Our Ghostwriting and Editing Team

Our dynamic staff of New York Times bestselling authors, ghostwriters, publishing insiders, and editors has been ghostwriting and editing manuscripts for more than ten years. Our innovative team approach to the book-writing and publishing process offers clients focused attention from multiple industry experts who work collaboratively and effectively to produce the best possible result. (See our client list.)

We believe that anyone with a compelling story, innovative concept, or empowering message deserves the opportunity to share it in the form of a well-written book.

You’ll find that our professionalism and personalized client care stand out among an industry dominated by impersonal outsourcing companies and budget services who value the quick buck over trade excellence and enduring professional relationships.

If words, creativity, and effective communication are essential to your personal or professional goals, then we are ready and equipped to serve you with passion and precision.

Kevin Anderson, Editor-in-Chief and CEO

A highly successful New York Times bestselling editor, ghostwriter, and Harvard-educated scholar of literary criticism, Kevin oversees all operations at our firm and is often our clients’ first point of contact. Kevin works closely with clients and staff to ensure the highest level of quality and service.
See Kevin Anderson’s full bio.

Cole Gustafson, Managing Editor

Harvard-educated literature scholar, former English professor, and professional ghostwriter with over 15 years of experience, Cole assesses client projects and oversees the ghostwriting and publishing process. With a passion for perfection, Cole fully immerses himself in his work to foster a synergistic creative collaboration.
See Cole Gustafson’s full bio.

Kristen headshot.Kristen Weber, Project Manager

Kristen assesses clients’ publishing needs during the conceptual phase and then oversees the publishing or self-publishing process. A long-time Faculty Assistant and editor at Harvard Business School, as well as a veteran ghostwriter with KAA, Kristen’s wealth of expertise and attention to detail ensures a smooth and efficient experience for our clients.
See Kristen’s full bio.

alexandra-napolitano-team-photo-2 Alexandra Napolitano, Coordinating Editor

A member of the team since 2013, Alexandra is an experienced writer, screenwriter, and editor who has collaborated with hundreds of aspiring writers and widely-published authors. As part of the management team, she reviews and assesses incoming manuscripts and coordinates communication between clients and staff.

Ghostwriters and Editors

Our diverse team includes just over 40 staff writers, editors, and publishing consultants, each with a unique style and skill set. The majority of our staff work from our Manhattan or Nashville office, though several members of our team correspond remotely. Please let us know if you would like to interview any member of our staff and we will gladly accommodate—pending availability.

 

ghostwriting ghostwriter editorCaroline Leavitt, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Novel, Developmental Editing, Creative Writing

Caroline is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and part-time novel-writing instructor at Stanford University and UCLA. She started writing stories when she was in second grade and always knew she wanted to be a novelist. She’s the author of two New York Times bestselling novels, Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, along with eight other critically acclaimed books. Pictures of You was listed as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, Bookmarks magazine and the Providence Journal. It was also a Costco “Pennie’s Pick.” Is This Tomorrow was an Indie Next Pick, a Jewish Book Council Pick, long listed for the Maine Reader’s Prize, a WNBA Great Reading Group selection, and a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick, as well as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by January magazine. Caroline is also a book critic whose reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and People Magazine.

Profile 2Kira Breed-Wrisley, Ghostwriter, Screenwriter & Playwright

Specialties: Memoir, Fiction, Thriller/Horror

Kira is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, professional screenwriter, playwright, and ghostwriter. Her ghostwritten and credited books have secured contracts with Big-5 publishers, including multi-book offers from HarperCollins and Scholastic. Her most recent novel, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes (Scholastic 2016), coauthored with Scott Cawthon, was a #1 New York Times bestseller for 15 weeks.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in history, Kira began her career in writing as a playwright, focusing largely on social justice and youth education issues. Her plays have been performed all over Upstate NY, New England, and NYC. Partners in production have included youth theater company The Media Unit, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Labor Council of CNY, Vera House Women’s Shelter, and Onondaga County School Systems. Her work has won awards from SALT (Syracuse Area Live Theater), Vera House Women’s Shelter, Ivy Film Festival, and CHC/Syracuse International Film Festival.

Kira’s recent work focuses mostly on ghostwriting memoir and a wide variety of trade fiction, including young adult, thriller/horror, and chick lit.

marcia-layton-turner-2014Marcia Layton Turner, Ghostwriter

Specialty: Nonfiction, Business

New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer Marcia has authored, coauthored, or ghostwritten nearly 35 nonfiction books. She works almost exclusively with entrepreneurs, CEOs, senior executives, consultants, and business owners. Many of her titles and those of her clients have been published by John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, and MacMillan. Her Unofficial Guide to Starting a Small Business was named one of “Best Business Book[s]” of the year by Library Journal.

When not ghostwriting books, Marcia writes articles and blog posts for outlets like Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Forbes Online, US News & World Report.com, CNN Money, and AmEx OPEN Forum. She earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BA with honors from Wellesley College.

Ghostwriter and Editor, Ghostwriting Services Jim Ballard, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Memoir, Spiritual, Self-Help, Inspirational Nonfiction

Jim is a seasoned, highly imaginative ghostwriter, author, co-author, and editor. In addition to his own titles published by Random House, John Wiley, and Beyond Words, he has co-authored a number of books with business guru and bestselling author Ken Blanchard (which have been published by Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, Josey-Bass and Harper-Collins). His titles include the bestselling Whale Done series (Whale Done, Whale Done Parenting, the Whale Done School), Customer Mania, Everyone’s A Coach with Don Shula, Managing by Values, and No Ordinary Move.

