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Flag and General Officers Publishing Systems

Flag and General Officer Publishing Systems

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

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.”

That is the core reason we established the signature service I’m telling you about in this overview. Our focus is to help those retired officers specifically with writing & publishing assistance services.

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 quite 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.

For information on our publishing operations please visit this site. There you’ll find books we’ve published.

If you have a writing project you’d like our help with please see our simple questionnaire; complete and return it to us to schedule a call appointment to discuss with you.

If you have a publishing project you’d like our help with please download our simple one-page form; complete and return it to us to schedule a call appointment to discuss with you.

Some (not all) of our Feedback & Testimonials

  • “Very interesting little piece of flash fiction [A tale Lost At Sea…]. I enjoyed this very much. I was very pleased to find no grammar errors in this, and the diction and syntax were fantastic. It’s nice to read a story from the hand of a professional writer!” Heidi L.
  • “Intriguing and draws you in. Love it!” Leanne D.
  • “I like it!!! You have me hooked. The descriptions aren’t overwhelming. The dialogue seems realistic and I could see this becoming a novel soon. Nice job on this piece!!!” Adrianne Avery
    [about reading an excerpt from an early part of The Devil’s Writer]
  • “Thank you. I truly enjoy your creativity in the written word. And find your writing very inspiring.” Margie Casados
    [commenting at Google+ on posts and articles from Dennis Lowery]
  • “You write very well. I can tell your message is heartfelt and sincere (as I would hope, considering your intended audience), and I applaud you for letting that show through your writing.” SC
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
  • “I wanted to thank you for the beautiful posts you wrote recently. They stay with me for a long time. I hear the words in my heart and always amazed at their timing, with things that happen in my life. It gives me strength. Please keep inspiring us all.” Galit Breman
    [subscriber to www.DennisLowery.com]
  • “You guys ROCK!!!” Cherie R
  • [To Dennis Lowery] “I shared your website for I think you are an amazing writer!” Ana C
  • “Thank you so much, Dennis! Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful gift for writing!!” L. DeHope
  • “Dennis is a highly skilled writer, editor, and mentor. He believed in me and my book KH601 from the beginning and helped me make an idea and dream become a reality. More importantly Dennis helped me capture and record some of the most important aspects of my career in the Central Intelligence Agency and my life on paper. For this I will be forever grateful.” Richard Irwin
    Chief Operating Officer (COO) at SNVC
  • “I do have to say your work is very impressive. You know what you are doing.” Rob M
  • “And finally, big thanks to Dennis Lowery, who helped to gel the story, and stitch it all together. Without his guidance, this project would never have been finalized.” Barbara Benke
  • “Adducent is a top-notch, first class organization which I would highly recommend to another who may have an interest in publishing a book. I’ve used this company in publishing two books and they were most helpful in helping me navigate through the many obstacles in book publishing.” Rear Adm. Greg Slavonic, USN (Ret), Principal Leader, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs at Computer Sciences Corporation
  • “Your posts embrace universality, and address the human condition as it is. We all need to strive to go that extra mile. One of things, I enjoy while reading your posts, is that you show no reluctance in revealing innermost thoughts. The sense of realism is also present,yet with a seemingly effortless way.” NMJ
    [subscriber to www.DennisLowery.com commenting at Google+ on the post: Oxygen mask...]
  • “First off, I love the cover. Again your descriptions here were amazing! I don’t know how you do it. It made me feel like I was in the main character’s body. I like how you use more complex language in this piece. And the descriptions are really realistic. Nice job on this piece!!!!!!!!!!” Adrianne Avery
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
  • “I really need to take this to heart. I tend to blindly believe everyone is good and I’ve been burned a good few times because of it. I enjoyed reading this. It is wise.” NJ
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
