Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones - Editor

Bar Harbor, Maine

I'm Carrie Jones, an internationally & New York Times bestselling author, editor, and human. I'd love to help you make your best book!

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About Me, Carrie:
I specialize in writing for children and young adults and creative nonfiction. I have been an award-winning newspaper editor, columnist, arts and features writer. I gave all that up to attend Vermont College of Fine Arts where I received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Halfway through the program, I landed my first book contract. That book won the IPPY and numerous other awards. Since then I have been titled a Distinguished Alumna of Vermont College, made New York Times and international bestsellers lists and had books published in dozens of countries.

I have taught and presented in a whole multitude of venues. I am the co-editor of the anthology, Dear Bully, and have published contemporary, fantasy, science fiction and nonfiction with Bloomsbury, Tor, Lerner, Harper Collins and Flux. My published books range from picture books and middle grades to young adult novels.

All of this is cool and lucky. However, it happened because I had amazing mentors and teachers along the way, particularly at Vermont College. Working with brilliant, kind authors who cared about me, my work, and the craft of writing changed my life. It was a gift that I paid for with money, but still a great gift.

And it was worth it.

As a teacher, editor, and internationally-bestselling author, I love helping authors craft the best stories that they can, building them word by word and paragraph by paragraph.

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT CARRIE:

WRITING COACH OF YOUR DREAMS
Carrie is the writing coach I always dreamed of having. She has such a great balance in her feedback between singing your praises at what is working and giving you honest criticism at what still needs development. Carrie goes above and beyond in her editorial letters, giving very clear and detailed feedback, and her eagerness to answer any questions makes the whole experience of critique—which can be a very vulnerable experience—make you feel like you’re with a trusted friend that you’ve known for years (even though you just met). - Jason Galloher, author of WHOBERT, WHOEVER. OWL DETECTIVE.

STELLAR WRITING COACH
Carrie is not only whip-smart, savvy, and insightful, she is kind, generous, and real. A stellar writing coach and human being, she gives me priceless creative and professional guidance, but most of all she gives me hope. Her joyful, honest approach to writing is a bright and guiding light. - Nancy Stone

Gentle Encouragement and an Occasional Kick in the Pants
One of the things I enjoyed the most about working with Carrie is that she helped me write the book I wanted to write, not the book she would have preferred I write, or the book she would written in my place. She was vested in helping me express my vision as a writer and as a human being.
One special thing about Carrie as a writing coach and teacher is her understanding of writing psychology. She’s well familiar with the pits of uncertainty and the swamps of despondency a writer can step into, and seems to know just the right thing to say to get the struggling person going again, from gentle encouragement to straight-ahead course correction to even the occasional kick in the pants. - Cathy Carr

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Fantasy
Horror
Middle Grade
Paranormal Romance
Picture Books
Social & Family Issues
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • MFA

Awards

  • IPPY, CYBILS, LAMBDA, MAINE BOOK AWARD
  • Vermont College Distinguished Alum

Work experience

Teacher

The Writing Barn
January, 2017 – Present (almost 4 years)

I teach the Write! Submit! Support! class for the Writing Barn in Austin, focusing on helping authors build their literary life, making connections and support, and also helping them develop their craft.

Public Image Coordinator

Rotary International
July, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

Marketing and public image trainer for Canada and northern parts of the United States for a 1.2 million-member service organization.

President

Self-employed
January, 2007 – Present (almost 14 years)

NYT and internationally bestselling author, editor, writing coach and award-winning photographer.

Published in 20 countries.

Teacher at the Writing Barn's Write! Submit! Support! program focusing on nurturing writers work and helping them to land agents and publishers.

Editor of Dear Bully, an anthology of 70 children's book authors including R.L. Stine, A.S. King, Z Brewer and more.

Part of the Class of 2k7, a marketing writing collective including Jay Asher, Cassandra Claire and Melissa Marr.