Jim’s spiritual bent and his many years as a life coach, Big Brother, and hospice worker have put him in demand as a ghostwriter of memoirs, business books, spiritual books, coaching books, books on aging wisely, life fulfillment, and handling bereavement.

Wendy Lee, Ghostwriter and Editor, Ghostwriting Services Wendy Lee, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Spiritual/Inspirational Nonfiction, Memoir

Wendy started her publishing career at HarperCollins, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors and debut novelists. Then, at Lantern Books, an independent press in Brooklyn, she edited nonfiction by spiritual leaders and a variety of inspirational memoirs, including one by a MacArthur Genius Grant winner. No matter the genre, she is especially interested in stories that reflect a diverse background.

In addition to being an editor, Wendy is the author of the novels The Art of Confidence (Kensington Books, 2016), Across a Green Ocean (Kensington Books, 2015), and Happy Family (Grove Atlantic, 2008). Happy Family was named one of the top 10 debut novels of the year by Booklist and awarded an honorable mention from the Association of Asian American Studies. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo for her fiction.

Wendy’s passion for education has led her to teach English in China and classes at the Asian American Writers Workshop. She has also mentored NYC high school students with the nonprofit Girls Write Now, and tutored under-resourced students in Los Angeles with 826LA.

Kate Hanley, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Health, Personal Development, Self-Help, Spirituality
Education: New York University, M.A. in Educational Communications and Technology

Kate is a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter, veteran health journalist, and author. She ghosted Effortless Healing, published by Random House, for Dr. Joseph Mercola and has had her own books published by National Geographic Books (A Year of Daily Calm), Adams Media (Stress Less) and Globe Pequot Press (The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide and The 28 Days Lighter Diet).

Kate’s three decades in book publishing began in the early 90s in San Francisco at a tiny publishing company founded by Shirley Jackson’s son. From there, she spent two decades honing her ability to connect with a mass women’s audience, first as a producer of websites and books for iVillage.com and then as a freelance writer, where her work has appeared in dozens of national publications, including REAL SIMPLE, Whole Living, Yoga Journal, Natural Health, Playboy, and on behalf of a who’s-who of corporate clients, including the Cleveland Clinic, Duke Integrative Medicine, Citibank’s Women & Co., and Sesame Workshop.

On every project, Kate combines her background as a mindfulness teacher with her deep insight into the world of writing to create a uniquely low-stress and high-impact working experience.

Ghostwriter and Editor Tom Seligson, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir (particularly of celebrities and newsmakers), True Crime, Adventure, Narrative Nonfiction, Popular Fiction

Tom is a widely published author, journalist, and Emmy winning writer/producer for television. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Glamour, Self, Mademoiselle, Redbook, American Health, and the L.A. Times. He was a Contributing Editor to Parade for more than 20 years.

One of Tom’s specialties is celebrity profiles. He has interviewed and written cover stories on Ben Stiller, Richard Dreyfuss, Kirk Douglas, Cybill Shepherd, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Loren, Jamie Lee Curtis, Henry Winkler, Joe Pesci, Sidney Poitier, Bette Midler, Joan Collins, Melanie Griffith, Tea Leoni and others.

Tom prides himself on his extensive research and the close bond he forms with the people he writes about, whether it’s a Hollywood household name, or an everyday hero.

Another specialty of his is true crime. He has written about bounty hunters, undercover female cops, and Joe Pistone, the FBI agent who, as Donnie Brasco, infiltrated the mob. His story about the death penalty for minors led to the Supreme Court raising the age for execution.

Tom is also a veteran writer/producer for television. He has produced for all the major networks. As an Executive Producer for CBS, he oversaw the writing of more than 300 hours of programming for all the cable networks. His work has earned him 4 Emmys and 5 Emmy nominations, among other awards.

His book writing credits are equally impressive, having authored 6 published books: The High School Revolutionaries (Random House), To Be Young in Babylon (Warner’s Paperback Library), Stalking (New American Library), Doubles and Kidd (Dell), and King of Hearts (Saugatuck Books).

Both Stalking and Kidd were optioned for the movies. Kidd was bought outright by Disney as the basis for the National Treasure franchise.

ernesto-mestre-photoDr. Ernesto Mestre, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spanish Translation

Ernesto is an award-winning novelist, editor, writing coach, and translator. He has taught at several prestigious MFA writing programs over the last two decades, and his work has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His novels, The Lazarus Rumba and The Second Death of Única Aveyano, have received critical acclaim from the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, and Kirkus. A third novel, Sacrificio, is forthcoming in 2017.

Ernesto is also a prolific translator and has translated prize-winning Latin American and Spanish novels into English from renowned writers such as Laura Esquivel, Laura Restrepo, and Eduardo Lago. Ernesto has published nonfiction pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Lincoln Center Review, and other venues. His client’s manuscripts have been published at major houses, including Riverhead, Knopf, Random House, and Harper Collins.

karen-lacey-business-photoKaren Lacey, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Memoir, Fiction, Health and Wellbeing

Karen Lacey is a bestselling author who’s worked with some of the largest and most established publishing firms in the world, including Penguin, McGraw Hill, Wiley, and AMACOM. Over the last decade, she has ghostwritten, edited, and doctored a plethora of books on behalf of her clients, several of which have been published by major publishers and gone on to become bestsellers.

Karen spent seven years as a wildlife photographer and writer in southern Africa, and after moving to London spent two years writing daily financial analyses for a boutique investment firm. She has made appearances on Sky Business News and Reuters TV and conducted daily commentaries on Bloomberg News. Karen has also written three novels, countless short stories, and is a 2011 graduate of the Odyssey Writer’s Workshop.

