Fame Finders delivers a proven marketing, training and promotion system. Our focused intention is to catapult you into the national spotlight through radio, print, television, internet, publishing and paid speaking. We orchestrate the transformation of writers and speakers into well paid, renowned thought leaders. Our system provides a clear competitive advantage for successful individuals who are now ready to lead the field.
Key Staff Biographies
Wendy Keller, President
In 1989, Wendy began ForthWrite Literary Agency after a year of working for another agent. Since, Wendy has sold rights to more than 800 books worldwide, including all major US publishers (Simon & Schuster, Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette/Grand Central, Penguin/Putnam, St. Martin's Press, etc.) and most major foreign publishers. In addition to those in the USA, she has represented best sellers in Germany, Holland, Australia, Peru, Spain, Brazil and even Latvia. To meet demand, a speakers bureau was added in 1995 to place agency authors into paid engagements. Wendy has since represented several past presidents and many members of the National Speakers Association, the largest and most prestigious organization for professional speakers in the world. Since 1992, Wendy has trained more than 7,500 people to become successful paid speakers and 10,000+ authors through her seminars, workshops, speaking engagements and support. In 2003, now incorporated as Keller Media, Inc., the agency-bureau began a coaching program designed to systematically lead talented people straight to success as authors and speakers. Many early students credit this program with their success to date. Fame Finders is the ultimate, bug-free, streamlined version of that coaching program.
Wendy Keller is the ONLY professional in the entire publishing or speaking industries who has successfully trained thousands to become authors and/or speakers AND actually marketed, sold and earned people money from selling their books, audio, speaking, foreign and other right AND also done it all so successfully herself. She knows this material from the inside out.
Fred Ciporen -- Senior Consultant
Fred Ciporen is the former Vice President and group publisher of the three most important trade magazines in the publishing industry: Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and School Library Journal. He has lectured extensively around the world. He is considered one of the leading consultants in the publishing industry and is renowned for his brilliance in marketing books and creating successful authors.
Roy M. Carlisle – Director of Content Development
Roy Carlisle has worked for more than thirty years in executive positions in book publishing. Roy has been the Senior Editor, Editorial Director and Publisher of several publishing houses. He was a co-owner of Wildcat Canyon Press, creator of the New York Times bestseller girlfriends. As a Senior Editor at the prestigious HarperSanFrancisco, his authors won more than twenty national awards including the National Book Award in Religion and were on multiple best-seller lists.
Roy is an accomplished speaker and has taught many workshops on writing and editing. He has joined with psychologists in pioneering the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to understand the stages of the creative process and for overcoming writer's block. His theory of “The Publishing Funnel” helps writers understand what role books play in American culture.
Ted Demopoulos – Director of Internet Marketing
Ted Demopoulos’ professional background includes over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Business, including 15 years as an independent consultant. Ted has helped start a successful information security company, was the CTO at a "textbook failure" of a software startup, and has advised several other startups. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and other business events, author of What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging and Podcasting: Real-Life Advice from 101 People Who Successfully Leverage the Power of the Blogosphere, coauthor of Blogging for Business, and the principal of Demopoulos Associates.
Ray Cooper -- TV/Cable/Direct Response Consultant
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Ray Cooper is a leading consultant in the TV/Cable Direct Response Marketing field for over 25 years. He is the former director of marketing for two pioneer infomercial marketing companies. One of his clients grossed more than $100 million in one year from a TV/Cable/Direct Response Marketing program he conceptualized and executed. He has secured infomercial contract offers from companies including American Marketing Systems, American Telecast, Guthy-Renker, Home Shopping Network, Interwood Marketing Group, National Media, Nightingale Conant, QVC, Thane International and Twin Star Productions. These offers result from his ability to identify, develop and market intellectual property clients and their products and services.
Alex Schnitzler -- Editorial Director
Alex Schnitzler has always loved the word. He wrote his first short story, “How Christopher Columbus Stole the Golden Turkey,” at the ripe age of seven. Later, he graduated to features and news editor on his award winning college newspaper, The Corsair. He then worked as an article researcher for the San Francisco Focus magazine, before moving on to receive his undergraduate degree in history at UC Berkeley. He worked for five years as a literacy and writing teacher for learning-disabled children in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and has worked as an adjunct professor in the Santa Monica College English Department teaching writing.
Alex served as editorial director for ForthWrite Literary Agency where he helped writers shape and refine their manuscripts for publication. His strength as an editor helps writers find the core of their narrative, while maintaining the strength and spirit of their vision. His unique patience guides writers and their words into vigorous forms of self-expression and clarity of content. Alex recently received his MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University and is hard at work on his first novel.