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— Jill Sylvester, Author of Trust Your Intuition
“Lisa Tener was an invaluable resource throughout the book-publishing process. She helped me make sense of the publishing world, build a platform that would get the attention of publishers, and develop an engaging book proposal that popped. Lisa also introduced me to my publisher.“I ended up getting multiple offers and was thrilled to sign a book contract with New Harbinger—the publisher I had always hoped for when I set out to write the book.“After the book was published Lisa has continued to be a supportive presence and wise guide. In fact, she was the one who encouraged me to apply for the Nautilus Book Award, which I actually won! Thank you Lisa!”
— Scott Symington, Ph.D., Author of Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for Moving Beyond Fear and Worry
“My prayers were answered when one of my colleagues recommended Lisa Tener. Lisa immediately calmed me down, listened keenly and encouraged me to get the help to finish my book.
“During the 3 years of working on my book, I had many questions. Lisa was always there to help and advise me. In addition, I consulted her blog many times. I could not imagine completing a project of such broad scope without Lisa’s invaluable guidance.
“I worked with Lisa’s colleague, John Hanc, who became my co-author. John brought the best out of me and together we brought my story to life. We signed a contract with Hachette Book Group, which published “Your Heart, My Hands” in April 2019.
“Lisa also encouraged me to apply for several book and achievement awards, all of which I won, including the American Business Awards (Stevie Award) for Lifetime Achievement and the Gold Nautilus Award.
“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Lisa as book coach and adviser for any author. I am glad to say she was for me. On top of it, she is wonderful, kind person with a great sense of humor.”
— Arun Singh, MD, Author of Your Heart, My Hands
My book, a travel narrative about living in Vietnam among the poor, was hard to write. But writing a compelling proposal was even harder—or at least it was until I found Lisa Tener to help me with it. She guided me each step of the way. Lisa had so many great ideas, I could hardly write them down fast enough. I came away with an amazing proposal that was so effective, that I had the rare and wondrous experience of having to choose between two publishing houses with offers.
I was thrilled when Kirkus Review called my book, “A lighthearted memoir of new friends, delicious food, and culture shock.” And Library Journal Review said, “Esterhammer creates laugh-out-loud moments of at times daunting or utterly embarrassing experiences.”
After my book came out, Lisa encouraged me to apply for the Nautilus Book Awards in the Multicultural and Indigenous Category. I did and I won the Silver Award!
— Karin Esterhammer, Author of So Happiness to Meet You: Foolishly, Blissfully Stranded in Vietnam
“When I sought advice from authors about writing my book, Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self, they uniformly suggested I employ a good writing coach. Most suggested local people but my friend Micaela Karlsen told me how much she loved Lisa Tener, who had coached her with writing her book, A Plant-Based Life.
“Lisa helped change my academic writing style to a more personal and engaging one. I was amazed how Lisa came up with such engaging and creative chapter titles and subtitles for Hidden Treasure. She told me when a concept wasn’t clear, so I could better explain it. Book reviewers uniformly comment on how clear and accessible my writing is, and a large credit for this goes to Lisa.
“Lisa helped me with so many aspects of my book’s process. She’s a gift that keeps on giving!
Lisa took me through the whole process of writing and editing, helped me choose a publisher, looked over my contract with a publicist, offered insightful comments on my website, and arranged interviews for me with people she knew. I have felt her support through each step.
“I’m convinced that Lisa’s coaching has been a major factor in Hidden Treasure’s success. It is being used in several prominent training programs/institutions, including the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and it has won 5 book awards from 3 different organizations.
“I recommend her wholeheartedly.”
— Alice McDowell, Author of Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self
“I love working with Lisa Tener. She is a superb book coach and editor. Lisa was a major player in helping me start (and complete!) my book, Success Without Stress: Simple Steps to Finding Calm for Women Business Owners.
“Thanks to Lisa, my book has won two books awards in the category of Women’s Issues: Finalist in both the 2017 New Generation Indie Book Awards and 2017 International Book Awards.
“As a first time author, I needed huge amounts of basic info, a smart plan of action, skillful editing and plenty of encouragement. Lisa provided it all. She also improved my writing skills 100%. My sentences are now clearer, concise and more impactful. As I continue to write, I hear Lisa’s voice in my head suggesting ways to make my ideas and sentences stronger.
“In addition to Lisa’s fabulous creative ideas and marketing skills, she’s fun to work with. She made the process inspiring so I kept on writing. Lisa was also instrumental in helping me promote my book—writing an article in her newsletter, adding photos on Facebook and posting congratulation updates on LinkedIn. A total bonus.
“Lisa’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Once I started working with Lisa, I felt a huge sense of relief. I danced around the living room to Here Comes the Sun.”
— Teri Scheinzeit, Author of Success Without Stress
“Lisa Tener coached me to become a better writer, edited my manuscript, and guided me through the (self)-publishing process. I am thrilled to say that Lisa delivered on all fronts and my business book Feedback First! Boosting Performance through CLEAR + CALM Communication is about to go to print!
“What I appreciated most about working with Lisa is her ability to give meaningful and motivating feedback, keep me focused, and deliver editorial advice and then some. She is quick, responsive and a delight to work with.”
