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Freelance Writer for Memoir / Inspired By /Self-Help

Work: July 2015 – August 2016 (70,000+ words)

Status: Published, with Marketing via Patrick Snow

A MEMOIR…from the Mafia-controlled streets to the NFL…The Story of Dr. Kenneth Polke

In the summer of 2015, I was living in Las Vegas and undergoing tremendous upheaval in my family, when one day my friend Cheryl T invited me to an event she was throwing. “Get out, Steve, it will do you good,” she said. She was also aware of my mushrooming writing career because she had seen me touting the amazing reviews for Conflicted, including that of 17 x New York Times bestselling thriller author John Lescroart.

She pulled me aside and whispered she had a client whose memoir writer had bailed on him half way through the book. He had thrown the draft in the bin but, despite being discouraged, he wanted to start fresh with a new writer he could trust to finish the book. Since overcoming adversities was the theme of his life and the book, why should he let one more obstacle stop him, right? She connected me with the kind doctor and the end-product that started as How Football (and Religion) Saved My Life and transformed into Conquering Your Adversities…From Mafia-controlled Streets to the NFL to Ultimately Becoming a Successful Doctor, by Dr. Ken Polke | with Steve Eggleston.

It took us a year to write the book because he too was undergoing some major upheaval in his life, including the sale of his practice. But the book is now available in hardback, with the legendary literary manager Peter Miller circling it for representation as a novel to publishers and as a feature motion picture to Hollywood (it’s Rudy meets Friday Night Lights with a dash of The Godfather). I would also describe Ken’s book as an “Inspirational Memoir,” which is very popular today given the ability of anyone to independently publish his or her book.

The reviews speak volumes for Ken’s inspirational life and the quality of the voice tapped into and effectively put on the page. My writing energy became the fuel behind the story, but you can see, hear and feel Ken’s unique voice, personae and style on every page. The book has now become Ken’s bridge into politics, speaking engagements, brokering medical practices, and serving as sports liaison and athletic director.

Here are several reviews of which I’m particularly proud, for reasons that will be obvious:

“Conquering Your Adversities is the spellbinding story of how Dr. Ken Polke, who grew up in the Mafia-controlled neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, succeeded in becoming an NFL quarterback and, ultimately, a doctor. If you love reading about the Mafia, and following the life of an accomplished athlete and doctor through his life, then this is the book for you. With Ken’s ‘how to’ process, you will get guidance on how you too can succeed.”
— Leo Higley, Founder & Past President of Higley & Company, Founder & Past Vice-President of
Infoworld, Inc., aka Advizex Technologies

“This powerful and dynamic book provides a ‘how to’ on converting the realities of adversity into a source of personal and professional leadership and success. It’s an amazing ‘must read’ story of resilience and strength that helps you to understand what opportunities exist despite life’s trials and tribulations.”
— Susan Friedmann, CSP, International Best-Selling Author of Riches in Niches: How to Make it
BIG in a small Market


“Crime or sports? It’s a hard choice many of our young people face today. Dr. Kenneth Polke shows how he made the better choice, and in the process, he encourages youths to do the same. Conquering Your Adversities, will inspire countless members of the younger generation.”
— Lyssa Danehy deHart, MSW, LICSW, PCC Transformational Coach and Author of StoryJacking:
Change Your Inner Dialogue, Transform Your Life

“Dr. Kenneth Polke does not hold back in Conquering your Adversities. This inspirational, autobiographical tale tells the story of a true underdog rising up and claiming the American Dream despite formidable odds. Dr. Polke’s writing style is fun and laid back and will make you laugh while imparting his heartfelt wisdom. If you’ve ever felt like the weight of the world was bearing down on you, then this book is for you. Thank you, Dr. Polke, for reminding me that the good guys can indeed win! Parents: Read this book now, and then pass it along to your children. You can thank me later.”
— Julio A. Rodriguez, DDS, FICOI, Dental Arts of Sunset, Miami, Florida

