Jasmine Gower

Jasmine Gower – Editor

As a fantasy author with a Master of Arts in Book Publishing, Jasmine knows the editorial process from every angle.

Overview

As an author myself, I’ve been working with editors for over half a decade in preparing projects for publication, ranging from short stories to full-length novels. In addition to my familiarity with the various stages of editing and foundational knowledge of the conventions of genre fiction, I’m also well-acquainted with writing and editing marketing copy that is valuable in promoting books, including blog and social media posts. From my experience in the author’s position, I am highly sympathetic to the author’s vulnerability in the editorial process and understand how to navigate between editorial suggestion and an author’s creative vision.


My graduate degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University was earned by working in a hands-on publishing environment via PSU’s Ooligan Press, a fiction and non-fiction publishing house run directly by the graduate students in the Book Publishing program. In my 2 and a half years working at Ooligan Press, I became practiced in the various methods used by publishers to bring a book into the world, such as acquisition, editing, marketing, design, and business operations. My skills as an editor were trained on actual manuscripts, including my developmental editing efforts on Connie King Leonard’s Sleeping In My Jeans, which went on to win the 2018 Oregon Spirit Award for a debut book and receive a nomination for the Oregon Book Awards’ Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature.


In addition to editorial work in the publishing industry, I also have experience writing, editing, and proofreading in business and academic environments. This includes 1.5 years experience creating and polishing internal documentation for Providence Health Plan and 3 years copyediting and proofreading internal and public-facing memos and reports from the Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. My variety of experience in multiple industries allows me to be flexible in my editorial approaches and meet the needs of various types of text beyond the genre fiction I work with in my writing career.
Services
Fiction
Epic Fantasy Horror LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Urban Fantasy Young Adult Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2019 — Present

Developmental editing, line editing, and copy editing for works of fiction, particularly in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and young adult. Additionally, I provide editorial assessment for projects in their earlier stages. I've worked with works of numerous formats, including single short stories, short story anthologies, novellas, and novels.

In addition to my professional editing work, I am also a volunteer member of the publications team at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA), where I regularly provide line edits on non-fiction articles that publish to the SFWA Blog.

Ooligan Press

Jan, 2017 — Jun, 2019 (over 2 years)

As a student in Portland State University's Book Publishing Graduate Program, I worked in a hands-on capacity as a publisher at the graduate program's own press, Ooligan Press, which publishes fiction and non-fiction about the Pacific Northwest region. I fulfilled multiple roles within the press, including in the spheres of marketing, promotion, digital, and design, but my worked leaned particularly toward editing.

I provided editorial assessment for a number of titles, including Three Sides Water, Breaking Cadence, and Odsburg. Additionally, I provided copy editing for marketing and supplemental materials for At the Waterline, as well as developmental editing for Elephant Speak. However, my most involved project at Ooligan Press was Sleeping in My Jeans, for which I was on the publication team from acquisition to publication, and I had a hand in the editorial, marketing, and design process at nearly every step of this book's publication journey.

Self-employed

Jan, 2014 — Present

As an author, my primary job involves conceptualizing, writing, editing, and marketing works of fiction, particularly fantasy and cross-genre speculative fiction with a queer and disabled voice. While my shorter fiction is now out of print, my debut novel Moonshine published in 2018 and was nominated for an Endeavour Award. I continue to write and edit speculative fiction novels and engage in the science-fiction/fantasy sphere on panels regarding the craft of writing.

Portfolio

Moonshine

Gower, Jasmine

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An Element of Magic (The Broken Spell Book 2)

Goldie, J.M.

Massive Crush Press

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They See Me and Other Haunting Stories

Anne, Stephanie

Copy Editing
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A Hunter Among Wolves: a Novella

Stava, Ben

Copy Editing
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Witches of the North: Winter Journey

Nate Oldrin

Things look bleak for Christopher Hawks, a 23 year old trans man, this year: last September he shattered the legendary sword of the kingdom of Northland and is now being tracked down by the el... read more
Developmental Editing
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The Dangers of Being Brave & True

Goldie, J.M.

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Amoura Awakened

Kramer, Meg

Copy Editing
Three Sides Water

Donahue, Peter

At the Waterline

Friesen, Brian K.

Blurred Lines

Ricci, Caitlin

Sleeping In My Jeans

Leonard, Connie King

Jasmine has 23 reviews

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Loris D.

Loris D.

May, 2024

I worked with Jasmine on a copy-edit/proofread and she made the process very stress-free and provided thorough edits, including advice on manuscript formatting. I would definitely work with her again!
Beau W.

Beau W.

Mar, 2024

Jasmine was excellent to work with. She sent regular updates on her progress through the work and did a fantastic job cleaning up the manuscript. She was very knowledgeable and did a great job explaining her changes and recommending other changes to create a more fluid manuscript.
Rivara F.

Rivara F.

Jan, 2024

I worked with Jasmine on my first book. She was wonderful to work with, gave great advice, and kept me updated on progress thoughout our collaboration. Her notes were easy to understand and straight to the point. I would highly recommend working with her.
Aster G.

Aster G.

Nov, 2023

I really enjoyed working with Jasmine. Her responses were always quick and well thought out. Her guidance with my manuscript has been invaluable.
Lain J.

Lain J.

Oct, 2023

Jasmine is very professional and even offers a call or messages after finishing her edit. She’s also good about giving updates every couple weeks to keep the writer informed of her progress on the manuscript. She’s also understanding if there are problems on the writers end. 10/10 recommend working with her.

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