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Julia Scheeres

Julia Scheeres - Editor

Berkeley, CA, United States

New York Times-bestselling author. I love working with clients to extract their best stories and help them get published.

Overview


Julia Scheeres is the author of the memoir "Jesus Land," which was a New York Times and London Times bestseller and was named by Entertainment Weekly Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Memoirs" -- ever. Her second book, the critically acclaimed "A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown," was included in The Guardian's "Top 10 Books About the 1970s" list and was recently optioned for a movie.

She reviews books for the New York Times Book Review and has taught creative writing for many venues, including Stanford University. Her private clients have successfully published books and essays after working with her.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences

Awards

  • New Visions Award
  • American Library Association's "Alex" Award
  • Independent Bookseller's 2012 Book of the Year Award

Work experience

Book Reviewer

The New York Times
May, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

Review fiction and nonfiction for the New York Times Book Review. (I have been doing this since 2006, but the Reedsy software won't allow me to change the year, for some reason.)

Teacher, Stanford Writing program

Stanford University
January, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

I teach several writing classes through Stanford University, including memoir, proposal writing and a general craft class called "How to Grab Your Reader."

Content editor and writing coach

Self-employed
February, 2005 – Present (over 12 years)

I've written two critically-acclaimed narrative nonfiction books and have worked with dozens of other writers on their own projects. Some have landed contracts with major publishers, some with indie presses, and yet others have self-published.

My speciality is story development - helping authors tell their stories in the most compelling way possible. This means nailing down theme, character and narrative arcs, creating tension, and writing in a clear and concise fashion.

Reporter

Wired News
January, 2000 – March, 2003 (about 3 years)

Wrote stories on Internet culture, including an applauded series on child pornography and another on a chat room for folks wanting to commit suicide.

Reporter

The Los Angeles Times
February, 1996 – March, 2000 (about 4 years)

Reporter for the nation's largest daily paper, writing everything from features stories to breaking news pieces.

Reporter

El Financiero de Mexico
February, 1994 – February, 1996 (about 2 years)

Reporter for Mexican daily, writing and reporting in Spanish on topics ranging from immigration to maquiladoras.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Wild Oats Project: One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost

Robin Rinaldi

What if for just one year you let desire call the shots?The project was simple: Robin Rinaldi, a successful magazine journalist, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was forty-four, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for eighteen years. What followed—a ye... read more

What if for just one year you let desire call the shots?The project was simple: Robin Rinaldi, a successful magazine journalist, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was forty-four, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for eighteen years. What followed—a ye... read more

Good Cop, Bad Daughter: Memoirs of an Unlikely Police Officer

Karen Lynch

Good Cop, Bad Daughter’s Karen Lynch was raised by a counter-culture tribe in summer of love Haight-Ashbury, where she was taught to despise “The Man.” But when the San Francisco Police Department was court ordered to hire women, she found herself compelled to prove to the world that women could cut it as cops, a betrayal that caused her police-loathing mother to brand her a Nazi. Lynch reflec... read more

Good Cop, Bad Daughter’s Karen Lynch was raised by a counter-culture tribe in summer of love Haight-Ashbury, where she was taught to despise “The Man.” But when the San Francisco Police Department was court ordered to hire women, she found herself compelled to prove to the world that women could cut it as cops, a betrayal that caused her police-loathing mother to brand her a Nazi. Lynch reflec... read more

Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji

Will Lutwick

WINNER OF THE 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARD FOR MULTICULTURAL NON-FICTION FINALIST IN THE 2013 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARDS AND THE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDSFEATURED IN ROBERT MCKEE'S BYLINE --- THE LEGENDARY MCKEE IS THE GURU OF HOLLYWOOD'S TOP SCREENWRITERS.Strap yourself in for a wild ride! "Dodging Machetes" is sometimes dramatic and thrilling, other times flat-out funny. And it's always compelling!... read more

