About Joan Holman


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 Joan Holman is a well-spring of spiritual wisdom and business acumen. And she cares and gives. A true light in this world."

Patrick Combs, best-selling author of Major in Success, inspirational speaker & performing artist

About Joan Holman


Joan Holman has been involved in preserving legacies and documenting the lives and lessons of noteworthy  individuals for over 20 years.

 She is the Creator and Producer of the award-winning PBS television program THE LEGACY OF ACHIEVEMENT: LIVES & LESSONS OF GREAT ACHIEVERS. 

The program, which was hosted by Dr. Dennis Kimbro, co-author with Napoleon Hill of the book Think And Grow Rich: A Black Choice, has been featured in Success Magazine, and was a PBS Pledge Drive Special. 


Joan worked with the publisher to offer Dr. Kimbro’s book as a premium for the pledge drive as well the original classic book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, first published in 1937, which by 2011 had sold 70 million copies. It has been said that “More men and women have been motivated to achieve success because of reading Think and Grow Rich than by any other book written by a living author.” (W Clement Stone)

Joan is the Founder of the Legacy of Achievement Foundation dedicated to preserving the lives and lessons of great achievers through media.


Joan Holman was a book development consultant for the Dear Success Seeker: Wisdom from Outstanding Women by Michele Wright, PhD. The book is a collection of inspirational letters written by women history makers and celebrities including Gayle King, Shirley Jones, Della Reese, Ruby Dee, Mo'Nique, Phylicia Rashad, Rosa Parks, Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Nobel Prize winner Rosalyn S. Yalow, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer, and entertainer Patti LaBelle and many others. Joan secured a large number of noteworthy women in the book and her strategic involvement in the project was instrumental in securing Simon & Schuster as the publisher. 


Joan is the author of Hands that Touch, Hands that Heal, the biography of acclaimed massage pioneer Sister Rosalind Gefre, who has been featured in Time Magazine and on the Joan Rivers Television Show and in media worldwide. Sister Rosalind trained over 10,000 in massage therapy and made massage respectable during a time when massage was associated with seedy massage parlors.

Nationally acclaimed as one of America's top online marketing experts, Joan Holman is an Internet Marketing Guru and Book Marketing Diva based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She specializes in book development, self-publishing, book marketing, online marketing, website development, naming and branding, and domain name research and development. Joan is also an EXPERT WITNESS in the area of online marketing.

Joan has worked in all aspects of publishing including writing, ghostwriting, editing, book title creation, book design and book production and distribution. Joan was one of the first people in the world to do website development and online marketing. Since 1995, her online marketing activities have generated millions of dollars in revenues for her clients, and she has educated thousands of people about effective online marketing through numerous speaking engagements and media interviews.


In today's online world, book marketing requires online marketing, and Joan has exceptional online marketing skills. Joan’s name leads the list the country’s top online marketing gurus featured in the book ONLINE MARKETING HEROES: INTERVIEWS WITH 25 SUCCESSFUL ONLINE MARKETING GURUS. Others featured include VPs of Yahoo!, Google, and Southwest Airlines ( John Wiley & Sons 2008)

Joan’s international author clientele includes business leaders and entrepreneurs and leaders in the fields of education, medicine, wellness, and spirituality and healing.

Joan’s 20,000+ hours of experience in all areas of online marketing include:

–Online Business & Marketing Strategy Development
–Website Design & Development
–Domain Names, Naming & Branding
–Web Copywriting & Content Development
–Search Engine Optimization
–Social Media & Online Reputation Management

A published author and ghostwriter and BOOK MARKETING DIVA, Joan works with both self-published and traditionally-published authors in the areas of:

–Book Development
–Book Title Creation
–Art Direction for Book Cover Design
–Book Project Management
–Self-Publishing Management (eBooks, Print-On-Demand)
–Book Marketing

You can read more about Joan Holman at:


Specialties:Online marketing, public relations, strategy development, business development, book marketing, publishing, self-publishing, naming and branding, domain names, website design and development, communications, online media, new media, television, video, small business development, entrepreneurship.

years experience: 20+

rates: Consulting, Retainers & Project Fees


Reference, Biography, Computers/technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, African-American, Science, Spirituality and healing, Alternative health, Inspirational, Self-help, Motivation, Success


