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“Jodi Helmer is a stellar example of success. She is a goal-setting machine who is not only a clear, concise storyteller, but also a great marketer of her own services. Jodi needs to write a book about her organizational skills (but then again she probably had one in the works).”

“If anyone out there needs to hire a coach to help with goal-setting (and goal-achieving!), you should give Jodi a call. It’s truly amazing how much you can get done when someone is keeping an eye on you.”

“Thank you SO much for this exceptionally useful workshop. I got so much out of it. I’m adding your great ideas to my strategy tool kit as we speak.”


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Query Bootcamp

Queries matter. Fail to dazzle an editor with a fresh idea and well-thought-out pitch and your query will go straight to her trash folder.

Your queries may be getting rejected because the idea has no “wow factor” or the pitch is off target. Perhaps the number one reason you’re not generating more work – or landing lucrative assignments – is because you’re not sending queries at all. (We’ve all experienced “I-have-no-idea-where-to-start” or “How-will-I-ever-fit-this-in” phases)!

Whether you’re just starting out or need support to give your freelance career a boost, Query Boot Camp can give you the tools and inspiration to go from pitch to publication.

In this six-week class, you’ll get:

  • Engaging videos with helpful information about successfully querying editors at consumer, trade and custom publications
  • Help ideas into packaged pitches that sell
  • Tips for writing queries that shine
  • Detailed critiques to increase your chances of acceptance
  • Ideas to expand your businesses through targeted queries and letters of introduction
  • Friendly competition (and a few prizes) to encourage you to meet your goals

How it works:

You’ll receive a new video mini class and assignment every Monday morning for six weeks (June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25—no class the week of July 4)

Submit one query before noon EST every Friday (June 17, 24, July 1, 15, 22, 29—again, no class the week of July 4) and you’ll receive a detailed critique and suggestions of possible markets by noon EST the following Monday.

Sign up for the premium version of Query Boot Camp and you’ll also benefit from three 30-minute calls to give you one-on-one support to help you achieve your querying and freelancing goals.



Mentoring is not just about explaining the meaning of FNASR and critiquing queries. I help tailor ideas, identify possible markets, share contacts and squelch doubts. I also help celebrate successes – and the writers I’ve worked with have a lot to celebrate. My clients have published articles in Natural Health, Parents, EatingWell, Pizza Today, alive, Gluten Free Living, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Breathe and Charlotte Magazine; one student even landed his first book contract after taking my class.

If you’re ready to stop thinking about being a writer and start working toward your goal of getting published (or if you’re already freelancing but want to amp up your earnings), mentoring is the jumpstart you need.

You’ll benefit from mentoring if you:

  • Dream of writing for magazines but have no idea how to get started.
  • Want to turn a passion for words into a lucrative career.
  • Need support to create a plan for freelance success.
  • Want help tailoring your ideas to appeal to editors.
  • Need someone to hold you accountable for making your publishing dreams a reality.
  • Want an experienced guide to help you move through the publishing process, answer questions and provide support along the way

Mentoring Available:

One-on-One Coaching

No contracts, no commitments. Just the support you need for as long as you need it.

Query Critiques

It takes a killer query to land an assignment. If you need help honing your idea or want feedback to make sure your query is pitch perfect before hitting send, I can help.

You send me a query letter; I’ll review it and provide thorough and thoughtful feedback to help it shine. The critique could include suggestions for structure or ideas to amp up the, “assign me now” potential. If you need help identifying a market, I’ll help with that, too.

$50 per critique