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Nancy Jo Sullivan

Nancy Jo Sullivan - Ghostwriter

Minneapolis, United States

Award winning author, editor and ghostwriter specializes in transforming your experience into words that impact and inspire the world.

Overview

My skills are well-honed. Over the last twenty years, I have authored articles, inspirational stories, profiles, blogs, and award-winning essays for some of the most reputable publishers in the country, including Random House, The Huffington Post, Loyola, and Reader’s Digest. I have also published seven inspirational books which have sold well in both the secular and Christian markets.

On the editorial front, I worked for Multnomah/Random House as the co-compiler and editor of their Stories for the Heart Series, a bestseller for many years, and for Guidepost Books’ on their Miracle Series. My responsibilities included recruiting, evaluating, editing and ghostwriting hundreds of manuscripts from across the country. I secured stories for the series by interviewing ordinary people about the power of family, friendship, and faith and crafting their reflections into a succinct 800-2000 word format. My themes included parenting, dealing with cancer, caring for aging parents, conquering grief and fear, raising special children, healing family hurts, and standing in solidarity with the poor.

At this point in my writing journey, I am interested in aligning myself with authors who have a great story but lack the confidence to write it. As your ghostwriter, I will challenge you to unearth the jewels that are buried within your life-experience, every beautiful insight, perspective, and lesson. Together, we will polish your story and perfect it for publication.

RECOMMENDATIONS ON SULLIVAN’S WORK

"Working with Nancy Jo means your expectations will be met or exceeded in ways you wish you had thought of before."
David Morris, Vice President & Publisher at Zondervan, Former Senior Editor, Guideposts Books

“Graceful simplicity, Read and be moved.”
Gary Sledge, Former Managing Editor, Reader’s Digest

"As former Vice President of Publishing at Augsburg Fortress Publishers, I have worked with some of the best people in the Christian publishing business. Nancy Jo Sullivan would absolutely fit in that category. I have great confidence in her and would highly recommend her work."
Bill Huff, Principal, Huff Publishing Associates

“Nancy Jo Sullivan is a talented writer, speaker and editor. Her skills run the gamut of the publishing process and she brings a level of professionalism and integrity to all she does.”
Joe Durepos, Director of Acquisitions, Loyola Press

"Nancy Jo is a master storyteller through the written word. She magically holds you captive to word upon word as you laugh, cry, think and reflect. Her writing crosses the chasm between a learned technique to a natural gift."
Lisa Stilwell, Senior Editor, Harper Collins

"Nancy Jo Sullivan is one of my favorite authors. She has a gift for weaving beauty, wisdom and tenderness into every sentence she writes. Her words not only touch the heart, they linger long after the last page is turned."
Alice Gray, Compiler of Stories for the Heart, Multnomah-Random House

"Nancy Jo writes from the heart with charm and vividness. She shows how touching everyday moments can be."
Rick Hamlin, Executive Editor, Guideposts Magazine

"Our readers have consistently loved and responded with great enthusiasm to Nancy Jo's work, which is always uplifting and inspirational."
Lisa Hendey, Founder of

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Parenting & Families Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • University St. Catherine's- English BA

Awards

  • Catholic Press Association

Work experience

Writer and Minister

Leadership Roles in Parishes within the Twin Cities Area
August, 1988 – Present (over 29 years)

I have balanced a very successful writing career with a variety of leadership roles within the Christian church. Having worked in both Catholic and Evangelical venues, I am skilled at teaching and mentoring students of all ages and backgrounds. A seasoned director of faith formation programs, I’ve written curriculum and designed retreats, workshops, and keynote addresses. I have also worked closely with grief coalitions in the Minneapolis area, speaking regularly to the newly bereaved and drawing on my own stories of loss and healing to encourage participants. Having raised a child with Down syndrome, I welcome opportunities to work with those who are challenged by disabilities. I seek to encourage, challenge, and inspire my clients.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a Surprising Walk of Faith

Nancy Jo Sullivan

Testifying to the life-changing and joy-giving power of the sacraments, Catholic author Nancy Jo Sullivan shares how moments in her life and that of her late daughter Sarah--who had Down syndrome--unexpectedly triggered a renewed faith and deeper relationship with God and others.With startling and courageous clarity, Nancy Jo Sullivan recalls the journey that led her to renew and reclaim the f... read more

Testifying to the life-changing and joy-giving power of the sacraments, Catholic author Nancy Jo Sullivan shares how moments in her life and that of her late daughter Sarah--who had Down syndrome--unexpectedly triggered a renewed faith and deeper relationship with God and others.With startling and courageous clarity, Nancy Jo Sullivan recalls the journey that led her to renew and reclaim the f... read more