“Conquering Your Adversities is delightful. Ken Polke writes in the manner and style in which I have encountered him—engaging, smart, and reflective. Not only does he give readers insight into the Boomer generation, but his reflective questions at the end of each chapter give readers an opportunity to go deeper into their lives to make clearer choices for their futures. These questions come out of the author’s faith background and are both self-help and spiritually-oriented. As a Catholic priest who lived through the years Ken writes about, I recommend this book for enjoyment and for the spiritual and historical journey you will encounter in its pages.”
— Father Raymond Thomas, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Ashtabula, Ohio—

“In today’s world full of glorified crime and declining values, Dr. Polke reminds us of an America that was better than that and can be again. He reveals his personal choices, including the occasional bad one, that led him to a lifetime of success, and now he’s ready to give back by offering this book to others in need.”
— Jimmy Hanlin, Host of The Swing Clinic and Co-Host of 18 Holes with Natalie Gulbis and Jimmy
Hanlin, Fox Sports

“As a fellow student, colleague, and friend of Ken Polke for over thirty-five years, I can emphatically say that when I find a roadblock, I ultimately head back to Dr. Polke’s “blueprint” for ways to bounce and improve any situation. Conquering Your Adversities is a must read from the normal, work hard side of the tracks.”
— Robert Adornetto, DDS

“Conquering Your Adversities is a must-read book. It’s a slice of Americana. It’s a tale of an underdog achieving success. It’s a story of following one’s passion. It’s a tale of dealing with disappointments. It’s a great book for helping you make changes in your life and begin to create your own destiny!”
— Patrick Snow, Best-Selling Author of Creating Your Own Destiny and Boy Entrepreneur

“Ken Polke’s story makes Rudy look like a fairy tale. Conquering Your Adversities tells it like it is—showing how a hardworking middle class American can succeed against all odds and do so honestly when he pursues his dreams. Ken, you are a true warrior. You are my kind of guy.”
— Dr. Steven Rasner, DMD, MAGD, RealizingtheDream.com

“Through personal stories and penetrating questions, Dr. Kenneth Polke provides the reader with a roadmap for finding your inner truth amid chaos. We can all rise above our problems, and Conquering Your Adversities shows us how.”
— Nicole Gabriel, Author of Finding Your Inner Truth

“If you love tales of the Mafia, football, or stories of overcoming obstacles, then Conquering Your Adversities will knock your socks off, but best of all, it will inspire you to get out of your own way and go after your dreams. Ken Polke is the real deal when it comes to inspiration.
— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and award-winning author of Iron Pioneers and The Best Place

“If you love tales of the Mafia, football, or stories of overcoming obstacles, then Conquering Your Adversities will knock your socks off, but best of all, it will inspire you to get out of your own way and go after your dreams. Ken Polke is the real deal when it comes to inspiration.”
— Deanna Becket, Author of Cultivating Your Character

“Conquering Your Adversities tells the dynamic story of one man who, through hard work and good decisions, avoided a life of crime to become a success. Dr. Kenneth Polke’s story draws upon a nostalgic America of values, and it challenges us all to rise above our personal obstacles and strive for excellence.”
— Darin Watkins, author of Chance for Glory: The Innovation and Triumph of the Washington
State 1916 Rose Bowl Team

“In today’s world full of glorified crime and declining values, Dr. Polke reminds us of an America that was better than that and can be again. He reveals his personal choices, including the occasional bad one, that led him to a lifetime of success, and now he’s ready to give back by offering this book to others in need.”
— John Eberhard, President, Real Web Marketing Inc.

“In today’s world full of glorified crime and declining values, Dr. Polke reminds us of an America that was better than that and can be again. He reveals his personal choices, including the occasional bad one, that led him to a lifetime of success, and now he’s ready to give back by offering this book to others in need.”
— John Eberhard, President, Real Web Marketing Inc.

Find the book for now (hopefully it will find a home soon with a major publisher), at this link: http://conqueringyouradversities.com/.