I am a born wordsmith. I started writing as soon as I could read. As a child, my idol was Barbara Walters. Before The View, before she made celebrities cry on 20/20, Barbara Walters was the leading woman journalist in the world. I watched her in awe as she interviewed world leaders such as Henry Kissinger, Anwar Sadat, Richard Nixon, and even more impressive, John Lennon!
When news of the Watergate scandal broke, I was under the age of 10, but my eyes were riveted to the television as the story unfolded, and the two Washington Post journalists who broke the story, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein captured my imagination. For the first time I saw what writers can do to change the world.
When I entered college at George Washington University, I chose to major in journalism. While in college, I had the good fortune to work at The Washington Post as a news aide, and I picked the brains of some of the best and the brightest writers of the time. I even had the pleasure of working a few weekend shifts with Bob Woodward at the helm. He had a generous habit of buying tubs of ice cream for all the news aides who worked Sunday nights.
After graduation, I went to work for a world-class investigative journalist, David Wise who had over ten books (now fourteen) to his credit, including a New York Times bestseller, and I helped him research and edit three books in my three year tenure at his service. I had a blast, and I got to see first-hand how a seasoned veteran author goes about composing a book, and how major publishing houses select, produce, and promote books.
I completed my work with Mr. Wise, left Washington, D.C. and moved to Central Florida to take a reporting job at a 100,000 circulation daily paper. I covered business, city-government, and also contributed feature articles and some investigative pieces. Earning just $300 a week, I worked crazy hours for an alcoholic bureau chief in his mid-thirties who had “issues” with a Yankee woman in her twenties having more experience with big stories than he did. From day one, his main objective was to put me in my place.
I’ll never forget the day I suggested we do a story on women in non-traditional jobs, such as construction workers, fire fighters, etc. His response: “That’s not news! Women have been doing construction in this state for 10 years. Ya’ll are equal now!” Imagine my delight when the next day, our paper ran a story off the news-wire on the cover of our business section with the headline “Women Working Non-Traditional Jobs,” originally published by The New York Times. Too bad we didn’t have a story ready with the local angle.
I soon acknowledged that if I were to remain in journalism, it would mean years of working for peanuts at cracker jack papers before I would have a shot at writing the kinds of stories I was interested in. When I was offered a part-time position at the Rocky Mountain News covering night cops, I turned it down saying, “I want to choose what I write about. If I take this position, I won’t be happy, and you won’t be happy with me.”
Disillusioned and disappointed, I walked away from journalism, thinking that I was done with publishing for good. I switched careers and built a successful personal training business. I enjoyed the process of growing a business and coaching people, but I knew it wasn’t my path.
I’ve got more ink in my veins than iron.
I sold the business, and went back to school to get a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology with the intention of developing a coaching practice for wellness businesses.
As part of my Master’s thesis project, I developed and launched a product–a creativity and self-expression activity kit. When I began the process, I thought it was a book, so I set out to find an agent. I put together a book proposal so excellent that a prestigious agent begged his partner to let him sign me, even though I had no platform and my topic wasn’t one his agency represented. She refused, reminding him that they don’t represent the type of book I was proposing. It turned out for the best, since I discovered in the process that it wasn’t a book, it was a product with a teaching guide, which I self-published. The product was produced and distributed to over 35 assistive and educational organizations throughout North America and Africa.
In my work with clients, I noticed a pattern begin to emerge. I attracted clients into my coaching programs who wanted to write books, so I coached them and edited their books. I enjoyed being back in the business of words.
I took a temporary position as an acquisitions editor for a small publisher, and it was there that I remembered my true passion for writing and working on books, specifically, books for authors who set out to make a huge impact.
I left the publishing company and put up my shingle as the go-to person for book writing coaching and ghostwriting. Since then, I’ve helped my clients conceptualize and write leading edge books that have introduced new thought on topics such as world peace, feminism, fitness, entrepreneurship, business, medicine, dating and relationships, and living the American dream. As a result, my clients have stepped into expanded levels of leadership, bringing their ideas, messages, and methods to the multitude and changing people’s lives.
My clients have been traditionally published by companies such as Random House, Doubleday, John Wiley & Sons, Hay House and others, and some have chosen to self-publish to reach small niche markets or expedite the process.
Once published, many of my clients have become bestselling authors, been featured on national and local TV news programs, magazines, newspapers, etc. and have gone on to build businesses that dominate their markets.
I help my clients develop a salable concept, prepare a book proposal to get a literary agent if desired, and write their books in a done-for-you-with-you format. To find out more, send me an email and tell me about yourself and your book idea, robin @ robincolucci.com.
My book, How to Write a Book That Sells You: Increase Your Credibility, Income, and Impact is now available on Amazon.com.
I look forward to supporting your publishing success.
Sincerely, Robin Colucci