Recovering from a failed first chapter


Book Manuscript


When two pastors hatched the idea of publishing a book together, their first writer delivered a disappointing draft of the first chapter. I accepted the challenge of starting over, getting it right, and working with them to complete the manuscript.

My first hurdle? A clear structure to bring out both voices. I developed a coauthored approach to the book's central theme based on the content of sixteen sermons, light research, and interview notes.

With a weekly schedule for writing and feedback, I kept the project in line with the authors' expectations during the next four months. The resulting 47,000-word manuscript included an introduction and eight chapters. It combined their teaching transcripts with pop culture anecdotes and memoir passages. 

After I completed my confidential work, the authors submitted their manuscript for editing, proofreading, and production. Six months later, they celebrated the release of their book.

What do you want your story to be?