Small Mercies: Glimpses of God in Everyday Life

Nancy Jo Sullivan

People who are only nominally spiritual have relatively little trouble sensing some sort of Divine presence when looking up at a beautiful snow-capped mountain or looking around in a grand cathedral. But even deeply spiritual individuals would likely admit that finding God in the places and faces that define daily life can be a bit more challenging.In Small Mercies, fifty-something Nancy Jo Su... read more

People who are only nominally spiritual have relatively little trouble sensing some sort of Divine presence when looking up at a beautiful snow-capped mountain or looking around in a grand cathedral. But even deeply spiritual individuals would likely admit that finding God in the places and faces that define daily life can be a bit more challenging.In Small Mercies, fifty-something Nancy Jo Su... read more

Did You Get What You Prayed For?

Nancy Jo Sullivan, Jane Kise

Millions of people struggle with questions about how to pray, what to pray for, and even whether to pray at all. Nancy Jo Sullivan and Jane Kise help people get away from the magic formula mentality of prayer and recognize how God is at work in their lives. With explorative retellings of relevant Bible stories, true accounts of people's prayer experiences, and reflections by the authors, this ... read more

Millions of people struggle with questions about how to pray, what to pray for, and even whether to pray at all. Nancy Jo Sullivan and Jane Kise help people get away from the magic formula mentality of prayer and recognize how God is at work in their lives. With explorative retellings of relevant Bible stories, true accounts of people's prayer experiences, and reflections by the authors, this ... read more

What I've Learned from My Daughter: Blessings from a Special Child

Nancy Jo Sullivan

Sometimes God's greatest gifts are unrecognized. Such was the case with Nancy Jo Sullivan, an expecting mother who received the unexpected: a Down syndrome child. Open to God's plan, and filled with love for her child, Nancy Jo came to realize that her daughter Sarah was a sacred surprise disguised as a handicapped baby.

Sometimes God's greatest gifts are unrecognized. Such was the case with Nancy Jo Sullivan, an expecting mother who received the unexpected: a Down syndrome child. Open to God's plan, and filled with love for her child, Nancy Jo came to realize that her daughter Sarah was a sacred surprise disguised as a handicapped baby.

Moments of Grace: Stories of Ordinary People and an Extraordinary God

Nancy Jo Sullivan

In this heartwarming volume, surprising, true stories illustrate how normal people can move the mightiest mountain. Fascinating anecdotes reveal the ways an extraordinary God uses ordinary Christians to transform lives: a retired landscaper-turned-church maintenance man starts a nationally recognized ministry for the poor; a teenage girl offers comfort to a teacher who has just given birth to ... read more

In this heartwarming volume, surprising, true stories illustrate how normal people can move the mightiest mountain. Fascinating anecdotes reveal the ways an extraordinary God uses ordinary Christians to transform lives: a retired landscaper-turned-church maintenance man starts a nationally recognized ministry for the poor; a teenage girl offers comfort to a teacher who has just given birth to ... read more

2015: A Book of Grace-Filled Days

Nancy Jo Sullivan

There are times we may feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace of our lives; and when it comes time to reflect upon our day in meditation and prayer, we may be unable to concentrate. Finding inspiration and receiving grace each day is important to a prayerful life, and 2015: A Book of Grace-Filled Days provides a concise and structured way to listen to God’s voice every day of the year.2015: A Boo... read more

There are times we may feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace of our lives; and when it comes time to reflect upon our day in meditation and prayer, we may be unable to concentrate. Finding inspiration and receiving grace each day is important to a prayerful life, and 2015: A Book of Grace-Filled Days provides a concise and structured way to listen to God’s voice every day of the year.2015: A Boo... read more

Sharing and Caring Hands: My Mondays with Mary Jo Copeland

Nancy Jo Sullivan

Book by Sullivan, Nancy Jo

Book by Sullivan, Nancy Jo

My Sister, My Friend

Nancy Jo Sullivan

Rediscover your most tender friendship in these heartwarming stories, uplifting poems, and nostalgic hand-tinted photographs celebrating the special bond between sisters.

Rediscover your most tender friendship in these heartwarming stories, uplifting poems, and nostalgic hand-tinted photographs celebrating the special bond between sisters.

Stories for a Teen's Heart: Book 3

Stories for a Teen's Heart: Book Three features this series' best stories yet reviewed by teenage readers -- over 100 selections showing teens making a difference among their friends and peers. Captivating stories on themes such as family, friends, tough times, character, and doing the right thing will encourage teens to make wise choices and put God first.

Stories for a Teen's Heart: Book Three features this series' best stories yet reviewed by teenage readers -- over 100 selections showing teens making a difference among their friends and peers. Captivating stories on themes such as family, friends, tough times, character, and doing the right thing will encourage teens to make wise choices and put God first.

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