Collaboration Process

Collaborative writing—especially in someone’s distinctive voice—is a craft I have honed. The process is as important as the final product. If done right, both will be compelling and revelatory.

That said, everyone’s voice and story are different, so every collaboration is unique.

My subject’s communication style—your style—and our editor’s guidance drive our schedule and what the process looks like.

How and when we work together depends in large part on where you work best and are most comfortable expressing your thoughts. On the phone or in person. Via email, journaling or face-to-face conversations. We do not have to live in the same city, although there are times I come to you.

As a journalist, I supplement our conversations with research and interviews with others so we present a thorough, accurate picture of history and further flesh out ideas.

I make the creative process as predictable and enjoyable as possible, and while there are many unknowns, there are areas where I never compromise, things that my co-writers, editors and publishers can expect from me every step of the way:

  • I am professional, trustworthy and respectful of everyone’s time.
  • I am committed to accuracy in reporting and storytelling.
  • I believe that we all want to be inspired. Readers also want concrete ideas to improve their work, enhance their lives and, quite often, change the world. My storytelling weaves in practical advice and actionable information that corresponds to the book’s themes.
  • I bring history, data, research and ideas to life through storytelling. Together, we bring readers into “the room where it happened” to show them how you achieved what you achieved.
  • Throughout the process, I strive for accuracy while honoring individuals’ truths. I also fact check what we put out into the world so there are no unexpected surprises or predictable errors.
  • I am committed to our mutual definition of success—be it a bestseller, a tool to help grow a business or scaling meaningful ideas.
  • Ultimately, we’ll produce a body of work that each of us is proud to share.