Ellis Ghostwriter EditorEllis Weiner, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Creative Writing, Parody, Memoir, Humor, Satire

Ellis is a widely published bestselling author and the only person who has written for all three of America’s premier humor publications of the last fifty years. He has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1979 and an editor of National Lampoon—his work can be seen in the current documentary Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead. He was also a columnist for the late, much-lamented, Spy magazine.

As a long-accomplished parodist, Ellis has copied (and mocked) the prose styles of the great and the near-great, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Herman Melville, Joan Didion, Martin Heidegger, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Updike, John Irving, John Lilly, the Italian Futurist Filippo Marinetti, Ayn Rand, and—who else?—Ernest Hemingway. His parody of Frank Herbert’s Dune has become somewhat of a cult classic. His ability to absorb and replicate another writer’s rhythm, tone, and style make him a particularly effective ghostwriter and developmental editor.

Ellis is author or co-author of numerous books, including the bestselling Yiddish With Dick and Jane, How to Raise a Jewish Dog, How to Profit from the Coming Rapture, Santa Lives! Five Conclusive Arguments for the Existence of Santa Claus, the comic mysteries Drop Dead, My Lovely and The Big Boat to Bye-Bye (NAL), and the middle-grade children’s series, The Templeton Twins Have an Idea and The Templeton Twins Make a Scene. His novelization of the movie Howard the Duck won wide praise, in sharp contrast to the movie itself.

He has taught comic writing at UCLA and published the definitive appreciation for the author Stephen Potter (One-Upmanship) in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

admin-ajax.phpMurphy Hooker, Coauthor, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Screenwriter

Specialties: Business, Self-help, Narrative Nonfiction, Instructional Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoirs, Humor, Travel and Adventure, Politics, Spirituality, Television and Film

Murphy is an award-winning screenwriter, widely published author, and ghostwriter. Talented, curious, and highly versatile, he can inhabit almost any genre and adapt his style to any individual voice. He specializes in bringing his clients’ stories and concepts to life through heightened narratives, soulful characterizations, crackling dialogue, and irreverent humor.

His first book, Starting Your Career as an Interior Designer (Allworth Press | Random House) was named one of the “Best ‘How To’ Books of the Year” by Library Journal and was such a success it spawned a series of books for his clients and is taught in universities around the United States. Murphy’s latest book, Let’s Go Mad: A Year Abroad in Search of Utopia and Enlightenment, was acquired by Skyhorse Publishing (Perseus Books Group) and published in 2016. He was also a ghostwriter on a humorous political commentary book that will be published in late 2016 by Hachette Book Group.

Murphy has an impressive business-writing background, having spent seven years as a Senior Communications Manager and speechwriter for Charles Schwab, Inc. where he created executive communications and strategic messaging platforms for the CEO, five Retail Presidents and the Senior Leadership Team.

Murphy is also the filmmaker behind the acclaimed comedy short, World Bender, which was a hit at the 2014 Friars Club Comedy Film Festival and is being developed into a television series. Before that, he created dozens of TV series for Rehab, an independent production company, and was the resident film blogger for 7×7.com where his blog Hooker’s Reel attracted more than 2 million hits a year. Murphy was also a comedy writer on the television show, Hello World, and has written creative content for digital platforms Crackle, Fox Digital Studio, Dish Network, HuffPost, and brands Charles Schwab, eBay and Gap, Inc.

Ghostwriter, Editor, Testimonial, TerryDr. Terry Hummer, Editor & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Developmental Editing, Fiction, Memoir, Poetry, Essays
Education: University of Utah, PhD in Creative Writing

Terry is an award-winning author and gifted editor whose professional experience includes being a tenured professor of creative writing and editing the works of several modern literary icons, including Joyce Carol Oates. The author of twelve books of poetry and two books of essays, Terry is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Richard Wright Medal for Literary Excellence, the Hanes Prize for poetry, and two Pushcart Prizes. In addition to teaching creative writing as a full faculty member at such schools as Kenyon College, Middlebury College, University of Oregon, and Arizona State University, he has been the editor-in-chief of three major literary magazines: The Kenyon Review, The New England Review, and The Georgia Review. For fifteen years, at the helms of these publications, Terry provided hands-on, substantive editing services to dozens of prominent authors, including Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Levine, Robert Olen Butler, Garrett Hongo, Reginald McKnight, and Reynolds Price. Terry lives in Cold Spring, New York with his wife, various cats, and a menagerie of saxophones, which he has labored for 55 years to learn to play.

Nicole Franklin Headshot August 2015Nicole Franklin, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Nonfiction, Investigative Reporting, Biography, Screenplays, Media Analysis and Critique, Celebrity Profiles
Education: Ramapo College of New Jersey, Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies

Nicole is a prolific writer whose Emmy-Award winning work in broadcasting has influenced her storytelling as an author for both print and the screen. Nicole’s credits as a creator, producer, and writer include work that’s been featured on Sundance Channel, Showtime, Nickelodeon, IFC, and BET.

Nicole has worked in the national newsrooms of all three major networks while simultaneously pursuing in-depth fieldwork as an independent documentarian, garnering numerous festival awards and grant awards from The Jerome Foundation, New York Women in Film & Television and Foundation to Promote Open Society/Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Nicole pursues the humanity behind real-life archetypes in order to uncover and author a compelling story.

Nicole continues to be recognized for changing the narrative when it comes to stories featuring communities of color in the United States and indigenous communities in the U.S. and abroad. Her distinctive research and interviewing style often result in extraordinary access to the innermost revelations from real-life characters.

