Jessi Rita Hoffman

Jessi Rita Hoffman - Editor

Olympia, WA, United States

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Overview

I'm a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. The blog on my website features seventy-plus articles on the craft of writing. For over two decades, I've been editing books and coaching authors -- first for publishers, now for private clients. My goal is to help authors get their books out of their heads and into print.

With my guidance, clients have perfected their manuscripts and found agents and publishers in markets where they were told it was impossible. They have won book contests and literary awards, landed deals with major publishers, and written bestsellers and international bestsellers.

I help at every stage of the process with whatever is needed, from brainstorming and structuring, to critiquing and editing, to creation of the query letter and marketing material.

I work with authors of both fiction and nonfiction and edit most genres. My standards are of the highest, and I work with a client until the manuscript reaches or surpasses the level where it is both compelling and publishable. I don't flatter or sugarcoat ... I tell it straight, and fix the problem or show you how to fix it.

If you're willing to invest in your book to make it the best it can be, I’m here to help you do it.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Psychology
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Certifications

  • B.A., English
  • K-through-12 Teacher Certification
  • M.A. Eastern Philosophy/ Religion
  • M.A. equivalent in fiction writing and screenwriting

Awards

  • Edited numerous award-winning books, including Michael Hurley's "The Vineyard" (winner of The Eric Hoffer Prize for General Fiction) and Nadine Love's "Hot Confidence" (winner of New World Library's 2011 Transformational Author Contest).

Work experience

Book Editor, Writing Coach

Self-employed
March, 2002 – Present (over 18 years)

Jessi Rita Hoffman is an industry-trained book editor and author coach with over two decades of editing experience. Former editor-in-chief of a university press, then later of a regional magazine, she worked for publishers before beginning her own business serving private clients seventeen years ago. Besides coaching authors one-on-one, she has taught writing at the college level, helping hundreds of aspiring authors to hone and perfect their skills.

She has also edited books for illustrious authors, including acclaimed novelist Michael Hurley, international bestselling author Les Hewitt, and psychologist Dr. Peter Field. She has edited titles for Delta Publishing and other houses. Before the days when he became political, she edited two business books for Donald Trump.

Jessi is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. She guest-blogs on the major writer websites, including the Jane Friedman website, the StoryFix website, and Writer Unboxed. Jessi also maintains a blog of her own for authors, with seventy-plus articles on the craft of writing.

Her original work has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Language Arts Journal, Digital Science Fiction, Veritas Magazine, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A former elementary school teacher, Jessi has authored five published children's books. Her thriller screenplay Mind Games has been optioned for film.

Editor in Chief

MIU Press
March, 1979 – March, 1982 (almost 3 years)

Served as editor in chief of this small university press, which was affiliated with Maharishi International University (MIU). Supervised two copy editors and eight proofreaders. Substantively edited and copy-edited books and miscellaneous publications. Oversaw and approved the final version of all published press materials.

Editor in Chief

Veritas Magazine
March, 2011 – May, 2012 (about 1 year)

Approved and edited all major stories for this 32-page, monthly magazine. Responsible for all substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Performed interviews with authors for inclusion in magazine.

Editor in Chief

Senior Dynamics Magazine
November, 2001 – December, 2006 (about 5 years)

Edited and published Senior Dynamics, an award-winning, 48-page monthly magazine for the senior citizens of Lewis County (published by The Chronicle of Centralia, Washington). Wrote cover story, feature articles, and editor’s column. Recruited columnists/ contributors and edited all submissions. Determined content, selected themes, planned photographs, coordinated with artists, managed public relations. Held responsibility all aspects of management and production. Wrote a weekly opinion column for The Chronicle.

