I am the author of Your Title Here: How to Craft a Killer Nonfiction Book Proposal. My freelance credits include projects with publishing houses of all sizes from the Big Five (Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin Random House) to boutique presses (Unbridled Books) as well as independent authors.
As a developmental editor—or Plot Whisperer—I help authors discover not only the structure of their story but also its depth. My unique, tactile approach identifies plot holes, finds areas with lagging pace, allows for quick and easy scene/plot point movement, and helps prevent writer's block before it begins. I have used it for memoirs, lifestyle books, and novels. In 2016, NYT bestselling author Joni Rodgers and I presented a class at Book Expo America's UPubU on how plot whispering works.
I am known for my eagle eye when it comes to copyediting, specializing in continuity and fact-checking. I excel in challenging projects with quick turnaround times. In the words of Cake, "She is fast, thorough, and sharp as a tack."
Before I took up the red pen, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English from Sam Houston State University, where I was a contributing writer to the university paper, The Houstonian. While in college, I served as social media liaison for the League of Extraordinary Authors, contributed a blog series on American Poets Laureate to Boxing the Octopus, worked as an apprentice on a number of high profile and celebrity book projects, read voraciously, and backpacked Wild-style throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.
“Rodgers is a percipient interpreter of story…She is a writer's dream date.”
~ Dr. Wendy Walsh, TIME Magazine Silence Breaker/Person of the Year
“Jerusha Rodgers’ eagle eye missed nothing. As an added bonus, Jerusha was fun to work with.”
~ Linda Barrett, award-winning author
“We could never thank you enough for your guidance, your organization, your help, and most of all your patience and your friendship.”
~ Amie and Jolie Sikes, TV personalities
“The energy, enthusiasm, and expertise she brings to her work will quickly make her an indispensable part of your team.”
~ Colleen Thompson, award-winning author
“Don't even think about crafting your own proposal without [Your Title Here].”
~ Michelle Burford, founding editor O, The Oprah Magazine
Flash Fiction and Short Story judge in:
Developmental and structural editing technique used to quickly and visually bring your plot to life.
Elizabeth Smart, Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
Mayte Garcia, The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince (Hachette Books, 2017 NYT bestseller)
Amie and Jolie Sikes, Junk Gypsy: Designing a Life at the Crossroads of Wonder and Wander (Simon & Schuster, 2016)
International Indie Author Fringe Fest (Podcast), Story, Structure, and Strategy in Writing & Marketing (2016)
Book Expo America UPubU, Plot Whispering (2016)
South by Southwest/SXSW, The Art and Economics of Ghost Writing (2014)
Contributor, How to Choose a Self Publishing Service (ALLi, 2016)
Contributor, How Authors Sell Publishing Rights (ALLi, 2016)
Guest Blogger, Shameless Vagabond: Shameless Shorts (Travel Writing series, 2015)
Author, Your Title Here: How to Craft a Killer Nonfiction Book Proposal (Stella Link Books, 2014)
The Weatherman: A Limitless Pursuit of Happiness Sam Hayes (Dupree/Miller & Associates, 2016)
Four Months Basqued Bradley Basker (Griffin Collective, 2016)
The Will of the Faithful: MAGi Book II C. Lonnquist (Crossverse Books, 2016)
Translation copyeditor, Kosovo2.0 (nonprofit magazine division of Kosovo Glocal, 2015)
Hopefully Ever After: Breast Cancer, Life, and Me Linda Barrett (2013)
Spectacular Smith, multiplatinum recording artist, Spectacular Love: How To Make Good Love Last (2017)
Kathi Koll, founder of Live Life After Stroke, Kick Ass Kinda Girl: A memoir of Life, Love, and Caregiving (projected 2018)
Joni Rodgers, NYT bestseller Love & Other Natural Disasters (Stella Link Books, 2013)
Duties ranged from submissions coordination to proofreading, copyediting, cold reading, transcribing interviews, acquiring rights and permissions, and being an on-site assistant for celebrity/high-profile projects including Swoosie Kurtz (Emmy winner), Ambassador Nancy Brinker (Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure), Kristin Chenoweth (Tony winner), Rue McClanahan (Emmy winner), and others.
YOUR TITLE HERE: How To Craft a Killer Nonfiction Book ProposalYou’ve got an important memoir to share, a statement to make, a story to tell, and you’re serious about turning your book idea into a book deal. The first step is a powerful book proposal that sets your project in front of agents and editors as effectively and professionally as possible. If you’re a movie star, CEO, or sports star,... read more
A two-time breast cancer survivor takes you behind the scenes--medically and emotionally--as she twice battles for her life. With her husband at her side, this memoir is a true love story. The cancer is not sugar-coated, but here it is merely the vehicle that exposes a marriage in full bloom. Everyone deserves a Hopefully Ever After, and that's what you'll find here.
