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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

  • “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.
  • “The Dripping Sound” is Absolutely Terrific!!! It captured and lured me as Alfred Hitchcock would have. Jaye M.
  • “Love it!” Patsy D
  • “You guys ROCK!!!” Cherie R
  • “Finally, the world is getting to know what we’ve already known all this time . . . that Dennis Lowery has quite the imagination . . oh, and he can write !!!” Dulce Fazel, Esq.
  • “Good hearted people need to read this.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Rebecca W.
    on Facebook
  • “Great advice and beautifully written.” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Marguerita M.
    posted at Goggle+
  • “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
  • “Fantastic writing. Captivating. A book for all ages, you do not get much of those! Cannot wait for the next one.” Miemie
  • “I enjoyed the Mirabella book so much it was hard to put down once I started reading it. I look forward to reading other books you have written or published. Thanks a lot.” Kathy Rosson
    posted on Facebook
  • “Tremendously enjoy reading all the stories you share with us Dennis Lowery. Especially liked tone and setting in this story.” NMJ
    [On reading the flashfiction piece, A Tale Lost at Sea...]
  • “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]
  • “Excellent, as usual, Dennis Lowery!” Pietro Montevecchio
    [commenting at G+ on, Night Descending]
  • “I very much enjoyed reading you´re little Halloween story” [Excerpt from ‘Waiting on my Witch’] Mike S
  • “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.”
  • “Dennis is highly competent, expert editor and writer, exhibits excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. His creativity is unprecedented and noteworthy.” Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris
    Director, Center for Women Veterans at Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “Well written and full of good information.” Richard R.
  • “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]
  • “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"]
  • “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+
  • “I will share this with many that need that understanding. Well written… this is a life lesson. [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Jonnie D.
    on Facebook
  • “Very nice writing!” [comment upon reading, “Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun”] Alexander M.
  • “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"]
  • “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
  • “Dennis Lowery encouraged me to complete the book and provided invaluable editing assistance and guidance in navigating the vast oceans of the world of publishing.” Hank McKinney, Rear Admiral, USN (Retired)
  • “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
  • “The estimable Dennis Lowery has brought forth a host of thoughts in this poignant and eloquent post. It’s masterfully written, and thought provoking.” Lina A.
    [blog subscriber at www.DennisLowery.com commenting on the post: Not everyone understands honesty… but everyone understands punishment]
  • “Let There Be Light | Creating a Life Worth Living is wonderfully written!” Rod Merritt
  • “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]
  • “How moving.. and what pearls of wisdom in this…” [Reader of ‘About Being Good to Others…’ at www.DennisLowery.com] Linda A.
  • “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 would like to express my deepest appreciation for the unwavering support of my publisher, and friend, Dennis who created an environment in which I was able to explore without boundaries both the idea and practice of becoming a published author. His steady hand, sense of humor, and perspective on life as a Navy veteran were a match for my style from day one. Thank you, Dennis for your partnership, mentoring, and coaching through one of the most challenging years of my career. You inspired me to live and write with the Navy core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.” Dr. Curtis L. Odom, Ed.D.
  • “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)
  • “He tells his story with such compassion that one really feels that he is sitting with you, telling his story.” Vicki Hubbert
  • “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"]
  • “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]
  • “Excellent short story. Your writing style reminds me of my favorite short story author–O’Henry!” [comment upon reading, “Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun”] Jim Zumwalt
  • “Thank you so much, Dennis! Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful gift for writing!!” L. DeHope
  • “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)
  • “This book is right up my alley. I’ve had so many jobs that I tried to make my life/ career. I never felt fulfilled. I felt there was always something missing. It might be hard to follow the path of your talent/dream but you’re going to have to work hard no matter what you choose. So why not choose what’s going to make you happy & fulfilled. What you truly are. You just have to find what it is.” Rebecca W.
  • “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
  • “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
  • “’The moon mocked his baldness even more than the girls in the village.’ –> LOL. That made me laugh. Great story! Especially the irony at the end, how it was his personality the girls didn’t like, not his baldness. Nicely done ♥” Nyan C.
    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
  • “I love your posts and shared the one I especially loved from the airport, The D’Inja, with my husband – we had such a good laugh! It was hilarious.” GB
    [blog subscriber at ww.DennisLowery.com]
  • “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
  • “Thank you, thank you, thank you. The book is absolutely fabulous and we just love your work!!!” Arlene U.
  • “Your, ‘What Wasn’t There…’ is absolutely beautiful… quite lovely and honest” JM, Connecticut
  • “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