Hi, I’m Rachel – words are my thing.
I am an agented author with multiple non-fiction books published. I’ve written books solo, as an editor of an edited volume, and as a co-author. I’ve written for magazines, newspapers and on-line publications.
Words are my thing, and l love to make them sing.
I’ve coached/edited over a dozen published authors – nearly all of them published by traditional publishing houses. I coach self-publishing writers too. In fact if you’re trying to decide whether to self-publish or seek publication, I can guide you in that decision. My passion is working with thought leaders to shape and create their books.
Book Publishing Experience …
Published three non-fiction books with three different traditional publishing houses.
Contributing author to three anthologies.
Contributing writer to the NIV Real Life Devotional Bible.
Additional Deets …
Wrote a monthly magazine column.
Published in local newsprint periodicals across the country.
Served as editor of an online publication reaching well over half a million subscribers weekly.
Been privately coaching clients since 2010.
Earned a journalism degree in undergrad (where I edited at the university paper), then a master’s in communication studies in graduate school.
Wrote a published master’s thesis, as well as articles for scholarly journals.
Continue to teach courses in communication, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
I enjoy writing but I also enjoy empowering other people with great messages to communicate them well.
Want more backstory?
I binge-watch the Olympics – I’m a former competitive gymnast. Typos are my kryptonite. Doritos are my chip of choice, but I usually buy Tostitos and guac instead. I’m partial to 80’s music. And southern rock.
I married my public speaking professor. He gave me a “B.” I went on to get paid to speak at events around the country after we got married. Lesson here: Even if you got a B in English, I can help you write a great book.
After grad school, my first job was writing a monthly column. I framed my first paycheck which seems very visionary of me, but it was for less than $80.
Bad writing makes me fidgety; I see its potential and feel a need to fix it. I love teaching at the university – the students teach me along the way as I teach them.
The first chapter-book I ever read (of my own accord) was a biography of Amelia Earhart. My dad wrote screenplays. I drink coffee from Trader Joe’s concentrate mix. And my Netflix list includes everything from Hart of Dixie, to Madame Secretary, to The Blacklist.
If you want to write a book, think you could benefit from some professional help with it, and suspect I’d be a good coach for you, be sure to get on my mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities.
If you have something besides a book you think could benefit from my writing skills, drop me an email and tell me about the project: p31(dot)firstname.lastname@example.org