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Gary Krebs

Gary Krebs - Ghostwriter

Fairfield, United States

Creative and detailed ghostwriter and literary agent who brings 30 years of insider publisher expertise to every project.

Overview

I am the Founder of GMK Writing and Editing, Inc. A longtime book publisher, ghostwriter, author, literary agent, and editorial consultant, I have published numerous print and ebook bestsellers and bring three decades of trade book industry experience to the table on every assignment. I have successfully completed six ghostwriting assignments in my first year in business.

Praise for Gary:

“Working with Gary Krebs has been one of the highlights of my career. He worked tirelessly, sparing none of his professional expertise in acquiring and editing, to bring my publishing deal and book to fruition. He was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to another opportunity to work with him again in the same capacity.”
—Gloria Gaynor, Grammy Award-winning performer and author of We Will Survive (with Sue Carswell)

"I'm proud to say Gary has been my publishing partner for many years. He understands book content and knows how to shape it better than anyone. Best of all for me, he's a funny and terrific communicator!"
--Leil Lowndes, author of the international bestseller How to Talk to Anyone

“It was my distinct honor to work with Gary Krebs on two books and both were great experiences. Gary reshaped my work into something brilliant. I’m extremely proud of those books and owe a lot of the credit to Gary."
—Will Bowen, #1 International Bestselling Author

"It's been a great pleasure to know and work with Gary for many years.
He brings creative energy and experienced skill to every project and
publishing challenge. Gary's keen grasp of reader's expectations and
market needs add significant value to any author's goals for success.
His attention to detail and dedication to excellence admirably serve
all parties in the demanding publishing world."
—John Willig, President and Literary Agent, Literary Services, Inc.

“Gary Krebs's direction and experience directly led to the success of my first book, One Simple Idea. Without his guidance, One Simple Idea would not have been a bestseller. He came up with the name of the book, helped with the art direction of the cover, and provided solid marketing input and support. I highly recommend working with him.”
—Stephen Key, bestselling author

"Gary Krebs has a true instinct for picking business books that will succeed. He is both creative and pragmatic; he intuits what the market wants and knows how to sell it. Best of all, Gary communicates extremely well with authors who deliver the product. Clearly, he respects and understands every aspect of the work it takes to craft a bestseller...he worked with me on two of mine!”
—Terri Morrison, Speaker & Coauthor of the Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands® Series. Over 400,000 copies sold, on Inc. Magazine’s list of 7 Best Books on How to Negotiate, and “Best Business Book” lists for both the Library Journal and BusinessWeek

“Gary Krebs is a wonderful writer and an excellent editor. He's a consummate professional always on time and quick to see talent in others.”
—Sheila Buff, author The Food Lover’s® Guide to the Hudson Valley and coauthor of Dr. Atkins Age-Defying Diet (with Robert C. Atkins, M.D.) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins and Minerals (with Alan Pressman, D.C., Ph.D., C.N.N.)

“I've worked with a lot of editors in my long career, and so I can say with assurance that Gary is one of the very best because he’s knowledgeable, intelligent, and thorough. But even more important, Gary is one of the few editors who treats his writers well, with kindness and consideration. It is a privilege to work with him.”
—Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., author of How to Be a Jewish Mother and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to American Literature

“When I decided, after tiring of writing books about war and other disasters, to devote my next book to butterflies and flowers, I was dismissed by too many colleagues. But not by the innovative Gary Krebs. I accosted him on the floor of Book Expo in New York; he sat down and listened patiently. A year later he published The Dangerous World of Butterflies. Not only did I appreciate his confidence in my work, but his instincts were spot-on: From Jon Stewart on The Daily Show to NPR's Science Desk, from the Washington Post to Publishers Weekly, the reviewers agreed with Krebs. The critical success followed a lovely editorial process. Krebs assigned an ideal editor to the project and followed publication of the book with a forceful, efficient and productive publicity campaign. There's more. The butterfly book became the first in a trilogy about the intersection of humans and other animals. And the trilogy led directly to my current work, Dreaming in Turtle, under contract with St. Martin's Press. Thanks, Gary.”
—Peter Laufer, author of The Dangerous World of Butterflies and Dreaming in Turtle

“I have worked with Gary Krebs on several major book projects and found him to be very knowledgeable and clear on what was needed, and he was a delight to work with. I wish we could clone Gary!”
—Christine Adamec, author of When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart, Surviving Your Pet’s Death, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Adoption, Second Edition, among many others

“Gary Krebs is the consummate industry professional, having substantive experience in every aspect of book publishing. He has been involved first hand in the evolution of the printed book to a multi-platform experience and knows how to craft a book for the 21st century.”
—Grace Freedson, The Publishing Network

“Gary has been my editor for a variety of projects since the early 1990’s. He’s signed up my books, he’s developed them, and he’s seen them through publication. Nobody knows acquisitions, editing, and publishing better and in more categories.”