— Huibert Evekink, Author of Feedback First! Boosting Performance through CLEAR + CALM Communication
“If you’re like me you get so close to your writing that you can lose perspective. That’s when I was very lucky to have met and worked with book coach, Lisa Tener. She was helpful at several levels of preparation for my book proposal and book, American Snake Pit, a memoir about my work in deinstitutionalizing, Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history. Her skill in organizing, shaping, editing, and honing the text improved the quality and readability. This was confirmed when the manuscript won honorable mention in Stillhouse Press contest, and became a finalist in The Southhampton Review, Frank McCourt Prize in 2016.
“I know that without Lisa’s help these honors would not have happened. “They were followed by a book contract with Stillhouse Press, who will publish American Snake Pit in the Spring of 2018, with a launch at the AWP conference in Tampa March 7-10, 2018. To date, the screenplay for American Snake Pit has received a dozen honors at national and international film festivals.
“Lisa knows what she is doing and how to motivate her clients. I highly recommend talking with her about your book idea, proposal, or manuscript. Her clarity, sensitivity, and professionalism shine at every level. Let her take a look. Your book’s chances are better with Lisa on your team.”
— Dan Tomasulo, Author of American Snake Pit (Spring 2018, Stillhouse Press)
“I went to the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference looking for a coach to rescue my real estate book. I was troubled by voice, the right balance of light and dark, humor and helpfulness. Within minutes of meeting Lisa, I knew I had found The Guru.
“I interviewed six other book coaches at the conference, spent fifteen minutes with each, and Lisa gave me more insight than all the others combined. She got into my head, totally grasping what I wanted to accomplish, and within five minutes came up with brilliant suggestions that I hadn’t even considered (for free – she didn’t even sign me before starting to share!)
“I knew that in hiring Lisa my book would have the eyes of a master on it—one who has proven results with the Big Six publishers. I am going indie, so I knew I needed her expertise even more. We have just finished editing, and I am beyond thrilled with the results.
“Your book only gets one chance to become a top seller. Don’t risk it. Let Lisa make it the best it can be.”
— Cathy Turney, Author of Laugh Your Way to Real Estate Sales Success
I joined Lisa Tener’s Bring Your Book to Life® Program because I had a book contract with Wiley and I was looking for a mentor to guide me through the professional book writing and publishing process–and ensure I had the support and accountability to write and complete the book in time!
— Vanessa Levin, Author of Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers
“A top literary agent officially offered me representation based on the proposal Lisa guided me on and edited.
“The first words out of the agent’s mouth were: ‘This proposal is terrific. May I ask if you worked with someone to craft it?’
“I was delighted to hear her describe the proposal as polished and strong. When I think back to what my proposal looked like before Lisa’s Fast Track Your Book Proposal Course and professional coaching, it’s crystal clear that I would never have been able to attract this agent without Lisa’s coaching and wise guidance.
“Lisa has an exceptional ability to bring out the creative side in her clients. Her personalized guided visualization unlocked a flow of ideas and energy crucial to moving forward.
“And my latest update: Today I signed a book contract with New Harbinger.”
— Stephanie Meyers, Author of End the Mealtime Meltdown
“Lisa Tener is an amazing coach and so much more. One day I was googling online for ideas on how to write a nonfiction book, when I stumbled upon her web page. I continued on with my internet search digging deeper, but kept circling back to her website. Something inside nudged me to reach out and give her a call. I was so nervous, because all I really had was a vague idea for a book. Nothing solid.
“That first phone call to Lisa, I probably sounded like a nervous chipmunk, struggling to get my idea out. Lisa immediately jumped right in, put me at ease, and started thoughtfully guiding me. I knew I’d found my critical support.
“Lisa has been with me every step of the way, from providing spot on writing advice, driving strategic connections, to cheering me on when I feel overwhelmed and thinking things won’t work out. Her Bring Your Book to Life® Program provided valuable content and amazing connections.
“Through Lisa’s course and coaching, she helped me develop a vague idea into a solid book proposal, complete with book outline and sample chapters, along with an outstanding platform. With all the pieces in place, Lisa connected me with a wonderful and savvy New York literary agent. Just this week my agent called and asked if I was sitting down. Then she gave me the news.
“She’d received the first offer from a top publishing House with an excellent advance. I was, and continue to be, awestruck by the offer. In that same week, I heard from a second top publishing house also expressing sincere interest. Now I’ve signed a contract with my dream publisher.
“All of it has been an amazing journey. None of this would have been possible if I hadn’t met Lisa: she has truly been an inspiration and thank goodness I made that initial call.
— Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, PhD, Author of Raising Resilient Kids
— Carla Naumburg, PhD, Author of Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters (Parallax, 2014), Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family (New Harbinger, 2015), and How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids (Workman, Forthcoming).
Lisa Tener is a joy!
She’s experienced and insightful and is facile with every aspect of book coaching and publishing. She reviewed my book proposal and made so many valuable and practical suggestions, encouraged me to wait to submit my proposal until I’d done more work on my platform (and helped me expand and improve it), knew just what my “dream agent” would be looking for, and encouraged me to submit my proposal at the time of year when it would receive the best consideration.
I’m still pinching myself: I received multiple offers, signed with one of the Big 5 publishers in New York, and worked with an editor at the publishing house who was a perfect fit for my book. Now Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach is “available wherever books are sold” (never thought I’d get to say that!) and is helping both children and parents around the world get great sleep.
— Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD, Author of Become Your Child's Sleep Coach
“When I first met Lisa at the Harvard Writing Workshop for Healthcare Professionals, I was energized by her passion and excitement for coaching authors to share their fresh ideas with the world. I joined her Bring Your Book to Life® Program because I knew I needed her expertise and insights to develop my voice and write a compelling proposal.
