Writer/researcher for hire

McAlpine cover

A private commission for Jim McAlpine, former CEO of McAlpine Industries – a pioneering refrigeration company established by his father, James – founding CEO of Pizza Hut (New Zealand), powerboat racer, helicopter pilot and more. Project began late-2015 and was completed in November 2018.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT by John Ford. 237pp. R24Publishing, June 2017.

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Growing up in the Waikato town of Cambridge in the 1970s, John Ford knew he wanted to be an ambulance officer. That ambition saw him qualify as an Advanced Paramedic in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. He has also wandered other roads such as following in his grandfather’s footsteps inside Mt. Eden Prison, working as a funeral director and, following a life-changing event, becoming the ‘limo driver’ for one of New Zealand’s most popular broadcasters. From the Driver’s Seat takes readers to places they’ve never been before and gives a new appreciation of the people who devote themselves to working in the dangerous yet exciting world of our emergency services.

Work on this 80,000 word book included manuscript assessment; full edit; proofing; page layout and design; front and back cover design; liaising with printer and delivery of print-ready files; formatting and design for Amazon KDP.

“Matt was instrumental in getting my book to the publishing stage. He was able to interpret my story and edit the content in such a way that it brought my story to life. Not only did he edit the story, he was able to advise me on cover design, layout and printing ideas. He has exceptional knowledge of the book publishing industry and was also able to advise me on how to promote and sell my book. So, if anyone is considering becoming an author in their own right, I can highly recommend Matt to help make your story idea a reality.” – John Ford
Feel free to contact me to discuss any writing or research projects: mattelliottnz@gmail.com