I am a skilled book editor of nonfiction (mainly memoir, true crime, business and leadership, and self-help/health). I like to work closely with "my authors" to help shape the book they truly want to write and publish. I consult on independent publishing options. My authors win awards.
Instructor for noncredit continuing education classes in how to write, publish, and market a book.
Edit books, evaluate manuscripts, and advise on independent publishing options for authors of nonfiction.
“Creagan responsibly and compassionately covers the many steps readers can take to give themselves the best odds of surviving or avoiding cancer and other diseases.” — Publishers Weekly The facts are clear. If you want to be healthy for life -Learn to talk so your doctor will listen. -Understand every diagnosis—and realize that you can survive bad news. -Follow Dr. Ed’s 8 simple commandments f... read more
The war brought about scarcities of just about everything...except misery. “Alle raise,” (everybody out), the German soldiers screamed as they pounded on our door with the butts of their rifles. And thus began a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia, as the author’s family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis i... read more
The summer of 1939 turned out to be the last summer of author Lucy Lipiner’s childhood. On September 1, when she was six years old, her parents roused Lucy and her older sister from their beds, and with other relatives in tow fled their town of Sucha and the invasion by Nazi Germany . Their journey of survival was not easy, and in Long Journey Home: A Young Girl’s Memoir of Surviving the Holoc... read more
While pharmaceutical companies rake in billions, the health of a nation continues to decline rapidly, leaving patients and physicians searching for answers in all the wrong places. The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist’s Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food wastes no time in explaining why this is so, offering solutions that target the cause of disease rather... read more
Vegas like you've never seen, tales you've never heard -- until now. Sizzing, behind-the-scenes stories about the men, the Mob, movie stars, and missing money that made '50s and '60s Vegas such a hot spot in the Nevada desert. “On opening night at the Cal-Neva Lodge, Sinatra's guests included Marilyn Monroe, Joe Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy. Also there that weekend were Johnny Roselli ... read more
13 seconds of pure terror in a shootout with a drug dealer... Real crime. Real-life cop stories. Sergeant Mark Langan relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six-year career from youngest rookie in 1978 to narcotics sergeant on the Omaha Police force. Langan caught bold burglars who silently entered homes to get thrills off of touching sleeping ... read more
A haunting triple murder... the inside story of the investigation. When two worlds collide—the illegal transportation of tons of Mexican cartel marijuana to inner city gang members in a Midwestern city’s “hood”—three bodies end up burning, caught in a web of greed as a major international drug deal goes very bad. The chilling trail of evidence from a remote wooded area where three bodies are s... read more
Veggies Not Included is the humorous and emotionally raw recounting of one woman’s weight loss journey from fed-up to freedom. Christine Leo lost 130 pounds following a wakeup call that included a gyno trip from hell, a bridal boutique snub and a Jumbotron screen. Instead of following the diet paths most frequently traveled, she lost seven pant sizes by counting calories in her favorite types ... read more
Online Classes That Work! - 2014 USA Best Book Award & 2015 International Book Award finalist! How do you make an online class work? Engage students in the learning process – just as you do in the face-to-face classroom. There’s just one catch. Strategies that work well in the traditional classroom may not work well in the online classroom. An online class must be designed for the online class... read more
ZagZig Parenting invites you to explore a married couple’s contemporary perspective on parenting through comical vignettes that share their differences, struggles, mistakes, and failures (with raw feedback from the kids). Written by Kori, a career-driven mom, with commentary from Mike, an over-twenty-year primary caregiver to their four children, this book shows work-life integration from a di... read more
“The very first bridge I crossed was choosing to study for the priesthood, a decision that took me and everyone who knew me by surprise. Then came a series of bridges that once crossed brought me into contact with diverse peoples and their incredibly different yet similar needs.” Father Vavrina has served as a priest for many years, and has served several missions trips to help the needy. Fath... read more
In theory, Merton Financial owned the market. Everyone knew that… …But even its hotshot founder Jack Merton had to call in high-powered consulting help when the Seattle branch went off the rails with out-of-control discord, drama, dissension, and distrust. Three managers in four years. Poor customer service. Employees acting inappropriately. Revenues down. What next? That’s why Jack desperatel... read more
