Jay Antani

Jay Antani – Editor

I’m passionate about words and sentences and well-told stories. Helping manuscripts find their fullest potential is one of my greatest joys

Overview


I'm a fiction writer and editor based in Los Angeles.


I'm the author of science-fiction, adventure, and coming-of-age stories. I strongly believe that storytelling is how we make sense of our lives, it's a powerful tool for how we process the challenges in our lives and the world. That's how I've always felt since I fell in love as a kid, watching monster and adventure movies, and now, as an adult, trying to navigate my own feelings and imagination through the stories I write.


Much of my editorial focus has been on genres I also love to read: sci-fi, adventures, coming-of-age stories, and memoirs, all genres in which characters (real or fictional) achieve goals, find maturity, clarity or fulfillment by overcoming challenges posed by various challenges, dangers, and obstacles.


My editorial mantra is that the client calls the shots, and I consider it a primary responsibility to make sure the client feels their voice is preserved, that their writing goals are met, and that they enter the world of publication feeling proud and excited about their accomplishment.


PRAISE FOR JAY


"I thought the hard part was over when I completed my first novel, 'An Undisclosed Warrior.' Not so! The real work starts with editing, then editing some more, and then collaborating with a professional editor. I chose Jay; it was the best decision I could have made.


Jay corrected numerous grammatical mistakes and eliminated unnecessary words and paragraphs that slowed the narrative. In addition, he improved and clarified the prose for a natural flow and, by extension, enriched the overall style of my work.


I can’t praise or thank Jay enough, and I will most definitely work with him again on my next adventure in literature. "


— Rene Bibeau, author of "An Undisclosed Warrior"


“Jay is an incredibly thoughtful and generous editor who brings a wealth of story and editing experience to any project that comes across his desk. His sense of character, plot, tone and style is impeccable. On top of all that, Jay’s charm and sense of humor make the manuscript-revising process a blast."


— Paul Morrissey, Eisner Award-winning writer and editor


MY OWN WRITING


In 2007, I received my MFA in fiction from the University of Southern California, graduating with my first novel, "The Leaving of Things," as my thesis. "The Leaving of Things" was published in 2014 by Lake Union Publishing and went on to win reader acclaim, literary awards, and to become an Amazon bestseller.


In the years since, I've written and published the sci-fi adventures , "Edge of Light" and "Transcendent," and I'm currently at work on a sequel to "Edge of Light."


My goal is to keep pursuing my love of storytelling and the writing craft as I collaborate with my fellow authors in bringing their own creations in front of readers with a sense of pride and fulfillment.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Coming of Age Cultural & Ethnic Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Kindle Book Award
  • International Book Award 2014
  • IPPY Award Winner (Science Fiction) 2021
  • 2020 INDIES Book of the Year Finalist
  • 2021 Readers Favorite Honorable Mention

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2003 — Present

Providing a full range of editorial services, including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading, to first-time and established fiction and non-fiction authors. I also offer marketing, academic, and creative writing services.

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
An Undisclosed Warrior

Bibeau, R. Paul

Edge of Light

Antani, Jay

This book is the real life story of Holly Richards and her recovery journey from an unexpected divorce. She wrote this self-help book with the intention of helping others (men and women) who are making a transition in their life, often facing traumatic or unex... read more
Judas Volume 1

Suu Minazuki

Judas, cursed for his sins, is the spirit of Death and, because he is without form, has enslaved young Eve to carry out with him the most heinous of acts--to slay six hundred and sixty-six people so that he can regain his humanity.
Culdcept, Vol. 2

Shinya Kaneko

Najaran, the apprentice Cepter, a young woman who can summon creatures from magical cards, struggles to prevent the evil Black Cepters from reassembling an ancient arcane book.
SMUGGLER

Shohei Manabe

When Ryosuke Kinuta, a struggling young actor, owes too much money to loan sharks, he is forced to smuggle the bodies of murdered victims for the mob, but when he allows a captured rival to escape, the price he must pay gets horrifically high.
Dead End Volume 1

Shohei Manabe

Shirou is just your ordinary poor construction worker who happens to stumble into a life-changing event that has him screaming, "There's no place like home." In the midst of his confusion and panic, a mysterious companion tells him that all of his questions wi... read more
My name is Vox. I am the last surviving member of an underground resistance. Our mission: expose and destroy a vast and sinister plot to take over planet Earth. Aliens have infiltrated the Earth's entire political, industrial, military and socio-industrial com... read more
How would you like to have your “parenting skills” translate into untapped talents of entrepreneurship? Hardly an oxymoron! It works, and I have firsthand experience creating multiple businesses and income streams all while spending time raising my two boys. P... read more
Winner of the 2014 International Book Award for Multicultural Fiction2014 Kindle Book Award Winner Vikram is not your model Indian-American teenager. Rebellious and adrift in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is resentful of his Indian roots and has no clue what he wan... read more

Jay has 5 reviews

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Kalpana P.

Kalpana P.

Oct, 2023

It has been a pleasure working with Jay thus far. He has been both professional and gracious from his first response and in the follow-up editorial assessment. I originally reached out to him for line edits, and he responded with a quote and a sample of how he would approach my manuscript. Based on that interaction, I collaborated with him on a more detailed editorial assessment for my first ch...
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Odessa D.

Odessa D.

Aug, 2023

Thanks for your feedback, Jay!
Jay A.
Thank you for your kind review, Odessa. It was a pleasure to work on your manuscript. I wish you all the best with it and can't wait to see it published.
Gerald S.

Gerald S.

Jun, 2023

I don't have anything bad to say about Jay. I hired him to edit my book Just Vic. His edits were thorough and professional and everything was done when he said they would be. He corrected for grammar, style, syntax, and formatting errors. His comments were thoughtfully delivered, and he had a balanced mix of positive and critical comments. Any criticism was delivered in an honest but thoughtful...
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Jay A.
Thank you, Gerald, for your kind words. I appreciate them, and I'm so glad you found our collaboration meaningful and helpful. All the very best to you.
Andreas R.

Andreas R.

Apr, 2023

Jay was communicate and clear from the moment I’d requested an offer to the point where he delivered on the brief. Not only did he do this in a timely and professional manner with top notch quality and on point feedback, he also showed a genuine interest and investment in the work, providing suggestions based on the consideration of what I was trying to say and accomplish. I would love to work ...
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Fred L.

Fred L.

Jun, 2021

It was a pleasure working with Jay A. on my short story, I had a great experience. He was always on time, and he also gave me valuable feedback on my writing. I am looking forward to working with him on future projects.

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