MY CLIENTS ACHIEVE AWESOME THINGS
Here are some of their books:
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), Story Genius, (Ten Speed Press, 2016). Instructor, fiction master class, UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Ted Talk-giver.
Tracey Cleantis, National Award Nominee
Tracey Cleantis' book, The Next Happy, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award in 2016. Other nominees included Gloria Steinham, Brian Grazer, Abigail Thomas and Shondra Rimes. Here we are at the gala awards ceremony in the New York Times' building in New York City:
Tracey's second book, An Invitation to Self Care came out from Hazeldon in March 2017.
Lauri Taylor, Book Club Favorite
Audrey Monke, Podcasting and Blogging Star
Sam Polk, Shark Tank Winner
"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. "Thank you for all your help. You really are both my personal champion and hard-truth teller. I appreciate both immeasurably." -- Sam Polk.
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
September 2017: Congratulations to Audrey Monkey for selling her book, Happy Camper.
September 2017: Congratulations to reporter I can't name from newspaper I can't name for selling book I can't name to Scribner.
September 2017: Congratuations to Author Accelerator writer who I can't name for signing with agent I can't name.
January 2017: Congratulations to Emma Neslon, my PitchWars mentee, for landing an agent for her adult novel, Soltice Sisters.
January 2017: Congratulations to Ann Grant for landing an agent for her self-help book, The Divorce Hacker's Guide to Untying the Knot
November 2016: Congratulations to Amy Blumenthal for landing an agent for her adult novel, The Cast.
July 2016. Congratulations to Dale and Monica Vernon on the publication of Imperfect Parents Lead Great Families.
June 2016: Congratulations to Mae Respicio for the sale of her middle grade novel, A House Like This, to Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.
July 2015. Congratulations to Monica Holloway for the sale of her book with the secret title to a secret publisher.
"Jennie, YOU DID IT! My book just sold – again! But it's all thanks to YOU! (And it just happened!) THANK YOU FOR BEING THE BEST BOOK/PROPOSAL/AUTHOR COACH EVER!!!" – Facebook post, July 1, 2015, Monica Holloway
February 2016: Congratulations to Neelama Eyres and Michael Schisser for landing agent Laura Yorke for Divorce: A Love Story.
January 2016: Congratulations to Mae Respicio for landing agent Sarah Davies.
June 2015. Congratulations to Tracey Cleantis for the sale of her book, Self Care is Not a Stupid Candle, to Hazeldon.
May 2015. Congratulations to Paolina Milano for winning an indie Excellence Book Award for her memoir, The S Word.
May 2015. Congratulations to Henriette Ivanans for winning the Allegra Johnson Prize in Memoir Writing from the UCLA Extension Writer's Program for her memoir-in-progress, Every Pill Tells a Story.
May 2015. Congratulations to Lauri Taylor for the publication of The Accidental Truth.
"In 2012, I was a stay-at-home mom with a story to tell, but had no clue where or how to start. I took two classes in the UCLA Writer's Program through UCLA Extension and met my amazing book coach, Jennie Nash. She has helped me through every aspect of writing my book: development, editing, time management, proposal, agent queries, final revision, moral support, blurb requests, etc., etc. etc.!!. I worked very hard to get to where I am today, but Jennie is the reason I have a book being published early next year." — Lauri Taylor, The Accidental Truth (Selectbooks, 2015)
April 2015. Congratulations to Maritere Rodriguez Bellas. Her book, Raising Bilingual Children, was named a finalist in the 17th Annual International Latino Book Awards, the largest honor in the U.S. celebrating achievements in Latino literature and culture.
February 2015. Congratulations to UCLA student Tracy Tynan for the sale of her memoir, Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life, to Scribner.
February 2015. Congratulations to Cynthia Lim for signing with agent Paul Levine for her memoir, Wherever You Are, which is a heartwarming and uplifting love story with a twist.
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 2014. Congratulations to Sam Polk for selling his memoir, Gatsby Interrupted, to Scribner.
January 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.
MY CLIENTS SAY THE NICEST THINGS ABOUT WORKING WITH ME
I've built my business by delivering personalized, focused attention and I measure my results not only by my client's publishing successes, but by their overall satisfaction with the process. Here's what a few of them have to say:
"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, Smoke: A Memoir
"I don’t want to gush too much about this process, but honestly, working with you makes it feel so.much.easier than what I was trying to do before, which was hide facts and paper it over with some awe-inspiring sense of the wilderness and history. I remember thinking over the past few years as I was trying to find a structure and a point, “It shouldn’t have to be this hard.” (Not that writing isn’t hard. But I was obviously trying to do the impossible.) I love how you make the interpretive leaps needed to connect the scene or story to a larger “so what.” You’ve really got a gift for that. I somehow can’t see which insight needs to be emphasized based on the story I’m trying to tell—or if I can, I see like 10 different possible insights, and I can’t seem to chose the best one". —Debbie Lee
"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 Hale
"Wow! I have to tell you that Jennie Nash is a true miracle-worker. I have been toying around with writing a book for years but could never seem to get it off the ground. Sound familiar? Jennie Nash to the rescue! Jennie listens to you and lasers in on what your book is supposed to be. It is almost like she pulls it out of you (because we all know there is a book inside of us) but it can be hard to find the focus and clarity. It is so FREEING to actually see your story and pin it down. I now have a clear path and purpose of how to proceed and actually can't wait to go and tell the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. She is amazing and I feel completely confident in the fact that I can ACTUALLY do this--- write a book. Thank you Jennie for being so AWESOME. You are the best." —Abby Bliss