We bring more than 50 years of combined experience to the writing, designing and publishing process. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
Richard Courtney, Chairman of Open Book, is a highly acclaimed writer, editor and author who has worked with more than 60 authors and infuses creativity into every work.
He wrote two editions of a top-selling real estate guide, Buyers are Liars & Sellers are Too!, The Truth About Buying or Selling Your Home; the first issue was self-published and the second was published by Simon & Schuster. His latest business book, Come Together: The Business Wisdom of The Beatles (Turner Publishing), received critical acclaim in the U.S. and Europe, and was published in Portuguese by a Brazilian publisher.
Courtney has co-written or edited all genres of books – from entertainment, sports and business memoirs to photo collections, how-to guides and novels – including Cheese Chronicles by Tommy Womack, A Dixie Farewelland The Sterling Marlin Story by Larry Wood, The Essential Hank Williams by Tim Jones, and Man Handling by Susan Thomas.
For more than 30 years, Courtney has also enjoyed a career as a professional Realtor and currently is a broker at Christianson Patterson Courtney & Associates. He has written hundreds of columns for newspapers and magazines, and is the weekly real estate columnist for the Nashville Ledger.
He is an active leader in his community and has served in various board leadership positions on the Nashville Electric Power Board (NES), Leadership Nashville, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Americana Music Association, Center for Nonprofit Management, Schermerhorn Symphony Hall and Room in The Inn. He has also served on the boards of the national, state and local Realtor associations.
An alumnus of the University of the South, Courtney lives in Nashville with his wife, Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, their son and daughter and two dogs.
Trish Luna, President of Open Book, is the author of a children’s book, has extensive publishing experience and is a master of project management and diplomacy. This inimitable mix of skills assures our writers a smooth working relationship and always a successful outcome.
As the Vanderbilt University Law Review and Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law coordinator, she trained and mentored more than 120 journal students a year through the complex process of producing significant legal scholarship for 11 issues each year. Her expert logistical planning, creative problem solving, extensive research, writing, editing and proofreading, upheld the highest standards of the acclaimed publication for more than a decade.
Trish was a paralegal with Universal Music Group in Nashville’s fast-paced music industry, where she established strong relationships across multiple labels and exercised swift, decisive action to achieve desired results.
She began her career in the airline industry, where she traveled the world, experiencing a wide variety of cultures and lifestyles and cut her teeth on customer service. A master of empathetic listening, Trish became expert at diffusing tension by always treating customers – yes, even those customers – with respect. During her tenure with the airline, she honed her skills in problem-solving and discernment.
A dedicated volunteer leader, Trish is past president of the Acacia Foundation, which founded and supported an AIDS orphanage in Africa. She navigated and negotiated across deep cultural divides and overcame negative perceptions in order to achieve the orphanage’s objectives. After one particularly tense meeting with the local tribal chief, she and one of the officers of the organization were relieved to get out alive! Yet another good story.
Trish earned her master’s degree in philosophy and ethics from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Pat Embry, live in Nashville and together have four grown children, and two granddaughters.