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  Allyson Machate (fmr. Peltier)
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Formerly an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster, I'm now a nationally bestselling ghostwriter, book doctor, and publishing consultant.

If you have a message, philosophy, or program that can help others, then I can help you! I love working with purpose-driven entrepreneurs and service-based professionals, helping them become published authors so they can garner major media and plum speaking gigs, attract larger audiences and ideal clients, and help others while creating the lifestyle they desire.

I have extensive experience with self-help/how-to titles and specialize in prescriptive nonfiction including business, health and wellness, mind/body/spirit, home and garden, and relationships and other topics of interest to women.

Please see www.allymachate.com or www.ambitiousenterprises.com for more info and testimonials.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 15 Years
Writer 15 Years
Publishing Consultant 15 Years
Specialty
Business (general) 14 Years
Health 14 Years
Nonfiction: self-help/how-to, prescriptive, book proposals 14 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Simon & Schuster (11+), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (11+), Kaplan Publishing (11+), Pearson/Premedia Global (11+), HarperCollins (6-10), Black Siren Books (3-5), Rodale Inc./Prevention Books (3-5), The Literary Group, Intl. (3-5), Sourcebooks (1-2), Sunrise Books (1-2), Reader's Digest (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Focuson Entertainment (3-5), Thunderpaw Business Intelligence (3-5), SEALFIT (1-2)
Other Work History
I collaborated on the ***national bestseller*** THE WAY OF THE SEAL (Reader's Digest Books, 12/13) and was the ghostwriter for HIGH STYLE (Chronicle Books, 10/08), MY PREVENTION HEALTH ORGANIZER (Prevention Books, 6/10), and other projects. I have also written and edited copy for various websites. In addition my writing has appeared in venues such as ConsumerSearch.com and The Writer, and books such as SPARKNOTES PHILOSOPHY 101 and the Writer's Digest 2009 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS.

On staff, I served at Brundage Publishing and Simon & Schuster/Touchstone Fireside. Since then, I've written, doctored, and edited more than a hundred manuscripts and proposals for publishers, literary agents, and writers on a freelance basis.

I have spoken for the Maryland Writers Association (chapters and conference), League of Utah Writers, Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, Florida Writers Conference, Balticon, the Federal Women's Training Program, and more.
Computer Skills
Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, some HTML, Wordpress
Technical Skills
Can use Microsoft Word "Reviewing" features for easy, paperless editorial work.
Equipment
Desktop computer system, fax machine, color printer/scanner/copier, digital camera.
Unions
Freelancers Union
References
References available on request. See www.allymachate.com and www.ambitiousenterprises.com for praise from clients.
Awards
Small Business Book Awards Top Resource 2013, Andrew Bergman Creative Writing Award, Portia Dunham Fiction Award
Associations
Phi Beta Kappa, Association of Ghostwriters, Editorial Freelancers Association, Maryland Writers Association, AvantGuild/Media Bistro, Golden Key International, Phi Eta Sigma

Other
I've worked at a major book publisher and have both a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy, so I get books from both the creative and business side. I'm a publisher's dream, with experience on both sides of the desk and a strong respect for processes and deadlines. I've focused most recently on opportunities for indie publishers and specialize in guiding writers and entrepreneurs who choose to self-publish.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Baltimore, MD. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Article Writing Samples  
(The Business Monthly, 3/4/2013)
If you want to establish yourself as an expert in your field, there's no better method than to publish a book. This article explores some reasons why and offers tips on getting started.
(Nan Reinhardt writer's blog, 1/11/2012)
In this guest blog for author Nan Reinhardt, I offer four reasons why fiction writers need editors and explain what I feel is your best choice for assistance when you can't hire a pro--and why it's a great resource even if you do intend to hire someone.
(Gotham Ghostwriters Blog, 11/29/2011)
With so much riding on this one document, you have to be prepared to make the best pitch possible to agents and/or publishers. Make sure to do these five critical things, and you'll be well on your way to landing that book deal.
(The Writer Magazine, 4/1/2009)
This article helps writers understand the differences between the most common editorial services and offers advice on how to properly evaluate and select the right freelance professional for their project and personality. A shorter version also appeared in Funds for Writers 11/7/2010.
(Writer's Digest , 4/1/2008)
This article discusses what an author platform is, why it's necessary, how it's used, and how writers can begin to build one. Also appeared in the Writer's Digest 2009 Guide to Literary Agents and Funds for Writers.
(LazyHousewife.com, 8/25/2006)
This humororous piece discusses how white jeans--a post-80s fashion faux pas--can turn a lazy housewife into a whirling dervish of cleanliness. And give your lazy buns a great workout, too!
(J3tlag.com, 12/1/2005)
As pleasant as it may seem today, San Diego is home to a deliciously seedy past. This article details some of the fun facts you might learn on an historic walking tour of Southern California's brightest city, and recommends taking one on your next visit.
Book/Catalog Copy  
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 6/25/2012)
This is a Reading Group Guide created for the memoir When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood. I have done dozens of these for both fiction and nonfiction, and for various authors/publishers.
(Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, 8/1/2011)
This is a Reading Group Guide created for Far From Here by Nicole Baart. I have done dozens of these for both fiction and nonfiction, and for various authors/publishers.
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 6/20/2011)
This is a Reading Group Guide created for Buddha's Orphans by Samrat Upadhyay. I have done dozens of these for both fiction and nonfiction, and for various authors/publishers.
(Simon & Schuster, 9/1/2010)
This is a Reading Group Guide created for the NYT Bestseller Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans, who I actually had the pleasure of meeting at League of Utah Writers Roundup in 2009. I have done dozens of these for both fiction and nonfiction, and for various authors/publishers.
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 6/1/2010)
This is a Reading Group Guide created for The Big Burn by Timothy Egan. I have done dozens of these for both fiction and nonfiction, and for various authors/publishers.
(Touchstone Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 5/23/2008)
This is a Reading Group Guide created for The Other Queen, by Philippa Gregory. I have done dozens of these for both fiction and nonfiction, and for various authors/publishers. I also wrote the Author Q&A.
(Pocket Books, 1/4/2008)
This is a Reading Group Guide created for the YA novel, Divine Match-Up, by Jacqueline Thomas. I have done dozens of these for both fiction and nonfiction, and for various authors/publishers. I also did the Author Q&A (look for the link on the left).
Contact Info
  Allyson Machate (fmr. Peltier)
Baltimore, MD 
USA

E-Mail: ally@ambitiousenterprises.com
Website: http://www.allymachate.com