Breakout Author: Author's essays have received the "notable" distinction in seven editions of Best American Essays, including in 2019. This is his first book.
Blurbs/endorsements: Author is mining his connections to solicit a foreword from John Grisham and (then) Bryan Stevenson. If those endeavors don't prove fruitful, he should be able to get blurbs from them, Barry Scheck, and Albert Woodfox.
Credentials: Author is a renowned capital defense lawyer and has written about the issue for popular outlets for the past decade. He can provide authoritative commentary on any news related broadly to capital cases, corruption, and ineffectiveness in the criminal legal system.
Speaking: Author speaks regularly at trainings and conferences in the field.
Opportunities: The nature of death penalty cases means there is almost always an appeal, extension, or some other circumstance that gets covered topically.
Affiliations: National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Atlantic Center for Capital Representation.