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agent, editor & publicity/marketing :
Kristin Erickson
KE Write, LLC
2420 Evans Road, McFarland, WI 53558
6084440654 (mobile)

I have never sold a book before.

How's THAT for a lead?

At least I'm honest. You may even consider it to be an attribute. Because I have some phenomenal books for sale currently and know there are undiscovered books which exist already or are in the process of being written that will find their way through me to the very best publishers. So should you buy one or more books from me you will have the distinction of being the first publisher to do so. It will be a grand experience, of that I'm sure, so you can imagine how often I'll relive it in years to come for members of the industry. Which means you get one of the best books imaginable plus an extravagant bonus: I'll become your spokesperson for the foreseeable future.

There's more good news. I HAVE sold magazines before and I don't mean door-to-door via subscription. I'm talking about my OWN magazines, monthly titles I created and launched for niche markets, plus the events I created to complement them in, which I sold, too. Think monthly women's magazine with an annual Women's Expo on the side and you've got the picture.

I sold these from the publishing company I started with $7,000 and change back in 1991, when a website was nothing more than a really cool place for a spider to live. Niche magazines where thriving. Both bookstores and grocery stores were filled with publications, for sale and free, created specifically for groups of consumers who were either interested in or a part of any given niche. Except there was no magazine for parents in Madison, Wisconsin. That didn't make sense to me so I created one. I sold $10,000 in print advertising for it before anyone had ever seen an issue and after the first issue was printed and people liked it, sales exploded. A year later, I decided a Kids Expo would be the perfect complement to the publication so came up with the idea of a weekend-long celebration filled with hundreds of exhibitors and entertainment - all for parents and the kids they loved. Eight thousand people showed up the first year. And seven years later, I sold both that first magazine and the Kids Expo to Lee Enterprises for $250,000.

Before I sold the entire company in 2009, I'd created eight publications and six events including a monthly glossy for women called BRAVA and an annual Women's Expo. The magazine, the Kids Expo and the Women's Expo are still going strong. At the time I decided to sell, annual sales topped $1.1 million dollars per year.

After 17 years filled with deadlines on top of deadlines, I thought it would be nice to have some time to myself. I didn't know my entrepreneurial spirit didn't have an OFF switch.

So I began creating new ventures and helping others turn their brilliant ideas into reality until 2013, when I met a woman online whose name is Peg Lynch. I first came across Peg's name when I read an interview someone had done with her in which she was quoted as saying that John F. Kennedy had asked her out for dinner one day at the studio where she was filming her sitcom - before he was president and when he was still single - but she'd turned him down. He'd asked a second time. She still said no. Then she said, and I'm paraphrasing slightly, “What did I want to go out with him for? Everybody knew he was an old grabby hands. And after all, I had a script to write."

I fell in love with Peg Lynch, whom the writer noted was 95, then and there. I was determined to find her and succeeded on Facebook. After she'd accepted me as her “friend” I discovered Peg had done much more than simply turn down John F. Kennedy's dinner invitation. She was, and is, the first woman to create, write, star in and own her own sitcom (“Ethel and Albert”). She had been a MAJOR star in the forties and fifties. How could I not have known this?

I met her daughter Astrid King online, learned she was the enterprising woman who was determined to tell her mother's story and eventually met her in person. After Peg died in 2015 at the age of 98, Astrid found Peg had left behind a veritable museum's worth of artifacts related to show business from the days of old-time radio and the dawn of television, including her stories – magnificent stories – about how she'd become one of America's biggest stars and ended up changing an industry by refusing to sell her sitcom to a network.

That chance interview I happened to read back in 2013 has brought me to this point and now, I'm able to offer the rights to Astrid King's books to you. They are magnificent. I can't wait to find out which publisher will have the privilege of introducing them to the world.

