Jessi Hoffman | Elance
Last Sign-in: Jul 11, 2014

Jessi Hoffman

   United States
  |  4:44 pm Local Time


EXCEPTIONAL STANDARDS AND AN EXCEPTIONAL REPUTATION ... Elance's most in-demand book editor ... Over 200 five-star lifetime client reviews ...

Offering the highest quality in book editing, author coaching, creative writing, screenwriting, and copy writing. If you want your project done to the highest professional standards, you've come to the right door.

No subcontracting. Your project receives my exclusive attention. Scroll down for client reviews, credentials, test scores, and more.

Service Description
One of the site's most trusted and respected providers, I'm a former award-winning magazine editor and publishing house editor in chief. I provide BOOK EDITING, SCREENWRITING, GHOSTWRITING, COPY WRITING, STORY WRITING, & AUTHOR COACHING - with a focus on book editing (particularly novels, personal development books, and business books).

BUYER BEWARE: GENUINE, FULL-SCALE EDITORS DISPLAY THEIR ELANCE EDITING TEST SCORE. Look for a high percentile on this challenging exam. Self-proclaimed and apprentice editors, who may post other English test scores but hide their editing score, cannot be depended on for in-depth and error-free editing. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Elance ranks me one of its top-four book editors (out of sixteen thousand) and its number-one book editor for nonfiction. A former publishing house editor in chief, I have the insider knowledge to make your book succeed. I help established and bestselling authors but particularly enjoy helping new ones. I provide editing, author coaching, and book proposals that exceed industry standards.

NOTE TO NEW AUTHORS: Competing with hundreds of writers, my client Nadine Love won first place in the Transformational Author Writing Contest sponsored by New World Library, the world's second-largest publisher of personal development books. My role: crafting the winning book proposal and editing the manuscript. This win demonstrates the power of error-free editing and professional coaching in earning the attention of mainstream publishers.

NOTE TO NOVELISTS: With a B.A. in English Lit and the equivalent of an M.A. in fiction writing, I've taught story development at the college level and personally coach beginning authors on development of their novels. I provide in-depth feedback on your book, not just a grammar check. If there are plot issues, loose ends, pacing problems, characters or dialog issues, count on me to find them and show you how to fix them.


I've taught screenwriting and fiction writing at the college level and completed a year of studies at Seattle Film Institute. I have a B.A. in English and the equivalent of an M.A. in screenwriting and fiction writing. I've written four original feature-length scripts that I'm just beginning to market to the film industry. My work has been published in Digital Science Fiction and in Language Arts Journal. I'm available for ghostwriting and work-for-hire projects, especially writing screenplays and adaptations.


I'm a former award-winning magazine feature writer and editor, with as many writing credits to my name as editing credits. Writing clients include Donald Trump, Washington State Department of Parks and Recreation, prize-winning life coaches, motivational speakers, as well as educators, Internet marketers, and entrepreneurs. Let me add you to the list.


* book edits (nonfiction and fiction)
* book proposals and query letters
* writer coaching (developmental editing)
* screenwriting and adaptations
* motivational and self-help copy writing
* business editing
* substantive editing (content editing)
* copy editing
* proofreading
* ghostwriting

With a B.A. in English, K-12 teacher certification, an M.A. in Eastern philosophy, and the equivalent of an M.A. in screenwriting and fiction writing, I began my career as a schoolteacher and newspaper journalist. I've edited and ghostwritten dozens of published titles for clients and have published six books and hundreds of articles under my own name. Today one of my greatest pleasures is helping authors turn their book into a masterpiece. I don't just fix the superficial errors of grammar and punctuation: I help you make the content express everything you mean for it to say.


"To say Jessi is a brilliant writer would be an understatement. Jessi is simply extraordinary."

William de Ora
Co-author of "The Invisible Partnership"

"Jessi's work is superb. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the publishing industry are invaluable. I'm delighted with the professionalism and tightness she brought to my manuscript, and I'm thrilled to have her on my team."

Nadine Love
First-Place Winner, New World Library's Transformational Author Writing Contest

"Jessi was able to write exactly what I wished I could have said, and she said it perfectly."

Karrie Davis
Owner, Karrie Davis Legacy Portraits

"When you are looking for the top editorial work on Elance, Jessi is your editor!"

Dr. Robert Puff
Contributing Writer to "Psychology Today"
Author of seven books

"Jessi Hoffman is a remarkable editor with a meticulous attention to all of the important details of your project. She consistently edits your material from the perspective of your reader, which as writers we often neglect. She challenges you to be a better writer, but also a clearer thinker; that, perhaps, is her greatest gift."

Scott Jeffrey
Author of "Doctor of Truth: The Life of David R. Hawkins"

"Jessi delivered an outstanding white paper and ads for my life coach business. She understood what I was seeking and articulated it masterfully. I'm delighted with the results! She is a polished professional and excellent writer."

Adele Sinclair
Founder and CEO, Wellness at Work

"When Jessi completed the text development for the new website of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, she proved herself an excellent copywriter and editor. She is thorough, detail-oriented, and works well under deadline. I confidently recommend her for writing and editing work."

Anne Hersley-Hankins
Former Director of Public Affairs, Washington State Department of Parks and Recreation

"Jessi has written and edited sales materials, created curriculum, and written dozens of course workbooks for our clients, including Trump University. Jessi is not just a great writer. She knows how to adapt her writing style to suit the required voice for whatever product she works on. My company has benefited from her expertise on dozens of projects. I consider Jessi an indispensable member of our team."

James Burgin
President, BrandWithin

"Jessi's work has brought tangible, growing success to our company. As analyst and consultant, she engineered the renovation of our 6,000-page self-help sales website. Jessi found and corrected confusing points in our navigation, suggested design and content changes, and critiqued the way we interfaced with our customers, providing many client-centered solutions. She has now completed other projects for us, including the writing of three e-books plus an email campaign and landing page that have made the books a smashing success. We highly recommended Jessi, but please don't take up too much of her time - we need her!"

Richie Coutts
Founder and Director, Global Secrets International

"Jessi developed the language and style for the workbooks of our home study course that is now being marketed all over the country. She was a real pleasure to work with. She took our knowledge as seasoned real estate investors and turned it into an outstanding educational product that's receiving rave reviews from all our students. If you're looking to create something that your business can truly be proud of, you'll do yourself a disservice not to make use of Jessi's skills."

Andy Heller
President and Co-Founder, Regular Riches LLC

"Jessi is by far the best Elance provider I have worked with yet."

Dennis Dinoia
Founder, Mr. D Math Tutorials

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State of Washington
Washington State Teaching Certificate - K through 12
Awarded: 1987
Seattle Film Institute
3 semesters' coursework in screenwriting
1994 - 1995
University of Iowa
K-12 teacher certification
1987 - 1988
Maharishi European Research University
Master of Vedic Studies degree
1979 - 1981
Loyola University
Bachelor degree in English
1965 - 1969
Veritas Magazine
2010 - 2012
Fire Apparatus and Equipment Magazine
2008 - 2010
Senior Dynamics Magazine
Editor in Chief
2001 - 2007
MIU Press
Editor in Chief
1979 - 1982
Payment Terms
I recommend Elance escrow and the fixed-fee payment system for all projects.

James Burgin
Brand Within, owner
Created the writing portion of marketing and educational materials for various Brand Within clients, including Trump University. Marketing brochures and course books in real estate investment comprised the bulk of my work.
Michael Wagar
The Chronicle, executive editor
Produced "Senior Dynamics," a monthly 48-page tabloid-sized magazine for the seniors of Lewis County in Washington State - readership: 8,000. The parent company for this magazine was the daily newspaper in Centralia, Washington (The Chronicle).
Jessi Hoffman | Elance

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