“What I didn’t know then was that she would be the most important person I would hire on my journey to becoming an author. From brainstorming titles and developing my platform to connecting me with experts and sharing insights on publishers and agents, Lisa has been my touchstone every step of way.
“I remember reading Lisa’s impressive testimonials a few years ago and wondering if I would ever have the success that so many authors have experienced in working with her.
“I am thrilled that with her guidance, I am blogging for Psychology Today, working with a top NYC literary agent, and received multiple offers for my book High-Octane Brain: 5 Science-Backed Tips to Sharpen Your Memory and Dramatically Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s.
“I can’t wait for the next steps of my journey as an author, and for all of the unique insights, support, and guidance that I know Lisa will continue to provide!”
— Michelle Braun, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Author of High Octane Brain
From the moment I met Lisa Tener at Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course, she exuded friendliness, competence, and approachability. For the past fifteen years I had specialized in auto accident psychological trauma treatment and I decided a book on that topic was much needed.
Lisa helped me develop a first-rate book proposal, and worked with me to develop my platform, which helped me attract a top NYC literary agent. Lisa helped me overcome self-doubt and many dark nights of the soul anxieties as I moved ahead through the uncharted territory of publishing. I now blog for Psychology Today, have given numerous talks at the Michigan Brain Injury Association and physical therapy recovery programs, and have been invited to keynote and speak at numerous conferences and courses.
The big news, however, is that I received multiple offers from publishers, and signed a book deal with Rowman and Littlefield.
— James Zender, Ph.D., Author of Recovering from Your Car Accident
“Lisa Tener helped me take my first steps as a writer. From the start, Lisa encouraged me to build my “author platform,” resulting in the strong foundation to support a 6-figure book deal (including features, articles and quotes in the Atlantic, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Cosmo, Glamour, Allure, TeenVogue, Elle, and an appearance on TODAY).
“Lisa guided me through my first Harvard Writers’ Conference, and made sure my proposal was the best it could be. Thanks to Lisa, I had my choice of literary agents—and eventually signed a six figure book deal with St. Martin’s Press.
“Within ten days of the book launch, Love Worth Making was in the New York Times, Today,com, AARP, and Readers Digest. I was given the opportunity to pitch the book on Salon.com, to tape a segment for Megyn Kelly TODAY, and to appear in a documentary co-produced by VICE and Vogue. In addition, two major online media outlets approached me about excerpting portions of the book. Plus as many radio and podcast spots as I could handle.
“Lisa stood by me once Love Worth Making was published, and shared my book with her community many times.
“I give Lisa Tener my highest recommendation.”
– Stephen Snyder, MD, www.sexualityresource.com
— Stephen Snyder, MD, Author of Love Worth Making
“Taking Lisa Tener’s Fast Track Your Book Proposal program was the best thing I did to give my book momentum. I had written an entire rough draft, but was floundering with where to go with it, and what to do next. The process of writing a proposal is so different than writing my own material, I was lost and stymied.
“Lisa prodded me in simple steps to fight back to writing each day, and then tackling the proposal. For the proposal, paying for the gold program was the best investment I made in years. She broke down each section in sequence, which stimulated my own research and refinement of the draft proposal. Having her go over the drafts of each section, I think, made it successful.
“With Lisa’s help, I wrote a great proposal, signed with a top literary agent and signed a book contract with Ben Bella Books. And best of all, I am back writing what I love, rather than a proposal.”
– Jon Lieff, MD, author of the forthcoming book The Secret Language of Cells
— Jon Lieff, MD, Author of The Secret Language of Cells (forthcoming)
“Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life Program® empowered me to crystallize my vision for my book, write an effective book proposal, and even write a draft of over half my manuscript! I signed with a top agent in my field, Linda Konner, thanks to Lisa’s introduction and grooming of my proposal, as well as her advice on building my platform and growing my mailing list.
“I signed a book deal with AMACOM and my published book was named a top cookbook by Vegetarian Times.
“Lisa’s approach is professional and effective without being pushy–and her intuition about the right next step has proven true many times. Her presence is supportive, but she also challenges me to live and dream bigger than I could on my own.”
— Micaela Karlsen, Author of A Plant-Based Life
I’m so glad I took Lisa Tener’s Bring Your Book to Life® Program. It was the catalyst for writing my book and provided the structure, deadlines and encouragement I needed to complete my first draft. Now, I’m a published author.
— Linda Gerdes-Mercer, Author of Rebuild Your Immune System in 10 Minutes a Day
— Stephanie O'Leary, Psy.D., Author of Parenting in the Real World
When people ask me about publishing, I say, “There’s only one way this could have happened for me: the support and guidance of working with Lisa Tener.”
Lisa shared so much wisdom, knowledge and a logical systematic approach for getting my book from the dream state to a reality!
Lisa’s fervent belief that I would get my book published inspired me to keep moving ahead with the work required and her guidance and feedback on the book proposal helped me write an engaging book proposal that resulted in a publishing contract and a published book.
Lisa’s advice then helped me inn writing and pitching a second book, Inspiring Professional Growth: Empowering Strategies to Lead, Motivate and Engage Early Childhood Teachers, now published by Gryphon House.
— Susan MacDonald, Author of Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership
Lisa helped forge a remarkable collaboration between a prominent physician and a holistic health care expert. Particularly helpful was Lisa’s guidance on how to merge our quite different voices.
