Speakeasy is a collaborative writing method to produce full-length nonfiction books. Think of it as a do-it-yourself ghostwriting tool with a safety net. It allows authors and publisher to bootstrap their book projects—and call in the cavalry at any point of the process.

How It Works

Step 1: Cull

After five one-hour sessions, we provide authors a well-considered table of contents, a clear outline, and a series of questions. Moving forward, this working document serves as a template in creating your narrative.

Step 2: Question

To write a compelling, evocative book, you will first answer meaningful questions. Ask the questions we’ve posed—in the order we’ve posed them—and audio-record your answers. To secure a ~25,000+-word book, the trick is to have carefully crafted a minimum of 200 questions.

Step 3: Transcribe

Pressque uses for our in-house transcriptions and suggests bootstrapping, DIY self-interviewers do the same. The transcript of your audio-file is the first draft of your manuscript.

Step 4: Revise

Once your audio-file is transcribed to a Word file, revise your monologue into a manuscript. Pressque’s Speakeasy method offers pointers on how to how to add transitional sentences and phrases, how to finesse sentence structure, how to reconsider word choices, and, when elaboration is necessary, ways to ensure your narrative is engaging. Following this, beyond self-editing, we also suggest a round of developmental editing, copyediting, and a final round of proofreading.

Speakeasy, $1,475