Tell your story - Start to Finish Agency

Let's tell your story.

GHOSTWRITING & CO-WRITING

For people who have a story to tell but not much time to do so!

We listen carefully because we want to be true to your story and tell it in your authentic voice.

We offer different levels of co-writing that gives you the flexibility and freedom to choose what works best with your budget and--most importantly--time.

EDITING

Take advantage of our combined 40 years' of experience editing both fiction and non-fiction books!

We're gentle but firm, and we won't stop until we're sure that your book is ready for publication.

We'll not only preserve your unique voice, we'll polish it so that it's the best that it can be.

CONTENT WRITING

WTF? OMG! SMH.

You won't get any of that from us, just clean, readable content to help you establish the right voice for your brand narrative.

Everything from blog posts and features to fundraising and advertising copy, backed by neurobranding principles and SEO!

BOOK DESCRIPTION/SYNOPSIS

Your book is fantastic, but can readers tell?

The book description you put up on Amazon and other platforms can make or break your sales. 

With our experience writing hundreds of book descriptions for Audible and independent authors, we know exactly how to put together the perfect description!

Maloy and Doretta's guidance has sent me in directions I never could have expected. What I expected were social media tips. What I got was an adventure. Both Maloy and Doretta are experts in their fields, and months after our work together, I'm still thinking every day about our conversations. 

Chelsea R. (Writer)

WHO WE ARE: DORETTA

Doretta Lau has worked in media and publishing for over 20 years, starting her career as an intern at style and culture magazine Dazed & Confused. She was production editor at children’s publisher Scholastic Inc., editorial assistant for the literary annual NOON, arts and culture editor at HK Magazine, editor at visual culture museum M+, and managing editor at Asia Art Archive.

She is the author of a short story collection called How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014) as well as four nonfiction books for children. As a freelance editor and consultant she has worked for such organizations as Penguin Random House, Greystone Books, Arsenal Pulp Press, WWF-Hong Kong, and Princeton School of Architecture.

Rather than focusing on the hustle of figuring out your brand so you can Get! Things! Done!, Maloy helped us look inward at our strengths (the ones we often deny to ourselves), our failures (the ones we often dwell on) and the positive stories that come out of them so we can recognize what our brand is all about. "Your strengths will attract the people, your failures will make them stay." *mic drop* 

Ana T. (Writer)

WHO WE ARE: MALOY

Maloy Luakian has done editorial work and marketing consulting for over 20 years. She was previously an editor at Macmillan Publishing Asia Pacific and, as a freelance editor, specializes in working with new and emerging writers to develop and refine their writing. She is a regular contributor to sites including The Takeout, and her fiction and non-fiction works have received an Honorable Mention from Glimmertrain, as well as a nomination for Best of the Net.

While doing promotions and marketing for Warner Music Asia Pacific, Maloy worked with artists including Missy Elliott, Linkin Park, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Since striking out on her own, her branding and marketing clients have ranged from Michelin-starred restaurants and tech startups to entrepreneurs and writers. Her clients for content writing and strategy include Expedia and Audible.com.

Maloy gave me so much clarity about not just what I had been doing wrong, but what I had been doing right in the four or so odd years I've been an author.... I learned how I can draw on both my strengths and my weaknesses in order to be authentic to my readers. I can't recommend Maloy highly enough.

Ansela C. (Writer)

WHO WE ARE: JASON

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Jason Spotts has worked as an editor, ghostwriter, features writer and corporate copywriter since 2009. He was the writer and editor of 2016’s Lickerland: Asian-Accented Desserts by Jason Licker, which was nominated for a James Beard Award and named as the #2 Asian Cookbook in the World at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2017. He was also the writer and editor of the follow-up tome, Baking with Licker, which was published in 2020.

Editorially, Jason has written for numerous publications including Crave, the South China Morning Post, Timeout Hong Kong and Asia Tatler’s Hong Kong Best Restaurants Guide. He has also written for Fodor’s Travel Guide and produced brand books for Siemens Hong Kong and Café de Coral. Jason has also been a long-term writer for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and has created online content for Lady M, Lane Crawford, Conrad Hong Kong and others in both the corporate and lifestyle arenas of Hong Kong.

To be honest, I do not know if my books would have had any success without Jason. He has the rare ability to make anyone’s thoughts sound vivid, clear and precise. I highly recommend his ability to bring your vision into reality.

Jason Licker (Chef and Author)

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