Case Study

Client Success Story: Ken Honda

Bestselling Japanese Nonfiction Author Breaks into U.S. Market

Ken's Story

Ghostwriting Services, Book Writing Help, Professional Ghostwriter, Hire Editing Services

Successful entrepreneur Ken Honda was well known in Japan, having sold more than 7 million books worldwide. He was a celebrated self-help guru there, but a relative unknown in America.

Determined to change that, Ken turned to Kevin Anderson & Associates (KAA) for support. In his search for the perfect collaborator, Ken interviewed several KAA ghostwriters, ultimately choosing New York Times bestselling author Mary Curran-Hackett.

To ensure that she accurately captured Ken’s distinctive voice, style, and personal story, KAA sent Mary to Japan for two weeks. During that time, she shadowed him and interviewed him extensively, gathering material and further honing his writing persona.


Ken and Mary in Japan

Gallery (Simon & Schuster) bought the book at auction. Given a tight timeline of less than six months to turn in the manuscript, Ken and Mary worked aggressively to produce a well-written book that reflected Ken’s unique perspective.

His 2019 book, Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money, is now a national bestseller. The book received national media attention, including pieces from Forbes, CNBC, and the Los Angeles Times.

Selected Media

List, Los Angeles Times:

Interview, The Mental Health and Wealth Podcast:

Interview, Helene T. Stelian Coaching:

Feature, Forbes:

Review, CNBC:

Interview, Spirituality & Health:

Interview, Inspire Nation video:

Interview, Money Master Kids video:

Interview, Entrepreneur’s Organization:

Interview, The Go Giver Podcast:

Interview, The Zen House Podcast:–best-selling-Author-of-Happy-Money-eeoi1q

Interview, Candice Wu’s The Embody Podcast:

Interview, Moments with Marianne Podcast

Feature, Imagemakers & Influencers:

Feature, 30 Seconds:

Interview, Millennial Money Podcast:

Feature, Thrive Global:

Feature, CNBC:

“7 Books That Will Help You Help Yourself” List, Forbes:

Feature, Edge:

Feature, Psych Central:

Feature, LiveHappy:

Feature, Mind Body Green:

Review, 24 Life:

Interview, America Meditating:

Interview, Leisa Peterson Podcast:

Interview, Pulse 95 Podcast:

Review, Smart Living:

Review, Grow:


Interview, The Global Business Podcast:

Interview, Brainz Magazine:

Interview, Conscious Talk Radio Podcast:—11—13—19—Ken-Honda

Interview, Relationship School Podcast:

Review, Tablet:

Interview, Radical Brilliance Podcast:

Review, Abandoned Cubicle:

Review, Alive in the Fire (blog):