Cindy Kenney

Cindy Kenney – Ghostwriter

30-yr. award-winning writer and editor of 100+ books in fiction, children’s, non-fiction, and Christian markets. Here to help YOU!

Overview

As an award-winning, best-selling writer and editor, I have worked in publishing for over 30 years, creating and identifying great storytelling for readers of all ages.

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I am here to help YOU! After a long, successful career in writing and editing, I now enjoy ghostwriting books to help others see their dreams come to life in the form of the written word. It gives me great pleasure to help you create the book you envision. I work extremely hard, I am extraordinarily dedicated, and I offer top-notch quality writing. I am easy to work with and will delight in helping you create an outstanding book.

I will produce thought-provoking characters, fresh storylines, and content that will make your readers want to come back for more! Whether I am writing fiction or nonfiction, writing for the young or the old, you will get nothing but the best I can give. I bring a great deal of industry expertise to the table, and I will do whatever I can to help you understand what you would like to know about the publishing process.

I specialize in children’s books of all kinds. I also focus on women’s fiction, suspense, drama, thrillers, mystery, science fiction, and drama. In addition, I have also done a wide variety of memoirs in many forms, plus educational materials from preschool through adult, along with both fiction and nonfiction Christian content including numerous instructional materials for the church. On top of all that, I have worked on every kind of book imaginable, plus eBooks, scripts, articles, puppet shows, marketing materials, internet projects, poetry, lyrics, and much more!

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MY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:


> Publishing Director and Writer for Big Idea Inc. (VeggieTales) and Exclaim Entertainment

> I successfully built the book and curriculum departments for both of these companies from the ground up.

> I have written and edited books for over 25 industry publishers, including Scholastic, Harper Collins, Sony
Entertainment, Disney, Tyndale, Zondervan, Simon & Schuster, McGraw-HIll, Thomas Nelson, Candlewick, and many more.

> I am the writer of over 75 of my own published books, numerous curriculum programs, scripts, and more, including best-sellers, award winners, and chart-toppers!

> I won the Editor of the Year Award, along with Gold and Silver Medallions for writing; series
development; plus numerous other contest awards.

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My writing stands out because it is fresh, innovative prose that meets the needs of readers. I have an eye for detail and a keen understanding of market trends. I create intelligent, engaging material leaving readers wanting for more.

I will help you develop your voice and shape your story to make your content memorable. I will provide you with insightful, honest, and constructive feedback that will create a collaborative, encouraging atmosphere and will work to help make your book shine! I am committed to providing my best work and assisting clients in obtaining top-notch products.

Because I work as both a writer and editor, I know and understand what it takes to produce an outstanding book from fruition through to sale. To create a page-turner, I will work through each aspect of your story, including setting, plot, voice, pacing, characterization, dialogue, tone, style, and structure. I can identify strong points and help to correct weaker ones.

In addition to providing ghostwriting, I will deliver top-of-the-line editing, and I am also happy to go over any questions or concerns that you may have as we work through changes and development. That means you get a TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE DEAL! While many clients hire a ghostwriter and then hire an editor to have their work reviewed afterward, that won't be necessary with my services.


I have worked with best-selling authors, celebrities, first-time writers, and clients that wanted no part of the writing process. Now I look forward to working with YOU! Together we will create a book that is everything you hope it will be. I am very anxious to hear from you and all about your book.

Contact me to reserve your time today!


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> EFFECTIVE WRITING, ENGAGING STYLE, & COMPELLING CONTENT THAT CREATES A LONG-LASTING IMPRESSION

> VAST EXPERIENCE, QUALITY EXPERTISE, AND A PASSION FOR CREATING CONTENT THAT BRINGS READERS BACK FOR MORE

> EDITING THAT ENHANCES, CORRECTS, SHARPENS, AND FOCUSES ON MEETING YOUR NEEDS

> ON TIME AND ON TARGET, STRIVING TO MAKE EVERY PROJECT A CUT ABOVE THE REST

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Please check out my LinkedIn profile for a plethora of outstanding career reviews! Thank you!
I look forward to working with you.
Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Christian Non-Fiction Education & Reference Parenting & Families
Fiction
Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Picture Books Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • 2004 Gold Medallion Award for Series Creator of "The Mess Detectives"
  • 2004 Silver Medallion Award for "God Loves You Very Much"
  • 2006 Best in Curriculum Award for Big Idea's VeggieTales "Veggie Connections" for ages preschool through 6th grade
  • 2007 "VeggieTales Bible Storybook" - Top 5 Children's Nonfiction books of the Year
  • 2008 First Place Winner of Gideon Film Conference Screenplay Award
  • 2010 First Place Winner of Midwest Writer's Conference Novel Contest

Work experience

Exclaim Entertainment

Jun, 2006 — Jul, 2008 (about 2 years)

A media company specializing in entertainment and education. The creators and producers of the hit program, Barney, and the hit series, BOZ the Bear.

