Kendall Davis

Kendall Davis – Ghostwriter

Non-fiction ghostwriter. Author of Be More Captain Marvel (DK Books, 2023). Past in-house editorial experience at Penguin Random House.

Overview

I am a ghostwriter and collaborator. I specialize in ghostwriting memoirs, lifestyle books, pop culture/entertainment books, history books, narrative non-fiction, humor, essay collections, and gift books. Both my own work and my ghostwritten work has been published by a Big 5 publisher. I've also worked extensively with hybrid publishers and self-published authors.


I worked for Penguin Random House from 2012 to 2018 editing fiction and non-fiction as well as creating and writing original gift book products, including the best-selling adult coloring book Whatever Is Lovely. Since leaving PRH, I started my own writing and editing business after years of freelancing on the side.


I believe everyone has a story to tell, and I work hard to help you craft a compelling, empowering story from your ideas and experiences. I create a tailor-made writing process for each project, and I view our time together as a partnership as we collaborate to help share your story. I work hard to understand fully your story and to emulate your voice in a way that makes your book feel authentic and real. The genres I specialize in are memoir, lifestyle, entertainment, pop culture, gift books, inspirational, motivational, humor, narrative non-fiction, and essay.


My own writing has been published on outlets like Nerdist, HelloGiggles, Hypable, Geek & Sundry, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, MyWedding, The Mary Sue, and more. I also have an officially licensed Marvel book called Be More Captain Marvel published by DK Books in July of 2023. Additionally, I'm an experienced ghostwriter and collaborator on memoirs and entertainment/lifestyle books from individuals with powerful stories, international speakers, celebrities, and social media influencers. I can't wait to partner with you to bring your story to life!


A note on fees: I charge $50,000 for a memoir up to 65,000 words.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Comics Non-Fiction Entertainment Inspirational Parenting & Families Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jul, 2012 — Present

My company is a content editing and content creation company. I have been freelance editing and writing since 2012. I work directly with authors, agents, and publishers to create, curate, and edit content for books, websites, marketing copy, and everything in between. I have worked on religious books, fantasy novels, memoir, science fiction, romance, and self-help. Additionally, I ghostwrite and help create gift books.

Petful

Dec, 2016 — Aug, 2017 (8 months)

I plan out the editorial vision for the site, and I partner with my writers to help them both hone their skills while also writing to the voice and vision of Petful. I also do basic editing and formatting on posts, while managing the editorial calendar. I'm also partnering with a colleague to help grow the site's social media presence, and have helped them launch an Instagram.

Legendary LLC (Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls)

Feb, 2015 — Dec, 2019 (almost 5 years)

I write articles that skew towards entertainment, feminism, "geek culture" (sci-fi, fantasy, comic-con, etc), pop culture, science, and technology. All articles are written in a voice that matches the individual outlet's brand, and represents the company culture and identity.

Penguin Random House

Jul, 2012 — Jan, 2018 (over 5 years)

I acquired and developed authors and content, as well as line edit manuscripts. Additionally, I keep an eye on the market for areas that are currently underserved or overserved in our imprints and pursue authors and topics according to what I find. I ghost-wrote a few books for higher profile authors, and worked on a team that developed unique products created in-house like adult coloring books and journals. I also ghost wrote several of those books as well.

Portfolio

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Rediscover the beauty around you.Open this coloring book and be reminded of splendor everywhere. Beauty abounds in the extraordinary and the ordinary…and even in the mundane. Whatever your cir... read more
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A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child's life, personality, and faith jour... read more
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A Simple Way to Reflect on Life and FaithThis keepsake daily journal prompts you to record what is happening in your heart and spirit. The short questions at the top of each page are quick to ... read more
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A Creative Journey to PeaceIn our loud and busy lives, it’s easy to miss the life-giving breeze of peace. That’s what this interactive journal is for. It’s about slowing down and taking time t... read more
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A gripping true story, Prodigal Daughter narrates a family's darkest time through addiction and their journey toward healing. Father and daughter team, Rob Koke - founder and Senior Pastor of ... read more
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Color your way to peace and worship.We live in a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this coloring book for adults is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some ... read more
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Choose Joy!Joy is more than happiness. It is something you feel deep in your soul that stays with you even when circumstances get tough. With quotes and artistic prompts, this daily creative j... read more
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“The True Hero’s Journey in Fairy Tales and Stone Circles” is a story of discovery. Hidden within fairy tales lies ancient instruction on how to lead a happier and more balanced life. More tha... read more
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Kendall has 40 reviews

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Aaron D.

Aaron D.

Apr, 2023

As a first-time author, Kendall was pitch-perfect. Her attention to detail, her focus on the story, and the changes needed were constructive. She was exactly what I needed, and my story is better because of her expertise, knowledge, and ability to help me understand everything. Grateful I selected her and thankful she was a part of my novel writing journey!
Kendall D.
Thanks, Aaron! It was a pleasure to work with you!
Jerry M.

Jerry M.

Nov, 2022

A pitch perfect treatment of my manuscript. I highly recommend, Kendall.
Kendall D.
Thanks, Jerry! It was a pleasure working with you!
Lorena G.

Lorena G.

Jul, 2022

Great with communication and feedback. Willing to help and offer explanation and assistance if you don't understand something, as a new writer this was great and put me at ease, answering any questions or insecurities I may have had.
Kendall D.
Thanks, Lorena! It was a pleasure working with you!
Diego T.

Diego T.

Jan, 2022

Kendall was wonderful to work with! The notes she gave me were extremely beneficial to improving my work. One thing in particular I really appreciate about Kendall is how she is always there to help! She's quick to respond, and truly cares about both you and your book. Thank you Kendall for all the great advice you gave me!
Kendall D.
Thanks, Diego! I’m so glad you felt supported during our collaboration. It was a pleasure working with you!
Bobby M.

Bobby M.

Oct, 2021

Kendall was super pleasant to work with and punctual getting back to me. Her proofread helped put the final polish on my manuscript (RIP semicolons). I would work with her again.
Kendall D.
Ha! Sorry about your semicolons, Bobby. It was a pleasure working with you!

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