She has sold thousands of pieces of her writing to magazines, newspapers, online sites, encyclopedias and literary journals; she started writing online material in 1994 and copywriting in 1997. She ghost blogs for approximately one dozen companies, many with a national presence.
Kelly recently received her first writing credits for a PBS-sponsored documentary, Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story — and she has a new book coming out in January 2016: Everything to God in Prayer: A Writer’s Weekly Devotional (Loconeal Publishing).
She has written eleven full length books, plus a shorter e-book (Grandma Gatewood: Ohio’s Legendary Hiker). She has also contributed material to more than one dozen other books. Her books include:
• Icons of Women’s Sport (co-authored this two-book series, ABC-Clio, 2011)
• FabJob Guide to Become a Freelance Writer (e-book, FabJob, 2010)
• Flappers (Greenwood Publishing, 2010)
• FabJob Guide to Become a Fitness Club Owner (e-book, FabJob, 2009; print, 2010)
• Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (Greenwood Publishing, 2009)
• American Popular Culture Through History: The 1970s (Greenwood Publishing, 2007)
• FabJob Guide to Become A Funeral Director (e-book, FabJob, 2005)
• All-Time Greatest Hitters: Joe Jackson (Greenwood Publishing, 2004), a look at one of the most talented — and controversial — athletes of our century
• Birth of Illumination (2001), a work-for-hire book about the rise of the public library system in Toni Morrison’s hometown
• ‘Bout Boomerangs: America’s Silent Sport (PlantSpeak Publications, 1996), which the Australian boomerang coach called “nearly perfect”
Kelly’s first commissioned play, Freedom’s Light: A Stop Along the Underground Railroad, was performed in the Cleveland area in May 2009; her second play, Trail Magic, was performed in August 2013. Her third play, Sisters Forever: The Burrell Family Letters, was performed in January 2014.
Since February 2000, Kelly has been teaching writing online through Writer’s Digest University; through this venue, she has taught writing techniques to adults throughout the United States and in several countries around the world.
Kelly also served as managing editor of Northern Ohio’s Over the Back Fence for nearly four years (1997-2001). This magazine, which profiled the art, history, intriguing people and fascinating places along Lake Erie’s shores, was nominated by Writer’s Digest for their “Top 100 Award” in 1998 and 1999. She served as the contributing editor for the Southern Ohio edition of Over the Back Fence as well, and she also edited five trade magazines and numerous business directories, community guides and travel planners for the company.
She writes biographical and educational material for encyclopedias and other anthologies, including publications put out by Macmillan and Gale Group, Greenwood Publishing, Charles Scribner’s Sons, ME Sharpe, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Indiana Press and Facts on File.
Kelly speaks regularly on communications issues at writer’s conferences and workshops, including at the American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Conference, held in New York City, plus those held at The Ohio State University, Youngstown State, Kent State University, Bowling Green State University and Lorain County Community College. She has spoken at Progressive Field (the Cleveland Indians stadium) and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and she appeared on an ESPN2 program called ‘The Top Five Reasons You Can’t Blame the Black Sox.’