Client Success Stories
December 2014. Congratulations to David Richman on the publication of YOUR FIRST 5K, 10K, OR SPRINT TRIATHLON: A MIDDLE OF THE PACKER’S GUIDEBOOK
- December 2014. Congratulations to Adam Christing for signing with agent Jane Dystel for a top secret book that will inspire the masses.
- December 2014. Congratulations to Loren Stephens for her nomination for a Pushcart Prize for an excerpt from The Sushi Maker's Daughter.
- November 2014. Congratulations to Loren Stephens on landing agent Ken Atchity at Story Merchant/Atchity Productions, for her novel, The Sushi Maker's Daughter.
- November 2014: Congratulations to Lisa Cron for the sale of her book, Story Genius, to Ten Speed.
- August, 2014. Congratulations to Lee Wilson on the publication of her memoir, Rebel on Pointe.
August 2014. Congratulations to Beth Ricanati for signing a deal with the Culinary Entertainment Agency for her memoir, Make Challah and Call Me in the Morning
June 2014. Congratulations to David Richman on the publication of his memoir, Winning in the Middle of the Pack.
February 18, 2014. Congratulations to Sam Polk for selling his memoir, Gatsby Interrupted to Scribner.
January 19, 2014: Congratulations to Sam Polk for landing the feature cover story on the New York Times Sunday Review with his op-ed piece, For The Love of Money.
January 2014: Congratulations to Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story, for landing an invitation to give a TedX talk in Florida in March.
January 2014: Congratulations to Lauri Taylor for the sale of her memoir, Killer Guilt to SelectBooks.
August 2013: Congratulations to Tracey Cleantis for the sale of her book, The Other Side of Impossible, to Hazeldon, and for signing with speaking agent Jo Cavender of speakersonhealthcare.com.
June 2013: Congratulations to Sam Polk for landing agent Sam Stoloff of the Frances Goldin Agency, for his memoir Gatsby Interrupted, and to Tracey Cleantis for signing with Don Fehr for her self-help book The Other Side of Impossible.
May 2013: Congratulations to Lisa Lilienthal for signing with agent Wendy Sherman for her memoir, Normal: What You See When You Look at Me
March 2013: Congratulations to Lee Wilson on the sale of her memoir, Fleeing the Fifties in Pink Satin Toe Shoes, to the University Press of Florida, and to Mari Bellas for landing agent Diane Stockwell of Globos Libros Literary Agency and for selling her book , Raising Bilingual Children, to Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster.
I've built my business by delivering personalized, focused attention and measure my results not only by my client's publishing successes, but by their overall satisfaction with the process. Here's what some of them have to say:
"Thank you for all your help. You really are both my personal champion and hard-truth teller. I appreciate both immeasurably." -- Sam Polk. Sam came to me with a dream of writing a memoir — and no idea where to start. He is a voracious reader and knew the kind of book he wanted to write: one that would touch readers' hearts, open their eyes, spur them to action and get them talking. I have never seen a beginning writer work harder than Sam. He wrote and revised. Wrote and revised. He threw out thousands and thousands of words. He refused to settle. Several months ago, Sam felt his book was ready to pitch. He sought out an agent who understood his story and his mission, and found it in Sam Stoloff at the Francis Goldin Agency. Sam and Sam are currently preparing the book for submission to editors. Once his book was completed, Sam started writing articles. I helped him edit and craft these. He landed one on The Huffington Post and The Orange County Register. His New York Times feature story on wealth addiction published in January 2014, went viral in a big way. Sam is riding the wave of media — NPR, The Today Show, and on and on and on.
