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Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson - Editor

Lansing, MI, United States

With more than ten years of editing experience, Jen specializes in personalized, precision-based developmental editing for genre fiction.

Overview

I'm a trusted writer and developmental editor with more than ten years of experience in a variety of professional environments. I draw on my corporate background in project management, sales, politics, and marketing to creatively spin content for specific audiences and untangle convoluted language. As someone who understands what it's like to be on the receiving end of constructive criticism, I know how to approach queries in a patient, thoughtful manner.

"From start to finish, working with Jen was awesome. As a first time novelist, I had no clue where to get started. She quickly pointed me to articles on her website about the editing process and the different kinds of editing she provided. She worked with me to figure out which kinds I needed. I was worried she would not understand what I was trying to achieve. When she gave me the editing sample, I knew I would not be disappointed and my fears were misplaced. Every step of the way she made sure that the meaning and intent of my writing stayed true to my vision, but she showed me how to make that writing shine. Some of her comments I did not want to mark as resolved, they were so spot on and important, not just to this specific project, but writing more generally. I have a folder of screenshots of these comments so that I can refer back to them while working on future projects. Jen excels not just at the sentence and syntax level, but also at discerning the intent of overly long and complicated sentences. She was able to distill these massive run-ons into concise yet emotive sentences. Her edit letter pointed out over-arching problems, suggestions for fixing them, and a very great run down of why those suggestions would work. It was not advice for this work, it was advice for my writing overall. I feel like she challenged me and my writing in ways that have made me a better writer. I am definitely planning on booking her services for future projects." —Dax Murray, Writer

"Letting an editor get their hands on your work for the first time is terrifying. You don’t know them. You wouldn’t leave your precious little baby with a stranger. Unfortunately, I had an ugly baby and something had to be done. Jennifer understood my work, what I wanted from it, and what needed to be done. She untangled my story like one would a string of Christmas lights just out of storage. She talked to me about my characters with genuine excitement long after her work on the project was done. Nothing brightens an author’s day more than seeing their work bring joy to another." —Alex Ziebart, Writer

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy LGBTQ Literature Poetry Science Fiction Short Story Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • Copy Editing, UC San Diego Extension
  • Creative Writing, Roger Williams University

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
August, 2013 – Present (almost 5 years)

Provides comprehensive editing services and creative content development for independent writers, poets, magazines, small businesses, and other creators looking for a nuanced, personal approach to editing and content development. Specializes in fiction.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Silent Nights (Lady Superior, Book 3)

Alex Ziebart

Lady Superior is down for the count. Vane, her archer companion, is on the hunt for revenge. Among the chaos, unlikely allies step up to help him bring down the man who tried to put her in the ground.While Lady Superior recovers from the blast, she takes hard lessons to heart. The Ladykiller took a swing and missed. She won't make the same mistakes twice.

Lady Superior is down for the count. Vane, her archer companion, is on the hunt for revenge. Among the chaos, unlikely allies step up to help him bring down the man who tried to put her in the ground.While Lady Superior recovers from the blast, she takes hard lessons to heart. The Ladykiller took a swing and missed. She won't make the same mistakes twice.

Lady Superior (Lady Superior, Book 1)

Alex Ziebart

Kristen Anderson has kept her superpowers hidden since she was a teenager. Now, after the first time using her powers in public, she's been pulled into full-time action by an organization that has been operating in the shadows for centuries. As Lady Superior, Kristen must not only face an ancient threat, but the prospect of being utilized as the face of a movement to bring the world of superhu... read more

Kristen Anderson has kept her superpowers hidden since she was a teenager. Now, after the first time using her powers in public, she's been pulled into full-time action by an organization that has been operating in the shadows for centuries. As Lady Superior, Kristen must not only face an ancient threat, but the prospect of being utilized as the face of a movement to bring the world of superhu... read more

Blood and Masks (Neva Cora Book 1)

Alex Ziebart

Calidus Varin, a member of an ancient order of elven demon hunters, has lived in the shadow of his master, Tullius the Black, for the better part of a century. Varin coasts on their combined fame, earning a reputation for recklessness, a taste for wine and women, and an irresistible inclination for boasting about his precious few exploits.When a routine hunt on the city's outskirts demands the... read more

Calidus Varin, a member of an ancient order of elven demon hunters, has lived in the shadow of his master, Tullius the Black, for the better part of a century. Varin coasts on their combined fame, earning a reputation for recklessness, a taste for wine and women, and an irresistible inclination for boasting about his precious few exploits.When a routine hunt on the city's outskirts demands the... read more

The Horned Scarab (The Investigative Privateers Book 1)

Matthew Marchitto

Ghorad-Gha, once magnificent city of clay and bronze, crumbles. Those prosperous few burden the shoulders of the downtrodden. In a city of forgotten glory, the lawless thrive. A monk turns up dead, and Arn is determined to find out why. Along with his stone skinned companion, Rohqim, they'll be dragged deep into Ghorad-Gha's underbelly, where the Horned Scarab reigns.

Ghorad-Gha, once magnificent city of clay and bronze, crumbles. Those prosperous few burden the shoulders of the downtrodden. In a city of forgotten glory, the lawless thrive. A monk turns up dead, and Arn is determined to find out why. Along with his stone skinned companion, Rohqim, they'll be dragged deep into Ghorad-Gha's underbelly, where the Horned Scarab reigns.

Residual Heat

Aga Black

Residual Heat is a volume of poetry grounded in the sensuality of the body, localized in the environment of San Francisco Bay Area, and aching with longing for the Other. Through images of disasters, fog, fire, lighting, electricity, and radiation it explores the boundaries of the natural and industrial in the post-industrial landscape.

Residual Heat is a volume of poetry grounded in the sensuality of the body, localized in the environment of San Francisco Bay Area, and aching with longing for the Other. Through images of disasters, fog, fire, lighting, electricity, and radiation it explores the boundaries of the natural and industrial in the post-industrial landscape.

A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams

Dax Murray

For as long as Katya can remember, her partner Ivan, a powerful sorcerer, has given her anything she's ever wanted. Life is simple, until soldiers escorting Princess Yi Zhen enter the magical woods they call home. When Ivan captures the princess and demands Katya watch over her, she reluctantly agrees, entering a dark web of political grudges spanning centuries. Katya soon finds herself fallin... read more

For as long as Katya can remember, her partner Ivan, a powerful sorcerer, has given her anything she's ever wanted. Life is simple, until soldiers escorting Princess Yi Zhen enter the magical woods they call home. When Ivan captures the princess and demands Katya watch over her, she reluctantly agrees, entering a dark web of political grudges spanning centuries. Katya soon finds herself fallin... read more

Rookie Mistakes (Lady Superior, Book 2)

Alex Ziebart

A serial killer is carving his way through the city. The task of stopping him falls to freshman superhero Lady Superior. The problem? She's the killer's true target. The corpses left behind are a case of mistaken identity, innocents caught in the crossfire of a witch hunt to find the real Lady Superior.Armed with precious few clues and only a few months' experience on the job, Lady Superior mu... read more

A serial killer is carving his way through the city. The task of stopping him falls to freshman superhero Lady Superior. The problem? She's the killer's true target. The corpses left behind are a case of mistaken identity, innocents caught in the crossfire of a witch hunt to find the real Lady Superior.Armed with precious few clues and only a few months' experience on the job, Lady Superior mu... read more

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