“Your Book Is Your Hook!” – Ghostwriting & “Secret Regrets” Blog and Book

More about Gretchen Kelly
Gretchen Kelly founded ContentEd — a content-creation business to ideate, write, create, shape and be a brain-in-a-jar for a wide variety of media. Although she has the pleasure of working with many high profile clients, Gretchen Kelly says that bringing all writing dreams to life is a special thrill.

“I love working with authors to midwife their dreams into live birth,” she says. “You know you have succeeded as a ghost when your client reads the copy and believes that they really wrote it themselves.”

She has contributed chapters, sections and ghostwritten several books, including titles by leading culinary, medical and science experts and television personalities. She works closely with leading literary agents such as Katharine Sands, of the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency, developing book proposals that have resulted in successful book deals.  In addition she writes white papers, “bloggertorials,”and other industry-specific content for clients and as an official blogger-in-residence for clients, including the countries of Wales and Belgium.

For her first publishing job at Random House, she read the slush pile and answered fan mail for Dr. Seuss and Babar.  Kelly moved on to New York publishing houses, including William Morrow, Houghton Mifflin and served as Publicity Director for George Braziller (where she booked a then unknown Orhan Pamuk on PBS Newshour—Pamuk went on to win a Nobel prize in literature).

Creating media campaigns for the Terrie Williams Agency, Kelly’s work with Ruby Bridges led to the author being featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the CBS Evening News and in People Magazine.

When client David Bowie told her he loved “her way with words” and encouraged her to travel, Kelly decided Eat, Pray, Love-style she would journey around the world — as a writer.

Kelly has traveled to 80 countries, writing features for the New York Post, The Travel Channel and many other publications. Her love of film-related travel coined the term“Set-Jetting,” and has led to many interviews with celebrities in film and television–Gerard Butler being her all-time favorite.

More about Kevin Hansen
Kevin Hansen has a lot of regrets. More than 10,000 to be exact. They’re not his personally, but instead have been given to him through the SecretRegrets.com website. Kevin created this confession-based blog in 2007 as an outlet for people to anonymously release the biggest regrets of their lives in a safe, supportive environment.

Kevin has always been passionate about helping people. He’s spent most of his career in business consulting, helping connect business owners and managers to meaningful solutions that really make a difference. While earning his business degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Kevin also studied psychology and human behavior. And now, he’s discovered an amazing way to reach people struggling with the biggest regrets of their lives, and connect them with others who know what they’re going through.

When he’s not busy blogging, Kevin currently enjoys spending time with his wife, children, two cats and dog.

Project Night Night and their efforts to put a new or slightly used children’s book in the hands of homeless children in shelters in the United States. Since 2005, they have hand-delivered more than 100,000 night night packages which include a stuffed animal, a blanket and a children’s book tucked inside a canvas night night bag. We encourage you to find out how you can donate to support their efforts today.

Read to Feed is a reading incentive service-learning program that offers global education opportunities and will foster in your children a love for reading, a passion to help others and a way to help create a better world.

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Practical training for a first time or seasoned author to learn to properly pitch your book to the book publishing industry, Hollywood, the media and others. Whether you are going to a writers’ conference, publishing industry event or have a sudden opportunity to pitch your project to a professional, this is your weekend to prepare, practice and polish up your pitch with the professionals.

PLUS you will receive a BONUS full scholarship to a second weekend workshop – The Mastery of Self-Expression. This is an opportunity to continue to work on your personal presentation skills in an environment designed for creative people like you. It is a 3-day intense workshop to expand your creative abilities and vision.

Graduates of The Mastery include Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Mary Louise Parker, Tommy Tune, Michael Bennett, Colin Higgins and many others.

About Jennifer S. Wilkov

Radio show Host Jennifer S. Wilkov is a #1 international best-selling award-winning author and the creator of the From Thought to Sales in 90 Days™ Book Process. Jennifer has supported first time and seasoned authors and writers with the writing, getting published and marketing of their book ideas and projects as well as the building of their platform to raise their visibility to readers and the media.

She is also an award-winning freelance writer (2009 Silver Eddie Award for an article featured in Marie Claire April, 2009 issue) who has been quoted and whose writings have appeared in national magazines and newspapers.

Jennifer has sat on Boards of Advisors and spoken at major industry events including the New York Center for Independent Publishing, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, RT Booklovers Convention, Writers for New Orleans, Self-Publishing Book Expo and BookExpo America.

Through the years, Jennifer’s works have been endorsed by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Robert Allen, Barbara De AngelisTreehugger.com, publicists, literary agents, publishers, many in the field of green book publishing, her martial arts Senseis in Shintaido and Aikido, and many more.

Jennifer is also the Host and Executive Producer of the Your Book Is Your Hook! Show on WomensRadio. Your Book Is Your Hook! is designed to serve and support authors, writers and readers of books and other writing mediums. It showcases industry professionals and authors who share insights, experiences and wisdom about writing, marketing and publishing your book and beyond including Hollywood film, television, radio and more..