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Brunella Costagliola is a ghostwriter, editor, speaker, freelance journalist, and author. She has ghostwritten books that have been published by some of the most prominent and successful publishing companies in the country, such as HarperCollins, and have won prestigious awards, including Nonfiction Authors Association Gold Medal. Her clients include high-ranking military leaders, US House of Representative members, highly decorated CIA officers, celebrities, and everyday heroes and heroines. She has written articles for military-related magazines and newspapers.

Brunella specializes in memoir, self-help/personal-growth, leadership, and historical fiction. She approaches every project with a profound sense of commitment and dedication and is eager to help clients discover and fulfil their book’s full potential. Her clients benefit from her ability to keep her finger on the pulse of the publishing industry, its many needs, requirements, and latest trends. Always striving to exceed readers’ expectations, Brunella is especially passionate about bringing to light marginalized and diverse voices or stories that have been lost in history amnesia.

Brunella is an award-winning children’s book author and she is represented by BookEnds Literary Agency. She is the owner of The Military Editor® Agency, LLC. Her uncontrollable and constant need to travel derives from her childhood, which she spent travelling the world on a cruise ship thanks to her father, who was the commander. She was born and raised in Bacoli, a small coastal town in southern Italy and, when she wasn’t sailing the seven seas, her childhood playground was made of what was left of the marble-floored villas, mosaic-decorated baths, and temples left behind by Roman emperors. Mother to two children and proud military spouse, she was named the 2020 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year on the base level. Brunella is the proud citizen of her two favorite countries: USA and Italy.

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Florida
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Specializing in memoirs, Sherry is a Ghostwriter, certified Sports Nutritionist, National Speaker, and Nationally Certified Yoga/Pilates and Fitness Instructor with over 20 years of experience. She has ghostwritten over 150 books for a variety of authors including CEOs, attorneys, business owners, doctors and clinical nutritionists including 5 that made Amazon’s bestseller list.

Sherry’s business background includes owning and operating 7 McDonald restaurants, 14 World Gyms, and Smoothie Kings in 5 states. She also served as the On-Air Nutritionist for QVC television in the United States and the UK and hosted her own weekly “Healthy Living” segments for PBS television. Before attending Culinary School at the Univeristy of Montana, Sherry authored 2 healthy cookbooks, “Eat Right, Feel Good, Lose Weight, Have Fun – You won’t be hungry!” and “Soy You Wanna Lose Weight?”

A graduate of Michigan State University, Sherry’s experience in academic authoring include writing books and dissertations for professors of universities, business owners, and CPAs. Specialties: Memoirs and books of any length, ebooks, e-courses, articles, blogs, and content for websites. Years of Experience: 20 Magazines: Sherry’s articles have been featured in FIRST, Woman’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens magazines. Memberships: ACE, ISSA, NETA, ACSM, ASFA, BBU Books: I have ghostwritten over 150 books including 5 that made Amazon.com’s bestseller list. A list of titles can be found on my writing resume, linkedin.com or sherrywritesforyou.com. How to reach Sherry: By Email: sgfit12@aol.com By Phone: (517) 899-1451 By Website http://www.sherrywritesforyou.com or http://www.sgtotalhealth.com

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(517) 899-1451
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Drayden, MD
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As a teenager, my love for story began in the Amazon where I waterskied with piranha while learning of head hunters and curses. My first travel article about a visit to Dracula’s Bran Castle in Romania was published in The Los Angeles Times. My ghostwriting skills grew as I interviewed and reported on CEOs, celebrities, and style makers for World Travel Magazine, LA Parent, Jetsetter Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and E! Entertainment Television.

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Specialties: memoir, biography, business, self-help, global thought leaders

Years of Experience: 5

Magazines: LA Parent, World Travel Magazine, Alpha Men Asia,

Memberships: International Screenwriters Association, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Books: a humorous and insightful story about a therapist’s global quest for happiness, a novel with a new twist about how to live for the moment, and an inspirational cancer survival story which has been released in the English and Arabic languages. Business novels I’ve written include an inspiring story about leadership skills from a woman who suffered the loss of 28 members of her friends and family in the 2011 tsunami in Japan, a book about lead generation, an female entrepreneur’s story of empowerment after abuse, a book illustrating how an Optometry franchise can enhance the lives and solve the problems of doctors at different stages in their careers, and a book about a movement beginning for minority female entrepreneurs in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain space.

