I am Akosua, also for many years, known as Jackie Brown, the founder and head honcho of What’s Your Story – Author Services. Prior to October 2019, we were Jackie Brown Books. I have been working in publishing for pretty much all my adult life. Each job I have had was about getting information to an audience in a format best suited to it. I’ve worked on websites, newsletters, videos, and of course, books.
Many, many books that hundreds of thousands of people have read.
The first book I edited was for the World Health Organization. It was a book used to train doctors about environmental disasters and the medical lessons you can learn from them. Most recently I have completed several memoirs and self-help books, a couple of works of fiction, and a few children’s books. A compilation of thirty women was one of my most fun projects; many of women would not have called themselves writers until they completed their stories for the book. And I am in the process of ghostwriting two books while editing others and adapting the curriculum of two online web courses. The completed projects and list of satisfied clients continues to grow (please see my testimonials page for confirmation).
So I am a busy person. I am very happy to be in the best and most interesting industry there is!
Experience Gained in Traditional Publishing
During the course of my career, I worked with a literary agency in Canada, I’ve worked on fiction and non-fiction books, and I’ve worked with several publishers including Nelson Education and Rubicon. I also had my own publishing house for a while where I created a series of books about the Canadian prime ministers as well as other books celebrating Canadian history. I’ve written a best-selling book (Sir John A Macdonald: the rascal who built Canada) and I’m just about to publish a book called How to Write Your Story. It is in design right now, and a bit overdue (as they say, ” the cobbler’s children have no shoes” and I’ve exceeded my deadline on how to get a book out!).
We have helped many writers using methods that build trust, nurtures and develops story, and respectfully helps you to grow your confidence in sharing your voice. We expand your writing comfort zone and help improve your skills.
One-to-one book coaching is the most popular item we sell. But we also create masterminds of three to eight writers at the same stage of writing who work together over six months or a year. Sometimes a group keeps you motivate better than solo coaching. And for true community support, we have the WRITE NOW Club where writers of all genres come together online for accountability, inspiration, and motivation. In the WRITE NOW Club, you can share your writing with many other writers to receive valuable feedback. We also invite in guest experts, like published writers, publishers, agents, book sales agents, and any who can help you create the books and writing life you desire.
The universal truth is we all have a story. Your story matters and we want to help you share it. With the whole-wide world—if that’s what you want. Or maybe you just want to share it with family. That’s okay, too! We all have our reasons for writing a book and we respect and support yours.
Our mission is to be your partner in publishing. We will be by your side, a page at a time throughout your writing, publishing, and book sales journey.