Success Stories

Here’s a partial listing of some of the students from my Non-Fiction Book Proposal class who have gone on to publish books. If I added coaching clients, the list would be even longer.Cover art front cover w kirkkus for Steve

E. M. Murray, A Long Way from Paris (Plicata Press, 2014). Elizabeth took my Nonfiction Book Proposal class in Winter of 2012. Her book about her adventures as a young woman working as a goatherd in Languedoc was chosen as one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus.  I interviewed her in 2015 about her Path to Publication.


Judith Gille, The View from Casa Chepitos: A Journey Beyond the Border (Davis Bay Press, 2013). Judith won the Writer’s Digest Award for best independently published e-book of 2013 for this book which begins with her impulsive purchase of a house in San Miguel de Allende. Judith was a student in my Non-Fiction Book Proposal Class in Winter 2008 and my DIY Publishing Class in 2010. I interviewed Judith to learn more about her successful Path to Publication .


Mary Oak, Heart’s Oratorio:  One Woman’s Journey through Love. Death and Modern Medicine (Goldenstone, 2013) Mary was a student in my Non-Fiction Book Proposal class in Winter 2008 and a current member of the Shipping Group. I interviewed Mary about her Path to Publication because I was interested in her unique partnership with her publisher.




Shannon Huffman Polson, North of Hope; A Daughter’s Arctic Journey (Zondervan, 2013) Shannon was in my Deep Revision class in 2009. She was the first person I interviewed for my blog feature, Path to Publication.

Whitney Keyes, Propel: Five Ways to Amp-Up Your Marketing and Accelerate Business (Career Press, 2012) Whitney was a student in my DIY Publishing class–see her self-published books below



Janna Cawrse Esarey, The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers and a Woman’s Search for the Meaning of Wife, Touchstone 2009 (Student, Winter 2007)


Candace Dempsey, Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal, Penguin/Berkley 2010 (Student, Winter 2007)

Corbin Lewars, Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and a Mom in the Making, Catalyst Book Press 2010 (Student, Winter 2007)

Kathy Gehrt, Discover Cooking with Lavender, Florentia Press, 2010 (Student, Winter 2003)

Joan Stamm, Heaven and Earth are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism, Wisdom Publications 2010 (Student, Summer 2006)



 Randall Benson, The Quest Effect: Mastering Breakthrough in your Organization, New Grail 2010



 Jonathan Henry Harrington, The Climate Diet: How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs and Save the Planet, Routledge 2008 (Student, Summer 2006)


  Sally Bjornsen, The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids and Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace, New American Library 2005 (Student, Spring 2001)

Joy Walker, Three Years and Thirteen Dumpsters: Cleaning House After Dementia, CreateSpace 2011 (Student, Winter 2009)


Sonya Elliott, Back on the Court: A Young Woman’s Triumphant Return to Life, Love and Basketball, Full Court Design, 2011 (Student, Winter 2003)


Caroline Feiss, Remaking American Places: The Vision of Carl Feiss, Architect, Planner, Preservationist, CreateSpace 2011 (Student, Winter 2007)



Whitney Keyes, Media Tips for Authors: How to Get Free Publicity for Your Book, Whitney Keyes Publications, 2008 AND Media Tips for Small Businesses: How to Get Publicity–for Free! Whitney Keyes Publications 2009

Maria Ross, Branding Basics for Small Businesses: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on any Budget,, 2010



Cathy Goodwin, 21 Day Extreme Career Makeover, e-book workbook, published 2008 (Student, Winter 2007)


“I wanted you to know that I consider your class on preparing a nonfiction book proposal as the best start my book could have had.  You made me understand the process and how to order my thoughts to actually produce a product.  Thank you!” Caroline Feiss, author of Remaking American Places

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