 I developed book and curriculum publishing from the ground up, responsible for all book and curriculum creation from idea through product sale. I produced and managed timelines, pipelines, and budgets and obtained and maintained publishing and licensing partnerships.
 I created fun, innovative products for educational and entertainment purposes. I wrote and edited many books and curriculum materials in addition to training, acquiring, and supervising a publishing staff and freelancers. I developed a pipeline of over 20 books and 4 curriculum programs over a period of just two years.
 I provided key support in all aspects of brand development and formed an effective system of operations while building revenue.
 I integrated episodic video into curriculum programs to help build brand value and increase revenue and awareness.
 I trained staff, freelance writers, and editors. I also represented the company at conventions and conferences offering keynote presentations, writing, and educational workshops.

Big Idea Productions

Mar, 1998 — May, 2006 (about 8 years)

A media company specializing in family edutainment and publishing. The creators of the award-winning children's series, VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, Larryboy, and the feature films Jonah and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.

 I developed and produced a successful book and curriculum product line from the ground up by creating innovative products. I cultivated and supervised production, timelines, pipelines, and budgets. I served as the lead writer and editor in publishing while providing fresh, imaginative ideas and insight into both the curriculum and book marketplaces.
 I collaborated with, supervised, and trained all writers, editors, artists, design, marketing, sales, internet, music, and video team members to advance the brand and provide key creative support in all aspects of product development.
 I developed long-term relationships with business partners to foster growth and increase sales. This included partnerships with other publishers, licensees, and mission opportunities.
 I integrated backlist products and new video into curriculum products to increase public awareness and increase revenue. I wrote,
directed, and produced training and music videos for use in curriculum programming.
 I represented the company at conventions and conferences around the country, providing keynote presentations and a variety of teaching and educational workshops while also mentoring writers.
 I provided content creation for blogs, articles, and websites. I crafted compelling storylines that captivated our fan base and created new audiences, increasing website visitation.

Self-employed

Jan, 1992 — Present

A freelance entrepreneur providing writing, editing, consulting, and speaking in the publishing arena.
Major clients include (among many others):

- Harper Collins - Sony Entertainment - Zondervan Publishing - Simon and Schuster - Walt Disney Entertainment - McGraw-Hill Publishing - Quarasan Publishing - WinePress Publishing - Free Spirit Publishing - Celebration Health - Tyndale Publishers - Discovery House - Houghton Mifflin Publishing - B and H Publishing - Precious Moments - The Safe Side - Candlewick Press - Exclaim Entertainment - State Farm - Scholastic - Pearson Publishing - Thomas Nelson - Alpha Omega Publications - Big Idea - Harvest House - Super Snoopers - Angel Press - Christian Broadcast Network - Houghton Mifflin - Candlewick - MacMillan - Big Idea

I am a talented expert with 25 years of solid writing and editorial experience. I provide expert publishing, consultation, writing, editing, and ghostwriting across a variety of genres for fiction, nonfiction, educational, and business content, increasing overall productivity, innovation, and revenue.

 I deliver innovative projects from concept development to product launch. I provide a guaranteed deadline delivery along with fast and efficient turn around without sacrificing thorough content development, creativity, and research.
 My business has flourished since the start due to effective planning, follow-through, successful product delivery, top-notch customer service, and innovative marketing. I provide strategic problem solving and work hard to create and uncover cost-cutting and revenue-producing opportunities.
 I implement strong creativity, leadership, and training while developing content that meets customer needs.
 I write and edit extensive projects related to fiction, nonfiction, curriculum, internet, scripts, and much more.