Nicole’s professional affiliations include Directors Guild of America (DGA), Producers Guild of America (PGA East), The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), The Black Documentary Collective (BDC) and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).

Author Photo_Banash-Dr. Jennifer Banash, Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Education: University of Iowa, PhD in English

Jennifer is a critically acclaimed writer, a former professor of English and creative writing, and has ghostwritten several New York Times bestselling books in the young adult genre for major publishers (including Penguin). A widely published author in her own right, she is also the author of six critically acclaimed YA novels: Silent Alarm, White Lines, Simply Irresistible, In Too Deep, and The Elite (Penguin USA and G.P. Putnam & Sons). Her most recent book, Silent Alarm, was a finalist in the American Library Association’s award for the best work of YA fiction of 2015. Jennifer is also the author of Hollywoodland: An American Fairy Tale, a work of literary fiction, and is the former co-founder and editor of Impetus Press, a small, independent publishing house that championed works of literary fiction with a pop edge.

With over fifteen years of extensive experience in both ghostwriting and developmental editing, Jennifer exhibits high standards and meticulous attention to detail throughout the editing or brainstorming process. She is highly skilled at bringing a book from the “idea” phase of development through to completion. As a distinguished instructor of English and creative writing for over sixteen years, Jennifer takes the hands-on approach to teaching and is proficient in shepherding her students through all genres of literature, from non-fiction and short story, to mastering the longer form of the novel.

Jennifer has ghostwritten numerous books for celebrity clients and titans of the business industry, but has a special fondness for all genres of fiction, poetry and memoir. Jennifer’s strong work ethic, dry sense of humor, and collaborative spirit are just a few of the reason that her services are routinely coveted by major publishers and private clients alike.

Alice Anderson Editor GhostwriterAlice Anderson, PhD, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Nonfiction, Business, Self-Help, Fiction, Poetry

Alice is an award-winning poet, New York Times bestselling ghostwriter, writing professor, and former acquisitions editor at Random House. Her forthcoming memoir, Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away, recently sold at auction to St. Martin’s Press, and her poetry collection, Human Nature, received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and won both the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association Best First Book Prize. She is widely anthologized and her work appears in such literary journals as The New York Quarterly, Agni, New Letters, and Tupelo Quarterly.

With more than twenty years of publishing experience, Alice offers unique insight into all aspects of the publishing process. While at Random House, she shepherded books in the nonfiction, business, memoir, and natural health genres. In her time as a book reviewer for the New Orleans Times Picayune, Alice tackled literary and commercial fiction, as well as poetry. She was also a regional community relations specialist for a major book retailer, where she created book tours for major authors, managed corporate giving and sponsorships, and acted as media spokeswoman. In her twenty years as a writing professor, Alice has focused on teaching students how to tell a compelling story, and tell it well. She has been a visiting professor at more than thirty colleges, including St. Mary’s College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, DePauw University, and Antioch University,

Alice has written books by American business icons, publishing professionals, and music industry insiders. Her work as an editor is meticulous and transformative, and she has a special talent for working collaboratively with authors. Alice’s enthusiasm, sense of humor, and drive for excellence permeate all aspects of her work with both aspiring and established authors alike.

Brunella Irma CostagliolaBrunella Irma Costagliola, Editor & Ghostwriter

Specialties: Memoir, History, Military, Fitness, Self-Help, African American History and Culture, Rap Music, Italian Culture, Italian Translation, Fiction, Thriller

Brunella Costagliola is a bestselling editor and ghostwriter. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of working with award-winning and bestselling authors, as well as a wide range of well-respected and prominent publishing houses. Her keen eye for details, along with her constant quest for a perfectly polished manuscript, make her a highly reliable and competent editor and proofreader. Brunella is a member of the Association of Ghostwriters.

Stephanie Barton, EditorStephanie Barton, Developmental Editor & Manuscript Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Nonfiction, Business, Young Adult, Fantasy

Stephanie has served as a developmental editor for Wiley Publishing, collaborating for a decade on bestselling nonfiction books with authors from Google, Pixar, and Salesforce. She then moved to Sage Publishing, where she guides leading business authors to publication on topics such as leadership and marketing strategy. During her fifteen years as a freelance editor, she has edited and reviewed long- and short-form manuscripts on language arts, business and finance, health and wellness, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and YA fiction. Her projects include features for the University of Chicago, a public health book for Harcourt-Brace Publishing, a dissertation on the culture of surfing, and a fantasy novel about a fish.

She earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and graduated with distinction from Pomona College. Her writing has appeared in Forbes Traveler, Investopedia.com, Transitions Abroad, the anthology Get Satisfied: How Twenty People Like You Found the Satisfaction of Enough, as well as the literary journals The Louisville Review, Under the Gum Tree, Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, Appalachian Heritage, and Minerva Rising.

Mark Athitakis, Ghostwriter & EditorMark Athitakis, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Nonfiction, Memoir, Fiction

Mark is business and culture writer, critic, and editor whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, Humanities magazine, and many other publications. He’s worked with award-winning general-nonfiction writers at the Chicago Reader and Washington City Paper and with nonfiction writers published by Bloomsbury and Public Affairs. In addition, he writes regularly on the nonprofit industry, with a particular focus on leadership and governance. He is the author of The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt, and has twice served as the fiction chair for the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Arizona.

