Michele Kelly, Co-founder/CEO
My favorite book as a child was the dictionary. I wrote my first book at the age of seven. Title: "World According to Me." In high school, I wrote sappy love songs. To pass my programming classes, my professors instead allowed me to write reports in order to earn my bachelor's degree in computer science at the Florida Institute of Technology. I stumbled upon an advertising career early on and discovered words change hearts. I've been an entrepreneur since I was 26.
People mostly describe me as “passionate.” I like that people think of me this way. My Italian parents taught me to live the extraordinary life in small ways, that you must have the courage to be "all in," no matter the task.
I’ve penned hundreds of pieces, but I write for one person: the reader. There’s a trust contract between author and reader, and that contract is sacred.
The approach to my work is simple: I start thematically – finding that one big idea that keeps us on point. My beloved style books: Associated Press for journalistic pieces, the Chicago Manual of Style for books. My preferred dictionary: Merriam-Webster. Still.
PLUS . . .
+Ghostwritten books: The Fig Factor, Top Fuel for Life, Living the Amazing and chapters to Overcoming Mediocrity.
+Developmental editor/author coach for the following books: Beyond the Wall; Journey Through Divorce; Tips, Tales & Truths for Teens; Finding America’s Greatest Champion; Dare; The Mythogists; The Mind’s Eye; Succeeding the System Through God’s Grace; 1-2-3 Got My Job.
+Making a Difference: Rosary High School, Past Board of Directors and Marketing Committee Chair; TEDxNaperville, volunteer marketing director; Waubonsee Community College, vision planning contributor; Dale Carnegie Chicago, past assistant coach; 2017 Golden Trumpet for Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation’s 2017 Annual Report
· Florida Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in computer science