JODY REIN. Formerly an executive editor with imprints of the Big Five publishers in New York, Jody runs the boutique literary agency Jody Rein Books, Inc. and the consulting company, AuthorPlanet.org. Agency projects, primarily nonfiction, include bestseller and film The Big Year by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Obmascik (Simon & Schuster); bestseller and sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter by W. Bruce Cameron (Workman); and the forthcoming Crazy Horse Weeps by Joseph M. Marshall III (Fulcrum). Jody has facilitated the publication of hundreds of worthy books variously as acquiring editor, agent, consultant, publisher or ghost writer.
Jody graduated from the University of Michigan with highest honors in English, and went on from there to wait tables in Chicago. Never fear, English majors: she landed a job at Contemporary Books as editorial assistant, was transferred to New York as senior editor, hired by Dell of Bantam, Doubleday Dell (now Penguin Random House), and then by Avon of Morrow/Avon (now HarperCollins). After marriage brought her to Denver, she opened her literary agency and, later, her consulting company.
Politics, publishing and promoting a civil, sane society are Jody’s passions (ranking just below her two sons).
Jody serves on the Readers Advisory Board of Chalkbeat Colorado http://www.chalkbeat.org/co/, the Leadership Council for a coalition of seven grassroots groups, and the executive team for House District 38 as a group captain.
She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and the Authors Guild and a recipient of the Jerusalem Book Fair Fellowship. She is a popular speaker at universities and conferences nationwide, and is the lead author of How to Write a Book Proposal, Fifth Edition, which will be published by Writer’s Digest Books in August 2017.
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