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A specialized publishing and writing assistance service offering for retired (or soon to be retired) Flag and General Officers of the United States Armed Forces

October 17th, 2012
Flag and General Officer Publishing Systems

OVERVIEW from Dennis Lowery, President of Adducent, Inc. —

Ben Franklin said:

“Write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.”

I believe in this and have done just that in my personal life and professional career. The philosophy behind that statement serves, with a slight twist to it, as a thought to present to retired (or soon to be retired) Flag & General Officers of the U. S. Armed Forces (for their consideration):

“You’ve done things worth writing, which are worth reading.”

Our PremiseSeals of the United States Armed Forces

By the very nature of their accomplishments while serving our country, these men and women have a great amount of experience and knowledge that should be leveraged, tapped, promoted and disseminated both for the continued benefit to the United States of America and the public but, also, commercially for businesses and development of their post-military careers.

Over their military career they accrue valuable knowledge and experience and many think about publishing their memoirs or turning their energies to writing about, not only their life and military career, but what they’ve learned about a great deal of things. Doing that is important to them, to shed some light on a particular event or events; or to espouse their own philosophy on personal achievement and leadership, defense or foreign policy matters.

Some may have trouble in getting that done though – taking what’s in their head and heart and putting it to paper … or, if they get it to paper have trouble getting it to a final product (book, article etc.) and actually published.

I think a big part of the reason for that is this:

High level success in life demands having the strength of will and performance to get there. To become a flag officer is an extraordinary individual accomplishment… but most would have to acknowledge that it was a series of success that stair-stepped them to flag rank and they were aided by having a good staff to support them.

We suspect, once they are out of the military, they may lack some support that helps them get all the things on their action list done. These are busy men and women and may be focused on multiple plans and pursuits. Writing and producing a quality work as a tangible product for distribution and sale is a process made up of a lot of moving parts. And without support and help a busy person has a tendency to put his/her writing project on hold for any numbers of reasons. Thus the plan to write or publish languishes and the project never quote gets done. It is almost like “for want of a nail” where small, seemingly trivial, things (or lack of them), add up to larger ones that can result in significant consequences.

For Want of a Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost.

For want of a rider the message was lost.

For want of a message the battle was lost.

For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail

Only it is for “want of the right push and help to get it done” a book is not published or a voice not heard. Men and women who have reached flag and general officer rank have important stories to tell, lessons learned and messages to share. And, “for want of a message…

Our Mission

I feel that many military professionals, especially senior officers, unless they go into politics or secure a high-media-profile post-military position, are an under-served national resource and an under-heard voice. So our mission is:

To provide support service for these professionals to help them bring their story to life (and to light) and if it is one of their goals, to help them build a forum for their voice as an author, speaker or consultant on any manner of topics and subjects.

Media, newspapers and magazines (both print and online) are excellent venues for professionals who write—but—and there is nothing wrong with this—their writing and efforts go largely to building the venues’ brand. No problem there, but if it is good for them (the venue)… isn’t it good for the professional/author (to do the same)? I know from experience with my own writing that creating your own brand and venue is rewarding personally and financially.

Professionals who write articles on timely topics, op-ed pieces and books should develop an “identity” and brand of their own. To do that they need a system to help with the writing and publishing process and to leverage their work and deliver it professionally under their own flag (so to speak).

Done well, writing and authorship increases a professionals market value as a source for media outlets, magazines etc., as an expert in their field if they are seeking consulting projects, and raises their visibility for board seats and other corporate opportunities.

What We Provide our Clients

Writing Assistance, Book Development & Editing Services for:

ARTICLES | OP-EDS | ESSAYS | FULL-BOOK-LENGTH MANUSCRIPTS

I know that retired Admirals & Generals rarely “rest on their oars.” Most, if not all, are very busy; so while sharing the story of their life, accomplishments, career, knowledge and viewpoint is probably of interest to them—time to get the writing done may be hard to find.

No problem. We can do the heavy lifting for them, split the load or take it off them and put it on us. The principals that are the driving force behind our FlagOps service are military veterans and experienced writers and can help as a co-author, contributor or as ghostwriter or provide editing and developmental services.

Publishing Services (print and eBook)

We offer a much more efficient path to publication as compared to the agented/old-style publishing route that often leads to a long cycle time to market and the possibility of a good story or work never making it to publication.

We work with our clients/authors in three ways:

1) Standard publishing

2) Publishing Assistance

3) Self-Publishing Assistance

Contact us to discuss how we can help you with your writing or publishing project.

 

 

 

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