Jamie Johns

Jamie Johns - Editor

Wausau, Wisconsin, USA

An experienced Editor passionate about great storytelling and vibrant characters, be it your first novel or most recent comic project!

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Overview

Specializing in Developmental Editing and Editorial Assessments, I also possess a sensitivity to language and its usage that makes me adept at Line/Copyedits in a variety of genres and styles to ensure that language is strong and meaningful for a reader. Whether you're writing a 30-page comic, a memoir, or a fantasy trilogy, let me help you make your writing—and even more importantly, your STORY—the very best it can be!

Creators who work with me frequently note my creative power and eagerness to explore even the most minute details which, when combined, produce a unique attention to detail that elevates storytelling to the next level and ensures that your message reaches your readers. With an innate sense of the nuances of linguistics and language, a lifetime of reading and a passion for storytelling as an art form makes me the type of editor who understands works far beyond their surface details: someone capable of pulling out themes and ideas within a story that even you, the story's creator, may not have been fully aware of! Working with me, you will have a mentor, teammate, and cheerleader invested in your story's success.

As a Production Editor for Rowman & Littlefield in Lanham, Maryland, I worked on numerous titles geared toward multinational audiences, providing both editorial and administrative support. As a freelancer, I have worked on a variety of comic books, visual novels, novels, memoirs, and short stories both geared for self-publishing and more traditional publication. This wide range of experience gives me the insight to help you route your story toward whatever audience you envision, be it for the underground indie scene or toward pitching to agents and becoming the next bestseller from a top publishing house.

Interests and specialties of mine include character-driven works of literary and creative fiction, particularly in the Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance, and Magic genres, as well as the Young Adult (YA) and emerging New Adult (NA) genres. I am currently working on my own Fantasy series, a multi-volume illustrated series that melds the spirit of the Japanese Light Novel with western Romance and Monomythic traditions for a literary-inclined NA audience. I work frequently with stories that don't fit squarely within singular or more traditional genres, and especially appreciate atypical or unique works that push me to use all of my skills.

I can't wait to work with you next!

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What others say:

Working with Jamie is such a amazing experience. From start to finish, the process Jamie works by is a writer's dream. She goes into full detail. . . constantly asks questions on the plot, the characters, the details of each outline. Keeping in constant communication with the buyer throughout it all and always being polite and professional.

Jamie is always full of ideas on how an outline, chapter can be improved, but always runs it by you first to see if you are happy or what you think of it. Jamie has a wide range of words to use in her writing, drives full passion into exploring a character's appearance, their mindset, background and how their environment affects them and the items speaks of them as people.

Every commission Jamie has worked on with me has shown her talent for understanding POV structure, themes of each chapter, planting the seeds of foreshadowing, exploring relationships. Writing engaging action, expressive dialogue and being able to flesh out a world in various ways. Jamie is truly a unique writer and Editor and one of the best I have ever met. It is an honour to work with her every time and it's a true privilege to have forged such a close working relationship and friendship with her.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Coming of Age
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
New Adult
Romance
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Nature

Certifications

  • Masters in Creative Writing -- Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University
  • Bachelors in English from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Awards

  • Journalistic Excellence
  • Sigma Tau Delta--NEHS
  • UWSP Academy of Letters and Science Distinguished Achievement Award in Literary and Academic Excellence

Work experience

Production Editor

Rowman & Littlefield
February, 2020 – February, 2021 (about 1 year)

Providing support to the editorial department in a variety of roles, including proofreading and copy editing in Chicago style, ensuring that a book is high-quality and ready for printing/release.

Editor and Writing Coach | Publishing Consultant

Self-employed
September, 2011 – Present (about 11 years)

Providing writing and editing services to a wide range of creators in a variety of genres and mediums, from novels and videogames to memoirs, essays, and comics. From initial development to the final polish, I love working with passionate individuals, be they a beginner or an expert!

