The Rest of the Story
“Having a great business is one way of making a better world.” – Bo Burlingham, Small Giants
My love for business books began in high school with a Brazilian missionary’s tattered copy of Quest for the Best.
It was love at first read.
While my peers read the 90s’ equivalent of Twilight, I devoured books on economics, biographies, success stories, business management, entrepreneurship, and anything else business-related.
I earned a degree in economics from Louisiana Tech and then a master’s in economic development from the University of Florida. My graduate thesis on micro-finance was based on my field research with Dominican loan sharks.
My professional career experience includes being the administrator of a non-profit that sheltered expecting and parenting teens. I was also the in-house business and marketing consultant for a $30 million company group, during which I assumed day-to-day operations of a $2 million company for months during a leadership crisis.
Burning with an entrepreneurial spirit, I left conventional employment to start an IT services company with a coworker (who is still successfully in business). During the start-up phase, I supported my family by taking on copywriting projects. Once I realized I could make a living combining my two loves—business and writing—I decided to pursue a full-time career as a business writer.
Today, I’m one of the foremost authorities (in the admittedly niche field) of business thought leadership books. My clients include a Texas oil tycoon, a Turkish economist, an IT startup millionaire, a Brazilian attorney, and a Cajun colonel, among others.
Originally from Mayberry (a.k.a. Pitkin, Louisiana), I live in Baton Rouge with my wife, children, and a small zoo.
Together, we’ll figure out how to write the next great business book.
I’d love to hear about your business book and see how we could work together.
Derek Lewis, LLC
41161 Hidden Cove
Gonzales (Baton Rouge), Louisiana 70737