"I was lost in the woods, working hard but getting nowhere on my first book. It wasn’t a matter of effort—I was working on the project for hours a day. Instead, my problem was clarity about what the book should say and the process of bringing it to market. Cathleen brought the insight of an experienced (and very talented) writer, but that’s not all. She also offered the guidance of a mentor, and the support of a friend. Sitting down and talking to Cathleen was the turning point that turned my idea into a product that was ultimately purchased by a publisher."
— Mike "Science Mike" McHargue, media personality and author of the best-selling memoir Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Through Science
The Sinners & Saints team helped me tremendously with my first book, Manifesting Justice: Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights (Citadel, March 2022). Cathleen helped me on the front end, critiquing and revising my book proposal and giving invaluable advice on finding an agent. I was clueless, yet with her assistance I found an agent, and then got a book deal.
When it came time to seriously edit my manuscript, I turned to Maury, hoping against hope he would have time to assist. Maurice Possley is a giant in criminal justice and wrongful convictions, and I am thankful and grateful that he was able to carve out time to review and tighten up my manuscript.
As a newbie to publishing, I am indebted to this team for their guidance, suggestions, and support.
--Valena Beety, law professor, former federal prosecutor, longtime Innocence Movement advocate, and author
"I hired Cathleen to edit my book proposal and help me find a literary agent. While she successfully accomplished both of those things, my experience of working with her was so much more than the scope of our contract. I'm new to this space, and her vision and guidance helped me find the courage and confidence to put myself out there in a way I absolutely would NOT have without her.
"Cathleen is a gifted feedback artist. She says the thing that needs to be said, while honoring what a vulnerable experience it is to bring someone into your writing and your creative process. She creates the kind of safety and creative relationship needed to actually grow and refine a project to its highest possible caliber. What's more, I hired Cathleen one month before COVID brought everything in my professional life to a screeching halt. She helped me hold the vision for my book during such an uncertain time, and I am beyond grateful for all of her strategy, guidance and mentorship. I have grown as an author (and human being) because of working with her!"
— Andrea Flack-Wetherald, writer, speaker, performer, and creator of the Mindful Improv Method
"I had the good fortune to work with Maurice Possley on the documentary film, At the Death House Door, a film inspired by the impressive and compelling investigative series Maury (and his colleague Steve Mills) wrote for the Chicago Tribune. That series made a strong case for the innocence of Carlos De Luna, a man who was executed in Texas years earlier. In the film, we were able to track that important investigation by Maury and he became a central presence in the film. Along the way, I got to know Maury and found him to not just be a brilliant journalist, but a highly principled one. He's also an all around great guy who's a pleasure to work with. What more could you want from a consultant?"
— Steve James, Peabody Award-winning director of the Oscar-nominated films Hoop Dreams and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and the award-winning Stevie, At The Death House Door, and The Interrupters.
"Maurice Possley is one of the best investigative journalists in the nation, and one of the most thorough reporters I have ever met and known… Among Possley’s many other contributions to journalism, and to the law, is his dogged attention to the specifics of this larger story; his ability to take from the trend a single story that illustrates more than raw numbers just how prevalent the problem may be."
— Andrew Cohen, chief legal editor and analyst, CBS News
"Cathleen uses her vast experience as an award-winning journalist and author to shepherd writers through the challenging process of creating book proposals and securing a literary agent. She's a fantastic editor, a supportive mentor, and a well-connected guide for all who hope to bring ideas to the literary market."
— Kristi York Wooten, journalist, producer, and president
of The Atlanta Press Club
"Cathleen Falsani is a true gift to me. Her sensibilities and contributions to my creative projects always go above and beyond mere literary genius (which she absolutely has and is); Cathleen is wide open and awake to the always progressing Zeitgeist at the root.
"Cathleen breathes life and light on art and activism, and their roles played in fueling the unstoppable evolution of our collective consciousness as beings born to love and be loved. I will never stop calling on Cathleen. A true friend and the kindest of souls."
-- Screenwriter and director Ben Eisner
"As any first-time author can tell you, the creative process can seem daunting, lonely and discouraging. I am an experienced speaker, newly entering the field of writing, and I am so glad that I had Cathleen to help express and work through a lot of the fear and doubt that comes with the creative process.
As an experienced author, she was able to speak from the heart about all of the things that trip us up when we try to create — whether a book, a talk, a blog or anything that is incubating within us. No matter what your medium, Cathleen will help you learn how to tell your story in a way that the world needs to hear."
— The Rev. Sarah Heath, pastor, podcast host, author