, editor and publishing consultant. I have written or collaborated on more than 20 titles published by the likes of WND Books, Rutledge Hill Press, Triumph Books and Cumberland House. My fingerprints are all over national best sellers such as Hogan by Curt Sampson, America’s Dumbest Criminals by Daniel Butler and Alan Ray, Byron Nelson’s Little Black Book, and Out of the Rough by Laura Baugh with Steve Eubanks. Other authors I’ve worked with include H. Jackson Brown Jr., Louse Mandrell, Roger Clinton, Lamar Alexander, Joel Gregory and Cliff Sheats.

Essentially, I have worked both sides of the street in book publishing; on the one hand, on the inside, I have done fulltime acquisitions and editing; on the other, I’ve been on the outside looking in while cracking the code as an author and freelance editor. I’ve dealt with literary agents, negotiated publishing contracts, reviewed or written countless book proposals, and pitched dozens of titles at national sales conferences – I’ve covered a lot of ground, and I know how to write a compelling, marketable book. The trick to ghostwriting is helping the author piece together a solid, thorough outline that remains true to his or her material and then fine tuning a narrative consistent in voice, tone and rhythm and suitable to the author’s ear.

I mention my extensive print media background as a newspaper/magazine journalist (with more than 1,000 pieces published) because it has honed my skills as an interviewer, storyteller and discoverer of salient points that make a book narrative (or, in shorter form, a news story) sing. I know how to draw long-dormant insights, details and even old conversations out of the dust-covered memories of author wannabes. In this regard, I really enjoy developing and nurturing successful writing relationships. Writer’s block? No such thing in my book(s).

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Health & wellbeing Politics & Current Affairs Publishing Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation

Awards

  • Six Tennessee Press Association awards for columns and commentary. Army-wide Keith L. Ware and Fourth Estate awards for writing for publication.

Work experience

President/Independent Contractor

Win-Win Words LLC

January, 2009 – Present (almost 8 years)

Contract/consultant services for ghostwriting, writing, editing, design, print/digital production, and self-publishing. Author of Joe Biden book released Fall 2015. Contract editor/writer for clients that include Tennessee Press Association (managing editor of monthly newspaper), Dee Cee Labs, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Baton Rouge Advocate, Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, Publications International, AthlonMedia Group, Vanderbilt law professor/political pundit Dr. Carol Swain, and Brown Books Publishing Group (to include four months as interim editorial director). Former guest blogger for Nashville Business Journal.

Editor/General Manager

The Tennessean/Sumner County Publications

April, 2008 – August, 2013 (over 5 years)

Directed administrative, operational and editorial functions for media company with annual $2.5M budget, encompassing 6 weekly print products to include the Gallatin News Examiner and Hendersonville Star News, 2 websites and 8 annual special publications. Made PowerPoint presentations to clubs, schools. Organized / moderated political debates / forums.

Assistant Sports Editor

The Tennessean

August, 2005 – April, 2008 (over 2 years)

Managed 4 fulltime reporters and staff of 5 part-timers while coordinating college, high school, NASCAR and community sports coverage for major metro newspaper. Planned and executed daily print and online news-breaking coverage as well as long-term enterprise projects.

President/Publisher

Towlehouse Publishing

May, 1999 – August, 2005 (over 6 years)

Launched book-publishing company that produced more than 30 titles and $1.6M in gross revenues in 6 years. Performed editorial, marketing, sales and media relations functions with scant assistance.

Executive Editor

Rutledge Hill Press

May, 1995 – May, 1999 (almost 4 years)

Acquisitions editor responsible for screening thousands of submissions a year and coordinating executive board’s selection of 30-plus titles a year. Edited 12-15 books annually. Participated in semi-annual sales conferences with national and regional sales reps.

Author/Co-writer/Collaborator

Freelance

January, 1994 – Present (almost 23 years)

As author, co-writer or collaborator have written more than 20 titles for an assortment of publishers to include WND Books, Rutledge Hill Press, Triumph Books and Cumberland House, among others.

Managing Editor

The Summit Publishing Group

September, 1992 – May, 1995 (over 2 years)

Managed editorial department for niche book publisher. Managed freelance editorial team of 12 editors.
• Wrote or edited series of business-direct books on ostrich farming, basketball strategy with legendary coach Bob Hurley and applying the Americans with Disabilities Act to golf courses.
• Acquired and ghostwrote best-selling personal golf journal “Byron Nelson’s Little Black Book.”
• Edited books authored by likes of Roger Clinton, Louise Mandrell and preacher Joel Gregory.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Biden Time: Crazy Uncle Joe in His Own Words

Mike Towle

We all need a good laugh now and then, especially at the expense of a big-shot politician who opens his or her mouth and removes all doubt about their inherent idiocy, their lovable lunacy, or their daffy demeanor that again and again makes them a late-night-TV punchline. And when it comes to goofy gaffes and dimwitted declarations, nobody does it better than America’s most beloved uncle figur... read more

We all need a good laugh now and then, especially at the expense of a big-shot politician who opens his or her mouth and removes all doubt about their inherent idiocy, their lovable lunacy, or their daffy demeanor that again and again makes them a late-night-TV punchline. And when it comes to goofy gaffes and dimwitted declarations, nobody does it better than America’s most beloved uncle figur... read more

Walter Payton: Football's Sweetest Superstar (Great American Sports Legends)

