Executive Director: Peggy DeKay
Author, Publisher, Book Coach, Podcaster

“Your book is not your baby…your book is your business.”

DeKay is an award winning author and freelance writer, blogger, podcaster, publisher, and book coach. As a book coach she has helped hundreds of authors self-publish their books  through direct coaching, her podcast, live seminars, and The Business of Writing International Summit—a two-day writer’s conference to help writers and authors focus on the business, marketing, and promotional aspects of their careers. She has published over seventy books and e-books for her clients.

She is the author of Self-Publishing for Virgins: The first-time author’s guide to self-publishing and Book Fairs for Authors (co-written with her husband, Larry DeKay), both published by Darby Press.

DeKay has appeared as a self-publishing expert on Fox News and is a regular keynote speaker and seminar leader at writer’s conferences, workshops, book fairs and book festivals around the nation.

She is a former newspaper columnist and a past director of Women Who Write, Inc. DeKay has been published in several anthologies, business books, and magazines. She is the winner of On Angels magazine creative non-fiction award, and is a contributing writer in the 2014 Guide to Self-Publishing, and the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing published by F&W Media (publisher of Writer’s Digest magazine).

As Executive Director of the National Literary Habitat, Peggy is the face of the organization. She is responsible for spreading the news of the Habitat throughout the world; primarily through her work as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, writer, author, podcaster and book coach. or


Director of Operations: Larry DeKay
Author, Marketing Strategist, Event Planner, Podcaster

   DeKay is a published author and serves in many roles at Darby Press. Those roles include marketing strategist, website builder, social media campaign creator and investigative researcher. He handles all the production details for the Business of Writing International Summit writers conference each year plus the logistics for all other events produced in association with the Summit, Darby Press or Peggy DeKay. He also shares the microphone with his wife Peggy on the Business of Writing Today podcast which is downloaded in over eighty countries of the world.

As Director of Operations for the National Literary Habitat, he is responsible for event planning, facilities, website, fundraising and marketing.