WHO WE ARE
Dr. Ken Atchity
President/CEO, Story Merchant Books
With more than forty years’ experience in the publishing world, and twenty-five years in entertainment, Dr. Ken Atchity is a self-defined "Story Merchant" – author, professor, producer, career coach, teacher, and literary manager, responsible for launching dozens of books and films. Georgetown (BA) and Yale (Ph.D.), then professor of literature at Occidental College and Fulbright Professor to the University of Bologna before beginning his second career as literary manager and producer, Ken’s life passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into commercial authors and screenwriters.
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Executive Vice President, Story Merchant Books
Lisa is an accomplished editor, actor and executive producer, earning 25+ national/international awards in her career so far. As Executive Vice President of Story Merchant Books, Lisa dedicates her immense energies, management and editorial skills, and visionary focus to helping writers move their careers forward.
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Executive Director Of Production
Chelsea Mongird graduated from San Diego State University Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Film Production and Creative Writing. Her time in Los Angeles has been spent doing close editorial and management work with Dr. Atchity and his three companies, The Writer's Lifeline, Story Merchant Books, and Atchity Entertainment. She's read and edited hundreds of scripts and manuscripts, and continues to work as a Development Executive on the dozens of film and television projects currently on the companies’ slates. She manages the details of publishing Story Merchant Books. Outside company work, she is a screenwriter with a passion for children's stories and animated films.
Danielle Bond Canfield
Director of Production, Story Merchant Books
In 2013, after moving from Hawaii back to the states, Danielle Bond Canfield, then obtaining a degree in Secondary Education English with a minor in History, was seeking employment in a related field—this is how she met Story Merchant VP Lisa Cerasoli. Danielle’s been creating beautiful interiors for print books and e-books for the company ever since. She's also Lisa's right-hand woman (or her "left-brain" as Lisa puts it), assisting in all things editing. Danielle’s good-humored, altruistic, and bookish nature, along with a natural quest for excellence, has made her a superb addition to Story Merchant Books.