This is anything but your average guide to becoming an elite sales professional. Not only will it show you—not just tell you—how to use the best practices of the elite to further your career, but there are also enticing anecdotes of author, Jon Markwardt's, journey through the island of Cyprus that show how sales is in everything we do. You'll find fun and useful word tracks for you to impleme... read more
Small business owners: Do you dread interviewing job candidates? Hate the whole process? Do you feel like it takes too much time out of your day to find new employees? Forming a start-up or running to catch up with a growing business can be a lot of time-consuming work when you’re the entire HR department. Entrepreneur and owner of two successful businesses, Amy Wolf walks you through the most... read more
DOCTOR, CAN YOU NAVIGATE THE DANGEROUS WATERS TO REACH A FINANCIAL POSITION TO DO WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT? For even high-earning physicians, wealth-building is fraught with complexity.Read this book to gain insights about *The forces that shape a physician's relationship with money, *Common financial mistakes physicians make, *Habits that separate wealthy physicians from struggling physic... read more
(COLOR EDITION) A bit of memoir with a dash of recipes You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy these family stories or the ethnic-flavored goodies. Just pull up a chair to our dining room table and savor the love (served with a hearty dollop of butter and sour cream) in every recipe. Like dessert, the best is saved for last, and you’ll find Diana “Nama” Goldberg’s easy recipe for the World’s Best... read more
Cancer isn’t really funny, of course, but a little knowledge, a positive approach, and a sense of humor can make a difference in your survival and your quality of life. Larry Axmaker says he has never believed that ignorance is bliss—except in politics and how sausages are made. That’s why he shares his story of hope and help with the millions of men who, like himself, would much rather ignore... read more
Rock me all night long— A decade of rock history… and a decade of rock fan adoration for one little chiquita from Omaha who spent star-studded nights with superstars of eighties rockdom: David Lee Roth with Van Halen, Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne’s Jake E. Lee, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels and Poison, Vivian Campbell and Def Leppard, the J. Geils Band’s Peter Wo... read more
On they came, from Belgium and New Hampshire, from Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia, from the Chicago fire, from the territories: Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, the Dakotas.All the way they brawled, about Indians, about border lines, about slavery, about who was the bigger imbecile.And then they fought County Seat Wars in most of the 3,000 new counties. A thousand of those remaining ended up in south ... read more
Grab your walker, secure your catheter, and make sure there’s double adhesive on your dentures! Then hang on for dear life because you are about to ride along with the covert Senile Squad—a bunch of elderly cops who refuse to stop catching crooks. Fighting street crime the old-fashioned way is their modus operandi. The Ol’ Blues, led by their cigar-chewing Sarge, bring justice back to the stre... read more
The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas. There she entered a small and strange Volga German world whose inhabitants spoke a language she had never heard. In this odd world, she encountered whippings... read more
An inspiring, practical and progress-oriented blueprint for energetic achievement. Amid constant swirl, uncertainty, and complexity is your team capable of doing big things? Too often people are pulled together, labeled a “team,” given a directive, and expected to deliver results quickly. Soon, however, due to lack of focus, increasing pressures and competing priorities the team suffers from D... read more
"This is the go-to book for all things Iowa Great Lakes, especially Okoboji, from past history through present times. It is loaded with rare images, plus your favorites, and all the information you need. I love this book, and you will too." ~Mary Kennedy, Curator of the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum
Self-Harm, Self-Injury, Cutting Hope for a Generation, Help for Families *includes workbook, journal, and accompanying videos Many in the emerging generation have found themselves in a hopeless cycle of self-harm. Whether it's cutting, burning, hair pulling, or beating themselves up with guilt and shame, they can't get out of the same rut. Most aren't even sure why they do it. All they know is... read more
Leadership could be defined in many ways, but you don't have to be Gandhi to be a great leader. This book discusses the importance of gratitude in the workplace, and how saying thank you can help any leader boost employee morale and feeling of worth to their company.