Bernadette Murphy, Ghostwriter & EditorBernadette Murphy, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Fiction, Research-based Prose

Bernadette Murphy is the author of four books of narrative nonfiction and a professor of creative writing at the Antioch MFA program. A former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times, her most recent book is Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life. This work explores female risk-taking through the lens of her own experience learning to ride a motorcycle at age 48, and weaves together memoir with psychology and neuroscience. Her bestselling Zen and the Art of Knitting (2002) used memoir and reportage to explore the connection between fiber arts, creativity, and spirituality.

Adam Reger, Ghostwriter & EditorAdam Reger, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Humor

Adam is a prolific ghostwriter and editor, as well as a busy writing teacher and coach. He has helped clients realize novels, collections of linked short stories, memoirs, and humor books. As an editor he has assembled and contributed original content to two humor books, U.S. Navy Pirate Combat Skills and the forthcoming U.S. Army Zombie Compilation. In his role as a writing teacher and private coach, he guides established and beginning writers alike toward developing an effective writing process, deepening and strengthening their ideas, and polishing their work. Prior to his career as a ghostwriter, teacher, and editor, he worked as a copyeditor and public relations writer.

Adam earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. His fiction has been published widely in national literary magazines, including Cream City Review and New Orleans Review, and has been recognized in the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards contest.

EliseGrinstead_2015-2Elise Grinstead, Designer & Typesetter

Specialties: Book Cover Design, Typesetting
Education: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, BFA

A former designer at HarperCollins, Elise is a world-class graphic designer and typographer. Passionate about visual and written communication, she works with our clients and authors to define and visually articulate their message. Along with book cover design and typesetting, Elise is a gifted artist who offers an array of graphic designs.

william-ecenbarger-photoWilliam Ecenbarger, Ghostwriter & Coauthor

Specialties: Politics and Government, Business, History, Memoir, Travel, Creative Nonfiction

Before becoming a full-time writer and ghostwriter, Bill was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he was part of an Inquirer team that won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. In addition, he received the Long Island University’s George Polk Award for a series of articles outlining abuses in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

He is a former contributing editor for Reader’s Digest and still writes regularly for its international editions. He is the author of four books: Walkin’ the Line (M. Evans, 2001), a travel-history about the Mason-Dixon Line; Glory by the Wayside: The Old Churches of Hawaii (Passage Press, 2008), a photo-essay book, and Kids for Cash (The New Press, 2012), an account of a judicial scandal in Pennsylvania. The New York Times called Kids for Cash “a harrowing tale, lucidly told by a journalist with a great eye for detail.” Pennsylvania Stories. Well-Told, a collection of 12 long-form magazine articles, will be published in 2017 by Temple University Press. He is the co-author of two books—Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World (Wiley & Sons, 2013), a history of Merrill Lynch, and Making Ideas Matter (University of Pennsylvania, 2013), a primer on mobilizing political power.

In addition, he has written more than 300 travel articles for magazines and major newspapers, and won 13 individual awards from the Society of American Travel Writers; in 1996, the SATW named him “Lowell Thomas Travel Writer of the Year.”

bwrube2015Dr. Ruben Quesada, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Digital Storytelling, Nonfiction, Poetry, Creative Writing, Developmental Editing, Spanish Language Translation
Education: University of California, Riverside, MFA; Texas Tech University, PhD in English Literature

An English PhD and published author, Ruben is gifted writer, fluent in both English and Spanish. He is the editor of the forthcoming volume, Latino Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry from University of New Mexico Press, author of poetry collection Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of the early 20th century Spanish poet, Luis Cernuda, Exiled from the Throne of Night. A Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry, his poetry, prose, and digital stories have been featured in The American Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, Ploughshares, The California Journal of Poetics, and in numerous journals and magazines.

Ruben is an acutely skilled and accomplished writer, editor, poet, and translator with extensive editorial experience. His PhD studies in literature focused on the influence of cultural and sociological experiences on aesthetics and creative composition. His knowledge of philosophy and composition ranges from Ancient civilization through 21st century literature. Ruben’s editorial and academic training focused on literary nonfiction, Spanish language translation, and poetry writing. He has taught literature, business writing, creative writing, cultural studies, digital storytelling and pedagogy courses at the college level for eight years to graduate and undergraduate students.

Ruben also has over five years of experience with digital content management and branding, working as a media strategist for multiple nationally and globally distributed magazines. This position included social media marketing and branding, digital editing and publishing, as well as digital storytelling and communication for global audiences using image, sound, voice, and text.

Ruben’s passion for storytelling and structure has established his reputation as a prolific literary editor. He has served as a digital media specialist and literary editor for nationally distributed magazines where he has helped poets and writers develop and edit their stories. His background includes web content creation, social media, brand management and communication. Ruben’s attention to detail, imagination, and ability to communicate clearly and honestly has enabled him to establish relationships with literary editors and writers around the world.

Beth Cody Editor GhostwriterElizabeth Cody Kimmel, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels, Picture Books, Children’s Nonfiction/Biography (all ages), Memoirs, Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism

Elizabeth is an award-winning writer who has published over 40 books for young people, from picture books to middle grade novels, biographies, and historical nonfiction. Her publishers include Penguin USA, HarperCollins, Random House, Little Brown, and Scholastic. She has adapted screenplays into novels for Laika Studios (ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls) and created commissioned original works for the Estate of Laura Ingalls Wilder/HarperCollins (Mary Ingalls on her Own) and American Girl/Pleasant Company (The Jazzman’s Trumpet). Her Legend of the Ghost Dog has sold over 100,000 copies, and her picture book My Penguin Osbert has been translated into 9 languages. Elizabeth’s Balto and the Great Race has remained in print for 15 years and was just re-issued in an enhanced edition. Her Suddenly Supernatural series has been published in 5 countries and is included on a New York Public Library 100 Books to Read and Share list. Elizabeth’s past awards include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Golden Kite Honor, the Western Writers of America Spur Award, the Minnesota Youth Reading Award, the Alice Curtis Desmond Award, and the School Library Media Specialists’ Rip van Winkel Award.