  • “First let me say that I just heard about your stories recently, so I wanted to check them out. This story was utterly captivating. I felt as though your choice of words and the way your character was made throughout this piece was extraordinary. I will read some of your other works, and I love the concept of werewolves themselves, so I enjoyed reading this very much! You’re a very talented writer!” Brianna Wilkie
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
  • “It was great how the reader could go through the whole life of the main character. I didn’t want the book to end…” SG
  • “It has a Fitzgerald’s story line feel to it… Irony. How wonderful. I love this story.” [Regarding ‘Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun’] Vicky Klopp
  • “This is the first essay I read on Figment.com aside from the typical story variety, and to be completely honest, you have a really amazing talent for weaving inspiration with your words. I’m sure your daughters appreciate the beautiful message you put together for them. I really enjoyed the rawness in your tone throughout this essay. It was heartfelt and captured the message with a polished simplicity that is very rare in writers today. I really appreciated that aspect of your writing. The only critique I have is that I have nothing negative to critique about! And I guess that’s a good thing! Overall, bravo! I honestly enjoyed this, and I hope to read more of your writings and stories.” :)))))) Miss J.
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
  • “A great and indeed agonizing story of a young girl who experiences life changing events in a short period of time. Evil meets good face to face. This novel was surprising, captivating and brilliantly written.” Tutu
  • “Dennis, the project went exactly as you described it when we first spoke. As I mentioned during our last conversation, your insight, direction, and patience were invaluable to me as I learned about the process and asked a seemingly endless number of questions. I have no doubt that you spent significantly more time guiding me through this process than you had planned, and I am grateful for your kindness and generosity. It is extraordinarily refreshing to work with someone who does what he says he will do, on time, without excuses or drama, and delivers a finished product as promised. I wish more people would conduct business in the manner you do.Many thanks for your help and best regards.” George W. Clarke, President, Clarke Resources
  • “A special thanks to Dennis Lowery. Thank you for your support and guidance through this project; you have helped me make this dream a reality.” Carisa Bisagno
  • “Dennis Lowery, your eloquent and poignant words personify the concept of the “butterfly effect” for we are affected by the world around us as much it is affected by us. Such words can only come from a creative soul; so sensitive and able to sense the effects, and strong enough to be able to transform them into some cohesive form. Kudos to you Dennis!! And thank you so much for stringing the lines you so beautifully dotted.” Nina M.
  • “Love it!” Patsy D
  • “Let There Be Light | Creating a Life Worth Living is wonderfully written!” Rod Merritt
  • “This is a very impressive piece and I’d be very willing to read more when or if there will be more to the story! Good Job!” Liam P.
    [about reading an excerpt from an early part of The Devil’s Writer]
  • “This is a very nice beginning. Each sentence helped to evoke an overall emotion. I can definitely see how you show and not tell. Great work!” Annie W.
    [on reading an excerpt from an early part of Dennis Lowery's The Devil’s Writer]
  • “Very nice writing!” [comment upon reading, “Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun”] Alexander M.
  • “Working with Dennis Lowery has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional career. He can do it all, and make it look easy. He has all the skills and attributes needed to help his clients succeed. He is so easy to work with and always delivers great results. Dennis should be on everyone’s speed dial.” Kerry Kachejian
    President & CEO, Bold Solutions, LLC
  • “This was a really well thought out book, I loved the characters and the plot. I loved the little fantasy elements that opened up amazing avenues in the book, with talking animals, talking books and all sorts of other delights. Highly recommended. Reminded me a little of the Harry Potter books – but without the magic, and maybe also of the Spiderwick Chronicles – but without the freaky creatures.” Buddy
    [Review of Mirabella and the Pearl of Chulothe]
  • “Nicely written, anecdotal, and peppered with humor and photos…” HRC
  • “Interesting and suspenseful. I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept my attention, I can’t want for the next one!” Cindy Chaney
