Jeff Rivera Talks About Writing for a Living

Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera

Speaking at Author 101 2011 in Los Angeles, Jeff Rivera talks to the attendees about quiting your day job to write full time.

I did not know who Jeff was when I did this interview and now I am bummed, as Jeff has so many interesting things going on and his story is amazing. Go check it out for yourself.


Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.
Jeff Rivera SittingHe also writes for Mediabistro, GalleyCat and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

The Gatekeepers Post

Jeff Rivera is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Gatekeepers Post. The Gatekeepers Post is a community of book publishing leaders including agents, editors, ebook publishers and A list authors allowing the publishing industry to tie in directly to other vendors and authors.

These professionals all blog on the newest changes in the industry and much more.

The Gatekeepers Post has been called a cross between The Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly. For More Info Click Here


Forever My Lady Jeff Rivera

Forever My Lady Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera’s “Forever My Lady”

From Publishers Weekly

Dio “Playboy” Rodríguez grows up poor with a drunk single mother in gritty Las Vegas, leading him into gang life at 13. Now 17, Dio hides a softer side beneath a fierce exterior that’s known only to his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer. But when a drive-by leaves Jennifer wounded and sends Dio to prison boot camp, their soul mate relationship is put to the test. Rivera, who originally self-published this debut, traces a classic redemptive arc: perpetually scowling Dio resists the authority of drill instructor Jackson and clashes with fellow inmates, but he pours out his heart in letters to Jennifer, forms meaningful peer relationships and gains an appreciation for discipline. A genuine care for dynamic Dio allows Rivera to deliver a sincere story of transformation. (July)
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Rick Frishman’s Author 101

Are you curious about what publishers like Harper Collins, Morgan James, Adams Media, Wiley, Random House, and Simon & Schuster are looking for? What is the best way to get your manuscript read when you’re an unpublished author? Want to know the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing book proposals? You’ll be engaged as these top pros share their expertise, reveal the inner workings of the publishing industry, and discuss various approaches to common marketing and publishing challenges.

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3 responses to “Jeff Rivera Talks About Writing for a Living

  1. Jeff
    Thank you for inspiring me. And being the catalyst to change my life

  2. You’re the best. Thanks for posting about me!

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