Lisa Tener’s coaching is invaluable, both in creating the book itself and in launching the fledgling out of the nest into successful publishing. First she coaxes the book out of you, holding the vision of your overarching message so you don’t lose sight of it through the writing process. She creates a bridge between what you want to share and what readers are looking for in your field, therefore making a successful and saleable book.
And when you get stuck in the process, as we all do, Lisa acts like a combination of a cheerleader and a coach, helping us get past that stuck place.
Lisa is equally valuable for the other half of the equation – getting the book published, because she really knows the ropes. Her advice is essential especially now when the publishing world is changing so quickly. Finally, she can connect you with a team of publicity experts and others to polish, publish and promote your book.
Lisa is a joy to work with: endlessly encouraging, smart and experienced, wonderfully articulate in her suggestions, generously available to her clients – a true wise woman for the publishing world.
— Gus Ferrer, MD and Burke Lennihan, RN , Author of Cough Cures (co-author)
“Lisa has really been there for me every step of the way. As a “new” writer, I was intimidated by the task of writing a book but knew I wanted to move forward on it. Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life® Program gave me the tools and community that I needed to finish my proposal.
“I signed a contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers and my book came out in March! Thanks, Lisa! Couldn’t have done it without you!”
— Katie Naftzger, Author of Embracing the Teen Years: A Guide For Adoptive Parents
— Eileen Wilder, Author of The Brave Body Method
“Working with Lisa Tener has helped me connect to the soul and mission of my writing. Lisa’s practical tools make the writing process feel doable even for someone like me with a busy full-time psychotherapy practice.
“Her accessibility at every step of the process helped me fine-tune my book concept and write a successful book proposal. My book, Moving Beyond Betrayal: The 5-Step Boundary Solution© for Partners of Sex Addicts, will be published in Spring 2016 by Central Recovery Press!”
— Vicki Tidwell Palmer, Author of Moving Beyond Betrayal
“Lisa Tener helped me focus as a writer and guided me through writing a book proposal and finding an agent. She knows the publishing industry and is gifted in offering guidance and support. This is a tough industry. She did not sugar coat it, but helped me to focus on making my book marketable and true to my goals.
“The result? My book—Calming Your Anxious Child—was published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Now, the Washington Post regularly calls upon me as an expert in how to talk to kids about anxiety-provoking subjects in ways that help everyone stay calm.
“Lisa deserves a lot of credit for helping me go from book idea to publishing. Thank you Lisa!”
— Kathleen Trainor, PsyD, Author of Calming Your Anxious Child
“Lisa Tener is outstanding! She’s the reason my co-author and I are getting published this fall. I was fortunate to meet Lisa at the Harvard Book Publishing course in Boston many years ago and we stayed in touch.
“As a clinician, navigating the book publishing world is like entering a foreign land without a map or guide. Lisa helped us understand the publishing world and guided us through the overwhelming book proposal process. She helped clarify our vision and create a timeline so we could write a proposal that captured our purpose in an effective manner.
“What’s more, Lisa Tener personally reached out to me when I felt the book wasn’t my calling or the timing wasn’t right. Lisa is the one person who believed in me and pushed me to realize that it would happen and that it needed to happen.
“As a result, our cookbook for athletes and fit people, Real Fit Kitchen, will be published in October 2015 by Fair Winds Press. Thanks Lisa!”
— Tara Mardigan, Author of Real Fit Kitchen
— Dr. Patricia Hoy, Author of Arts Awareness
My book is featured on page 11 of today’s New York Times Book Review. Maybe never would have happened if I hadn’t attended the Harvard Writers course and met you, Lisa!
— Diane Radford, Author of Bless Your Little Cotton Socks
“Lisa believed in my book, and me as a writer, before I did. With her wealth of experience, she was the perfect coach to have my back as I wrote chapters, put together a book proposal, developed my platform and figured out the best publishers for my book. She contacted acquisition editors, facilitating the process smoothly and successfully, advising me along the way. I received two offers and signed a book deal with New Harbinger. Thank you, Lisa, from the bottom of my heart.”
— Carol A. Lambert, MSW, Author of Women with Controlling Partners: Take Back Your Life from a Manipulative or Abusive Partner
“Finding Lisa Tener was the gift that kept on giving. Lisa patiently supported me in structuring my book, building my platform, understanding my market and crafting a solid book proposal. She skillfully pitched it to a few agents. Within a few months, I not only had a fabulous agent but also a great book deal with New World Library. If you are serious about publishing a book, Lisa Tener’s skillful coaching will make your dream a reality.”
— Cara Bradley, Author of On The Verge
“Meeting Lisa Tener at Harvard Medical School’s publishing course changed my life. I was struck by Lisa’s ability to bring out our creativity and at the same time how well she understood the business end of book writing and publishing. She was the book writing coach for me.
“When I met Lisa I had an amorphous idea. Lisa helped me clarify my book idea into something much more marketable than my initial concept by suggesting the perfect niche audience for my book and a spot-on title–The Creativity Cure. Lisa also guided me and my co-author step-by-step to write a top-notch book proposal–one that several agents and publishers were excited about.
“She helped us choose the right agent–who ultimately landed us a 6-figure book deal with Charles Scribner’s Sons. The clarity and advice Lisa provided contributed greatly to that outcome. Lisa’s astute pick ups and sharp thinking made all the difference.”
