For you aspiring or experienced authors — especially those of you who, like me, HATE to be edited — meet editor extraordinaire, Christopher Murray. Chris "got" my book right from the start and was an amazing collaborator, organizer and advocate for my ideas. I would rehire Chris on my own in a heartbeat. Hire Chris and put your next writing project (book, ebook, articles) in the hands of a supremely insightful editor and best friend your writing ever had.
– David Newman, author of DO IT! MARKETING®
My name is Chris Murray, and I am an experienced editor and ghostwriter of nonfiction books. I work mostly in the business book category but have expanded in recent years to social issues and self-help. Marketing consultant David Newman, quoted above, is one of many authors with whom I've had the fortune to collaborate since becoming a full-time freelance book editor and ghostwriter in 2016. (You will find more testimonials from other authors under my signature below.)
WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
I’ve ghostwritten or edited in some capacity more than 50 books. Book projects range from reviewing and assessing completed manuscripts to turnkey ghostwriting assignments. I've been working with nonfiction book publishers since 1994 (when I began editing a business book summary newsletter). I can help you structure your themes, ideas and experiences into a cohesive and logical framework, and convey them to your readers through compelling and clear writing.
WHAT IS "BUILD THE BOOK™"?
Many authors fail when they try to write a nonfiction book because they believe that writing a book is a creative project, similar to writing a novel or painting a work of art. However, a nonfiction book must be "constructed" first. Writing a nonfiction book is analogous to building a house: you must lay the foundation and then frame the house before you start putting up the walls and the roof. In just three consecutive days of one-on-one brainstorming sessions, the Build the Book™ methodology will transform your ideas and experiences into a complete Table of Contents along with a synopsis for each chapter. You will walk away from the three days with the entire structure of your book in your hands.
While ghostwriting assignments incorporate the Build the Book™ methodology, you can also buy the three days as an independent assignment.
Feel free to navigate through this site to learn more about my 30 years of editorial experience. Then contact me at chris@ChrisMurrayEditor.com to learn more about how I can help to make your book a reality.
Chris Murray has been a valued collaborator on two of my books. A talented writer and merciless editor, Chris helps me to express exactly what I want to say in clear, cogent and compelling language. I have referred him to various clients who have all been delighted with his professionalism and care.
– Rafael Ramirez, author of DESIGNING INTERACTIVE STRATEGY and PRIME MOVERS
As our content editor for this latest book on leadership, Chris made sure we were emphasizing the points we wanted clear and ensured that the whole project read smoothly. I look forward to working with Chris on all of my future books.
– Mary Kelly, author of WHY LEADERS FAIL
Chris has a keen eye for language and pacing, and no tolerance for ambiguity. He is very attentive to details and very respectful of the meanings I may have tried to convey. Being a non-English native writer, his expertise was of huge value to me! I count on him for my second book, which I'm currently writing. His editorial skills and his insightful qualitative comments on the text were a vital contribution to the success of my first book, Action Reflection Learning, and I am happy to recommend him as a writer and editor.
– Isabel Rimanoczy, co-author of ACTION REFLECTION LEARNING and BIG BANG BEING!
Chris Murray made Better! better, seriously. He took what could have been an amateurish first attempt at a book and helped mold it into a #1 bestseller. He called me out on a couple of my missteps. And when I made the Journalism 101 mistake of burying the lead, he unburied it and dialed in the tone for the rest of the book.
– Terry Lancaster, author of BETTER! SELF HELP FOR THE REST OF US
Chris' contribution to my manuscript for No More Pointless Meetings was significant. As a first-time author with a book contract in hand, I recognized the need for professional editorial input. While the content was solid, the presentation of that knowledge needed polishing. Chris provided that. The breadth and scope of his experience working with publishers and authors in the business book field enhanced the manuscript. The maturity of his insight is impressive: it encompasses both publisher production requirements and a keen understanding of editorial structure. It was a privilege to work with a master of the writing craft.
– Martin Murphy, author of NO MORE POINTLESS MEETINGS
Chris was vital in shaping the final structure and tone of my book, Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur. Within days of joining the project, he understood who I was and what I was trying to say. I continue to work with Chris on my current projects. I value his insight, his listening skills, and his frank evaluation of my ideas. More than just an editorial consultant, he has become a trusted advisor.
– Stuart Skorman, author of CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR