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). 


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. 

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. 

  • Selected recent projects (All under NDA)

  • Collaborating on a prescriptive memoir on sudden, traumatic loss. Conceptual development, writing, management.

  • Conceptual development, coaching, proposal creation for a first-time author of narrative nonfiction. My client now has a signed book deal with Penguin Random House.

  • Conceptual development, ghostwriting, management: “The Only Woman in the Room: The Making of a Stockbroker” (2017)

  • Structural editing of a political memoir. Working collaboratively to re-shape the manuscript for publication.