About AuthorScope

AuthorScope provides professional author services for self-published authors and those seeking acquisition by traditional publishers. The company was formed by two seasoned industry professionals who, not coincidentally, are also published authors.  Because the founders see themselves as authors first, they bring to AuthorScope the interests, sensitivities, and desires of authors. They understand the kinds of assistance that are meaningful to authors, many of whom have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous or incompetent service providers.

Our Mission

The mission of AuthorScope is to provide first-class services that bring true value to authors by helping improve their written work, hone their skills, package their product, establish their brands, market their books, and enhance their lives as authors.

Our Experience

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The AuthorScope team is highly experienced in every aspect of book publishing from coaching and editing to book design, ebook conversion and the marketing of books and authors. Click the  red icon (left) to see a small sample of the books with which we have been intimately involved.

Many of our team members are successful authors themselves so their services are offered with an author's perspective. They have a strong desire to help writers get their best work to the public. Key team members are listed below.

Our Founders

Gary Lindberg

As a screenwriter and motion picture producer/director, Gary Lindberg has won over 100 major national and international awards including two Grand Awards at the New York International Film Festival. He has written and directed many programs for various cable TV channels and is the co-writer and producer of the Paramount Pictures feature film That Was Then, This Is Now starring Morgan Freeman and Emilio Estevez.

As an author/publisher he has written four consecutive #1 bestselling novels: The Shekinah Legacy, Sons of Zadok, Deeper and Deeper, and Ollie's Cloud. He has also edited and designed numerous novels and nonfiction books.

Ian Graham Leask

London-born Ian Graham Leask has been a literary consultant, author, coach, teacher of creative writing and publisher for most of his life. He is the long-serving host/producer of KFAI's "Write On! Radio" in Minneapolis, and is the author of the novel House of Large Sizes and the story collection The Wounded and Other Stories About Sons and Fathers.

He started writing at fifteen and never stopped; his office is full of notebooks. After moving to Minneapolis, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in English and writing, narrowly avoiding becoming a professor. He has coached fine writing from numerous authors over the past twenty years.

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Book Editors

AuthorScope founders Ian Graham Leask and Gary Lindberg are joined by the following talented and experienced individuals in providing developmental editing, line editing, and copyediting services.

Steve McEllistrem

Steve McEllistrem has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years. His works include the novels The Devereaux Dilemma, The Devereaux Disaster, The Devereaux Decision and The Devereaux Deity. He has been selected as a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Book Award and the International Book Award.

He has also written numerous nonfiction books, including Higher Education Law in America and Deskbook Encyclopedia of Employment Law. In addition, he is a producer and host of "Write On! Radio" where he interviews local, national and international authors.

Rick Polad

With degrees in English and Earth Science, Rick Polad has spent the last 20 years as an Environmental Geologist, college Earth Science Instructor, author and editor. For over a decade, Rick has given editorial assistance to historian/author Cheryl Shelton-Roberts on maritime-themed publications including North Carolina Lighthouses: Stories of History and Hope, and the third edition of American Lighthouses: A Comprehensive Guide to Exploring Our National Coastal Treasures. Rick edited the memoir of Japanese physicist Motoharu Kimura as well as numerous novels and nonfiction works. He is the author of the Spencer Manning Mystery series of novels including  Change of Address, Dark Alleys, Harbor Nights, and Missing Boy.

Susan Thurston

Susan Thurston is the author of the novel Sister of Grendel. An award-winning poet, her work is published in numerous periodicals including The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, Minnesota Monthly, and anthologies Low Down and Coming On, Penchant, and Tremors Vibrations Enough to Rearrange the World. She coauthored the cookbook Cooking-Up the Good Life with chef Jenny Breen and reviews books for the "Minneapolis Star Tribune" and "Los Angles Review".

A seasoned writing teacher and editor, she was selected as the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Competition 2017 poetry winner, a runner-up for a Loft Mentor Competition in young adult fiction, and a Pushcart Prize nomination.​

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Author Coaches

AuthorScope founder Ian Graham Leask is joined by the following talented and experienced individuals in providing author coaching.

Joni B. Cole

Joni B. Cole is the author of the new release Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier. She has also written an acclaimed book on writing, Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive, as well as Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior. 

Joni teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth, serves on the creative writing faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont. She contributes to "The Writer" magazine and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and USA Fellowship Award.

Scott Edelstein

Scott Edelstein has published 17 books with HarperCollins, Bantam, Running Press, Perigee Books, and other important presses. His books for writers include 100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, 1818 Ways to Write Better and Get Published, and The Complete Writer’s Kit (with Natalie Goldberg). For years he wrote a column for Writer’s Digest.

Scott has taught writing in Hamline University’s MFA writing program and at The Loft, the world’s largest writers’ center. He coaches writers on publishing their work; building a writing career; navigating the publishing industry; pitching books to publishers and agents; turning a concept into a book or book proposal; understanding rights and contracts; creating a long-term plan as a writer; and many other topics.

Lynn Nodland, PhD

In her past life, Dr. Lynn Nodland was a model and spokesperson for TV commercials and business films. Then she began a journey toward helping others by earning an undergrad degree in Psychology of Communication in Advertising. This learning path continued with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.

Twenty years ago she began coaching and has risen to the top as a Master Certified Coach. Now is the “go to coach” for other coaches, entrepreneurs  and executives. She enjoys working with authors and creative people and she is a co-author of Discover Your Inner Strength with Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy.

Bill Harley, PCC, CPCC

As a coach for over three decades, Bill Harley provides consultation and coaching to release human potential. He is an adjunct faculty member at The University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University where he has been recognized for excellence in teaching. Bill earned his M.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He has also achieved the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation and the Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) designation from the Coaches Training Institute. He is the co-author of two books: Now That I'm Here, What Should I Be Doing? (Discover Life's Purpose) and Transformed (How to Make the Decisions That Change Your Life).

Doug Nodland

As a personal and executive coach, Doug incorporates his 25 years of experience as an attorney in helping clients “zap the gap” between where they are now and where they want to be personally and professionally. By using his experience, insight and quick wit, he has helped both individuals and businesses reach peak performance while staying true to their goals. 

Through in-depth assessments, team-building exercises, workshops and individual coaching, he has helped many find balance and satisfaction in their lives. Doug has worked with numerous authors over the past several years.

Jean Harley, MA, LP

Jean Harley, Licensed Psychologist, has been president of a consulting graphic arts firm, an education lecturer at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts, and a psychotherapist. Today she specializes in working with individuals to accelerate personal growth and solve problems involving stress, anxiety, depression, lack of focus, etc. She earned her M.A. from St. Mary’s Graduate Center and a second M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and is a member of the American Psychological Association and Minnesota Women Psychologists. She is the co-author of two books: Now That I’m Here, What Should I Be Doing? (Discover Life’s Purpose), and Transformed (How to Make the Decisions That Change Your Life).


Annemarie Osborne

Annemarie Osborne has worked domestically and internationally in advertising, public relations, film, television and live event production. She has developed and launched publicity campaigns for organizations as well as authors and experts in various disciplines. With a vast database of print, broadcast and digital media influencers, she communicates directly with relevant journalists, bloggers and program producers to effectively promote her clients. Her writing expertise includes press releases and sample interview Q & A for producers and journalists, as well as articles and blog postings. Her clients have been mentioned in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Minneapolis StarTribune to name but a few.

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