JOAN PROVIDED INVALUABLE HELP WITH MY BOOKDear Success Seeker: Wisdom from Outstanding Women–"Joan Holman was an integral force in the development of my book (Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster). She was involved in securing key contributors to the book, (including an exclusive interview with Gayle King) and she provided invaluable consultation about the positioning and marketing of the book. Joan is a passionate, committed and dedicated person and her involvement with my book has been an immense blessing. But equally as important, she has been a blessing in my life as a supporter, encourager and friend. When I count my blessings, I count Joan Holman twice!" – Michele Wright, Ph.D., author

"After completing my travel memoir Drawn by a Star, and deciding I needed help to market it because the proceeds of the book are going to two charities in Peru, I surfed the net and almost immediately found Joan Holman’s website. I can’t describe the excitement I felt as I read about her credentials. Joan is an artist, a writer, a psychologist, has worked in the film industry...and the list grew more and more interesting. As an artist, a scriptwriter and as yet unpublished author myself, I felt I’d struck gold. But, after an initial couple of emails I wondered if I was going to be right out of my depth. Here was a highly professional person so successful and so accomplished, was she going think marketing my work a waste of her time? On the contrary, what has transpired has been helpful guidance beyond anything I could ever have imagined. Joan is a sensitive artist, a highly gifted writer and communicator, plus she is a former teacher of psychology. She has treated my manuscript with huge respect and interest, made me feel a real writer and made me feel a friend. And possibly the most helpful aspect of all my work with her to date has been her amazing ability to ask the deepest of questions. These questions have clarifed the bigger picture of what I’m trying to express in my book and to solve in my life, because the two are indisputably intertwined. This is where she put on her psychologist’s hat. I felt I was in the presence of a great mentor, somebody whose insights and awareness left me unable to walk away from her questions. In her questioning, I’ve been challenged to rewrite the final section of my book, and in doing so, have exorcised a secret that has haunted me for 36 years. The release from this is priceless. Whatever happens to the marketing of my book and its future, my own future is now brighter and lighter and sparkles thanks to the expertise, guidance and encouragement of this extraordinary person who so generously is willing to go the extra mile with her clients. Thank you Joan, you are quite simply, pure gold."– Meg Robinson

"Joan is a fabulous combination of creative spirit and practical business sense. Her creativity helped develop my book into something more beautiful and compelling than I had ever imagined. And with her down-to-earth business talents, Joan created a step-by-step plan to bring this book into the world in a very powerful and effective way. Joan is generous with her knowledge and her resources, and she is a joy to work with." – Barb Greenberg, author of After The Ball: A Woman's Tale of Reclaiming Happily Ever After

"I attended Joan’s Self Publishing Success Secrets presentation at the Minneapolis Photo Center. One month later, the book I’d had on the back burner for months was in print. Since Joan is a known book expert, it was no surprise that she had good information to share. The difference is that so much of what Joan shared was super simple and instantly applicable, yielding excellent results very quickly. Here’s my personal promise to you: If you attend any event at which Joan is a speaker, you’ll come away with at least one revenue-generating idea that you can implement quickly and easily."–Rebecca Smith, author of "Divine Connection without Distraction and SHOULD: How Habits of Language Shape Our Lives."


Dr. Oneeka Williams; top urologic Harvard educated surgeon and children's book author 

George Labovitz, Ph.D., Founder & CEO of ODI, best-selling author 

Jane Stevenson, author and Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services, Korn Ferry 

Bilal Kaafarani, author, name by Business Week as one of the world's Top 25 Masters of Innovation 

Kay Cannon, Executive Coach & Leadership Expert & Leader of the Type A Tribe 

Luis Solis, President-North America, Imaginatik 

Jan Hope, Entrepreneur, Art Collector 

Patrick Meyer, Top branding expert and business thought leader 

-Sister Rosalind Gefre, Acclaimed massage pioneer featured in Time Maagazine and other major media


Book marketing for Rapid Realignment (George Labovitz, Ph.D. and Victor Rosansky-McGraw Hill 2012) 

This is the sequel to the best-selling book The Power of Alignment (John Wiley & Sons) by the same authors.

