There’s a photo of me at age 4 where I’m dressed in yellow footie pajamas, have Farrah Fawcett bangs, and am seated in front of a baby blue 1970s–era Smith Corona typewriter. Looking back, it’s obvious from that photo that I was destined for a career as a writer and editor.
Fast-forward 40+ years to present day. After more than 16 years working on staff for various publishers, I recently left a senior editor position to pursue a career as a full-time editorial freelancer. I am currently seeking projects that will allow me to showcase my exceptional developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading skills for fiction and nonfiction books for both adults and children. I specialize in biographies and memoirs, historical fiction and nonfiction, creative/narrative nonfiction, crime fiction, true crime, self-help, women's fiction, and children's books for ages 8 and up.
But I didn't start out with my dream job as a book editor. I had to cut my teeth as an editorial assistant and make my way up the ranks. Even before that, I worked on the college newspaper and as an administrative assistant for an insurance agency. Those jobs along with my eclectic interests in history, sports, psychology, pop culture, music, math, and genealogy—just to name a few—have made me a better editor and shaped who I am today, personally and professionally.
I understand that you might be concerned that an editor will take away your voice and alter your manuscript until it’s completely unrecognizable to you. But that’s not my goal. I believe that the author/editor relationship is a collaborative one. I understand the hours you’ve put into writing your manuscript. I get that it’s your "baby" and an expression of your creative soul. My only goal is to improve the work you’ve already done. I can look at the text objectively, just like your readers will. And based on my extensive experience, I can offer advice on how to make it flow better, enhance the word choice, and provide suggestions to improve clarity.
No matter what type of editing you need from me, you can be assured that I will bring my “A game” to the table. I have edited nearly 200 books in my 16+ years as an editor, and I’m proficient in the Chicago Manual of Style. I can promise you that I will give your manuscript the same attention to detail and high standards of quality that I give to each project I work on. We’re on the same team, and our goal is to make your book the very best it can be.
Here's what some satisfied clients have said about my work:
“I've been a freelancer for almost 25 years and have worked with many editors, and Jennifer is easily one of the best. Her comments and queries always improved the clarity and accuracy of the text, and she knows how to tailor the content to the intended audience. She was a joy to work with, and I always looked forward to our next project together.” --Michael Burgan, freelance writer
“I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Huston in 2003. I was a first-time author at that point and in great need of an experienced editor. I could not have been happier with Jennifer’s work. I had read my manuscript multiple times, naively thinking nothing more needed to be done. Enter Jennifer. She did a phenomenal job in assisting with character development, and her developmental editing skills were exceptional. She finished her editing very quickly, and I could not have been more pleased with the final product. I have been working on another book and look forward to having Jennifer edit this one as well. She’s not only knowledgeable but a true professional!” --James Pauley Jr., co-author of Granny and the Gay Guy
“Jennifer was my editor on a middle-grade fiction novel recently. She was a smart, sharp, attentive editor who was always looking out for her authors. I absolutely loved working with her!” --Emma Carlson Berne, children's book author
Drop me a line. I look forward to discussing your project and wish you and your book all the best!
I specialize in developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, indexing, and Americanizing for fiction and nonfiction books for both adults and children. My preferred genres are (in no particular order): historical fiction, fictional biographies, crime fiction, roman à clef, realistic fiction, and young adult, biographies, memoirs, historical nonfiction, creative or narrative nonfiction (i.e., nonfiction that reads like fiction), true crime, and self-help.
Although I identify more as an editor than a writer, I have had the opportunity to write a handful of books during my career, including U2: Changing the World Through Rock ’n’ Roll; Latino Legends of Baseball; Kids Ask Who?; Kids Ask Why?; and selected stories from For the Love of the Chicago Cubs.
