When I worked with Jill, she demonstrated a rare mixture of four skills. She knew what could sell, having been an acquisitions editor for years; she was a wizard at re-framing my themes into a marketable context; she edited superbly; and as a wonderfully creative writer, she gave me concrete (and funny) examples of what would work. Plus, her heart showed in everything she edited.
Working with her was like a master class, but practical, in that she gave my story context, and steered it toward where it matched a reader’s curiosity and need.
Jill is an editorial genius. She instinctively understood what my manuscript needed and offered invaluable advice on making it more appealing to publishers. She’s the best developmental editor that I’ve worked with.
I'd been thinking about my book for years, but Jill "got it" within minutes of our first conversation. In addition to line editing my proposal, she came up with a beautiful title that captured the memoir's essence, helped me craft the narrative arc, and guided me with expert hands through writing the marketing section. I wholeheartedly recommend Jill to anyone who's feeling alone in getting a book project off the ground. Part-guru, and part cheerleader, Jill's the greatest – and most reasonably priced –midwife editor on the market!
Jill Rothenberg has her fingers on the pulse of what editors and agents want. Her essays are poignant, yet also rich with humor and the ironies of life. Her editing is razor sharp. Jill is your best coach for developing a book proposal, revising an essay or a reported piece. She can also “midwife” your memoir by finding the universal themes and suggesting a unique twist. Jill is well-versed in all aspects of how to become a successful freelance writer — from the business of book marketing to developing an idea to targeting any audience.
One Perfect Pitch, How to Sell your Product, your Business, your Idea or Yourself was my first book and I am a non-native English speaker, which means double trouble. Not only Jill cleaned up my written blunders, but she really helped to reformulate ideas into precise sentences, clear and compelling enough for a reader. I had to come up with more exercises in my methodology and she used her talent to turn them into appealing and simple ones. She is always on time, positive and enjoys her work. It was a pleasure working with her.
I am so fortunate to have Jill as my midwife editor. She was highly recommended to me by my writing teacher when an agent expressed interest in my work. Jill taught me how to put together a memoir proposal from scratch in a fairly short period of time. She walked me through all the steps needed and edited my first two chapters. But mainly, through Skyping with me, numerous emails, and reading my work, she “got” me. She made me see the importance of the themes of my book and the significance of my story, not only to my generation, but to young women today. She gave my memoir direction, rather than it being a grouping of disconnected vignettes. She’s always prompt to answer questions and return edits, motivating, and insightful. Furthermore, she gave me invaluable input with some personal essays that helped to get them published.
Jill was quick to come up with an in-depth overview of my entire manuscript within a few days. I went from having what was a finished, but overly complicated book, to knowing what sections could go based on the story I wanted to pitch. From a gripping title, to a pitch that wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be. Jill really has helped me birth an actual book.