I’ve worked with over 200 authors so far, with backgrounds and topics ranging from internet marketing and personal development to life insurance and the right way to adopt a dog.

Here are a few favorite books I’ve coached, edited, or ghostwritten.

Connect – by Josh Turner (through Book in a Box)

Wall Street Journal Bestseller.

How many times have you heard someone say, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”?

We all know the importance of relationships in creating and growing a business, and yet most of us don’t know exactly what to do about it. We go to networking events, meet associates for coffee, or maybe even email prospective clients, but it’s never quite enough.

In Connect, Josh Turner lays out a step-by-step process to meet and connect with the people that matter to your business at scale. The techniques contained in these pages will teach you to use new tools and marketing channels to build relationships without being confined by time.

Busting The Life Insurance Lies – by Kim Butler and Jack Burns

Busting The Life Insurance Lies takes the 38 biggest, loudest myths around life insurance and breaks them wide open.

Whether you’re wondering if life insurance is right for you, wanting to understand how it can help you while you’re still alive, or even an insurance advisor yourself, this book will guide you to the answers you need to make the clearest, most informed decision—one you’ll feel good about for the rest of your life.

Life insurance is a tough topic to write about, especially for an audience that has probably heard all kinds of trash talk about it–if they know anything about it at all! So when Jack Burns and I set out to write Busting The Life Insurance Lies, we knew we needed a writer who could take our perspective and relate it to everyday people, someone who could work closely with us to make sure our passion for life insurance and the benefits it provides every one of its users came through in an authentic and well-supported way.

James Ranson was exactly the writer we needed. Not only did he provide high-quality writing, he also made special effort to understand life insurance well beyond surface-level knowledge. James walked the line between technical explanation and engaging, conversational tone perfectly, and included several touches of humor and culture that made the text not only highly accessible, but fun to read. And when it became clear that his first draft wasn’t up to industry standards of detail, James worked with me and my chief content writer for three extra months to ensure that the final draft exceeded those standards while still remaining an appealing read. I couldn’t have asked for a better writer for this job.

Kim Butler

Founder of Partners For Prosperity, Author of six acclaimed finance books

Profit Hacking – by Steven Daar

Have you been frustrated by ineffective tactics for marketing & growing your business?

Do you ever feel like you’ve wasted your money (or even worse, your time) pursuing a strategy that failed to bear fruit in the form of increased profits?

Profit Hacking shows you PRECISELY how to maximize every marketing activity you do from this day forward. How to maximize the value of each visitor, prospect, lead, customer, and client your business attracts (and how to get more of them).

James helped make my writing clearer, more cohesive, easier to grasp, and more entertaining to read. His editing skills improved my book in ways I didn’t know existed before I hired him.

Steven Daar

Author of Profit Hacking, CEO of Conversion For Good

How To Find Your Dream Dog – by Dixie Tenny

How To Find Your Dream Dog” is here to fix the disconnect of dog ownership.

Bringing a new dog into the household should be one of life’s happiest events. The process always starts with excitement and high expectations. Too often, though, it ends in disappointment. The new puppy wakes everyone three times a night, gnaws on furniture, piddles everywhere, knocks the children down. The new adolescent dog is too wild. The new adult dog growls at your neighbors. And where did all this dog hair come from?

Most people spend hours researching a new mattress, days researching a new car, and weeks researching a new home or job. Yet for a new dog, a companion for the next 10-15 years, the most they do is visit the nearest shelter or pet shop and buy whatever looks cute and appealing. It’s no wonder they end up disappointed.

[This book] walks you step-by-step through the process of choosing the right type of dog for you—not only exploring the canine qualities that can determine your perfect puppy, adolescent, or adult dog, but also assessing your lifestyle to make sure you’re a good match for the dog, too.

I had all the information in my head, but getting it into book form and getting that book out into the world took know-how that I didn’t have. James helped me outline and organize my ideas, which made writing the book so much easier. His editorial guidance helped polish my draft into a final text I’m proud of. I also appreciated his flexibility when illness and a family emergency on my end extended the project timeline well past our original plan. I look forward to working with James again in the future.

Dixie Tenny

Founder of Human-Animal Learning Opportunities (HALO), Inc

Empowered, Sexy and Free – by Jolie Dawn

Empowered, Sexy, and Free is a book for the woman who is ready for something new.

She knows there is a better way than riding on the mainstream struggle bus. She’s ready to reclaim her feminine power, her inner confidence, and her magical creating powers that she has had glimpses of at some points in her life. Now, she is ready to unleash it. Maybe she feeling some resistance in life, but she knows something else is possible, and finally, she is choosing to listen to her inner voice. Are you this woman?

Before a friend recommended James Ranson to me, I had worked with three other editors on my book draft. Each one only made it more of a mess. When James and I connected, I had the tattered remains of a draft, endless pages of notes, and very little hope that my book could even exist, let alone become a success. After two months of work with James, my book not only got finished, but became a #1 Amazon bestseller and a cornerstone of my business.

James was the solution to all of my book problems. He understood my situation, shared my goal to create a high-quality masterpiece, and matched his expertise to my passion effortlessly. His blend of rigorous editing, inquisitiveness, professionalism, and humor made him a joy to work with, and his work added light-years of clarity, accessibility, and power to my book. I’m so grateful to have found him before I gave up on it.

