Meet Kelly!


Kelly Notaras is the founder of kn literary arts, an editorial book studio specializing in self-help, personal growth, and spirituality. Kelly started her career working as an editor for HarperCollins, Penguin USA, and Hyperion Books. Most recently she was the VP and editorial director at Sounds True, a multi-media spirituality publishing company in Boulder, Colorado. There she oversaw an impressive list of spiritual luminaries including Adyashanti, Reggie Ray, Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chödrön, Caroline Myss, and many more. Since starting kn literary arts, she has been honored to edit a wide variety of personal-growth books including New York Times bestseller The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner, Daily Love by Mastin Kipp, and Jump…and Your Life Will Appear by Nancy Levin. kn literary’s amazing client list also includes Regena Thomashauer (a.k.a. “Mama Gena”), Kate Northrup, Donna Gates, Bruce Tift, Thomas Hübl, and many more.

Along with an impressive roster of talented editorial associates, Kelly is dedicated to the kn literary arts mission: bringing life-changing books into the world—and making sure they’re good once they’re here.


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“One of the best ways to help people wake up is by writing a book. In The Book You Were Born to Write, Kelly Notaras has written the exact guide you need to get your message onto the page—so it can start changing lives. From organizing your topic to finding the right coach to writing a rocking proposal, you’re getting expert advice from someone who feels like your funny, wise best friend. If you want to become a published transformational author, look no further.”
— Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back

“Every author or author-to-be has a deep need: that best friend, that cheerleader, that space holder, that wordsmith, that editor, who jumps inside our vision and helps us set our most longed-for book on its feet. Kelly Notaras has written the most approachable, demystifying, and downright accessible book about writing that has ever been written, and, yes, your book will finally get written after you read hers. Case in point: she paved the way for me to write a New York Times bestseller!”
— Regena Thomashauer, New York Times best-selling author of Pussy: A Reclamation

“In these pages, publishing veteran Kelly Notaras leads you through every step of the creation process, from building a rock-solid narrative structure and crafting a strong hook to pushing through writer’s block and eventually partnering with a literary agent. The Book You Were Born to Write is the consummate guidebook to getting yourself unstuck and, at last, sharing your masterpiece with the world.”
— Michelle Burford, #1 New York Times best-selling collaborative writer

“The two best ways to change the world are to have a child and write a book. I can’t help you with the former, but if you want to do the latter, you should start by reading master editor Kelly Notaras’s amazing work, The Book You Were Born to Write. It’s the ultimate resource for everyone who wants to share their wisdom with the world in a profound and lasting way.”
— Scott Hoffman, founding partner, Folio Literary Management, LLC, and agent for multiple #1 New York Times best-selling authors