Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy - Ghostwriter

Guilford, CT, USA

Award-winning and critically praised author and editor whose most recent project is a new edition of a New York Times best-seller.

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Overview


My most recent writing project, a new edition of a New York Times best-seller, has just been released as an audio book.

A recent editing project, a book I signed for the Lyons Press, Running to Glory, by Sam McManis, has just been named a 2019 Foreword INDIES Winner for sports, chosen by librarians and booksellers from more than 2,000 entries.

Other books I signed and edited for publishers have won a Harvard University Book of the Year, a Readers Digest Top Summer Book, an Esquire Year's Five Best Reads, a Sports Illustrated Top Book of the Year, an American Library Association, Best Non-Fiction, and a Runner's World Best Book of the Year, among others.

Books I wrote published in 2019 include a new edition The New York Times best-selling From Baghdad with Love; National Parks Conservation Association: A Century of Impact; and Lead Now, Manage Later: The Straight Shooter's Guide to Business Success.

Some praise from clients and critics for just a few writing and editing projects:

"Your sensitive writing illuminated the entire story." --Rick Starr, Archivist, Rye Country Day School

“Thanks to Tom McCarthy, for being a great human being, a brilliant editor, and for making me look far better than I actually am.” --Sprague Theobald, Emmy Award Winner

"McCarthy shows a good sense for the interesting and gory detail, offering up plenty of blood-soaked action while keeping it appropriate. A breezy offering . . . " --Kirkus Reviews, on Pirates and Shipwrecks

"The interviews crackle with immediacy." -The New York Times, on Embedded, Harvard Book of the Year

“The book offers not only an arresting remembrance, but also an inspirational one that’s filled with wisdom gained through difficult experience.” –Kirkus Reviews, on Swimming Upstream

For any project--writing or editing--we begin with a talk about your vision for your book, how you want to tell your story, and who you want to read it. This first conversation and the many others we'll have along the way to publication allow me to hear how you speak, think, and work. These talks will produce a book that is unique to you.

As the book comes together, you will approve each chapter. I act only as an adviser and sometime's Devil's Advocate, but your decisions are final.

This system has worked--and worked well--because you will direct the course you want to take.

There are no surprises, and you'll be in charge the entire way.


After 25 years, I know the industry, how it works, and what publishers and literary agents look for--and offer my hard-won non-fiction ghostwriting and developmental and line editing experiences across a wide range of topics, including

  • Memoir

  • Sports

  • Health & Fitness

  • Business

  • Adventure

  • Corporate and Business Histories

  • Family Histories

  • Sports Team Histories

  • School Histories

  • Anniversary Commemorations

  • True Crime



Languages
English (SA)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sports & Outdoors

Awards

  • Harvard University’s Goldsmith Award, Book of the Year: Embedded, The Media at War in Iraq
  • Readers Digest, Top Five Summer Books, King of Heists
  • Sports Illustrated Top Books of the Year: Facing Ali
  • Esquire magazine’s Year’s Five Best Reads: Far Afield, A Sportswriting Odyssey
  • Runner’s World Best Books of the Year: Everyone’s Guide to Running and Be Iron Fit
  • Foreword, Best Sports Books: Cohn-Head
  • American Library Association, Best Non-Fiction, In the Margins Book Award for America's Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope
  • Silver Medal: Independent Publishers: Best Regional Non-Fiction, For Sale: American Paradise: How Our Nation was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida
  • E-Captain: Best Books of the Year: Crossing the Bar, The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot
  • BookSense Notable Pick: Patriots Act: Voices of Dissent
  • BookSense Notable Pick : The Color of Love
  • Ben Franklin Award Finalist: Hell Is Over, Voices of the Kurds After Saddam
  • Ben Franklin Award, Sports: Duty, Honor, Victory, America’s Athletes in World War II
  • CASEY Award Finalist for Spitball, The Literary Baseball Magazine: A Tale of Two Cities

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (over 11 years)

Providing ghostwriting, editing, and consultation for more than 10 years.

Work includes:

• Editorial Director:
The McBooks/Sheridan House Initiative. Organized, proposed, and signed four lists through Fall 2021 for this emerging imprint of fiction and non-fiction maritime books.

• Senior Acquisitions Editor:
The Lyons Press, specializing in history, military history, sports, and boating

• Writer, Grandin Hood Publishers
Recent work includes anniversary histories for Rye Country Day School, Agnes Irwin School, and the National Parks Conservation Association

• Writing/Editing

More than 20 titles published in 2017-2020.
With clients in the United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, I went global in 2013. Specializing in editing and ghost-writing nonfiction titles including health, history, current events, sports, fitness, and travel. Writing samples and review comments available.

