Jake Johnson, writer
I currently work with authors who have a significant platform and/or a publisher or agent lined up. If you feel we’d be a good team, please contact me to discuss.
B.A., English Literature
Summa Cum Laude
Who Do You Think You Are?
Author: Mark Driscoll
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, January 2013
Role: Collaborative editor
Summary: Who Do You Think You Are? is an exploration of the issue of identity and an encouraging examination of what it means to be “in Christ.”
Drawing from nearly two decades of pastoring, Mark Driscoll knows that underlying most individuals’ struggles in life is the issue of their identity. “The fundamental problem we have in this world,” he says, “is that we don’t understand who we truly are—children of God made in his image—and define ourselves by any number of things other than Jesus. Only by knowing our false identity apart from Christ, in comparison to our true identity in him, can we finally deal with and overcome the issues in our lives.”
“The key to understanding your true identity is shaped by your relationship with Jesus Christ. ‘In Christ’ you are completely acceptable, extremely valuable, eternally loved, totally forgiven, and fully capable. Pick up a copy of Who Do You Think You Are? and learn the truth about who you really are.” – Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
“Finally someone has given the foundational and transformational subject of gospel identity the thorough treatment it needs. Jesus didn’t just forgive your sins—he gave you a brand-new, life-altering identity as well. Every human being assigns to himself and lives out of some kind of identity. In this very helpful book, Mark powerfully addresses both our identity idolatry and our identity amnesia. I am very thankful for this book and soon you will be too.” – Paul Tripp, international speaker and author
Author: Tom Wheelwright
Publisher: RDA Press, May 2012
Summary: Tax-Free Wealth is about tax planning concepts. It’s about how to use your country’s tax laws to your benefit. In this book, Tom Wheelwright will tell you how the tax laws work. And how they are designed to reduce your taxes, not to increase your taxes. Once you understand this basic principle, you no longer need to be afraid of the tax laws. They are there to help you and your business—not to hinder you.
Once you understand the basic principles of tax reduction, you can begin, immediately, reducing your taxes. Eventually, you may even be able to legally eliminate your income taxes and drastically reduce your other taxes. Once you do that, you can live a life of Tax-Free Wealth.
Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
Author: Mark and Grace Driscoll
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, January 3, 2012
Awards: #1 on New York Times Bestseller List
Summary: While a wonderful wedding day is important, it’s the last day of marriage that really counts. Will the last day of your marriage come prematurely through divorce? Will it be filled with regrets as you sit at the funeral of your spouse? Or, by God’s grace, will the last day be a day to rejoice in the life you lived together?
Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, want you to finish well on the last day. From the importance of date nights to answers to the most tricky “can we do that?” sex questions, they share practical help and hope with people just like them-who entered marriage a complete mess-or who are planning to be married someday and want to avoid some sticky pitfalls.
Reviews: The Driscolls’ Neo-Reformed views come shining through, with much emphasis on sin’s role in wrecking marriages today and Christ’s role in redeeming them. Taken to heart and put into practice, this boldly refreshing approach can change couples across America by letting God do the changing. – Publishers Weekly
Accelerate!: Move Your Business Forward Through the Convergence of Search, Social & Content Marketing
Author: Arnie Kuenn
Publisher: CreateSpace, 2011
Summary: Interruption marketing is a thing of the past. We can no longer only talk to our audience. We must join the conversation that’s already happening.
The world of marketing has been radically changing in the last couple of years to a new kind of marketing. Businesses that have been spending their marketing budgets on print, TV, banner ads, and even PPC are realizing that there is a better way. A better way to attract leads, to nurture those leads, to lower your cost per sale and to speed up the buying process. That way is content marketing.
The companies that are succeeding right now are the ones creating content that engages their customers and brings in the business.
That’s where this book comes in. Many marketing books present themselves like the consultant who comes in and says, “Here’s the strategy you need, but I don’t implement. I don’t actually do it. That’s for you to figure out.” But if you’re going to be successful, you need to understand how to create and promote compelling content that brings in the customers—not just that you need to.
Reviews: “Content marketing isn’t necessarily hard, but it can be complicated. And that’s why this book is so indispensable. Prepare to be amazed.”
