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Launch Pad is a boutique company that writes and publishes books designed to get you wherever you want to go, whether that's appearing on TV shows, speaking on stages, attracting more business or leaving a legacy for your children.

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK IN YOU?

Through a series of phone calls spaced out according to your schedule, we research, write, edit and launch a full-length book entirely in your voice and with your byline. Our goal is to take you from someone who wants to know how to publish a book, how to find a ghostwriter for your book or how to write a bestselling book to bestselling author.

We're not a mass production outlet that releases hundreds of books a year; instead we're a tiny group of longtime publishing professionals who work only with a small number of clients whose values and goals align with ours.

We pride ourselves on creating the highest quality books on the market and obsess over every word and image because we know there’s no point in leaving a legacy if it’s not the best. Our books are indistinguishable from the biggest publishing companies in the world—something we know because we’ve either worked for or been published by them.

We also offer ongoing consulting post-release to make sure that you experience all the rewards of being a published author.

It’s this one-two punch that has transformed our clients’ lives—and businesses.

Our books have helped land clients on The Chris Cuomo Show and The School of Greatness podcast as well as in the pages of The New York Post, The Daily Mail and more.

WHO: See below!

WHAT: The only book writing, editing and launching company run by a New York Times bestselling author of eight books, who was able to take one book and transform that into a career as a TV personality, professional speaker and entrepreneur.

WHEN: Once we work you into our schedule and begin the process, we can have your book released within six months.

WHERE: We're in Los Angeles but work with clients all over the world.

WHY: Between 2005, when her first book was released, and now, Anna David watched traditional publishing fall apart. And she saw it as a great thing, because it suddenly opened the gates so that every person with a story to tell could release a book. It became her life mission to be the conduit. (And to eat as much peanut butter as she could while she did it.)

AT THE HELM...

Launch Pad is run by Anna David, the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of eight books. She’s been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice, Cosmo, People, Marie Claire, Redbook, Esquire, Self, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon among many others, written about in numerous publications, including Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure and Women’s Health and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, The Insider and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E. 

She speaks at universities across the country, has shared the stage with Tony Robbins and has been a featured speaker at three different TedX events. 

TEAM

Kristen McGuiness

Kristen McGuiness is a professional writer with over 15 years of experience in book publishing.

She has ghostwritten and co-authored numerous books in the genres of self-help, business, psychology, memoir, recovery, and dating, including her own LA Times bestselling memoir 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life.

She has worked in book editorial at St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and with Judith Regan at Harper Collins, and also in film development on such films as Blood Diamond and Rumor Has It.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Government from Hamilton College and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the American University of Paris.

Kristen lives in Ojai, California with her husband and two children. 

Ryan Aliapoulios

Ryan Aliapoulios is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience.

He has written for print publications including Michigan Movie Magazine as well as digital outlets including After Party Magazine, Shareably and Meaww. He has also worked with Cobalt Films to write, produce and edit mini-documentaries covering unique human interest stories from around the world. His most recent project is Dad Bops, a comedy podcast about classic rock available on Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Screen Arts and Cultures with a focus on screenwriting from the University of Michigan and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Becky Sasso

Becky Sasso is a professional editor with more than a decade of experience in publishing, nonprofits and higher education. 

She has a lifelong passion for literature and storytelling and began her career as a professional writer and editor working for the world headquarters the international nonprofit Narcotics Anonymous, Inc. She has written, co-authored and edited numerous books, informational pamphlets and marketing materials.

As a native of Washington State, Becky earned her Bachelor’s degree in Writing from The Evergreen State College. She later went on to obtain a Master of Arts with a dual concentration in Digital Communication and Public Relations from Johns Hopkins University. 

Becky lives in the Los Angeles suburbs with her husband, son and cat named Bruce. 

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