Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans - Editor

Atlanta, GA, USA

Detailed and approachable editor, specializing in YA and romance. Current MFA candidate and former in-house editor at The Knight Agency.

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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'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 (about 3 years)

I offer a variety of editorial services to meet your needs, ranging from manuscript evaluations to more in-depth content editing.

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.

Overexposed

Benn, M.J.

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

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

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

Jamie has 9 reviews

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Benjamin Marston
Jamie is a wonderful editor. She's a delight to work with, asks all the right questions, and delivers top-notch work. I couldn't recommend her enough!

Benjamin Marston, November 2021


C Ketner
will most certainly be hiring her again.

C Ketner, October 2021


Danielle Ryan
Jamie was absolutely amazing to work with! I’m still just a beginner when it comes to writing and I knew my manuscript wasn’t perfect but I had no clue where to start in fixing it. And now with Jamie’s feedback, I’m feeling more energized with a clear path on how I can improve my story. She kept me updated the entire time and answered all my questions after I got my edits too. Not only did she ...
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Danielle Ryan, October 2021


Hannah Byrne
Jamie has been an absolute dream to work with. I am extremely new to this process and was feeling quite overwhelmed. Jamie was there every step of the way with reassurance and guidance. Her feedback was constructive and ultimately she has breathed new life into my novel. She took everything I asked for and delivered to the highest standard. Thanks to Jamie I feel like my novel can now go in th...
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Hannah Byrne, September 2021


Benjamin Marston
Jamie exceeded my every expectation. This was my first experience working with an editor and she made the process seamless. Her weekly communication and updates were always appreciated. And her edits and suggestions on the manuscript were spot on. I'd 100% recommend working with Jamie, and I'm excited to collaborate with her on future projects.

Benjamin Marston, August 2021

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