Hi there. I’m so glad you’ve found your way to my site. Here’s where I’ll tell you a little bit about myself and my background so you can decide if you’re ready to schedule a free phone consultation with me.
It’s been a fun, busy road getting to this point where I proudly call myself a bestselling ghostwriter and expert book doctor. Along the way, I’ve had the pleasure of working for bestselling indie authors and also clients publishing with companies such as Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Hay House, Reader's Digest, Rodale Inc., Kaplan Publishing, Chronicle Books, and more.
It all began in 1999, when I was cutting my teeth with Brundage Publishing in upstate New York (though if you want to be cute about it, I actually published my first piece of writing in Creative Kids magazine when I was nine years old). Following this, under the tutelage of a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster, I spent several years acquiring and editing books for Touchstone Fireside. Today, as the founder of The Writer’s Ally, I am able to use the insider knowledge I’ve gained to help hundreds of writers reach their publishing goals—it’s my passion, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
My specialty lies in working with purpose-driven entrepreneurs and service-based professionals, helping them become published authors so they can expand the reach of their message, garner major media and plum speaking gigs, attract larger audiences and ideal clients, and help others while creating the lifestyle they desire. One of my favorite things to tell people about my work is that I get to help experts help more people than they ever dreamed of reaching. Isn’t that cool? And my experience on both sides of the desk makes me an ideal collaborator, as I am sensitive to the needs and processes of writers and publishers alike.
Having graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing, I still enjoy and often write content to support people beyond my client list. I have published articles in venues such as The Writer and ConsumerSearch.com, written chapters for books such as SparkNotes 101: Philosophy and the Writer’s Digest 2009 Guide to Literary Agents. But my favorite content is still the type that helps people change their lives, and so I’ve created custom book proposals and manuscripts for a variety of clients in the self-help/self-improvement categories of health and wellness, business and life success, mind/body/spirit, home and garden, and relationships and other topics of interest to women. Today I continue to speak regularly on writing and publishing related topics for conferences and organizations.
In addition to my client work, I am an active member of many associations including the Maryland Writers' Association, which I’ve had the pleasure of serving for many years through both elected and appointed Board positions, and the Editorial Freelancers Association, where I can often be found sharing my experience with other professionals through conferences and online courses. I won’t lie: I love talking about all things word-related and never pass up the chance to geek out with podcasters, journalists, publishing pros, and other authors. If you need a speaker, a ghostwriter, a consultant, or simply a quote from a publishing professional, don’t be shy. Just send me an email.
Click here for details on how I can help you to significantly reinvent your manuscript or create digital and print books that capture your voice and deliver your message to your target audience.
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