Our Ghostwriting and Editing Team

Our dynamic staff of New York Times bestselling authors, ghostwriters, publishing insiders, and editors has been ghostwriting and editing manuscripts for more than ten years. Our innovative team approach to the book-writing and publishing process offers clients focused attention from multiple industry experts who work collaboratively and effectively to produce the best possible result. (See our client list.)

We believe that anyone with a compelling story, innovative concept, or empowering message deserves the opportunity to share it in the form of a well-written book.

You’ll find that our professionalism and personalized client care stand out among an industry dominated by impersonal outsourcing companies and budget services who value the quick buck over trade excellence and enduring professional relationships.

If words, creativity, and effective communication are essential to your personal or professional goals, then we are ready and equipped to serve you with passion and precision.

Kevin Anderson, Editor-in-Chief and CEO

A highly successful New York Times bestselling editor, ghostwriter, and Harvard-educated scholar of literary criticism, Kevin oversees all operations at our firm and is often our clients’ first point of contact. Kevin works closely with clients and staff to ensure the highest level of quality and service.
See Kevin Anderson’s full bio.

Cole Gustafson, Managing Editor

Harvard-educated literature scholar, former English professor, and professional ghostwriter with over 15 years of experience, Cole assesses client projects and oversees the ghostwriting and publishing process. With a passion for perfection, Cole fully immerses himself in his work to foster a synergistic creative collaboration.
See Cole Gustafson’s full bio.

Kristen headshot.Kristen Weber, Project Manager

Kristen assesses clients’ publishing needs during the conceptual phase and then oversees the publishing or self-publishing process. A long-time Faculty Assistant and editor at Harvard Business School, as well as a veteran ghostwriter with KAA, Kristen’s wealth of expertise and attention to detail ensures a smooth and efficient experience for our clients.
See Kristen’s full bio.

alexandra-napolitano-team-photo-2 Alexandra Napolitano, Coordinating Editor

A member of the team since 2013, Alexandra is an experienced writer, screenwriter, and editor who has collaborated with hundreds of aspiring writers and widely-published authors. As part of the management team, she reviews and assesses incoming manuscripts and coordinates communication between clients and staff.

Ghostwriters and Editors

Our diverse team includes just over 40 staff writers, editors, and publishing consultants, each with a unique style and skill set. The majority of our staff work from our Manhattan or Nashville office, though several members of our team correspond remotely. Please let us know if you would like to interview any member of our staff and we will gladly accommodate—pending availability.

 

ghostwriting ghostwriter editorCaroline Leavitt, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Novel, Developmental Editing, Creative Writing

Caroline is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and part-time novel-writing instructor at Stanford University and UCLA. She’s the author of two New York Times bestselling novels, Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, along with eight other critically acclaimed books. See Caroline’s full bio.

Profile 2Kira Breed-Wrisley, Ghostwriter, Screenwriter & Playwright

Specialties: Memoir, Fiction, Thriller/Horror

Kira is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, professional screenwriter, playwright, and ghostwriter. Her ghostwritten and credited books have secured contracts with Big-5 publishers, including multi-book offers from HarperCollins and Scholastic. See Kira’s full bio.

marcia-layton-turner-2014Marcia Layton Turner, Ghostwriter

Specialty: Nonfiction, Business

New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer Marcia has authored, coauthored, or ghostwritten nearly 35 nonfiction books. She works almost exclusively with entrepreneurs, CEOs, senior executives, consultants, and business owners. See Marcia’s full bio.

Ghostwriter and Editor, Ghostwriting Services Jim Ballard, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Memoir, Spiritual, Self-Help, Inspirational Nonfiction

Jim is a seasoned, highly imaginative ghostwriter, author, co-author, and editor. In addition to his own titles published by Random House, John Wiley, and Beyond Words, he has co-authored a number of books with business guru and bestselling author Ken Blanchard (which have been published by Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, Josey-Bass and Harper-Collins). See Jim’s full bio.

Wendy Lee, Ghostwriter and Editor, Ghostwriting Services Wendy Lee, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Spiritual/Inspirational Nonfiction, Memoir

Wendy started her publishing career at HarperCollins, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors and debut novelists. In addition to being an editor, Wendy is the author of the novels The Art of Confidence (Kensington Books, 2016), Across a Green Ocean (Kensington Books, 2015), and Happy Family (Grove Atlantic, 2008). Happy Family was named one of the top 10 debut novels of the year by Booklist and awarded an honorable mention from the Association of Asian American Studies. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo for her fiction. See Wendy’s full bio.

