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Conor Kelley

Conor Kelley - Ghostwriter

Seattle, WA, United States

Veteran sports ghostwriter. Grow your audience, cement your legacy, be a little weirded out when I mimic your voice.

Overview

I'm a sports ghostwriter with experience in memoir, biography, and technology as well. My resume spans ten books as well as countless blog posts and articles. Confidentiality is very important to me, so I can't share the details on all the projects I've worked on, but I can give you some descriptions of what I've done.

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Sports books:

-Book on concussion prevention with high school football coach that debuted at #1 in three Amazon categories.

-Memoir with Hall of Fame MLB player and executive, drawing life lessons from his career.

-Fantasy football book with All-Pro former NFL star and NFL Network analyst.

-Business book with the CEO of a major hockey equipment company.

-Baseball instructional book on catching in my own name (The Catcher's Handbook, McFarland & Co., 2014).

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Books in other genres:

-Memoir with celebrity motivational speaker frequently featured on popular talk shows and podcasts.

-Memoir with concert promoter with decades of hilarious stories working with the biggest stars in music.

-Biography on a lifetime of life and death with a former heart surgeon.

-Technology book with a Silicon Valley startup company on the changing internet marketplace.

-Law book with a high-profile attorney on the power of litigation.

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Other work:

-Blog post series for fitness celebrity on the basics of the Paleo diet.

-Articles and blog posts in my own name on various websites and newspapers, including College Baseball Daily, the popular Seattle Mariners blog Lookout Landing, and more.

-Blog posts and internal projects for Microsoft and its affiliates.

-Op-ed in The Seattle Times and other outlets about important legal issues.

-Editor of four books as a freelance editor, in addition to editorial experience at two literary magazines and a book publishing company.

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SAMPLE 1:

One of my goals as a young player was to beat the best pitchers in the game. When I met my other childhood hero, Bob Gibson, I couldn’t believe my luck.
It was my first trip to St. Louis, and I saw him in a department store, waiting on a family member, leaning up against the wall reading a magazine.
I walked over to him, introduced myself with my hand extended. He didn’t offer his. He just glanced up at me over his magazine, grunted, and looked back down.
“What was that?” I thought.
I was astonished by his unwelcoming behavior, and walked away offended. I was hot. In that moment, he became an adversary of mine. I told myself that I was going to get that guy.
When we got back to San Diego, we played against the Cardinals, and he was pitching. Some guys would make up excuses to not play against the really good pitchers like him or Tom Seaver of the Mets. Around the league, other guys would call that “Gibsonitis” or “Seaveritis.” I wanted my chance, and the manager granted me that opportunity that day.
If you want to become the best version of yourself, you have to face adversity, and sometimes your chief adversary, head on.
Now, Gibson was older at that point in his career, but he still had good stuff. My first time up, he struck me out on a slider—bad. I was frustrated and angry. I didn’t show it on the field, but in the tunnel to the clubhouse I let it out; I’d be ready for him next time.
My next time up, we were down 2-1, I’m up with a man on first. Gibson challenged me, throwing the same filthy slider he’d struck me out on a few innings earlier. I got this one though, and hit a deep home run to give us the lead. As I jogged around the bases, slowly, I stared at him. And when I walked across home plate I pointed at him, and I said, “I’m here, too. Give me some respect.”


SAMPLE 2:

They didn't have cell phones then, so I went to a phone booth and found the number in the Yellow Pages. I got ahold of one of the managers of the nightclub in the heart of Manhattan where they performed: Club Martinique. I told her I wanted to audition for them.
She said, “Okay, first, answer me two questions. One, are you drop-dead gorgeous? And two, can you really dance?”
I told her, “Yes, and hell yes.”
She laughed. "Okay, come on over," she said.
They gave me the address and said they’d see me soon. It was that easy.
At the nightclub they were redoing some of the sound equipment. Some of the dance floor was occupied by speakers and construction equipment. The place was in a little bit of disarray.
The first thing the interviewer did was call me upstairs to her office, a low-ceiling room upstairs across from the DJ booth, overlooking the dance floor.
She invited me to sit down and said, "Okay, what brings you here?"
I said, "I'm in town to do some modeling go-sees."
“What makes you think you can dance at Chippendale’s?” she said.
I said, "It was suggested by one of the agents I met at Ford Models. They said I should give it a shot, so here I am.”
"It’s pretty bold of you to think you have what it takes to be a Chippendale,” she said. “I'm calling your bluff."
"Okay." I said, "I'll probably be over-qualified."
"Oh really? What kind of music do you want them to play?"
"You pick it,” I said. “I can dance to anything."
She got on the PA system and asked for the DJ to go up to the booth and put on some club music.
We went downstairs and the music started. Over the PA system she said, "Okay, whenever you're ready."