Freelance Journalist

Four Northwest Dailies
March, 1990 – March, 2006 (about 16 years)

As a freelance journalist, published feature articles, reviews, and op-eds in four Northwest dailies: the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, The Tacoma News Tribune, The Olympian, and The Chronicle. Also was a weekly columnist for The Chronicle.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Taking My Life Back: Thriving After The Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Monty Weatherall

Do you feel like a part of your life was stolen by a negative event? Do you feel imprisoned by the pain of your past? Have you struggled with forgiveness? Monty Weatherall knows firsthand how a series of horrific events can leave a person feeling depressed, hopeless, and even at times suicidal. Having experienced the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, feeling trapped by all of its repercussions... read more

Do you feel like a part of your life was stolen by a negative event? Do you feel imprisoned by the pain of your past? Have you struggled with forgiveness? Monty Weatherall knows firsthand how a series of horrific events can leave a person feeling depressed, hopeless, and even at times suicidal. Having experienced the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, feeling trapped by all of its repercussions... read more

POWER OF FOCUS, THE

Jack Canfield

Paperback. Pub Date :2013-06-03 Language: English Publisher: Vermilion Whether they are corporate professionals. budding entrepreneurs. or they own a home business. most people are looking to achieve more in less time. while earning enough money to live comfortably . This book reveals the proven techniques thousands of people have used to attain all of the money they wanted while living health... read more

Paperback. Pub Date :2013-06-03 Language: English Publisher: Vermilion Whether they are corporate professionals. budding entrepreneurs. or they own a home business. most people are looking to achieve more in less time. while earning enough money to live comfortably . This book reveals the proven techniques thousands of people have used to attain all of the money they wanted while living health... read more

The Prodigal

Michael Hurley

Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O'Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. A... read more

Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O'Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. A... read more

Gap to Great: A Parent's Guide to the Gap Year

Andrea Wien

In his TED Talk, author and speaker Mark Lindquist says the most uninformed decision we’ll ever make is when we’re forced to choose our college majors. Think about it: before we’ve even had to do our own laundry, we’re expected to decide what we want to do every day, for the rest of our lives. Seems a little backwards, doesn’t it? Today, over 70% of the American workforce is disengaged from th... read more

In his TED Talk, author and speaker Mark Lindquist says the most uninformed decision we’ll ever make is when we’re forced to choose our college majors. Think about it: before we’ve even had to do our own laundry, we’re expected to decide what we want to do every day, for the rest of our lives. Seems a little backwards, doesn’t it? Today, over 70% of the American workforce is disengaged from th... read more

Insurrection: An Epic Novel About The Maccabean Revolt

Brandon Teskey

Insurrection is the true story of ancient, militant Hebrews who waged a daring unconventional war to win their freedom from the Greek empire that had enslaved them. Based on historical accounts of the uprising that shook an empire, Insurrection tells the tale of the rustic, humble rebel-leader Judah. Often facing impossible odds, he defeated the oppressors in so many battles that his people ca... read more

Insurrection is the true story of ancient, militant Hebrews who waged a daring unconventional war to win their freedom from the Greek empire that had enslaved them. Based on historical accounts of the uprising that shook an empire, Insurrection tells the tale of the rustic, humble rebel-leader Judah. Often facing impossible odds, he defeated the oppressors in so many battles that his people ca... read more

Hot Confidence: Conscious Pathways to Take You from Mini-Me to Magnificent

Nadine Love

You know youre here to make a difference. Would you like to become aware fullest potential and how to engage it? Perhaps low self-confidence is preventing you from sharing your talents, message and love with the world. How many of your brilliant ideas die in the dust of self-doubt? That doesnt have to happen to you. Is this you? Are you missing out on a great relationship? Are you passionate a... read more

You know youre here to make a difference. Would you like to become aware fullest potential and how to engage it? Perhaps low self-confidence is preventing you from sharing your talents, message and love with the world. How many of your brilliant ideas die in the dust of self-doubt? That doesnt have to happen to you. Is this you? Are you missing out on a great relationship? Are you passionate a... read more

Spiritual Practices for Ordinary Christians: A Calendar of Contemplations and Exercises

Ramona Harding

Spiritual Practices for Ordinary Christians is a collection of weekly conversations and exercises centered around the liturgical year. Scriptures, thought-provoking questions and spiritual practices are provided to enrich a contemplative life for individuals and communities.

Spiritual Practices for Ordinary Christians is a collection of weekly conversations and exercises centered around the liturgical year. Scriptures, thought-provoking questions and spiritual practices are provided to enrich a contemplative life for individuals and communities.

