Coauthoring or ghostwriting involves working with someone, usually a public figure or prominent teacher or thinker, who wants to write a book but doesn't have experience structuring a book proposal or complete manuscript in language that is nonacademic and accessible to a general readership. In that capacity I wrote two books with talk show host Larry King and coauthored the autobiography of musicians Frank Zappa and the musical memoir of Michael Feinstein. More recently, I completely revised and rewrote the manuscript of an important new book on the treatment of Arthritis by a leading sports medicine doctor at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery.
I have also written several books of my own about the varieties of American spiritual experience, based on interviews with a wide range of men and women from very different spiritual backgrounds and pursuits (Once A Catholic; Through
the Labyrinth) as well as a popular guide to the world's religions (The Joy of Sects).
And I have coauthored or assisted a number of writers in the spiritual field, including Caroline Myss (Why People Don't Heal; Sacred Contracts; Defy Gravity) and Ron Roth (The Healing Path of Prayer and 4 other books). Three of the books I
coauthored have become New York Times Best Sellers.
Finally, I work as a manuscript editor or “book doctor” (similar to a Hollywood “script doctor”), helping to shape a manuscript into a book for a commercial publisher. Recent examples include The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy: How a Simple Breathing Practice Will Enrich Your Life Forever (Atria/Simon & Schuster 2012), by Mark Whitwell; and Home at Last: A Journey Toward Higher Consciousness (White Cloud Press, 2015), by Sarada Chiruvolu.