HELLO MY NAME IS

JERUSHA

"I am what I am."

- Popeye

When I was a kid, I passed time on airplanes diagramming sentences. For fun. Now I'm a freelance editor with credits including 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. I also published Your Title Here: How to Craft a Killer Nonfiction Book Proposal poolside in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, while backpacking the world Wild-style.

 

I was sucked into the New York publishing arena apprenticing with NYT bestselling author Joni Rodgers on a number of high profile book projects and proposals while earning my English degree at Sam Houston State University. I served as a contributing reporter to the campus newspaper, SHSU Supreme Court media liaison   responsible for providing the written opinion of The Court, and earned second place in the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Awards for poetry. Boxing the Octopus, a publishing industry blog, hosted me to contribute a month-long series on American Poets Laureate. Post-grad,  I interned as The League of Extraordinary Authors' Social Media Coordinator, blogging, proofreading, platforming, and consulting. And scuba diving. (I was cyber-officing from various beaches most of the time.)

 

As a freelancer, I've worked with authors, publishers, and literary agents on projects in a variety of sizes, formats, and genres. I slap Oxford commas out of manuscripts, consult on and doctor book proposals, typo-purge white papers, grammar-whip web copy, and go all Inquisition on heretical indie publishing projects. I am known for my eagle eye when it comes to copyediting, specializing in continuity and fact-checking on challenging projects with quick turnaround times.

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. (You can listen to it here.) Together with Joni Rodgers, I've plot whispered a plethora of book proposals and screenplays, one of which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award.