Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones – Editor

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


I specialize in writing for children and young adults. 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, edited, 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, middle grade, YA, to adult novels, fiction and non-fiction.

As a writing coach, 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.



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 Gallagher, author of WHOBERT, WHOEVER. OWL DETECTIVE.


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

Children’s Non-Fiction
Coming of Age Fantasy Horror Middle Grade Paranormal Romance Young Adult Fantasy
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Vermont College Distinguished Alum
  • MFA
  • BA

Work experience

The Writing Barn

Dec, 2018 — Present

I help authors (published and pre-published) bring their novels to completion.

The Writing Barn

Jan, 2017 — Present

I teach the six-month long 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.

Rotary International

Jul, 2016 — Present

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


Jan, 2007 — Present

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

Published in more than 20 countries. Edited more than 500 novels.

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.

Courier Publications

Feb, 2001 — Aug, 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.

Flying Course Review

Jan, 1998 — Jan, 2002 (about 4 years)

Poetry editor for literary journal.


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 pers... read more
Time Stoppers

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"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 Jack... read more

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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 wond... 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... read more
Girl, Hero

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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, touchi... 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?... read more
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 pl... 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... 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... 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 fo... 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 vent... read more
In the Woods

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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 w... read more

Carrie has 157 reviews





Ardnas M.

Ardnas M.

Sep, 2023

I enjoyed work with Carrie. She answered all my questions and provided educational documentation regarding grammar and punctuation. Her payment arrangement was reasonable and she provided feedback that helped improve my manuscript. I look forward to working with her in the future.
Raven S.

Raven S.

Sep, 2023

Carrie has edited all my books for years now. Extremely satisfied and will never use anyone else!
Carrie J.
Aw! Raven! I am so flattered AND so honored. You are a super star writer and it's so much fun to work with you and get to be a small part of your literary life.
Tanika V.

Tanika V.

Aug, 2023

It was great working with Carrie on my second book. I will definitely work with Carrie on my next book.
Arshak M.

Arshak M.

Aug, 2023

Professional, thorough, patient, creative, and very easy to work with. Carrie exceeded my expectations.
Shardonaye M.

Shardonaye M.

Jul, 2023

I can't imagine having worked with anyone other than Carrie Jones. My sister and I were really nervous handing off our "child" (aka manuscript) to someone else for the first time to be professionally read and edited. Carrie was absolutely wonderful and she handled our manuscript with such care and attention to detail! We were delightfully surprised at her quick turn-around time in reading our m...
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