SAMPLE 3:

Haven’t drafted yet? That’s okay.
One of the most common mistakes I see people make is setting their drafts too early. Don’t do that! If you set your draft day later, you’ll get a chance to see everything play out in training camp. You can see who’s coming up strong, who’s going to be fighting for reps, and who’s going to get targeted a lot by their offenses.
This is your time to do your homework. Watch the preseason games, watch the NFL insiders on TV, go through the team websites, and read what the beat writers for each team are saying about their guys. That’s how you find sleepers, from the guys who are at every practice and every workout.
It’s a lot of work, sure, but at the end of the day it’s worth it if you want to win it all.

Services
Book Ghostwriting Book Proposal Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Law Music Sports & outdoor recreation Technology

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing from New York University
  • BA in English Literature from the University of Dubuque

Work experience

Writer

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (almost 9 years)

Writing, ghostwriting, and copywriting services over eight years and dozens of successful projects.

Editor-in-Chief

The Articulate literary magazine
January, 2011 – January, 2012 (about 1 year)

Evaluated fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Collaborated with faculty advisor on direction and theme.

Fiction Editor

Tenth Muse literary magazine
January, 2010 – January, 2011 (about 1 year)

Evaluated fiction submissions for the magazine.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Catcher's Handbook

Conor Kelley

The position of catcher in baseball requires a wide-ranging set of physical and mental skills. In this helpful handbook, a former catcher offers valuable instruction on everything an athlete needs to succeed behind the plate at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Drawing on real-life scenarios, it addresses nearly every situation a catcher will encounter.In addition to the me... read more

The position of catcher in baseball requires a wide-ranging set of physical and mental skills. In this helpful handbook, a former catcher offers valuable instruction on everything an athlete needs to succeed behind the plate at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Drawing on real-life scenarios, it addresses nearly every situation a catcher will encounter.In addition to the me... read more

A Name to Die for

Richard C. Kelley

"I couldn't put the damn thing down . . . gritty and gripping . . . the mystery/thriller genre has gained a real talent."-Gregg Loomis, author of The Sinai Secret. SEATTLE DETECTIVE MIKEN LARSEN'S PROBE INTO THE DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN CHINATOWN TURNS INTO A BLOODY HUNT FOR A PROFESSIONAL KILLER INVOLVED IN CHINESE CYBERCRIME AND INTERNATIONAL SEX SLAVE TRAFFICKING. The young Chinese woman l... read more

"I couldn't put the damn thing down . . . gritty and gripping . . . the mystery/thriller genre has gained a real talent."-Gregg Loomis, author of The Sinai Secret. SEATTLE DETECTIVE MIKEN LARSEN'S PROBE INTO THE DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN CHINATOWN TURNS INTO A BLOODY HUNT FOR A PROFESSIONAL KILLER INVOLVED IN CHINESE CYBERCRIME AND INTERNATIONAL SEX SLAVE TRAFFICKING. The young Chinese woman l... read more

Five Weeks in the Amazon: A backpacker's journey: life in the rainforest, Ayahuasca, and a Peruvian shaman's ancient diet

Sean Michael Hayes

A Modern Quest for an Ancient Remedy....If you enjoy a fast-paced read and a true story, Five Weeks in the Amazon is the book for you. It's an honest story filled with peaks of humor and valleys of despair. Author Sean Michael Hayes has written a book that many would put on their shelf next to Cheryl Strayed's blockbuster success, Wild. His adventure took him into the middle of the jungle alon... read more

A Modern Quest for an Ancient Remedy....If you enjoy a fast-paced read and a true story, Five Weeks in the Amazon is the book for you. It's an honest story filled with peaks of humor and valleys of despair. Author Sean Michael Hayes has written a book that many would put on their shelf next to Cheryl Strayed's blockbuster success, Wild. His adventure took him into the middle of the jungle alon... read more

The Tales of Victor Coachman

Birney Reed

Enter the world of Victor Coachman, a fictional author whose pen reaches beyond the printed page and into the real world, crafting living stories of horror, beauty, and supernatural terror. His talent for creating reality from fiction has caught the attention of a mysterious literary agent with intentions of his own, and someone is much more than what he seems. With his soul signed away to pow... read more

Enter the world of Victor Coachman, a fictional author whose pen reaches beyond the printed page and into the real world, crafting living stories of horror, beauty, and supernatural terror. His talent for creating reality from fiction has caught the attention of a mysterious literary agent with intentions of his own, and someone is much more than what he seems. With his soul signed away to pow... read more

Breadcrumbs

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In this collection of original short fiction, memoirs and vignettes composed over a span of fifteen years, Dan McKinnon echoes and reexamines the truth of God's love and ever-presence. His language is refreshingly tight and rhythmic: [A]ll gospel tracts are written by a small group of aged, white, legalistic and bespectacled males (a fair description of me), who seldom venture beyond the small... read more

In this collection of original short fiction, memoirs and vignettes composed over a span of fifteen years, Dan McKinnon echoes and reexamines the truth of God's love and ever-presence. His language is refreshingly tight and rhythmic: [A]ll gospel tracts are written by a small group of aged, white, legalistic and bespectacled males (a fair description of me), who seldom venture beyond the small... read more

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