ABOUT vocem, LLC
vocem, LLC believes in giving voice to stories that will change the world.
Menu of Services (click each one to learn more):
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?"
Collaboration | Relevancy | Meaningful Work
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.
Founder, Cortney Donelson
We've completed our first 2023 ghostwriting project—a crime novel for author AL (initials for anonymity)! In July, we'll partner with a new client to write her memoir. Please note, we typically book out six to twelve months for ghostwriting. Email us for more information and contact us early to book your project (pun always intended!).
Our editing schedule usually runs 2–3 months out. We offer developmental and line editing (and packages), as well as proofreading for already professionally edited manuscripts. Plan ahead!
Cortney's novel, The Billionaire's List, was released on November 1, 2022! This mystery has it all, including plot twists, intriguing characters, and more. It's already won the Gold Book Award from Literary Titan and received three awards (and one honorable mention for best character) at the Spring 2023 Outstanding Creator Awards.
She's working on her next book.
Cortney is also an acquisitions editor for Morgan James Publishing. If you are seeking support or publishing options for your nonfiction book, 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
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!)
THE BILLIONAIRE'S LIST
(Receiving the Gold Book Award from Literary Titan and three awards at the 2023 Outstanding Creator Awards)
NOVEMBER 1, 2022
A new novel by Cortney Donelson coming soon!
We are also deep into our 2022–2023 ghostwriting projects and are booked (pun always intended) through Q2 2023. 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!
Check out some of our recent editing and publishing clients' work !
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!
—Award-winning 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 is a fantastic editor. She understood my vision precisely and what I needed to get my book done. She added a special touch to my book, which was exactly what it needed. She has impeccable skills as well as a lot of patience and responds in a very timely manner. She was even there for me after my project was done, and I needed some questions answered. I have and will continue to recommend Cortney's services to all my friends and colleagues and will always use her for all my upcoming and future editing needs.
—Author Renata Shiloah, DCN MS RD CDN RYT CMT (Non-fiction/Self-Care)
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)
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,)
It has been amazing working with Cortney, both professionally and personally. Personally, she is very approachable, caring, and patient. Professionally, she understood the vision of my book and put it together in a fantastic way. I couldn’t have done it without her.
—Author Montse Ginebra, editing client (Memoir)
I can't even put into words how amazing Cortney is. I was hesitant to use a ghostwriter/writing coach, and she immediately put me at ease. I was blown away by how our ideas meshed and flowed. My book (which now has a publishing deal . . .) turned out more amazing than I ever thought it could. She is simply the best!
—Client "A," ghostwriting client (Fiction)
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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.
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