Kate Hanley, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Health, Personal Development, Self-Help, Spirituality
Education: New York University, M.A. in Educational Communications and Technology

Kate is a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter, veteran health journalist, and author. She ghosted Effortless Healing, published by Random House, for Dr. Joseph Mercola and has had her own books published by National Geographic Books (A Year of Daily Calm), Adams Media (Stress Less) and Globe Pequot Press (The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide and The 28 Days Lighter Diet). See Kate’s full bio.

Bill Chastain Bill Chastain, Ghostwriter & Coauthor

Specialties: Sports, Biography, Memoir, Historical, Nonfiction

Notable publications where Bill Chastain’s stories have appeared include: Razor Magazine, Nation’s Business, SPORT Magazine, and Inside Sports. He worked as a sports reporter for The St. Petersburg Times and The St. Petersburg Evening Independent before going to The Tampa Tribune in 1990, where he worked for twelve years as a columnist and sports reporter. See Bill’s full bio.

Ghostwriter and Editor Tom Seligson, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir (particularly of celebrities and newsmakers), True Crime, Adventure, Narrative Nonfiction, Popular Fiction

Tom is a widely published author, journalist, and Emmy winning writer/producer for television. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Glamour, Self, Mademoiselle, Redbook, American Health, and the L.A. Times. He was a Contributing Editor to Parade for more than 20 years. See Tom’s full bio.

ernesto-mestre-photoDr. Ernesto Mestre, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spanish Translation

Ernesto is an award-winning novelist, editor, writing coach, and translator. He has taught at several prestigious MFA writing programs over the last two decades, and his work has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His novels, The Lazarus Rumba and The Second Death of Única Aveyano, have received critical acclaim from the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, and Kirkus. See Ernesto’s full bio.

karen-lacey-business-photoKaren Lacey, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Memoir, Fiction, Health and Wellbeing

Karen Lacey is a bestselling author who’s worked with some of the largest and most established publishing firms in the world, including Penguin, McGraw Hill, Wiley, and AMACOM. Over the last decade, she has ghostwritten, edited, and doctored a plethora of books on behalf of her clients, several of which have been published by major publishers and gone on to become bestsellers. See Karen’s full bio.

Ellis Ghostwriter EditorEllis Weiner, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Creative Writing, Parody, Memoir, Humor, Satire

Ellis is a widely published bestselling author and the only person who has written for all three of America’s premier humor publications of the last fifty years. He has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1979 and an editor of National Lampoon—his work can be seen in the current documentary Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead. He was also a columnist for the late, much-lamented, Spy magazine. See Ellis’ full bio.

admin-ajax.phpMurphy Hooker, Coauthor, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Screenwriter

Specialties: Business, Self-help, Narrative Nonfiction, Instructional Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoirs, Humor, Travel and Adventure, Politics, Spirituality, Television and Film

Murphy is an award-winning screenwriter, widely published author, and ghostwriter. Talented, curious, and highly versatile, he can inhabit almost any genre and adapt his style to any individual voice. He specializes in bringing his clients’ stories and concepts to life through heightened narratives, soulful characterizations, crackling dialogue, and irreverent humor. See Murphy’s full bio.

Nicole Franklin Headshot August 2015Nicole Franklin, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Nonfiction, Investigative Reporting, Biography, Screenplays, Media Analysis and Critique, Celebrity Profiles
Education: Ramapo College of New Jersey, Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies

Nicole is a prolific writer whose Emmy-Award winning work in broadcasting has influenced her storytelling as an author for both print and the screen. Nicole’s credits as a creator, producer, and writer include work that’s been featured on Sundance Channel, Showtime, Nickelodeon, IFC, and BET. See Nicole’s full bio.

Author Photo_Banash-Dr. Jennifer Banash, Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Education: University of Iowa, PhD in English

Jennifer is a critically acclaimed writer, a former professor of English and creative writing, and has ghostwritten several New York Times bestselling books in the young adult genre for major publishers (including Penguin). A widely published author in her own right, she is also the author of six critically acclaimed YA novels: Silent Alarm, White Lines, Simply Irresistible, In Too Deep, and The Elite (Penguin USA and G.P. Putnam & Sons). See Jennifer’s full bio.

