Marcia Layton Turner

Marcia Layton Turner


Bestselling, award-winning writer Marcia Layton Turner has authored, co-authored, or ghostwritten more than 50 nonfiction books. She works almost exclusively with entrepreneurs, CEOs, senior executives, consultants, and business owners. Many of her titles and those of her clients have been published by major publishers, including John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, and Macmillan.

She co-authored with Ed Paulson early editions of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. One of her most recent ghosted books is expected to sell 2 million copies internationally. And her Unofficial Guide to Starting a Small Businesswas named a “Best Business Book” the year it was published, by Library Journal.

She has ghostwritten books about leadership, Gen Z, business development, marketing, ethics, and many other business topics. One of the books she recently edited was a New York Timesbestseller for several weeks.

When not ghostwriting books, Marcia writes articles and blog posts for outlets like BusinessweekEntrepreneur, Forbes Online, US News & World, CNN Money, and AmEx OPEN Forum.

She earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BA with honors from Wellesley College.

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