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Stefanie LaHart

Stefanie LaHart

Los Angeles, California

Stefanie LaHart is a social media marketing expert, speaker and 2X competitor at Defcon Social Engineering Capture The Flag contest where she live hacked Fortune 500 companies on stage.

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Stefanie LaHart is a social media marketing expert, speaker and 2X competitor at Defcon Social Engineering Capture The Flag contest where she live hacked Fortune 500 companies on stage.

An expert on the art of becoming an entrepreneur in the golden age of social media, Stefanie is the founder of BoomTown Marketing, a digital marketing agency connecting businesses with their ideal customers.

Stefanie was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Journalism.

Stefanie is a professional speaker and has appeared on national stages to educate on social media best practices, social media security and protection against social engineering attacks. Most notably, she has shared her experience and message at Defcon, Fincon, Podfest Multimedia Expo and WeHo Small Business Builders.

Stefanie is also the host of The TraDigital Talk podcast, a show that explores the crossroads between traditional advertising and social media marketing to help businesses and entrepreneurs make the most of their marketing budget.
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Success! The Winning Number has already sold 101 pre-orders , was pitched to 14 publishers , and will be published by I did not choose a publisher yet- but it will be one from Publishizer .

The Winning Number

The Winning Number is a contemporary fiction novel based on a true story. Expert social media marketer, Ruby Soho, tracks a phone scam that victimized her best friend’s elderly mom and finds herself caught in an international crime ring that uses social engineering, Bitcoin and the Dark Web to trap their victims.

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Contemporary Fiction
65,000 words
100% complete
10 publishers interested

Synopsis

After hearing the story about a close friend’s elderly mother being victimized and bankrupt by a 9-month phone scam, Ruby becomes obsessed with finding the identity of the culprit to retrieve the $170K that was stolen. Along the way she discovers that the scam is part of a much larger crime ring that involves cryptocurrency, social engineering and human hacking. She infiltrates the scam ring to derail the attacks and finds herself pushing legal and moral boundaries in her quest for justice.

How it all began...
Sweet old Coraline was living her retirement in quiet bliss until she got
call from Publisher's Clearing House telling her that she won the big jackpot! She could not wait to tell her family. But her Ben her Prize Concierge told her not to say anything and let it big a big surprise. Ben has a way with people on the phone. He knows how to get them to trust him. He is a professional after all.

Ben targeted Coraline and her family. He has been doing this kind of scam for years and part of his success has been his ability to infiltrate his mark's mind and make them believe he is a trusted friend. Coraline shares very personal family information with Ben including the fact that she has a grand daughter named April in college. Ben finds April and begins a relationship with with her using information she tells him to further scam Coraline. April has no idea about the scam and Coraline does not tell anyone about Ben at first. The scam gets revealed when June, Coraline's daughter and April's mother, learns that her bank accounts have been drained.

June is distraught and tells her best friend, Ruby the story. She shows her the evidence box they turned over to the police. In the box are credit card statements. When Ruby goes through them she is shocked to see that most of the charges are made at stores and restaurant in
neighborhoods that she knows well. She tells June that she could find out who is the scammer. She says it half joking but it is an idea she can't shake. What would happen if she did track down Ben? Could she recover the money?

She knows the PO box he used for mail and that his name is Ben and he has an English accent. The name and the accent are most likely fake but Ruby also has 3 months of his credit card bills to start the hunt. Ben convinced Coraline to open credit cards and send them to him and he used them many times. This gives Ruby a good idea of where he lives or at least operates. Plus since he frequented the same restaurants, grocery stores and of course the PO box, so she surmises there has to be someone who knows him. The stories he told Coraline are lies but he is a real person and someone on that credit card sales sheet knows him.

Ruby uses her social media skills plus some good old fashioned stake outs to begin to unravel the scammer's story. She enlists the help of a local character named Tarry to help her stake out the PO box and he finds Ben has a partner named Sam. Sam seems like the guy in charge, so Ruby follows him and learns Coraline's scam was not random. Now she is in a race to follow the money trail before more victims are added to the list.

The book is based on a true story, and is the first book of a trilogy.

