Shadow Writing for Publication

Forever Hellos, Hard Good-byes: Inspiration, wit, & wisdom from courageous kids facing life-threatening illness
by Axel Dahlberg and Janis Russell Love

“I believe its messages of hope, strength, and joy are ones all of us need to hear.”
— David Williams, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

“An outstanding book…the stories are honest, genuine, heartfelt, and inspiring. Each story is a testament to the beauty of the inner spirit.”
— Lori Wiener, Ph.D., ACSW; National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

“The power of the stories will serve as a source of inspiration and education for both children and adults.”
— Dr. Robert B. Brooks, Clinical Child Psychologist and Professor at Harvard University

Published by Free Spirit Publishing, a premier publisher of books for school systems nationwide. This critically-acclaimed book is endorsed by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, and major hospitals and universities. The book presents the insights, advice, stories, and even humor of 34 kids from across the nation facing life-threatening or life-altering illness. The audience is kids who find themselves along the same path, and their parents, doctors, nurses, teachers, and social workers.

Shadow Writer works with individuals from all walks of life, crafting all genres and lengths of text. This includes conceptualizing, writing, editing, and formatting novels, non-fiction books, articles, whitepapers, presentations, short stories, screenplays and other scripts, web text, critiques and marketability assessments, personal memoirs, book proposals, and professional and personal correspondence.

Publication Support

Shadow Writer assists clients in preparing book proposals for submission to agents or publishers, following the precise guidelines that dictate the format and information that must be included in all book proposals. We are experienced in writing expert proposals in any genre of fiction and nonfiction that will get noticed by agents and publishing houses—including the critical audience, competition, and marketing analysis and projection statements. Additionally, we properly format both the proposal and the entire book text for submission to publishers, or for self-publication.

Published book-length texts include

Democratic Practices in the Classroom (and the addendum workbook, Democratic Practices Workbook: Activities for the Field Experience), by Dr. Caroline R. Pryor; a textbook and workbook for college students studying to become teachers; published by McGraw-Hill.
The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business, by Thomas H. Davenport and John C. Beck; the book discusses management principles in the face of increasing attention deficits of employees—the new currency being the focused attention of employees; published by Harvard Business School Press.
Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Our Children and Drugs (for teens recovering from substance abuse, and their families), and Bumper Stickers (a self-help book to “bump” oneself into a positive mindset), by Bob Meehan “The Father of Drug Intervention;” published by Meek Publishing.
Good Credit is Sexy: How to Make Your Credit as Attractive as Possible, by Kristy Welsh; the book helps consumers understand credit and credit scores, how these factors impact one’s life, and how to best manage these realities; available through the Credit Info Center.
Defying Injustice: A Guide to Your Legal Rights Against Lawyers and the Injustice System, by Tim Evens (trial attorney for 22 years); the book helps non-lawyers navigate the legal system by providing a “self-awareness” of the law, along with standard legal forms; self-published.
Route to 66: The Life Story of a Walgreens Executive, by William Inglehart; self-published as gifts for his family, friends, and co-workers.


  • “At a time when it seems everyone has a book out, there are few ghostwriters who bring to the table the talent and intellect required to properly collect, organize, and write a book, and do that without bringing with them their ego and enforcing their own manner of working and of explaining things. I believe Axel Dahlberg is the best in the country at doing just this sort of thing. I gave Axel my ideas and he got it the first time through. He organized my thoughts and wrote just exactly what was in my head, but didn’t always come out of my mouth. He wrote my books not as Axel, but as Bob Meehan. Axel is a remarkably talented ghostwriter like none I have ever worked with before.”

    Bob Meehan, Author
    Beyond the Yellow Brick Road and Bumper Stickers