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writer, ghostwriter :
Laine Cunningham
Writer's Resource
Winner of the Hackney and the James Jones Awards

Laine Cunningham works with authors, public speakers, thought leaders and small presses to ghostwrite, rewrite and edit fiction and nonfiction, and to develop brands. Over twenty years of experience writing fiction and nonfiction books, pitching projects to agents and publishers, and reaching readers through effective PR have boosted the careers of traditionally published and indie authors.
Laine is a ghostwriter at Gotham Ghostwriters, "the nation's premier ghostwriting service."

Results: Currently, 67 titles are under contract with agents or publishers. Books handled by Writer’s Resource have gone on to win 11 national awards. Nonfiction clients have had their ghostwritten projects financially sponsored by Fortune 500 companies, and endorsed by CEOs and celebrities. Fiction clients have been shopped to Disney and Pixar.

Ghostwriting, Rewriting and Editing: Laine works with authors to develop a seed concept into a detailed outline, writes the draft manuscript, then revises and edits to create a final version. Rough drafts provided by clients are developed further then rewritten as needed. Projects that are nearly finished have been edited.

Pitch: Clients looking to place their work with agents and publishers have received query letters, book proposals, and juvenile pitches. Pitch items have been singled out by agents as the most comprehensive and professional among thousands of submissions.

Press: National news outlets have sought Laine’s opinion on issues ranging from The Oprah Effect to the end of the Harry Potter series and Sarah Palin’s ghostwriter. Outlets include CNN Money,,, BNN (Canada’s version of CNN),, Media Bistro, writer’s magazines, and national and regional radio and TV shows.

About Laine: Laine has conducted writing and pitch seminars for some of the nation’s largest literary organizations. As a juror for the Minnesota State Arts Board, she distributed over $200,000 to Twin Cities programs.
Visit Laine's author page at

Sunspot Literary Journal: This new journal launched in January of 2019 and is open for submissions. With a mission to change the world through words, the journal offers digital editions free to subscribers every quarter. A print edition with all new content will be produced in the fall. Barring solar flares, the number of print editions will increase in 2020.
The journal also offers contests that pay cash prizes and offer publication in these and special editions. One of the first, the C*nt Contest, aims to explore the impact of this word considering our current social and political situation in the world. Winning submissions of fiction, nonfiction and art will be produced in a special summer digital edition.
Visit the journal at

years experience: 22
rates: Market average for ghostwriting.

This writer is looking for an agent
Writing, Ghost-writing, Copywriting, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Copy editing
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Children's books, Sports, African-American, Science, YA, NA, Juvenile nonfiction
"I'm only a few pages into the book and I am in awe! Tears are running down my face. Laine captured the story in a way that honors the truth and fictionalizes it in a way I can only dream of one day being able to do."

"The two versions Writer's Resource ghostwrite for this series are fantastic. I signed with an agent within 48 hours of sending out the query. The agent shopped both the easy reader and middle grade versions to top academic publishers."
Juvenile Nonfiction

"This truly is the book of my dreams! As excited as I am about the movie producers who are already interested in the film rights, I am more thrilled with the sense of peace now that I have accomplished this goal. Together we've made this a reality."

"So far, three agents want to represent the manuscript Writer's Resource worked on. I feel like they should duke it out in an agent bidding war!"
YA Contemporary Fantasy

"This week I finished up the changes Writer's Resource recommended. Within three days, two agents requested the FULL manuscript, not just a partial! It's clear that the feedback was right on the money. I queried close to 100 agents before contacting Writer's Resource and NO ONE requested the full manuscript. Your feedback really resonated with me and the story is much stronger because of it."

"I absolutely love the book Writer's Resource ghostwrote! The young-reader version presents the concepts in a way that is so much more empowering than anything we've had before. The way Laine introduced the key components and wove them into the story is both educational and inspiring. Kids are going to read this and feel that they have something that's fun, simple and easy to use yet very profound...which is consistent with our branding for the adult book. I haven't felt this good about what we're doing for a while. Writer's Resource brought the project back to life!"
Juvenile Self-help