—Alan Axelrod, author of Full Faith and Credit (with Michael Ramirez) and The 20 Most Significant Events of the Civil War (May 2017) and ghostwriter

“Gary was one of the best editors I’ve worked with, and that includes both fiction and nonfiction. He was responsive, helpful, and always kind.”
—Sheila Lowe, author of the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries series and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Education & Reference Entertainment Health & wellbeing Music Parenting & Families Psychology Sex & Relationships Sports & outdoor recreation

Work experience

Founder

Self-employed
September, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

Ghostwriting:
Skilled at writing on diverse non-fiction subjects
Excellence at capturing author voice and tone
Talent for developing, shaping, or honing existing material, as well as researching and crafting new content
Dedication to author and publisher happiness
Unbridled creativity, passion, and enthusiasm for content generation and collaboration

Developmental Editing:
Exceptional ability to shape content per specifications
Mastery at line edit editing and polishing writing at any level
Professional formatting and book organization
Established track record of having published and edited thousands of successful books and numerous bestsellers
Never misses a deadline!

Consulting:
Insider industry insights into commercial market potential—what will help your book sell!
Expert analysis on positioning, voice, and tone
Creative ideas for new books and series
Skilled at drafting cover and jacket copy and feed copy
Keen eye for cover and interior design
Thorough knowledge of all formats and markets:
Print and ebook—short-form or full-length
Trade retail, specialty markets, mass-market, reference, academic, corporate, gift
Licensing: international, translation, audio

Associate Publisher

Brilliance Publishing (a division of Amazon Publishing)
April, 2012 – September, 2016 (over 4 years)

Titles personally acquired in audio: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, by Carmine Gallo; How to Talk to Anyone, by Leil Lowndes; Strength Finders, by Gallup, Crucial Conversations, by Joseph Grenny at. al.

Titles personally acquired and edited in book/ebook: We Will Survive, by Gloria Gaynor and Sue Carswell; Happy This Year!, by Will Bowen, How to Create Your Family Mission Statement, by Stephen R. Covey.

• Executive team member who led a staff of 11
• Established Vision and Growth Strategy for Fiction and Non-Fiction audiobook acquisitions program
• Expanded program into Non-Fiction categories, such as Self-Help and Business
• Created and launched Grand Harbor Press print/ebook Self-Help imprint
• Sealed distribution partnerships with Gallup (Strengthsfinder 2.0) FranklinCovey (7 Habits), Vitalsmarts (Crucial Conversations), Recorded Books, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill, and many other top content partners
• Earned 2015 Grammy nomination for Gloria Gaynor’s We Will Survive audiobook, acquired in all formats

VP, Group Publisher

McGraw-Hill Professional
April, 2009 – March, 2012 (almost 3 years)

Titles personally acquired and edited: One Simple Idea, by Stephen Key; Workarounds That Work, by Russell Bishop; The Mountain Within, by Herta Von Stiegel; Influencing Powerful People, by Dirk Shlimm; Reputation Rules, by Daniel Diermeier, Ph.D., The Apple Experience, by Carmine Gallo; Winning the Customer, by Lou Imbriano.

• Executive team member with a staff of 18 editors and marketers
• Accelerated title count from 150 to 175 per year
• Directed acquisitions team that produced a dozen global bestsellers and signed seven Forbes “Top Business Thinkers”
• Acquired several titles with bestselling authors
• Launched innovative ebook programs leading to 150% digital growth
• Developed innovative digital products, such as the Kiss Bow or Shake Hands international business etiquette platform

Group Publisher

The Globe Pequot Press (GPP)
June, 2007 – March, 2009 (over 1 year)

Titles personally acquired and edited: Small Miracles of the Holocaust, by Yitta Halberstam; Broadway Tales, by Bill Berloni; Barfbag Origami, The Afterlife Handbook.

• Company leader who led five imprints and a 40-member staff
• Produced several national bestsellers, including Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips (Kris Carr)
• Launched the company’s ebook program, converting the entire backlist

Publisher

Adams Media
November, 2000 – May, 2007 (over 6 years)

Titles personally edited and acquired: Why Men Love Bitches (Sherry Argov), Please Stop Laughing at Me (Jodee Blanco), God Is My CEO (Larry Julian), The Portable Jewish Mother (Laurie Rozakis), numerous titles in the EVERYTHING series.

