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 (over 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 (19 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 28 reviews

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Emily Rukkila
I collaborated with Jamie for the first book in my fantasy series (developmental editing) and she was incredible. Very thorough, gave me quite a bit to think about with character arcs, storylines, etc. If you are in need of a fantastic editor with an eagle eye, she should be first on your list!

Emily Rukkila, January 2023

Jamie Johns
It was an absolute pleasure working with you on your debut novel, Emily! Glad to hear that the commentary is giving you ample food for thought as you set your mind to revisions on book 1 and toward...
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Anthony Parr
Jamie has been phenomenal to work with. She is communicative, professional, and has an exceptional eye for detail. I cannot recommend her enough.

Anthony Parr, December 2022

Jamie Johns
Always a pleasure, Anthony! I look forward to continuing to work together on your book series!

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Cindy Fang
I thought Jamie's suggestions were extremely thoughtful. I liked how she approached the writing from the POV of the reader. She also had great pitches for elevating the stories and streamlining the themes. And there was one formatting idea she had that was so bonkers genius, that alone was worth working with her. Would definitely hire again!

Cindy Fang, December 2022

Jamie Johns
Happy to hear that you found my notes and suggestions enlightening, Cindy. It was my pleasure helping you along your creative journey by bringing some additional short story-minded perspective and ...
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Courtney Niblett
I am so happy I hired Jamie! Writing a book has been my dream since I was very small. So when the time came to have my first book professionally edited, I wanted to hire someone who would take it just as seriously as I do. Jamie was instrumental in helping me figure out what services would best fit my story. She didn't take advantage of my inexperience by trying to sell me a service I didn't ...
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Courtney Niblett, October 2022

Jamie Johns
I am delighted to have been a part of your story's journey toward publication, Courtney! I look forward to potentially working together on book two and beyond. Happy writing!

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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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