Jennifer Cappello

Jennifer Cappello - Editor

Harrisburg, PA, USA

First and foremost, I am a bibliophile. My professional and personal goals are the same: To live my life surrounded by good books.

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Overview

I am a professional book editor; freelance book editor, proofreader, and writer; logophile; bibliophile; wordsmith; wife; and mom.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • MFA creative writing; publishing certificate

Awards

  • Runner-up Best Fiction Thesis, Chatham University 2013

Work experience

Editor, Proofreader, Writer

Self-employed
February, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

Using my 10+ years of experience as the managing editor for an independent press, I have recently launched my personal freelance editing, proofreading, and writing business. At my “day job,” I have edited 75+ full-length manuscripts for successful publication. I have edited in all genres within fiction and nonfiction categories, and I have worked with veteran authors and first-timers alike. I am excited to bring my professional publishing experience into my new freelance endeavor, and I look forward to working with you!

Senior Editor

Sunbury Press
January, 2011 – Present (over 11 years)

At Sunbury Press, I liaise with new and established authors, as well as with publicists, cover artists, book designers, agents, marketers, social media directors, bloggers, reviewers, interns, bookstores, distributors, and writing communities. I perform all tasks in the book editing process—including preliminary review, developmental/content edits, line edits, proofs, and extraneous editing for supplementary documents.

(NOTE: The Portfolio section contains just a small sampling of the 75+ books I’ve professionally edited and/or proofread for Sunbury Press and its imprints throughout my publishing career.)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Shadows in the Shining City (Anthems of Al-andalus)

John D. Cressler

The Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the ... read more

The Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the ... read more

Fortune's Lament (Anthems of al-Andalus) (Volume 3)

John D Cressler

Much of modern Spain was under Muslim control for nearly 800 years (from 711 to 1492 C.E.). Medieval Islamic Spain was deeply influential in world history, for a multitude of reasons, including the rediscovery, translation, and dissemination of the lost works of medicine, science, and philosophy of the ancient Greeks. The Muslim Umayyads (with roots tracing back to Syria), were lovers of books... read more

Much of modern Spain was under Muslim control for nearly 800 years (from 711 to 1492 C.E.). Medieval Islamic Spain was deeply influential in world history, for a multitude of reasons, including the rediscovery, translation, and dissemination of the lost works of medicine, science, and philosophy of the ancient Greeks. The Muslim Umayyads (with roots tracing back to Syria), were lovers of books... read more

Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last: Second Edition

Mike Campbell

Nearly everything the American public has seen, read and heard in the media for nearly eighty years about the so-called Amelia Earhart mystery is intentionally false or inadvertently misleading. The widely accepted myth that the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan during their ill-fated world-flight attempt in July 1937 is among the greatest aviation mysteries of the 20th century i... read more

Nearly everything the American public has seen, read and heard in the media for nearly eighty years about the so-called Amelia Earhart mystery is intentionally false or inadvertently misleading. The widely accepted myth that the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan during their ill-fated world-flight attempt in July 1937 is among the greatest aviation mysteries of the 20th century i... read more

Dead of Spring (Alexa Williams)

Sherry Knowlton

Fracking. Political corruption. A dead Senator. A dying child.With Sherry Knowlton's trademark mix of feminism, history, romance andfast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring places Alexa Williams on a collisioncourse with danger. Hang on for the ride.* 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist - Fiction: Mystery/Suspense Category When a beloved state senator plunges to his death at Alexa Williams' feet in the C... read more

Fracking. Political corruption. A dead Senator. A dying child.With Sherry Knowlton's trademark mix of feminism, history, romance andfast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring places Alexa Williams on a collisioncourse with danger. Hang on for the ride.* 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist - Fiction: Mystery/Suspense Category When a beloved state senator plunges to his death at Alexa Williams' feet in the C... read more

Dead of Autumn (Alexa Williams)

Sherry Knowlton

The Alexa Williams novel that started it all. An ethereal blonde sprawled by a mountain stream. Three young girls on a blanket in the woods. Decades separate the discovery of these dead bodies, but the lesson they offer is the same. Evil can lurk much closer than you'd ever imagine. Alexa Williams is a successful lawyer, volunteers weekly at a women's clinic, and has a sexy weekend boyfriend--... read more

The Alexa Williams novel that started it all. An ethereal blonde sprawled by a mountain stream. Three young girls on a blanket in the woods. Decades separate the discovery of these dead bodies, but the lesson they offer is the same. Evil can lurk much closer than you'd ever imagine. Alexa Williams is a successful lawyer, volunteers weekly at a women's clinic, and has a sexy weekend boyfriend--... read more

Dead of Summer

Sherry Knowlton

"Alexa Williams is a sassy, alpha-female heroine. The plot is knotty,lots of will she or won't she, all woven into an intense battle of witsthat heats up every page." - Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 International Bestselling Author * 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist - Fiction: Mystery/Suspense Category* In a tale of suspense that travels from Southcentral Pennsylvania to Africa to the iconi... read more

