Writing a must-read with AJ Harper

Mar 23, 2021

Anyone with a vision of writing a book knows how hard it can be to turn that dream into a reality—which is why any aspiring writer needs someone like AJ Harper by their side. As a ghostwriter, developmental editor, and publishing strategist, AJ has worked with a range of authors, from newbies to New York Times bestselling authors with millions of books sold—including business author Mike Michalowicz, with whom she’s written eight perennial bestsellers.

Through her Top Three Book Workshop and Write a Must-Read Editing Retreats, AJ empowers authors with insider publishing knowledge and guides them through the book development, writing, and editing process. 

We are so thrilled to be working with AJ on her fall 2021 release, Write a Must-Read, in which she’ll share the method she developed and used for more than a decade to ghostwrite and edit bestselling books, and give you the complete framework she shares with her workshop students. Read on to learn more about AJ and the book that’s destined to find a place on the shelves of ambitious authors everywhere. 

Which three words best describe you?
Loyal, tenacious, and nurturer.

What is your book about?
My book is for authors who want to write a must-read book that readers keep on their nightstand; a book they love and recommend again and again. 

Whom do you most admire?
The late Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota, who was a true patriot and pacifist. He was an honorable man. When he passed tragically in a helicopter crash, I worked for a community action association across the street from his campaign office and I knew many of his staff. I still remember that day and the way they wandered out of the building in a daze, looking up at the sky as if hoping he would appear. I still mourn him.

What is your most overused expression?
“Reader first!”

What is the last book you read?
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel

Who is your favorite author?
I can’t name just one. Stephen Pressfield’s books on writing. David Sedaris, especially his older stuff. For fiction, my heart belongs to Louise Erdrich. She writes the kind of novels you feel compelled to read aloud.

What is your personal motto?
Show up for the people you love.

Where do you find inspiration?
On the shores of Lake Superior.