Alice Anderson Editor GhostwriterAlice Anderson, PhD, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Nonfiction, Business, Self-Help, Fiction, Poetry

Alice is an award-winning poet, New York Times bestselling ghostwriter, writing professor, and former acquisitions editor at Random House. Her forthcoming memoir, Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away, recently sold at auction to St. Martin’s Press, and her poetry collection, Human Nature, received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and won both the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association Best First Book Prize. See Alice’s full bio.

Stephanie ElliotStephanie Elliot, Editor & Ghostwriter

Specialties: Contemporary Fiction (Young Adult, Women’s, Generic, Middle Grade), Memoir, Humor, Parenting & Pregnancy, Health & Wellness, Self-help, Inspirational Nonfiction
Education: BA from Northern Illinois University

Stephanie Elliot is the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect (Macmillan, 2017) and three self-published novels. She has been an editor for more than a decade and brings a wide variety of experience to Kevin Anderson & Associates. See Stephanie’s full bio.

Mary Curran-HackettMary Curran-Hackett, Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Literary Fiction, Inspirational, Self-Help
Education: University of Nebraska, M.A. in English

Mary is a critically acclaimed writer, a former adjunct professor of English literature and writing, and editor of over 100 inspirational and religious books. Her bestselling, novels Proof of Heaven and Proof of Angels, published by William Morrow/HarperCollins, went on to be Target Book featured selections and reached #1 on Amazon.com Inspirational Fiction list. See Mary’s full bio.

Ruth MillsRuth Mills, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Nonfiction, Memoir

Ruth has ghosted and published books by CEOs of some of the largest U.S. companies, including Continental Airlines, Donna Karan International, Jenny Craig, and Sears. With more than 30 years’ publishing experience, Ruth edited non-fiction books for Random House/Crown Business, John Wiley & Sons, and Prentice Hall, on every aspect of business. See Ruth’s full bio.

Holly HudsonHolly Hudson, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Nonfiction (Business, Personal Development, Health, Technology), Narrative Nonfiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Screenwriting
Education: Hampshire College, BA; UCLA, Professional Program in Screenwriting

Holly has worked extensively with authors on both sides of the pond structuring, outlining, and writing their non-fiction books. She is a published Young Adult author and has a forthcoming Contemporary Romance novel out in summer 2017. See Holly’s full bio.

Danielle WolffeDanielle Wolffe, Ghostwriter & Developmental Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Criminal Justice Reform/Human Rights, Nonfiction book proposals, Creative Nonfiction, op-eds, Travel/Adventure Writing, Young Adult Fiction, Poetry

Danielle Wolffe has been a journalist, novelist, developmental editor, and ghostwriter for more than two decades. Her clients work has been sold to major publishers. Her journalism and creative essays have appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, the Nation, The Huffington Post, The Associated Press, Alaska, The Elephant Journal, The Anchorage Daily News, and in numerous other outlets. See Danielle’s full bio.

Robert ForemanRobert Foreman, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialities: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Memoir, Humor, Nonfiction, Essays, Biography, Self-Help, Historical

Robert Foreman has won a Pushcart Prize for his fiction, and his collection of essays, Among Other Things, won the inaugural Robert C. Jones Short Prose Prize and was released in early 2017. Five of his essays have been listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays, and he has published widely in literary magazines. See Robert’s full bio.

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Specialties: Memoir, History, Military, Fitness, Self-Help, African American History and Culture, Rap Music, Italian Culture, Italian Translation, Fiction, Thriller

Brunella Costagliola is a bestselling editor and ghostwriter. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of working with award-winning and bestselling authors, as well as a wide range of well-respected and prominent publishing houses. See Brunella’s full bio.

Stephanie Barton, EditorStephanie Barton, Developmental Editor & Manuscript Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Nonfiction, Business, Young Adult, Fantasy

Stephanie has served as a developmental editor for Wiley Publishing, collaborating for a decade on bestselling nonfiction books with authors from Google, Pixar, and Salesforce. She then moved to Sage Publishing, where she guided leading business authors to publication on topics such as leadership and marketing strategy. See Stephanie’s full bio.

Mark Athitakis, Ghostwriter & EditorMark Athitakis, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Nonfiction, Memoir, Fiction

Mark is business and culture writer, critic, and editor whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, Humanities magazine, and many other publications. See Mark’s full bio.