"Alexa Williams is a sassy, alpha-female heroine. The plot is knotty,lots of will she or won't she, all woven into an intense battle of witsthat heats up every page." - Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 International Bestselling Author * 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist - Fiction: Mystery/Suspense Category* In a tale of suspense that travels from Southcentral Pennsylvania to Africa to the iconi... read more

Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal

Brad Bumsted

Once again, a crime wave swept through Pennsylvania state government. During a 17-month period from early 2015 through mid-2016, a sitting state treasurer, and a former state treasurer, both statewide elected officials who were guardians of taxpayers' money, were charged with crimes, as was an ex-Governor's chief of staff and the attorney general, the state's chief law enforcement officer. It ... read more

Once again, a crime wave swept through Pennsylvania state government. During a 17-month period from early 2015 through mid-2016, a sitting state treasurer, and a former state treasurer, both statewide elected officials who were guardians of taxpayers' money, were charged with crimes, as was an ex-Governor's chief of staff and the attorney general, the state's chief law enforcement officer. It ... read more

A Year of Change and Consequences

Mark Singel

1993: A Year of Change and Consequences Mark Singel, a Johnstown native and Penn State graduate, won election as Lieutenant Governor in 1986 as Robert Casey's running mate. In 1993, Governor Casey was stricken with Appalachian familial amyloidosis, a rare and usually fatal liver disorder. The governor required multiple organ transplants, which was still experimental at that time. While the gov... read more

1993: A Year of Change and Consequences Mark Singel, a Johnstown native and Penn State graduate, won election as Lieutenant Governor in 1986 as Robert Casey's running mate. In 1993, Governor Casey was stricken with Appalachian familial amyloidosis, a rare and usually fatal liver disorder. The governor required multiple organ transplants, which was still experimental at that time. While the gov... read more

Of Guilt and Innocence

John Scanlan

The abduction of five-year-old Ashley Wooten from her own front yard rattles everyone in the quiet, upscale community of Boca Raton to their core, but no one more so than the little girl's father, Tom Wooten. As the grieving father and successful businessman becomes desperately entrenched in the stalled investigation into her disappearance, he will be forced to reveal secrets from his past, at... read more

The abduction of five-year-old Ashley Wooten from her own front yard rattles everyone in the quiet, upscale community of Boca Raton to their core, but no one more so than the little girl's father, Tom Wooten. As the grieving father and successful businessman becomes desperately entrenched in the stalled investigation into her disappearance, he will be forced to reveal secrets from his past, at... read more

The Lurking Man (Thanatology Book 2)

Keith Rommel

Please note:The first four books in the Thanatology Series can be read in any order. It's recommended the first four books are read before moving on to books five and six as they begin to tie the universe together and reference prior books. .NOW A MOTION PICTURE STREAMING ON AMAZON TV! Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there... read more

Please note:The first four books in the Thanatology Series can be read in any order. It's recommended the first four books are read before moving on to books five and six as they begin to tie the universe together and reference prior books. .NOW A MOTION PICTURE STREAMING ON AMAZON TV! Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there... read more

The Sinful Man (Thanatology Book 3)

Keith Rommel

Please note:The first four books in the Thanatology Series can be read in any order. It's recommended the first four books are read before moving on to books five and six as they begin to tie the universe together and reference prior books. Headaches. Hunger. Pain.Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That's not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but ... read more

Please note:The first four books in the Thanatology Series can be read in any order. It's recommended the first four books are read before moving on to books five and six as they begin to tie the universe together and reference prior books. Headaches. Hunger. Pain.Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That's not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but ... read more

The Ripper's Haunts

Michael L Hawley

Hidden from history for over a century, the name of Scotland Yard's key suspect in the mysterious Jack the Ripper murders was rediscovered in 1993. He was arrested, jumped bail, sneaked out of England--and then the murders stopped. Tracing his footsteps through Victorian London has revealed haunting finds. A macabre wax museum operated just yards away from the first vicious attack, in which th... read more

Hidden from history for over a century, the name of Scotland Yard's key suspect in the mysterious Jack the Ripper murders was rediscovered in 1993. He was arrested, jumped bail, sneaked out of England--and then the murders stopped. Tracing his footsteps through Victorian London has revealed haunting finds. A macabre wax museum operated just yards away from the first vicious attack, in which th... read more

Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety

Michael L. Hawley

Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety highlights the most recent groundbreaking discoveries concerning one of Scotland Yard’s top Jack the Ripper suspects in the 1888 Whitechapel Murders Investigation, Dr. Francis Tumblety. Among the discoveries is over 700 pages of never-seen-before sworn testimonies revealing not only a picture of an antisocial narcissist with a single-minded lifelong... read more

Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety highlights the most recent groundbreaking discoveries concerning one of Scotland Yard’s top Jack the Ripper suspects in the 1888 Whitechapel Murders Investigation, Dr. Francis Tumblety. Among the discoveries is over 700 pages of never-seen-before sworn testimonies revealing not only a picture of an antisocial narcissist with a single-minded lifelong... read more