Portfolio

Katie Bennett is new in town and just can't seem to make friends. But she does have one very angelic best friend- Faith. The problem is, no one else can see her. When Katie's mom and aunt suggest that she start the Precious Girls Club, Katie needs a little bit... read more
Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all your VeggieTales friends as they share twenty favorite Bible stories. Based on the popular videos, this Bible storybook combines VeggieTales humor with great lessons. Kids will love reading these classic Veggie ... read more
This Bible Storybook combines fun rhythm and rhyme with a learn-to-read format to help students learn about God’s Word while they learn to read. Young readers will enjoy the lively text and rhythm as well as the stories and engaging art. The stories are writte... read more
God wants to have conversations with everyone—and that certainly includes kids! Praying the Prayers of the Bible for Kids helps you guide children in talking to God in more ways than just a simple bedtime prayer. Illustrated and designed for children ages 5-8,... read more
An Easter Carol

Kenney, Cindy

The Princess with a Purpose curriculum includes animated stories, crafts, and music and movement that can be used as both a one-week outreach or a ten-week Bible study program and will fit the resources of any size church, home, or school group--perfect for Su... read more
“Once upon a real time there lived a boy named Luke. He dreamed of being a mighty warrior who was brave and courageous. But there was just one problem. He was afraid…”In a lively story about baseball, camping, and facing your fears, author Kelly Chapman helps ... read more
“You became a real princess the moment you prayed and asked Jesus to live in your heart. And since He is the King of Kings and you are His daughter, that makes you His princess.”Princess with a Purpose is all about finding true identity in Christ. It all began... read more
Detectives Bob and Larry hunt for the truth in their messiest case ever as they help Junior learn a valuable lesson. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award.
VeggieTales Personalized Mission Possible Adventure Series (6 books) Your child's name is inserted throughout each story making them the hero in each book! #1 - Island of the Care-a-Beans Let the special child in your life be the star in this exciting VeggieTa... read more
A fun Veggie sticker book about how Godcreated the world―for ages 4-8Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumberinvite kids to join them as they tell the storyabout the seven days of God’s creation.They start at the beginning, wheneverything is dark. Then there’s a ... read more
VeggieTalesPersonalized Mission Possible Adventure Series (6 books)Keelyn's name is inserted throughout each story making Keelyn the hero in each book!#2 - Jellyfish JamThe Seaweedles are in a sticky jam! In this brand-new VeggieTales Mission Possible Adventur... read more
'Everything you need to experience ten laugh-out-loud adventures designed to help you capture teachable moments and plant truth deep in the hearts of your children is in here. Each adventure includes: · Brand new animation featuring Bob and Larry · A behind-th... read more
In this silly story about a very Veggie Christmas Pageant, the beloved VeggieTales characters recreate the story of Jesus’ birth—complete with a mooing cow at the stable and pie-eating shepherds and their lambs.
Based on some of the best-loved VeggieTales videos, this clever collection of bedtime fun shares important, reassuring lessons that every child should know. Filled with fun, colorful, engaging art that all children will love, God is Bigger Than the Boogie Man ... read more
On each page of this fun, rhyming, board book shaped like Bob and Larry, kids meet their favorite VeggieTales characters who encourage them to remember that God loves them very much. Bob the Tomato says: “God made you special, but here is the rest… He loves yo... read more
Junior must overcome his own fear in order to save the crew of the spaceship "Jitterbug 2."
Junior must learn to persevere in order to help God's people from the evil clutches of Dark Visor.
Junior and Laura find out that being responsible means working with all your heart―and keeping your commitments.
Junior Asparagus learns that getting money isn’t the only way to become rich.
Buckle up for the ride of your life! Invite children of all ages to experience a program they'll never forget. "3-2-1 B.I.B.L.E. Academy!" encourages children to let God change their hearts so that they can discover how to be more like Jesus. Participants will... read more
Families can work together to build closer relationships with God and each other through this fun family devotional.
Pull the tab and see what happens! Hey, kids! Bob and Larry have something fun for you. They're drawing pictures of their Veggie friends, and you can get in on the action, too! Whenever Bob draws a picture, "Larry takes over." He gives each picture a special "... read more
A collection of four VeggieTales books about how God made amazing and wonderful you!---for ages 6 and under This package of fun Veggiebooks contains four board books shaped like kids' favorite Veggie friends: *Bob the Tomato: I Can Do Many Things! Bob the Toma... read more
"Families can work together to build closer relationships with God and each other through this family devotional"--Provided by publisher.
VeggieConnections is the first ever VeggieTales year-round curriculum. Each kit includes a Leaders Guide with a 52-week lesson plan, A Program DVD/Video with 52 introductions, A CD-Rom, Split-track music CD with VeggieTunes and puppet tracks, VeggieTales Bible... read more
VeggieConnections is the first ever VeggieTales year-round curriculum. Each kit includes a Leaders Guide with a 52-week lesson plan, A Program DVD/Video with 52 introductions, A CD-Rom, Split-track music CD with VeggieTunes and puppet tracks, VeggieTales Bible... read more
Astound kids (and grown-ups, too!) with an entire book of amazing-but-true Bible facts, all hosted by our favorite VeggieTales? characters. These little-known nuggets of truth include Bible wonders and miracles, facts about the human body, nature, creation, we... read more
The new Veggie Bible dictionary is a great way for kids to learn more about the Bible. With the signature bold Veggie design, sharp Veggie wit, and a few Veggie-isms thrown in, this wonderful little dictionary will have kids wanting to know more about God's Wo... read more
"Helps parents lead in the spiritual growth of their children"--Provided by publisher.
He's big. He's green. He's BOZ the Bear and he's loads of fun. Kids love the big book concept lots of activities, games, colouring, stickers, punch-outs, and more, all in one oversized book where
Preschoolers will learn about their personal relationship with Jesus in a volume that is filled with activities and biblical values and lessons that BOZ and friends impart on every page.
When a tornado strikes the Precious Girl's Club pledges its help to the community. Katie declares she will be the "caringst person ever but forgets that caring comes from the heart. She gets wrapped up in proving that she can do more for others than anyone els... read more
The Precious Girl's Club tries its best to raise money for new playground equipment as they compete in the Chores for Change contest. Katie is hoping to win first prize, but Becca is more worried about winning her dance contest. Neither of the girls have faith... read more
On her way home one day, Katie Bennett has a dangerous accident and there is no one around to help her, except her guardian angel Faith. Luckily, help arrives from an unlikely source - a big shaggy dog! Afterward, they discover the dog is a stray, so he is bro... read more
A lost friend reminds the Precious Girls Club of the importance of friendship and forgiveness.The Precious Girls Club win a week's paid vacation backpacking trip along Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior. Jenny is not happy with this trip but the other girls convi... read more
Join Katie Bennett and her friend Avery and the rest of the Precious Girls Club as the girls realize that each of them has special and unique gifts and talents. As the girls create gifts for residents of the local hospital and nursing home, Avery is convinced ... read more
Katie Bennett and the Precious Girls Club are on a mission. It's called Operation Kindness. They want to cheer up the sad, lonely children who are sick and have to stay in the Shine Community Hospital. But there's a big problem! Katie and her friends are tryin... read more
The Precious Girls Club is given an opportunity to become one of the nation's top ten groups to represent Today's Student for a Better Tomorrow. The winner is chosen by the President of the United States. As they put together a video to show off their talents,... read more
'“A long time ago…in a gullet far away…there was a story of a man who was eaten…and lived to tell about it!” So begins the story in Big Idea Production’s first-ever movie production, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie. This full-color, illustrated Special Collector’s E... read more

