I hear voices. No, I’m not mentally ill. (You in the back, wipe that smirk off your face.) They’re the voices of my authors. I listen to their voices and stories, shape them and turn them into compelling, award-winning nonfiction books.
Sometimes I’ll do it by developing a concept, doing hours of interviews and ghostwriting their book from scratch. Or I’ll write a book proposal that gets the author an agent and a publishing deal. Perhaps I’ll advise and coach while they write their own rough draft, then edit and polish the manuscript until it shines. On other occasions, I’ll develop an action plan that takes the author from concept and writing process to publishing and marketing while preparing them to do the writing themselves.
Whichever path my authors choose, my job is the same: help them bring their stories to the world in a way that furthers their goals, from enhancing a personal brand to making the New York Times bestseller list. I’ve done it more than 45 times since 2004. I can probably do it for you.
“You know, I’ve always wanted to
write a book.” I hear that all the time. (So
much that I used it as the title of my
book, but I digress.) People dream for years about writing a book.
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