Sunset: Memories of My Mother

Steven Michael Hubele

SUNSET: MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER, is a modern story about the tyrannical forces that worked against an elderly woman in the latter stages of her life. The setting in this nonfictional chronicle is Bethesda, a rehabilitation and assisted living community. The characters in this book are generous and funny, tough and smart, and they gave the author the inspiration needed to reward the reader line-b... read more

SUNSET: MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER, is a modern story about the tyrannical forces that worked against an elderly woman in the latter stages of her life. The setting in this nonfictional chronicle is Bethesda, a rehabilitation and assisted living community. The characters in this book are generous and funny, tough and smart, and they gave the author the inspiration needed to reward the reader line-b... read more

Buy Low, Rent Smart, Sell High: Real Estate Investing for the Long Run

Andy Heller, Scott Frank

Facing a volatile stock market, many people have turned to real estate as a way to invest their hard-earned money. While many investors opt to buy property and then sell it quickly, other investors choose to hold onto their property for a longer period of time to realize a greater return on their investment. Real estate experts Scott Frank and Andy Heller have developed a proven and diversifie... read more

Facing a volatile stock market, many people have turned to real estate as a way to invest their hard-earned money. While many investors opt to buy property and then sell it quickly, other investors choose to hold onto their property for a longer period of time to realize a greater return on their investment. Real estate experts Scott Frank and Andy Heller have developed a proven and diversifie... read more

The Mindful Nurse: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Help You Thrive in Your Work

Carmel Sheridan

Selected by the American Journal of Nursing as one of the three most valuable texts in Nursing Education in 2017, in their Book of the Year Awards.Nurses work in the foxhole of the healthcare battlefield. Their work is emotionally grueling and physically draining. This easy-to-follow book offers a new skill set to cope with the challengesof nursing and sustain compassion in the long term. Back... read more

Selected by the American Journal of Nursing as one of the three most valuable texts in Nursing Education in 2017, in their Book of the Year Awards.Nurses work in the foxhole of the healthcare battlefield. Their work is emotionally grueling and physically draining. This easy-to-follow book offers a new skill set to cope with the challengesof nursing and sustain compassion in the long term. Back... read more

Sage Carrington, Eighth-Grade Science Sleuth (Volume 1)

Justin Scott Parr

Every 12-year-old's two favorite words: Summer vacation. No cold weather. No school. Just months of free time ahead.Best friends Sage Carrington and Isabel Flores are making the most of their summer break when they discover an antique treasure map near the Washington Monument. But when faced with difficult clues and a bully in the form of Edwin Hooser, the tween girls must use every bit of ima... read more

Every 12-year-old's two favorite words: Summer vacation. No cold weather. No school. Just months of free time ahead.Best friends Sage Carrington and Isabel Flores are making the most of their summer break when they discover an antique treasure map near the Washington Monument. But when faced with difficult clues and a bully in the form of Edwin Hooser, the tween girls must use every bit of ima... read more

The Vineyard

Michael Hurley

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher, known only as "the fisherman," threatens to change everything they believe about their world-and each other.

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher, known only as "the fisherman," threatens to change everything they believe about their world-and each other.

Reflections on Meditation: A Guide for Beginners

Dr. Robert Puff Ph.D.

For anyone interested in learning to meditate but not sure how to begin, comes this book from psychologist and meditation expert Dr. Robert Puff, contributing writer for Psychology Today and a practicing meditator himself for over thirty years. You'll learn the value of meditation for physical and mental health, several different types of non-religious meditation, detailed instructions on how ... read more

For anyone interested in learning to meditate but not sure how to begin, comes this book from psychologist and meditation expert Dr. Robert Puff, contributing writer for Psychology Today and a practicing meditator himself for over thirty years. You'll learn the value of meditation for physical and mental health, several different types of non-religious meditation, detailed instructions on how ... read more

It's Your Party: Make It Epic

Robyn C Scates

Do you feel stuck in life? Are you just going through the motions and calling it living? Does chaos seem to know your address? Have you ever stood still long enough to ask these questions? Through stories, humor, and dozens of practical tips, It's Your Party-Make it Epic, talks straight about why our lives spiral out of control and how you can get back into the driver's seat. You'll learn how ... read more

