Birthing your book takes a birthing team.
As committed book doulas, it's important to us that you have easy access to the resources you need to elegantly reach your book and platform-building goals. To that end, we have carefully curated our best resources for you. Each one of the exceptional people featured here is a professional we have worked with and trust implicitly to help guide you in the right direction as you move forward in the author-entrepreneurial space.
What do you need next? An editor? A ghostwriter? A seasoned professional to put together a virtual speaking tour for you? An experienced consultant to guide you through the self-publishing process? An award-winning podcast producer to help you create your own podcast? Or perhaps you need one of the most exciting new talents in the world of video production to help you create outstanding videos for your brand that are truly at the cutting-edge. You will find these gifted individuals below as you scroll . . .
Meet Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw has been a full-time professional book author, ghostwriter, editor, and book coach for 20 years. She specializes in self-help books, memoirs, and book proposals as a coach, ghostwriter, and developmental editor. Literary agents and publishers regularly recommend her to their authors.
She has written 35 books total – 10 under her own name and 25 ghostwritten, which have been published by such houses as Macmillan, Hay House, Perseus, and Hyperion, among others. These include 10 psycho-spiritual books ghostwritten for Hay House authors.
Melanie has developmentally edited an additional 70+ books that have won more than 40 awards, including the Best Beach Books Festival Grand Prize. She frequently works with psychotherapists, life coaches, doctors, entrepreneurs, and executives.
Meet Melanie Bates
Melanie Bates is a Book Shaman, a Life Coach, and, above all, a Writer, living in the Wild, Wild West with her menagerie of four-leggeds. She began her writing career at the age of seven when she penned her first brilliant short story about witches with carbuncles.
When she was only fourteen, she began her vast memoir, but found it to be quite short.
Finally, at seventeen, with her towering experience in regards to the matters of love, she dabbled in the pages of a romance novel. She's completed her first novel in a middle-grade fantasy trilogy and is currently working on a middle-grade western about a gnat named Louis.
Her 10,000 hours (of Malcolm Gladwell fame) in “applying ass to chair," obtaining a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing, along with an M.F.A., and devouring thousands of books, spawned her Book Shaman practice where she has helped New York Times bestselling authors to “transmute fuzzy thoughts into language people can understand.”
As a developmental editor, she uses her experience to bring structure and form to some really amazing books that line the shelves of your local bookstores. She brings accountability, partnership, and process to her writers, which allows them to face the blank page and actually pen their brilliant work. She works with clients writing all genres, but memoir is her specialty.
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Meet Karen Salmansohn
Karen Salmansohn writes and creative directs a range of bestselling books that she calls "self-help for people who wouldn't be caught dead doing self-help" - because she loves to merge psychology with stylish graphics and feisty humor.
Some of her books are How To Be Happy Dammit, Instant Calm - and a new line-a-day journal Listen To Your Heart.
She has sold about 2 million books nationally/internationally and has about 1.5 million followers - including some celebrity fans (Marisa Tomei, Jon Stewart, Madonna, Goldie Hawn, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Eminem, etc).
Karen used to be in advertising (J.Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, McCann Erickson) and offers 1-on-1 consulting to entrepreneurs on how to create magnetic branding and viral social media posts.
Meet Shann Vander Leek
Shann Vander Leek is an author, voice talent, producer, and teacher. In short, Shann is a force of nature!
She is known throughout the personal development industry as a transformation enthusiast and lifelong media expert.
Shann is the founder of Podcast Bath and co-creator of the award-winning Anxiety Slayer podcast with just shy of 6.5 million downloads.
She's helped dozens of tech shy female entrepreneurs start their own podcasts with ease and grace.
Learn more about Shann and schedule a free podcast coaching consultation at podcastbath.com
Speaking, Radio & Podcast Tours
Meet Jackie Lapin
Jackie Lapin is a leader in helping other leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, practitioners, speakers, and messengers connect with their next followers around the globe.
For the past 10 years, her internationally acclaimed Conscious Companies have been providing radio/podcast media tours and speaking engagements to support the growth and revenue of change-makers.
Her clients have included Don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Joe Vitale, James Twyman, Arielle Ford, Maureen St. Germaine, Chris and Janet Attwood, Hay House, and more.
Her Conscious Media Relations Radio/Podcast Tours have helped nearly 200 luminaries, leaders, filmmakers, and authors grow their businesses, sell more books, create viewership, and change more lives by introducing them to up to 9,000 radio shows and podcasts.
To also help leaders get booked easily and quickly, Jackie has most recently launched SpeakerTunity Cities™, which provides direct contacts for thousands of speaking opportunities instantly at one’s fingertips in their market of choice.
Meet G. Brian Benson
G. Brian Benson’s mission is to wake up the world with conscious, thought-provoking media that inspires. In 2008, Brian followed a hunch and left his family’s business, stepping into the unknown. Ever since then, inspiration has followed. Letting intuition be his guide, he began to step out of his comfort zone and unexpected paths and talents started to emerge such as writing, acting, and crafting stories. Tapping into this emerging creativity, Brian began his own hero’s journey of self-realization and growth, which continues to influence his empowering and inspiring books, films, and presentations.
Brian is an award-winning and #1 best-selling author, podcast host, actor, filmmaker, and TEDx speaker who knows the value of trusting intuition.
Brian is also a project coach for authors who may want to work with him directly along the path to self-publishing.
He shares his own personal journey of self-growth, discovery, and accomplishment to help others reconnect with their own personal truths to live an authentic and fulfilling life.
As a 4x Ironman triathlete and cross-country bicyclist, Brian knows the value of hard work and never giving up on his dreams, a message he shares with audiences through each of his creative expressions.
Brian’s new book, the #1 best-selling Habits for Success – Inspired Ideas to Help You Soar is available on Amazon and was selected as a 2019 Book Excellence Award Winner in the Motivational book category.
Meet Henry Seel
A special message from Kristine: Henry is a newly emerging videographer and photographer with a true gift for video editing. For those who are looking for video work that's innovative, where your brand is captured with sophistication and your story is told in a fresh, visionary way, I give Henry my highest recommendation.
A lifelong traveler with a passion for design, fashion, and the outdoors, Henry discovered videography & photography as a tool to share authentic experiences, brands, and products during his travels.
With a background in Silicon Valley-based start-up ops, he is passionate about working with the next generation of disruptors, innovators, and forward thinkers to bring their visions to life through aesthetically driven visual storytelling.
He is always excited when projects allow him to meet new people and travel to new places.