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Confessions: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Jodie Rhodes
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Because I am so widely known as the only literary agent in the world who openly welcomes new writers who've been rejected by every other agent (and, I'm happy to say, has sold hundreds of their books) it is understandable you might think this memoir is about that profession. Nothing could be further from the truth.
You won’t even get to the hard to believe story of how I became an agent by sheer accident until the end of the book. Instead, you will read the story of a person who lived a life that could only be written as a confession.
The structure of this memoir follows the flowing narrative of a novel and the book’s theme is that if you want to accomplish something hard enough, you will be successful.
There is significant drama here but it is leavened with a great deal of humor and considerable irony.
The target audience covers all age groups from teenagers to people in their 90s with varied interests,educational backgrounds and genders but they all have one thing in common: they love books.
It also has the advantage of being a unique memoir, for no literary agent has ever written a memoir.
But the greatest thing I learned in writing it was that no one who lived the tumultuous life I lived not only changed their lifestyle when they changed careers but actually changed the person they were, which is what happened to me.

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About the Author

I grew up in a home where there was no love. Neither my brother nor I were ever hugged or kissed. My parents were horrified that I did so well in school, fearing I'd be marked a geek, a social outcast. Their marriage was a disaster and both became alcoholics. My mother's favorite statement when she was angry at me was "You're rotten to the core, just like your father." It was so ridiculously theatrical that it made me laugh. In many ways I felt sorry for her but I didn't love her. It was my father who broke my heart, for he had all my love and didn't want it. In a way, I have to thank them, because if they'd been great parents, I would probably never have become a writer. But they gave me a wealth of material. On the negative side, I unwittingly seduced a number of married men who left their wives for me, all of whom, no surprise, were old enough to be my father. For most of my life I was a loner but a pretty successful one. Two of my novels have been published and the second one WINNERS AND LOSERS made the LA Times bestseller list its first week in print. I held major positions at advertising agencies in 4 different cities and was promoted to VP Media Director at N.W. Ayer. I also worked in the film industry for several years and have a book for that coming out. In 2008 Google reported 430 million hits on my website Though it's old now, Google reported 11 million hits yesterday. The person I've described to you above has disappeared. Becoming a literary agent not only changed my life but changed who I was as a person. I have been so blessed with such wonderful writers who have reached my heart. They are not clients to me, they are very special friends personally dear to me. I traveled a long twisted path to reach where I am today and I hope if you read my memoir CONFESSIONS that you will forgive my transgressions. All monies from its sales will be donated to The Jodie Rhodes Writers Awards and with wonderful help from Amazon I will be able to get the mss of writers that have been rejected unfairly into print.

Product Details

  • File Size: 279 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983879702
  • Publisher: Jodie Rhodes Literary Agent (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OFGQV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I decided to read this book after reading the all 5 star reviews at

