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Bill Birchard is a veteran journalist and author specializing in management, business, the environment, and social responsibility. He has been writing books and articles for 25 years for his own and others’ bylines. He  blogs about book writing at

Bill serves principally as a writer and book consultant for leading thinkers—for book proposals, book development, and book writing. He reveals his unique, 14-step book-writing process in Stairway to Earth: How to Write a Serious Book. He learned the trade of writing commercially published books starting in 1992, when he worked for two years as a writer for Wordworks, Inc., a Boston-based book packager. For Wordworks, Bill wrote about corporate strategy, health-care reform, and creativity. One of his books became a New York Times bestseller.

Bill lives in Amherst, New Hampshire. Contact him at 603.672.0324 or For a primer on Bill’s book-writing process, visit

Bill's most recent book for his own byline is Merchants of Virtue (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), the story of building a sustainable company. Other books include Nature's Keepers (Jossey-Bass, 2005), the story of the Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental organization in the world, the award-winning Counting What Counts (Perseus Books, 1999) about the crisis in corporate accountability, co-authored with Marc J. Epstein; and The One-Minute Meditator (Perseus Books, 2001) about reducing stress and finding meaning in everyday life through the practice of meditation, co-authored with David Nichol, M.D.

During the past twenty-five years, Bill has written for Fast Company, CFO, Chief Executive, Strategy + Business, Tomorrow, and other magazines. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was editor of Enterprise, a quarterly business magazine for executives published by Digital Equipment Corporation. As an author, Bill has spoken nationally on syndicated radio talk shows and has appeared on Boston's WCVB-TV's Chronicle and New York's WNBC-TV's Weekend Today.

Bill spends his free time in the outdoors, hiking, skiing, and canoeing, and has traveled widely in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America to remote and mountainous regions.

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