Margot Starbuck, a New York Times bestselling writer and an award-winning author of over 20 books, is a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Seminary. Margot has had a hand in over 100 major publishing projects, serving publishers as a writer, collaborator, ghostwriter, editor, and word coach. Passionate about effective communication, she teaches at writing conferences across the country and delights in equipping writers to craft winning book proposals at Margot, a mom to three young adults by birth and adoption, lives in Durham, North Carolina, in a neighborhood built around friends with disabilities. Learn more at  

Wordmelon CelebratesThese Published Authors!

They Discovered How Publishers Thought; They Delivered What Publishers Wanted.

"My book, How to Preach Life-Changing Sermons, will be published with Kregel Academic. A few times in the process I wanted to quit and just self-publish my book. However, your constant encouragement pushed me to finish revising my proposal. Margot, my dream came true because of YOU.”

Dr. Jesse L. Nelson, Author of How to Preach Life-Changing Sermons
"I wanted you to be among the first to know that I am about to sign a 2-book contract with Thomas Nelson! I truly believe that God used you and your wisdom during the proposal process to make this happen. Several elements of the proposal that allowed them to catch the vision were things that you helped to shape."

Nicole Zasowski, Author of From Lost to Found
"This. Is. SO. Amazing. Seriously! I found myself nodding to every suggestion you made. You're simply amazing. What you teased out of my manuscript is so rich and you've really helped me to clarify my thinking. So grateful for you!

Nona Jones, Author of Success From the Inside Out
"I got the contract with Kregel
"It's one thing to have an idea for a book, and words to fill the page, but without structure, layout, and a fresh pair of eyes peering at the scenes and loads of suggestions regarding dialogue, my book may have remained just an idea. Margot affirmed what I had written, encouraged me to bring it to the next level with sound editorial advice, and I put in the work. I have a contract with a publisher. Thanks, Margot!!"

Susan Tebos
Your work is amazing! You are truly gifted! You made it so easy with your guidance, thank you! I am in awe of what YOU do!

Stacey Sadler, MP LPC CCPS
"This is from Baylor University Press: Our editorial team has looked over your proposal, and we are all agreed that this is an excellent fit for us.  

It's all because of YOU! You are an angel. You were instrumental in helping me craft a winning proposal and your guidance was invaluable. I am FOREVER GRATEFUL!!!! I praise God for you!!!"

Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew
"Not only have I written a proposal but it was accepted and I have signed a contract. Thanks so much for your wonderful seminar. Not only was it clear and information-rich, your warm, encouraging presentation made it seem much less scary than I had imagined. Without your session, I doubt I would ever have attempted it at all."

Megan Hill, Author of Praying Together

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