• Creative force behind Editorial, Contracts, Production, and Manufacturing group (26 total reports)
• Doubled title count to 230 titles per year for explosive trade and mass-market growth
• Electrified growth of several multi-million selling series, including Everything, Small Miracles, Knock ‘em Dead, and A Cup of Comfort
• Acquired and edited Why Men Love Bitches (Sherry Argov), the company’s bestselling title: over one million sold and translated into 35 languages

Publishing Director

Rodale
October, 1999 – January, 2000 (3 months)

Edited bestsellers Picture Perfect Weight Loss (Dr. Howard Shapiro) and Win the Fat War (Anne Alexander)

• Led five member team specializing in trade, direct mail, and Spanish language series
• Acquired and developed Picture Perfect titles with national bestselling author Dr. Howard Shapiro
• Partnered with Prevention on branded bestsellers, such as Win the Fat War
• Oversaw Prevention annuals program, which had record-breaking newsstand sell-thru

Publishing Director

Macmillan Publishing
October, 1996 – September, 1999 (almost 3 years)

Personally acquired numerous titles in The Complete Idiot's Guide series phenomenon: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baseball (by Johnny Bench), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Basketball (by Walt Clyde Frazier), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Massage, and many others.

• Pioneered acquisition for the bestselling Complete Idiot’s Guide series
• Acquired 60 titles per year, including celebrity authors such as Walt “Clyde” Frazier
• Created breakthrough program, converting the series from Computing to all lifestyle areas: Health/Fitness, Cooking, New Age, Pop Culture

Senior Editor

The Philip Lief Group
May, 1995 – September, 1996 (over 1 year)

Editor of The Blockbuster Guide to Movies and Videos, the American Medical Women's Association series, The Jewish Book of Family and Life.

• Packaged dozens of book projects
• Originated, developed, agented, and edited 35 book projects
• Edited the 1997 edition of The Blockbuster Entertainment Guide to Movies and Videos
• Supervised a full-time editorial assistant, freelancers, and interns

Editor, The Guinness Book of Records

Facts On File, Inc.
September, 1994 – April, 1995 (7 months)

• Compiled and edited the U.S. hardcover trade edition of the world’s best-selling copyright book
• Promoted Guinness via all major media with major sales spikes
• Edited and contributed to the mega-selling Guinness Book of Sports Records 1995-1996

Editor

Facts On File, Inc.
September, 1989 – August, 1994 (almost 5 years)

Acquired and edited reference books for trade and library markets, including: Who's Who in Hollywood, by David Ragan; The Worth Book of Softball, by Paul Dickson; The Oscar Movies, by Roy Pickard; Great Stage Directors, by Samuel L. Leiter.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked: Explaining the What If in Science, Geography and the Absurd

Joseph Pisenti

#1 Amazon New Release!Looking for trivia books filled with fun facts and trivia questions and answers? Answers to Questions You've Never Asked will entertain you for hoursFun facts for kids of all ages: When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Why do we have borders, what’s the furthest you can get... read more

#1 Amazon New Release!Looking for trivia books filled with fun facts and trivia questions and answers? Answers to Questions You've Never Asked will entertain you for hoursFun facts for kids of all ages: When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Why do we have borders, what’s the furthest you can get... read more

One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work

Stephen Key

Turn your great idea into millions—without lifting a finger!Yes, a good idea is enough to build a fortune! Too many people think production, marketing, and distribution are essential to the entrepreneurial process. As One Simple Idea shows, you can hand these tasks off to others—and make big money in doing so.Stephen Key, a highly successful entrepreneur whose creations have generated billions... read more

Turn your great idea into millions—without lifting a finger!Yes, a good idea is enough to build a fortune! Too many people think production, marketing, and distribution are essential to the entrepreneurial process. As One Simple Idea shows, you can hand these tasks off to others—and make big money in doing so.Stephen Key, a highly successful entrepreneur whose creations have generated billions... read more

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries

Terri Morrison, Wayne A. Conaway

Your Passport to International Business EtiquetteThe most authoritative and comprehensive text of its kind, Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, 2nd Edition, is your must-have guide to proper international business protocol. With countries such as China and India taking on a more significant role in the global business landscape, you can't afford not to know the practices, customs, and philosophies of o... read more

Your Passport to International Business EtiquetteThe most authoritative and comprehensive text of its kind, Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, 2nd Edition, is your must-have guide to proper international business protocol. With countries such as China and India taking on a more significant role in the global business landscape, you can't afford not to know the practices, customs, and philosophies of o... read more

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Leil Lowndes

"You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills." -- Larry King "The lost art of verbal communication may be revitalized by Leil Lowndes." -- Harvey McKay, author of “How to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive” What is that magic quality makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In busine... read more

