Genius is a team sport.
There is an old story of a genius hunched over a keyboard in a remote mountain cabin, tirelessly working in service of the next great American novel. This is a myth.
Staggering works of genius don't get written in solitude—it takes a team. When you set out to go it alone, you are almost guaranteeing failure. We can help.
Fresh Complaint is a creative agency that helps you plan, write, and finish a book you can be proud of. We are a team of publishing professionals who guide you through the confusion and chaos of writing and editing to create something worth remembering.
You talk. We listen. The result is a book people can’t put down. We won’t let you settle for anything less than your very best. Promise.
Creative Director, Fresh Complaint
OUR CLIENTS & PROJECTS
Our authors range from sales professionals to personal development teachers to online entrepreneurs—and more. We work with dozens of clients every year, some of which prefer anonymity. Here are a few who do not.
Tom Stanfill came to us with a rough draft and a signed book deal with HarperCollins but needed help turning his twenty-five years of sales experience into a book that busy professionals would want to read. The result was a story-filled, heartfelt approach to not just persuasion but life itself.
We helped podcaster and public speaking coach Grant Baldwin turn his online course into a comprehensive advice book on the art and business of public speaking. The Successful Speaker, published by Baker Books, is fun, entertaining, and helpful for anyone starting out as a speaker or who wants to go full-time with their craft.
Mary Morrissey came to us to translate her in-person seminar and forty years of personal development work into a piece of legacy that would outlast her. Together, we uncovered the threads that tied her life and business together in a short, practical work of transformation called Brave Thinking.
The art of producing great books starts with a big idea. In the PLAN phase, we guide you through a disciplined process of taking your book idea and turning it into a fully fleshed-out synopsis and plan to write it.
Whether you plan to sell your book to a publisher or simply need a more detailed outline to guide you in the writing process, this is all book planning—the blueprint that comes before we can construct anything meaningful.
All great work starts with a plan. A book is no different.
We serve publishers and authors with the following services: