The Team

Pull back the veil, and meet the Ghosts of the Future…

Ian Blake Newhem

Ian Blake Newhem is a veteran ghostwriter who founded The Ghost of the Future, LLC, a full-service writing, editing, and platform-building corporation after years in journalism education. Among other projects, he ghosted and co-authored New York Times– and Amazon bestsellers, including The Mind of God with renowned behavioral neurologist Dr. Jay Lombard (Crown 17); the successful health titles in the 30-Day Diabetes Miracle books series (Penguin-Perigee 07, 08); 77 Questions for Skillful Living as well as Slow Medicine with celebrity doctor Michael Finkelstein (William Morrow 13 & 15); the parenting title Dream So Big (Adams 09); Disarmed, a memoir for the world’s only one-armed Special Forces sharpshooter (Prometheus 18); as well as the textbooks Managing the College Newsroom (Associated Collegiate Press, Int. 03); & Things Unattempted Yet in Prose or Rhyme (Cognella/University Readers 11). His new titles drop soon—From the Ground Up, a prescription for re-engineering America from the politician who rebuilt NYC after 9-11; MOveMENT, with the internationally renowned tech gurus who are changing the way humans move through Hyperloop technology; Disable Cancer, with a team of Complementary and Alternative Doctors; and a major book rebranding stay-at-home motherhood. He’s also developing a definitive guide to ghostwriting, The Ghost of the Future, for a major writers’ house.

He’s worked with distinguished personalities including George Pataki, Robert De Niro, Patrick Kennedy, Lynn Cheney, Barney Frank, Deepak Chopra, Rudy Tanzi, Bill Cosby, Raven Symoné, Andrew Weil, Nolan Bushnell, Curtis Sliwa, Henny Youngman, Alfonse D’Amato, The Farrelly Brothers, Pop Band BBMak, and politicians/sports figures/cultural icons and others available with permission. He’s placed in competitions and published more than 100 books, articles, stories, and essays for several major publishers and the publications Utne Reader; North Dakota Quarterly; Writer’s Digest; Story; MadHat Lit; Origins; White Ash; Iconoclast; Gannett’s Journal News; News Corp’s Times Herald-Record; Brain, Child; Quiddity; Genre; and Really. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he’s seen his work anthologized and produced for NPR, and he’s appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows in support of his authors and his own work.

Newhem’s firm also manages social media platforms including regular blogs, for a host of corporate, celebrity, and business clients. He’s a longtime union activist, on the National Writers Union Service Organization board, and he’s one of the NWU’s most experienced contract advisers. He has also served as the magazine program chair for the College Media Association, International where he won the “Distinguished Adviser of the Year” award in 05 and 12. He worked as a Literature and Journalism professor in the SUNY system from 99-15. He travels extensively in the US and abroad, lecturing on journalism, publishing, ethics, and health, as well as judging national and international writing competitions. He also writes for TV, with several new series in pre-production or production.

Newhem is a cancer survivor who’s climbed Kili in Winter; had a supernatural experience writing about the Lakota in South Dakota; rescued orphan elephants in Kenya; survived a balloon crash in Tanzania; dodged the odd land-mine in Bosnia (and spider in Costa Rica); had an epiphany in Dubai; helped amputee kids in Laos; lived with a cult in Oklahoma; got lost in the dunes of Gran Canaria; and found on a farm in the Lower Galilee. He earned a Master’s in Writing in Manchester, UK, while bartending at the biggest gay club in the North of England.

Alexander Sorondo

Alexander Sorondo graduated from Florida International University in 2013 with a degree in English. He works as a tutor at Miami Dade College. Alex’s fiction has been published in First Inkling Magazine and Jai-Alai Magazine, and he currently operates View from the Bar, a blog about what he sees, does, and overhears at bars. He intends to be a writer; his childhood was fine.

Beth Quinn

If you live in the Hudson Valley, you probably already know Beth Quinn’s work. Her columns, articles, and editing work appeared in the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, NY, for 26 years – she started as Beth Mullally – until 2008 when she branched out on her own to form an editorial business,

Beth wrote a popular weekly opinion column for most of her years at the Record; she also served at various times as the paper’s health editor and editorial page editor.

Beth also created the newspaper’s style book, becoming the paper’s go-to person on matters of style, grammar, and usage. For Beth, the correct use of the apostrophe matters! She continues that good fight.

Beth’s work at the Record earned her 39 state and national writing awards in categories that include commentary, health reporting, depth reporting, business reporting, editorial writing, and features.

Her work has also appeared in publications ranging from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, Reader’s Digest, the Sporting News and (obviously, if you know Beth) Dog Fancy. Her columns have been published in two books of collected works, The Best of Beth and Unleashed, the Dog Columns.

Beth is also an adjunct associate professor of English at SUNY Orange, where she teaches writing.

In addition, she edits work written by amateur writers who want to see their stories told in book form. “We all have a story to tell,” she says. “Sometimes we just need someone to say, ‘Let me help.’”

Helping other writers is what Beth Quinn does – and we’re very glad she’s helping us. You will be, too.

Bud Koenemund

Poet and philosopher; social commentator and crusader; student and teacher; part Jedi Knight and part Sith apprentice, Bud Koenemund – aka The Mad Sonneteer – is a man of convictions, contradictions, and love for language.

Bud has served in editorial positions at several publications, including stints as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Outlook Student Press, and Copy Editor at both Impulse and Oxys magazines. He works as a freelance copy editor for novels, short fiction, articles, and essays. His own work has appeared in myriad publications, both in print and online.

While not a fan of overly-simplified or “dumbed-down” writing, Bud is loath to use a five-dollar word when a five-cent word will sufficiently convey the intended meaning. He believes one can write well – and sans pretension – without forcing a reader to the OED every other page.

Though occasionally accused of too much focus on writing Shakespearean sonnets, in truth, Bud’s writing and editing work stretches across many forms and genres.

Bud lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his family, and two well-read cats. Contact Bud at, or peruse some of his work at and

Michael Tencer

Tencer has been a ghost writer and not-so-ghost editor for just over a decade. With a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Editing and Communications) from Melbourne University, he’s written essays and poetry for publications across three continents, including Cordite Poetry Review (Sydney), Hix Eros (Brighton), Materials (Cambridge, UK), the 1cent series (Ottawa), AMM/Unkant (London), the UnAmerican Activities reading series (New York), and the J.H. Prynne festschrift For the Future (ed. Ian Brinton; Shearsman Books: Bristol, 2016). He was co-editor with Andy Wilson of The Assassin (Unkant Publishers: London, 2014), and co-writer with Ken Fox of the poetry collection Frack the Deuteronomy (Earthly City Productions: Saskatoon, 2016). He maintains poet J.H. Prynne’s online bibliography. He’s hosted music radio shows, directed animated and live-action short films, and guest lectured on poetry, art, and activism.

David Nayor

David Nayor is a full-time ghostwriter and editorial consultant who’s ghostwritten and co-authored all or part of seven published books, and penned dozens of articles for magazines and online publications, marketing materials, website content, and 16 book proposals (with ongoing work on several others).

His main interests are health and medical writing for consumer audiences, memoirs, and self-help business books. Because David is a ghostwriter, most often his work doesn’t carry his byline, and he can’t always talk about projects on which he’s worked.  But he likes it that way.

Some recent books to which David has contributed include: The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia (Chicago Review Press); Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain’s Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception, and Self-Deception (New World Library); An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer: Six Steps to Taking Charge of Your Care and Your Life (Praeger); The Skinny Jeans Diet: Change Your Eating, Change Your Thinking, and Finally Fit Into Your Pants (Harper Collins); and All or Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme (Dey Street Books).

David worked on the Heart Health Bible (DaCapo/Lifelong) with John Kennedy, MD, nationally renowned interventional and preventive cardiologist. Dr. Kennedy and his important work were featured on Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper, Extra, PBS News Hour, The Doctors, and Fox Morning News. David also contributed content to Encardea, Dr. Kennedy’s online resource for cardiovascular wellness (

He also contributed to 77 Questions for Skillful Living: A New Path to Extraordinary Health (HarperCollins) with Michael Finkelstein, MD, an acclaimed pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Dr. Finkelstein is the host a weekly syndicated radio program on Business Talk Radio Network and Lifestyle Talk Radio Network. In 2015, 77 Questions for Skillful Living was repurposed as Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness under the aegis of Ghost of the Future founder and president, Ian Blake Newhem.