Mike Towle

Walter Payton was arguably the greatest running back in the history of professional football. A star for the Chicago Bears from 1974 to 1987, Payton rushed for a National Football League career record of 16,726 yards. Known to football fans everywhere as "Sweetness," he helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl victory following the 1985 season and over the years established himself as one of the ... read more

Walter Payton was arguably the greatest running back in the history of professional football. A star for the Chicago Bears from 1974 to 1987, Payton rushed for a National Football League career record of 16,726 yards. Known to football fans everywhere as "Sweetness," he helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl victory following the 1985 season and over the years established himself as one of the ... read more

Roger Staubach: Captain America (Great American Sports Legends)

Mike Towle

If at one time the Dallas Cowboys were America's Team, Roger Staubach was America's Quarterback. Roger the Dodger was a real-life embodiment of apple pie, world championships, and role models. Staubach was a Heisman Trophy winner at Annapolis who served four years as a naval officer before going on to a stellar eleven-year career with the Dallas Cowboys that included four NFC championships and... read more

If at one time the Dallas Cowboys were America's Team, Roger Staubach was America's Quarterback. Roger the Dodger was a real-life embodiment of apple pie, world championships, and role models. Staubach was a Heisman Trophy winner at Annapolis who served four years as a naval officer before going on to a stellar eleven-year career with the Dallas Cowboys that included four NFC championships and... read more

I've Got Things to Do with My Life: The Making of an American Hero

Mike Towle

The inspirational story of Pat Tillman's incredible, heroic journey, this book explores his choice to quit the National Football League to join the elite Army Rangers and serve his country in its war against terrorism. Pat Tillman never backed down from a challenge; in fact, he sought them out his entire life. That life ended tragically and heroically in Afghanistan in April 2004.

The inspirational story of Pat Tillman's incredible, heroic journey, this book explores his choice to quit the National Football League to join the elite Army Rangers and serve his country in its war against terrorism. Pat Tillman never backed down from a challenge; in fact, he sought them out his entire life. That life ended tragically and heroically in Afghanistan in April 2004.

I Remember Ben Hogan: Personal Recollections and Revelations of Golf's Most Fascinating Legend from the People Who Knew Him Best

Mike Towle

I Remember Ben Hogan"", by Mike Towle, is filled with personal recollections of golf's most famous legend by the people who knew him best. Dozens of Hogan's confidants, peers, partners, and apprentices candidly reveal their memories of and insights into ""the Hawk"". Included are more than one hundred original stories and observations.""

I Remember Ben Hogan"", by Mike Towle, is filled with personal recollections of golf's most famous legend by the people who knew him best. Dozens of Hogan's confidants, peers, partners, and apprentices candidly reveal their memories of and insights into ""the Hawk"". Included are more than one hundred original stories and observations.""

Headfirst: The Olympic Success Story of Skeleton

Robie Vaughn, Mike Towle

This the spirited tale of how a Texas oil and gas executive spearheaded the campaign to reinstate the extreme sport of skeleton into the 2002 Winter Olympics. A story of risks and determination, follow the journey skeleton made on its way back to the Olympics, and be inspired by the dedicated athletes who believed in teamwork.

This the spirited tale of how a Texas oil and gas executive spearheaded the campaign to reinstate the extreme sport of skeleton into the 2002 Winter Olympics. A story of risks and determination, follow the journey skeleton made on its way back to the Olympics, and be inspired by the dedicated athletes who believed in teamwork.

Pete Rose: Baseball's Charlie Hustle (Great American Sports Legends)

Mike Towle

Dozens of the people who know him best - teammates, opposing players, friends, fans, hometown acquaintances, and baseball experts and observers share their memories of the man and the player.

Dozens of the people who know him best - teammates, opposing players, friends, fans, hometown acquaintances, and baseball experts and observers share their memories of the man and the player.

I Remember Pete Maravich: Personal Recollections of Basketball's Pistol Pete by the People and Players Who Knew Him

Mike Towle

I Remember Pete Maravich"", by Mike Towle, is filled with personal recollections of the people who knew NBA star Pete Maravich best. Here his life and legacy are recalled firsthand in the words of players, coaches, fans, friends, and relatives.""

I Remember Pete Maravich"", by Mike Towle, is filled with personal recollections of the people who knew NBA star Pete Maravich best. Here his life and legacy are recalled firsthand in the words of players, coaches, fans, friends, and relatives.""

Byron Nelson's Little Black Book

Byron Nelson

Byron Nelson's beloved Little Black Book, his personal golfing journal, is a must addition ot every golfer's library.

Byron Nelson's beloved Little Black Book, his personal golfing journal, is a must addition ot every golfer's library.

The Ultimate Golf Trivia Book

Mike Towle

The Ultimate Golf Trivia Book is interactive in that each of the eighteen chapters is assigned a par of three, four, or five. Readers can keep score and earn eagles, birdies, pars, bogeys, and double bogeys dependent on the number of correct answers he or she provides for that chapter. Par for this book's course is 72. Golf-savvy readers will love trying to break 80. Scattered throughout the b... read more

The Ultimate Golf Trivia Book is interactive in that each of the eighteen chapters is assigned a par of three, four, or five. Readers can keep score and earn eagles, birdies, pars, bogeys, and double bogeys dependent on the number of correct answers he or she provides for that chapter. Par for this book's course is 72. Golf-savvy readers will love trying to break 80. Scattered throughout the b... read more

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