Chocolate cake makes sweet dreams come true. In a real-life fairy tale, author Sheryl Ness shares how she fell in love with Vincenzo, a chef in a quaint Tuscan kitchen, over his decadent hot chocolate cake. This enchanting memoir will transport you to the cobblestone streets, lush hillsides dotted with grapevines and olive trees, and unique characters that create the backdrop for Sheryl’s Ital... read more
Depression feels like living on a distant dwarf planet. This workbook is your way out. In 2006, Pluto was downgraded to dwarf planet status. Jokes were written and memes were shared. Today, Pluto isn’t taken as seriously as its larger brothers and sisters in the solar system. And on a related note, depression has never been taken as seriously as its counterparts. It can safely be called the Dw... read more
Bank Robber Turns to Stacking Bitcoin:Cryptocurrency Trader No Longer Needs Banks The "Skinny Bandit"--a whiter-than-cocaine kid from the gang-filled streets of Otay in San Diego--who robbed banks to eat ironically no longer needs banks because of his steady success in Bitcoin trading and other cryptocurrencies. Meticulous and calculating, Richard Stanley continually evaded capture and grew br... read more
What is Platform Closing?Platform closing is the ability to go on any platform; whether it’s through a sales video, webinar, or offline event to present in a way that’s unforgettable, have your audience hanging on your every word, and get them wanting to invest in whatever it is that you have to offer by the end of that presentation.This is a highly specialized skill that not many people have ... read more
Most Americans have historically viewed the nation s great public hospitals as refuges of last resort for poor and uninsured people. But these iconic institutions some recently closed, some renamed, others rebuilt -- have also served as a safety valve for the nation s highly profitable medical industrial complex. They are a key to understanding the evolution of America s $3 trillion health car... read more
Derek Jay delivers a fresh make-over of the law of attraction. With easy wit, fun rhetoric, and warm personal anecdotes, he reminisces life’s lessons and captures seven-plus rules for personal transformation. Classically counter-culture driven, he shows that the paths to happiness and success are filled with paradoxical reverse truths. With a feel good and down to earth style, he powerfully su... read more
Strap in, put down your “nogs,” and get ready for takeoff. Combat veteran Seth Wilson puts his rigorous pilot training to work as a real estate entrepreneur and shows you how to navigate through uncharted skies to land successful real estate deals, provide on-target customer service, and shoot for savvy investment strategies. Take an insider’s view from the cockpit through lessons learned in t... read more
Weaving two different parts of her life, Linda Wright combines the care she received from her parents and the care she gave to them when they became elderly and frail. She was born with a rare bleeding disorder, so even the slightest bump created deep bruises on her body and a minor injury kept her out of school. The disorder limited her ability to grow up like a typical kid—riding bikes, clim... read more
A partner's betrayal doesn't have to define your relationship.The key to working through an intimate betrayal is learning how to communicate with your partner in a way that promotes truthfulness and understanding. Although such conversations are difficult to manage, our book provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to honestly discuss the issue with your partner and find a resolution ... read more
How long am I going to live? Who will be with me when I die? Will my family forgive me? Will I have pain?—are among the 31 vital end-of-life questions patients and their families ask. This book is about navigating those last days, at the bedside, and saying farewell with hope, love, and compassion.Dr. Edward Creagan provides the reassuring answers patients and families deserve. He has dedicate... read more
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I'm an experienced (400+ books, many bestsellers) nonfiction editor with a real passion for sports, fitness, health, self-help, and memoir.
Two decades as a top U.S. copy and line editor on memoirs to business, travel to cookbooks at HarperCollins, Intellectual Ventures and more.