Change Your Gut, Change Your Life

In my most recent book with Dr. Travis Stork, host of the Emmy Award-wining show, The Doctors, we look at all the latest research on the dramatic benefits of vibrant gut health and a diverse gut microbiome.

Having great gut health is linked to good health throughout your body. Scientists in this rapidly growing field are finding connections between gut microbes and the  immune system, weight loss, gastrointestinal health, allergies, asthma, and even cancer. Read all about it in The Lose Your Belly Diet.

We’re accustomed to thinking of bacteria as bad–and some are–but most of the bacteria and microbes in our guts do amazing things, such as working with our immune system to fight disease and helping our bodies digest food. Not only can’t we live without them, but as their numbers and diversity increase, so too does our health.

In The Lose Your Belly Diet, published by Ghost Mountain Books, we look at all of the ways you can improve your gut health, starting with the food you eat. And we look at the many other steps you can take to support your beneficial bacteria, from avoiding unnecessary antibiotcs to changing the way you think about dirt and germs. Even the choices you make about how you bring your babies into the world can have an impact on your family’s microbiome.

In The Lose Your Belly Diet, we explain the fascinating discoveries in microbiome research and give you everything you need to know to make dramatic changes in your GI health, your weight, and your overall health.

Three Cheers for CLEAN DESIGN

Congratulations to my client Robin Wilson, whose book, Clean Design, went on sale today. Robin, a New York City eco-designer, has dedicated herself to creating interior spaces that support the respiratory health of asthma and allergy sufferers and their families.

Clean Design shows how to detoxify the home environment and create living spaces that protect people with allergies and asthma, as well as anyone who wants to live in a purer, less-toxic home.

To learn more about Robin and her work, see her website, Order her book from your local independent bookstore, or from


What Do Ghostwriters Do? Download My Ghostwriting FAQ Sheet

When I speak with authors about working with them on their books or book proposals, they usually have lots of questions about what a ghostwriter does. Why do authors hire ghostwriters? At what point during the writing process is a ghostwriter hired? What does the process of working with a ghostwriter look like?

To answer these and other questions, I’ve created a fact sheet about ghostwriting. It answers some of the most frequently asked questions about ghostwriting. To download it, click here.

If you have any other questions, or you’d like to talk with me about ghostwriting your book or proposal, contact me.

Uncovering Happiness Now Available

Congratulations to my client Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., whose new book, Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, goes on sale this week. Buy a copy from your local independent bookseller or

In seven simple steps, Uncovering Happiness uses cutting-edge mindfulness and self-compassion techniques, along with innovations in neuroscience, to release natural antidepressants in the brain.

Using the strategies in this book, readers can build up the parts of the brain that protect them from depression, and slow down the sections that foster it. Doing so allows the brain’s own natural antidepressants to emerge and grow stronger, building the resilience needed to enjoy good times, survive difficult times, and open up to lives that are worth living.

I’m sure that Elisha’s book will help many people uncover happiness in their lives.


Using Books as Business Cards

Book promotion expert Sandra Beckwith points out in her blog that more than ever before, experts are using books to build their platforms. I’ve seen this trend getting stronger in the areas of health,  nutrition, and wellness. Physicians, psychologists, and other  healthcare experts who want to extend their reach can do so by working with a professional writer to author a book. As Sandra says, “their goal isn’t just to sell books–it’s to build a business.”

From Sandra’s blog:

“In the traditional model, an author needs a platform – a fan base in place – before publishing a book so that people are ready and waiting to buy that book. In 2014, we’ll see more people writing and self-publishing printed books (as well as e-books) to use as large business cards that attract that platform…. They will use those books to find and acquire clients and customers. Book marketing will be key to these subject matter expert authors because their goal isn’t just to sell books–it’s to build a business.

Read About Why I Love Ghostwriting

What do I love about ghostwriting books? Here’s what I wrote recently in my guest Post for Gotham Ghostwriters:

Building Books as a Ghostwriter

One of the authors I ghostwrite for checked in recently from the road. She was out promoting the book I’d written with her, and she was having one of those “I forget which city I’m in” moments.

