GHOSTWRITING AND COLLABORATION
Most of my work involves ghostwriting and collaboration. This means, while you supply the ideas, I can help you organize them, refine them, and get them onto the page. If you'd prefer to start with your own first draft, I can provide detailed feedback and edits to help you improve your style, voice, and delivery, or rewrite your words into something that sings on the page. Or I can spend some time interviewing you and then provide the first draft myself. We'll often start with a proposal (see below) or, if you've already sold your book, we'll work to refine the concept and structure before starting the writing process itself.
After a decade as an acquiring editor, I know what publishers are looking for and can help you position your book to get noticed. To secure a publishing deal with a traditional publisher, you'll need a book proposal, a 50-60 page document that will not only help you sell your book to publishers, but also help you discover the book you truly want to write. It explains what your book is about, why readers will care, and how you will partner with a publisher to get the book noticed. It examines your book's competition in the marketplace and helps you discern your distinctive. This process is a great way to whittle down the main messages of your book, determine the best structure, and to help you discover your voice as an author, and can take anywhere from three to six months. When you've completed the proposal, you'll have just created the blueprint of the book, allowing you to know exactly what you are going to write when you sit down to write the book itself.
If this is the first time you are having a professional read your work, request a manuscript review. This is an overall assessment of the current state of your manuscript. I read the entire book, identifying extraneous
or unclear material, helping you create stronger arguments and transitions, perhaps even suggesting a new structure for the book. You'll receive a 3-5 page editorial letter that will allow you to go back in and make the
next draft even stronger.
If you'd like a more traditional developmental edit, I can do all of the above plus provide detailed line
edits to identify weak language or unclear prose. In this case, I work in the word document itself, using track changes, in addition to sending the 3-5 page editorial letter.
If you aren't sure which of the above services you need, or if you just want to talk through your publishing dreams with someone who knows the ins and outs of the business, you can hire me on an hourly basis to be your sounding board as you figure out your next steps.
For most authors, you need to have a literary agent to submit your proposal to a publisher. I have relationships with over forty of the top literary agents in the country. Once you have completed a proposal, I can use my database of contacts to help you get connected with the right one for you.
Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss how I might be of service. If I am currently booked and not taking on additional projects, I have a number of trusted colleagues I can refer you to.