Rebecca Hubbard, psychologist, author of 5 children's picture books, including Finding Kindness in a Scary World, a children's book on terrorism slated to debut on The Dr. Oz Show in September, 2017, with a guest spot booked on The Today Show.
David Siegel Bernstein, nonfiction science author with Prometheus Books/PRH.
Dr. Barbara Culp, educator and author of 6 titles for educational professionals with Rowman & Littlefield.
Pamela King Cable, author of an ALA Top 100.
Shanaya Fastje, preteen author of award-winning anti-bullying book.
Christopher Zoukis, prison education activist with 4 titles published through McFarland and others.
Sheila Robinson, diversity and inclusion business book.
Sandy Holman, 3 children's books titles, including one winner of the Blackboard Children's Book Award.
Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction. David Siegel Bernstein. Prometheus Books/PRH. October, 2017.
Children's picture book series for trauma victims, including Finding Kindness in a Scary World, a children's book on terrorism. TitleTown Publishing.
Key Knowledge for Success: Solutions to Augment, Fortify, and Support Today’s Superintendents. Dr. Barbara Culp. Rowman & Littlefield. 2017
Choice Knowledge for Students: Words to Empower, Enliven and Enrich Your Life. Dr. Barbara Culp. Rowman & Littlefield. 2017.
Trusted Knowledge for Parents: Tips to Prepare, Position, and Empower Today's Parents. Dr. Barbara Culp. Rowman & Littlefield. Dec 2016.
Essential Knowledge for Teachers: Truths to Energize, Excite, and Engage Today's Teachers. Dr. Barbara Culp. Rowman & Littlefield. Nov 2016.
Vintage Knowledge for Principals: Keys to Enrich, Encourage, and Empower School Leaders and Today's Principals. Dr. Barbara Culp. Rowman & Littlefield. Oct 2016.
Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Christopher Zoukis. Middle Street Publishing.
Prison Education Guide. Christopher Zoukis. Prison Legal News. 2016.
The Sanctum. Christian novel. Pamela King Cable. Firefly/Lighthouse; March 2016.
College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons. Christopher Zoukis. McFarland, 2014.
The Toadhouse Trilogy, Book 1. Novel. Jess Lourey. Toadhouse Books, 2014.
Lead By Example: An Insider’s Look at How to Successfully Lead in Corporate America and Entrepreneurship. Sheila Robinson. Diversity Woman Media, 2014.
The Flourishing Home: Inspired Places, Enlightened Lives. Julie DeEsch-Kaminski. Cogent Publishing, 2014.
Rock the Kasbah: A Memoir of Misadventure. Marie Loerzel. Elemental Press, 2014.
Parent Power: The Key to America’s Prosperity. Jack C. Westman, MD. 2013.
Diamond in the Rough: Reiki Under Fire. Dale Stacy. Grateful Steps, 2013.
The Itty Bitty Icky Committee/Heroes of the Heart. Debbie Lindsay. 2013.
Televenge. Novel; ALA Top 100 for 2012. Pamela King Cable. Satya House, 2012.
Bully in the Mirror: Making Hate Stop When You Don’t Think You Can. Shanaya Fastje. Changing Lives Press, 2012.
Cosette’s Tribe. Novel. Winner of two awards. Leah Griffith. Nonpariel Press, 2012.
Islands Unto Himself. Children’s picture book. Michael Rhys Scott. Jan 2012.
Education Behind Bars: A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security. Christopher Zoukis. Sunbury Press, 2011.
A Kick in the Attitude: An Energizing Approach to Recharge Your Team, Work, and Life. Sam Glenn. Wiley, 2010.
A New Prescription for Addiction: Subutex, Prometa, Vivitrol, and Campral--The Revolutionary New Treatments for Alcohol, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and Prescription Drug Addiction. Richard Gracer. Elite Books 2007 and 2010.
Who Moved My Mouse?: A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help). Dena Harris. Ten Speed Press, 2010.
HOWL! Lead—Level—Leverage Any Pack. Deborah Dubree. ClearEdge, 2010.
Wind Dancing: The Gift of Healing Traumatic Brain Injury. Deborah Ellen Schneider. New Beginnings, 2009.
Dreaming Creek. Novel. Edmund Schubert. Lachesis, 2008.
Who Put a Lizard in My Lasagna? Using the Best of Who You Are to Create the Best of What You Want. Sam Glenn. 2008
June Bug. Murder by Month series, book two. Jess Lourey. Midnight Ink, 2007.
May Day. Murder by Month series, book one. Jess Lourey. Midnight Ink, 2006.
We All Have a Heritage. Children's picture book. Sandy Holman. Culture Co-Op, 2002.
Nellcott Is My Darling. Novel. Winner of Canadian fellowship. Golda Fried. Coach House, 2001.
Grandpa, is Everything Black Bad? Children's picture book. Winner of the Blackboard Children's Book Award. Sandy Holman. Culture Co-Op, 1998.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets China Mieville’s Kraken in a haunting and atmospheric tale that pits an FBI profiler against monsters ancient and modern.


Showcasing the urban surrealism that marks weird fiction authors and the New Weird category, Beloved blends the shadows of H. P. Lovecraft with the literary sensibility of Ursula Le Guin through suspense, sex, horror, and a spare prose style.

