My specialty is helping authors write, self-publish, and promote books and related services. If you have ideas to communicate or stories to tell, I can help you create a book that furthers your career.
To get your thoughts into print, I offer a full range of publishing services:
• Ghostwriting / Collaborative Writing
(from notes, partial manuscripts, and dialogues)
• Concept Development
(from rough manuscripts and dialogues)
• Manuscript Rewriting & Restructuring
• Technical Illustration
• Digital Photography Enhancement
To meet your specific requirements, I adapt my services to meet the goals, objectives, and capabilities you define.
Ghostwriting & Manuscript Development
What my background means to you as a prospective author is that I bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to make your publishing project successful. Your ideas matter to me. I work hard to understand your publishing goals so I can help you bring to life a book that achieves those goals. From the first stages of outlining your book to the moment you hold a printed copy in your hands, I want you to be thrilled with my efforts to make your voice shine.
I offer ghostwriting, collaborative writing, and developmental restructuring for the following
Art: As a lifetime artist (oil painting, drawing, graphic design, and photography), I have a deep appreciation for art, the art world, aesthetic philosophy, and creativity. I have had shows in France, Brazil, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. I am also a lifelong student of communications media and media technologies (old, new, and emerging media tools).
Business: I have written strategy plans, business continuity plans, marketing plans, and various kinds of sales copy and proposals. My corporate clients include: Merck, The Vanguard Group, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Unisys, Devon Consulting, Lumina Americas, The Franklin Mint, The Devereux Foundation, and many others. I am particularly interested in how social, economic, and technological change impacts business, how multiple industries interact, and how economic theory is evolving in response to crisis. Having run several businesses, I have a good understanding of entrepreneurs and consultants.
Ethnic/ Culture/ Sociology: Special focus on social psychology and cultural change.
Nonfiction (general): Special focus on new ideas, philosophy, media, and social change.
Politics/ Government: Special focus on international and public affairs.
Religion/ New Age/ Spirituality/ Inspirational: I am interested in books that explore the relationship between consciousness change and social change and have studied all major religions extensively.
Science/ Medical: I edited two substantial medical monographs, The Acid Monograph and The H2 Receptor Anthology, and wrote the Chemistry and Manufacturing Control section of the New Drug Application for Modafinil (Provigil). I also wrote several software and system development documents related to pharmaceuticals and healthcare procedures.
Self Help/ How-To: I have written many technical manuals, such as software user guides and other how-to descriptions. I also have a deep interest in psychological self-help works.
Technical/ Computers/ IT: I worked as a technical writer/ business analyst/ project manager in the IT field for many years and have written over 200 book-length technical and business documents. I have developed strong modeling and diagraming skills.
Vision 3000: The Transformation of Humanity in the New Millennium, 395 pages including
10-page bibliography, self published by Emerging Vision Media LLC. Available on Amazon and to bookstores via Ingram. Plus web site and multiple business and marketing documents associated with promoting the book.
A Vision of the Impact of Advanced Media Technology on Human Consciousness: Surviving the Virtual-Reality Internet World, presentation to the World Future Society Conference 2008 with associated PowerPoint (32 slides). Audio CD produced by WFS. Photos of presentation integrated into multiple print and online promotional media.
EcoBuilt Efficient Buildings Strategy Plan, for Heartswork LLC.
Devon Talent Solution for IT Recruitment Process Outsourcing, for Devon Consulting. Described business model of new division for established IT talent recruiter. Plus eight other RFP response marketing proposals that won significant business for the same client.
Lumina Methodology: Process Overviews & Document Templates, Lumina Americas (New York, California, Brazil). This document defined business processes for engagement management, project management, and knowledge management for an international ebusiness consulting firm. Plus: PowerPoint presentation for Lumina University; Strategic Knowledge Management Program (white paper); Strategic Implications of Technology Infrastructure Options (report); marketing research binder for South America, segmented by industry and country; and WebMiner ASP User Guide.
Institutional Disaster Recovery Technical Document, The Vanguard Group. This procedure protected over half a trillion dollars in assets. Plus: video taped training for Vanguard University, disaster recovery training PowerPoint, and Runbook Technical Manuals for several major software applications.
