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Kelly Hughes

Kelly Hughes - Publicist

Chicago, IL, United States

Publicist specializing in books on religious thought, spirituality, social justice, & cultural issues.

Overview

For over 25 years, I've worked with publishers and authors to secure media coverage for books on religious thought, spirituality, and social, cultural, and justice issues. I work with national, regional, local and online media, both mainstream and religion. My authors have appeared on NPR's Fresh Air and All Things Considered, Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, On Being with Krista Tippet, and have been covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, among others. Some of the bestselling authors I've worked with include John Shelby Spong, James Martin, SJ, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Philip Yancey, Rachel Held-Evans, Parker Palmer, Richard Rohr, and Jim Wallis.

"Dozens of authors and publishers have told me that Kelly Hughes is simply the very best publicist with whom they've ever worked. They're right. Kelly is wonderfully talented and amazingly hard-working: her carefully crafted plan for publicizing my latest book helped get the book noticed (and reviewed) in nationally known newspapers, magazines, television shows, radio programs and websites. She is unfailingly helpful, energetic and creative." —James Martin, S.J., author of My Life with the Saints and Jesus: A Pilgrimage

"Kelly Hughes brings the perfect skill set to the table. She knows and loves books. She knows and loves authors. She knows and loves journalists and media. Kelly can take complex ideas and see others their implications for culture. She can take popular ideas and help others see their deep moorings. She has single handedly put a face on our Press. Kelly’s boundless energy and imagination is only exceeded by her personal warmth. DeChant-Hughes is professional from first to last." —Carey C. Newman, Director, Baylor University Press

"I'd been on the receiving end of Kelly Hughes's excellent press releases and engaging phone calls for several years as a member of the media. I was impressed by her right away—how refreshing to find a publicist who genuinely loves to read! When the time came for me to find an outside publicist for my own book, there was no question in my mind about who I wanted. Kelly went far above and beyond the call of duty in getting the word out about my book. I would work with DeChant-Hughes again in a heartbeat. This agency is quite simply the best around." —Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood; The Twible; and What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Politics & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

President

Self-employed
January, 1990 – Present (almost 28 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Nadia Bolz-Weber

What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?...And what if that's the point?In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life.” Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously,... read more

What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?...And what if that's the point?In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life.” Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously,... read more

Jesus: A Pilgrimage

James Martin

James Martin, SJ, gifted storyteller, editor at large of America magazine, popular media commentator, and New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, brings the Gospels to life in Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and invites believers and seekers alike to experience Jesus through Scripture, prayer and travel.Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies w... read more

James Martin, SJ, gifted storyteller, editor at large of America magazine, popular media commentator, and New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, brings the Gospels to life in Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and invites believers and seekers alike to experience Jesus through Scripture, prayer and travel.Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies w... read more

America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

Jim Wallis

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin."It's time we right this unacceptable wrong," says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that cons... read more

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin."It's time we right this unacceptable wrong," says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that cons... read more

Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World

Robert Wicks

Caring for our family members, friends, and others is a central part of a rewarding life. For those in healing and helping professions such as medicine, nursing, education, psychotherapy, social work, ministry, and the military, the potential for a meaningful way of being may even become more possible. But, compassion is not easy. At times, concern for others can be personally devastating when... read more

Caring for our family members, friends, and others is a central part of a rewarding life. For those in healing and helping professions such as medicine, nursing, education, psychotherapy, social work, ministry, and the military, the potential for a meaningful way of being may even become more possible. But, compassion is not easy. At times, concern for others can be personally devastating when... read more

Madison Park: A Place of Hope

Eric L. Motley

Welcome to Madison Park, a small community in Alabama founded by freed slaves in 1880. And meet Eric Motley, a native son who came of age in this remarkable place where constant lessons in self-determination, hope, and unceasing belief in the American dream taught him everything he needed for his journey to the Oval Office as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.Eric grew up among p... read more

Welcome to Madison Park, a small community in Alabama founded by freed slaves in 1880. And meet Eric Motley, a native son who came of age in this remarkable place where constant lessons in self-determination, hope, and unceasing belief in the American dream taught him everything he needed for his journey to the Oval Office as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.Eric grew up among p... read more

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