Newspaper Editor and Columnist

Courier Publications
February, 2001 – August, 2007 (over 6 years)

Award-winning newspaper editor, photographer, columnist and reporter.

Received Maine Press Awards for best column writing, best editorials, sports features, action photos and more.

Poetry Editor

Flying Course Review
January, 1998 – January, 2002 (about 4 years)

Poetry editor for literary journal.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Need

Carrie Jones

In this first book in a YA fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones, Zara discovers that magic is stirring in her sleepy Maine town . . . and herself.Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since she's had a pretty rough life. Her father left when she was a baby, and her stepfather just died. Her mother's pretty much che... read more

In this first book in a YA fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones, Zara discovers that magic is stirring in her sleepy Maine town . . . and herself.Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since she's had a pretty rough life. Her father left when she was a baby, and her stepfather just died. Her mother's pretty much che... read more

In the Woods

Carrie Jones, Steven E. Wedel

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones teams up with acclaimed cowriter Steven Wedel in the supernatural mystery, In the Woods…It should have been just another quiet night on the farm when Logan witnessed the attack, but it wasn’t.Something is in the woods. Something unexplainable. Something deadly.Hundreds of miles away, Chrystal’s plans for summer in Manhattan are abruptly upended wh... read more

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones teams up with acclaimed cowriter Steven Wedel in the supernatural mystery, In the Woods…It should have been just another quiet night on the farm when Logan witnessed the attack, but it wasn’t.Something is in the woods. Something unexplainable. Something deadly.Hundreds of miles away, Chrystal’s plans for summer in Manhattan are abruptly upended wh... read more

Captivate (Need Book 2)

Carrie Jones

In this sequel to Carrie Jones' New York Times bestselling Need, Zara discovers the fight to save her hometown from a brewing war isn't quite over . . .Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new... read more

In this sequel to Carrie Jones' New York Times bestselling Need, Zara discovers the fight to save her hometown from a brewing war isn't quite over . . .Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new... read more

Endure (Need Book 4)

Carrie Jones

In the fourth and fianl book in a series that began with the New York Times bestselling Need, Zara and Nick must save the town of Bedford from evil forces before it's too late.Rescuing Nick should have made all of Zara's problems disappear. Bedford's greatest warrior is back, not to mention Zara's true soul mate. But it seems it isn't enough. Nick isn't enough. Bedford is being ravaged by evil... read more

In the fourth and fianl book in a series that began with the New York Times bestselling Need, Zara and Nick must save the town of Bedford from evil forces before it's too late.Rescuing Nick should have made all of Zara's problems disappear. Bedford's greatest warrior is back, not to mention Zara's true soul mate. But it seems it isn't enough. Nick isn't enough. Bedford is being ravaged by evil... read more

Entice (Need Book 3)

Carrie Jones

In the third book in a series that began with the New York Times bestselling Need and Captivate, Zara must find her way to the underworld if she wants to save the boy she loves.Zara and Nick are soulmates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla,... read more

In the third book in a series that began with the New York Times bestselling Need and Captivate, Zara must find her way to the underworld if she wants to save the boy she loves.Zara and Nick are soulmates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla,... read more

Escape from the Badlands (Time Stoppers Book 3)

Carrie Jones

"Will entice younger fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson." --School Library Journal on Time StoppersNew York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones's sweeping middle-grade fantasy trilogy comes to an epic conclusion as Time Stopper Annie and her friends venture into the Badlands . . .Time Stopper Annie's newfound home, the enchanted town Aurora, is in danger. The vicious Raiff will stop at n... read more

"Will entice younger fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson." --School Library Journal on Time StoppersNew York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones's sweeping middle-grade fantasy trilogy comes to an epic conclusion as Time Stopper Annie and her friends venture into the Badlands . . .Time Stopper Annie's newfound home, the enchanted town Aurora, is in danger. The vicious Raiff will stop at n... read more

Quest for the Golden Arrow (Time Stoppers Book 2)