— Carrie Barron, MD, Author of The Creativity Cure
“Lisa helped me fine-tune my book proposal and cultivate my style and voice as a writer. She knows what agents and publishers are looking for. She understands what readers desire and has a strong, instinctive sense for balancing syntax and style.
“Through it all, Lisa has been insightful and gracious — a pleasure to work with and a tremendous asset.”
— Vint Virga, DVM, DACVB, Author of The Soul of All Living Creatures
“I felt lost until I found Lisa Tener. Lisa helped me get essential clarity by focusing in on both what I felt most passionate about and what would make the book most meaningful and appealing to publishers and readers.
“I signed up for her Bring Your Book to Life Program for the structure to complete my book–and I did complete the entire manuscript in eight weeks.
“Under Lisa’s guidance, I also worked on my book proposal and platform. She guided me to pitch to Psychology Today where I now blog, and advised me about media opportunities. I’ve now appeared on the Today Show twice!
“Lisa’s expert assistance with my book proposal and platform, her guidance with agents, and her advice to attend Harvard Medical School’s publishing course where Lisa serves on the faculty, all helped me secure a top agent. And now my book has been published by New World Library.
“Lisa continues to send me links to articles or blog posts to comment on. In one case, this led to wide-ranging publicity including interviews, a scholarly journal reference, and speaking invitations. In fact over a year later that one article continues to rack up about 5-10,000 new views each week. Lisa has lots of good ideas and she also seems to have an intuitive knack of knowing when and where to put your efforts!”
— Victoria Dunckley, MD, Author of Reset Your Child's Brain
“Lisa Tener is a miracle worker. Her Bring Your Book to Life Program® changed my life in the best way possible. Imagine, I brought her 400 pages of raw material, mostly typed-in journal entries… and over 10 weeks she showed me how to turn it into a 300 page, readable memoir. If you follow her instructions and encouragement, and make time for it in your life (Week 3: What are you going to give up to finish your book? Best question ever!), you may just find your dream coming alive on the page.
“Here’s what happened to me, that never could have happened without Lisa Tener and her amazing program and mentorship: my self-published book got picked up by a wonderful publisher, and won a nationally recognized award. If you are struggling to give birth to the book you know you have inside, I highly recommend Lisa.”
— Kimber Simpkins, Author of Full
“At the writing program sponsored by Harvard Medical School I met book coach extraordinaire, Lisa Tener, a teacher in the course. Lisa encouraged me to participate in her eight week teaching course in a beautiful setting on the Rhode Island coast. With guidance from Lisa and her other students I developed my new voice as a medical writer, telling stories about my fascinating experiences working with PTSD patients, and helping them recover, using a dream revision technique.
“Lisa also supported me to build my platform and prepare my book proposal for DREAM THERAPY FOR PTSD: The Proven System for Ending Your Nightmares and Recovering from Trauma. Lisa introduced me to several key people–my publisher, my literary agent, my web designer and a radio talk show host.
“This is an exciting time in my life. Thanks so much, Lisa, for helping make it all possible.”
— Bruce Dow, MD, Author of Dream Therapy for PTSD: The Proven System for Ending Your Nightmares and Recovering from Trauma
“With Lisa Tener’s help, I wrote my first book in four months—that just never would have happened without her expert coaching. In addition to helping me write regularly, she provided the kind of feedback that turned a good idea into a great book.”
— Stephanie Oden, Author of Ready, Set, Engage
“Lisa Tener has the extraordinary ability to meld creativity, business acumen and literary insight for her students’/clients’ books. She has coached me and my memoir 3,000 Pulses Later into a reality that has far exceeded my own expectations.
“After appearing in the NY Times and Psychologytoday.com (in addition to several other media outlets) Lisa’s ongoing support is now bringing my book to the world internationally–it’s about to be translated and published in Japan! The book is in its 4th printing and has sold over 5,500 copies!”
— Martha Rhodes, Author of 3,000 Pulses Later
“The structure of Lisa’s class and her constant encouragement gave me the push I needed to start writing and keep at it. The interaction in class is content rich and positive, and the course materials are both excellent and helpful. Lisa has had my back through the entire process, and her introduction to a publisher led to a book deal.”
— Michael Travis, Author of Master the art of Recruiting
“I credit Lisa Tener with helping me become a published author! After meeting Lisa at the Harvard Medical School writing and publishing Workshop, she guided me to clarify my audience, write accessibly for that audience and turn my inspiration into a successful book proposal. Her award winning Bring Your Book to Life Program® was only the beginning of Lisa’s enthusiastic support and practical advice for getting the long and hard work of my professional intuition into print.
“Lisa guided me through the process of finding the right publishing house, as well as connecting me with an agent. With Lisa’s support, my book, Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, was just published!”
— Leslie J. Shapiro, LICSW , Author of Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
If you are ready to write the book you’ve been dreaming of writing, look no further than Lisa Tener. Lisa gives you the tools, know-how, instruction and seasoned advice you need to know to write your book. Prepare yourself for success! I joined Lisa’s 8 week book-writing class and completed my first draft by Week 8.
After working with Lisa on my book proposal, I am now a published author with a major publishing house. She made sure my proposal was flawless and she helped me find the perfect agent in Jeanne Fredericks. I could never have anticipated publishing my first book under such impressive terms and conditions.
If you’re serious, hire an expert and that expert is Lisa.
— Kathy Lemay, Author of The Generosity Plan
Lisa has enough wisdom and experience in her to help launch a thousand books. Take the opportunity to learn from her now.
