ABOUT M. RUTLEDGE McCALL…
Author M. Rutledge McCall is one of the most widely acclaimed book ghostwriters and developmental editors in America. He also adapts books to screen, screenplays to books, doctors film and TV scripts, and develops TV, film and streaming projects (see more information here).
He has been featured on TV shows such as “NBC Today,” BBC News, PBS, CNN News, KNBC News “Nightside Cover Story,” PBS/KCET’s “Life And Times: Thinkers, Shakers and Newsmakers,” “Larry King Live,” ABC News 9 Australia, and others. (See some of his interviews here.)
McCall has worked on nearly 130 books, screen adaptations and scripts with clients around the world, including people named in Newsweek and Forbes magazines’ “Most Powerful People” lists, and has worked with authors whose books have appeared on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and Amazon.com. (Read comments about his writing here.)
He writes narrative nonfiction, fiction, memoirs, and film & TV screenplays for a high-profile clientele that includes major book publishing companies, university presidents, elite athletes, theologians, investors, celebrities, music industry professionals, scientists, cybersecurity experts, interactive story app developers, business owners, tech unicorns, CEOs, Ph.D.s, Fortune 200 executives, neurosurgeons, former members of law enforcement, U.S. military, the agency, U.S. special forces field operatives, and many more people with important information to impart and great stories to tell. (See some of the books here.)
The first book McCall wrote, titled Slipping Into Darkness: A True Story from the American Ghetto, was published in 2000 to critical acclaim, was optioned for film by David Sacks (movie producer and Co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer of PayPal), and was re-released in 2020 in an updated 20th Anniversary Edition (watch a video about the book here). McCall has sold other screen options in the years since.
He served for several years as head of a boutique Los Angeles-based literary career management and consulting firm, representing published authors and writers worldwide. Prior to that, McCall worked as Managing Senior Editor at a niche traditional book publisher. Earlier in his career, he worked in the one-hour drama writers departments for most of the American television networks and in movie production management at all of the major U.S. film companies, on some of the highest grossing movies and top Nielsen-rated one-hour drama TV shows. In the years since, he has also produced and developed TV & streaming content. (Read about how McCall became a writer, ghostwriter, screenwriter, and producer here.)
Over the years, employees who began their careers working for McCall have gone on to editing, writing and management positions at major and independent traditional and streaming film, television and music production, distribution and licensing firms, and publishing companies.
The books, scripts, movies, and TV shows McCall has been honored to work on have collectively grossed over one billion dollars during his career, which is guided by a simple code: “Legends are not built by following the pack; they’re made by blazing a trail…so get out of your comfort zone and build your legacy.”