ABOUT M. RUTLEDGE McCALL…
Author M. Rutledge McCall is one of the most experienced, widely acclaimed book ghostwriters and developmental editors in America. He also adapts books to screen, screenplays to books, and doctors film and TV scripts.
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.
McCall has worked on more than 125 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.
The first book he wrote, titled Slipping Into Darkness, was published in 2000 to critical acclaim and was optioned for film by David Sacks, Co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer of PayPal. He has sold other screen options in the years since.
McCall 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, scientists, cybersecurity experts, interactive story app developers, business owners, tech unicorns, CEOs, international thought leaders, Ph.D.’s, Fortune 200 executives, neurosurgeons, former members of law enforcement, U.S. military, the agency, and special forces field operatives, and many more people with important information to impart and great stories to tell.
Currently, he is working on several client projects: An epic futuristic sci-fi novel; a narrative study about the most notorious killer in modern US history; development of a TV miniseries based on a published book; a teaching memoir of a former drug dealer-turned-successful businessman; and a how-to book on financial affairs for women. (See more information here.)
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 US film companies, on some of the highest grossing movies and top Nielsen-rated one-hour drama TV shows.
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.”