"You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills." -- Larry King "The lost art of verbal communication may be revitalized by Leil Lowndes." -- Harvey McKay, author of “How to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive” What is that magic quality makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In busine... read more

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship

Sherry Argov

Do you feel like you are too nice? Sherry Argov's Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a "yes woman" who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions w... read more

Do you feel like you are too nice? Sherry Argov's Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a "yes woman" who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions w... read more

Small Miracles of the Holocaust

Yitta Halberstam, Judith Leventhal

Awe-inspiring, true stories from the worst of timesThe Holocaust—perhaps the darkest period in human history—conjures up horrific images: death camps, torture, starvation, genocide on a grand scale. Yet there were some rays of light during this nightmarish time: inexplicable events in which human lives were spared, families were brought back together, and the human spirit and faith somehow end... read more

Awe-inspiring, true stories from the worst of timesThe Holocaust—perhaps the darkest period in human history—conjures up horrific images: death camps, torture, starvation, genocide on a grand scale. Yet there were some rays of light during this nightmarish time: inexplicable events in which human lives were spared, families were brought back together, and the human spirit and faith somehow end... read more

We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song

Gloria Gaynor, Sue Carswell

2015 Grammy nominee for Best Spoken-Word Album (in audio formats) Gloria Gaynor’s #1 hit single “I Will Survive” debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum and over three decades later still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere.Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives h... read more

2015 Grammy nominee for Best Spoken-Word Album (in audio formats) Gloria Gaynor’s #1 hit single “I Will Survive” debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum and over three decades later still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere.Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives h... read more

Happy This Year!: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All

Will Bowen

A practical, yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces. We have control over our own happiness and this powerful book offers concrete advice on how to tap into it and nourish it all year round. The author focuses explicitly on the positive ways we can establish a higher set-point in our thoughts, speech, and actions, ... read more

A practical, yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces. We have control over our own happiness and this powerful book offers concrete advice on how to tap into it and nourish it all year round. The author focuses explicitly on the positive ways we can establish a higher set-point in our thoughts, speech, and actions, ... read more

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience (Business Skills and Development)

Carmine Gallo

The Wall Street Journal Bestseller! Updated to include Steve Jobs's iPad and iPad2 launch presentationsFormer Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard—and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you'll ever get to having ... read more

The Wall Street Journal Bestseller! Updated to include Steve Jobs's iPad and iPad2 launch presentationsFormer Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard—and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you'll ever get to having ... read more

Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational True Story

Jodee Blanco

While other children were daydreaming about dances, first kisses, and college, Jodee Blanco was trying to figure out how to go from homeroom to study hall without being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.This powerful, unforgettable memoir chronicles how one child was shunned—and even physically abused—by her classmates from elementary school through high school. It is an unf... read more

While other children were daydreaming about dances, first kisses, and college, Jodee Blanco was trying to figure out how to go from homeroom to study hall without being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.This powerful, unforgettable memoir chronicles how one child was shunned—and even physically abused—by her classmates from elementary school through high school. It is an unf... read more

Complete Idiot's Guide to Beatles (The Complete Idiot's Guide)

Richard Buskin

You're no idiot, of course. You know Rubber Soul,Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road are considered among the best rock albums of all time; you've seen the classic films A Hard Day's Night and Help!; and you've witnessed the #1 success of all three Anthology CDs and their TV/video counterparts. But now you're wondering...why all this fuss about the Fab Four more tha... read more

You're no idiot, of course. You know Rubber Soul,Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road are considered among the best rock albums of all time; you've seen the classic films A Hard Day's Night and Help!; and you've witnessed the #1 success of all three Anthology CDs and their TV/video counterparts. But now you're wondering...why all this fuss about the Fab Four more tha... read more

Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain's Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception, and Self-Deception

Brian Boxer Wachler

New Book Cracks Code — The Secret Behind Our Perceptions Finally Revealed. . . and More! Is it okay to fantasize during sex? When should you follow your intuition and gut feelings? Why do we gravitate to products endorsed by celebrities? Why does time seem to go by faster as we get older? Why are some athletes perpetual winners and others losers? Why do some people see Jesus on a Cheeto? Explo... read more

New Book Cracks Code — The Secret Behind Our Perceptions Finally Revealed. . . and More! Is it okay to fantasize during sex? When should you follow your intuition and gut feelings? Why do we gravitate to products endorsed by celebrities? Why does time seem to go by faster as we get older? Why are some athletes perpetual winners and others losers? Why do some people see Jesus on a Cheeto? Explo... read more

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