Carrie Jones

"A wild and fresh take on fantasy . . . I freaking loved it!" --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanted series, on Time StoppersReturn to the magical town of Aurora in this exhilarating second book in the Time Stoppers series--perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and The Five Kingdoms.Annie is no longer a Nobody--she's a Time Stopper, one of the last humans who can control ... read more

"A wild and fresh take on fantasy . . . I freaking loved it!" --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanted series, on Time StoppersReturn to the magical town of Aurora in this exhilarating second book in the Time Stoppers series--perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and The Five Kingdoms.Annie is no longer a Nobody--she's a Time Stopper, one of the last humans who can control ... read more

Flying: A Novel (Flying Series Book 1)

Carrie Jones

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones introduces sassy alien-hunting cheerleader Mana in Flying, the launch of a sparkling new YA Science Fiction series.People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She's used to being coddled, being an only child, but it's hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother's... read more

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones introduces sassy alien-hunting cheerleader Mana in Flying, the launch of a sparkling new YA Science Fiction series.People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She's used to being coddled, being an only child, but it's hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother's... read more

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

Dawn Metcalf

Don't miss this excellent catalyst for one-on-one and classroom discussionToday's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection.Lauren Oliver, R. L. Stine, Ellen Hopkins, Carolyn Mackler, Kiersten White, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Lauren Kate, and m... read more

Don't miss this excellent catalyst for one-on-one and classroom discussionToday's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection.Lauren Oliver, R. L. Stine, Ellen Hopkins, Carolyn Mackler, Kiersten White, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Lauren Kate, and m... read more

Time Stoppers

Carrie Jones

"A wild and fresh take on fantasy . . . I freaking loved it!" --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanted seriesDiscover the magical town of Aurora in this exhilarating first book in the Time Stoppers series--perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and The Five Kingdoms.Annie Nobody thought she was, well, nobody, living in a nowhere town where nothing goes her way. Day 1 at her ... read more

"A wild and fresh take on fantasy . . . I freaking loved it!" --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanted seriesDiscover the magical town of Aurora in this exhilarating first book in the Time Stoppers series--perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and The Five Kingdoms.Annie Nobody thought she was, well, nobody, living in a nowhere town where nothing goes her way. Day 1 at her ... read more

The Spy Who Played Baseball

Carrie Jones

Moe Berg is not a typical baseball player. He's Jewish―very unusual for the major leagues in the 1930s―has a law degree, speaks several languages, and loves traveling the world. He also happens to be a spy for the U.S. government. When World War II begins, Moe trades his baseball career for a life of danger and secrecy. Using his unusual range of skills, he sneaks into enemy territory to gathe... read more

Moe Berg is not a typical baseball player. He's Jewish―very unusual for the major leagues in the 1930s―has a law degree, speaks several languages, and loves traveling the world. He also happens to be a spy for the U.S. government. When World War II begins, Moe trades his baseball career for a life of danger and secrecy. Using his unusual range of skills, he sneaks into enemy territory to gathe... read more

After Obsession

Carrie Jones

Aimee's deceased mother struggled with mental illness & hallucinations, & Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. Alan is Aimee's best friend Courtney's cousin. He is in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life.

Aimee's deceased mother struggled with mental illness & hallucinations, & Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. Alan is Aimee's best friend Courtney's cousin. He is in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life.

Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend

Carrie Jones

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEED AND CAPTIVATE Winner of the 2008 Maine Literary Award! Dylan is Belle's true love-maybe even her soulmate. Until one day when Dylan drops the ultimate bomb: he's gay. Where, Belle wonders, does that leave her? And how will the rest of their small town deal with an openly gay Homecoming King? This beautifully written debut explores what happens... read more

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEED AND CAPTIVATE Winner of the 2008 Maine Literary Award! Dylan is Belle's true love-maybe even her soulmate. Until one day when Dylan drops the ultimate bomb: he's gay. Where, Belle wonders, does that leave her? And how will the rest of their small town deal with an openly gay Homecoming King? This beautifully written debut explores what happens... read more