How can you reach Laura: laurasmagicday.com

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Santa Cruz, CA
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Alice Lesch Kelly is an award-winning ghostwriter, book collaborator, and content marketing writer. She has collaborated on 18 books, including three NY Times bestsellers.

Alice works with authors, literary agents, editors, and book packagers to create successful, life-changing books. She provides the following services: idea brainstorming, outline development, program design for how-to books, source interviews, research, proposal writing, manuscript writing, editing, proofreading, book doctoring, and coaching.

She also help authors connect with agents and publishers, explore publishing options, and build their personal brand and platform.

Location: Boston, MA, USA

Specialties: Health, women’s leadership, psychology, business, and memoir

Years of Experience: 20

Books:

  • Prepare Yourself to be Lucky: Lessons and Stories from Business and Life
  • The Dignity Mindset: A Leader’s Guide to Building Gender Equity in the Workplace
  • The Doctor’s Diet (NY Times #1 Bestseller)
  • The Lose Your Belly Diet (NY Times #1 Bestseller)
  • Clean Design: A Guide to Eco-Friendly, Health-Conscious Home Decorating
  • Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
  • Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Worry Less and Enjoy Life More
  • Conquering Infertility: The Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping With Infertility
  • Pregnancy: Your Ultimate Week-By-Week Guide

Magazine Credits: MORE, Woman’s Day, Fit Pregnancy, SELF, Shape, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Health, Martha Stewart Living, Eating Well, and O, The Oprah Magazine

Newspapers Credits: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe

Content Marketing Clients: Boston Globe BrandLab, Washington Post Brand Studio, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Pace Communications, Hired Pens Agency, Health Media Network

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Boston, MA, USA
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Dr. Amy Jauman, SMS, is an author, international speaker, and the Chief Learning Officer for the National Institute for Social Media. She focuses on using social media, experiential learning techniques, and online resources to make information meaningful to adult learners in traditional and remote business and educational environments. She has developed and taught online and blended courses for 15 years in traditional universities as well as business training environments. Her audiences have included traditional and non-traditional learners around the world.
In 2017, she authored the NISM textbook Comprehensive Field Guide for Social Media Strategists: Master the Six Content Domains of the SMS Exam and, in 2018, released Certification Success: Create Your Personalized Study Plan, through Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Amy is a certified social media strategist with a master’s degree in experiential education and a doctorate in organization development.

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Specialties: 

  • Social Media
  • Virtual Work
  • Virtual Learning
  • Education
  • Business
  • Credentialing/Testing/Exams

Years of Experience: 20

Memberships: 

  • Nonfiction Authors Association
  • Association for Talent Development (Greater Twin Cities Chapter)
  • Social Media Research Association
  • Institute for Credentialing Excellence
  • National Speakers Association
  • Prezi Educator Society

Books:

  • Comprehensive Field Guide for Social Media Strategists – Author
  • Certification Success: Create Your Personalized Study Plan – Author
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Consumer Psychology: Contemporary and Data Driven Approaches – Contributor
  • The Better Business Book – Contributor
  • A Writer’s Path to Book Sales – Author
  • The Four Pillars of Hiring Freelancers – Author

How can you contact Amy: 

Via email:

ajauman@nismonline.org
amy.jauman@remotelysmart.com

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Maple Grove, MN
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Mark W. Tatge has more than 30 years experience as a writer and editor. He is former senior editor at Forbes and staff Reporter at the Wall Street Journal. He has taught business and journalism the past ten years and is author of two books. He holds an MBA from Ohio University and a Ph.D. from University of South Carolina.

Location: Chicago, IL

Specialties: Non-fiction writer with expertise in business and economics, in-depth interviews, ability to explain technical subjects simply and make them interesting. Interests include, legal, technology and medicine, corporate history, financial markets, and personal biographies.