Readers will be interested in reading this book because it deals with he very real threats of social media scams and the loss of privacy that we are dealing with in the digital age. All information is public record and websites track your every move, that kind of data can be used for the wrong reasons in the right hands.

Sales arguments

  • Stefanie is a 2X competitor in Defcon's Social Engineering Capture The Flag contest.
  • Stefanie has access to high level influencers who will promote her work including social engineering experts like Chris Hadnagy and Michael Bazzell.
  • Well known social media expert guests on podcasts that have over 100K downloads can promote the book.
  • Stefanie is a well known social media expert speaker at multiple conferences with over XXX [UPDATE]
  • Stefanie has a combined personal social audience of over 10,000 people - 4,573 Twitter, 2,401 Instagram,

Similar titles

  • A similar book is "The Heist" - Janet Evanovich, Random House (Feb 2014) - This book travels the world of high profile scamming and entails a lot of social engineering in the way that the characters pretend to be other people. a complicated relationship with the scammer and Good social engineers are good actors. The main character of this book is in the FBI but she also is attracted to him. You will see this kind of lethal attraction in my book as well and leads to all sorts of moral dilemma
  • A similar book is "The Talented Mr Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith, Coward - McCann. (1955) Readers have been enthralled for decades following the schemes of confidence scammers like Tom Ripley. He is similar to Ben in that his charm and expertise make him so much harder to hate.
  • A similar book is “The Widow of Wall Street” by Randy Susan Meyers, Atria (April 2017)- This book is similar in how it examines the loss of trust and consequences of financial fraud. The main character is blindsided by the deceit and betrayal of her husband's ponzi scheme. Their complicated relationship is similar to the relationship between the characters in my book, Coraline, Ben and April.

Audience

This book is going to be fun to read! And it will attract people that are looking for an entertaining read that also examines the complex nature of our social interactions that have evolved from social media and the digital space. The reader demographic is male/female 25-60 yr, skewing slightly more female due to the quirkiness of the main character Ruby. My read likes contemporary suspense and crime novels set in the high tech world and is fascinated with human hacking, computer fraud, digital currency and how people can be manipulated.

10 publishers interested
LM Vintage Publishers logo LM Vintage Publishers

500 copies • Completed manuscript • Looking for fiction and nonfiction romance, thriller, science fiction, young adult, historical fiction.
LM Vintage Publishers is a traditional publisher that covers production costs, never charging the author for a completed manuscript we accept, and we come with a team of professionals experienced in publishing. We offer 40% royalties, polished digital and print books, and an expert marketing plan for the author to implement to build a platform and further sales. We do not accept memoirs, literary fiction, graphic novels.

Traditional publisher

Children Fiction, Christian Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBT Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Women's Fiction, YA Fiction

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Agora Publishing logo Agora Publishing

Agora Publishing is a Canada-based not-for-profit organization, founded in 1997 with the aim of making book publishing accessible to all writers across Canada and internationally.

We are the only hybrid book publisher which is also a cable TV show producer; newspaper publisher; social media marketer and search engine marketing organization.

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Ballast Books logo Ballast Books

250 copies • Partial manuscript.
Ballast Books is a full-service hybrid publisher that handles all aspects of book creation, design, publishing, marketing, distribution, and platform building. We help our authors sell more books, secure more keynotes, do more consulting, earn more customers, and book more media appearances.

We want to work with the best of the best: Former Special Operations Forces, CEOs, big thinkers, industry-leading experts. Top-performing people with experiences worth sharing and skills that translate into a larger message and goal.

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United States

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Looking for titles that teach, promote, and encourage understanding, tolerance, peace, environmental preservation, health, and wellness.

Brandylane is a small, independent press, founded in 1985, that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and children’s books. We publish under a traditional arrangement and also offer a cooperative track for emerging authors. We believe that books make a difference, that lives and the world are changed by the power of words and images, and that large publishing houses neglect a wealth of good writing. We are not looking for mainstream read-it-before self-help.

Under our cooperative arrangement, we invest a portion of the publishing costs and offer a stepped royalty structure from 30% to 60%--higher than the industry average. One distinguishing feature of our program is that our marketing effort includes a one-year launch, followed by two additional years of promotion through our social media, website, our seasonal genre, and subject matter email campaigns, and continuous support from our PR team.

