Thanks for taking the time to visit my website and to browse through these pages. As you will see, I am a writer with a diverse portfolio of skills available to help you achieve your dreams as a writer and author. These include ghostwriting, writing mentoring, helping authors find agents and publishers, preparing book proposals, editing, fiction, memoir, essay, and narrative nonfiction.
As a ghostwriter, I am fortunate to have been selected by authors and organizations (such as The MIT Press and SAP) to write a wide range of books. These include memoirs, narrative nonfiction, business theory, technology, and medical research.
I also ensure that my clients receive the help and support they need once the writing is complete. This includes preparing an effective book proposal to attract an agent or publisher as well as leveraging my contacts and experience to find the right home for your manuscript.
Please take a look at my ghostwriting page where you will find my unique yet effective ghostwriting framework. My framework will help educate you on the ghostwriting process as well as help ensure that your vision is accurately captured early in the process and rendered effectively and efficiently.
You will also find links to a number of samples—book chapters and white papers—that are intended to demonstrate the level of skill and expertise I will bring to your project.
Writing and Publishing Mentor
For those who are writing their own work, whether it’s a book or smaller piece, I offer writing mentor services that have been described by one client as the equivalent of a writer’s therapist. I will help you form your idea into a workable outline, teach you the importance of proper structure, how to establish plot points that lead to effective set pieces, the art of dialogue, the science of scene and setting, characterization, interview techniques, and how the five act structure works.
I will also help guide you as you write. Many writers find it helpful to have someone to help them through the writing process to work through complicated plot issues, characterization, identifying key story elements, revision, and so on.
After the writing is done I will help you find an agent or publisher. This includes helping understand the two key questions an agent or publisher want answered in a book proposal as well as leveraging my contacts and experience.
My Fiction, Essay and Memoir
If you are interested in taking a look at my creative writing, please visit my fiction, narrative essay, and narrative nonfiction pages where you will find samples and more.
In particular, I am currently seeking representation for a book I am working on based on interviews I did with the surviving members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; the American volunteers that fought in the Spanish Civil War in the mid-1930s. On this page I have links to sample interview transcripts as well as a brief explanation of the project I am working on.
Lastly, below is the front cover and brief jacket copy for my collection of short stories titled Selling Their Childhood. There are sample stories from that collection here on my website so if you like what you see please consider ordering the book.
Also, please listen to a story on NHPR about This I Believe: On Fatherhood that features a bit about my essay with me reading a portion at: info.nhpr.org/essays-and-about-dad
The stories collected in this book are compelling, real, sensual and experiential. They are narratives that draw the reader into the lives and experiences of people quietly, yet bravely facing the complexities of life as they seek the most simple of goals—happiness.
There is the teenage boy sitting on the steps of a bus station in Omaha trying to see that there is a life for him beyond prostituting himself to the men who drive in from the suburbs.
There is the woman losing herself in the deep blue of the landscape as she patiently and painfully waits as her husband and sister work to make a child as a last hope to build a family.
And there is the new dad desperately trying to calm his child as he wrestles with the reality underlying his wife’s idealism.
These as well as the other stories collected in this book explore the textures of life and are told in a manner that allows the reader to see and feel the worlds these characters inhabit.