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Jodi Fodor

Jodi Fodor - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Editor with an MFA and a background in business. My favorites: memoir, business, humor, psychology, and YA. My forte: lean prose that moves.

Overview

I'm a writer, editor, and ghostwriter. And because I'm also an English teacher, I'm passionate about words, writing style, grammar, and language.

We’re all drawing from the same word and punctuation pool, but when the right words are presented in just the right order, that’s magic. A well-crafted sentence can surge a reader’s heart rate.

My cooking contains a lot of fat; my writing does not.

I'm an "idea coach"; it's thrilling to help people figure out what they want to say and then guide them toward a compelling way to say it. I say, write your narrative as if it's a private exchange between you and the reader.
Sometimes you’ll inspire epiphanies.

Most recently I’ve worked on memoir, YA, psychology/self-help, and a book to help entrepreneurs get out of their own way.

I’ve been a business and education freelance writer and editor since college. I had a couple of corporate jobs, wore a lot of suits, and led a lot of meetings. Then I became an entrepreneur. I can help you speak clearly to these audiences.

I’ve also taught and tutored hundreds of kids. I relate to them very easily, so I can help you with your YA project or education title and with books that could be reinvented as apps. I’ve had an award-winning app on the App Store for six years. It was a book first.

I’ve been a professional singer for 17 years, performing with rock, pop, blues, and jazz duos and bands, so if your idea has something to do with the music world, I have a special perspective on that.

My MFA thesis is a 120-page collection of short stories. After two years of having my head knocked around in a fiction-writing workshop, I know a few things about crafting fiction.

My undergrad degree is in psychology, and during those studies I developed a love of scientific method. I also learned how to observe. This helps me quickly grasp the heart of an issue, and it will be an asset to you if you want my help creating a piece of writing that hits (as we like to say in music) "the center of the note." It's beautiful to the ear.

One more thing: whether developing ideas, writing, or reworking other people's drafts--I'm fast.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Entertainment Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Short Story Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MFA, Creative Writing

Awards

  • Common Sense Media's ON For Learning Award

Work experience

Writer/Editor/Developer

Self-employed
January, 1993 – Present (almost 25 years)

I've worked as a writer, editor, and developer of ideas in business, education, music, tech, and toys, and I've studied fiction writing extensively. Because my clients represent such a broad range of industries and interests, I've developed the ability to write and edit effectively across genres, themes, and subjects.

Some of my former employers:

General Motors (writer), Lexington Savings Bank (writer), Institute of Reading Development (teacher), California State, University, Long Beach (teacher)

Some of my recent and current clients (idea development, writing, editing):

Mattel, Fisher Price, Sphero, Americhip, Heavenspot, Tovolo, Disney, Frame.io, UCI Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute, Serendipity Literary Agency, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

* I've written, revised, and ghosted some very exciting essays, articles, speeches, marketing campaigns, books, and sections of books.

* I'm the creator and content developer of the award-winning vocabulary app, SAT Word Slam. It's snarky, so it was a lot of fun to write.

* And I'm a former college writing teacher (and current tutor), so I truly care about language; my standards are high (just ask my students). Several times a week, I read grammar and style guides just for fun. Yes, fun!

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir

Lisa F. Smith

"Lisa Smith gives us a darkly comic, honest, and completely relatable inside look at high-functioning addiction in the world of corporate law-a sort of 'Sex and the Psych Ward.' It's inspiring, informative, and impossible to put down." --Jennifer Belle, best-selling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch "Whether she's telling the town car driver to turn around so she can ditch sh... read more

"Lisa Smith gives us a darkly comic, honest, and completely relatable inside look at high-functioning addiction in the world of corporate law-a sort of 'Sex and the Psych Ward.' It's inspiring, informative, and impossible to put down." --Jennifer Belle, best-selling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch "Whether she's telling the town car driver to turn around so she can ditch sh... read more

The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1

Mark Frost

From the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks comes an exciting adventure series with a unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural. Meet your new action-adventure addiction!Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-... read more

From the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks comes an exciting adventure series with a unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural. Meet your new action-adventure addiction!Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-... read more

The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing

Dr. Pina LoGiudice

As seen on Dr. Oz, a revolutionary, naturopathic plan that enhances beauty, improves health, and reverses aging, Dr. Pina's powerful program is guaranteed to make you glow from the inside out.The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to use the most natural methods to achieve optimal health and beauty. People who follow this philosophy have a "glow"--an almost indescribable radiance, beauty, ... read more

As seen on Dr. Oz, a revolutionary, naturopathic plan that enhances beauty, improves health, and reverses aging, Dr. Pina's powerful program is guaranteed to make you glow from the inside out.The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to use the most natural methods to achieve optimal health and beauty. People who follow this philosophy have a "glow"--an almost indescribable radiance, beauty, ... read more

Motown in Love: Lyrics from the Golden Era

Here at last: all the words to all the great love songs from the golden era of Motown, when the Motown sound dominated the charts and kids fell in love, broke up, and fell in love again to its irresistibly danceable hits. Born in inner-city Detroit but loved by people all around the world, the songs of Motown remain unmistakable and unforgettable: “I’ll Be There,” “My Girl,” “Ain’t No Mountain... read more

Here at last: all the words to all the great love songs from the golden era of Motown, when the Motown sound dominated the charts and kids fell in love, broke up, and fell in love again to its irresistibly danceable hits. Born in inner-city Detroit but loved by people all around the world, the songs of Motown remain unmistakable and unforgettable: “I’ll Be There,” “My Girl,” “Ain’t No Mountain... read more

The SAT Word Slam: Rhyme Your Way to a Better Vocabulary and Higher SAT and ACT Scores

Jodi Fodor

The number one way to improve your score on the SAT is by improving your vocabulary. Nothing is more important? Princeton Review Perspicacious. Ubiquitous. Garrulous. Improvident. Solvent. Benevolent. These are the sorts of words that may befuddle you when you take the SAT. What you need is a book that makes these words fun to learn and easy to remember and this one does just that. This clever... read more

The number one way to improve your score on the SAT is by improving your vocabulary. Nothing is more important? Princeton Review Perspicacious. Ubiquitous. Garrulous. Improvident. Solvent. Benevolent. These are the sorts of words that may befuddle you when you take the SAT. What you need is a book that makes these words fun to learn and easy to remember and this one does just that. This clever... read more

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