RocketBoard Strategy Retreat Plan and RocketBoard One-Year Roadmap. Three-day strategy retreat facilitator plan and resulting report for internet technology company.
High Performance Computing (HPC) Environment Design Specification and HPC Disaster Recovery Plan, Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc. Plus: Combinatorial Chemistry Registration Software User Guide, Projects & Assays Database Definition, and other documents.
The Woodcuts of Paul Aschenbach, marketing catalog for Aschenbach Limited Editions. Plus ads placed in The New Yorker magazine.
Multiple software design specifications for The Franklin Mint. Trained and managed team of technical writers.
DECRAD Radiology Film Management System, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Admissions, Discharges & Transfers (ADT) System User Guide, The Devereux Foundation. Also developed training materials for this system .
Business and Manufacturing Control System: Technical Reference Text, Unisys. Major software development documentation covering over three feet of shelf space. Also, Executive Management Reporting Application Requirements Analysis and over twelve other specifications, capabilities manuals, and user guides.
Running Text: Semiotica, a book of symbolic drawings and philosophical inquiries about humanity, communication, and media.
I have been a professional technical and business writer for over thirty years and have written over 200 book-length documents and communication pieces for major companies including Merck, Unisys, The Franklin Mint, and Vanguard, as well as for small businesses and independent professionals.
My knowledge base is broad and deep, and I am a quick study. This positions me to quickly grasp your area of expertise and help you communicate it. In 2006, I self-published a book on future trends, VISION 3000: The Transformation of Humanity in the New Millennium, which explores forecasts for human science, spiritual culture, technology, media, economics, and governance, an example of the breadth of topics I have explored in depth. In 2008, I delivered a presentation, The Impact of Advanced Media Technology, to the World Future Society conference in Washington, DC.
My educational background includes: undergrad at Harvard University in social relations, Temple University in technical writing, and Villanova University in computer science, plus a wide array of seminars and continuing education courses, including a six-year program studying psychodynamics and spiritual psychology. As an independent scholar, I read continuously on a wide range of topics. I have also been a graphic artist and technical illustrator for most of my life and enjoy helping authors get their message across through visual images.
As an idea-entrepreneur, I have run over half-a-dozen different businesses and learned a great deal about practical uses of communications media to develop and publicize creative work. I have been involved with self-publishing, marketing, consulting, speaking, and creative media innovation throughout my career. As the owner of Emerging Vision Media, LLC, I am constantly keeping up with how to use new media technologies to promote new ideas, books, and authors.
"I found Michael to be incredibly knowledgeable and skillful in his innumerable publishing talents which include, but are not limited to, book design, layout, formatting, cover creation and logo creation. He brought my book to life with his professionalism, artistry and insight. It is my pleasure to highly recommend his services." Published Acknowledgement: "Michael -- for invaluable expertise in everything including book design, formatting, cover creation, and for helping me set up PranaCreations. I absolutely would not have been able to do this without you." – Judy Myers, Author, Managing the Mommy Years
"I’ve worked with Michael for over 12 years and found him to be an intelligent analyst, an effective project manager, and a remarkably good writer." – James Sherry, VP Sales, Devon Consulting
"I highly recommend Michael for his strategic planning, organizational development, project management, business analysis, and writing abilities. He has consistently delivered high quality results." – Michael Toomey, Former National IT Director, The Devereux Foundation
"I would highly recommend Michael. His work was well received, on schedule, within budget, and facilitated rewriting our business practice standards. He melded well into our team while maintaining a leadership role." – Rosemary Myers, Director of Information Systems, The Franklin Mint
"Mike, we have gotten praise from Technical Operations on the quality of your work. It’s great to have a project so well managed. Thanks." – Tom Cole, Director of Systems Integration, The Vanguard Group
"After observing his effectiveness on other projects, I asked Michael to help us with our High-Performance Computing Environment. I have been more than satisfied with the quality of his results and would whole-heartedly recommend him." – Simon Kearsley, PhD., Director of Molecular Systems, Merck & Co.
"Michael listened to our needs and wrote a clear, focused, and practical Strategy Plan that was perfectly suited to our objectives. It was well-written and logical, delivered on time and within budget. We would whole-heartedly recommend him to his future clients for any business writing or strategy development project." – Siti Crook, CEO, EcoBuilt Efficient Buildings
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