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Jessi Rita Hoffman

Jessi Rita Hoffman - Editor

Olympia, WA, United States

The help your manuscript needs ... book editing and writer coaching by a former publishing house editor in chief

Overview

For over two decades, I have been editing, coaching, and ghostwriting-- first for publishers, then for private clients. I served as editor in chief of a university press, and later as editor in chief of an award-winning regional magazine. Today I work as a book editor and writing coach, helping 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 ... 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.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction Christian Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Economics Education & Reference Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement

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).
  • Created and edited "Senior Dynamics," a regional monthly magazine, recipient of several journalistic awards (publisher: The Chronicle, Centralia, Washington)

Work experience

Editor in Chief

Veritas Magazine

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

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

Book Editor, Writing Coach

Book Edits by Jessi

March, 2002 – Present (almost 15 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 fourteen 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 worked with illustrious established writers and authors, including Donald Trump, acclaimed novelist Michael Hurley, international bestselling author Les Hewitt, Huffington Post columnist/psychologist Dr. Peter Field, and Forbes/Huffington Post contribuyor Adrea Wien. She has edited titles for Delta Publishing and other houses.

Jessi guest-blogs on several writer websites, including the Jane Friedman website (Friedman is former editor of Writer’s Digest), author Larry Brooks’ StoryFix website, and James Chartrand's blog. Jessi also maintains a blog of her own for authors. She is an optioned screenwriter.

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. Award-winning movie producer/director Param Gill has optioned Jessi's psychological mystery/thriller, Mind Games, for film.

Editor in Chief

Senior Dynamics

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)

Worked as freelance journalist, publishing news and feature articles, reviews, and op-eds in four Northwest daily newspapers: the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, The Tacoma News Tribune, The Olympian, and The Chronicle.

Editor in Chief

MIU Press

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

Served as senior editor and editor in chief at this small university press, supervising 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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

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.

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

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

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

I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby / Quisiera tener pecas como Abby

Kathryn Heling, Deborah Hembrook

This is the bilingual (English/Spanish) version of I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby. There is also a vocabulary page at the end of the book. Rosa wants freckles just like her friend Abby. How can she get them? Maybe chocolate pudding will do the trick! How about some mud puddle dots? Big sister's makeup? Rosa comes to realize that she might have something that is just as good as the longed–for ... read more

This is the bilingual (English/Spanish) version of I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby. There is also a vocabulary page at the end of the book. Rosa wants freckles just like her friend Abby. How can she get them? Maybe chocolate pudding will do the trick! How about some mud puddle dots? Big sister's makeup? Rosa comes to realize that she might have something that is just as good as the longed–for ... read more

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

Andrea Wien

Gap to Great is the first and only guide for parents about the gap year. In each chapter, author Andrea Wien unpacks a different concern typically expressed by parents of high school and college-aged students. If you can only read one book on the gap year, make it this one.

Gap to Great is the first and only guide for parents about the gap year. In each chapter, author Andrea Wien unpacks a different concern typically expressed by parents of high school and college-aged students. If you can only read one book on the gap year, make it this one.

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 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

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

Aan D. Frazier

Putting 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 nose?Your Magnetic Mind explains the Law of Attraction in its entirety. Onc... read more

Putting 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 nose?Your Magnetic Mind explains the Law of Attraction in its entirety. Onc... read more

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

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