"As we finish up the PR campaign including production of an exhibit, a video and marketing blitz that your company designed, implemented, and helped broadcast, I am in awe of the results you two were able to deliver. You knew nothing of our event and quickly immersed yourselves in our history and professionally provided us a package that really put the community’s spotlight on our non-profit. The board of directors is sold on your company."
-- Gwen White, Exec. Director
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"Kathy and Fletcher have an amazing knack for marketing -- original ideas, persistence and a keen (and often rare) sense of how to make a product shine."
-- Ellyn Bache, author
“Fletcher and Kathy are a dynamic team and absolutely worth the time investment. I have hosted them with multiple destinations and clients, and they deliver thoughtful, insightful copy, fabulous video and photography tailor-made for social and online sharing. They drive traffic with their stories ... and they are so nice to my partners. They provide thoughtful, serious journalism.”
-- Susan Dosier, publicist
This Raleigh, NC-based, husband-wife team have a combined three decades of award-winning experience in publishing, public relations, journalism, photography, videography, fiction and non-fiction writing and editing.
Newbern, a newspaper editor at age 19, has worked at Duke University News Service, at The Charlotte Observer as bureau chief, at The Chapel Hill Newspaper as editor and spent another dozen years in public relations for public schools, including at the NC Department of Public Instruction's communicaitons office. Fletcher has specialized in various forms of marketing, advertising and PR, employing his keen writing ability and entrepreneurial mindset.
As successful 25+-year business owners of YourNovel.com who have mastered self-promotion, they use their own, real-world media experience to garner the attention and exposure you seek for your products and causes.
When not operating their PR and romance novel businesses, they work on assignment all over the world as travel writers specializing in spas, cruising, romantic and luxury destinations. They’ve visited every continent including Antarctica; climbed the Great Wall of China and Cape Horn; Kathy’s scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Fletcher’s been inside a Pyramid burial chamber, all to tally 76 countries visited and more than 80 cruises. That work not only earned them accolades but allowed them to learn from some of the best PR firms worldwide.
Founders: Hubby-wife duo J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern
JS Fletcher / Kathy M. Newbern
As freelance travel journalists, Fletcher and Newbern have earned 128 travel writing, photography, blog, web and videography awards since 2007, including Best Overall 2013 and 2014 from the Eastern Chapter of SATW in its annual Writing and Photography contest; and several national awards for writing, photography and best website for YourSpaReport.com.
Newbern won the Barry Gaskins Award (a lifetime achievement award) from the NC School Public Relations Association in 2012; has earned national honors for a school public relations campaign, a PSA video and for newsletter writing. She has received various state school PR honors in annual reports, photography, writing and newsletters, was a Chapel Hill Newspaper Employee of the Year, was named One of Five Outstanding Young Women in North Carolina in 1977 and was first runner-up for State Young Careerist (BPW) back in the day.
Newbern developed a six-week course on freelance writing for Duke University's Office of Continuing Education while she worked for the Duke News Service and taught a semester of News Editing at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism during her stint as Managing Editor of The Chapel Hill Newspaper.