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Something or Other Publishing logo Something or Other Publishing

250 copies • Completed manuscript.
SOOP is a small virtual publishing company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, with a core team based in the US and additional contractors around the world. SOOP currently focuses on curating a small number of volumes for publication each year to enable its team to dedicate a great deal of time to working with its authors directly - not just on the manuscript, but also on platform-building and promotion.

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500 copies • Completed manuscript.
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  • Aaron Birnbaum
    on Nov. 16, 2020, 3:57 p.m.

    Congratulations! I’m glad to support a fellow security professional. I know how difficult writing can be and I wish I were as disciplined as you to finish one of the many books, screenplays, other I’ve started.

    Until then, I will admire those who do.
    Best wishes in much success.

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:42 p.m.

      Thank you Aaron! The discipline came from the idea...I just could not turn my brain off. I just had to know WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT! lol
      Let's keep in touch!

  • Christina Fanning
    on Nov. 16, 2020, 4:52 p.m.

    I’m proud of you and can’t wait to read your book.

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:42 p.m.

      Thank you for your unending support, confidence and cookies;-) You are the best;-)

  • Rex ROWLEY
    on Nov. 16, 2020, 7:17 p.m.

    On your way to your dreams !!

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:43 p.m.

      Thank you Rex! I appreciate your support and helping me in so many other ways ;-)

  • Virginia h Lahart
    on Nov. 16, 2020, 11:35 p.m.

    So proud of my talented daughter! ❤️❤️❤️

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:44 p.m.

      Thank you momma! Please tell the others that I am your favorite;-)

  • Kathleen Cassidy
    on Nov. 17, 2020, 7:40 p.m.

    Woohoo! I am so happy for you and so excited!!!! Love you loads

    KC

  • Tara Kim
    on Nov. 18, 2020, 5:25 p.m.

    Cannot wait to read your new book!!!

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:45 p.m.

      Thank you Tara! I appreciate your support. You have heard me talk about this book for so long, I know you are eager to finally read it!

  • Sharon Noot
    on Nov. 19, 2020, 12:40 a.m.

    So proud of you!!! Can't wait to read it!

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:45 p.m.

      Thank you for your years to friendship, support and laughter sessions. Keep the tip.

  • Chris Kirsch
    on Nov. 19, 2020, 12:12 p.m.

    Best of luck with your book. Excited to read it!

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:47 p.m.

      Thank you Chris! I appreciate your support. You truly were an inspiration for me getting to Defcon and competing in SECTF. And congratulations to you for winning the darn thing!!! Nice work!

  • Robbee Perlman
    on Nov. 19, 2020, 5:21 p.m.

    Wishing you the very best of luck!!
    Robbee

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:50 p.m.

      Thank you so much Robbee. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Audrey Roth
    on Nov. 19, 2020, 6:33 p.m.

    Wishing you much success with this venture!May it lead to many more.

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:49 p.m.

      Thank you so much Audrey. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Jamie Roddy
    on Nov. 21, 2020, 12:30 a.m.

    Proud of you, boo! Keep doing rad stuff!!

    heart emoji,
    Jamie

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:49 p.m.

      Thank you so much Jamie. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Monica Mcdowell
    on Nov. 24, 2020, 10:10 p.m.

    So excited for you Stephanie! Cant wait to read your book. Monica

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:49 p.m.

      Thank you so much Monica. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Doug Thompson
    on Nov. 26, 2020, 8:41 p.m.

    Excited to read The Winning Number and learn more about the characters you created!

  • Dan Williams
    on Dec. 10, 2020, 6:43 p.m.

    Really exciting plot, can't wait for the release! ~ @NotAThreatAgent

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:48 p.m.

      Thank you Dan! Being an infosec pro, I know you are going to like this one;-)

  • Lisa Ryan
    on Dec. 12, 2020, 5:50 a.m.

    Good Luck. Wishing you all the best!!!

    • Stefanie LaHart
      on Dec. 14, 2020, 10:47 p.m.

      Thank you Dr Ryan! I appreciate your support. When I am not running, I am writing;-)