Wendy Keller won her first writing contest at age ten, and landed her first job as a newspaper reporter at sixteen. Her continual passion for writing and fascination with the power of the written word drove her to work for PR Newswire, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain, as managing editor of Dateline magazine and to become associate publisher of Los Angeles' then-second-largest Spanish language newspaper, La Gaceta.
In 1989, Ms. Keller envisioned ForthWrite Literary Agency, founded in integrity, honesty and compassion for the writer. She made a strong commitment to teach writers the invaluable skills of how to market and promote themselves and their message, not just get a mere book deal.
"Getting the book deal is the easy part," Ms. Keller tells new writers. "The talent part is what you do before, during and after publication to turn it into your own empire."
Today, the simple literary agency has become a successful media company. ForthWrite Literary Agency has closed more than 550 rights deals worldwide for clients; Wendy Keller has taught thousands of authors her unique and efficient system for turning a simple book deal into a lucrative career. She is the author of 29 published books under 8 pseudonyms, and has been a featured guest on 47 television programs, including Dateline NBC, CBS The Early Show, Rosie, Crosstalk, Fox, ABC, Politically Incorrect and other programs. She and her books have been featured on more than 300 radio shows worldwide and has been written up in 79 magazine and newspaper articles, including The Wall Street Journal, Arizona Republic, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Playboy, The Scotsman, Maxim, Parenting and the Miami Herald.
Wendy Keller is unique among agents because she has worked in and around the media her entire career, as well as succeeded herself as an author and business person. Today, she teaches other writers and speakers how to market, promote and profit from their idea.