Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans - Editor

Atlanta, GA, USA

Editor with a passion for YA fiction. Current MFA candidate, Columbia Publishing Course alum, and former literary agency assistant.

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Overview

I want to make your manuscript shine! I offer a friendly approach to editing and will provide detailed edits and explanations. I do this for two reasons: 1) So you can polish your manuscript, and 2) To ensure you understand why the edits were recommended and can apply them toward future writing. I’m here to help you shape up your writing, but also to help you learn.

I previously worked as the in-house editor for The Knight Agency’s assisted self-publishing program, working with hybrid authors on their projects from start to finish. Need some coaching on self-publishing best practices in addition to your edits? Or, need some advice as you prepare to query agents? I'm available to answer any questions you may have.

I mainly specialize in developmental edits and editorial assessments, taking earlier drafts and helping writers push their stories to the next level.

I edit young adult fiction and romance, as well as middle grade. YA is my main area of interest; some favorites include STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman, ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus, and YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Some favorite romances include THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang and EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes. Middle grades I adore include WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin, and WONDER by R. J. Palacio. I would love to work on manuscripts in a similar vein as these books.

As far as genres and subjects go, I love:

- Contemporary

- Mystery

- Historical/time travel (for romance)

- Coming of age

- Friendship and/or family stories

- Social issues

- Stories about death/losing someone

- Romantic relationships

However, I am not the best fit for fantasy.

In addition to developmental edits, copyedits, and editorial assessments, I offer partial manuscript critiques for authors who want feedback, but aren't quite ready to take the plunge on a full edit. I also offer optional add-ons for authors who are planning to self-publish:

Tier 1: Two rounds of edits (one developmental, one copyedit) on your book’s cover copy/description.

Tier 2: Three rounds of edits (two developmental, one copyedit) on your book’s cover copy/description, PLUS assistance with choosing keywords/categories for your book’s listing.

Each tier is a flat rate added to the price of the edit, and it's best if these add-ons are completed within one (1) year of the manuscript critique. During our initial conversations, let me know if you would be interested in either of these options!

I'm currently earning my MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I also hold a certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course.

Are you ready to prepare your novel for its next steps? Contact me today and let's get started!

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Historical Romance
Time Travel Romance
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BA in English/Creative Writing from Emory University
  • Certificate in Publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course
  • MFA Candidate in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Certificate in Copyediting from the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

Awards

  • Artistine Mann Award in Creative Nonfiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

I offer a variety of editorial services to meet your needs, ranging from manuscript evaluations to more in-depth content editing. I'm also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, ACES: The Society for Editing, and AWP.

Copy Editor

Forbes Travel Guide
September, 2015 – August, 2018 (almost 3 years)

I edited reports written by incognito evaluators of luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas.

Editorial & Digital Content Assistant

The Knight Agency
October, 2013 – September, 2015 (almost 2 years)

I helped oversee the literary agency's assisted self-publishing program, TKA Distribution. I edited fiction manuscripts, assisted with formatting and marketing the books, and uploaded the finished products to online retailers.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Dead Girls Don't Keep Secrets

Winterbourne, Ames B.

That Thing You Do (Whispering Bay Romance Book 1)

Maria Geraci

Once upon a long time ago, he broke her heart. Good thing she's too smart to fall for him a second time.Allie Grant is a journalist who could use some luck. She needs a big story fast to secure her dream job, so when she gets a tip from someone in her home town about a haunted house, she hightails it back to Whispering Bay to investigate.But wouldn’t you know the building is scheduled for demo... read more

Once upon a long time ago, he broke her heart. Good thing she's too smart to fall for him a second time.Allie Grant is a journalist who could use some luck. She needs a big story fast to secure her dream job, so when she gets a tip from someone in her home town about a haunted house, she hightails it back to Whispering Bay to investigate.But wouldn’t you know the building is scheduled for demo... read more

Then He Kissed Me (Whispering Bay Romance Book 2)

Maria Geraci

She was the beautiful blonde cheerleader. He was the class nerd. Can one kiss really change everything?Lauren Donalan was once Whispering Bay’s golden girl—the rich, bubbly blonde cheerleader who married the high school football star. Fast forward thirteen years and she’s a single mom trying to hold on to a failing business and prove that she’s more than just a trust fund baby with really good... read more

She was the beautiful blonde cheerleader. He was the class nerd. Can one kiss really change everything?Lauren Donalan was once Whispering Bay’s golden girl—the rich, bubbly blonde cheerleader who married the high school football star. Fast forward thirteen years and she’s a single mom trying to hold on to a failing business and prove that she’s more than just a trust fund baby with really good... read more

