"Sheldon Jacobs is a level-headed gentleman who is a cross between Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama, and Vanguard founder Jack Bogle . . ." -- MarketWatch
Experienced writer and editor; Magazine contributor; Collaborative and/or Ghost Writer, Writing Coach; Fiction editor; former Time Magazine journalist with an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University.
Under contract with Skyhorse Publishing for an upcoming book.
I worked as a journalist at TIME Magazine for more than 15 years, covering Business, Politics, Entertainment, Lifestyle, the Arts, Fashion, and more--meeting deadlines, researching, reporting and writing on a variety of subjects for both fast breaking and longer, in-depth issue-related topics. I interviewed prominent newsmakers, from top finanancial CEOs to A-list celebrities and pop stars to a future President of the U.S.
Current/Recent projects include: Developmental Editor of a non-fiction book about the Second Amendment; Developmental Editor of a non-fiction book about a prison; a non-fiction book about business in Africa; a non-fiction book about investing and taking smart risks; Carved in Blood (crime novel); Finding Him Again (novel), and The Stealthy Heart (novel), Friends and Lies (novella), River Girl (novel) acquired by imprints at Bonnier Publishing; fiction acquired by Endeavour Press.
I work with authors, non-profits and businesses to create books, press releases, web content and articles that precisely convey their message. I also help authors and others use the power of social media to convey the messages of their stories, books, products or services to the appropriate audience.
I have collaborated on, ghost written, and edited fiction and non-fiction.
Editorial Letter (Manuscript Critique)
College and University Admissions Essays
Singular expertise working with financial, business, economic or other specialized text. Expert proficiency working with non-native speakers of English.
I edit with the writer’s style in mind and have an instinct for uncovering inaccuracies, inconsistencies, continuity issues or potential legal ramifications. Extensive experience interviewing — and working on stories about — noted figures in business, design, fashion, politics, entertainment, lifestyle, music and other fields. Skilled at working with any style — literary, accessible literary, upmarket, commercial, historical, advertising, creative.
Adept at using Track Changes in Word, PowerPoint, InCopy, WordPress, Google Docs, Photoshop and other formats and editing tools. Familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, AP, AMA, APA, New York Times, and others.
I am professional, considerate, imperturbable and I never miss deadlines.
Collaborative and/or Ghost Writer, Writing Coach
Interview and work with individuals and entrepreneurs who are internationally prominent in their fields to create the autobiography, how-to or self-help, etc. books they envision.
Writer, in-depth profiles, business and technology articles
Copywriter for several international entrepreneurs.
Re-write and edit a weekly financial column by an economist from Japan
My editing philosophy:
"Editing should be...a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, 'How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?' and avoid 'How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?'"
--- James Thurber
"There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them."
Rates upon request