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Why Writing a Book is Like Making Sausage
Let me tell you, people in Wisconsin love their sausage. Bratwurst, smoked meats, summer sausage, you name it.
My grandmother would frequently joke about people “talking like a sausage” meaning, someone was talking a little crazy and it was all jumbled up.
For many of the writers I work with that’s exactly what it’s like when they first come to me with an idea. It’s a mix-mash of ideas, threads and theories in their head. It’s a pile of ingredients.
Maybe they have an outline, maybe they don’t. Maybe it’s not even a recipe.
Either way, people who come to me want help crafting something out of their big pile of ideas.
That’s why writing a book is a lot like making sausage.
Every recipe is a little bit different, but done correctly it comes out in a beautiful dish that tastes delicious.
Want to learn more?
Here’s some of my experience
Chicago | May 2016 to Present
Writer and ghostwriter for Jenkins Group.
Non-fiction book projects
writer, Researcher & Project manager
Chicago | August 21, 2018
Worked with New York Times editor KJ Dell’Antonia for more than a year. Helped her research, write and report the book, How to Be a A Happier Parent. (Represented by Laurie Abkemeier, DeFiore & Company and published by Penguin Random House.)
Crafted a complicated 105-question Qualtrics survey of more than 1,000 U.S. parents from various socioeconomic backgrounds; certified with Institutional Review Board (IRB) training via the Collaborative Institutional Initiative Training (CITI) program for ethical training on human subjects research
Found an academic researcher, Matthew Weinshenker, to partner on project and analyze data
Drafted internal project timelines to meet publisher deadlines
Interviewed sources from survey
Researched and wrote passages in the book
Armchair Reader: Chicago
Publisher: Publications International, Ltd.
Chicago | February 16, 2010
Co-author of a book about quirky, off-beat people, places and things in Chicago.