Portfolio

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

The Awakened Woman’s Guide to Everlasting Love – by Londin Angel Winters and Justin Patrick Pierce

Your Owner’s Manual for Deeper Connection, Lifelong Partnership and Better Sex

In today’s disconnected, distracted world, it seems like deep love gets harder to maintain every day. We spend more time looking at screens than at each other, cycle through new partners every time the spark starts to fade, and wall away our feelings until we become strangers who share a house and kids. But underneath all this, our souls long for an unbreakable love which deepens over time and lovemaking that gets hotter, not cooler, inside a lifetime commitment. 

This bond we yearn for is not impossible. It’s not even improbable. You can create it in your life right now—intimacy that opens both you and your partner to a divine awakening you could not create on your own, lovemaking that curls your toes, and a partnership where both people champion each other’s best interests, where even the difficult moments bring you closer together. This is sacred relationship, and it’s already within your reach.

It exists in these pages. If you are seeking a resource for attracting a sacred relationship, sustaining long-term passion, and deepening in authentic connection (whether you’re single or in a relationship), you’re in the right place. The path within these pages will teach you how to have a long-term, sexy, passionate, deeply fulfilling relationship with a partner who is as excited to be there as you are. Written by both a man and a woman who have been living and teaching these principles for a decade, this book is an owner’s manual for intimacy, a map for loving at the deepest level, and an invitation into sacred practice where divine connection becomes part of everyday life.

When my partner and I hired James, we were sitting on what seemed like half a million words of advanced esoteric channeling. Over several months and countless revisions, James guided us in distilling these complex concepts into an approachable work of art where a beginner could relate to each and every sentence. James fought for his beliefs in what the book needed to be its best incarnation, held us to the highest standards of clarity and accessibility, and wouldn’t let us off the hook no matter what. I am so grateful to James for his vision, understanding of structure, and enthusiasm for the process–and I’m particularly grateful that we found an editor who cared about our project as much as we did. James treated our book as if his name were on the cover, and I know he will treat your book the same way. Londin Angel Winters

Co-founder of Sacred

The thing that impressed me most about James was his ability to take a body of work he knew nothing about and turn it into a narrative that not only preserved the integrity of the work itself, but transformed its message into something that was more accessible to a mass audience. When you dedicate your heart and soul to a book, you want someone who is going to be there with you every step of the way—through the good, the bad, and the ugly. James has proven to be such a mentor.  His greatest strengths are his ability to see the project from start to finish, his clear sense for exactly how to get you to that finish no matter how fragmented things may feel at times, and his iron will to hold the line for what is truly best for the book, even when you can’t see it yourself. Justin Patrick Pierce

Co-founder of Sacred

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

Don’t Pull The Chicken Switch – by Kit Allowitz

According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey, a majority of people cite lack of “willpower” as the No. 1 reason for the inability to make the changes needed to achieve their desired outcomes in life. Who hasn’t chickened out on getting something they wanted or needed? 

Rather than just offering a plethora of case studies and checklists on willpower, Don’t Pull the Chicken Switch is a fun, engaging and relevant story. The story highlights a company’s executives team’s personal willpower challenges, some of the most frequent human willpower challenges faced, that when identified, addressed and then conquered propel the executives team members individual productivity and power. This then propels their respective departments and employee personnel to new willpower, productive and effectiveness heights.

This book is for leaders. Organizational leaders. Team leaders. Community leaders. Individual leaders. You!.

James Ranson was integral in preparing my book for publication. He helped me revise my initial draft of almost 120,000 words down to a manageable 60,000, and then did a comprehensive rewrite and edit that produced a solid pre-final draft of just under 40,000. That draft became the foundation of the text I am now using to grow and advance my business. James’s mastery of narrative and clear language allowed me to say what I wanted to say without pontificating or overwhelming the reader with a flood of text. I really appreciate his hard work and dedication to quality writing. Kit Allowitz

Executive willpower consultant and creator of Don't Pull The Chicken Switch

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