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Ask a Book Editor: Client Success Stories

It’s always thrilling to watch clients’ aspiration and hard work become published reality.

This month two very different projects hit the marketplace and are finding their audience.

First up is The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career by Joel Cummins (of Umphrey’s McGee) and Matt DeCoursey, which in just one day shot to #1 in two Amazon Best Seller categories (Performing Arts Industry and Music Business) plus #6 in Composer & Musician Biographies. Add in an impressive overall ranking and they’re on their way to a perennial classic. Congrats, guys!

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And for those who enjoy discovering raw and transformative memoirs, Persephone Grey’s The Girl Who Wasn’t Me was recently released and is garnering enthusiastic reader reviews.

Persephone has lived in forty-two homes in seven different states, most of which was before she was a freshman in high school. Her parents set their own agenda for life, shamelessly bringing their kids along for the rocky, steep ride. The Girl Who Wasn’t Me tells the story of a complicated relationship with her mom, who was struggling with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder (known as Asperger’s at the time) and depression and who would enter and exit her children’s life on a whim, not concerned with her children’s well-being. Persephone recounts how she was drawn back to her mom by force, need, and necessity, establishing a pattern of abandonment and betrayal. In the process of uncovering family secrets, she began to understand how her mom’s undiagnosed disorder and her dad’s ineffectiveness caused huge chasms within her that altered the course of her life, leaving readers to decide who, if anyone, is the villain in her story.