Bernadette Murphy, Ghostwriter & EditorBernadette Murphy, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Fiction, Research-based Prose

Bernadette Murphy is the author of four books of narrative nonfiction and a professor of creative writing at the Antioch MFA program. A former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times, her most recent book is Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life. See Bernadette’s full bio.

Adam Reger, Ghostwriter & EditorAdam Reger, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Humor

Adam is a prolific ghostwriter and editor, as well as a busy writing teacher and coach. His fiction has been published widely in national literary magazines, including Cream City Review and New Orleans Review, and has been recognized in the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards contest. As an editor he has assembled and contributed original content to two humor books, U.S. Navy Pirate Combat Skills and the forthcoming U.S. Army Zombie Compilation. See Adam’s full bio.

EliseGrinstead_2015-2Elise Grinstead, Designer & Typesetter

Specialties: Book Cover Design, Typesetting
Education: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, BFA

A former designer at HarperCollins, Elise is a world-class graphic designer and typographer. Passionate about visual and written communication, she works with our clients and authors to define and visually articulate their message. Along with book cover design and typesetting, Elise is a gifted artist who offers an array of graphic designs.

william-ecenbarger-photoWilliam Ecenbarger, Ghostwriter & Coauthor

Specialties: Politics and Government, Business, History, Memoir, Travel, Creative Nonfiction

Before becoming a full-time writer and ghostwriter, Bill was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he was part of an Inquirer team that won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. In addition, he received the Long Island University’s George Polk Award for a series of articles outlining abuses in the Pennsylvania Legislature. He is the co-author of two books—Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World (Wiley & Sons, 2013), a history of Merrill Lynch, and Making Ideas Matter (University of Pennsylvania, 2013), a primer on mobilizing political power. See Bill’s full bio.

Beth Cody Editor GhostwriterElizabeth Cody Kimmel, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels, Picture Books, Children’s Nonfiction/Biography (all ages), Memoirs, Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism

Elizabeth is an award-winning writer who has published over 40 books for young people, from picture books to middle grade novels, biographies, and historical nonfiction. Her publishers include Penguin USA, HarperCollins, Random House, Little Brown, and Scholastic. She has adapted screenplays into novels for Laika Studios (ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls) and created commissioned original works for the Estate of Laura Ingalls Wilder/HarperCollins (Mary Ingalls on her Own) and American Girl/Pleasant Company (The Jazzman’s Trumpet). See Elizabeth’s full bio.

Art Lizza, Ghostwriter Editor Art Lizza, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Developmental Editing, Personal and Business Memoirs and Biographies, Scholarly Scientific/Technical Monographs, Creative Writing

As a full-time ghostwriter, author, conceptual/developmental editor, and publishing industry consultant, Art excels in the creation of full-length nonfiction personal and business memoirs and biographies as well as scholarly scientific/technical monographs. Art specializes in dramatic, empathetic and often humorous storytelling.
See Art’s full bio.

Jeff Wuorio, Ghostwriter Jeff Wuorio, Ghostwriter

Specialties: Personal Finance, Business

Jeff Wuorio specializes in crafting personal finance and business-related books that are both readable and compelling. Most notable of his ghostwritten works are: It’s All About Service, which was co-authored with “America’s Business Coach” Ray Pelletier, which was published by John Wiley and Associates; a yet-to-be-titled book coauthored with a New York Times bestselling author detailing future technological growth and patterns and the ability to develop a capacity to anticipate these trends, which will be published by Greenleaf Publishing; as well as, Building a Successful Family Business Board which was coauthored with members of the Family Business Consulting Group, the nation’s foremost family business consulting concern, and published by Palgrave Publishing. See Jeff’s full bio.

J. Gabriel Gates, Ghostwriter J. Gabriel Gates, Ghostwriter & Screenwriter

Specialties: Literary and Genre Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, Memoir, Screenplays, Adaptation, Nonfiction

J. Gabriel Gates has an MFA in writing from Spalding University. He is the author of five novels, all of which were published by HCI Books, publishers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. His YA fantasy series The Tracks received a Flaming Net Top Choice Award, as well as a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Award, and his short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. See J. Gabriel’s full bio.

