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Grown Up Digital by Don TapscottI help people with great ideas write books and articles for a broad, intelligent audience. This collaboration can take many forms. In some cases, I help authors clarify their thinking and shape their ideas to create a solid foundation for their book or article. I can make sure the research backs up the author’s central idea, and I can also help them find memorable anecdotes and vivid details that are crucial for success. I can even write the chapters in the author’s voice, based on taped interviews and conversations. For authors who relish the opportunity to write, I can act as editor to ensure their ideas are clear and understandable to someone who does not possess their specific knowledge. The collaboration, in other words, depends entirely on the authors’ needs.

In 2009-2010, I worked with Dr. Peter Singer and Dr. Abdallah Daar on their book, The Grandest Challenge, which was published in September 2011 by Doubleday Canada. As editor on this project, I played multiple roles. I interviewed leading scientists around the world. I restructured the book to capture the authors’ groundbreaking ideas, and I created new outlines for each chapter. Working closely with the authors, I rewrote the book to produce a draft that led to the successful publication. I’m proud to have collaborated with Peter and Abdallah on this important project.

Peter and Abdallah say this: It has been a great pleasure working with Sarah Scott on our book, “The Grandest Challenge." She is a true professional. She helped to make our stories come alive.

In 2008, I worked with Internet guru Don Tapscott on his book Grown Up Digital.

Here's how Don described our collaboration:

From the beginning, I wanted this book to be completely accessible to any reader of nonfiction, not just the cognoscenti. I believe I have achieved this, and much of the credit goes to the brilliant writer and editor, Sarah Scott. In the last six months she and I became a two-person team, refining the core concepts, restructuring and reworking the material, and cutting the manuscript in half. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and enormously productive collaboration.

Here’s what the critics said about Grown Up Digital:

The New York Times
"Grown Up Digital" is a must read for baby boomers and virtually anyone else born before 1977. As Mr. Tapscott observes, "The bottom line is this: if you understand the Net Generation, you will understand the future." And as my son often reminds me, the future is now. 

Business Week
A fascinating look at how young people are transforming our culture. The Bottom Line: An insightful, data-rich analysis with broad implications for managers, marketers, and politicians.

The Economist
The man who christened the "net generation" in his 1997 bestseller, "Growing Up Digital," has no time for such (cynical) views. In the past two years, Don Tapscott has overseen a $4.5m study of nearly 8,000 people in 12 countries born between 1978 and 1994. In "Grown Up Digital" he uses the results to paint a portrait of this generation that is entertaining, optimistic and convincing.

Financial Times
The book is a thoughtful antithesis to entrenched and sometimes alarmist managerial opposition to internet-influenced behaviours. Read it next to the computer, scanning, flicking and annotating it as a valuable addition to the internet knowledge that is revolutionizing our world.

Wall Street Journal
Grown Up Digital paints a generally encouraging picture... an optimistic view of how humans are evolving to engage with technology. Literally evolving: Mr. Tapscott cites scientific research that people who use digital media from a young age have different brain development than those who don't... Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals alike, can draw lessons about the expectations of young people raised on real-time access to deep layers of information.

The Economist - Best Books of 2008
A management guru explains why the net generation, who grew up playing video games and spending time on the internet, are not all messed up, as many people suspect, but have actually been improved by the experience.