You believe it’s time you captured your message or your experiences in a book. Maybe you’re seeking better positioning for yourself or your organization. Or maybe you are thinking about your legacy, marking out a path others can follow to enjoy success like yours and learn from the challenges you’ve faced. Or maybe you have a story in you that others have been asking you to write.
• With experience creating nearly twenty-five books, she knows how to quickly discover and capture a unique and marketable message.
• Co-authors from business leaders to country singers have found her text to be true to their own voice.
• Because she’s led an organization and been a Fortune 500 executive, Maureen understands your time challenges, and can flex to your availability.
No matter what has led you to decide to write, three things are deal-breakers as you consider a ghostwriter.
• You want a well-written book you can be proud of.
• You want your message told in your own voice, your own way.
• You want your book project to fit with the responsibilities and time challenges that already stretch you.
Maureen Rank knows how to write a book, in her own voice or someone else’s, with equal skill. As the author or co-author of more than twenty-five books, she’s produced quality work for large publishers, independent presses, and authors who chose to self-publish. Topics have ranged from leadership, business and motivation, to self-help, family and children, and spiritual growth — even travel. She also brings personal experience in business leadership. As a nationally-recognized executive director of a professional association for psychologists, she demonstrated a unique knack for strategic focus, and energizing a volunteer workforce to drive change. As an executive in a Fortune 90, she created senior-level leadership training and organizational and culture change resources during a tumultuous period of growth for the company. This unusual professional path has fit her well to listen to senior leaders for clarity, probe for nuance, and write what she hears with skill. One co-author said, “Maureen understood my message better than I understood it myself.”
I offer a complementary 30-minute exploratory conversation to allow you to give me an idea of what you’re thinking, and to answer the questions you have about how we might work together. I purposely keep this conversation fairly high-level to give you confidence that your content is protected until we’ve established a contractual relationship.
What’s ahead can be a three-phase process. Clients have the option of choosing one or all of the phases, according to their needs. (Each phase is priced separately).
Phase One is a design package in which I evaluate your material/ideas, make recommendations for approaches, generate a book outline, and create a process to complete the book. I also include resources for evaluating marketing potential.
Phase Two is the creation of the book, in which I gather material from you and/or other sources, create the book draft, respond to your revisions, and deliver a final manuscript that can either be self-published or submitted to an agent or publishing house. Fee for this service depends on your starting point, and how much time investment is required to get the product you want. We will agree on a fixed quote for the creation of your manuscript before the work begins.
Phase Three is the actual production of both print and digital versions of your book, if you choose to self-publish, and making them available for sale on Amazon and other book marketing outlets, and for sale by your personally.
If this sounds interesting, let’s set up a time to talk. Just click the “contact” tab at the top of the page to send a request.
1. What’s the process for working with ghostwriter?
The process starts with an interview to explore your topic, your objectives, and where you are in the development of material. This information will determine how much assistance you need.
If your project and Maureen’s skills appear to be a fit, she’ll lead you through the interviews or research necessary to create an outline and book chapters. After your responses to an initial draft, you’ll then provide the feedback needed to be sure the message is yours, and told the way you want. When the final manuscript meets your approval, it will go to professional editors for both grammatical and styling corrections. Then, front and end pieces to complete your book (dedication, acknowledgements, author bio, etc.) will be added.
Then, Maureen can format your manuscript into a book ready for publication, both as an ebook and a print book. She can make both available for sale on your behalf on Amazon.com in print and E-book versions. Going forward, all rights and sales management belong to you, so you can promote, market and profit from your book as you choose.
2. How long will the process take?
Most books require 2-3 months, depending on your starting point and how much time you can devote to the project.
3. What kind of time will be required of me?
Time required depends on the complexity of your project. However, clients say Maureen’s sensitivity to the demands on senior leaders’ time has served them well. She’ll be sure interview sessions are focused and will manage the project of your book to fit other demands on your time.
4. Will I finish our work together with a book in hand?
You’ll complete the process with both a print book and an ebook (if you choose) ready for sale on Amazon, and also ready for you to order so you can distribute copies yourself at speaking engagements, or through other channels of your choosing.
Co-author Russ Johnston, whose first book sold over 100,000 copies, generated two sequels and was published in three languages:
Maureen knew how to translate my oral style into a compelling piece of writing. And, the finished product was my language instead of hers. People told me, “When I read your book, I can hear you speaking.”
Co-author Annie Chapman, entertainer and conference speaker:
Several years ago my husband Steve and I were asked to write a book on marriage. We made attempts but every effort was met with few words and many frustrations. Finally, our publisher contacted Maureen Rank and asked her to help us do what we could not do for ourselves. The following year a book, with Maureen at the helm, was published. That book has helped untold thousands of people. She not only co-authored a number of books with us, but she taught us to write in our own voice. We learned the craft of book writing from one of the best.
Co-author Peter Boelens, Founder and Executive Director of Luke Society, a health-care outreach to the poor, whose two books helped expand his organization from a small state agency to a global concern:
For a young physician and his family, the delta of Mississippi presented some almost insurmountable challenges medically (one of the highest infant mortality rates in the USA), socially (racial polarization) and economically (endemic poverty). Maureen Rank, without a healthcare background, had the gifting enabling her to visualize these challenges through the eyes of a physician while adding her own insightful observations. Through her unique turn of phrase, she engaged the reader making Delta Doctor a book that continues to be read. In my experience, Maureen Rank is a co-author par excellence.