Ghostwriter Editor Tim O'Leary Tim O’Leary, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Commercial and Genre Fiction, Screenplays, Stage Plays

A published author and award-winning screenwriter and playwright, Tim is a prolific, multifaceted writer who specializes in character-driven narratives and genre works. As someone who got his start as a theater actor, he is committed to exploring every facet of a character’s personality so that they come to life on the page, whether they are fictional creations or the subject of biographies or memoirs. See Tim’s full bio.

IMG_3941George Roupe, Editor & Manuscript Consultant

Education: Hendrix College, BA; University of Tennessee, MA

George earned his bachelor’s in English at Hendrix College and his master’s at the University of Tennessee, where he taught writing, literature, and film courses. He was a technical editor for Martin Marietta and later Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, before becoming a copyeditor for Louisiana State University Press. See George’s full bio.

Leonard PierceLeonard Pierce, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Humor, Horror, Fantasy, Crime, Cultural Criticism, Biography, Memoir, Business

Leonard Pierce is a writer, editor, and proofreader with four decades of experience. He is the author of If You Like the Sopranos (Hal Leonard Books, 2011) and Moods from Marbletown (Barrier Books, 2012) and contributed to Field Tested Books (Coudal Partners, 2008), Inventory (Simon & Schuster, 2009), The Indie Cred Test (TarcherPerigee, 2012), and BOO! Halloween Stories (Monkeybrain Books, 2015). See Leonard’s full bio.

Ghostwriter EditorMargaret Wright, Ghostwriter, Editor, & Publishing Consultant

Specialties: Memoir, Business, Fiction, Young Adult

Margaret is a gifted editor and ghostwriter whose professional experience includes positions at two Big Five publishers—Penguin and Simon and Schuster. With over 12 years of experience working with elite authors and publishers, Margaret has a refined sense of what makes a great story and is a seasoned memoir and business-book editor. See Margaret’s full bio.

erin-bio-headshotErin McKnight, Ghostwriter & Editor

Erin’s books have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and W.W. Norton’s The Best Creative Nonfiction. She is a prolific book reviewer and editor of multiple bestselling and award-winning fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles. See Erin’s full bio.

TheoDr. Theo Hummer, Ghostwriter and Editor

Specialties: Fiction, Memoirs, Poetry, Creative Writing
Education: University of California, Berkeley, BA; Cornell University, PhD in Poetry

Theo is an exceptional writer, poet, scholar, and writing professor with particular expertise in cultural sensitivity and identity issues such as race, class, gender, religion, and disability. Her poems, essays, and manuscripts have been published in numerous academic and literary journals internationally. See Theo’s full bio.

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Lex Sidon, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Business, Memoir, Fiction, Screenwriting

Lex is an accomplished writer, director, and producer with over 20 years of professional ghostwriting experience. He also boasts a wealth of business and finance experience, including the founding and development of several businesses and serving as an investment banking analyst for Citicorp in the late 1980s and early 1990s. See Lex’s full bio.

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Tom has been copyediting for most of his adolescent and adult life (not that he makes much of a distinction between them). He recently copyedited Bernie Sanders’ New York Times hardcover bestseller, Our Revolution, for St. Martin’s Press. See Tom’s full bio.

Albo DevineAlbo Devine, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Fiction, Screeplays

Albo Devine specializes in stories with an international angle. A globetrotting multi-linguist conversational in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese, Al is a genuine ghostwriter for stories in the age of the global citizen and a proud member of the millennial generation. Al has guided his clients to traditional, self, and hybrid publishers, all while keeping every client relationship 100% confidential. He is based in Los Angeles. See Al’s full bio.

grace-picGrace Schienbein, Ghostwriter & Editor

Specialties: Memoir, Historical Fiction, Christian and Spiritual/Inspirational Nonfiction, Science Fiction
Education: Tel Aviv University, Hadassah-WIZZO Research Institute/Feuerstein Institute, Briercrest College, and Mount Carmel Institute of Biblical Studies

Grace taught world literature, English literature, writing, cognitive process and theology courses in the U.K., Canada, Israel, and Italy before finally returning home and pursuing a writing career of her own. She is an award-winning poet and writer who excels in dialogue and character development. See Grace’s full bio.

philip-freeman-profile-picPhilip Freeman, Editor

Specialties: Crime, Horror, Commercial Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction

Philip Freeman is a veteran journalist and editor with credits in newspapers, magazines, and websites including the L.A. Times, the Village Voice, Down Beat, MSN Entertainment, The Wire (UK), Jazziz, Alternative Press, and many more. See Philip’s full bio.

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