Ghost-Writing Works in Progress:

• Harvest of Innocence, an attorney’s account of his 25-year involvement in the West Memphis 3 murders: to be completed in September 2018
• No Remorse Divorce, a how-to guide on collaborative mediation: to be completed August 2018

Past Work:

Imprint Head: Seahorse Press, a Division of Skyhorse Publishing
November 2016 to January 2017
Direct new imprint of sailing and boating titles, with eight new books signed and edited for our premier list in Fall 2016; another twelve titles developed and signed for Spring and Fall 2017.

Executive Editor
The Lyons Press, Guilford, CT
(A Division of Globe-Pequot Press)
December 2005 to January 2009

Acting Editorial Director
The Lyons Press, Guilford CT
(A Division of Globe-Pequot Press)
June 2005 to December 2005

Education
Bachelor of Arts, English/Creative Writing
The Pennsylvania State University

Portfolio (14 selected works)

From Baghdad, With Love: A Dog, A Marine, and the Love That Saved Them

Jay Kopelman, Melinda Roth, Tom McCarthy

An ultimately uplifting lesson on life and love that only a special bond can bring.What happens when the indelible bond between a man and a dog formed in the harshest of conditions is put the test? Moving and uplifting, here is the long-awaited updated edition of The New York Times best-selling From Baghdad with Love.Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman went to extraordinary lengths to bring back to America ... read more

An ultimately uplifting lesson on life and love that only a special bond can bring.What happens when the indelible bond between a man and a dog formed in the harshest of conditions is put the test? Moving and uplifting, here is the long-awaited updated edition of The New York Times best-selling From Baghdad with Love.Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman went to extraordinary lengths to bring back to America ... read more

Lead Now, Manage Later: The Straight Shooter's Guide to Business Success

R Paul Vuolle

You expect clarity and simplicity from a leader; you expect their words to count. But such is not always the case. A leadership vacuum is occurring globally in government politics, with corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs, and in struggling companies. This is not a good foundation to build a transformational process, which demands direction, simplicity, clarity and--of course--has consequences. Usin... read more

You expect clarity and simplicity from a leader; you expect their words to count. But such is not always the case. A leadership vacuum is occurring globally in government politics, with corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs, and in struggling companies. This is not a good foundation to build a transformational process, which demands direction, simplicity, clarity and--of course--has consequences. Usin... read more

National Parks Conservation Association: A Century of Impact

Tom McCarthy, Whit Stiles

A Century of Impact celebrates the first 100 years of the National Parks Conservation Association, tracing its history and vision through stunning photography and tales of victory in a beautifully designed keepsake book. From its founding by the same visionaries who helped to create the National Park Service to present-day battles to protect our public lands, the National Parks Conservation As... read more

A Century of Impact celebrates the first 100 years of the National Parks Conservation Association, tracing its history and vision through stunning photography and tales of victory in a beautifully designed keepsake book. From its founding by the same visionaries who helped to create the National Park Service to present-day battles to protect our public lands, the National Parks Conservation As... read more

Square One: Returning to Life and Competitive Running after My Devastating Stroke

Dirk Vlieks

Dirk Vlieks was at the top of his game. At the age of thirty-two he was a top-ranked triathlete with numerous Ironman finishes under his belt. That all changed in an instant one day in June of 2006 when he stepped groggily from his bike in Honu, Hawaii, and collapsed. He had suffered a stroke so devastating that by the time he reached the hospital, a doctor told his wife to prepare to turn off... read more

Dirk Vlieks was at the top of his game. At the age of thirty-two he was a top-ranked triathlete with numerous Ironman finishes under his belt. That all changed in an instant one day in June of 2006 when he stepped groggily from his bike in Honu, Hawaii, and collapsed. He had suffered a stroke so devastating that by the time he reached the hospital, a doctor told his wife to prepare to turn off... read more

Swimming Upstream: My Struggle and Triumph Over Cancer and the Medical Establishment: New Hope in Cancer Treatment

Sajjad Iqbal M.D.

As an experienced pediatrician, Sajjad Iqbal, MD, had long enjoyed using his medical expertise to treat children’s illnesses and alleviate their parents’ concerns. Suddenly, however, he was on the other side of the divide. As Iqbal began to battle severe facial paralysis, misguided and obstinate doctors became an obstacle to finding a correct diagnosis and treatment. Iqbal’s doctors believed t... read more

As an experienced pediatrician, Sajjad Iqbal, MD, had long enjoyed using his medical expertise to treat children’s illnesses and alleviate their parents’ concerns. Suddenly, however, he was on the other side of the divide. As Iqbal began to battle severe facial paralysis, misguided and obstinate doctors became an obstacle to finding a correct diagnosis and treatment. Iqbal’s doctors believed t... read more

Stories of the Old West

Price, Steven, McCarthy, Tom

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