years experience: 25
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Biography, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Spirituality, Memoirs, Substance abuse & addiction, Entertainment and celebrity bios & stories, With an emphasis on old-time radio & classic TV
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Lee Enterprises
From current to past:
* The books (and newly-found television episodes) associated with Peg Lynch, the first woman to create, write, star in and own her own sitcom (Ethel & Albert, which co-starred Peg, Alan Bunce & Margaret Hamilton). Extraordinarily famous for more than four decades, the reason Peg Lynch is not currently a household name (though she will be soon!) can be attributed to one detail: Ethel & Albert went off the air in 1956 - Peg's choice as she didn't want to raise her daughter in Hollywood, where the studio was moving production - after 168 TV and 1500 radio episodes and the reruns weren't syndicated (or thought to exist). The world, however, is about to discover Peg’s story and fall in love with the woman who announced at age 5 she would grow up to “talk her words through the air" on the radio and never wavered until she achieved that goal and simply set her sites higher. After Peg died in 2015 at 98, her daughter Astrid King found a museum’s worth of artifacts associated with Peg’s career from old-time radio to the dawn of television and beyond stored in her parents’ former home. Peg kept everything - from letters sent and received to rare photos and contracts to the 11,000 scripts she wrote. That's right. 11,000 scripts. Most significantly, however, she catalogued the stories of her life. Through recorded interviews and written accounts, Peg saved an "as it happened” account of every step she traveled from the tiny midwestern radio station where Ethel & Albert first premiered to New York City, where CBS broadcast the sitcom to millions and Ethel & Albert became an overnight success. All of these items, thousands strong, would have been enough but then Astrid opened a closet and found a miracle. Inside were nearly 100 kinescopes containing 30-minute episodes of ETHEL AND ALBERT last seen on network television in the fifties, when the show appeared immediately before “I Love Lucy” and was an extraordinary success. They are ALL in fine condition and simply need to be modernized. People familiar with the few shows available have described it most often to “Seinfeld”. Peg wrote scripts about life's everyday annoyances and a nation of fans not only laughed but related entirely. And now, we have the honor of not just telling Peg Lynch's unbelievable story but of showing the world the depth of her comedic genius by reintroducing ETHEL AND ALBERT to a new generation. If a hit television show has ever reemerged after waiting in a closet for nearly 70 years, we have yet to hear about it. (Learn more about Peg Lynch at and; visit her You Tube channel and follow her on Facebook (Peg Lynch), on Twitter (@peglynchfans) and on Instagram (@peglynchrelaunched).

A series of five thrillers written by author Lee Atterbury featuring a Wisconsin lawyer named Jim Taylor who moves to Wyoming to retire and escape into the wilderness with his horse, Buck, and finds a number of terrifying people – all with murder on their mind – had the same idea.

Edited and designed a series of award-winning books which are half-cookbook/half-memoir and bring back to life the ethnically-diverse neighborhood of GREENBUSH, which thrived in Madison, Wisconsin from the turn of the century to 1962, when it was razed by the city. Through hundreds of beloved family recipes, rare family photos and memories shared by the people who lived there, author Catherine Tripalin Murray does the impossible: she resurrects a magical place that no longer exists and makes each reader feel as if they, too, know what it was like to call the “Bush” home.

*A series of books by Astrid Ronning King.

*Extraordinary books written by some of the most talented, undiscovered authors in the world.

Dane County Kids and the Madison Kids Expo to Lee Enterprises for $250,000 in 1998.
The books written by Astrid King, for which I am selling all rights, total six. The first two available are:

• Leftovers: The 100 most astonishing treasures saved from the dumpster

• Final Fling: One day she was a dutiful daughter, the next she was buying her 84-year-old mother a thong.

Dear Mom: “I'm gonna talk my words through the air”
By Astrid Ronning King

Peg Lynch was just five years old in 1921 when she listened to voices coming out of a radio and announced she wanted to grow up to “talk my words through the air”. She never wavered from her goal and ended up doing much more. In fact, Peg became the first woman to create, write, star in and own her own sitcom. Women simply didn't do things like that in those days but Peg was never typical. She was extraordinary. Through letters written to her mother and the stories of her incredible life experiences she left behind when she died in 2015 at age 98, Peg takes us with her as she gets her first job in radio at age 14, invents a married couple named Ethel and Albert Arbuckle to comment on her radio sponsors' products and finds listeners so enthusiastic about the characters they shower the station with requests that they appear more often. Before long, “Ethel and Albert” have their own radio show, which becomes hugely successful in the Midwest until 1944, when Peg moves to New York to introduce the show to networks who can broadcast it from coast to coast. Within days, she manages to rewrite the rules for women working in entertainment forever by refusing a network's offer to buy the show and ends up taking it straight to the top on her own, first on radio, then on TV. Stardom follows and Peg becomes friends with some of the most famous people in the world including Margaret Hamilton, Basil Rathbone, Helen Hays, Jack Benny, Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power. John F. Kennedy asks her to dinner and Eleanor Roosevelt becomes a fan. It's a roller-coaster ride of dizzying firsts told by Peg herself who, no matter what the circumstance, always had a sense of humor about life.

Owner of my own publishing company, Erickson Publishing, from 1992-2009.
Kristin Erickson
(608) 444-0654
Fax: (608) 838-2097
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