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I help other people fulfill their writing ambitions. I have worked with acquisition
editors to locate authors, develop manuscripts, and produce books. I've worked with would-be authors to find publishers, then helped them turn book ideas into books in stores. Here are some of the projects that I've helped deliver:

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Getting Innovation Right: How to create inflection points that drive success in the marketplace
by Seth Kahan
Jossey-Bass 2013, 224 pages

Publisher's description:
Innovation is worth little unless it generates lasting success, and gaining measurable results from new ideas requires more than creative risk-taking. Successful innovation demands a tactical approach, and Getting Innovation Right reveals how your company can secure real traction and growth in the marketplace. With Seth Kahan's outcome-based approach, based on his experience leading innovation initiatives at a diverse range of organizations, you will identify the inflection points that generate market opportunities for your company and leverage the best techniques for securing a foothold in a lucrative new space. Grounded in market-based reality, Getting Innovation Right is an indispensable resource for leaders looking to drive results and move in fresh directions.

“It was in very good shape and the author's voice amazingly clear, consistent, and compelling.” - Editor, Jossey Bass

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Getting Change Right: How leaders transform organizations from the inside out
by Seth Kahan
Jossey-Bass 2010, 256 pages

From an reader review:
Getting Change Right is a timely guide for leaders who need to "get it right the first time" if they are to have any hope of sustaining success in today's faster paced markets. According to Seth Kahan, successfully leading change means embracing the notion that workers are volunteers who must be partners in building a shared understanding about the work that needs to be done. Because shared understanding can't be mandated, leaders need to facilitate important conversations rather than present complete solutions when approaching their staffs. This book shows business leaders how they can quickly and effectively transform their slow-moving hierarchical bureaucracies into efficient collaborative communities that continually delight customers and sustain consistent success in fast moving markets.”

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Riding the Current: How to deal with the daily deluge of data
by Madelyn Blair, PhD
Taos Institute Publications 2010, 268 pages

From the back cover:
“ Madelyn Blair has written the book I needed 12 years ago when I stumbled out of corporate life and into making my own way The deceptive simplicity of the suggestions tells us how, in learning this profound and satisfying practice of constant self discovery and rediscovery, one must also be ready to unlearn, and Madelyn make this possible, both in the book and in the brilliant suggestions of taking on a crew to help you. The possibilities on the roles of Accompanier and Practice Partner do much to repair the fabric of work life and provide necessary ballast and support to many people, whether freelancers or in employment, who increasingly feel isolated and disconnected in a work context. Permission to ask for companionship on the journey is perhaps the single most important idea in this book, and one that should be considered by everyone. ”

-Victoria Ward, Founding Partner, Sparknow , London

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You Don't Have to Wear Hemp Underwear
by Robin Pharo
Motivational Press 2010, 210 pages

From the back cover:
You Don't Have to Wear Hemp Underwear is the first book to recognize the only way to make this concept work is to fit earth-friendly choices into your life, not change your life to fit others’ choices. Author Robin Pharo’s friendly, humorous voice guides readers step by step. With this book, living sustainably ceases to be a homework assignment and takes on the joy of adventure.

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Managing Multiple Projects
by Michael Tobis and Irene Tobis
McGraw-Hill 2002, 180 pages

From an reader review:
“The title seems to suggest that this book is about project management, but since the authors define ‘project’ as ‘a commitment of time and resources aimed at a specific outcome,’ the book is really much more comprehensive. It's about managing lots of things effectively as the same time. It's about managing time, formalizing processes, dealing with emotional demands, avoiding the dangers of setting priorities, compartmentalizing, tracking projects, and making changes in systems.

“Just try to find another book that covers all those areas! This book covers them–and the tone and style make it easy to read. (It's interesting what can happen when a systems engineer and a psychologist team up to write a book!)”

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Business Plans That Work
by Joan Gillman with Sarah White
Adams Media Corp, 2001, 304 pages

From an reader review:
Business Plans that Work is an intelligent, common sense approach to business that has a simple thesis, level headed philosophy, and a well structured organization. Written by a business consultant (and former art teacher–perhaps this helps the lack of turgid written prose)...The book is clearly written but not condescending to people new to business and tries to encourage the reader that business is not a mysterious enterprise, but rather a pursuit that requires foresight and planning, with, of course, initial inspiration. … She also draws quite nicely on personal experience from childhood to adulthood, which creates a comfortable trusting relationship between reader & writer. I stood in my local large bookstore branch, flipping through about 10 books on the subject, and this one just seemed to have the right user-friendly balance that made me feel comfortable reading it.”


The 33 Most Common Mistakes Made by Local Advertisers
by Brad Forsythe
Forsythe and Butler, 2001, 92 pages

“Entrepreneurs need short and concise advice based on real world experience, not marketing theory” says Forsythe. That’s why he has written The 33 Most Common Mistakes Made by Local Advertisers . For the busy entrepreneur or marketing manager engaged in local advertising, this book is a fast-forward guide that helps you get it now and get it right. Short, lively chapters deliver pull-no-punches advice gained from Brad Forsythe’s 25 years of agency and media experience.


Listen to an interview with Sarah White on book development, recorded 5/14/2009 for " In Business with Jodi and Joan ."


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As a result of my previous career in graphic design, I am all too familiar with every step of the publishing process from book proposals to pagination. In those years as a graphic artist, I learned that I enjoyed book production—the task of bringing together text and graphics, page after page, with attention to consistency and grace.

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While I no longer pursue other graphic design projects, I find book production as soothing as knitting. I like to take on a few book production assignments each year.

I produce page layouts to printers’ specifications using Quark Xpress or Adobe InDesign. I’ve worked with both traditional printers and print-on-demand vendors.

I have an uncommon depth of expertise in print production. I offer technical services to publishers, including proofing color separations and attending press checks. I have also been known to teach these skills for corporate publishing departments, in presentations and one-on-one sessions. Getting it right the first time beats fixing it, and I know what it takes to get it right.


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