Girl, Hero

Carrie Jones

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEED AND CAPTIVATE After landing a lead role in the high school musical, freshman Liliana Faltin is hoping for some stability and happiness in her life. But her mom's live-in boyfriend has a thing for booze, touching, and telling dark family secrets. And the other people in her world aren't exactly role-model material, either. Her unreliable father... read more

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEED AND CAPTIVATE After landing a lead role in the high school musical, freshman Liliana Faltin is hoping for some stability and happiness in her life. But her mom's live-in boyfriend has a thing for booze, touching, and telling dark family secrets. And the other people in her world aren't exactly role-model material, either. Her unreliable father... read more

Enhanced (Flying Series)

Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones, the New York Times bestselling author of Flying, presents another science fiction adventure of cheerleader-turned-alien-hunter Mana in Enhanced.Seventeen-year-old Mana has found and rescued her mother, but her work isn’t done yet. Her mother may be out of alien hands, but she’s in a coma, unable to tell anyone what she knows. Mana is ready to take action. The only problem? Nobody... read more

Carrie Jones, the New York Times bestselling author of Flying, presents another science fiction adventure of cheerleader-turned-alien-hunter Mana in Enhanced.Seventeen-year-old Mana has found and rescued her mother, but her work isn’t done yet. Her mother may be out of alien hands, but she’s in a coma, unable to tell anyone what she knows. Mana is ready to take action. The only problem? Nobody... read more

Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)

Carrie Jones

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEED AND CAPTIVATE People keep changing who they are & defining themselves by their own choices, and that's cool most of the time, but not all the time. No, it's not cool all the time at all. Belle is closing in on her last few months of high school and things are much better than they were before. Well, almost. Belle's not too sure about all the s... read more

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEED AND CAPTIVATE People keep changing who they are & defining themselves by their own choices, and that's cool most of the time, but not all the time. No, it's not cool all the time at all. Belle is closing in on her last few months of high school and things are much better than they were before. Well, almost. Belle's not too sure about all the s... read more

Carrie has 66 reviews

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Shannon Haffely
Carrie is such a wonderful editor and my work benefitted greatly from her critiques! I highly reccommend working with her because it will not only be helpful but you'll have a great experience with such a kind soul! I'll probably come back to her for future projects :)

Shannon Haffely, October 2020


Lesley Waite
Carrie was awesome to work with. Professional and enthusiastic, priced fairly, and Carrie got the work done quickly and thoroughly. But the most important aspect to me was that her comments, feedback and suggestions were so spot on an helped me make the novel I am writing clearer, deeper and more marketable!

Lesley Waite, October 2020


Marissa DiSimone
I've had the pleasure of working with Carrie for over 6 months. When I came to her, I had a manuscript that I had no idea what to do with, and it was just sitting on my computer. Placing it in her hands allowed it to come to life. She dug into my story and helped me see the root of it all. Nudging me to dig in versus write on the surface. She never pushed me to do anything however her way of co...
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Marissa DiSimone, October 2020

Carrie Jones
Marissa! I am so excited for you and for Ez's story! You were wonderful to work with and thank you so much for both working with me AND leaving such a lovely review!

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Lisa Harbin
This is the second time I've worked with Carrie and she's 100% worth it. Her editing and personality are superb. If you're looking for an editor I highly recommend her services.

Lisa Harbin, September 2020


Hannah Bryson
Carrie Jones was a pleasure to work with! I took almost all of her advice, and it really helped my book go above and beyond my expectations. She helped me so much more than I expected, she not only helped my book get better, but she also helped me grow as a writer. Her feedback was thoughtful and thorough, and I appreciated every word she said. I am so delighted that I got to collaborate with ...
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Hannah Bryson, September 2020

Carrie Jones
Hannah, you were a wonderful person to work with. I can't wait to your stories impact the world!

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