I like to start the new year by taking a moment to look back and congratulate the Blue Pencil Consulting clients who published books in the past year.
First off, I had the great joy of working with Chris Vasiliadis of Priority Wellness to help her develop a book that would both support her mission as a health coach and inspire women who are struggling with burnout. We had begun work on the book back in 2016, and in April 2019, Chris published Ignition: A Professional Woman’s Guide to Energized, Burnout-Proof Living (Moment One Publishing, 2019).
With The Concept’s Edge: Mentoring Our Prophetic Aspirations, Michael H. Shenkman added another book to his fascinating series on breakout creativity, which has thus far covered mentoring artists, mystics, and leaders (Sandia Heights Media, 2019). For more information on all four titles, see here.
It was a pleasure to see two clients publish novels this past year. Joanne Carota debuted with The Docks (Neptune Books, 2019), a mystery set on Boston’s waterfront. James H. K. Bruner published Son Over the Yardarm, Book 2 in his Bike Cop mystery series set in Maine (The Proverbial Lawyer Publications, 2019).
Siobhan McDonald of Granger Street Studios published Hilda’s Story: New Bedford, Massachusetts, which is Book 1 in Before Today: Reminiscing and Connecting: An Interactive Read Aloud Series for Grownups. For more about how she envisions this book can be used by those caring for someone with memory loss, visit https://www.grangerstreetstudios.com/ .
John D. McDougall of McDougall Interactive developed and published Content Marketing and SEO for Law Firms, a book that showcases his digital marketing expertise, this time for a specifically targeted audience (Intera Press, 2019). Learn more here: https://www.mcdougallinteractive.com/resources/our-books/
Another project in the legal field, but with a different focus, was editing the new 2020 edition of Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees by Barbara D. Jackins, Esq., Richard S. Blank, Esq., and Ken W. Shulman, Esq. (disAbilities Press Books, LLC). More info here.
And finally, Mark C. Bodanza published Risk Takers and History Makers: The Story of Leominster (North Hill Press), which was great fun to edit as it included so many interesting anecdotes that illustrate this Massachusetts city’s surprising connections to key moments in US history.
So, congratulations to the “Class of 2019” on their book publishing successes! If you are planning to write (or are already working on) a book that showcases your expertise or expresses your creativity and need some help with book development, editing, and/or publishing guidance, please get in touch. I’d love to help you make 2020 the year you move forward with your book.