Live your fire ! Along with ASCENT's editorial coaching programs, our other services include: > Developing professional pitch letters, proposals and strategies for approaching literary agents and publishers. > Cover and page designs, by award-winning designers. > Website development. > Social media marketing strategies. > Banners and other point-of-contact signage, for use at book launch parties, signings, talks, seminars and workshops.
ASCENT's David Hazard is a book writing coach who mentors both novice and already-published authors, such as those writing novels, memoirs, counseling, self-help, and business books. ASCENT also offers book design and marketing consulting. ASCENT is a premier coaching program, and we have provided guidance for a wide-range of authors from across the world since 1978. Our unique brand of coaching trains writers in important mind skills practices in the form of simple meditations, to help them clear and open the creative mind. This connects the writer with their most potent assets - voice and passion. As our motto - Spread your fire! - indicates, we believe that a writer with a strong voice and passion for their subject will write a strong book - one that attracts an audience - and is the foundation for a long career in publishing. We add to this, training in the skills of great narrative or essay writing, as the project demands. ASCENT was founded by David Hazard, a 36-year veteran of the publishing world. Hazard was associate publisher with major companies, creating lines of books for targeted audiences. He is the author of more than 30 books, including several international bestsellers - including "Blood Brothers," whose subject, Dr. Elias Chacour, has been nominated 3 times for a Nobel Peace Prize since it's publication. FURTHER: Our programs for authors include: 1-on-1 tutorials, 3-day writing intensives, and 1-year guided writing program in which a seasoned editorial mentor guides you closely through the development of your book from start to finish. Our clients are located in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and include: novelists, government officials, actors and celebrities, financial and economic experts, professional athletes, children's book authors, international diplomats, news correspondents, psychologists and counselors, pop music stars, leaders in academia, motivational speakers, spiritual teachers and theologians, and everyday men and women with poignant memoirs to publish.
Achieve mastery of your mind first, then your writing will flow and be able to move around every inner and outer obstacle.
Some writers crash into boulders in their thought-stream - the Judge, the Critic, the Lords of Demand, Money, Time.... So many things rule their minds they crash and quit. Or they struggle too much and hate or avoid writing.
I truly LOVE training writers in mind skill practices. The ones who use them change their lives and elevate their writing to a greater level.
ASCENT is proud to have authors who have won prestigious awards and well-deserved recognition - including the Emmy, Oprah appearances, and front-cover of The New Yorker.
Below are just a few of their honors. The first is the Nautilus Award, won by the Dalai Lama, Marianne Williamson - and two of my ASCENT authors. Others, based on their work, are now lecturing at major universities, like Oxford.
"Working with determined, gifted writers is my personal reward." ~ David Hazard, Director
"Working with David Hazard and ASCENT was a wonderful experience and I would do it again in a second." ~ Libby Klein, author
After ASCENT's coaching, Libby landed a 3-book deal for her murder mystery series with Kensington Press.
[11/28/17] "I'm grateful for your encouragement and guidance. My book changed me. It has opened up doors for me professionally and personally. Thank you." ~ Annette Hadden Eccles
"Who can say how many lives have been saved by books?"
~ Michelle Cliff
Author of "Abeng" and "No Telephone to Heaven"
“But suppose, asks the student of the professor, we follow all your structural rules for writing, what about that ‘something else’ that brings the book alive? What is the formula for that? The formula for that is not included in the curriculum.”
~ Fannie Hurst
If you're looking for great reading material this fall, here are six great writers, born in October, whose work will fascinate you.
E.E. Cummings (October 14, 1894)
Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854)
Arthur Miller (October 17, 1915)
Dylan Thomas (October 27, 1914)
John Keats (October 31, 1795)
John LeCarre (October 19, 1931)
[08/03/17] "ASCENT is an excellent coaching program, and David Hazard is an astonishing talent. In one day he took me from confused to full book outline. Recommend!" ~ Lisa Holliday
I am very proud of ASCENT authors. They are hard working writers whose books win them national and international awards and the interest of top media.
Whether you're writing non-fiction of fiction, you need to make the people in your book memorable.
I'll teach you how.
Jeff Van Vonderen, one of ASCENT's coaching clients, appeared on OPRAH! to discuss freeing people from substance abuse.
Jeff is the host of A&E's Emmy Award-winning TV program "Intervention", and a bestselling author.
Two ASCENT authors - Dan Sheehan and Heidi DuPree - have won the coveted Nautilus Award.
Congratulations on joining the ranks of such notables as the Dalai Lama, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, and other international bestselling authors who have won the Nautilus.
"ASCENT's #writing #coaching is stellar. I highly recommend it to any executive who wants to write a book."
~T. Wood Parker, President & CEO TASC, Inc., Defense Contractors, Washington, DC
Check out ASCENT's full range of coaching programs for authors - from 1-on-1 Private Tutorials, to our year-long Guided Writing Program.
We can also help you develop query letters to locate literary agents and publishers. And we direct book covers and page designs.
Pleased and proud to say that ASCENT authors are making a difference all around the world.
The map marks where our authors are hard at work, writing novels, memoirs, research and policy studies, self-help, and counseling books.
ASCENT's cover photo