Do you feel stuck in life? Are you just going through the motions and calling it living? Does chaos seem to know your address? Have you ever stood still long enough to ask these questions? Through stories, humor, and dozens of practical tips, It's Your Party-Make it Epic, talks straight about why our lives spiral out of control and how you can get back into the driver's seat. You'll learn how ... read more

The Modern Shepherd: Leadership Lessons from the Desert

AlBaraa H. Taibah

There is no prophet who has not tended sheep. So goes a famous phrase in Islamic scripture, words that had long intrigued young MBA student AlBaraa Taibah. How does shepherding awaken one's wisdom? Empower one's leadership skills? Build one's character? Why was shepherding the starting point for great leaders like Mohammed, Moses and Abraham? There must be a reason and lessons in shepherding t... read more

There is no prophet who has not tended sheep. So goes a famous phrase in Islamic scripture, words that had long intrigued young MBA student AlBaraa Taibah. How does shepherding awaken one's wisdom? Empower one's leadership skills? Build one's character? Why was shepherding the starting point for great leaders like Mohammed, Moses and Abraham? There must be a reason and lessons in shepherding t... read more

YOUR MAGNETIC MIND: Putting The Law Of Attraction To Work In Your Life

Aan D. Frazier

Winner 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Award - 1st PlaceSelf-Help/InspirationalPutting the Law of Attraction to Work in Your LifeDid you know that the Law of Attraction is already at work in your life? That one of the most powerful laws in the universe - which has the potential to break you free from feelings of impossibility and perhaps change your life forever - has been sitting right under our no... read more

Winner 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Award - 1st PlaceSelf-Help/InspirationalPutting the Law of Attraction to Work in Your LifeDid you know that the Law of Attraction is already at work in your life? That one of the most powerful laws in the universe - which has the potential to break you free from feelings of impossibility and perhaps change your life forever - has been sitting right under our no... read more

Finding Your Way to Happy: 25 Invaluable Lessons for Life

Brad Anastasia

What if the assumptions you‘ve made about how to live a good life were inaccurate? What if, despite doing everything you thought was right in life, you still wound up unhappy? What if the life plan your parents, peers, or society thought was best for you, isn’t the kind of life you really wanted to live? Imagine waking up one day and realizing you’ve lived your life the wrong way, only it’s to... read more

What if the assumptions you‘ve made about how to live a good life were inaccurate? What if, despite doing everything you thought was right in life, you still wound up unhappy? What if the life plan your parents, peers, or society thought was best for you, isn’t the kind of life you really wanted to live? Imagine waking up one day and realizing you’ve lived your life the wrong way, only it’s to... read more

Doctor of Truth: The Life of David R. Hawkins

Scott Jeffrey

Who is the man behind the best-selling Power vs. Force: The Determinants of Human Behavior and the Map of Consciousness? From fundamentalism to atheism, psychoanalysis to Zen Buddhism, the pits of hell to the infinite presence of God, Dr. David R. Hawkins has dedicated his life to the pursuit of Truth, spending over fifty years as a psychiatrist before becoming a spiritual teacher after the pu... read more

Who is the man behind the best-selling Power vs. Force: The Determinants of Human Behavior and the Map of Consciousness? From fundamentalism to atheism, psychoanalysis to Zen Buddhism, the pits of hell to the infinite presence of God, Dr. David R. Hawkins has dedicated his life to the pursuit of Truth, spending over fifty years as a psychiatrist before becoming a spiritual teacher after the pu... read more

Loving Legit: ...real love begins at home

Serena King

Black businesswoman Monica Walker knows all about success. She’s transformed herself from broken-home victim to New York-magazine super-editor, and she’s only thirty at that. What she doesn't know about is how to get a good man, a legit man who’ll put that ring on her finger. Her love life has been a series of romantic train wrecks. What disaster will her too-trusting heart lure her into next?... read more

Black businesswoman Monica Walker knows all about success. She’s transformed herself from broken-home victim to New York-magazine super-editor, and she’s only thirty at that. What she doesn't know about is how to get a good man, a legit man who’ll put that ring on her finger. Her love life has been a series of romantic train wrecks. What disaster will her too-trusting heart lure her into next?... read more

