Marcia Layton Turner

Marcia Layton Turner – Ghostwriter

Award-winning book ghostwriter and bestselling author of nearly 50 non-fiction books on small business, entrepreneurship, and leadership.


I'm a book ghostwriter who has authored, co-authored, or ghosted nearly 35 books, most for major publishers, including McGraw-Hill, John Wiley, and Penguin. Many have been about entrepreneurship, small business, and real estate.

My work has appeared in magazines ranging from Businessweek to Entrepreneur to Black Enterprise, Woman's Day, REALTOR, and dozens of trade publications, such as University Business, Beauty Store Business, and Community College Weekly. Online you can find my work at US News & World Report, CNN Money, and AmEx OPEN Forum. Corporate clients include Walmart, Staples, Chase Bank, PNC Bank, and ADP.
Business & Management Career Guides Computers & Internet Education & Reference Finance & Accounting Home & Garden Self-Help & Self-Improvement Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • APEX
  • Best Business Book by Library Journal

Work experience


Jun, 2010 — Present

As executive director of this professional organization, I help connect ghostwriters with potential clients, provide ongoing advice and support regarding marketing and business processes, and build awareness of the types of services ghostwriters provide.


Feb, 1999 — Present

I research, create, and edit deliverables ranging from articles to blog posts to white papers, advertorials, case studies, web page copy, and books. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, such as Comcast Business, Walmart, and Chase Bank, as well as small and medium-sized ventures in need of content and marketing support.

Eastman Kodak Company

Jun, 1990 — May, 1994 (almost 4 years)

Was promoted quickly from marketing communications specialist to coordinator, to director, where I was responsible for a $1+ budget for a B2B division of Kodak. Creating press releases, trade show handouts, ads, brochures, and launching a new B2B magazine were all under my responsibility.


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From the author of the successful The Unofficial Guide to Marketing Your Small Business, this handy guide provides detailed information on low-budget, high-impact marketing techniques that produce near-immediate results. Small businesses need a quick return on... read more
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