  • “I realize you probably get hundreds of email messages, and I don’t expect mine to stand out any more than anyone else’s would. Your writings, on the other hand, seem to have come into my life at just the right moment. I’ve just read “Of A Death…and A Life”, and while I know they weren’t, your words could have been written for me.”
  • “Great advice and beautifully written.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Marguerita M.
    posted at Goggle+
  • “I just read the book Sky High. I found this book to be very inspirational for me. I can’t wait to order this book for not only my daughter but also my granddaughter who will both benefit from this wonderful book.” Kathy Rosson
    Amazon purchase of "Sky High | No Goal is Out of Your Reach"
  • “I love what you shared here.Beautiful words and how true.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Mylah N.
    posted at Goggle+
  • “To the team at Adducent who carried out my vision, particular president (and senior editor) Dennis Lowery. His patience, wisdom, insight and experience helped me navigate the many hurdles in publishing a book. His entire team was a pleasure to work with and always available to answer any question or concern which arose along this journey.” Greg Slavonic, Rear Admiral, USN (Retired)
  • “Honestly, your writings are written so well and so personally that I’ve never been drawn in by what someone has had to say so much in my life.” Reader of Dennis Lowery's personal blog
  • “Talent and skill is developed over time and must be nurtured by those who have an eye to see what others miss. Dennis M. Lowery is a gifted, insightful and talented artist, who is able to listen and can hear what is intended (a rare skill) and has the writing talent to create masterpieces out of fragmented ideas. Thanks, Dennis, for sharing your gifts with the world.” Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr.
  • “Dennis Lowery showed me how to get the project across the goal line. Without him, my book may not have been published.” Kerry C. Kachejian
  • “Linda and I are thankful to Dennis Lowery and his firm’s superb services that enabled us to reach our publication goal—June 4, 2011, the 53rd anniversary of my graduation from the Naval Academy.” Frank Gamboa, Captain, USN (Retired)
  • “I’ve had the good fortune for the past five years to work closely with Dennis on several different book projects. He is a highly skilled writer and editor and showed unequaled patience when answering the mountain of any questions I presented him on a regular basis. I know I was not his only client, and was impressed by his management ability to work with other clients but to ensure my projects kept moving forward so as to meet the agreed upon deadline and deliverable date. He is the consummate professional whose attention to detail and work ethic is beyond reproach. I continue to work with Dennis on other projects and highly recommend him!” Greg Slavonic
    Rear Admiral (Ret.), US Navy, Senior Executive | Communications & Public Relations | Marketing | Public Speaker
  • “Dennis, well, I’ve perused your sites, and ALL you’ve put out there. I must say NOTHING and no one comes close… not even 10% of what you present. [This next is to his attorney who is reviewing my standard agreement]: I have talked to a number of prospects [writers] and none come close to how I feel about, Dennis.” L .M. [ghostwriting client prospects, name withheld due to confidentiality - commenting via email]
  • “Mesmerising…” Nina M.
    [on reading an excerpt from "The Forbidden Journal"]
  • “The author has not only created a wonderful mix of fact and fiction, he has created characters that are very believable. It makes you believe the characters in the story are real. Usually this is the part of stories that are missing. The story line is great but the characters are flat. Not so with this one.”
  • “Fantastic writing. Captivating. A book for all ages, you do not get much of those! Cannot wait for the next one.” Miemie
  • “My gratitude also goes to Dennis Lowery at Adducent, Inc. He was an enthusiastic and discerning partner who made our book idea into an actual book.” – J. Phillip “Jack” London, author of Character: The Ultimate Success Factor and Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI (NYSE), a $3.8 billion information technology and professional services company that celebrated its 50th year in business in 2012. He served as CACI’s President and Chief Executive Officer for 23 years between 1984 and 2007. J. Phillip "Jack" London
    Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI (NYSE)
  • “He tells his story with such compassion that one really feels that he is sitting with you, telling his story.” Vicki Hubbert
  • “I have been on the road. Went to Office Depot and printed all. Everything is awesome; I love it! Great minds think alike.” –Business executive/ghostwriting client comment via email on reading the final draft of the adventure/thriller novel written for him based on his rough idea.]