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Samples of our recent work…

McAllister Towing cover

In the nineteenth century, an Irish sailor left home, got shipwrecked, and eventually found his way to New York Harbor in need of a job. One hundred fifty years later, his family business operates a fleet of tugboats, crew boats, and barges that travel the world.  BFM provided editorial and project management services to help bring this fascinating story to life. This gorgeous 200-page large-format book features extraordinary historical photographs. Carpe Diem Books, 2016

The liberated CEO

Scott Leonard, the CEO of a wealth management firm, set up his company so that he could not just achieve his business goals, but also have a life.  His 2014 book, published by Wiley, shows us how. We helped him develop his manuscript, find a publisher, and later, arranged for publicity. We booked Leonard on CBS Los Angeles  radio, arranged coverage in  Financial Advisor  and Business Insider, and helped him place bylined essays in EntrepreneurFast CompanyUpstart Journal, and

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Relationships are the secret to greater success, wealth, and happiness.  In this entertaining and clear guide, internationally known speaker, entrepreneur, and marketing executive, Porter Gale, shows us how to become high net-worth individuals, rich in relationships and connections. BFM provided coaching, editing, and book development services. Published by Atria Books, 2013

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Dr. Bob Tobin lived what looked like a great life in Southern California: he had a house by the beach, a good consulting practice, and a BMW. But he wasn’t truly happy. Work didn’t really work for him. After a trip, losing a job, and a major change in perspective, Bob relocated to Japan, where his career path changed in ways he had never predicted and he finally found personal satisfaction, success and happiness.  But how did he do it? And how can you do it?  Big Fish Media agented Dr. Tobin’s book to Ben Bella Books, published 2014.



Power through Partnership: How women lead better together

Heroic male partnerships are a staple business success story, but female partnerships rarely get the same kind of attention. Power Through Partnership is a call for women to recognize and build on the inherent strengths that make them uniquely able to create successful, trust-based professional relationships.  Agented by BFM, published by Berrett Koehler, November 2014.

The objective leader

Elizabeth Thornton draws on her original research, as well as her years of experience as a manager and entrepreneur, to offer proven strategies for identifying limiting and unproductive ways of thinking and creating powerful new mental models that ensure continued success.  BFM sold The Objective Leader to St. Martin’s Press,  for Winter 2015 publication. Elizabeth Thornton is a Professor of Management Practice at Babson Executive Education and an Adjunct Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Babson College.

Media and Marketing Campaign for book Why Nobody Believes the Numbers

Big Fish Media helped Al Lewis, workplace healthcare critic extraordinaire, to gain continued media attention for his research (and biting humor) about workplace health care programs.He is the author of Why Nobody Believes the Numbers and, with Tom Emerick, Cracking Health Costs. We strategized, positioned, and placed op-eds by Lewis and Emerick, in top tier national outlets including  Harvard Business Review the Wall Street Journal Fortune and  AOL Viewpoint and other media outlets, including IndustryWeek and Modern Healthcare

Who Killed Health Care

Regina Herzlinger was the first woman ever to be a tenured and chaired professor at Harvard Business School.  She is also a bold and bestselling writer, described by Money magazine as “the godmother of consumer-driven health care.” BFM has worked with Herzlinger for many years on strategic communications, helping her develop and place her articles in influential publications including The Atlantic. 

The Sex Wise Parent

Provided editorial development , then sold to Skyhorse Press. On publication, provided online publicity and social media campaign. “Dr. Rosenzweig’s work will reduce trauma, save lives, and help families.”—James Hmurovich, President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America


Former marine, journalist, entrepreneur, and CEO of mid-size manufacturing company, John B. Torinus tells the compelling tale of how his company figured out how to spend one-third less than the national average to insure its workers. Agented by Big Fish Media, and published by BenBella Books in 2010. Published 2010 and widely praised as one of the bestselling health care books of recent years. “This book is a must read…”—Tommy Thompson, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, and former Governor of Wisconsin.


Herb Schaffner, Publisher or Editor

When Markets Collide, Muhammed El-Erian, The Financial Times/Goldman Sachs “Best Book of the Year,” 2008. The New Age of Innovation, C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan, BusinessWeek “Best Innovation Book of the Year,” 2008. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, John Wood. Disrupting Class, by Clayton Christensen, Strategy+Business magazine “Best Book of the Year” 2008. Grown Up Digital, Don Tapscott, The Economist “Best Business Book of the Year,” 2008.
Think Better, Tim Hurson. Always On, Christopher Vollmer, Strategy+Business magazine “Best Marketing Book of the Year.” Power and Influence: The Rules Have Changed, Robert L. Dilenschneider. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth, T. Harv Eker, Wall Street Journal number one bestseller. Cats: Nine Lives of Innovation, Stephen Lundin.

Personality Not Included , Rohit Bhargava and Guy Kawasaki.