ABOUT vocem, LLC

vocem, LLC believes in giving voice to stories that will change the world. 

WRITING SERVICES

Menu of Services (click each one to learn more): 

Ghostwriting

Developmental Editing

Creative Writing Coaching for Ages 10–17

Beta Reading

A Message from the Owner:

"Though I've always loved books, I wasn't always passionate about storytelling, particularly when it was my own. I used to be a content and private introvert. As we all know, life happens. Life cracks happen. Those cracks changed me. I became impressed by the influence stories have on people and the decisions they make. Today, I love engaging with my clients, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories I feel are critical for others to hear. I am a curious and proactive writer and editor, interested in preserving the voice of the person whose story I am helping to write. Hence, the name vocem. It's Latin for "voice." So I ask, "Are you ready to write out the story that changed you in the hopes of changing others?"


Core Values:

Collaboration | Relevancy | Meaningful Work

SPEAKING

Cortney is also an author and faith-based speaker on various topics, ranging from marriage to teen issues. If you want to learn more about this, please use the contact page to send an inquiry email.

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Founder, Cortney Donelson

best-selling
ghostwriter

Woman at Subway
 

Check out some of our recent editing and publishing clients' work !

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ASK ME HOW YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOK LISTED HERE!

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING ...

 

Cortney’s ability to set expectations, deliver your story in your voice, and provide advice is just what I needed. I completed my project and launched. Hit #1 New Release in small business entrepreneurial management on Amazon. Cortney was the right choice!

—Client "M," ghostwriting client (Leadership Book)

Cortney was extremely responsive, encouraging, and helpful during the final formatting process. She put me at ease during the process because she had everything under control. Her services were affordable and exceeded my expectations.

—Author Liesl Hays, formatting client (Non-Fiction)

I am extremely pleased with my editor! 

—Author Chad Boudreaux, editing client (Fiction)

You are amazing!

—Client "T," ghostwriting client (Faith-Based Memoir, published by Morgan James)

Awesome work, Cortney! Looking forward to seeing this in print. We really appreciate all of your hard work to make this happen.  I am so glad that we did this!

—Client "S," ghostwriting client (Family Memoir)

 

Cortney was deliberate about capturing my unique voice. She took on my story as if it were her own. Her compassion and dedication were accentuated by her knowledge of grammar and editing. Within one year of our start date, my completed manuscript was in the hands of a publisher. The results I had with Cortney as my ghostwriter are undeniable, and without reservation, I highly recommend vocem, LLC for ghostwriting and/or editing.

—Kim Honeycutt, MSW, LCSW, CCFC, LCAS, ghostwriting client (Faith-Based Memoir, published by Morgan James)

Your edits are amazing. I'm reading this over now, and the story is much tighter. Thank you so much!

—Author Gregory Peterson, editing client (Fiction)

 

The journey with Cortney is more than words transferring to paper, it was an experience in empowerment. Her hands-on approach makes you feel like more than just a client. She is personable, professional, and left no doubt that she was the perfect match for my vision. Her level of knowledge and expertise in ghostwriting and editing is clear in the ease in with which I saw my own book get accepted for publishing and even after going to print, all due to her diligence. I would not hesitate to recommend her or work with her again!!

—Client "L," ghostwriting client (A True Story/Personal Memoir, published by Morgan James)

CURRENT PROJECTS

We are at the proofreading stage for ghostwriting client, JP, and his faith-based book written for young men. We've also started our next book project, a resource book for a brand-new ministry. This fall, we'll be in the research and prep phase for the following project: a short, personal storybook filled with inspiration, not unlike Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Please note, we are booked for ghostwriting through July 2023.

Currently, our editing schedule is running 3 months out. We offer developmental and line editing, as well as proofreading for already professionally edited manuscripts. Plan ahead!

Cortney is working on her debut novel. The third draft is nearly finished! It's a not-so-cozy mystery with fun plot twists, inspired by the Monopoly board game. Look for more details soon.

Cortney is also an acquisitions editor and the associate publisher of Fiction for Morgan James Publishing. If you are seeking support or publishing options for your book idea, novel, or memoir, please let us know. Let the stories be told! 

CLAY JAR, CRACKED:
WHEN WE'RE BROKEN
BUT NOT SHATTERED

March 7, 2017

Cortney Donelson's personal memoir is a powerful testimony and a record of her raw devotions about her marriage crisis and how God revealed Himself and became the lead role in securing an ending that defies cultural expectations. Themes include addiction, infidelity, and more. (From Morgan James Publishing, available at your favorite retailers!)

 

$12 signed copy (shipping included)

THE OUTLIER'S CHOICE:
WHY LIVING AN UNCOMFORTABLE
LIFE IS WORTH IT

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DECEMBER 7, 2021

For every Christian, faith can often feel uncomfortable. Fighting for hope is hard. Being set apart for God's glory may feel isolating. In The Outlier's Choice, authors Becky Huber and Cortney Donelson make an inspiring case to choose the unexpected and the discomfort in your own life as you walk through your struggles, becoming bold outliers for God's glory. (From Morgan James Publishing, available at your favorite retailers!)

PREVIOUS WORK:
MEMOIRS, COACHING BOOKS,
CHRISTIAN-LIVING BOOKS

 

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2022 & BEYOND

We are finalizing our first 2022 ghostwriting project this summer and have new book projects lined up through Q2 2023. But you can still plan ahead! If you have any questions about ghostwriting, please contact us. Our ghostwriting schedule fills quickly, as we only work with one or two clients at a time to ensure quality work. Let the stories be told!

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CONTACT US HERE OR SUBSCRIBE BELOW FOR MORE INFO

Complete the form below to request more information about ghostwriting, editing, coaching, or beta reading or you may summarize your book idea as the first step toward hiring vocem as your ghostwriter.

You may also compete this form if you're interested in booking Cortney Donelson for speaking engagements, retreat facilitation, or purchasing an autographed copy of her book, Clay Jar Cracked: When We're Broken But Not Shattered.

As a thank you, if you'd like to receive a complimentary ebook version of Clay Jar, Cracked: When We're Broken But Not Shattered, simply click here:

Phone: 704.608.2700

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