Jenny Alton

Jenny Alton - Editor

San Diego, CA, USA

I'm a versatile editor with a passion for literary fiction (novels and short stories!) and genre-defying, curious nonfiction.

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Jennifer Alton is a book editor with over five years of experience at one of the largest independent publishers in the US. Her books have been lauded by major outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR.

She’s interested in literary fiction that combines innovative language with an energetic, character driven plot. She is always looking for deeply researched, story-forward nonfiction that can hold its own amid our frenetic news cycle.

Her acquisitions include the forthcoming NUCLEAR FAMILY by Joseph Han, THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES by Devi S. Laskar, THE NATURAL MOTHER OF THE CHILD by Krys Malcolm Belc, THE CRIME WITHOUT A NAME by Barrett Holmes Pitner, and NONE BUT THE RIGHTEOUS by Chantal James. She has also edited OLD IN ART SCHOOL by Nell Painter, and BODIES ON THE LINE by Lauren Rankin, among others.

She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine 2011-2013) and holds an MFA from San Francisco State University.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Romantic Comedy
Short Story

Work experience

Contributing Editor

Counterpoint Press
February, 2022 – Present (6 months)

Associate Editor

Counterpoint Press
May, 2021 – February, 2022 (9 months)

Assistant Editor

Counterpoint Press
November, 2017 – May, 2021 (over 3 years)

Editorial Assistant

Counterpoint Press
September, 2016 – November, 2017 (about 1 year)

Editorial/Publicity/Production Intern

Counterpoint Press
May, 2016 – September, 2016 (4 months)

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Out of Esau: A Novel

Webster Hein, Michelle

The Disaster Tourist: A Novel

Ko-eun, Yun, Buehler, Lizzie

Hard Mouth: A Novel

Goldblatt, Amanda

Picnic In the Ruins

Petersen, Todd Robert

Inhabitation: A Novel

Miyamoto, Teru, Thomas, Roger K.

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