author, speaker, book coach
Jon writes fiction and nonfiction books on various subjects and is the founder and managing partner of The Reisfeld Group, a book marketing and editorial services company that provides book coaching, manuscript development, line editing and marketing services to writers.
A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, (where they taught him not to back into sentences), Jon has spent his career in journalism, corporate communications, advertising, sales and marketing. Several years ago, he co-founded a New England writer's colony where he counseled scores of authors on how to prepare their manuscripts for successful publication.
Jon has authored two books that explore themes of social justice. The Last Way Station, a historical visionary/metaphysical fantasy novelette, speculates about Adolf Hitler's final judgment in Hell and considers what would be fitting punishment for the super-evil. Jon's debut novel, The Reform Artists, blends the legal-suspense/spy genres and tells the story of a man falsely accused of domestic violence in the lead up to his divorce and of the mysterious, underground organization that comes to his aid.
Jon was inspired to write The Reform Artists by his own firsthand experience with high-conflict divorce. Today, he advocates for shared parenting and for other reforms that can reduce the risk of acrimony and finally make "the best interests of the child" the true, central guiding principle in divorce cases.
Invite Jon to speak at your organization's next function, and he will deliver a thought-provoking, engaging,entertaining and -- at times -- humorous talk about what's wrong with our family law courts and how to fix them. Equally important, he will explain how he believes the courts "lost their way" in the first place.
Jon also is available to speak, specifically, about his book or the creative writing process, to do book readings and book signings, to appear on radio talk shows, podcasts and more. To discuss a possible interview, guest blog or other in-person, appearance, click here.
(Get to Know Jon...
All-time favorite movie: "Groundhog Day." (It was filmed in the hometown of one of my close college friends, but that's not why I like it! If you haven't seen it yet, rent it. Brilliant, original concept and Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray are great in it.) Close second: "The Family Man." Third: "As Good as It Gets." Fourth: "The Family Stone."
Favorite authors: Click here.
Most dare-devil stunt: Jumping out of a plane. (No, it was not a commercial jet, flying somewhere over the northwest U.S., and no, unfortunately, I did not bailout with a large bag, filled with unmarked bills, strapped to my back. For the full story, click here.)
Favorite Comic: Robin Williams. (What a tragedy not to have him with us any longer!)
Favorite Rock Group: The Beatles. It's a generational thing.
Favorite Spectator Sport: The Republican Presidential Debates. (Not since "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" has anyone, even Hollywood, assembled such a comic cast of odd-balls and misfits. (I'm no fonder of the Democrats -- I'm an Independent -- but they typically don't field enough candidates to fill all the post positions at the Belmont Stakes.)
Favorite University: Northwestern. (My Alma Mater!) I also had a great time, one day during my college years, attending a Notre Dame football game, in South Bend, Indiana. (Northwestern got trounced, of course.) I met some great people there, and at the time, they had a tradition of passing co-eds up the stands mosh-pit style. My friends and I just happened to be sitting in the pass-up lane!)
Favorite Late Night TV Host: Steven Colbert.
Longest Book I ever read: War and Peace.(Once I started it, I couldn't put it down!)
Books I Found Most Difficult to Read: Finnegan's Wake, Ulysses and Gravity's Rainbow. (Simply couldn't crack them. Great, though I understand they are, I believe books should be more accessible than a bank vault.
Worst Movies I've Ever Seen: A two-way tie between: "The Blair Witch Project," and "Star-Dust Memories." I walked out of both. "Star-Dust Memories" annoyed me because it appeared to be Woody Allen's cynical joke at the expense of his fans. (You know, "Watch, they'll buy tickets to any junk I put out there, as long as my name is attached!")
Favorite Exercise Activities: Bicycling, hiking, jogging.
Favorite Charity: The Beer for Brains Foundation. I know it sounds like some kind of frat house joke, but it's not. My brother-in-law, Lou Dolgoff, established it in memory of my late sister, Laurie, who died of glioblastoma multi forme (one of the most virulent forms of brain cancer). Laurie, a perennial optimist, outlived predictions of her pending demise by two years. To learn more about the foundation's efforts to raise brain cancer research funds in conjunction with craft-beer related events, click here.
Favorite Childhood Sandwich: A club sandwich consisting of: peanut butter, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on white toast. (Try it; it's good!)
Favorite Seafood: A tie between: Maryland-style steamed crabs (cooked with Old Bay seasoning and beer) and steamed Maine Lobster, which is particularly good when steamed on the beach.
Favorite Beer: Whatney's Ale.
Favorite Liquor: A good, smooth (no peat), aged single-malt scotch, such as Glenlivet. (Not Dewars, btw, which is a blend.)