It take more than solid writing chops to take on a book project. You also need to have strong organizational skills and the ability to stay true to deadlines that are measured in months, not days. My book credits range from travel guidebooks to corporate histories. As different as they sound, they actually have a lot in common: long, complex projects that require self discipline and great working relationships with smart editors. I've been fortunate to have both.
Guidebooks. My guidebook credits include:Author of the National Geographic Society's Guide to America's Outdoors: The Great Lakes
Author of Moon Handbooks Michigan (first and second editions) for Avalon Travel Publishing
Contributing writer to 1000 Places to See Before You Die: United States and Canada
Contributing writer to other guidebooks published by the National Geographic Society, Midwest Living, Fodor's and Frommer's.
Corporate book projects. My business book credits include:
Creativity Through Collaboration, a 268-page corporate monograph for a landscape architecture/planning firm
JJR 50, a 120-page book celebrating the firm's 50th anniversary
Exceptional Vision, a 72-page history of a renowned ophthalmology clinic.
Editing, ghostwriting and more.
Frankly, seeing my name in print isn't nearly as interesting to me as working on fun and challenging writing project. I'm happy to give up my byline and serve your ghostwriter, editor or proofreader. I've done it for magazines and corporate projects, and I'd be delighted to do it for your book.
If there's a book project you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact me.