Cindy has 5 reviews

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Michele S.

Michele S.

Jul, 2023

She's absolutely the very best and I would work with her again and recommend her to everyone.
Cindy K.
Michele is a lovely person, and I am just thrilled to have worked with her! It's so easy to do my job when working with someone like Michele. She is upbeat, responsive, open to comments and suggest...
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Peter G.

Peter G.

Mar, 2023

I have had the pleasure of working with Cindy on 6 children's picture books over the past year and a half. During this time, Cindy exceed all expectations for the high quality content standards we had set out to create. She is truly a joy to collaborate with! Cindy's communication and attention to detail are of the highest professional standards and I highly recommend her for ability to produ...
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Cindy K.
The pleasure was all mine, Peter! You were equally great to work with. I learned so much about our shared fondness for the setting of these books. I couldn't ask for a better client to work with. ...
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Michele S.

Michele S.

Apr, 2022

Cindy has made a huge impact in my life. She is positive, kind, caring, and has provided a wealth of knowledge on writing and publishing. She has been punctual and the collaboration we have shared has been great. Her passion for writing for children comes through in her feedback and I feel very blessed to have had the honor and privilege to work with her. She is a role model for me, and I hope ...
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Cindy K.
It was equally enjoyable to work with Michele! She was a dream client, full of enthusiasm and talent. I hope to work with her in the future as well!
Iseno J.

Iseno J.

Jul, 2021

With no doubt, Cindy is one of the best ghostwriters/editors you will find on Reedsy. Try her once, and you will understand what I mean.
Ryan K.

Ryan K.

Jan, 2021

Cindy is INCREDIBLE! If you're considering using ger for ghostwriting services you won't be disappointed. Cindy helped me self-publish my very first children's book and her experience/knowledge of the industry was invaluable. She always remained in constant contact and helped me with very tight deadlines. She took great pride in the finished work product and also helped with managing the illu...
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