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 (PhD), 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.

For authors who want a support system, who are ready to compete in today's market, who are interested in the film/TV industry...this is Story Merchant Books.


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 Dr. Ken Atchity. 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 ten-year-old daughter, Jazz. 

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Story Merchant Books