* Oversaw all editorial aspects for 10–30 fiction and nonfiction products per year for the K–8 library and classroom markets on topics such as history, math, social studies, current events, and pop culture
* Researched topics and hired quality authors, content consultants, and other experts to publish accurate, attractive, age-appropriate materials
* Led creative teams to make sure projects stayed on track and within budget
* Collaborated with designers and photo researchers on the layout and design of books
* Developmentally edited manuscripts to enhance readability, flow, structure, and organization
* Copy edited text to polish the words on the page and improve word choice, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and style inconsistencies
* Proofread final page proofs for colleagues’ books
* Wrote captions, back cover copy, and sales, marketing, and metadata copy
* Created indexes and style sheets
* Fact-checked data as needed
* Americanized foreign text
* Drafted additional text and rewrites as necessary
* Mentored junior editors, supervised their work, performed approval reads/peer reviews
* Worked closely with colleagues in the UK to produce quality materials for the U.S. and UK markets
* Collaborated with the Smithsonian Institute on several books, as well as outside packagers/developers
* Edited and proofread English and math textbooks and supplementary materials, ensuring compliance with state curriculum standards
* Managed nonfiction texts from conception to completion while routinely meeting tight deadlines
* Developmentally edited and copy edited manuscripts
* Fact-checked content as needed
* Wrote captions, back cover copy, and catalog copy
* Rewrote manuscripts as needed
* Created indexes
* Performed final proofreads for books edited by colleagues
* Edited and proofread K–12 textbooks and supplementary materials, ensuring accuracy and
* Correlated products to state curriculum standards
* Collaborated with authors and experts to publish educational materials for children (PreK–Grade 8)
* Developmentally edited, copy edited, and proofread material
* Wrote captions and back cover copy
* Rewrote manuscripts as needed
Historian Theodore White called it "the most dangerous, terrifying, barbarous aerial transport run in the world … the skyway to Hell." Life Magazine called it “the most dangerous non-combat flying in the war, the world’s worst weather over the world’s highest mountains.” Both of these statements are referring to the Hump, which was a perilous 500-mile flight path across the eastern Himalayan M... read more
Sure, Chicago Cubs history is filled with heartache - the team s nickname is, after all, the Lovable Losers, gained from a century-plus-long championship drought. But ask any Bleacher Bum or die-hard Cubs fan and you ll be told that despite all of the losing, the journey has been a lot of fun. For the Love of the Chicago Cubs is all about that ride. Published for the browser, the book is jam-p... read more
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Ivar is tired of sitting on the sidelines making sails while other men experience adventure on the high seas. He decides to take matters into his own hands and stows away on Leif Erikson's ship. Find out what adventures await Ivar and Leif on their expedition to explore new lands.
In today's uncertain world, many families are leaving their home countries and seeking a better life in the United States. Immigrants from Mexico and Central America explores the stories of two boys who left their home countries to find a better life in the United States. Follow their journeys to find out why they left their homelands and understand the challenges they faced in moving to a new... read more
Follow the development of skyscrapers, as they have grown taller and taller, and more fantastical through engineering skill, design and ambition.
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Throughout the 1850s, the issues of slavery and states' rights had divided the nation. With the election of 1860, these issues finally came to a head, setting the stage for the American Civil War. Compelling, action-packed text, vivid sensory details, and primary source quotes bring the story to life so that readers feel as if they were actually alive during the historical event.
This 272-page, 1-color book will answer your burning questions about ghosts...you know, the ones you've been dying to ask but were too afraid to.Haunted America carefully blends historical facts with terrifying tales of true hauntings, strange stories of unexplained events, and bizarre bits of paranormal phenomena that are sure to make a believer out of the staunchest skeptics.Learn how the te... read more
The Armchair Reader series entertains and enlightens with little-known anecdotes, untold stories, and fascinating facts that make even the mundane fun. The Armchair Reader's innovative approach and witty style will capture the interest of all readers.Believe in them or not, ghosts are all around us. Just check your local cable listings and you'll find a plethora of programs designed to spook, ... read more
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It's 1942 - the middle of World War II - and Elephant Bill, his Elephant Company, and a group of refugees are in danger of being captured by the invading Japanese. They must flee their work camp in Burma as soon as possible to keep ahead of the enemy. Bandoola, Elephant Bill's favourite elephant leads the way. On their way to safety in India, they face many dangers through the jungle and acros... read more
After a 10-year-old boy is stricken with polio, he must wear braces on his legs and walks with a limp. He becomes sad and depressed because he can no longer participate in the activities that used to bring him joy. On top of that, bullies pick on him and make fun of him because of his disability. But when the boy learns that Franklin Delano Roosevelt also has polio and yet he is running for pr... read more
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