Elizabeth is an editorial advisor to Walker Books, has worked as a project editor and literary consult for Oxford University Press, an editorial consultant and writer for One Hundred Robots, Inc., and Benchmark Education. Elizabeth also worked for a top New York literary agency for 8 years. Her experience in publishing, as a writer, and as an editor gives her detailed knowledge of the expectations and criteria for manuscripts in today’s demanding traditional publishing market. Elizabeth also gives seminars that provide an overview of writing and publishing children’s books and teaches writing workshops for both children and adults.

Art Lizza, Ghostwriter Editor Art Lizza, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Developmental Editing, Personal and Business Memoirs and Biographies, Scholarly Scientific/Technical Monographs, Creative Writing

As a full-time ghostwriter, author, conceptual/developmental editor, and publishing industry consultant, Art excels in the creation of full-length nonfiction personal and business memoirs and biographies as well as scholarly scientific/technical monographs. Art specializes in dramatic, empathetic and often humorous storytelling. He is prolific, having produced more than 30 books across multiple genres over the past 9 years, as well as editing countless articles in art, law, psychology, and personal development. He also boasts more than 25 years of experience in academic and scholarly publishing.

In 1978 Art joined four other talented individuals at the scholarly publishing firm of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (LEA), then operating out of the basement of the founder’s home in Hillsdale, New Jersey. He immediately became a driving force in building LEA into one of the world’s leading and most respected publishers of psychology and the behavioral sciences while expanding its offerings to over a dozen new nonfiction topic areas. As Editorial Director of Publishing Operations for the firm, Art edited for publication literally hundreds of monographs, textbooks, and journal articles in psychology, education, literacy and curriculum studies, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, statistical methods, communication and rhetoric; topic areas in which he remains highly conversant.

In 1985, he was instrumental in launching The Analytic Press, an imprint formed specifically to publish scholarly research in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and in 1998, LEA acquired Hermagoras Press and continued to publish under that imprint scholarly studies in classical rhetoric and in the study of writing and reading. Art also edited and produced a series of books on industrial-agricultural hydroponics.

Highly versatile with respect to writing style and genre, Art brings a highly collaborative and compassionate partnership approach to the author-ghostwriter relationship, and has demonstrated a unique capacity for becoming the voice, heart, and soul of the author. He is particularly proud of his instinctive talent to tell a story virtually through the creation of raw, reality-gripping character dialogue, which one prominent literary agent described as “astonishingly brilliant.”

Jeff Wuorio, Ghostwriter Jeff Wuorio, Ghostwriter

Specialties: Personal Finance, Business

Jeff Wuorio specializes in crafting personal finance and business-related books that are both readable and compelling. He is the author of 21 books, including 12 that were ghostwritten. Of these ghostwritten books, the most notable are: It’s All About Service, which was co-authored with “America’s Business Coach” Ray Pelletier, which was published by John Wiley and Associates; a yet-to-be-titled book coauthored with a New York Times bestselling author detailing future technological growth and patterns and the ability to develop a capacity to anticipate these trends, which will be published by Greenleaf Publishing; as well as, Building a Successful Family Business Board which was coauthored with members of the Family Business Consulting Group, the nation’s foremost family business consulting concern, and published by Palgrave Publishing.

Books published under Jeff’s name include: The CNBC Guide to Money and Markets, published by John Wiley; The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Retirement Planning, published by Penguin Books; and How To Buy and Sell Just About Everything, published by Simon and Schuster.

His particular areas of interest in personal finance include retirement planning, debt reduction, mutual funds and other areas of portfolio management. With regard to business, he has written extensively about entrepreneurs, small business management, work place issues and other topics.

His ghostwritten books are characterized by compelling, informative narratives. They have also proven exceedingly effective in a marketing capacity and in boosting client’s professional visibility and persona.

His work has also appeared in Money Magazine, Business Week Magazine, Fortune Small Business, Consumer Reports, USA Today, and numerous other publications, websites and venues. He has been quoted in the New York Times and has appeared on CNBC Television, CBS Television, and National Public Radio.

J. Gabriel Gates, Ghostwriter J. Gabriel Gates, Ghostwriter & Screenwriter

Specialties: Literary and Genre Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, Memoir, Screenplays, Adaptation, Nonfiction

J. Gabriel Gates has an MFA in writing from Spalding University. He is the author of five novels, all of which were published by HCI Books, publishers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. His YA fantasy series The Tracks received a Flaming Net Top Choice Award, as well as a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Award, and his short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He has spoken as a panelist at the Miami Book Fair and the University of Central Florida Festival of Books, and served as the featured author for the 2012 Greenrock Writers Retreat at Michigan State University. As a screenwriter, he has had two screenplays optioned by Hollywood producers.
 
Gates’ undergraduate focus was acting and playwriting, and he has worked as a Hollywood actor with a dozen national TV commercials to his credit. These days, he lives in Michigan and is a proud father of young twins. Gates is a prolific and efficient writer who prides himself on getting to the heart of a story and bringing it to life with precise and evocative language. Though he enjoys varied activities and interests, he says that, “for me, there’s nothing better than the act of creation.”