Lisa Cron is my colleague at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She is a brilliant story analyst, but needed help shaping her ideas into a structure that made sense. "Every writer, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals, needs someone to do what they can’t do, no matter how experienced: see their own work with fresh eyes. The trick is finding someone who can then pinpoint what’s working, what isn’t and how to remedy it. For me, that person is the indefatigable, insightful, beautifully brutally honest Jennie Nash. While she never pulls punches (after all, you’re paying her not to), Jennie is always encouraging, empathetic and compassionate – not to mention spot-on. She is also quick. All this is why, even though I’ve worked in publishing, as an agent, and taught writing for decades – in fact, my book is about how to write a story -- I turned to Jennie when I wanted to get the manuscript ready to shop. We worked together every step of the way: on the manuscript (including helping me get organized enough to really focus in on it), the query letter, the proposal, and the marketing platform that helped me land the agent I wanted most, who then sold the book to a great publishing house. I couldn’t have done it without Jennie, and I can’t recommend her highly enough. She is a godsend." -- Lisa Cron, Wired for Story (Ten Speed Press, 2012.) Instructor, fiction master class, UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
Rhonda came to me in frustration after working with several editors and writing coaches. She knew she had a great story — and boy was she right — but she wasn't convinced she had it on the page and didn't know how to proceed. Her instinct to continue working was very good. Her amazing story was buried under an unwieldy structure, where a reader might never find it. We worked to define exactly what Rhonda's story was about, and to bring it into the light of day. Rhonda was brave enough to rewrite her entire book, to carefully edit it many times over, and to listen to every last harsh thing I had to say — such as, "Get rid of those 30 pages." She was very brave and hardworking, and I happen to know that Larry was with her every single word of the way, so he worked hard, too. Rhonda is currently doing the preparation work needed to approach agents. "I knew writing this book would be a difficult task---that it was a crazy idea. Me write? I’m not a writer. In my early writing process, I cried an ocean of heartbreaking tears. Why would I continue to inflict such pain upon myself? But for some unknown reason, I just couldn’t stop writing. My urge to write was worse than a ruthless addiction---it wouldn’t go away. It was relentless. All in one breath, I loved it and hated it. Eventually, my tears lessened and I was able to see that I needed to learn the craft of writing which got me reading all sorts of book on how to write. I joined several different read and critique circles. I attended writing conferences. But mainly, I wrote alone. Everyday. It was a lonely process, but eventually I discovered that I was slowly healing. I learned things about myself, my life, my story---that finally made sense. But I still couldn’t get the whole story out. I got stuck. So I hired the amazing Book Coach, Jennie Nash. It was the best money I ever spent. Ever. She cheered me on to the finish line. She taught me an invaluable lesson in writing. She took the time to ask me what I was thinking and how I was feeling. I didn’t know that I was supposed to tell my reader what I was thinking or how I was feeling. I thought that would be breaking the rule of “show don’t tell”. Jennie broke the shackles, lifted the weight of the world from my shoulders. I remembered exactly what I was thinking and how I was feeling when I wondered who would die first---my husband or my daughter. Of course, I knew exactly what I was thinking and how I was feeling when my daughter, Sherry, suggested that I sign-up for a dating-site while she was dying. I wanted to tell you all along, but I thought if I did I would be telling you how to think and feel. What I learned through Jennie’s lesson is that I can express whatever I think or feel and my reader will think or feel whatever they want to. Today, I cry tears of gratitude. Thank you, Jennie! "-- Rhonda Hayes, author of Love at the Last Minute.
Maritere Rodrigues Bellas (her full name), has been the parenting columnist at La Opinion newspaper for 11 years. Mari sold her book, Raising Bilingual Children, to Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster, on the basis of a very strong proposal. She spent 5 months writing the book under my guidance-—and has two more books in the works. Raising Bilingual Children comes out in 2015.
"I told my husband, `I need Jennie every step of the way on this book,' and he just smiled and said, `Oh, I know.'" -- Mari Bellas
Story coming soon!
Adam Christing, author of Your Life is a Joke.
Adam is president of Clean Comedians. He is also a stand up comedian who does 200 + gigs a year. He wanted to be in complete control of his book, so he chose to self publish it. He ran a that was successfully funded at $14,437, and launched his book to great success at the end of 2013.
"You are ridiculously good and fast at this. I feel like I'm playing checkers and you are playing chess!" -- Adam Christing
"Jennie Nash's ability has been compared with another superstar named Nash. NBA hall of fame point guard Steve Nash is a master at getting his teammates the ball so that they can score. As a creative wiz, editor, and coach, Jennie makes incredible "assists" herself. She will help you take your best shot as a writer and score!" Adam Christing, official praise.
"Jennie Nash guided me from the inception of my memoir to its completion. She was encouraging, empathetic, insightful, and organized. Her notes were quick and comprehensive. When the manuscript was finished, Jennie guided me into the world of publishing. This memoir is now under contract at the University Press of Florida with a publication date of fall 2014. " -- Lee Wilson
It was in the early drafts of my novel that I approached Jennie Nash for help. It takes a village to write a book and Jennie was an important part of my process. Through her insightful guidance my characters grew, she pointed out inconsistencies and wording that didn’t seem right. She helped me connect ideas and shift text around, telling me how I needed to see the characters moving in time and space and get rid of clunky dialogue.