Adam Anderson's emotions control the weather, creating the strange natural disasters plaguing an otherwise idyllic 2076 America. To keep people safe, the government sends Adam on The Pursuit of Happiness Project. With an unlimited budget, Adam has just one rule—he must be happy. But happiness is a heavy word.
Since Spectacular Smith started sharing his thoughts on love, sex and relationships with millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, fans have been telling him, “You gotta write a book!” So by popular demand—available worldwide for 90 days only—this sharp ebook exclusive lays it on you with a straight up, big brother style that makes Steve Harvey look like Mr. Rogers. Spectacula... read more
Elizabeth Smart follows up her #1 New York Times bestseller (October 2013), My Story—about being held in captivity as a teenager, and how she managed to survive—with a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life.Author. Activist. Victim—no more.In her fearless memoir, My Story—the basis of the Lifetime Original movie ... read more
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAt the one-year anniversary of his death, legendary musician Prince's first wife shares a uniquely intimate, candid, and revelatory look inside the personal and professional life of one of the world's most beloved icons. In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares ... read more
New York Times bestseller In their first book, the Junk Gypsies—sisters and stars of the popular Texas-born brand and HGTV show—combine big dreams, stories of roadside treasures found, and down-home design projects inspired by epic makeovers for friends like Miranda Lambert, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Sadie Robertson.Amie and Jolie Sikes, the Thelma and Louise of the design world, are the Junk ... read more
Rue McClanahan, best known for her portrayal of Blanche Devereaux on the Emmy-award winning series The Golden Girls reveals her life in and out of the spotlight in a laugh-out-loud funny memoir about love, marriage, men, and getting older that is every bit as colorful as the characters she played. Raised in small-town Oklahoma in a house “thirteen telephone poles past the standpipe north of to... read more
A lively, laugh-out-loud journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to show biz sensation.“Life’s too short. I’m not.” You might know her as a Tony Award–winning Broadway star who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV—The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Sesame Street. At four foot eleven, Kristin Chenoweth is a... read more
Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Not college, not marriage, not miles. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at thirty-six, she died.It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Goodman girls were rais... read more
In a wise, warmhearted memoir that celebrates her extraordinary life and stellar career, Swoosie Kurtz welcomes readers into her world, sharing personal misadventures and showbiz lore and candidly reflecting on the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent. Told with intelligence and Swoosie’s hallmark comedic timing, Part Swan, Part Goose makes a powerful statement about womanhood, work ... read more
"Not your mama's Erma Bombeck." ~ BookGorilla.comWelcome to Mrs. Rodgers’ neighborhood. In the wake of a disastrous Texas hurricane, the power’s off, trees are down, the elderly dog is on his last legs, and the kitchen is verging on crime scene. For Joni Rodgers (who managed to make cancer cause for more laughter than tears in her bestselling memoir Bald in the Land of Big Hair), this is all g... read more
In the eagerly awaited sequel to The Will of Machines: MAGi Book I, C. Lonnquist returns fans to the planet Alterra, where the MAGi—giant sentient suits of armor that mysteriously fell from the sky—carry their Pilots through the embattled Warlands of Ord. A year has passed since the fall of the Black Palace and the revelation of the MAGi’s origins. The Pilots go their separate ways, driven apa... read more
Teo left everything to pursue his dreams of living abroad. Over a year has gone by in France, and he’s still tormented by the love he left behind. A multitude of lovers have driven him deeper into self-loathing, while a robust social life has left him penniless. He has no other choice but to take a summer job in Biarritz, and has every intention of keeping to himself. However, a host of divers... read more
Fiction. In the rubble of 1947 Berlin, artist Charlotte flees her past and everything she has lost by responding to an ad calling for 'strong women who can cook and do farm work' in Iceland. But painful memories and ghosts follow Charlotte as she struggles to make a new life in a raw and rugged landscape. This powerful debut novel celebrates the power of storytelling as a way of reassembling t... read more
A Life of Love and Adventure--and LossWhen her husband, Don, called on his way to the hospital, Kathi Koll had no idea how dramatically their lives would change--or how her loving heart and indomitable spirit would fight it.From childhood, her life might have seemed charmed: play dates with Lucie Arnaz, real dates with a future TV idol, and a big brother engaged to film star Dolores Hart. But ... read more
The first-ever book to tell Nelson Mandela's life through the eyes of the grandson who was raised by him, chronicling Ndaba Mandela's life living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known. To the rest of the world, Nelson Mandela was a giant: an anti-apartheid revolutionary, a world-renowned humanitarian, and South Africa's first black pres... read more
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I specialize in literary and LGBT fiction, but I'm also a sucker for multicultural fiction and tales with a quirky, speculative twist.
I have worked as an editor since 1998, across a range of genres. I enjoy finding practical ways to help your project shine.