I have only one thing to say to the potential readers, 'this is simply an extremely poorly written book, it has nothing to do with literature. The writer is a narcissistic person who acts nothing but like a coward and seeing herself only a victim of all the bad things happened in her life and a hero of all the good things around her. This is not at all a piece of literature but as she tells in her story, another piece of her marketing trap, selling a worthless thing to the crowds. I would like to forget that I even spent time to read her valueless book and wasted my time and money by becoming another marketing tool of her. Hopefully, whoever reads this comment will not get even more curious about the book and be trapped to buy. I assure you this book is not worth your time and money, it is a poor, deceiving marketing tool.'
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This was a badly written book! September 27, 2012
By CWhedon
The author can't accuse me of being a disgruntled wannabe author, well, I guess she can, but I've never written a book in my life, I just read a lot of books, and this one was truly terrible. You can't help but dislike the author almost from the very beginning of the book. The more you read, the less you like her. Not only that, but I would really hate to put a manuscript in her hands to edit, as she obviously did not absorb her grammar lessons in grade school. Hard to believe someone so brilliant, that always made straight A's doesn't understand when to use "me" and "I'. It's really a very simple rule of grammar but she continually incorrectly uses "I" instead of "me". I assume all of the five-star reviews she received were from her would-be authors trying to help her seem to be a successful author in order to further their own careers under her publishing name.
Don't waste your time on this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's rubbish March 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
While it was easy to read and gave me something to do while I was holding sleeping babies at home, I would not recommend this book. The author clearly thinks very highly of herself and her accomplishments, everyone she meets thinks she is amazing and wants to marry her, etc. Once at the end of the book, one discovers the real reason it was written: she has a form for new authors with a system to get them and every one they know to buy her book. Poor writing style and even bad grammar and spelling: guess it's true anyone can get published these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many affairs with married men December 9, 2012
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Her use of her sexuality and affair after affair with married men is a total turn off to me and left me feeling my time could be better spent on some other book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Agent of Dearth November 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Jodie Rhodes, she says, taught herself to read at age three. She then fell in love with books (and herself, apparently) and never recovered. Nor did she ever teach herself grammar, verb/subject agreement or style. When a self-described internationally-known literary agent has to self-publish her book, even those of us who had to wait to be six for our library cards can read something between the lines about "Confessions". Picked up my copy free. Worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Real Life Soap Opera October 14, 2012
This book was written by a complete narcissist. Soap opera story line has EVERY boss of the author wanting to divorce his wife and run away with the beautiful and brilliant heroine. After several chapters the plot becomes completely predictable and completely unbelieveable in the true sense of the word. Okay, the prose isn't bad, but that is not surprising given the author's experience as a copywriter. Book was a complete waste of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars less than one star October 6, 2012
By Blaire
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was very poorly written. I felt like I was reading a personal diary. I can't believe I even finished it, it turned into a sales pitch at the end it it was just terrible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...but.... October 6, 2012
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Very self indulgent. While the writing wasn't bad it wasn't particularly good either. No real connection to the reader and it felt hurriedly written as if she just wanted to finish it. No real depth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars scattered thoughts
Although it somehow kept my interest, I found the story to be her scattered thoughts. Events occur without explanation and left me wanting more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack McGarry
2.0 out of 5 stars tedious
It seemed like every job she went into she saved the day and every boss she had fell in love with her. More like fiction than a memoir.
Published 6 months ago by Hoopie
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and well written
This is a resume' of a very exciting and productive life of a lady with loads of initiative and little fear of failure! I thoroughly enjoyed reading her life's story.
Published 9 months ago by Win Larsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography, self-promotion and commercialism
An interesting life and self-awareness helps make this author successful in her description of her rise from under paid copywriter to literary agent. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jeanette Pollard
3.0 out of 5 stars Good life story
I found the book worth reading but the trials and tribulations are a bit too much at times. The fact of being a true story does certainly lend credence to the tales.
Published 19 months ago by Joe Terrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
I don't have time to review all the things that have been asked. It's hard to come up with reviews for severalroducts. I ordered them because I knew I would be satisfied. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Emilie Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars My memoir
This book said the same things over and over again. I couldn't make out just what the author was trying to convey.
Published 24 months ago by mlzc
3.0 out of 5 stars informative
interesting in that she lived in areas I am familiar with and named places I have been to. It was an informative book,just not what I normally would choose for reading matter.
Published on October 10, 2012 by stormy 99
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, with a gotcha ad at the end
I got this on a Kindle deal, but I would really like my time back! It's a rather sordid tale about her love affairs and tribulations with men. Read more
Published on October 8, 2012 by Cecily Techuan
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More About the Author

If you have a few moments to spare, reading my website will tell you virtually everything about who I am today: a well known, reputable literary agent. But it will tell you nothing about the other Jodie Rhodes. Only in CONFESSIONS: A MEMOIR can you find the real truth about me. One might reasonably ask why, after all these years, I would reveal all this. The answer is I had no choice. My past, which I'd so successfully sealed away, suddenly burst out of its bounds and took over. I've chosen excerpts from two reviewers that will give you an idea of this all too true story. At least I can promise you that you'll never be bored.

5.0 out of 5 stars: Couldn't Put It Down, September 25, 2011
By shelovesbooks - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Confessions (Paperback)
Reading this very funny-with-a-tinge-of-sadness memoir is like going out to dinner with a wild, talkative girlfriend you don't know very well and after the first bottle of wine forgetting to order food. You start to feel dizzy and wonder if every little thing you're hearing is literally true but by then it's too late to stop - you're too fascinated by her story. Jodie Rhodes' book tells the tale of a whip smart, intrepid, resolute, sometimes devious, often desperate and confused girl, then woman, making her way in the man's word of advertising in an era when women were considered inferior beings. I repeat, it is very funny.

5.0 out of 5 stars: I was sorry when CONFESSIONS ended--, September 27, 2011
By Lila Beldock Cohen - See all my reviews
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I wasn't sure whether I was in the middle of a fireworks display or riding an invisible roller coaster when I began reading CONFESSIONS, so stunning is it in its intimacy, its honesty, its frankness. Jodie Rhodes' book, written with brutal detail, wild sparks of humor and stunning insight, holds the reader in a tightly-woven literary web as she spins the story of a life uncommonly full of incident, of joy, of tragedy. It is to laugh even as it is to cry.


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