While she rattled off her frantic schedule—a long list of readings, interviews, TV appearances, and speaking engagements—I sat back and appreciated the situation. After months of work on her book, we were both just where we wanted to be. She was out promoting her bestseller, and I was writing my next book.

As a ghostwriter, I get to do what I consider to be the most interesting parts of creating a book. I brainstorm topics, develop content, define strategies, package ideas, delve into research, and conduct interviews. And then, best of all, I write—expressing ideas, choosing words, crafting sentences, guiding narratives. I draft, revise, and polish.

Then, when I’m finished, I hand it all over to someone else.

I often think of myself as a surrogate mother. My books’ genetic material comes from another person, but I form it. I carry it for months, molding it, cultivating it, giving it voice. Under my care it develops and grows from the seed of an idea to a completed book that’s all ready for delivery.

The process works for everyone: The author has her baby, and I have the satisfaction of having written it to life.

When I started ghostwriting, I thought I’d feel disappointed when my authors received praise and attention for books I had written, or that I might be envious when Good Morning America called them rather than me. As it turns out, though, I prefer it this way. I get to have all the fun of writing—but when my books are ready to step out into the spotlight, I’m happy to let them go.

That’s why I love ghostwriting. Authors build platforms and marketing strategies, but I get to build books.

Dianna Huff on Ghostwriting

Here’s a great blog by ghostwriter Dianna Huff about how ghostwriters are publishing’s unsung heroes:

Did you know that many of the business and self-help books you see on store shelves – or at your iTunes or Kindle store – are written by ghostwriters? Sometimes referred to as “copywriters,” ghostwriters are the voice behind CEOs, politicians, celebrities, gurus – anyone who needs something written. In addition to books, ghostwriters will often write articles, reports, speeches, and blog posts for individuals. A ghostwriter can specialize in a niche, such as a highly scientific or technical area, or generalize and tackle just about any topic. READ MORE




Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby in The New York Times

Jane Brody mentions my new book, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby, in her New York Times column this week. In her article, Too Many Pills in Pregnancy, Brody quotes Dr. Siobhan Dolan about the safety of medications during pregnancy.

“While many commonly taken medications are considered safe for unborn babies, the Food and Drug Administration estimates that 10 percent or more of birth defects result from medications taken during pregnancy,” Brody writes. She goes on to quote Siobhan:

Dr. Dolan, who is author, with Alice Lesch Kelly, of the March of Dimes’ newest book, Healthy Mom Healthy Baby, emphasized the importance of weighing benefits and risks in deciding whether to take medication during pregnancy and which drugs to take.

Women should check with their doctors before taking any medication during pregnancy. In her article, Brody writes, “Among medications a woman should be certain to avoid, in some cases starting three months before becoming pregnant, are isotretinoin (Accutane and others) for acne; valproic acid for seizure disorders; lithium for bipolar disorder; tetracycline for infections, and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor antagonists for hypertension, Dr. Dolan said.”


Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby Now Available

I’m thrilled to announce that my new book, HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY: The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide, has been published by HarperOne. It is the first book created with the March of Dimes, the #1 source for pregnancy information.

I co-wrote HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY with Siobhan Dolan, M.D., OB/GYN, medical advisor to the March of Dimes. The book is designed for women at all stages of pregnancy. It provides the most accurate, up-to-date pregnancy health information including everything moms and their partners need to know before pregnancy, while they’re expecting,  during labor and delivery, and into baby’s first few weeks of life. HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY is a practical, accessible, friendly guide with clear explanations, research-based recommendations, and sensible advice for the healthiest pregnancy possible.

The publication of HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY kicks off the March of Dimes’ year-long 75th anniversary celebration. During those 75 years, MOD has has devoted more than $4 billion to supporting scientific research and educational initiatives that have improved the lives of moms and babies in the U.S. and throughout the world.