Lisa & 529 Books
Lisa Cerasoli is the founder and President of 529 Books, where she works with a wonderfully diversified and talented editorial & design team. She is also the VP of Story Merchant Books, which was founded in 2012 by Dr. Ken Atchity. Ken has been Lisa's mentor, literary manager, colleague, and friend for fifteen+ years. Lisa and her team have been fortunate to collaborate with hundreds of talented authors in the last five years, making their publishing dreams a reality. Working full-time in the industry has allowed Lisa to stay up-to-date with its ever-expanding tendencies. Ask her anything! No, really, she loves assisting authors, never tires of industry questions, and promises nothing excites her more than a great story. "We're all in this together—a network of creative minds. Let's share in this abundant time. There's infinite space available for new talent and the next great story."
a Little Backstory
Lisa started as a working actor (series regular General Hospital, The Pretender) in Los Angeles. In 2000, she wrote her first feature film. This is how she met Ken. He read her script, and then dared her to turn it into a book. Two weeks and three chapters later, she was hooked on creative writing. But this new endeavor came on the heels of family matters, so Lisa left the City of Angels to care for her dad back in beautiful Northern Michigan, which is where she lives now with her twelve-year-old daughter, Jazz.
Favorite classic literature: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Favorite books on audio: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell read by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra (YA Fiction); White Oleander by Janet Fitch read by Oprah Winfrey (Fiction); Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates read by the author (Nonfiction/Memoir).
Executive VP of
Story Merchant Books
Author, Editor, WRITING COACH, Filmmaker
with 20+ years experience
Alzheimer's Awareness Advocate
Due Fall 2017, Tell Your Story to the World...and Make Millions by Dr. Kenneth Atchity and Lisa Cerasoli
2017, As Nora Jo Fades Away (Confessions of a Caregiver—a memoir) print, e-book, and audiobook
2017, Fourteen Days with Alzheimer's, a documentary short
2016, Through Fire and Rain by Joseph Anselmo and MaryAnn Anselmo, with Lisa Cerasoli
2015, Lucky Number Nine by Rina Tham with Lisa Cerasoli
2015, Surviving Alzheimer's: 25 TIPS for Caregivers
2009, On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity
TBD, ANNA: A Story About the Year I Grew Up
Winner: London, Paris, Los Angles, & Hollywood Book Festivals, H.M. San Francisco Book Review, Silver Medal Foreword Magazine Book of the Year
Tampa Film Festival: A&E Selection, Audience Choice - Life & Death Boulder Film Fest, Women's International Film Festival, LA, and a dozen more Official Selections across the country, including an A&E Documentary Selection in 2011.
*As Nora Jo Fades Away, a memoir about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's is currently optioned and in TV series development.