The Chi of Change: How hypnotherapy can help you heal and turn your life around - regardless of your past

Peter Field

If you only ever read one book on hypnotherapy, this is the book for you. Modern hypnosis has come a long way since its origins in Mesmerism, and The Chi of Change shows us just how far.In this spellbinding book you will learn how difficult life-affecting events get encoded deep in our subconscious memory systems, well below the level that ordinary talk-therapies or even drugs can reach.Drawin... read more

If you only ever read one book on hypnotherapy, this is the book for you. Modern hypnosis has come a long way since its origins in Mesmerism, and The Chi of Change shows us just how far.In this spellbinding book you will learn how difficult life-affecting events get encoded deep in our subconscious memory systems, well below the level that ordinary talk-therapies or even drugs can reach.Drawin... read more

Home for Pearl Squirrel (Solomon Raven)

Amy Crane Johnson

Solomon Raven is the smartest bird in the forest. In each of the book in series ,reoccurring characters explore nature during the four seasons.

Solomon Raven is the smartest bird in the forest. In each of the book in series ,reoccurring characters explore nature during the four seasons.

The Squaredime Letters: Moving From a Mechanical to an Organic Business Model

Charles Joseph Coolidge

R. Squaredime writes in this book, a series of letters to his nephew and understudy Stephen Almanas. Almanas has taken over the reins of the family business, Paracoo, Inc., a large firm that employs thousands of people from manufacturing to IT and everything in between. As the story unfolds, we watch as Almanas writes to his uncle of being squeezed by ever-increasing insurance, energy and taxa... read more

R. Squaredime writes in this book, a series of letters to his nephew and understudy Stephen Almanas. Almanas has taken over the reins of the family business, Paracoo, Inc., a large firm that employs thousands of people from manufacturing to IT and everything in between. As the story unfolds, we watch as Almanas writes to his uncle of being squeezed by ever-increasing insurance, energy and taxa... read more

The Messenger: The Improbable Story of a Grieving Mother and a Spirit Guide

Helen Delaney

Helen Delaney is in a railway book store, inconsolable and suicidal after the death of her son. A book at eye level catches her attention. She touches it, and it falls off the shelf, into her hand. It is a set of instructions on how to connect with a spirit guide. Thus begins The Messenger, the true, intimate story of a grieving mother, a gifted medium, and the spirit guide, Lukhamen, who keep... read more

Helen Delaney is in a railway book store, inconsolable and suicidal after the death of her son. A book at eye level catches her attention. She touches it, and it falls off the shelf, into her hand. It is a set of instructions on how to connect with a spirit guide. Thus begins The Messenger, the true, intimate story of a grieving mother, a gifted medium, and the spirit guide, Lukhamen, who keep... read more

The Three Dimensions of a Magnificent Black Woman: An Inspiration to Succeed

A. Marie Nealy

The mind is the key to positive thinking. True beauty is defined by what's on the inside. Look for guidance from beyond yourself. Do not base your potential, self-esteem, or beauty on what others think of you.

The mind is the key to positive thinking. True beauty is defined by what's on the inside. Look for guidance from beyond yourself. Do not base your potential, self-esteem, or beauty on what others think of you.

I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby (I Wish (Raven Tree Press)) (Paperback) - Common

By (author) Kathryn Heling

How far will girls go to be like their best friend? Rosa and Abby grow to appreciate their own uniqueness. Two boys books and two girls books in this I Wish series.

How far will girls go to be like their best friend? Rosa and Abby grow to appreciate their own uniqueness. Two boys books and two girls books in this I Wish series.

Travel Secrets for Seniors

Ely Lazar, Nancy Adele Thomas

This book is about creating travel dreams for seniors. It gives valuable tips in planning, organizing and experiencing travel so that seniors can be savvy travelers.

This book is about creating travel dreams for seniors. It gives valuable tips in planning, organizing and experiencing travel so that seniors can be savvy travelers.

Rip Squeak and His Friends: An Introduction to The Roaring Adventures of Rip Squeak

Susan Yost-Filgate

Book by Yost-Filgate, Susan (author) n Leonard Filgate (illustrator)

Book by Yost-Filgate, Susan (author) n Leonard Filgate (illustrator)

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