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Joni Rodgers

Joni Rodgers is the author of five critically acclaimed novels and a bestselling memoir on her own and has collaborated on a wide range of high profile projects, including celebrity memoirs, novels, prescriptive nonfiction, anthologies, essay collections, and an Oscar nominated screenplay. She’s been published by “all six of the Big 5” and featured in a variety of national magazines. Her primary goal is always to create compelling characters and tell a great story. As an author, she looks for redemption and illumination in the context of ordinary life. As a ghostwriter, she disappears into her client’s voice, creating an accessible vehicle for their unique perspective. As a screenwriter, she creates characters who bleed and breathe and dialogue that sizzles with wit and integrity. Joni and her husband, artist Gary Rodgers, live next door to a lighthouse on a beach in Washington State.


years experience: 22
rates: Proposal fee: $15K. Book doctoring and developmental editing fees vary. Ghostwriting book fees range from $85K to $145K, depending on the scope of the individual project.
SKILLS
Writing, Ghost-writing, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Biography, History, Memoir
TRADE REFERENCES
Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winning screenwriter of The Social Network: “Joni Rodgers is a pure storyteller. She writes with a wit, lyricism, humanity and joy that make her books impossible to put down.”

Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy and Tony Award winning actress/singer: “When S & S talked to me about doing a book, I wanted to find a ghostwriter to help me say what I wanted to say clearly and honestly. I met with many people, but I believe God plopped Joni Rodgers in my lap on purpose. She never missed a deadline, laughed at all my jokes, and became a member of my family, someone I trust implicitly.”

Rue McClanahan, Broadway actress and star of TV's Golden Girls: “I'm so glad my editor recommended Joni Rodgers to be my book sherpa. Joni made gorgeous cream pies out of my curds and whey. An enormously talented writer, a wonderful friend.”

Mayte Garcia, choreographer, dancer, former wife of Prince and member of New Power Generation: “Joni Rodgers, you are the light in the dark room I was in. Thank you for hearing and helping me with my story. The grid is real!”

Elizabeth Smart, NYT bestselling author, activist, and advocate: “Joni Rodgers, my stalwart Sherpa and friend throughout the writing process, helped me build a vehicle for my vision and opened my eyes to what I'm capable of on my own.”

Amie and Jolie Sikes, cofounders of the Junk Gypsy retail/design empire: “Oh, the magic you weave with bulk quantities of Post-it notes. Behold, the STICKY-GRID MOJO, without which we would have been lost. You were able to wrap your heads around a project that has seemed insurmountable to us for ten years. You tamed my ellipses and run-on sentences and Amie’s infinite brainstorms. We could never thank you enough for your guidance, your organization, your help, and most of all, your patience and your friendship.”

Swoosie Kurtz, Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winning actress: “Joni Rodgers, if I could write like you, I would have the words to tell you that your genius vision turned black and white into Technicolor, amusement into hilarity, touching into heartbreaking, and a very interesting life into a literary page-turner. That is what I believe they call art. You promised to be my Sherpa on this mountain climb. You have also been my friend.”

Tom Brokaw, broadcasting legend: “Part Swan, Part Goose is a brave and riveting book about family, fame, theater and life. It is witty, wise and irresistible. I loved it.”

Carol Burnett, comedy icon (on PSPG): “I laughed and cried (sometimes at the same time) reading this extraordinary story about Swoosie and her parents and her work and her loves. Swoosie has the beautiful gift of a seasoned storyteller. Her observations about love and loss had me dog-earing several pages to re-read again and again. I feel blessed to know her.”

Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure: “Joni Rodgers is a talented, compassionate writer with an uncanny ability to see connections between anecdotes and ideas. She really listened to me, then used my memories and my message to create a beautifully woven tapestry of emotion, science, history, and meaning. Both I and my publisher have been blown away by Joni's project strategy, vigilant research, and professionalism every step of the way. I grew to trust her as a collaborator and value her as a friend.”

Mehmet Oz, M.D., host, The Dr. Oz Show: “Promise Me emotionally and elegantly chronicles how sisterly love changed the course of modern medicine...”

Linda Armstrong Kelly, mom of embattled sports icon Lance Armstrong: “It was truly an illuminating experience... and for that, I'd like to thank my memoir guru, Joni Rodgers. She is simply the best.”

Ellen Rogers, author of Kasey to the Rescue (featured in O Magazine): “A giant and heartfelt thank you to Joni Rodgers for your compassion, talent, and humor in helping me bring our family's story to life. Stay frosty, as I learned from you.”

LEADING CLIENTS
Ndaba Mandela
Elizabeth Smart
Mayte Garcia
Amie and Jolie Sikes (HGTV's Junk Gypsies)
Kristin Chenoweth
Swoosie Kurtz
Rue McClanahan
Ambassador Nancy Brinker
Justin Bieber
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN: LIFE LESSONS FROM MY GRANDFATHER, NELSON MANDELA (Hachette 2018) by Ndaba Mandela
WHERE THERE'S HOPE (St. Martin's 2017) by Elizabeth Smart
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL: MY LIFE WITH PRINCE (Hachette 2017) by Mayte Garcia
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
As Joni Rodgers:
BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR (International and Amazon bestseller)
THE HURRICANE LOVER (Amazon #1 bestseller)
SUGARLAND (International and Amazon bestseller)
As a ghostwriter:
A LITTLE BIT WICKED by Kristin Chenoweth (NYT bestseller)
MY FIRST FIVE HUSBANDS by Rue McClanahan (NYT and international bestseller)
JUNK GYPSIES by Amie and Jolie Sikes (NYT bestseller)
FIRST STEP 2 FOREVER by Justin Bieber (NYT, Amazon and international bestseller)
PART SWAN PART GOOSE by Swoosie Kurtz (National bestseller)
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Joni Rodgers collaborates with celebrities and other extraordinary people on memoirs, fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. As a ghostwriter, book doctor, editor, and story consultant, she's worked with Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Obie winners, Broadway icons, film and TV stars, political and corporate change makers, designers, musicians, and survivors. In addition to her own bestselling books, Joni has ghostwritten a long string of NYT/international bestsellers and earned a stellar reputation for delivering high quality manuscripts on tight deadlines.

During 20+ years in the publishing industry, Joni has worked with major houses and small literary presses including:
MacAdam-Cage
HarperCollins
Hachette
Simon & Schuster
Random House
Penguin
Bertelsmann
Hyperion
Crown
Broadway
and others.

Joni's syndicated column "Earth to Joni" ran for three years in papers across the USA. Her articles, opeds, and book excerpts have appeared online and in print in regional and national media outlets including:
New York Times
Readers Digest
Huffington Post
Parade
Good Housekeeping
O Magazine
Family Circle
Redbook
Houston Chronicle
Boston Globe
and many others.

AGENT
Cindi Davis-Andress
Pastorini-Bosby Talent
713 266 4488
cindi@pbtalent.com
www.pbtalent.com