WINNER OF THE 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARD FOR MULTICULTURAL NON-FICTION FINALIST IN THE 2013 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARDS AND THE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDSFEATURED IN ROBERT MCKEE'S BYLINE --- THE LEGENDARY MCKEE IS THE GURU OF HOLLYWOOD'S TOP SCREENWRITERS.Strap yourself in for a wild ride! "Dodging Machetes" is sometimes dramatic and thrilling, other times flat-out funny. And it's always compelling!... read more

Jesus Land: A Memoir

Julia Scheeres

Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother—more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children—and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending m... read more

Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother—more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children—and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending m... read more

A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown

Julia Scheeres

“A gripping account of how decent people can be taken in by a charismatic and crazed tyrant” (The New York Times Book Review).In 1954, a past or named Jim Jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. He was a charismatic preacher with idealistic beliefs, and he quickly filled his pews with an audience eager to hear his sermons on social justice. As Jones’s be... read more

“A gripping account of how decent people can be taken in by a charismatic and crazed tyrant” (The New York Times Book Review).In 1954, a past or named Jim Jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. He was a charismatic preacher with idealistic beliefs, and he quickly filled his pews with an audience eager to hear his sermons on social justice. As Jones’s be... read more

The Ponzi Princess

Mark Morewitz

Recently married and settling in to a new home in Brooklyn, Mark Morewitz feels something is missing from his life. He is intrigued when his neighbors introduce him to Laurie, the charismatic entrepreneur from Long Island helping them earn enough money to buy and renovate their huge home. Soon the Long-Island fairy-godmother gives Mark an opportunity to invest in her high-return deals and then... read more

Recently married and settling in to a new home in Brooklyn, Mark Morewitz feels something is missing from his life. He is intrigued when his neighbors introduce him to Laurie, the charismatic entrepreneur from Long Island helping them earn enough money to buy and renovate their huge home. Soon the Long-Island fairy-godmother gives Mark an opportunity to invest in her high-return deals and then... read more

Veiled and Unveiled in Chechnya and Daghestan

Iwona Kaliszewska, Maciej Falkowski

Offering an unflinching portrait of life in Daghestan and Chechnya and focusing on its girls and women, this book presents the north Caucasus today through the eyes of two Poles, an anthropologist and a journalist, who travelled there amid a locally rooted but newly assertive Islamic revivalism. Shadowed by Russian secret police, the authors participate in Muslim rites in villages which penali... read more

Offering an unflinching portrait of life in Daghestan and Chechnya and focusing on its girls and women, this book presents the north Caucasus today through the eyes of two Poles, an anthropologist and a journalist, who travelled there amid a locally rooted but newly assertive Islamic revivalism. Shadowed by Russian secret police, the authors participate in Muslim rites in villages which penali... read more

Queen Sugar: A Novel (TV Tie-In)

Natalie Baszile

The inspiration for the acclaimed OWN TV series produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, returning for season two on June 20th“Smart and heartfelt and highly recommended.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book ClubReaders, booksellers, and critics alike are embracing Queen Sugar and cheering for its heroine, Charley Bordelon, an African American woman and single mother strugglin... read more

The inspiration for the acclaimed OWN TV series produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, returning for season two on June 20th“Smart and heartfelt and highly recommended.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book ClubReaders, booksellers, and critics alike are embracing Queen Sugar and cheering for its heroine, Charley Bordelon, an African American woman and single mother strugglin... read more

The Fifth Sister: From Victim to Victor - Overcoming Child Abuse

Laura Landgraf

Laura was ten, crouched outside her parents' bedroom, when she overheard that her father had made her oldest sister pregnant. For the next eight years, she and her four sisters struggled to survive the nightmare of sexual and emotional abuse.As an adult, she buried memories of her family's dysfunction and tried to build the most perfect life she could imagine. But when she discovered that her ... read more

Laura was ten, crouched outside her parents' bedroom, when she overheard that her father had made her oldest sister pregnant. For the next eight years, she and her four sisters struggled to survive the nightmare of sexual and emotional abuse.As an adult, she buried memories of her family's dysfunction and tried to build the most perfect life she could imagine. But when she discovered that her ... read more

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