Your Book Can
Change the World
(BUT ONLY IF YOU GET IT DONE)
Your Book Can
Change the World
(BUT ONLY IF YOU GET IT DONE)
Ghostwriter and Editor for Visionary Leaders and Change-Maker
You know the power of books. (That's why you're reading this page.)
A book can bring forth a new idea ... change how people see things ... and spark action that benefits humankind.
I think of the books that shaped my worldview growing up. Silent Spring. Our Bodies, Ourselves. The Selling of the President. The Second Sex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
And the ones still challenging me today. A glance at my desk right now: A Colony in a Nation. The Sixth Extinction. The New Jim Crow. The Audacity of Hope. Yes We (Still) Can.
I have a hunch your list is just as long, when you think of all the books that have encouraged your desire to make the world a better place. All thoughtful people are inspired and activated by books.
Books change the world.
So here's the question: Is it time for you to to share your message with the world through your own book — and do your part to advance the progress of humanity?
If that feels daunting, know that I'm here to help.
I'm a professional editor and ghostwriter who can make sure your book gets done, so your voice is heard.
When we work together, you get to take advantage of my education in history and law ... my experience in public policy, advocacy, political action, marketing, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and civic engagement ... my perspective as a coach and consultant ... and of course my writing chops.
All so you can make the contribution to the world that you were meant to make. Now more than ever, the world needs your voice to create a positive future.
It's a big job to write a book. Let's make it easier for you.
Most people don’t finish their book (or never start) simply because it takes so much time.
Time to figure out your strongest message and how it can resonate with the people you want to reach.
Time to plan and outline, research, write, edit, polish … and then polish some more.
Time I'll bet you don’t have!
That’s where I come in.
Instead of struggling on your own and taking years to complete your book (or never finishing it at all), just talk to me. Tell me about your ideas and experiences. Tell me what you want to accomplish with your book.
And I’ll do the heavy lifting for you.
It’s that simple.
The exact process we’ll use depends on the kind of book you want to have.
For a memoir, centered on your personal experiences, I’ll ask you questions and you’ll tell me your story. I have a special knack for helping you remember all the details, so your story really comes to life for your readers.
And then I’ll get to work, weaving your story into a narrative that pulls the reader forward and delivers your message in an unforgettable way.
For a book centered on ideas or policy, I’ll ask you a different set of questions so you can get crystal clear on both the purpose of the book and its “big idea.” (It’s shocking how often this essential step is skipped over.) We’ll also inventory available information and define any needed research.
By the way, even for a “big idea” book, I’ll ask you to tell me your story. It’s more connected to advancing your big idea than you might think.
And then I’ll get to work — filling in gaps in research, doing needed interviews, structuring the book for coherence and impact, and creating the finished product with you.
How we’ll work together
We’ll have our conversations by phone or Skype so it’s easy for you to weave this project into your life. As a general idea, you can plan on several hours of conversation a week for a month or so. (If you want to accelerate the process, sometimes I can offer the option of an intensive in-person retreat.)
We’ll exchange ideas on the manuscript as it develops, so at every stage you can make sure your ideas are being conveyed and your purpose is being honored. That’s the whole point, right?
I'll also make sure your book is professionally fact-checked, copy-edited, and proofread.
You and your book will have my full attention — I work on only one ghostwriting project at a time. That's why most books can be done within six months. We'll get specific about yours when we talk.
Most of all, I want you to know this: My mission is to help you change the world through your book. If you have an important message to share, there’s no time like today to start.
“I wish I’d had Pam writing for me years ago. She captures my ideas and expresses them better than I could have imagined.”
Founder, The Center for Leadership Philanthropy
Author of The Raising of Money and The Philanthropic Quest
The Raising of Money
By Jim Lord. I collaborated on the second edition of this classic book on fundraising, revised and edited throughout, plus a brand-new introduction.
Singing Grass, Burning Sage
By Jack Nisbet. I had the fun of editing photos instead of words, sorting through hundreds of images to choose just the right ones to bring the author's words to life.
The Philanthropic Quest
Also by Jim Lord, a series of monographs on advanced topics related to raising money and developing nonprofit organizations. (A long-term relationship with an editor and ghostwriter lets you create more than you ever thought possible.)
During my nearly 10 years with The Nature Conservancy, one of my ongoing projects was a magazine that included many bylined articles ghostwritten on behalf of our scientists. This was where I honed my skills in translating complex scientific and policy ideas into understandable and compelling stories.
What Kind of World Do You Want?
Coming soon, a volume of inspiration — and actionable strategies — for people who want to make a difference in the world through philanthropy and voluntary action.
“One voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city and if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change a nation it can change the world.”
Now is the time for your voice to be heard.
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