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About Me

I founded this company because I am passionate about ideas, about writing and book design, and about making publishing easier and faster for people who absolutely want to write an intelligent book. I specialize in working with professionals, social entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers who have a burning desire to write a book and a strong message or story to convey to the world.

My forte is non-fiction in any genre: self-help, business, leadership, social change, health, psychology, human potential, memoir, and anything else new under the sun. I can help authors produce state of the art eBooks and video books, as well as good ole’ fashioned print books.

I operate a full-service company, providing resources to authors in every aspect of publishing: idea development, editorial, design, marketing, promotion, and distribution. I am eager to talk to you about your project and how I can offer my expertise to contribute to your success as an author.

Rick_onlineRICK BENZEL

Rick is a profoundly creative soul, interested in BIG ideas. His favorite expression is “There’s a book idea in that.” He has been a professional ghostwriter, editor, and publishing consultant for 40+ years. Rick has edited scores of books, authored five, and ghostwritten nearly 20 books for consultants, coaches, and business leaders. His career includes editorial positions at Houghton Mifflin, Prentice Hall, and Jeremy P. Tarcher where he was the Senior Editor for the best-selling creativity book, The Artist’s Way. Recently, he was the author’s editor for the NY Times Business Bestseller We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World by Simon Mainwaring (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Rick is also a highly experienced creativity coach.  His background in the field of creativity is extensive. In addition to his editing of The Artist’s Way, he helped develop and edit many other books about the creative process, including by Eric Maisel’s Staying Sane in the Arts and Jordan Ayan’s AHA! Ten Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas.

Rick is the Founder of the Creativity Coaching Association, the only association in the U.S. to train and certify professional creativity coaches.  In that capacity, he established the Creativity Coaching Association Press and self-published Inspiring Creativity, an anthology of 22 essays by the leading creativity coaches in the country. The book was selected as the Book-of-Month for the North Light Book Club and sold more than 20,000 copies.

Rick has written scores of business documents, case studies, thought leadership articles, and training courses for many large U.S. and international corporations, universities, and government agencies. His past clients have included The Center for Telecommunications Management at the USC School of Business, LRN, Protiviti, ABB (Zurich), GE (Munich), Allianz (London), Erste Bank, Intesa San Paolo Bank, Deutsche Poste, EnBW, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Coaching Ourselves (Montreal) and the European Corporate Learning Forum. He has also ghosted and edited professional articles that have appeared in numerous professional publications.

Rick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College and holds an M.A. in French literature from Boston University. He also studied in the MBA program at Boston University Graduate School of Management. He speaks fluent French, and has studied Italian and Spanish. He has lived and traveled widely in Europe.