Years of Experience: 30+

Magazines: 

  • Forbes Magazine, Senior Editor
  • Wall Street Journal, Staff Reporter

Memberships: 

  • Independent Writers of Chicago
  • Authors Guild
  • Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Association of Ghostwriters
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Online News Association.

Books:

  • “New York Times Reader, Business and Economics.”
  • “In One Era and Out The Other, The Saga of Bobby D.”
  • “For Rent: Why Buying and Owning Rental Properties is a Proven Way to Build Retirement Savings.”

How to reach Mark:

You can reach Mark via email mark@deadlinereporter.com

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Chicago, IL
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Art is an a full time freelance ghostwriter, author, conceptual/developmental editor, and publishing industry consultant specializing in nonfiction personal and business memoir and biography, as well as fiction and nonfiction novel. In a word, Art specializes in storytelling. He has ghostwritten or developmentally edited more than 30 books over the past 10 years, as well as editing articles in art, law, and psychology.

After 30 years in scholarly and academic publishing, Art left “corporate” in pursuit of his true passion for writing, ghostwriting, and conceptual editorial development. As Editorial Production Director for the world’s premier publisher of psychology and the behavioral sciences, he has edited for publication literally hundreds of monographs, textbooks, and journal articles in psychology, education, literacy and curriculum studies, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, communication, and rhetoric; topic areas in which he remains highly conversant. It was a vibrant atmosphere in which there was something new to be learned every single day!

Highly versatile with respect to writing style, Art brings a highly collaborative and compassionate partnership approach to the author-ghostwriter relationship (your story matters!), and has demonstrated a unique capacity for becoming the voice, heart, and soul of the author, in precisely the way an Oscar-winning actor becomes the role. He is the author of Nine Reasons Why You Need a Great Editor for Your Book.

You may learn more about Art’s background at his website www.artlizza.com; or contact him at artlizza@embarqmail.com.

Art studied Philosophy at St. Bonaventure University and NYU. His interests are in people and the great stories they have to tell.

Located In: Newton, New Jersey

Specialties: Nonfiction business and life memoirs, ghosting autobiography – bringing historical nonfiction alive with rich contextual content. “You sing the solo, I’ll provide the orchestra.” Fiction and nonfiction novel – providing a hybrid of conceptual editing and ghostwriting with diabolically imaginative story and character development.

Years of Experience: Editing 30+; ghostwriting 10 years

Memberships: Association of Ghostwriters; Kevin Anderson & Associates

Book Credits: Digital Context 2.0: Seven lessons in business strategy, consumer behavior, and the Internet of Things; 1825 Days of Hell: One man’s journey through the American Parole System; Branding Yourself After Age 50: Creating brand strategy for your life; Media Planning & Buying in the 21st Century; High Tech, High Touch Customer Service: Inspire timeless loyalty in the demanding new world of social commerce; United Spectrum: The unity and division of man and nature; and The Book of Zev (novel), Winner, 2017 Independent Press Award for Best Political Thriller.

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Art is currently the featured writer on our Member Spotlight

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Newton, New Jersey
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Melanie Votaw is a full-time freelance writer, editor, book author, ghostwriter, photographer, and publishing industry consultant in New York. She is the author of 14 non-fiction books on a variety of subjects – six published under her own name by Running Press/Perseus Books and eight ghostwritten. Her book, 52 Weeks of Passionate Sex, sold out its first printing within a week of release, and The Cocktail Kit sold more than 100,000 copies.

Business books that she has edited have won a total of 21 awards, including the Best Beach Books Festival Grand Prize, and a cookbook she edited made the New York Times Bestseller List. One of her ghostwritten business books was published by Hyperion, and three business titles that were originally self-published were released by Macmillan in seven countries.

Melanie provides services to individuals and publishing houses as a ghostwriter, developmental editor/book doctor, line editor/copy editor, and book proposal writer and editor. Additionally, she is an extensively published journalist, photographer, poet, and fiction writer. She is also a magna cum laude college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in music.

Her website is http://www.RuletheWord.com. Contact her at Melanie@ruletheword.com.

Located In: Brooklyn, NY
Specialties: Popular Business, Medicine/Health, Law, Self-Help, Travel, Food/Wine, Nature/Wildlife, Sexuality, Psychology, Spirituality, Dance, Music, Film, Theater, Art, Photography
Years of Experience: 12+
Memberships: Authors Guild; Association of Ghostwriters; International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association; New York Travel Writers Association; International Travel Writers Alliance
Honors: Edited books have won 21 awards; poetry and photography awards
Books Contributed to: Besides the 14 books that Melanie has written or ghostwritten, she is a contributor to the following books: Five Minute Erotica (two stories), More Five Minute Erotica (three stories), Faces of Freedom (one story about a fallen soldier in the Iraq War), “The Exultant Ark” (one photograph), The Ultimate Bird Lover (14 photographs).
Magazines Contributed to: Melanie has written articles for a number of magazines and newspapers, including Woman’s Day, South China Morning Post, Travel Savvy, Executive Travel, Business Insider, Just Luxe, YourTango, Independent Restaurateur, Restaurant Management, Reel Life With Jane, Kraze, Copper in the Arts, Ft. Myers Magazine, Minerva Place, Super Yacht Times, Travel Mindset, Travelers Digest, Farewell Travels, and more. Clips can be read at http://www.RuletheWord.com/clips.htm.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Rich Mintzer is an author and ghostwriter, with over 60 non-fiction titles to his credit.  His books have been published by various publishing houses including Entrepreneur Press, Adams Media, St. Martin’s, Sterling and Crown.  He is also the founder and owner of Your Book Your Way (www.yourbookyourway.net) a professional ghostwriting service.

Many of the books Rich has written are on business, such as ten books for the Entrepreneur Press “Start Your Own Business” series.  He has also written, or ghostwritten, about personal finance, theater, golf, adoption, health and a variety of other topics.

Along with writing and editing books, Rich has worked with authors on numerous book proposals, tailoring them to fit the needs of the author as well as adhering to the style and format of standard book proposals.

And finally, Rich also writes blogs for business owners as well as marketing materials.  Occasionally he even gets to infuse some humor into his projects, which he enjoys, having started out as a comedy writer for stand-up comics, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and the U.S.A. Network.

Rich lives in Westchester New York with his family.

Specialties: Books, book proposals, web content, feature articles, business materials, helping other people express themselves
Years of Experience: 26
Memberships: American Society of Journalists and Authors
Books Contributed to: My book list is on my website at: www.richmintzer.com
Magazines Contributed to: Westchester Magazine, Family Fun, In Style, Playbill, Real People, The Hollywood Reporter, Weight Watchers, Movie Times, Modern Maturity

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Westchester, New York
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Timothy Jacobs was born and raised in the New Haven area of Connecticut and now spends his time in New York, New Hampshire, and Florida living and working out of his Class A Motorhome with his wife. He has written and published 15 books and over 450 articles for various newspapers and magazines, including Gulf & Main magazine; Lighthouse Digest; Florida Weekly newspaper; and Connecticut Nutmegger. He is currently working on two fiction novels slated to be published in late 2022. ​He is the past president and past Corporate Board member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association. He is the founder and former editor for Patriots of the American Revolution magazine; former newsletter editor for the Sons of the American Revolution Caloosa Chapter; former news reporter for Shore Publishing, LLC; and has taught classes on conducting research, writing, and publishing. Besides JWC Publishing, he is also a publishing manager for the Throne Publishing Group, an instructor with the Oasis Senior Education Program of Upstate New York, and works with a private detective firm in upstate New York. JWC publishing has been a long-time goal of his and he’s excited to share his experience and help you get published. Specialties: Ghostwriting, Editing, Coaching Years of Experience: Full time since 2012 Magazines:

  • Gulf & Main
  • CT Nutmegger
  • Lighthouse Digest
  • Kracked Mirror Mysteries
  • Writer’s Journal
  • Common Patriot
  • Patriots of the American Revolution
  • Writer’s Weekly

Memberships:

  • Association of Ghostwriters
  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Certified Storyway Guides Group
  • Talent Council of Champions
  • Scranton Writers Club
  • Syracuse Business Networking Entrepreneurs
  • Horror Authors Guild

Books: I’ve assisted countless authors with their books. How to contact Timothy: via email at tjacobs@jacobswc.com

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Green Cove Springs, FL