The Thin Commandments Diet (Rodale) was Dr. Stephen Gullo’s critically acclaimed follow-up to his national bestseller, Thin Tastes Better. People Magazine hailed The Thin Commandments Diet as one the “best diet books of the new year,” USA Today called it a “book filled with practical ideas,” and Web MD commended it for “preaching strategy, not prayer, as the path to lifelong weight control.” David recently began working on Dr. Gullo’s third consumer diet book, tentatively titled The Eating Habit. David also wrote several chapters of A Patient’s Guide to PCOS: Understanding—and Reversing—Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Holt) with Dr. Gullo’s colleague, Walter Futterweit, MD.

David co-created and helped launch ( with his client, Dr. Stephen Gullo. is the ultimate source for the inside scoop on the diet and weight loss secrets of the rich and famous. To date, has generated 1 million+ “high engagement” visitors. will soon expand to offer advice, personalized online weight loss services, original articles, information, and products, including a digitalized weight loss plan, home meal delivery service and diet, and nutritional and fitness products through an online store. Members to this subscription-based service will receive shopping lists, insider strategies and tips, recipes and weight management tools and will have access to a wide array of support services, including access to a registered dietitian, nutritionist, fitness expert, interactive online information, online communities, articles, message boards, and online meetings.

David specializes in book proposals. Past and current projects include celebrity memoir, technosexuality, addiction, healthy living, obesity, back-tax resolution, anti-aging medicine, healing psoriasis, the Millennial Generation, business and leadership practices for women, business ethics, environmental toxins and human health, reforming the country’s failing mental health system, and literary (narrative) nonfiction.

Magazines to which David has contributed include Health, Fitness, New Beauty, Seed, Men’s Journal, Life Extension, Dance Magazine, and Westchester Magazine. David also ghostwrites weekly columns and blogs for clients and provides editorial guidance and content writing for websites and social media platforms. Please visit and for samples.

Genie Abrams

Genie Abrams loves ghosting, ghosts, and living in the historic ghost-town of Newburgh, NY. As a newspaper reporter and copy editor for – is it possible? – 40-plus years, she has a well-earned reputation for figuring out what people mean to say and then saying it, in graceful prose, appropriate for the purpose and the audience.

Genie is the author of the acclaimed “Great American Novel,” Louey Levy’s Greatest Catch, as well as many poems, in addition to the thousands of articles she’s edited. She’s a proud member of the Hudson River Poets. She writes for the Ingram/Schechter public relations firm, where her favorite client has been the Internet Hall of Fame. In this gig she gets to interview the very geekiest humans, many of whom do not have English as their first language, brilliant as they are, and explain their achievements and motivations in a way that makes their humanity outshine even their geekiness.

Genie is great fan of good political writing, too. She’s a member of the City Council in her home town of Newburgh. When she’s not writing, editing, or legislating in Council Chambers, you can find her hiking in the Hudson Highlands and Catskills, gardening, or stumbling around watching birds.

You can reach Genie at, and see her website and sample writing at

Ben Cooke

Ben Cooke brings a rare blend of creative talent and business savvy to any communications strategy. Drawing from his background in production and public relations, his keen understanding of new media, and his business know-how, Cooke thrives at helping clients rethink and revitalize their businesses. Ben is also a prolific networker, with a strong track-record in facilitating strategic alliances for his clients.

His ability to work with the media to give them stories they want has put him on speed dial with producers and journalists at major news outlets and television shows including (but not limited to) Fox News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, People Magazine, and every news desk in Los Angeles and New York. One of Ben’s greatest PR-related joys is getting to know a client’s business as well as (if not better) than the client.

Ben is weekly recurring guest on the national radio show Business Rockstars and has been featured in Success Magazine and The Los Angeles Business Journal.