- Jay Baer, Co-Author of The NOW Revolution.
“I found Accelerate! a breath of fresh air in the whirlwind of online marketing books that have come out recently. Accelerate! provides good solid logic and assists the reader in understanding the magic behind the curtain of Internet marketing.”
- Lon Safko, author of The Social Media Bible
The Sleeping Giant: The Awakening of the Self-Employed Entrepreneur
Author: Ken McElroy
Publisher: Kyle Kade Press, 2011 (to be published by Perseus Books Group)
Role: Ghostwriting/Collaborative editing
Summary: Just as it seems that all the media can offer are pronouncements of doom and gloom for the world in general, and business in particular, Ken McElroy provides the work force with a truly inspiring voice of optimism in his fourth book, The Sleeping Giant. McElroy’s contributors, twenty self-employed entrepreneurs, are well-springs of knowledge, advice, and entrepreneurial inspiration. The Giant of the title refers to the burgeoning number of unemployed who are awakening to their own great possibilities and talents, and not only discovering niche markets for themselves, but in the process, creating new jobs for others. This awakening is long overdue and is happening out of necessity, McElroy asserts. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. You can thrive while others cling to an old and dying system, he says. The world is entering into a very exciting time. The Sleeping Giant is an excellent guidebook for those looking for a new place in the work force or thinking of making long overdue life changes.
Reviews: Ken McElroy has written an insightful book based on entrepreneurism that deserves to be read. Times have changed and The Sleeping Giant makes that very clear. McElroy addresses the entrepreneurial spirit and provides a great tool for entrepreneurs and hopeful entrepreneurs. – Donald Trump
Fresh, practical, and full of warts-and-all commentary, the advice these entrepreneurs share is insightful and of value to those contemplating starting their own businesses. – Publishers Weekly
Thrill: When Normal Is Not Enough
Author: Karl Clauson
Publisher: Anchor, 2010
Summary: Karl Clauson is the former pastor of Changepoint Church in Anchorage, Alaska, the largest church in the state of Alaska. Karl’s book is a Christian-living book focused on rediscovering the thrill-filled life in God. The book was published by Anchor and picked up for national distribution by a number of faith-based retailers.
Reviews: Thrill will not only challenge you to run to the One Alone Who is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”; it will help you slay the giant “thrill killer” who would keep you from this life of power and fulfillment. As Karl writes, may your heart be fully His so you can experience the journey that is “tough, powerful, uncertain, awesome, and fills life to the max with a whole lot of joy.” — Kay Arthur, Co–CEO Precept Ministries International. Author, When The Hurt Runs Deep
Who Karl Clauson is comes out in every line of this book. I think normal is killing our country, our city, our families, and us. I think Karl has articulated the path out of this valley of the shadow of death. Purchase two copies of this book, one for yourself and one for someone you love dearly. —Dean Curry, Senior Pastor, Life Center, Tacoma, Washington
Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money
Author: Robert Kiyosaki
Publisher: Business Plus, September 2009
Summary: Conspiracy of the Rich explores the causes of the latest financial crisis and provides strategies for prospering in the economic downturn. Originally published online in real time as a response to the crisis, the website received over 20 million hits and 10,000 comments from readers. Business Plus, an imprint of Hachette, subsequently published the book.
Sales: 97,100 copies, four printings
Awards: The New York Times Bestseller List
Publishers Weekly Red Star
Praise: Like many other business books on the market, Kiyosaki’s latest explains the origins of the economic crisis and how best to weather the storm and restore financial standing. But its clarity, hands-on approach, and practical tips make it far superior and user-friendly than its competitors. – Publishers Weekly, review of audio version.