Ghostwriter Editor Tim O'Leary Tim O’Leary, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Commercial and Genre Fiction, Screenplays, Stage Plays

A published author and award-winning screenwriter and playwright, Tim is a prolific, multifaceted writer who specializes in character-driven narratives and genre works. As someone who got his start as a theater actor, he is committed to exploring every facet of a character’s personality so that they come to life on the page, whether they are fictional creations or the subject of biographies or memoirs.

Tim is a versatile author with a particular knack for working closely with his ghostwriting clients so the final product is truly in their voice. With over ten years of experience writing prose as well as works for the stage and screen in both New York and Los Angeles, he is an expert at writing realistic, humorous, crackling dialogue that both conveys character and pushes the narrative.

Tim is also a tireless and enthusiastic researcher, an aspect he always brings to his work. Whether a book is set in the distant past, the present, or on the surface of the moon two centuries from now, he is dedicated to understanding both the large-scale details as well as the minutiae of the environment to endow the story with dimension and truth.

His recent ghostwriting works include a sweeping historical epic set in feudal Japan, an alien invasion sci-fi adventure, a gothic horror ghost story, and a fast-paced action thriller set in the world of espionage.

Ghostwriter Editor Jeff Jeff, Editor & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Developmental Editing, Story Consultation, Screenplay Doctoring, Creative Writing

Jeff is a published author, developmental editor, university writing instructor (Stanford), screenwriter, and story consultant with more than 25 years of professional writing and editorial experience in the publishing and entertainment industries. He has worked with literally hundreds of novelists, nonfiction authors, and screenwriters, helping them to develop stories that sell. He has a passion for story structure, narrative design, and working with dedicated writers intent on telling their stories. With more than two decades of professional experience, Jeff has developed a strong reputation among published authors for his story consulting, book doctoring, and script editing.

Jeff has worked for major film studios, independent production companies, New York Times bestselling authors, and indie screenwriters. His writings on the craft of storytelling can be found in leading trade magazines like Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, and The Writer Magazine. His book, Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success (Focal Press, 2015) is the only book devoted solely to the topic of story and premise development for novelists, screenwriters, and creative nonfiction authors. His other book, Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller, will be published by Focal Press in 2017.

Jeff is an instructor through Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, as well as a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. He is a popular presenter at leading writing industry trade conferences and has been invited to present and story consult for the annual Producers Guild of America’s “Power of Diversity Producers Fellowship Program,” as well as acting as Advisor for the annual Film Independent Screenwriting Lab.

CarolynCarolyn Oliver, Ghostwriter and Editor

Specialties: Fiction, Memoirs, Literary Nonfiction
Education: Boston University, MA; Boston University, PhD Coursework in English Literature

Carolyn is a highly versatile ghostwriter and meticulous editor with an extensive background in English language and literature, from Shakespeare to Milton. Her PhD studies at Boston University focused on early modern literature, the history of medicine, and gender studies. Carolyn has taught English and writing at the college level for four years, including courses at Boston University and Harvard University. Her teaching experience includes literature courses, writing and research seminars, and pedagogy workshops.

A professional ghostwriter, editor, and proofreader since 2007, Carolyn has edited and proofread textbooks, fiction, poetry, PhD dissertations, web copy, and business-related materials for a diverse range of clientele. Carolyn’s respect for her clients’ ideas and vision, her strong organizational skills, and attention to detail, combined with her ability to pivot among writing styles and genres, have generated a strong demand for her expertise.

In addition to her editing work, Carolyn regularly publishes reviews of current fiction and poetry on her personal website, Rosemary and Reading Glasses.

IMG_3941George Roupe, Editor & Manuscript Consultant

Education: Hendrix College, BA; University of Tennessee, MA

George earned his bachelor’s in English at Hendrix College and his master’s at the University of Tennessee, where he taught writing, literature, and film courses. He was a technical editor for Martin Marietta and later Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, before becoming a copyeditor for Louisiana State University Press, where he edited hundreds of books, including scholarly studies in literature, history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology, and many other subjects; photography books; memoirs; literary anthologies; and poetry collections including the Pulitzer Prize–winning collection Late Wife, by Claudia Emerson. In recent years he has edited on a freelance basis for other major university presses including the University of Chicago Press and Johns Hopkins University Press.

Ghostwriter EditorMargaret Wright, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Business, Fiction, Young Adult

Margaret is a gifted editor and ghostwriter whose professional experience includes positions at two Big Five publishers—Penguin and Simon and Schuster. With over 12 years of experience working with elite authors and publishers, Margaret has a refined sense of what makes a great story and is a seasoned memoir and business-book editor.

She began her career as part of the team that launched Penguin’s cutting-edge young adult imprint, Razorbill. In addition to editing young adult and middle grade novels in a variety of genres, Margaret helped to create original concepts for writer-for-hire projects. At Aladdin, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Margaret edited a variety of middle grade books including the new Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series and Childhood of Famous Americans series.

For seven years she was the final content reviewer at a not-for-profit organization that teaches meditation. In this role she was responsible for editing and giving final approval on all content and communications distributed to a global audience of thousands. Since then, she has worked with Kevin Anderson & Associates on a wide variety of projects as both an editor and ghostwriter, particularly on full-length books in the fiction, entrepreneurship, and personal development genres.