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Galactic Rodents of Mayhem #1

Sebastian Navas, Gilbert Deltrez

Braiding Roses

Stoltenbreck, Elise

The Ungrateful Rescue

Steve Wedlock

When a group of teens volunteer to clean up litter on their local beach in Maine, they accidentally come upon a criminal polluting operation—and they are on the case to stop it. The first volume in a fun and informative young adult series combines mystery and adventure with illuminating content about ocean, weather, and nautical lore. A group of young teens spend summer together with their fam... read more

When a group of teens volunteer to clean up litter on their local beach in Maine, they accidentally come upon a criminal polluting operation—and they are on the case to stop it. The first volume in a fun and informative young adult series combines mystery and adventure with illuminating content about ocean, weather, and nautical lore. A group of young teens spend summer together with their fam... read more

Veya

Sazehn, Weston, Tufts, Josh, Johns, Jamie

Clouds Float South

Broome, Paul A

The Last Sane Awoken I: Freedom

Barcomb-Rodriguez, Stephany, Johns, Jamie, Barcomb-Rodriguez, Stephany

Italian Americans on Screen: Challenging the Past, Re-Theorizing the Future (Media, Culture, and the Arts)

Calabretta-Sajder, Ryan, Gravano, Alan J., Calabretta-Sajder, Ryan, Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald, Cavallero, Jonathan J., Chianese, Francesco, Gravano, Alan J., Moore, Paul S., Ryan, Colleen M., Salter, Sarah H., Sorrentino, Giuseppe, Sproccati, Giacomo, Whitehead, Jessica Leonora

Beyond Frozen Conflict

DE WAAL, THOMAS, VON TWICKEL, NIKOLAUS, EMERSON, MICHAEL

Philosophy, Film, and the Dark Side of Interdependence

Beever, Jonathan, Baumeister, David, Cisney, Vernon W., Corrigan, Tober, Elmore, Rick, Elmore, Jonathan, Favela, Luis, Godoy, Eric, Grant-Young, Josh, Lane, Sydney, Lee, Eunah, Onishi, Brian, Phillips, Kendall, Rogers, Chandler, Sinnerbrink, Robert

Jamie has 24 reviews

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Daniel Moore
Jaime’s feedback definitely exceeded my expectations. She gave detailed and high quality feedback on my script’s plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting, and addressed specific questions I had about my script. She has a great ear for dialogue and sense for character motivation. I also appreciated how she offered suggestions to address the challenges she identified, but she never presented...
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Daniel Moore, August 2022

Jamie Johns
It was an absolute pleasure working with you, Daniel. Every writer has their own unique story and voice, and I do my best not to strongarm a story into a particular shape, so much as I strive to di...
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Jessica Powell
Jamie is a thorough and honest editor. Her feedback shaped my perspective and showed me exactly what my story could use and need. Her insight has proven vital for me. Beyond her incredible work, she is kind and patient. I found her easy and enjoyable to work with. I took a long break from my draft and reread her notes recently. I'm so thankful for her time. I cannot recommend her enough. Her pr...
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Jessica Powell, July 2022

Jamie Johns
So glad that the manuscript review was thoroughly useful to you, Jessica! I put my all into every review to ensure that no matter whether someone is a new writer or more experienced, the notes are ...
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Stephany Barcomb
Jamie went beyond my expectations. Her edits are amazing. I’ve partnered with her twice and neither time disappointed. My book is polished and it’s all thanks to her. Jamie is amazing!!! As I continue my series she’s gonna be my go to editor! Highly recommend! 😁

Stephany Barcomb, March 2022

Jamie Johns
It's been an absolute pleasure working with you again, Stephany! I'm certainly looking forward to working together on your future books and seeing your debut work reach the hands of readers!

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Scott Moore
Jamie responded quickly, her notes were spot on, insightful and 100% elevated the piece I am working on!

Scott Moore, March 2022

Jamie Johns
It was an absolute pleasure looking over your synopsis, Scott! I'm looking forward to hearing back as you make progress on your next big book project!

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Conor McKenna
Jamie knew exactly what my story was trying to accomplish and what it needed to improve. She was professional, friendly, and insightful!

Conor McKenna, December 2021

Jamie Johns
Happy to provide a fresh eye on your story, Conor! I'd love to hear back once you've successfully published the short story. Until then... happy revising! :)

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