5x New York Times bestselling collaborative writer
Jodi Lipper is a five-time New York Times bestselling writer who partners with high profile experts and celebrities to garner major publishing deals and translate their experiences and expertise into highly effective and marketable books. Jodi has co-written several notable memoirs as well as prescriptive books about business, wellness, and personal development. Her recent collaboration with Fran Hauser, The Myth of the Nice Girl, was named the Best Business Book of 2018 by Audible and was listed by Amazon as One of the Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year.
Before becoming a full time writer, Jodi edited mostly fiction at Simon & Schuster, where she worked on numerous #1 New York Times bestsellers. This experience coupled with her work as an author on her own trio of bestsellers has given Jodi unique insight into the entire publishing process. She knows how to write the type of proposals and manuscripts that editors respond to in a highly versatile style that captures each author’s unique voice.
Jodi thrives when collaborating creatively with passionate authors who have an amazing story or unique advice that can help change readers lives. She lives in NJ with her husband and two young daughters.
I am a collaborative writer, meaning I partner with high-profile experts and celebrities to help write their books. Some people call this a ghostwriter, but I find that the term “collaborative writer” is more accurate and carries less of a stigma. These partnerships are true collaborations. I put words to the amazing expertise and experiences of the authors I have the pleasure of working with. To date, I have collaborated on 20 published books, including 5 New York Times bestsellers.
When I’m not writing I’m either practicing yoga or spending time with my two wonderful girls. I often have my best ideas and breakthroughs during this “down time”.
How did you get into the industry?
I started working in publishing in an editorial role. I always pictured myself as an editor, but I soon found that the job was not a fit for me, after all. However, while I was there I had the opportunity to see what kind of books were selling and realized there was an opening in the market for the type of humorous girlfriend-to-girlfriend self-help books my close friend Cerina Vincent and I had been talking about writing for years. We ended up publishing a series of bestsellers with HarperCollins, which were my first book collaborations. In this case, I was working with a friend as a 50/50 co-author, but the experience taught me that I love writing in collaboration, which ultimately led me here.
What’s next for the Business in the near future?
Since so many people have asked me for advice about how to publish a book, I partnered with one of my authors, Fran Hauser, to create a book proposal workshop and webinar. All non-fiction book deals start with a standout book proposal that is like the business plan for your book. The workshop offers personalized advice on refining your book concept and writing the proposal, while the webinar is a more accessible option that will walk participants through how to put together a winning proposal and nail the most important elements.
Ideal experience for a customer/client?
Since one of my main jobs is to capture each author’s voice on the page, it means so much to me when someone close to the author says that reading the book was just like talking to him or her in real life. Even better is when the author feels that I’ve really captured him or her on a deep level.
Career advice to those in your industry?
I am passionate about educating aspiring writers about the fact that this career even exists! Because there has been a weird stigma around the concept of ghostwriting for so long, it’s become an invisible career choice. But the truth is that writers like me are in high demand, and this is a potentially lucrative and rewarding career. I want writers to know about this, and I want to get rid of the stigma around it. Writing is pretty much always done in collaboration, whether it’s between an author and an editor, a talk-show host and a team of writers, or an author and a collaborative writer. There is no reason this particular type of partnership should be seen any differently.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
Its tight knit community.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Just coffee for me! I spent years forcing myself to eat breakfast but finally gave in and embraced the fact that I’m just not a breakfast person! I’m usually not hungry until about 11 or 12.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM –
Hopefully still sleeping!
10:00 AM –
In the flow of writing or else meeting or speaking with an author.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I try to load up on veggies and fats at lunch for energy, so typically either a salad or toast with
salmon and avocado. I’m a big moderation person, though, so this doesn’t mean I won’t make an exception for a Shake Shack run if I find myself at Penn Station around lunchtime.
7:00 PM –
Snuggling with my girls, reading bedtime stories, and helping them wind down. Once they’re in bed I’m often back to work before winding down myself.
11:00 PM –
Getting ready for bed! I need my sleep.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee in the morning – I try to limit it to 2 cups a day.
What should everyone try at least once?
I don’t really believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, but everyone should try traveling and getting out of their comfort zone.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I love visiting a new city and just walking around and discovering things.
Upcoming Book Proposal Workshop: