Jennifer Schuster

Jennifer Schuster - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Passionate, empathetic editor of bestselling, award-winning fiction and nonfiction with 12 years at Penguin Random House & HarperCollins

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I'm a passionate book editor and ghostwriter with more than a decade of experience at major publishers Penguin Random House and HarperCollins.

Whenever I'm asked why I love being an editor, I respond with one word: storytelling. I'm endlessly fascinated with other people. I like to get into another person's head and understand their experiences, to see what's universal among us and to see what makes us each different. I'm an observer and listener first, and I can help you take your story from an idea to a finished product on the page.

Areas of expertise include commercial fiction, historical fiction, romance, memoir, narrative nonfiction, style, diet, how-to, and parenting. If you have a story to tell or a message to get into the marketplace, I can provide the direction you need to polish and publish your project.

I offer various services, from a full developmental edit to a reader report with big-picture feedback, as well as practical advice on how to proceed with the writing or publishing processes.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Music
Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Certifications

  • BA in Journalism from Syracuse University

Work experience

Executive Editor

Penguin Random House
August, 2012 – August, 2018 (about 6 years)

Editor

HarperCollins Publishers
October, 2006 – August, 2012 (almost 6 years)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

Sarah McBride

"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 McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was servin... 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 McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was servin... 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 Woman in Cabin 10 Nothing burns as bright as the truth.It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible... read more

“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 Woman in Cabin 10 Nothing burns as bright as the truth.It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible... read more

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music

Dave Stewart

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 drive to create. Growing up in industrial northern England, he left home for the gritty London streets of the seventies, where he began c... 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 drive to create. Growing up in industrial northern England, he left home for the gritty London streets of the seventies, where he began c... read more

Let's Be Real: Living life as an open and honest you

Natasha Bure

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 we all go through it. Whether it’s acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun, Natasha’s view is to simply be honest, simply be real,... 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 we all go through it. Whether it’s acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun, Natasha’s view is to simply be honest, simply be real,... read more

So That Happened: A Memoir

Jon Cryer

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 America as Molly Ringwald’s loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink in a role that set the tone for his t... 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 America as Molly Ringwald’s loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink in a role that set the tone for his t... read more

When Will the Heaven Begin?: This Is Ben Breedlove's Story

Ally Breedlove, Ken Abraham

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 first time there. Ben suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition that posed a constant risk of sudden death. His co... 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 first time there. Ben suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition that posed a constant risk of sudden death. His co... 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 emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been. Guided by both intimate and electrifying photographs, True Love an honest and revealing per... read more

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 emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been. Guided by both intimate and electrifying photographs, True Love an honest and revealing per... read more

The 22-Day Revolution: The Plant-Based Program That Will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits, and Change Your Life

Marco Borges

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 days to make or break a habit, The 22-Day Revolution is a plant-based diet designed to create lifelong habits that will empower you to live... 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 days to make or break a habit, The 22-Day Revolution is a plant-based diet designed to create lifelong habits that will empower you to live... read more

Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety

Amanda Enayati

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 assumptions about stress, painting a groundbreaking picture that separates myth from reality when it comes to what is commonly referred to a... 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 assumptions about stress, painting a groundbreaking picture that separates myth from reality when it comes to what is commonly referred to a... read more

Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court

Jay Bilas

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, battling against the greatest college players in the game. After playing professionally overseas for several years, he returned to Duke,... 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, battling against the greatest college players in the game. After playing professionally overseas for several years, he returned to Duke,... read more

Cody Simpson: Welcome to Paradise: My Journey

Cody Simpson

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 exclusive information, this book is perfect for pop music fans and for Cody's Angels.

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 exclusive information, this book is perfect for pop music fans and for Cody's Angels.

The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness

La La Anthony, Karen Hunter

#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 terms. But before La La was a strong woman balancing a growing career, a high-profile marriage, and motherhood, she suffered through bad da... 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 terms. But before La La was a strong woman balancing a growing career, a high-profile marriage, and motherhood, she suffered through bad da... read more

Why Soccer Matters: A Look at More Than Sixty Years of International Soccer

Pelé, Brian Winter

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 what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time.Before Messi, b... 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 what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time.Before Messi, b... read more

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower

Matt Fitzgerald

TRAIN EASIER TO RUN FASTERThis revolutionary training method has been embraced by elite runners—with extraordinary results—and now you can do it, too.Respected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald explains how the 80/20 running program—in which you do 80 percent of runs at a lower intensity and just 20 percent at a higher intensity—is the best change runners of all abilities can make to ... read more

TRAIN EASIER TO RUN FASTERThis revolutionary training method has been embraced by elite runners—with extraordinary results—and now you can do it, too.Respected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald explains how the 80/20 running program—in which you do 80 percent of runs at a lower intensity and just 20 percent at a higher intensity—is the best change runners of all abilities can make to ... read more

What It Takes: Fighting For My Life and My Love of the Game

Mark Herzlich

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, eventually turning his passion into a first-team All-American spot at Boston College. But after being named the conference’s top defensive player... read more

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, eventually turning his passion into a first-team All-American spot at Boston College. But after being named the conference’s top defensive player... read more

Jennifer has 3 reviews

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Matt Rogers
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.

Matt Rogers, April 2019


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

Joseph Gaines, October 2018


Bruce Rosenfeld
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.

Bruce Rosenfeld, June 2018

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