My chapters would come back with comments and scratched out words and sentences. She advised me to pare down or spread out information and always offered suggestions for alternatives.
Here’s an example of her editing:
My original version:
It was not only the girls she counseled at the center for troubled youth. With them she could understand their trust in pimps who promised a life filled with luxury and security. She could understand their promiscuous behaviors, addictions and depressions. That someone would choose them was more than they could resist.
Here’s Jennie’s edit, a version that flows much more smoothly and naturally and still respects my idea. This is her stellar gift as editor:
She could understand the impulse in the girls she counseled at the center for troubled youth. She could understand their desire to trade promiscuous behaviors, addictions and depressions for the promise of a better life. She could see why they would trust in pimps who promised a life filled with luxury and security. That someone would choose them above all other girls for a life of ease was a dream too good to resist.
And then Jennie dropped a bomb on me. She advised that I should maybe leave this project and work on something else. It ended up being GREAT advice. Months later, I returned to my manuscript with a fresh approach and with positive energy. Thanks Jennie for being there on my journey to publication.
Lisa Manterfield's book, I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood, was a Silver Medalist in the 2011 Independent Publishing Awards. As a result of the success of her book, Lisa now write a guest blog on pyschology today.com about women who don't have children. Lisa came to me with a very rough rough draft. I gave her some tough feedback, and she rose to the occasion to re-write her book. She deserves all the success she is enjoying!
"A HUGE thank you for your help and guidance. It's so fun working with you (even though there's a bit of torture involved.) It's possible I could have eventually figured this out on my own, but working with you is like getting a Fastpass to the front of the line. -- Lisa Manterfield
Debbie Echt-Moxness, Keeper of Traditions: Family Activities to Strengthen Connections and Celebrate Every Day
Story coming soon!
"My book would never have been written without you." -- Christine Carminati, Revenge.
Revenge is Christine's first novel. It's the first in a five-part series of what she calls "Westerns with heart." Christine came to me when she had a rough draft that wasn't paying off in the end. We worked through the whole draft, chapter by chapter. She about to release Revenge on Kindle -- and is so proud. I'm proud, too!
After working with me to structure and complete his book, Lee Livingston self published In the Rearview Mirror, a memoir about hitch-hiking across the U.S. at age 16. He gave a copy of the book to everyone at his 50th high school reunion.
"The fact that I finished it -- I mean, God bless you for that." -- Lee Livingston
"Jennie played an important role in getting my book from proposal to publication. Sometimes it was her writing coach skills I needed, other times it was her quick editing skills, occasionally I needed her to help me completely start over, but above all I appreciated her constant support, encouragement and confidence in my abilities. She helped grow my skills and confidence." -- Gwen Schubert Grabb, 8 Keys to Recovery From An Eating Disorder (Norton, 2012)
"I will always remember the glorious year we worked together and I was a novelist." -- Kristine Breese, Cereal for Dinner. I helped Kristine write her non-fiction book and then helped her write a novel about family and politics.
From Clients Still Working on Their Book Projects:
"Jennie Nash went way and beyond the call of duty - with painstaking notes and incredible detail that will help me transform my memoir. Her skills at communicating the work I needed to do as well as highlighting the good work I had done was uplifting and inspiring. She knew my story better than I did in places! She was incredible. She is a goddess." --Samantha R.
"You are an angel in the truest sense of the word: a guardian and a guide. A kick ass angel. It is rare to find your level of talent, intelligence, candor and professionalism in someone who is equally as kind, funny and nurturing as you. When I started working with you, I thought I had a nearly-finished manuscript. I ended up throwing almost all of it out and starting over because what I was writing were newspaper columns, not a book. You taught me how to write a book. You nudged me gently, firmly and resolutely to the real story, the one I was afraid to tell, the only one that mattered. "Thank you" doesn't even begin to cover the depth of my gratitude, but it's a good place to start." -- Kate Spencer, author of Smoke: A Memoir
"You are my voice of sanity and reason!!! So much is stuff I should know and probably do deep down but it doesn't bubble up. Thank you. I may have to start calling you my secret weapon on the road to publication." --Denise H.
"You have a gift, Jennie. Thank you for sharing it with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You ROCK!!" -- Michael B.
"Thanks for all your great help and support when I was freaking out." -- Laurel O.
"Your ability to engage and inspire is truly remarkable. You are the most amazing teacher ever. Ever!" -- Jeff B.
"Your time, your knowledge and your help are worth every penny. You're amazing!" -- Agnes R.