When I first met Lisa I was lost–I mean, completely lost. I had plenty of ideas–enough, in fact, to excite several agents after I pitched them–but when it came to crafting a book proposal, I really had no clue where to begin. Not that I didn’t try.
I made the rounds myself, shopped to agents who’d initially been excited to speak to me, and managed to turn them off with a sloppy book proposal almost as quickly as I’d gotten their attention. I went from “please seem me,” after a conference to “your book just isn’t for me,” all in a matter of months. Ouch.
So I threw down a cup of coffee, plopped myself into my coziest armchair, and called Lisa Tener. From the start, she was brimming with ideas to turn my situation around. Over the course of a month, she helped me whip my proposal into shape, launch a platform (she even got me my first radio interview!) and sharpen my ideas enough to get the attention of several top agents.
And all this, you’ll be glad to know, has a very happy ending: eventually I landed a six-figure book deal with HarperCollins.
Throughout it all, Lisa was my coach, my mentor, my teacher, my friend, and my cheerleader. And she still is.
— Craig Malkin, PhD, Author of Rethinking Narcissism
Bring Your Book to Life® is a life-changing phenomenon! Next to 35 years of marriage, birth of my children, and a successful teaching career, the Bring Your Book to Life Program is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It is through Lisa’s gentle guidance, continuous support, and leadership that my book has been brought to life. Thank you Lisa!
— Marla O’Brien , Author of Wine Within Your Comfort Zone
Lisa gave me constructive guidance on my book and proposal in such a way that I never felt criticized but always uplifted. When I signed with a publisher, only to have my book orphaned (the editor left), Lisa encouraged me not to give up, and her advice to attend the Harvard book writing seminar helped me get the attention of the senior editor at Yale University Press, who have now published the book and are promoting it heavily. My first review just appeared in Publisher’s Weekly and it’s a winner. Lisa is a terrific coach, and part of the credit for this book belongs to her.
— Eric Pfeiffer, MD, Author of Winning Strategies for Successful Aging
Years ago, I started writing a book with my daughter. She had survived childhood cancer and overcame certain learning disabilities, and she wanted to share her journey – our journey – as mother and daughter. But after we started, my daughter was killed by a drunk driver. I needed to finish the book on my own.
I needed a structure. I needed guidance. I needed Lisa. So, I joined Lisa Tener’s Bring Your Book to Life, and I got everything I needed… and a lot more. Much more than I expected.
Not only did I get structure and guidance, but I received Lisa’s support and the support of my fellow students for many months after I finished the course. We became a community of authors, ready to support each other and give each other ideas.
The best part about this program is that you stay inspired and eager to keep going. You’re inspired to make your book the best that it can be. And Lisa gives you the tools and guidance you need to write a book you can be proud of.
But writing and publishing my book was just the beginning for me. I was able to get actress Jane Seymour to write the foreword for my book and Marie Osmond shared it on national TV! The book boosted my speaking engagements. Plus, I’ve been interviewed on national TV and radio.
None of this would have been possible without Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life Program.
— Susan Rizzo Vincent, Author of Dreas' Dream
I hired Lisa Tener to help me with my book proposal and sample chapters. She provided clarity on what makes a book stand out and get published, as well as insight and wisdom into the entire process. I landed a terrific agent with her help and The Favorite Child was published by Prometheus Books.
The international response to The Favorite Child has been thrilling–from an appearance on the CBS Early Show to a top morning show in Sydney Australia to great press all over South America and 273 comments on my first post on the Huffington Post. People around the world are captivated in the concepts in The Favorite Child. Thank you, Lisa for your wise and enjoyable guidance throughout the process.
— Dr. Ellen Weber Libby, Author of The Favorite Child (Prometheus Books)
Lisa is the guardian angel who helped me become a published author: at the end of every speaking engagement, I mention the wonderful writing coach I found on the internet at 3 in the morning. When I followed up by phone the next day she was just as caring and sincere as the words that hug her website.
Lisa’s 8 week program helped me write the first draft of my book in 12 weeks. (Nothing to do with Lisa teaching—merely my hectic work schedule as a funeral director). Before taking Lisa’s course, each time I wrote a few pages I always got stuck and lost interest. I also had doubts that I had anything new to say. Lisa teaches you how to overcome those roadblocks.
At my book signing I had well over 300 people in attendance. My book has opened the door to speaking engagements, including keynotes—from small groups to several hundred at a time.
Just last week a 99-year-old woman walked into my office wanting to plan her funeral ahead of time. She held an autographed copy of Embracing the Teardrops with hand written notes stuck between the pages and excitingly shared with me that my book was an easy read, entertaining and a great help to her.
Lisa is definitely the go to person when it comes to drafting your first book.
— Patricia Myers, Author of Embracing The Teardrops: A Simple, Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a Funeral That Is Dignified, Memorable, and Affordable
Instead of imposing a cookie cutter method, Lisa makes room for the other, for the unexpected, for creativity. Lisa has provided invaluable guidance in my quest to develop platforms and identify my target audience. I didn’t even understand the meaning of a platform, but as Lisa listened to me, she sensed an interest and gift for video. The use of videos has helped me reach more people, and it resulted in my first book.
With Lisa’s encouragement I became a Huffington Post blogger. Lisa’s recent editorial suggestions for a Huffington Post piece yielded a significant increase in reader engagement. My subscriber list grew by more than 50%! If you want a simplistic plan boasting outlandish promises, don’t contact Lisa. But if you want someone who will listen to you and help bring out your best, Lisa is the mentor for you!
