About The Book Muse:

 Nancy L. Butler-Ross

I don't remember a time when I couldn't read.

     My first book, Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat (Contemporay/McGraw-Hill, 2001), co-authored with my husband, Michael Suib, evolved from years of study and involvement in holistic healing and teaching. I taught meditation at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, corporate stress reduction seminars, and was the "Official Radio Meditator" on Doug Grunther's provocative "Woodstock Round Table" on WDST-FM in Woodstock, NY.

     The book was a selection of the Book of the Month and One Spirit book clubs, featured on the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, translated into Chinese, and featured in Annie B.  Bond's "Spa Secrets/Inner Beauty" newsletter on the Care2.com network. It's a regular feature in Topical Bio Medic Inc.'s (Topricin) quarterly newsletter Natural Healing, Natural Wellness.

     That book's sale and success--thanks to the Denise Marcil Agency in New York, NY, our tireless marketing and good fortune-- began a new venture at a time when Michael and I were becoming 'snowbirds' and spending half the year in our cottage in Woodstock, NY and the other half on our houseboat in Key West, FL.

     Word spread that I have a keen eye for continuity, pacing and the all-important marketing steps needed to take a manuscript to market. I edit both fiction and non-fiction, specializing in self-help manuscripts that inspire, educate and enliven readers.

     I  am familiar with self-publishing, the benefits of a literary agent--and how to obtain one--and mainstream publishers.  Writing a professional query letter and a proposal are my forte.   

     I wrote a weekly  Miami Herald  arts column, "The Island Muse," from 2004-2006,  and gained new appreciation for the term deadline (and was finally able to put my B.A. in art history to good use). I have also co-authored a screenplay, numerous articles on stress relief, help edit magazines, and am the creator of the DeStressXpress weekly online guide to stress management. 

I donate a percentage of all fees to organizations promoting literacy and the healing of the planet. 

To see some of the projects I've had the pleasure to be a part of please visit:  

Confessions of a Key West Cabby by Michael Suib (SeaStory Press)

Energetic Skincare, Naturally     by Jon Canas (Phytobiodermie eBook)   

Don't Blame the Game, by Michael Schwass & Clarence Trausch (MSA Publication Ltd.) 

The Kill by Jan Neuharth (Paper Chase Farms, Inc.) Best Books Awards, Finalist 2010 USA Book News 

Chasin' the Wind, A Mad Mick Murphy Mystery by Michael Haskins, (Five Star)

Weaving A Woman's Life, Spiritual Lessons from the Loom by Paula Chaffee Scardamalia (Nettles & Green Threads Press)


I enjoy working with authors who intend to bring the richness of the written word and the human experience to light. Please contact me for an updated list of references and publishing sucess stories, or to discuss your writing projects.

Nancy L. Butler-Ross

E-mail: TheBookMuse@aol.com



 The pen is mightier than the sword. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1839