That Man of Mine (Whispering Bay Romance Book 3)

Maria Geraci

She's the town's mayor. He's the chief of police. They have two kids, a dog that drools and a marriage that's in trouble.When Mimi Grant becomes mayor of Whispering Bay, she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for. The city’s annual festival is in financial ruin and the former stay-at-home mom doesn’t have a clue how to fix things. Hunky Police Chief Zeke Grant isn’t happy that his estran... read more

She's the town's mayor. He's the chief of police. They have two kids, a dog that drools and a marriage that's in trouble.When Mimi Grant becomes mayor of Whispering Bay, she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for. The city’s annual festival is in financial ruin and the former stay-at-home mom doesn’t have a clue how to fix things. Hunky Police Chief Zeke Grant isn’t happy that his estran... read more

And Then Forever (Fortune's Island Book 1)

Shirley Jump

Welcome to Fortune’s Island, where the only rule is to follow your heart.Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he s... read more

Welcome to Fortune’s Island, where the only rule is to follow your heart.Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he s... read more

Can't Get Over You (Fortune's Island, Book 2)

Shirley Jump

Travel back to the loveswept world of Fortune’s Island with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump.His voice pierced the darkest corners of her heart. Waitress Jillian Matheson needs a life makeover. The first thing on her “Get it Together” to-do list is breaking up with her fiancé, Zach Gifford, a struggling rocker who refuses to grow up. With Zach on the sidelines, Jill... read more

Travel back to the loveswept world of Fortune’s Island with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump.His voice pierced the darkest corners of her heart. Waitress Jillian Matheson needs a life makeover. The first thing on her “Get it Together” to-do list is breaking up with her fiancé, Zach Gifford, a struggling rocker who refuses to grow up. With Zach on the sidelines, Jill... read more

Raising Cain: Alpha Shifter PNR Romance (The Key Guardians Book 1)

Kelli Ireland

Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight. ... read more

Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight. ... read more

The Emory Pulse: Your Creative Writing Lifeline

M. Izmaylov, A. Fuller, K. Morgan

When you think of anthologies, do you flashback to high-school English class? The Emory Pulse is kicking off an exciting new generation of anthologies featuring short stories written by Emory University students. This first edition features all fictional pieces, divided into two categories: “On the Fantastic” and “On the Realistic.” The former takes you on a journey into worlds of magic and my... read more

When you think of anthologies, do you flashback to high-school English class? The Emory Pulse is kicking off an exciting new generation of anthologies featuring short stories written by Emory University students. This first edition features all fictional pieces, divided into two categories: “On the Fantastic” and “On the Realistic.” The former takes you on a journey into worlds of magic and my... read more

The Healer (Warriors of the Wind) (Volume 3)

Chelley Kitzmiller

Doctor Logan Kincade is every Bostonian's guest of choice—not because of his rugged good looks, his wit or his renown as a surgeon, but because his blood isn't blue like theirs. It's red. Apache Red. But the social darling fast becomes a pariah when his modern techniques are rejected by the medical community. Meanwhile, a plea from his brother summons him home to the Arizona Territory; his sis... read more

Doctor Logan Kincade is every Bostonian's guest of choice—not because of his rugged good looks, his wit or his renown as a surgeon, but because his blood isn't blue like theirs. It's red. Apache Red. But the social darling fast becomes a pariah when his modern techniques are rejected by the medical community. Meanwhile, a plea from his brother summons him home to the Arizona Territory; his sis... read more

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Amy Manuwal
I really enjoyed working with Jamie. She is friendly and extremely professional. She kept me updated throughout her progress, giving me feedback along the way. Her edits were excellent and insightful. Her in-depth notes and style guide were helpful and gave me useful knowledge into what I need to work on in the future. My novel is better because of her.

Amy Manuwal, April 2020


Erin Curry
Jamie is very helpful and courteous. I really appreciate her suggestions. I definitely feel that she has helped me make my manuscript much better, and look forward to future collaboration.

Erin Curry, February 2020


Megan Taliaf
Jamie was super personable, very professional and gave updates on a regular basis. I definitely enjoyed working with her and would do so again.

Megan Taliaf, January 2020


Erin Curry
Jamie has been very courteous and helpful. She exceeded my expectations with the highlighted manuscript. I am currently working through her suggestions, and has been available for further advice, and answers messages promptly. So far, I have really enjoyed working with her.

Erin Curry, September 2019

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