This book is the result of an exemplary online interactive project during which Kiyosaki invited the millions of Rich Dad fans to provide feedback, comments, and questions that would form the basis of the contents. That cutting-edge technique is fascinating, of course, but the money question is ‘What is the book about?’ The answer is simple: Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich is designed to help average Joes and Janes through these harrowing economic times. Sharpened over several months in response to several thousand reader queries and commentaries, the book offers a no-frills guide to wading through our present financial muck. – Barnes & Noble
The Real Book of Real Estate
Author: Robert Kiyosaki, General Editor
Publisher: Vanguard Press, May 2009
Role: Ghostwriter, Ken McElroy’s contribution & Robert’s Introduction to Ken’s contribution
Summary: Labeled as a bible for real estate investors, The Real Book of Real Estate brings together numerous real estate experts, including Donald Trump, to cover every aspect of the real estate business that a potential investor could desire.
Sales: 31,288 copies
Awards: BusinessWeek Best Seller List
#2 Amazon.com Real Estate books
Praise: What we like best about it is that it’s immensely readable, yet it isn’t a book about theory. It’s also very real world practical. And you can start anywhere, as each author’s work is a stand alone discussion about their particular area of expertise. It’s as much a reference manual as an educational work. We liked it. We’ve been around real estate for awhile and we learned a lot. We think you will too. – The Real Estate Guys
Rich Brother Rich Sister
Authors: Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
Publisher: Vanguard Press, January 2009
Summary: Rich Brother, Rich Sister is the inspirational true-life stories of Robert Kiyosaki and his sister, Emi, a Buddhist monk, and their journey towards fulfillment through the different paths of money and religion. I served as a consulting editor on the initial galley proofs.
Sales: 25,955 copies
Praise: In this absorbing memoir, a departure in everything but title for Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad), the investment guru and his Buddhist sister Emi narrate their life stories in terms of spiritual wealth. – Publishers Weekly
Increase Your Financial IQ: Get Smarter with Your Money
Author: Robert Kiyosaki
Publisher: Business Plus, March 2008
Summary: Most people believe their wealth is found in their money, but according to Robert Kiyosaki, true wealth is found in knowledge. And the richest people are wealthy because of their financial intelligence—not because of money. In Increase Your Financial IQ, Robert Kiyosaki gives five principles for increasing your financial intelligence and in turn your wealth.
Sales: 187,500 copies, six printings
Awards: The New York Times Bestseller List
#1 BusinessWeek Best Seller List
Praise: For those of you who enjoy reading the Rich Dad series of books, then this one is a must read. – AOL.ca “Money Talks” Blog
Foreword and endorsement by Steve Forbes.
Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver: Protect Your Financial Future
Author: Michael Maloney
Publisher: Business Plus, August 2008
Summary: Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver explores the history of currency systems from Greece to modern day, making dire predictions for the current US currency and economy, and gives the reader tangible advice and strategies for hedging their portfolio with precious metals investing.
Sales: 46,700 copies, three printings
Praise: Guide to Investing in Gold & Silver is a strong book. Maloney’s style of writing is amicable and his information is organized in an appealing manner. – Silvermonthly.com
On an emotional level, I love business books that make me feel like I’m part of a secret club. I know something that you don’t. It’s a refreshing feeling. In fact, I got so excited before I even finished the book that I raced over to my online trading account and bought up a bunch of shares of precious metal ETF’s. – GetRichBooks.com
The Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing: How to Identify the Hottest Markets and Secure the Best Deals
Publisher: Business Plus, May 2008
Author: Ken McElroy
Summary: The Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing is a follow-up to Ken’s bestselling The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing. The book focuses on advanced strategies for investing in commercial real estate, giving the reader the tools needed to identify markets and properties, and how to conduct financial analysis and due diligence properly.
Sales: 23,140, first printing
Reviews: For those of us beginning a career in real estate investing, Ken’s book is excellent. Written with easy-to-understand prose and examples. Ken is a professional who wants others to succeed. – J. Brown, Amazon.com reviewer.
The ABC’s of Property Management: What You Need to Know to Maximize Your Money
Author: Ken McElroy
Publisher: Business Plus, September 2008
Summary: The ABC’s of Property Management is focused on the often-overlooked and important topic of property management. Ken gives practical advice on how to maximize investment income through property management and how to find a good property manager.
Sales: 16,900 copies, two printings
Reviews: In this evenhanded, informative, and practical primer on managing rental property, McElroy covers everything from setting reasonable rent to determining true costs vs. true earnings. – Library Journal, review of audio book.