Hi! I'm a seasoned, award-winning developmental editor of fiction and nonfiction with 20 years of experience at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. I've worked with New York Times bestselling authors such as John Green, Ruta Sepetys, and Jacqueline Woodson. My favorite genres are YA, romance (all sub-genres), and historical fiction. I have also been a book coach and writing instructor for more than two decades.
My goal is to help you strengthen your work while remaining true to your vision. I do this by providing clear suggestions with actionable feedback so you know the next steps to make your story the best it can be. After all this time working with authors (and being one myself), I know one thing for sure: you have a unique story to tell. I can help you share that story with the world.
Some kind words from recent clients:
--Jackie is more than just an editor; she is an inspiration and a push to see a story through to the end. Her comments on the draft of my first novel were detailed and informative, and I now have a clear map of how to forge ahead. I would recommend her to a writer at any stage in the process. ~Adrienne Oliver, author of Lorraine (historical fiction)
-- I got lucky when Jackie agreed to be my editor. She was extremely positive with her suggestions and always available for my questions. I would highly recommend her to any writer who wants their work to be the best possible. ~Carol Fricke, author of Hope Transported (women's fiction)
-- Jackie’s not just a writer or editor. She’s a reader. And the sort of reader who reminds a writer that his duty is to the reader first and to his own hangups and sacred moo-cows second. She knows that stories have starts and ends and the good ones have peaks and valleys and buckets of conflict. She also gives it to you straight–without making you feel like a complete idiot…Every writer should be lucky enough to have someone like her around. ~Ken Wheaton, author of The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival (upmarket fiction)
- Saturday Evening Post's Great American Stories, Finalist
- MFA in Creative Writing, Georgia State University
- Certificate in Developmental Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association
- Certificate in Copy Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association
*Provide comprehensive content review of manuscripts, specializing in historical fiction, romance, women's fiction, and YA.
*Offer insight into the story elements that are working and what areas of the story need attention.
*Suggest options for revision with a strategy for tackling the most pressing story issues.
Develop course concepts and syllabi for multi-weeks courses, seminars, and workshops, such as:
*Intro to Fiction
*Unlocking Your Story's Inciting Incident
*Writing About Place: Creating an Immersive Setting
*Be Your Own Editor: Getting Your Novel Ready for Publication
Penguin Random House
*Worked with New York Times bestselling authors such as John Green, Ruta Sepetys, and Jacqueline Woodson.
*Read and evaluated query letters and manuscripts.
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