Margaret is an editor with a knack for putting her finger on what’s working, what needs attention, and why. She offers suggestions and comments in a way that is clear, honest, and kind. She helps clients find workable solutions and overcome obstacles in the writing process. She has a strong attention to detail and knows how to tweak a sentence until it sings. Most of all, Margaret enjoys collaborating and invests herself fully in every project she takes on.

erin-bio-headshotErin McKnight, Ghostwriter & Editor

Erin’s books have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and W.W. Norton’s The Best Creative Nonfiction. She is a prolific book reviewer and editor of multiple bestselling and award-winning fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles. Erin has edited over a hundred fiction and nonfiction books and as publisher of Queen’s Ferry Press released The Best Small Fictions, an international anthology guest edited in its debut year by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, with MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek thereafter assuming the role. Erin holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing.

TheoDr. Theo Hummer, Ghostwriter and Editor

Specialties: Fiction, Memoirs, Poetry, Creative Writing
Education: University of California, Berkeley, BA; Cornell University, PhD in Poetry

Theo is an exceptional writer, poet, scholar, and writing professor with particular expertise in cultural sensitivity and identity issues such as race, class, gender, religion, and disability. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Berkeley, as well as a MFA in poetry and a PhD in American Literature from Cornell University. Her poems, essays, and manuscripts have been published in numerous academic and literary journals internationally. Theo is one of our most gifted creative writers and excels in ghostwriting full-length novels and memoirs that demand stylistic virtuosity and imaginative content.

For more than 10 years, Theo taught literature, creative writing, and scholarly writing at a variety of high schools, universities—including Cornell University and Detroit’s College for Creative Studies—a maximum-security men’s prison, and a Czech cigarette factory. Theo also has extensive experience editing novels, business materials, artist’s statements, dissertation manuscripts, and film reviews. Her writing style focuses on the specific and concrete, appealing directly to the reader’s five senses. She is curious about a wide variety of topics and particularly loves to read, edit, and write about food, nature, spaceships, history, and the end of the world.

Lex

Lex Sidon, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Memoir, Fiction, Screenwriting

Lex is an accomplished writer, director, and producer with over 20 years of professional ghostwriting experience. He also boasts a wealth of business and finance experience, including the founding and development of several businesses and serving as an investment banking analyst for Citicorp in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has a passion for visual storytelling and the written word, and his work across mediums includes detailed and nuanced depictions of scenic and emotional landscapes. Lex has a strong creative sensibility and an innate talent for crafting engrossing storylines and narrative arcs. He has ghostwritten over a dozen full-length manuscripts and over ninety screenplays and music video scripts. As one of our lead ghostwriters, Lex works closely with clients to develop captivating memoirs, effective business books, and a wide range of nonfiction manuscripts.

In addition to ghostwriting books and screenplays, Lex has collaborated with dozens of award-winning musical artists to convey their stories in creative, unconventional ways. His extensive client list includes Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill, Dave Matthews, Jay-Z, Jessica Simpson, Jewel, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, Moby, Metallica, Missy Elliot, Nelly Furtado, NERD, NSync, Outkast, Ricky Martin, Smashing Pumpkins, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, and Wyclef.

Lex’s latest feature film, which he wrote, directed, and produced, was one of six films chosen for “U.S. In Progress,” a director’s showcase and post-production competition held annually in Wroclaw, Poland and Paris, France. His film was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival Market, the Scarborough Film Festival, and the Jeonju International Film Festival, among many others.

untitledThomas Cherwin, Ghostwriter & Editor

Tom has been copyediting for most of his adolescent and adult life (not that he makes much of a distinction between them). He started out as the “Features Editor” for his high school newspaper, and then, after graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1963, he went to work as a copy editor, first at The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey, and then at New York’s Daily News, where he remained for seventeen years.

In 1990, Tom left the city and moved to Saugerties, New York. He moved from newspapers to books as well, and over the years has been a freelance copy editor (and proofreader) for a variety of New York City publishing houses, both big and small. He recently copyedited Bernie Sanders’ New York Times hardcover bestseller, Our Revolution, for St. Martin’s Press.

As a writer, Tom has written magazine articles, poetry, and several comic plays that have been produced in New York City, Seattle, and throughout the Hudson Valley. He has also acted extensively, in New York City and elsewhere.

grace-picGrace Schienbein, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Historical Fiction, Christian and Spiritual/Inspirational Nonfiction, Science Fiction
Education: Tel Aviv University, Hadassah-WIZZO Research Institute/Feuerstein Institute, Briercrest College, and Mount Carmel Institute of Biblical Studies

Grace taught world literature, English literature, writing, cognitive process and theology courses in the U.K., Canada, Israel, and Italy before finally returning home and pursuing a writing career of her own. She is an award-winning poet and writer who excels in dialogue and character development

When she isn’t immersed in writing or editing your manuscript, Grace continues to travel extensively with justice and compassion causes. Working with AIDS orphans in rural Malawi, amongst Syrian refugees in Jordan, helping establish a local food bank in a northern Canadian town, teaching English to at-risk children in Cambodia, and building a school in the Ecuadorian jungle.

As a result of her travels, Grace has picked up a smattering of Hebrew, Arabic, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean and loves to find opportunities to practice.

philip-freeman-profile-picPhilip Freeman, Editor

Specialties: Crime, Horror, Commercial Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, YA Fiction

Philip Freeman is a veteran journalist and editor with credits in newspapers, magazines, and websites including the L.A. Times, the Village Voice, Down Beat, MSN Entertainment, The Wire (UK), Jazziz, Alternative Press, and many more.

He is the author of New York Is Now: The New Wave of Free Jazz (The Telegraph Company, 2001) and Running The Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis (Backbeat Books, 2005), and edited the anthology Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs (Da Capo Press, 2007). He is the former managing editor of Global Rhythm and the former editor-in-chief of Metal Edge, and runs his own arts and culture website, Burning Ambulance.

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