Elaine Best

Elaine is the “utility player of publishing,” deftly managing department logistics. Her primary function is to liaise with our ghostwriting partner – there to assist with transcripts, oversee book orders, process freelance invoices, and manage the editorial interview calendar. She continually works to streamline our ghostwriting partner’s publishing process. This requires constant interfacing with the design and editorial teams, our authors, and a bench of freelancers.

She diligently manages ghostwriting projects from start to finish, creating detailed timelines to ensure that projects remain on track. To launch a project, she conducts a kick-off call with the Member, giving her the opportunity to review the minutia of the timeline and discuss printing details. She works closely with our Editorial Manager to ensure that ghostwriter deliverables are completed on time and delivered to the Member for review. Once the editorial portion of the process is completed, she introduces the Member to our in-house design team. The design team crafts a cover to the Member’s liking, at which point Elaine walks them through the distribution and printing process. Hands-on involvement with distribution is unique to the Members whose books are produced through our ghostwriting partner.

Elaine attended Wafford College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History. After interning with a publishing company, she served as the editor of her college newspaper, The Old Gold & Black. This signaled the start of her interest in the publishing space. Prior to joining the Advantage|ForbesBooks team, she served as an HR analyst with a Columbia-based staffing agency. In this role, she coordinated and managed compliance databases across all lines of service within the company. This honed her ability to manage many moving parts and maintain the integrity of reports and databases, which she leverages in her current role. Agatha Christie is among Elaine’s favorite authors.