Carol Chesney Hess - book consulting, book coaching, and editing services

Carol Chesney Hess

Hi, my name is Carol, and I’m a book nut.

It’s true. I fell in love with books when my grandmother gave me the whole set of My Book House the day I turned four. I still remember how beautiful those books looked in the white bookcase my father had made for me.

Carol Chesney Hess - book consulting, book coaching, and editing servicesThere were 12 volumes, and they were hard cover with gilt lettering. The colors gradually changed from light green to dark green to dark blue to light blue. I liked to run my hands along each of the spines as they sat on the shelf.

And they were just as lovely inside – filled with all sorts of stories, poems, and assorted treasures that were age appropriate for the volume and beautifully illustrated. My grandmother was an artist, and I think she chose My Book House because it was so visually appealing both inside and out.

I was an only child, and I spent a lot of time in my bedroom alone with only my books and cats to keep me company. It’s no surprise that I became and still am such a lover of both. However, I do believe there is such a thing as too many cats. But too many books? Never!

Fast forward about 30 years, and I found myself “between opportunities.” The next thing I knew, I had been hired as the editorial assistant for a publishing house in the Boston area that specialized in spiritual and holistic health books.

That was the beginning of my adult love affair with books and the people who write and publish them. When I left the publishing house a few years later, I had moved from Editorial Assistant to Editorial Manager to Editor-in-Chief. It was obvious I had found my niche!

That brings my real life fairy tale up to today. I’m pretty sure I’m going to live happily ever after because I get to do what I love to do – work with people like yourself to create wonderful books.

A special message to my women would-be authors (Men, this doesn’t apply to you thank heavens, but you are welcome to read it anyway!)

We women have a bit of an uphill battle when it comes to writing our books. We’ve got thousands of years of societal conditioning to push against that has told us (1) what we have to say isn’t important and (2) if we speak our truth, we will suffer for it. That kind of conditioning is buried deep in our DNA, and it has caused many a woman author to never write her book or to write a book that is less than worthy of her and her message.

Here’s what I have to say about that! Women’s wisdom has been silenced for far too long. Throughout the millennia, we have been figuratively gagged so we couldn’t speak our truth. This must change. Our planet needs to read women’s words and heed women’s messages. Only then will women make the difference we and only we can make – a difference that is desperately needed in our world today. Now’s the time to play big and write that book that lives in your heart and your gut.