INVISIBILITY IS MY
Ghostwriting is more than a skill set; it's a mindset. I love the work of writing, and I love helping people achieve their creative goals. My task in every memoir is to disappear into my client's voice, crystalize my client's vision, and structure a comfortable vehicle for client experience. In every novel and screenplay, I work hard to craft a compelling story that stays true to my client's brand and intention.
Every project is different, so I redesign the process to meet each client's needs. Source material ranges from childhood memories and personal insight to adjuvant interviews and deep-dive research. I listen, identify themes, capture language, and synthesize a manuscript from my client's own words. Sometimes I write the whole thing, drawing on a series of long conversations. Sometimes I plot-whisper an outline and provide guidance that empowers an author to take their manuscript the rest of the way.
Collaborative chemistry is a beautiful thing. I bring proven skills, a stellar publishing track record, and high craft standards. Each extraordinary person I work with brings a unique voice, singular life experience, and a deep desire to say something that matters. Together, we define guiding principles that connect their ideas with the hearts and minds of readers around the world.
Activist/Entrepreneur Ndaba Mandela
"Dear Joni, you are simply amazing. People everywhere are loving this book."
"One of the beauties of this book is the wealth of Xhosa proverbs that are quoted, and the folklore stories, of which the Old Man was a master... The grandson emerges as a man who begins to develop those principles on his own account. This book is a precious example of inner history; it is a unique insight into a world-spanning person who was also a young man’s grandad."
CHURCH TIMES UK
Rue McClanahan, TV and film star
"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."
"The youngest Golden Girls star offers a chatty, thoughtful and effervescent tour of her surprisingly turbulent professional and private life. Fans will relish her sweet and tart memories."
CNN anchor Don Lemon
"Thanks to Joni Rodgers for creative development. I've enjoyed our late night bonding sessions."
"Readers who only know Lemon from his high-profile gig as a CNN anchor will be pleasantly surprised by his abundant prose skills... He puts 2020 in context and gives it the language to sing a quietly outraged song. Long on context and analysis, this is a vital book for these times."
KIRKUS (starred review)
Howard Tate Scott, Attorney at Law
"We did it, partner."
"Howard Tate Scott’s engrossing debut sparkles with Southern wit, family drama, and courtroom hijinks... The novel could have stayed in the shallows of humor and succeeded, but the story becomes noteworthy, even enduring, because it delves deeper."
BLUE INK REVIEW
Broadway icon Kristin Chenoweth
"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."
"Personal revelations are balanced with bubbling backstage anecdotes...a fast-paced frolic that her fans will appreciate."
Dancer/choreographer Mayte Garcia
"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!."
"Ms. Garcia writes with clear eyes, grace and dignity...fragments, thoughts and scattered notions that would seem like absolutely nothing separately eventually coalesce into a complete whole."
Activist/advocate Elizabeth Smart
"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."
"The weaving of Smart’s own story with those of other victims is absorbing, and along the way she provides valuable lessons about resilience, faith and the inherent power of not wanting to be pitied....And she provides practical advice about what to say, and not say, to people who have been deeply traumatized."
NEW YORK TIMES
Screenwriter/Director Jan Eliasberg
"Joni Rodgers is the midwife to Hannah’s War—with a bit of the witch in her as well. She created a magical cocoon by the ocean."
"What sets Hannah’s War apart from other spy thrillers is its moral compass... The reader debarks from the roller coaster of its suspense plot pondering questions of love, loyalty, morality, and identity."
Los Angeles REVIEW OF BOOKS
Artist, Curator, Entrepreneur Lorena Junco Margain
"Thank you, Joni Rodgers, for interpreting my thoughts as if we'd been friends forever."
"In this moving story of hope, empowerment, and forgiveness, Margain grapples with a life-altering mistake and chronicles her emotional journey... An often beautiful survey of tragedy and rebuilding."
Explorer/activist Vanessa O'Brien
"This book could never have seen the light of day without Joni Rodgers, who is so much more than plot whisperer. She patiently pulls threads and builds trust to help authors like me dig a little deeper, even when it is painful to do so."
"O'Brien pours her unflagging energy and hard-won life wisdom into every aspect of her book...a vicariously engaging addition to the literature on mountaineering as well as a beacon of inspiration in these dark times.."
Tony, Emmy winner Swoosie Kurtz
"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. You promised to be my Sherpa on this climb. You have also been my friend."
"The voices of her parents interweave with their daughter's as time is collapsed between the 1940's and the present... A powerfully sympathetic energy flows through the book.."
Amie and Jolie Sikes, cofounders of the Junk Gypsy design empire
"Behold, the STICKY-GRID MOJO, without which we would have been lost. You were able to wrap your head around a project that has seemed insurmountable to us for ten years. ...We could never thank you enough for your guidance, your organization, your help, and most of all, your patience and your friendship."
"Junk Gypsy is a lifestyle—totally Texas and totally fun.."
LONE STAR LITERARY
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker
"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 message to create a beautifully woven tapestry of emotion, science, history, and meaning."
"These stories of joy, fear, love and heartache are told in a captivating voice. A touching, inspiring look behind the scenes at one of the most famous nonprofit organizations in the world."
THE IT FACTOR
16-year-old pop music/social media sensation Justin Bieber
"MOST AWESOME BOOK EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!"