Malibu, CA (PressExposure) September 01, 2007 -- U.S. News & World Report's September 3rd issue just hit the stand. Literary Agent Wendy Keller pulls into the open-air newsstand near her office in Malibu, CA. Cell phone in hand, she takes the magazine off the rack and flips to page 24. "You look great!" she tells the caller "This is fantastic!"
She's staring at a full-page article "Getting Real About Threats" featuring Keller's latest success: Col. Randall Larsen. Larsen, director of the Institute for Homeland Security, is the author of the just-released "Our Own Worst Enemy". Keller represented and sold Larsen's book in the Spring of 2006 for a "news-making" advance.
Larsen says, "This is all thanks to you." His book deal with a top US publisher was created and closed in a multi-bidder auction less than 3 weeks after author and agent met at a cocktail party in Washington D.C. Keller demurs and laughs. "You're the star," she tells him.
Larsen's book is about transforming the way Americans look at terrorism. Keller's work is about getting writers and speakers with a strong message connected to their audiences. As Senior Agent for Keller Media, Inc. she has created multi-millions of dollars in nonfiction book deals worldwide, including best-selling authors, celebrities, CEOs, academics and PhDs. Keller Media's power in the publishing industry is that her company merges a successful literary agency with an aggressive speakers bureau.
"Publishers want authors who are speakers, and who have or can get media like Colonel Larsen does. And the [people who hire speakers] strongly prefer authors. The two are a critical combo for success," said Keller.
Keller, a former award-winning journalist, has agented and guided the careers of successful authors and highly paid speakers; taught thousands her unique and efficient system for turning a simple book deal into a lucrative career; and connected brilliant new talent to the best publishers.
Wendy Keller is herself the author of 29 published books under 9 pseudonyms, and was featured on 47 national television programs including Dateline NBC, CBS The Early Show, Crosstalk, Fox, ABC and in hundreds of radio and print interviews. Keller is unique among agents because of her depth and breadth of media experience, as well as her own success as an author, speaker and entrepreneur.