Jennifer Schuster

Jennifer Schuster – Editor

Passionate, empathetic editor of bestselling, award-winning nonfiction with 15 years of publishing experience.

Overview

Throughout my fifteen years in publishing, I have worked with many authors develop, execute and publish books, achieve critical acclaim, and reach their desired readership with much success. As a well-respected member of the publishing community, I am known for my natural connection with authors, keen editorial eye, and unparalleled attention to detail. I help authors shape their ideas, polish their prose, and refine their manuscripts to deliver compelling, unique and valuable books for readers—the ultimate goal!

I spent more than a decade as an acquiring editor at major publishers, including most recently as an executive editor at Penguin Random House, and as such I have an invaluable insider perspective on what acquiring editors and literary agents are looking for in proposals.

While specializing largely at the cross sections of pop culture, social/cultural issues, lifestyle, and memoir, I have worked with high-profile, acclaimed, and New York Times bestselling authors, including: pop icon Jennifer Lopez; sports legend Pelé; actress and Times’s Up organizer Amber Tamblyn; transgender activist Sarah McBride; hip hop radio legend Angie Martinez; as well as actors Mario Lopez, George Lopez, Jon Cryer, and Jennie Garth, among many others.

To best help authors at various stages of the writing process, I offer services including a full developmental edit, an editorial assessment, and publishing consultation with practical advice on how to proceed with the writing or publishing processes.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Inspirational LGBTQ Non-Fiction Music Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • BA in Journalism from Syracuse University

Work experience

Self-employed

Aug, 2018 — Present

Penguin Random House

Aug, 2012 — Aug, 2018 (about 6 years)

HarperCollins Publishers

Oct, 2006 — Aug, 2012 (almost 6 years)

Portfolio

In 2011, he became starting linebacker for the New York Giants and triumphed in the Super Bowl—after being told his cancer diagnosis meant he would never play football again.... As a child, Herzlich found an inspiring and grounding force in football, eventuall... read more
Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for w... read more
#1 New York Times BestsellerLa La Anthony shares her one-of-a-kind rules on matters of the heart.Star of VH1’s La La’s Full Court Life, actress, entrepreneur, and wife of New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, La La Anthony found love and success on her own ter... read more
The first official all-access look into the life of singing sensation Cody Simpson. Follow Cody as he goes from singing cover songs in his bedroom to opening sold-out concerts for Justin Bieber. With never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes interviews, and ... read more
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe popular ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player looks at the true meaning of toughness.If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, ... read more
In a provocative and practical look at modern stress, Seeking Serenity offers an empowering new message: Stress can serve as a guide to living our happiest and healthiest lives. In Seeking Serenity, stress columnist Amanda Enayati challenges our long-held assu... read more
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A groundbreaking vegan program designed to transform your mental, emotional, and physical health in just 22 days—includes a Foreword by Beyonce, and an Introduction by Dr. Dean Ornish. Founded on the principle that it takes 21 day... read more
True Love

Jennifer Lopez

In Jennifer Lopez’s first ever book, True Love, she explores one of her life’s most defining periods—the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately eme... read more
AN INSPIRATIONAL AND HEARTRENDING MEMOIR ABOUT BEN BREEDLOVE, WHO SHARED HIS NEAR-DEATHEXPERIENCES AND VISIONS OF HEAVEN IN HIS VIRAL VIDEOS—WRITTEN BY HIS SISTER, ALLY BREEDLOVE.On Christmas Day 2011, Ben Breedlove’s soul went to heaven. But it wasn’t his fir... read more
If it can happen in show business, it’s happened to Jon Cryer. Now he’s opening up for the first time and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood.In 1986, Jon Cryer won over Ame... read more
From singer, model and YouTube celebrity Natasha Bure, the daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, comes a real, honest conversational book that doesn’t hold back. Everywhere she goes and every video she posts has one basic message: this is real, this is life, and w... read more
A no-holds-barred look into the remarkable life and career of the prolific musician, songwriter, and producer behind Eurythmics and dozens of pop hits. Dave Stewart’s life has been a wild ride—one filled with music, constant reinvention, and the never-ending d... read more
Bonfire: A Novel

Krysten Ritter

“A phenomenal, haunting debut.” —GILLIAN FLYNN, bestselling author of Gone Girl"I burned through Krysten Ritter's hugely accomplished debut. Bonfire is dark, disturbing, and compulsively readable."—RUTH WARE, bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The ... read more
"A brave, powerful memoir." —PEOPLEA captivating memoir that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah... read more

Jennifer has 4 reviews

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April S.

April S.

Jul, 2022

As a new writer I was anxious about putting my work out there to be reviewed by an editor. I did not know what to expect and was unsure if I really wanted to take this next step. But I did. And I am so glad that I did. Jen was kind and supportive from our first interaction. She suggested an editorial assessment as opposed to a developmental edit and I think that was a good call. Her feedback wa...
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Matt R.

Matt R.

Apr, 2019

Jen is thorough, detailed, friendly and, ultimately, helpful. She has a strong understanding of the fundamentals of crafting a narrative and a sharp critical eye.
Joseph G.

Joseph G.

Oct, 2018

Jen is a great editor and I'm very happy with her edits and notes. She's also really responsive to all questions.
Bruce R.

Bruce R.

Jun, 2018

From my first communication with Jennifer, until the job was completed, she has been upbeat and seemed to really understand my goals for the project. Her analysis and contributions were right on target, and have allowed me to move in a clear direction with excellent advice. I am very happy with her professionalism and the practicality of her recommendations.

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