The Family Made of Dust: A Novel of Loss and Rebirth in the Australian Outback


Fans of Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge will appreciate the suspense while readers of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees will feast on the details of lives that are so different and yet so similar to their own.

"THE BEST NOVEL IN TEN YEARS." --Hackney Literary Awards Committee

In this thrilling debut novel ranked alongside Pulitzer Prize winners William Styron and Horton Foote, a poignant search for a missing friend unearths the price one adopted boy paid for a government’s attempt at genocide.

Eerily mysterious, vast, dangerous and beautiful, The Family Made of Dust is a remarkable story about the special relationships families can hold dear even when they have been broken apart…and how a spare and beautiful landscape can resurrect that which we hold so dear.

On a Rush of Silent Wings

Paul Auster meets Lionel Shriver when an architect with Parkinson’s faces a lifetime of lies.


When an architect in late-stage Parkinson’s disease rents rooms to a younger woman, he fears that she will kill him. The central symbol is a person covered with butterflies, burying that which is human beneath beauty. The final version runs 67,000 words and is available for review.
The manuscript was supported by residencies at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, and Wildacres Center for the Humanities.
A short story adapted from the novel was a finalist for the 2016 Arts & Letters Prize administered by Georgia College & State University.
A 2017 fellowship for the Summer Literary Seminars administered by Concordia University, Montreal, has also been awarded.
The novel-in-progress was a finalist for the 2016 William Faulkner award.
Portions were revised at the University of Arizona's invitation-only Master Workshop in 2016.

After Laine Cunningham’s first novel won two national awards, she enjoyed a ten-year relationship with Jack Scovil of Scovil Galen Ghosh. Mr. Scovil worked with Norman Mailer, Carl Sagan, Morris West, and Arthur C. Clark; he represented Laine until his death. Her most recent work has been published in Birmingham Arts Journal, Wraparound South, Fiction Southeast, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Writer's Digest's award edition, and Reed Magazine.
Full Scholarship plus stipend, Writers in Paradise 2019, Eckerd College, with Ana Menendez, for “After Closing at the Night Café.”
Finalist, Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Award (novel in progress) for Resonance. Nov 2018.
Finalist, The Lascaux Prize for Flash Fiction, Aug 2018.
Finalist, Minerva Rising, for As a Songbird Trails Its Mate, Jul 2018.
SLS Fellowship administered by Concordia University, Montreal, QC, with Maaza Mengiste, for “All Chaos and Beautiful Light,” April 2018.
Second place, 2017 Hackney Literary Awards National Poetry Competition, “Summer Cycle,” April 2018.
Certificate of Distinction (Finalist), New Millennium Writing 2017 44th Literary Awards, Flash Fiction, “The Merboy in Her Life.” Jan 2018.
Vermont College of Fine Arts 2018 Retreat Scholarship, with Crystal Wilkinson, for “All Chaos and Beautiful Light.” Dec 2017.
Zaratan-Arte Contemporanea 2018 residency for “The Butterfly Tree,” “That Which He Made,” and “All Chaos and Beautiful Light.” Nov 2017.
First Place, Writer’s Digest Literary Short Story Award for “The Butterfly Tree.” Nov 2017.
Finalist, Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Award for “That Which He Made.” Oct 2017.
Finalist, Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Novel-in-Progress Award for Light and Purple Blooms. Oct 2017.
Finalist, Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Essay Award for ”Speaking in Signs.” Oct 2017.
Summer Literary Seminars Fellowship for Fiction administered by Concordia University, Montreal, QC. Apr 2017.
National 2016 Hackney Short Story Award, announced Apr 2017.
Takt residency (Leipzig, Germany), 2017.
Fusion Art residency (Turin, Italy), 2017.
Honorable Mention, The Cincinnati Review's Robert & Adele Schiff Award (short story), 2016.
The Hambidge Center residency, 2016.
Takt residency (Berlin, Germany), 2016.
University of Arizona's invitation-only Master Workshop, with Lynn Cullen, 2016, for As a Songbird Trails Its Mate.
Wildacres Center for the Humanities residency, 2016.
Arte Studio Ginestrelle (Assisi, Italy) residency, 2015.
The Rensing Center residency, 2014.
Top three, Anderbo Book Award, 2012.
Blowing Rock CC residency, 2011.
Vermont Studio Center residency, 2006.
Vermont Studio Center grant, 2006.
Hackney Literary Award from Birmingham-Southern College, 2005.
Wildacres Center for the Humanities residency, 2005.
James Jones Literary Society fellowship, 2003.
Career Opportunity grant, 2001.
Jerome Foundation fellowship, 2001.
Cornucopia Arts Center residency, 2001.
Jerome Foundation fellowship, 2000.
New York Mills Cultural Center residency, 2000.
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