June 21, 2016. Richard Courtney, has partnered on a new publishing-services venture called Open Book. Well-known in Nashville for his three decades in residential real estate sales, Courtney is also a seasoned author and editor who has co-written or edited several books, in addition to his magazine and newspaper columns.
Courtney brings that experience to bear with Open Book, which offers a variety of services to would-be authors, memoirists and amateur historians who need help transforming their ideas into published books. Trish Luna, who manages the company’s day-to-day operations, formerly worked as the program coordinator of the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.
Courtney and Luna envision Open Book as a concierge operation that can develop custom projects large and small, but they identified three client types that, for now, make up the bulk of the company’s customer base.
The primary group consists of business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to tell the story of their business success and add “published author” to their resumes. Open Book offers writing, editing and printing services to help those individuals boost their profiles through the “calling card” of a published book, Luna said.
Open Book will also target memoirists and amateur historians looking to document and preserve their family history. The company can conduct interviews, make video and audio recordings, and take photographs to create a lasting, published record.
Authors with manuscripts ready to publish make up Open Book’s third customer group. Courtney plans to draw on his experience and industry connections to set up writers with publishing companies, agents and editors. Even self-publishing authors, he says, stand to benefit from Open Book’s expertise.
Richard Courtney and Trish Luna Launch Open Book to Help Executives and Celebrities Write and Publish Their Manuscripts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 12, 2016) Executives, entrepreneurs and celebrities with a great story to tell now have a new resource to help them write, hone and publish compelling, marketable manuscripts. Open Book is a new Nashville-based company that provides professional writing services, book design and publishing assistance to new and established authors.
Open Book was founded by writers Richard Courtney, chairman, and Trish Luna, president. Both have extensive publishing experience and saw a need to provide a full array of services that helps an author complete a manuscript and navigate the myriad steps to publish a book.
“We have assembled a team of expert writers, editors, graphic designers, and marketing and publishing specialists,” said Luna. “As we lead the author through each step of our development process, we can tap the specialists we need to meet the specific needs of each project.”
Luna manages the day-to-day operations of Open Book. A master of publishing project management, she served for 11 years as the Vanderbilt Law Review and Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law publishing program manager. She is also the author of a children’s self-help book.
Courtney lends his expertise as an advisor to the company and individual authors. A full-time Realtor and principal at Christianson Patterson Courtney and Associates, Courtney is also an acclaimed writer, author and editor. He wrote “Buyers are Liars & Sellers are Too!, The Truth About Buying or Selling Your Home” (Simon & Schuster) and “Come Together: The Business Wisdom of The Beatles” (Turner Publishing). He is also the real estate columnist for the Nashville Ledger and the editor or co-writer of more than 30 books.
“Demand for writing and publishing services is skyrocketing and we see tremendous opportunity to offer our services to authors in the Nashville market and beyond,” said Luna. “Richard and I are excited to launch this new venture.”