— Patrick Vaughn, Author of Unlikely Glimpses of Grace
“Lisa Tener helped me immensely in completing my book Wellness For Super-Seniors by personally editing every page, advising me on the restructuring of certain sections and rewriting other chapters that needed such professional evaluation.
“She is an outstanding book writing coach; I just wish I had used her much earlier in the process. It would have saved me months of hard work.”
— Juan O'Callahan, Author of Wellness for SuperSeniors
I have had the opportunity to hear Lisa Tener speak on several occasions, at business conferences, inspirational events, workshops and in her 8 week book writing class. She is one of the most engaging, dynamic speakers I have ever met. She imparts on her students a strong sense of the writing process and current state of the publishing industry. But perhaps more important, Lisa had the ability to engage me in each session, so that I always left with a clear plan of action – an understanding of the next steps I needed to take my dream of writing and publishing my book to the next level. Her insight into the publishing world is extremely helpful to first time authors. Lisa Tener would be an excellent choice for any panel, conference, or speaker series.
— Michelle Girasole, M.B.A., Author of The Sassy Ladies' Toolkit for Start-Up Businesses
I found the magic formula for writing a book: Structure of Book Writing Course + Lisa’s Personal Guidance = Successful Book Completion. I enrolled in Lisa’s book-writing course and completed my final draft of Reinvent Your Life–Write Now. I loved Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life(R) Program so much, I took it again to write my second book!
— Bonnie Leonard, EdD, CLC, Author of Reinvent Your Life--Write Now
In class, I found a way to make the book much more engaging and easy to use–and I had an ‘aha’ moment when my workbook went from straight workbook to a compelling story. Not only will the workbook be much more effective for students, but I realize the potential for a published book as well. I highly recommend this class.
— Dr. Irving Gilson, Author of A Diet to Remember
As a practicing psychiatrist, I have had a book idea for several years but did not know how to get published. Lisa helped me put together a book proposal and sample chapters. The result is my first published book. Thanks, Lisa.
— Michael Banov, MD, Author of Taking Antidepressants
“In writing The Struggle for Kirkuk I discovered that writing a book is not as difficult and complicated as writing a book proposal.
“Publishers are tough and demanding, and a good book proposal is essential in presenting your book in the best possible light. I was lucky to find Lisa, who provided me with a clear sense of what goes into writing a book proposal. I was profoundly impressed by her expertise, and her unreserved dedication to her client. Working with her was an education and a joy. I recommend her to you without any reservation.”
— Henry Astarjian, Author of The Struggle for Kirkuk
Lisa Tener’s Bring Your Book To Life® class was the catalyst that enabled me to write the book I had been thinking about for months. Her inspiration and energy inspired me to create an outline and start writing the first week of the class. As time went on, her belief in this project helped me visualize holding the book in my hands, and consequently, to complete the first draft by the end of the class. That did not end Lisa’s support, however. She continually shares her brilliant ideas for promoting the book as well as her enthusiasm and connections in support of this work.
Lisa knows what readers want and does a remarkable job of helping writers discover the voice that speaks best to their reading audience. I feel quite fortunate to know such a caring, knowledgeable and capable writing coach.
— Nora Hall, Author of Survive Your Husband’s Retirement
In her Bring Your Book to Life® Program, Lisa empowered me to see the bigger vision of the power of my higher self behind my book. Lisa provided a uniquely resonant and powerful blend of concrete, specific writing steps, and visionary expansion.
Lisa and my classmates celebrated my smallest and big successes, creating an upward spiral that pulled me along, rather than pushed. Lisa enabled me to understand that I had, where I was, the ability to write this book.
The course provided gentle-but-firm accountability to commit to accomplishment and get it done. The interactions and exercises in the group helped me come up with some of my most creative ideas.
Without Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life® Program, I would never have gotten past the outline. I would have never have understood as much about getting in touch with my higher-self who knows the answers—answers that my conscious self wouldn’t allow me to see. I would not have persevered without this program.
Lisa goes out of her way to over-deliver.
— Monica Strobel, Author of The Compliment Quotient
I kept putting my hopes of writing a book on hold, because I felt I couldn’t do it. Lisa’s soft nudges and inspirational energy make me feel nurtured yet expertly guided. Lisa helped me find my voice and enjoy writing, despite being a novice.
Even with little free time on my part, Lisa has helped me to breathe life into the writing. I achieved more with Lisa in two months than in 5 years of attempting to do this myself.
Lisa helped me with my book proposal and chapters and I signed a contract with a major publisher. We sold 15,000 books in the first month. Thanks, Lisa.
— Maureen Hancock, Author of The Medium Next Door
I thought about writing a book for 17 years, but I struggled to tell my story. In January 2010, I started Bring Your Book to Life. On the drive home, the ideas came so fast, I had to pull over and take notes. The first set of exercises was so helpful that I outlined the book and wrote three chapters in the first week.
“After I completed most of my first draft, Lisa Tener guided me and fine tuned my book proposal. With her help I got a top agent and signed a book deal. Just a year after I started Lisa’s program, I handed in my final edited chapters to my publisher. Now I’m an award winning published author
— Anne Burnett, Author of A Step Ahead of Autism
Not only did Lisa Tener help make my dream come true, The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue, was the proud recipient of 4 National Book Awards for Best in Motivation, Inspiration and New Non-Fiction!