Jolie Dawn

Author and Chief Creative Visionary, JolieDawn.com

In this simple yet important book, Noah Rasheta takes profound Buddhist concepts and makes them easy to understand for anyone trying to become a better whatever-they-already-are.

Explaining the secular benefits of Buddhism to a nonreligious audience wasn’t easy. On top of describing deep and complex ideas in an accessible way, I also had to make spirituality appealing for people with little or no interest in it. James Ranson understood exactly what I was trying to do, and gave my book exactly the editing it needed. He clarified complex points, broadened individual stories to relate to a wider audience, sharpened the language, and streamlined the flow of the text. The finished result had the same great value content-wise, but was smoother, cleaner, better-organized, more appealing, and easier to read. I’ve since used the book to add more value to the workshops I teach, and I know it’s going to help me keep growing the business in the future. I’ve already recommended James to eight of my friends! If you’re writing a book for your business, he’s the best editor out there.

Noah Rasheta

Speaker, Teacher and Author

The Cult of Dissatisfaction – by Jacqui Brauman

Dissatisfaction is something which appears to be ever present in today’s society.

It comes from many sources and is difficult to pin down to one thing, or a single life event. It is something which seems to have increased with our wealth and is an emotion as destructive as they come.

Often, we feel like we are not in control of the way we feel. But what The Cult of Dissatisfaction will give you, is an opportunity to change what you can influence, helping you to identify the limitations and the social pressures which lead to the feelings of dissatisfaction.

I was referred to James, the Master Wordsmith, by another author whom I highly admire. We easily organised a chat via Skype, despite being on opposite sides of the Earth (Australia and USA). He was able to work within my tight timeframe happily, and easily divided the work load into three reviews of my manuscript. His feedback was direct, and although my writers’ feelings were a bit wounded initially by some of the comments, they were all very clear and absolutely correct. James’ language suggestions, and structural recommendations, all helped make my book into the quality manuscript that turned into my book! When I need an editor to provide a thorough, professional, and quality service I will definitely contact The Master Wordsmith first.

Jacqui Brauman

Author and Speaker

Simple Sex – by David Hrostoski

In Simple Sex, David Hrostoski explores the mindsets of “The Logical Lover,” and why the most common approaches to sex often lead to feelings of “not enough” in the bedroom.
In this book, you’ll learn…
  • How to never have another bad sexual experience again.
  • The number one belief holding men and women back in the bedroom–a belief that any logical approach can only make worse–and how to break free.
  • How to feel everything and truly experience the here-and-now, whether that’s in front of your laptop, a handsome man, or a beautiful woman.
  • How to bring sexual tactics into the picture without getting lost in your head, and without the steep learning curves that can leave you feeling inadequate as a lover,.
  • Three simple strategies to play with the sensation in your body for longer-lasting and stronger orgasms.

James transformed the book I loved into a book that others could love too. Clarity is everything, and James was to my book what BRITA is to my water.

David Hrostoski

Coach, Author & Founder, SimplyScaling.co

My Books

Books I’ve published and contributed to

Books I’ve published

Coming SoonDon’t Write A Crappy Book!

(Release date: TBC)

How often has this happened to you? You try to save time, save money, or make some aspect of your life or business easier, only to find yourself taking more time, spending more money, and working even harder on the back end. Suddenly your life is a big Chutes and Ladders game and you’re sliding back to Start—without even knowing what you did wrong! Did you just not know any better? Did you get overconfident or greedy? Were you trying to keep up with the Joneses (or the Kardashians) and overextend? Or were you just desperate?

In Buy Once, Cry Once: How Shortcuts Cost You In The Long Run, Wall Street Journal bestselling editor James Ranson explores these reasons and more for taking costly shortcuts in our lives and businesses—from difficulties he’s observed in his own industry to demonstrative personal experiences to larger-scale examples that people of all backgrounds can relate to. With specialized action steps and interactive considerations, this book will guide you through shortcuts you may be taking now and help you avoid ones just around the corner.

Whether you’re a business owner needing a new way to solve problems, an entrepreneur looking to solidify their services, an author looking to create a high-quality book, or an everyday person who wants to stop losing time and money every time they want to save them, this book has something for you.

What readers are saying:
  • “An exceptional read with insights on the most commonly used shortcuts in business.” – Dale L. Roberts, founder of Self-Publishing With Dale
  • “I love this book! James really pushes you to commit to quality. It may not always be easy to wait and do things the long or hard way, but it is so important not to cut corners!” – Jyssica Schwartz, author and writing coach
  • “An excellent resource for anyone in business!” – Julia Willson, editor and author

Books I’ve contributed to

Write, Get Paid, Repeat – by Jyssica Schwartz

Wrote foreword.

“Do you want to make the jump from writing as a side hustle to full-time freelancer?

Are you already a freelancer looking for ways to bring in new clients and revitalize your business?

This book is for you!”

The Better Business Book, Vol. 1 – by Authors Unite

Contributed chapter “When The Road Hits Back.”

“The Better Business Book is better than your average business book. That’s how we came up with the title. It consists of 100 people each sharing their most valuable business lesson. A real story from their business experience and the lesson they learned from it. Each time you read it, you will learn something new. Guaranteed.”

The Better Business Book, Vol. 2 – by Authors Unite

Contributed chapter “What Will You Fall For?”

“The Better Business Book is better than your average business book. That’s how we came up with the title. It consists of 100 people each sharing their most valuable business lesson. A real story from their business experience and the lesson they learned from it. Each time you read it, you will learn something new. Guaranteed.”