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Laura E. Kelly
For many years, Laura E. Kelly was VP, Global Editor-in-Chief of the Reader’s Digest book division that publishes the iconic “condensed books”—the book series that everyone’s grandmother read and is still going strong today. Laura edited and interviewed dozens of top authors from James Patterson and Mary Higgins Clark to Walter Isaacson and Ann Rule.

Prior to Reader’s Digest, Laura was managing editor at a number of magazines, including Family Life at Wenner Media. Along the way, she picked up a love of graphic design and technology, if not a love of magazine deadlines.

Three years ago, Laura combined her experience in the publishing world along with her design and managerial skills to start a consulting business helping successful authors manage their online presence. Visit her website for lots of tips and news for authors, as well as an animated video that shows why so many authors are having the urge to throttle their publishers. (Or view on YouTube.)

Blog Entries by Laura E. Kelly

Loss of Face

3 Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 15:09:40 (EST)

The October 14th special issue of Entertainment Weekly is dubbed "The Reunions Issue." On the magazine's cover, you see the reunited casts of The Carol Burnett Show, The Princess Bride, Home Improvement, Fatal Attraction, and Aliens, and there are 5 more inside.

Shortly after thinking...

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Amazon's New Kindle Social Media Feature: Making Authors' Lives Harder?

Posted September 6, 2011 | 11:47:09 (EST)

If you're an author toiling away on your next opus, how would you feel about coming to a screeching halt to field a question like this:

"I'm on Chapter 6 of 'Stuff Happens' and am confused about what you just said about stuff. I know you published the book back...

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5 Ways to Screw up "Bookish"

Posted May 10, 2011 | 15:41:57 (EST)

When the big news was announced last week that Penguin, Simon & Schuster and Hachette were teaming up to create a new online site to feature and promote books, the reader in me couldn't help but be intrigued: Could this publishing "dream team" put together a much-needed super-site...

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