The recognition and credibility of writing an award winning book has helped me launch teleseminars, telesummits, speaking and hosting my own radio show, The Best People We Know, which is in Blog Talk Radio’s top 1% and 2% in popularity in self-help. business, women, family and writing. Thank you Lisa Tener for being a jewel in the crown of life.
— Deb Scott, Author of The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue
I published my book, Stuck with Mr. Wrong, a few months ago and already have heard from women that my book has changed their lives. It all started when I called Lisa nine months ago in September, 2009, and told her it was now or never. I knew I wanted to write a book, but I needed that extra push and guidance to get started. Less than a year later I held my book in my hands.
After her eight-week course, I’d completed eight of the ten chapters. The weekly sessions helped me find my focus, held me accountable to my own goals, and provided some great strategies, creative ideas, and practical marketing advice. I highly recommend Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life Program.
Update: Stuck with Mr. Wrong won 4 book awards!
— Amy O'Brien, Author of Stuck with Mr. Wrong
When I envisioned birthing my first book, A Juicy, Joyful Life, to the world, I knew exactly who its midwife would be—award-winning Book Coach Lisa Tener. As Publisher of Aspire Magazine, I had invited Lisa to serve my audience and speak at all of my live and virtual events since 2006 and I witnessed first-hand her level of expertise and attention to detail.
In 2009, I took Lisa Tener’s Inspiration to Author in 8 Weeks program and the materials were instrumental in helping me clarify, organize and develop my book. Within hours of its release A Juicy, Joyful Life hit #1 on multiple best-seller lists and brought 41 visionary women to bestseller status.
Today, my heart-centered boutique publishing company has served over 180 visionary female authors and released six bestselling books written by women and for women, and it all began by taking that first step with Lisa Tener. Stop putting your dream of being an author on hold… Work with Lisa today.
— Linda Joy, Author of A Juicy Joyful Life
Investing in Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life® Program was an energetic shift for me – I am finally taking myself seriously as an author.
Even though I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for years, the experience was worthwhile and rich. I completed a book I’d been working on for 5 years, and got a lot of clarity and excellent input on a second book, which I wrote a very rough draft of during the program. Our 8 classes (over 10 weeks) kept me moving steadily forward; I looked forward to meeting each Friday with Lisa and the talented and insightful writers in our group. We seemed to create a current of momentum together that moved each of us forward powerfully – in our lives and our books.
— Jane Bernstein (co-author), Author of Saving Richard
I joined Lisa’s Bring Your Book to Life® Program because I wanted the accountability to write, finish and take my book to market. And I was able to do just that. And more.
My book would not have been brought to life without the help of Lisa Tener’s Bring Your Book to Life Program®. Not only did I finish and publish my book, I was able to get incredible testimonials from well-known and respected leaders in my field… like Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff and Bob Doyle. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to ask for those endorsements without Bring Your Book to Life®.
I became a much better writer as a result of this program. And I continue to improve with every newsletter, blog post, web page or flier I create.
Lisa is tireless in her willingness to teach, direct, provide feedback and useful advice. She has a gracious, generous spirit and I couldn’t be happier with the results I’ve achieved with her loving guidance. Both my business and the publicity for my book continue to grow.
— Stacy Corrigan, Author of Manifest Your Man
Lisa provided incredible inspiration during the most difficult time of the writing process: shaping the book into something real and bringing the book from concept to life. Lisa’s ideas were out of the park—she suggested the perfect title and told me, “Traci, Get Your Girl Back is a movement.” I just landed an amazing agent, Linda Konner, to help me now share this book with the world.
— Traci Bild, Author of Get Your Girl Back
For years, I had a secret longing within me to write a book. Yet, when I would sit down to write I would surge ahead and then come to a screeching halt. I did not know how to organize my materials, and my ideas would spring out in 10 different directions simultaneously; and my inner doubts and fears would say things to me like, “The world does not need another spiritual book” and, “By the way, your English sucks.” My life changed when I put my foot down and I asked the universe to bring me a person to help me organize and show me how to write my book. That very afternoon, April 27th, I went to my inbox and I found Lisa Tener’s Bring your Book to Life® Program. I signed up and we started April 29th, a day after my Birthday. I learned what a first, second and third draft meant, I learned that you did not have to do this by yourself, and that you have an editor to help polish your manuscript. I thought you sat down and it came out perfectly the first time. Lisa was truly gifted with helping me stay on track, with structure, and accountability. The biggest game changer for me was, she held me and the other participants already as an Author. This was a powerful transformation for me and it changed the way I viewed myself and my confidence soared. A message that I received while I was writing was “Act as if no one has written about your topic before, and you know what to say.” Lisa, I can’t thank you enough, you have been instrumental in changing my life.
Oceans of gratitude, Bridget
— Bridget Engel, Author of Guidance to Go
I just returned from Paris and England, where I taught workshops based on my book If You Want an Eggroll, Get Out of the Pizzeria. My book languished in the planning stages for many years until I met Lisa. Lisa developed the action plan and held my hand to bring my book to fruition. She guided me through all the stages—including multiple edits—and made all the difference. The day I clicked on my book selling on Amazon I called Lisa with tears in my eyes. Being a published author opened doors to speak, travel and—most important—meet amazing people that are inspired by my story. Thank you Lisa for being an essential part of this journey.
— Dr. Janet Crain, Author of If You Wand An Eggroll, Get Out of the Pizzeria