Bobbi Linkemer

Bobbi Linkemer is a book-writing coach, ghostwriter, editor, as well as the author of eighteen books under her own name. Her passion is helping writers at all levels to convey their messages through books. To that end, she has:

• Taught Writing, Publishing, & Promoting a Nonfiction Book at the Continuing Education Division of Meramec Community College in St. Louis, Missouri (2004-2011)
• Launched LinkUp Publishing, a small publisher for new authors (2010-2014)
• Developed and mounted How to Write, Publish, & Promote a Nonfiction Book, an online course for aspiring authors (2013) and seven module-length, short courses individual aspects of the writing-publishing-promotion process (2014)
• Guided sixteen published authors through the steps of writing, publishing, and promoting their nonfiction books (2007-2014)

In her forty-five-year career, Ms. Linkemer has written on hundreds of topics for magazines, individuals, and organizations in both the private and public sectors. She has been a feature writer, a magazine editor, and a corporate communicator. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs and individuals who want to share their stories or build their businesses. Her articles on all aspects of writing appear on leading article sites on the Web, including top-ranked

Ms. Linkemer lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

Located In: St. Louis, Missouri
Specialties: Ghostwriter: I work with people who have something to say but need some help saying it—persuasively, humorously, convincingly, dramatically. My goal is to get inside my clients’ heads, understand what they want to say, and speaking in their voice. My job is to distill a great deal of information into tight prose … translate their feelings into the written word … and organize a complex message into a coherent manuscript.

As a book-writing coach, I
• am a teacher, partner, and personal cheerleader
• guide authors through every step of planning, writing, publishing, and promoting their books
• ask all the right questions during the planning phase
• help clients set realistic deadlines and create a schedule for meeting them
• work with writers on polishing their writing
• clarify available publishing options
• help them reach their readers

Editor: I am a developmental and content editor. As a developmental editor, I help authors plan and organize their material in a logical, convincing manner. I ask these questions: What is your message? How can you break it down into its component parts? What do you need to know, and where can you find that information?

As a content editor, I look at the big picture, writing style, structure, flow of ideas, language, and accuracy. Is the “voice” consistent? Did the author cover everything he needed to cover, or is his manuscript suffering from overkill? Are her facts correct? Is the book coherent?
Years of Experience: 45
Memberships: St. Louis Publishers Association
Books Contributed to: Books on Writing:
• How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps
• Going Solo: How to survive and thrive as a freelance writer
• Words To Live By: Reflections on the writing life from a 40-year veteran
• The Savvy Ghostwriter: Confessions of an Invisible Author (an e-book)
• How to Write an Online Course: From concept to completion one step at a time (an e-book)

Books on other topics
• The Secretary’s Secret Weapon: Arm Yourself With 7 Essential Communication Skills
Revised and republished as Shoptalk: 6 ways to get your message across at work (now an e-book)
Portuguese translation: Secretária Eficiente: Prepare-se para o successo Desenvolva as sete habilidades essenciais de communicação
• Dealing with Difficult People
Published in the U.S. as Solving People Problems
• Polish Your People Skills
• Get Organized (co-authored with René Richards)
• Planning and Running Effective Meetings (a self-study course)
• How to Write an Effective Resume
• Polish Your Professional Image
• How to Run a Meeting
• Let’s Talk: People With Developmental Disabilities Speak Out
• Change is Good! Stories of Community Inclusion
Magazines Contributed to: Former editor of The St. Louisan and St. Louis Commerce magazine