Jacob Hoye

Jacob Hoye – Editor

Developmental editor specializing in narrative nonfiction, pop-culture and music books with over 25 national and New York Times bestsellers.


I’m a veteran editor with vast experience in nonfiction of all types, from memoir to autobiography, and biography to illustrated pop-culture titles. I’ve had a blast collaborating with many artists in my career, especially musicians like James Hetfield, 50 Cent, and Nikki Sixx, nurturing their strong concepts into powerful books.

With James Hetfield, it was turning a collection of innovative photographs of his most treasured guitars into a visual autobiography complete with personal essays and detailed contributions from those who helped him along the way. With 50 Cent, it was focusing on his vivid origin story, which became the foundation of the hit feature film Get Rich or Die Tryin’. With Nikki Sixx, it was turning long lost diary entries from the darkest period of his life into a robust oral history featuring the voices of Nikki and the many colorful people around him during that time.

While I’m a geek for music, it is not my sole passion. I love storytelling and am an engaged collaborator who will process your story with intense enthusiasm, helping you shape it both conceptually and in terms of the line by line writing. I relish getting into the weeds to ensure that your narrative sings. Whatever it is you’re hoping to do, if I’m the right fit, I’ll help you hone your idea into the best work it can be.

Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Music Political Science & Current Affairs
Mystery & Crime
English (US)

Work experience

Permuted Press

Jul, 2015 — Present

Oversee pop-culture imprint with an emphasis on music titles, including Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield by James Hetfield, The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller, The Gospel According to Luke by Steve Lukather, and Just Tyrus by Tyrus as well as narrative non-fiction, including the 2023 IRE award-winning book for investigative journalism, Inflamed: Abandonment, Heroism and Outrage in Wine Country’s Deadliest Firestorm.

MTV Books

Jan, 2000 — Jan, 2014 (about 14 years)

Oversaw imprint that published YA fiction, narrative non-fiction, and poetry along with autobiographies and illustrated books, including the national bestsellers The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton, The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, From Pieces to Weight by 50 Cent, and Tupac: Resurrection.


Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

Hetfield, James

Permuted Press

Developmental Editing

Moxley, Jon

Permuted Press

Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
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Developmental Editing
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Just Tyrus: A Memoir


Post Hill Press

Developmental Editing Book Coaching
Dear Diary

Arfin, Lesley

VICE Books

Developmental Editing Book Coaching
The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller

Chesman, Donna-Claire

Permuted Press

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Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
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One False Move (Myron Bolitar Mysteries)

Coben, Harlan

Delacorte Press

Developmental Editing
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