Jesus the Phoenician

Karim El Koussa

Could it be possible that Jesus was not Jewish? What would that mean to the faithful? Jesus the Phoenician exposes, among other unprecedented certitudes, the origin of the Jewish faith and the true hidden identity of Jesus Christ. Though the author claims no theological degree, as a Christian and a writer he has read and researched extensively and compiled a sound, compelling argument that the... read more

Could it be possible that Jesus was not Jewish? What would that mean to the faithful? Jesus the Phoenician exposes, among other unprecedented certitudes, the origin of the Jewish faith and the true hidden identity of Jesus Christ. Though the author claims no theological degree, as a Christian and a writer he has read and researched extensively and compiled a sound, compelling argument that the... read more

A Short Season: Faith, Family, and a Boy's Love for Baseball

G David Bohner, Jake Gronsky

No parent is ever ready for a terminal diagnosis of their child. No mother should see the day where turning off your son's ventilator is the only option to end his pain. And no grandfather should see the day when your grandchild is scheduled to die in his mother's arms. But on September 10, 2005, this was the harsh reality facing our family, and this was the day we’d never forget. I am no past... read more

No parent is ever ready for a terminal diagnosis of their child. No mother should see the day where turning off your son's ventilator is the only option to end his pain. And no grandfather should see the day when your grandchild is scheduled to die in his mother's arms. But on September 10, 2005, this was the harsh reality facing our family, and this was the day we’d never forget. I am no past... read more

Atonement

Kyle Alexander Romines

In the years following the Civil War, lawlessness and corruption reign across the United States and its territories. The West is the most dangerous place of all. When a deadly gang overruns the small community of Casper, Wyoming, the townspeople find themselves forced to live in constant fear. Then a stranger named Christian wanders into town with nothing but a horse and a pair of pistols to h... read more

In the years following the Civil War, lawlessness and corruption reign across the United States and its territories. The West is the most dangerous place of all. When a deadly gang overruns the small community of Casper, Wyoming, the townspeople find themselves forced to live in constant fear. Then a stranger named Christian wanders into town with nothing but a horse and a pair of pistols to h... read more

The Keeper of the Crows

Kyle Alexander Romines

No evil can remain buried forever, as disgraced journalist Thomas Brooks discovers when a wave of death grips the rural Kentucky town of Gray Hollow in terror. Following a very public humiliation, Thomas is looking for a story to get him back on the map—and free of the small town newspaper where he serves out his exile. The apparent murder of a stranger seems to be just what the opportunistic ... read more

No evil can remain buried forever, as disgraced journalist Thomas Brooks discovers when a wave of death grips the rural Kentucky town of Gray Hollow in terror. Following a very public humiliation, Thomas is looking for a story to get him back on the map—and free of the small town newspaper where he serves out his exile. The apparent murder of a stranger seems to be just what the opportunistic ... read more

Jennifer has 7 reviews

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Lioness Books
Jennifer was great!

Lioness Books, May 2022

Jennifer Cappello
Elana is formidable in the best way! (The third definition: "tending to inspire awe or wonder; impressive.") She's a decisive, confident author with a clear vision, drive, and laser focus on produc...
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Colm O'Reilly
Fantastic! Jen was incredibly thorough in her review which helped amazingly. What really impressed me was her comments and suggestions, which showed she read the material with the intent to understand what I was trying to say. I've never been so happy to see so many red marks on anything I've written before!!!

Colm O'Reilly, April 2022

Jennifer Cappello
Colm! Thanks for letting me dig into your manuscript. I appreciate your willingness to push a little deeper into the revision. Your book is great--I wish you the best of luck with your endeavors!

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Tammy Fleishman
This was my first time ever to work with an editor so I have no experience to compare it to. However, Jennifer was thoughtful, insightful, helpful and she challenged me. She definitely guided me to make my book a better version of the original manuscript.

Tammy Fleishman, February 2022

Jennifer Cappello
Tammy was an excellent client. She was enthusiastic, communicative, patient, and invested in her work. I would gladly work with her again.

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Olivia Barnard
I had the chance to work with Jennifer to publish my first book, Find Your Colors: Building a passion-driven business. I am so grateful I made that choice. Jennifer is excellent. She elevated my manuscript to the next level and maintained my style of communication throughout. In particular, I had introduced a theme of colors at the beginning of my book, and Jennifer helped me carry that theme t...
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Olivia Barnard, February 2022

Jennifer Cappello
Olivia is a fantastic client. She is as enthusiastic about the subject of her work as she is about honing her writing skills. She has an amazing spirit and personality, which come through in her bo...
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Paul Thomas
Jennifer is an absolute Godsend. She took on an undesirable timeline and a manuscript that still needed much love and she doctored it to a clean bill of health. Jennifer has a keen eye that ensures a coherent narrative and precise use of the English language. I could not have found a better person to proofread my manuscript.

Paul Thomas, November 2021

Jennifer Cappello
Paul, thank you for being straightforward with your tight timeline; this helped me to meet your expectations of a quick turnaround. I appreciate your kind review. It was a pleasure working with you!

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