Anne O'Hagan

I tell stories. Yours.

Anne O'Hagan a writer, strategist and book collaborator and the co-author of Jean Hough Davey’s memoir, The Only Woman in the Room: The Making of a Stockbroker (2017). 

Books

I see book projects as creative collaborations, organic enterprises that can morph and grow, rebel (even revolt), claim victories and make heroes. It's not magic though; success depends on the process. Working with you, I draw out the material, identify a structure, create market positioning and package it.  Ghostwriting? Check. Collaboration makes everything better. I know where to start. I bring fresh eyes. 

Selected recent projects (All under NDA)

  • Collaborating on a prescriptive memoir on grief and the sudden, traumatic loss of siblings. Conceptual development, book plan, writing, management.

  • Consulted and coached a first-time author of narrative nonfiction on a memoir/essay collection hybrid.  Developed book proposal which my client sued to secure a book deal with Penguin Random House.

  • Co-authored The Only Woman in the Room: The Making of a Stockbroker (2017) Conceptual development, book plan, writing, management.

  • Consulted and coached a published author of critically acclaimed business titles to address issues of tone, voice and target audience in his latest book.

  • Working collaboratively to structurally re-shape and edit a political memoir for post-humous publication.

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The Only Woman in the Room: The Making of a Stockbroker is the story of Jean Hough Davey, one of the first women in North America to be licensed as a stockbroker, and her remarkable ascent to the highest levels of her profession. Starting out in the 1960s, in the heyday of the ‘old boys’ club’ and the three-martini lunch, a time when women were neither accepted nor encouraged to enter the fray of finance, Jean was a pioneer.  As much a memoir as a portrait of an era, The Only Woman in the Room melds together Jean’s personal and business lives over the past 50 years. In a lively and unaffected narrative, she recounts how, as a young wife and mother, she was galvanized by simple necessity, then propelled forward by her own sheer wit, drive and determination.