Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., offers editing and writing consulting services for highly motivated writers committed to achieving a higher level of excellence. Whether you’re a well established, award-winning writer or you aspire to be a published author, Jennifer Margulis may be able to help.
Whole manuscript critique
Finding a literary agent
Choosing the right publisher
Building your platform
Getting started as a writer
What Clients Are Saying About Jennifer Margulis
My career wouldn’t be where it is today without Jennifer. Her keen, focused editing has not only helped sharpen my writing but has helped me to learn how to be a better writer. Not only that, Jennifer is the kind of cheerleader every writer needs—she boosts my confidence and champions my ideas and work with unflagging enthusiasm and positivity. Thank you Jennifer!”
~Christine Gross-Loh, Ph.D., author of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us (Avery) and coauthor of The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life (Simon & Schuster)
Jennifer has been instrumental in the biggest career shift in my life: to become the writer I always wanted to be. She is no dilettante and has no patience with excuses: from the start she took me seriously, on the condition that I, too, would take my writing seriously. She basically made me responsible for my own success, not only giving extremely precise advice, and opening up her amazing contact list to me, but pushing me to take the steps I needed on the road to publication, to always bounce back from rejection letters, and to think of the writing life like a pro. I had written and published before as an academic. Thanks to Jennifer, I also became a journalist and general audience author. To date I’ve published articles in The Atlantic, Politico, The Nation, The Boston Review, The New Yorker’s blog, Le Monde, among many more.”
~Cécile Alduy, Associate Professor of French Literature and Culture, Stanford University and author of Marine Le Pen prise aux mots. D´ecryptage du nouveau discours frontiste (Seuil).
With zero exaggeration, I can say that Jennifer Margulis has had a hand in every one of my literary successes. She is EXCELLENT during developmental stages with an uncanny sense of what you’re really trying to say. No one is better at suggesting direction shifts for a manuscript or editing the hell out of lines you thought were pretty great. Once she’s helped push your work toward perfection, she offers smart suggestions of where to submit, whom to contact, and what to develop next. Jennifer is warm and supportive, funny and candid and no-nonsense and scary smart. You want her in your writer’s corner!”
You know that something doesn’t work with a book chapter, but you can’t quite figure out why or what. You read it again and again, telling your self, ‘Maybe it’s okay?’ Then you ask a trusted editor to look it over. The editor tells you exactly what is wrong as well as how to fix it. You are grateful. Her advice is everything you wish you would have come up with on your own—but just couldn’t. That editor? Her name is Jennifer Margulis, and no piece of writing should ever get published without her giving it a once over.”
~Alisa Bowman, co-author of 7 New York Times bestsellers, including The Skinny: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry (Harmony) and Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk (Reader’s Digest).
Jennifer Margulis is a soup-to-nuts editor extraordinaire. From planning research to generating the raw material to fine-tuning the final product, Jennifer does it all—and she does it with an ebullience that will buoy any writer’s spirits. She helped me enormously as I wrote my first book and I recommend her highly to anyone facing the big blank page.”
~Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age (Harper Wave)
Jennifer’s coaching gave me specific steps for using social media to publicize my book. She showed me how to connect with other bloggers and to use my own posts to the best advantage, increasing my readership and my web presence. She also helped me to strengthen my book proposal by putting it into my own voice with authority. I enthusiastically recommend her as a supportive and knowledgeable coach!”
~Jane Katch, author of Under Deadman’s Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children’s Violent Play (Beacon Press), and Far Away From the Tigers: A Year in the Classroom with Internationally Adopted Children (University of Chicago Press). See her in the PBS special, “Raising Cain: Exploring the Inner Lives of America’s Boys”
Jennifer Margulis is the only editor you’ll ever need. She listens for your voice and coaches you to make it infinitely clearer and more compelling. I absolutely love working with her. You will too.”
~Sara Schley, author of Secrets of the 7th Day: How Everyone Can Find Renewal Through the Wisdom and Practices of the Sabbath (White Cloud Press)