Purpose Driven Publishing (PDP) was born in 2016 when founder, Jenn, recognized that everyone has a powerful story to share. The company began with the launch of the Purpose Driven Authors Academy, which successfully graduated 14 students within the first year. After student and after student began asking for Jenn and her team’s assistance in publishing the book, PDP was born. With 11 books set to be published in 2017, PDP is seeking purpose driven and passionate people to publish their works. A purpose driven author must have a passion for changing the world through artfully communicating their message. PDP only publishes books that fit this criteria. If you have a story, that needs to be told, please contact us today!

A Q&A with the Purpose Driven Publishing Team

Jenn T. Grace, M.S.  |  Founder & CEO

1. How did you come to work with PDP?

I founded PDP when I realized that I can have a bigger impact on the world by helping more people share their inspiring stories.

2. What do you enjoy the most about your work?

I love helping an author expand their vision beyond their wildest dreams! My favorite days are when I am brainstorming with an author on how they can change the world!

3. What are your favorite books or genre?

I love memoirs written by female comedians. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are neck-in-neck for my favorite. Also, Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley is a gem!

4. How do you spend your free time?

I spend a lot of time reading non-fiction books or listening to the above mentioned memoirs on Audible. When not reading I’m outdoors doing something active (running, kayaking, playing basketball with my kids, etc.)

5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?

Author of the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Released in 1892 this has somehow remained a favorite of mine and I would love to met her.

6. What is one thing very few people know about you?

Perhaps that I am a super dork? (This may be more public knowledge at this point.) I enjoy learning about anything and everything that does not seem to interest any of my friends around me.

7. How would you define your purpose?

I feel like I was called to be a catalyst to other people’s messages, stories and missions. I have learned that I need to use my loud out spoken ways to impact the lives of those I know and more importantly, don’t know.


Anthony Cervoni | Director – Author Relations

1. How did you come to work with PDP?

I’m happy to bring my 20 years of relationship management experience to PDP. I’ve known Jenn for a decade and it is a pleasure to work with her and the rest of the team.

2. What do you enjoy the most about your work?

I enjoy getting to know people. Who they are, where they live, and what motivates them to create wonderful things.

3. What are your favorite books or genre?

I love reading mysteries and works of fiction that take me to a different place or time. I also enjoy reading inspirational books that help me motivate and focus my life.

4. How do you spend your free time?

What’s free time? LOL! I enjoy cooking, traveling or just relaxing on the beach.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?

I feel like I should insert a Golden Girls joke here. But, I would say that I’d love to have dinner with President Obama, Pope Francis and my Dad (he’d get a big kick out of it!)

6. What is one thing very few people know about you?

Many people don’t know I went to culinary school with Bobby Flay, hung out at a flea market with Carly Simon, and was a pre-teen bowling champion. (P.S. only one of these is true!)

7. How would you define your purpose?

My purpose has always been to help people. It’s how I came to work with PDP and the basis for most life changing decisions I’ve made.


Lisa Corrado, M.S.  | Director – Author  Success

1. How did you come to work with PDP?

When I had a nutrition practice, I worked one-on-one with clients to help them set and achieve their health goals. After closing that practice I started The Felix Culpa Project to tell stories of people taking the worst thing that ever happened to them and using it to create something new and wonderful. I’ve since combined my love of goal-setting and accountability with exploring how our stories can change the world. Which dovetails nicely with the work we do at PDP.

2. What do you enjoy the most about your work?

Getting “the look” from clients when they realize they’re about to grab hold of something that will change their lives and that they can absolutely do it.

3. What are your favorite books or genre?

Love me a good self-help book! Beautiful cookbooks. Travel books. I think my all-time favorite book is The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna.

4. How do you spend your free time?

Traveling and planning to travel.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?

My grandparents and my friends Leo and Aldo, all of whom have left us.

6. What is one thing very few people know about you?

I once read about someone finding a snake in his toilet and I’ve never been able to stop worrying about that.

7. How would you define your purpose?

To change the world by being the example I’d like others to follow.


Niki Gallagher-Garcia  | Director – Operations

1. How did you come to work with PDP?

Jenn and I have worked together on various projects and client engagements for more than a decade. I was thrilled to make the jump from managing insurance programs to PDP where I can help authors get their story out to the world.

2. What do you enjoy the most about your work

Seeing our authors hold their book for the first time is always my favorite part of the process.

3. What are your favorite books or genre?

I love reading anything that makes me laugh, recently it’s been Mindy Kaling and Amy Schumer.

4. How do you spend your free time?

At the lake with my husband and kids.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be

Jimmy Buffett

6. What is one thing very few people know about you?

I don’t like hot coffee, you can find me with an iced coffee in my hand 365 days a year.

7. How would you define your purpose?

To live a life of health, happiness and laughter and create wonderful memories for my children.


Heather B. Habelka, MBA |  Director – Editorial

1. How did you come to work with PDP?

I had the good fortune of meeting Jenn in a mastermind group. We quickly discovered my skill set (I’m a trained journalist, published writer, and skilled marketer) was a natural fit for her publishing company.

2. What do you enjoy the most about your work?

The most rewarding – and most challenging – part of my work is taking a rough draft and transforming into a well-crafted manuscript.

3. What are your favorite books or genre?

My favorite book is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I first read it in college and I re-read it every summer. For fun, I turn to Elin Hilderbrand and Kate White.

4. How do you spend your free time?

When I don’t have my nose in a book, I love to spend time with my husband, play tennis, and root for the Patriots!

5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?

My father. I would give anything to have a conversation with him over his signature dish, chicken paprikash.

6. What is one thing very few people know about you?

I trained in the Vaganova style of classical ballet until I was 16-years-old.

7. How would you define your purpose?

Throughout my career, I’ve held one guiding principle very dear – to do good work that makes our society better.


Fern Pessin |  Content Strategist  

1. How did you come to work with PDP?

As a published writer of magazine articles and trade materials, I attended the Purpose Driven Writer’s Academy program to create my first book. My classmates at the Academy inspired me with their enthusiasm and knowledge and so I began to use my talents as a transcriptionist and writer to help other writers translate their thoughts and ideas, the passions in their heart, into words on paper. I enjoy helping people get “un-stuck.”

2. What do you enjoy the most about your work?

Learning new things from inspirational thought leaders as they write; helping people achieve their dream of writing/finishing a book; collaborative visioning where I add value to a project.

3. What are your favorite books or genre?

My favorite books are varied, always taking me away from present world into an alternate reality where I can escape from everything going on around me for just a bit. Essentially, I like books (and all media actually) that make me think, imagine, see things in a new way.

4. How do you spend your free time?

I enjoy travel and trying new cuisines. I listen to escapist books while walking, exercising, or driving on road trips. I recently became a pescaterian (vegetarian that eats fish occasionally) so I enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes and then I invite friends over (strangers passing by if necessary!) to try my creations.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?

Oprah. I want to learn how she keeps it all together to accomplish all she does and still has time to read!

6. What is one thing very few people know about you?

I used to be incredibly shy. Classmates in school hardly knew my name.

7. How would you define your purpose?

My mission on earth, in this soul lifetime, is to be of service to others. A writing Trickle-Down theory if you will… If I can help a writer get their message and dreams out into the world, those thoughts might help others achieve miraculous things, which will impact still others. And so on.

 


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