Strategy, pr and book marketing for Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo children's book series written by one of America's top urologic surgeons Dr. Oneeka Williams, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University.

Book marketing for Steve Jobs and the World of Mobile by Patrick Meyer (Ignite Publishing 2012)
Insights into the future of mobile by master innovator and thought leader Patrick Meyer who is a builder of brands and businesses, and a senior advisor to CMOs and CEOs who lead the world's top brands.


Dear Success Seeker: Wisdom from Outstanding Women by Michele Wright, PhD, with a foreword by Camille Cosby and exclusive interview with Gayle King– (Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 2009)

A collection of inspirational letters written by women history makers and celebrities including Gayle King, Shirley Jones, Della Reese, Ruby Dee, Mo'Nique, Phylicia Rashad, Rosa Parks, Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Nobel Prize winner Rosalyn S. Yalow, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer, and entertainer Patti LaBelle and many others.

Joan Holman was a book development consultant for this book. She secured a large number of noteworthy women to be featured in the book and her work on the book was instrumental in securing Simon & Schuster as the publisher. She also secured an exclusive interview with Gayle King for the book.

Book Development from Start to Finish – Joan Holman is the author of Hands That Touch, Hands That Heal, the biography of massage pioneer Sister Rosalind Gefre. Joan wrote, developed and came up with the idea for the book and the book title. She also worked with a co-designer to create the book cover design of this book. And she managed the publishing, distribution and marketing of the book. A true pioneer of therapeutic massage, Sister Rosalind began practicing massage when it was associated with "massage parlors" and the sex industry, a fact that created controversy and difficulties for her not only with her own religious community, but with the secular community as well. Sister Rosalind has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the early proponents of massage in the United States. Over 10,000 people have taken Sister Rosalind massage classes since the opening of her first school in 1984 and she has received widespread recognition for her important role in making massage an accepted and respected healthcare practice.

Book Promotion for the best-selling book Think And Grow Rich: A Black Choice by Dr. Dennis Kimbro and Napoleon Hill (Fawcett 1992)

As a independent television producer, Joan Holman created and produced the award-winning PBS television program The Legacy of Achievement with Dennis Kimbro which was a pledge drive special that promoted the book as a premium for becoming a member of public television stations.


Nationally-acclaimed online marketing pioneer. 

As an Internet marketing pioneer, Joan was one of the first people in the world to start developing commercial websites and to engage in online marketing in 1995.

Joan's website at www.holman.com was one of the first websites in the world. She owns one of the oldest domains in the world (holman.com) and at the time she registered that domain in 1995, there were only 15,000 registered domains.

With 18+ years of experience in all aspects of online marketing, Joan has developed and executed online marketing strategies for a variety of businesses and organizations and has educated thousands of people about the use of the Internet for business success through her numerous speaking engagements and media interviews. 

Joan has direct hands-on online experience and extensive knowledge in online business strategies, web design, web usability, web analytics, web copywriting, online branding, online reputation management, online PR, search engine optimization, e-business, online communications, and social media marketing. 

PREMIER FACULTY MEMBER FOR EWOMEN NETWORK–She has served as the Premier Faculty Member for Internet Marketing for eWomenNetwork in Dallas, Texas, and as the Internet Marketing Consultant for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also served as a consultant to the Founder and President of Mizbiz.com in San Francisco, California and as the Director of the MizBiz Technology Advisor Network.

PBS TELEVISION PRODUCER–Joan is also the creator and producer of the award-winning PBS television program "The Legacy of Achievement" and founder of the Legacy of Achievement Foundation, which is dedicated to documenting the lives and lessons of great achievers.
INNOVATIVE BUSINESS AWARD WINNER–In 2011, Joan received an Innovative Business Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (MN Chapter).

PUBLISHING EDITOR FOR WORLD'S LEADING INNOVATION WEBSITE– Joan has been the Publishing Editor for InnovationExcellence.com since 2011, the world’s #1 online community for innovation and innovators. Innovation Excellence’s contributing authors include such prestigious business thought leaders such as Tom Peters, Rowan Gibson, and Seth Godin.

You can learn more about her at www.holman.com

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