Jeri Walker

Jeri Walker - Editor

Nampa, ID, United States

Content and copy editor of literary fiction, mystery & thriller, LGBTQ, romance, memoir, and general nonfiction. Make every word count!

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Overview

I've assisted in bringing over seventy manuscripts to publication. Beyond the sample book titles in the portfolio below, I've collaborated on editing literature study guides for the Course Hero website, articles for Idaho Magazine and Mary Jane's Farm, as well as pdf downloads on wellness and cookbooks.

I previously worked on the editorial staff of The Idaho Review, Boise State University's literary journal. During that time, I read approximately one hundred short stories a month and assisted in copyediting stories by Ann Beattie, Edith Pearlman, Janet Peery, Joy William, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Mary O'Connell, Stephen Dixon, and Robert Boswell.

I've also taught composition at the college level and English at the secondary level. In addition to teaching language arts to ninth and tenth grade students, I also designed and implemented the curriculum for a creative writing course that included units on writing memoirs, short stories, poetry, personal essays, 10-minute plays, and children's literature.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Career Guides
Health & wellbeing
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
LGBTQ
Literature
Romance
Thriller

Certifications

  • Secondary Education, English, ESL, and Humanities

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
September, 2011 – Present (almost 7 years)

Responsible for all content and online promotions necessary to maintain and secure clients. Experienced with The Chicago Manual of Style as well as MLA, APA, and Harvard guidelines. Manuscript feedback provided via Word’s Comment and Track Changes features. Full-time since July 2015.
• Developmental editing via manuscript critiques to assess execution of literary elements
• Copy editing to ensure proper usage and sentence flow while striving to maintain the author’s voice and also creating a style sheet to help maintain consistency
• Proofreading to eliminate basic errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation
• Copywriting newsletters, press releases, author bios, web content, and jacket copy
• Organizing projects with publishers via Asana and GatherContent management system

Submissions Editor

The Idaho Review
August, 2013 – December, 2013 (4 months)

Assisted in the publication of Boise State’s literary journal. Stories published in the magazine have been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the South, and Best of the West.
• Copy edited selections for the 2014 edition
• Read approximately 100 submissions each month
• Managed author submissions via Submittable
• Contacted authors for updates to post to the journal’s website
• Researched and presented on publishing trends

English Teacher

Melba High School
August, 2005 – August, 2011 (about 6 years)

Mentored new teachers in pedagogical approaches and served as department chair. Idaho Certification: Language Arts, English as a New Language, Humanities (Expires 2019).
• Received The Idaho Governor’s Grant twice inspired a gifted and talented video club
• Selected for training in SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol)
• Excelled in planning creative lessons that incorporated instructional technology
• Designed the curriculum for a creative writing course that included units on memoirs, short stories, poetry, personal essays, 10-minute plays, and children’s literature

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Dear Stephanie

Mandi Castle

Winner of National Indie Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel. Paige Preston lives a life of luxury and opulence, but she wants to end it. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, she lands herself in mandatory therapy with a sexy psychiatrist. When he and an even more alluring friend begin to help her break down the walls she’s spent a lifetime building, Paige begins to see something bigger ... read more

Winner of National Indie Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel. Paige Preston lives a life of luxury and opulence, but she wants to end it. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, she lands herself in mandatory therapy with a sexy psychiatrist. When he and an even more alluring friend begin to help her break down the walls she’s spent a lifetime building, Paige begins to see something bigger ... read more

Missing Girls: In Truth Is Justice

Larry Crane

Marcella takes disadvantaged kids swimming.She's got drive and talent to burn.But when her daughter is snatched off the street on the way to school she's rendered powerless and scared. Worse, FBI questions expose fault lines in her marriage.Desperate for truth and justice, she takes an improbable path, entering the world of dangerous men.Through it all, she never abandons hope. Praise for Miss... read more

Marcella takes disadvantaged kids swimming.She's got drive and talent to burn.But when her daughter is snatched off the street on the way to school she's rendered powerless and scared. Worse, FBI questions expose fault lines in her marriage.Desperate for truth and justice, she takes an improbable path, entering the world of dangerous men.Through it all, she never abandons hope. Praise for Miss... read more

Girl Love Happens Series: G&T Lesbian Romance Season One

T.B. Markinson

Two college roommates are about to discover how awkward and sexy coming out can be.Colorado, 1992. Tegan entered her freshman year of college with an open mind. But when an innocent roommate back rub turns into her first girl-on-girl make-out session, she isn’t sure if she’s ready for the world to know she’s attracted to women. After a chance encounter with a hunky male classmate, Tegan’s brai... read more

Two college roommates are about to discover how awkward and sexy coming out can be.Colorado, 1992. Tegan entered her freshman year of college with an open mind. But when an innocent roommate back rub turns into her first girl-on-girl make-out session, she isn’t sure if she’s ready for the world to know she’s attracted to women. After a chance encounter with a hunky male classmate, Tegan’s brai... read more

Blue-Eyed Son

Melissa Tomlinson Romo

BERLIN, 1942. An orphan boy is adopted by a childless couple. He grows up in a divided and war-weary Germany with the legacy of a hideous crime on his conscience. More than fifty years later, his American daughter, Agnes, prepares to marry her Polish-American sweetheart. But when the wedding day comes, the father of the bride fails to appear and the groom storms away with a mysterious letter. ... read more

BERLIN, 1942. An orphan boy is adopted by a childless couple. He grows up in a divided and war-weary Germany with the legacy of a hideous crime on his conscience. More than fifty years later, his American daughter, Agnes, prepares to marry her Polish-American sweetheart. But when the wedding day comes, the father of the bride fails to appear and the groom storms away with a mysterious letter. ... read more

Shattering Time: Book 2 (Stealing Time Series)

KJ Waters

The number one best-selling thriller Stealing Time continues its “breathtakingly original” journey.Ronnie Andrews returns from eighteenth century London shell-shocked from her first terrifying time travel encounter. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey Brennan, casts doubt on her sanity leaving Ronnie wondering if she went back in time or is having a mental breakdown. To add to the tension, Hurricane Franci... read more

The number one best-selling thriller Stealing Time continues its “breathtakingly original” journey.Ronnie Andrews returns from eighteenth century London shell-shocked from her first terrifying time travel encounter. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey Brennan, casts doubt on her sanity leaving Ronnie wondering if she went back in time or is having a mental breakdown. To add to the tension, Hurricane Franci... read more

Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet

Natalie Perry

Natalie was twelve years old. After a difficult year with multiple deaths in the family, she was sitting at the kitchen table for another family meeting. “I’m gay,” her dad declared. He moved out the next day.Today there is a lot of talk about gay families, but twenty years ago in Boise, Idaho, the climate was different and her dad is a former Chief Judge of the Idaho State Court of Appeals. H... read more

Natalie was twelve years old. After a difficult year with multiple deaths in the family, she was sitting at the kitchen table for another family meeting. “I’m gay,” her dad declared. He moved out the next day.Today there is a lot of talk about gay families, but twenty years ago in Boise, Idaho, the climate was different and her dad is a former Chief Judge of the Idaho State Court of Appeals. H... read more

Conscious Love: Soulful and Intimate Connection

Maria Appelqvist

Conscious Love is a book for aspiring women and men who want to find the formula for creating thriving relationships based on soulful love and intimate connection. The book is built around interviews with eight well-known conscious couples.Conscious Love will inspire you to see that MORE is indeed available when you leap into the faith and trust that your conscious wisdom will guide you in how... read more

Conscious Love is a book for aspiring women and men who want to find the formula for creating thriving relationships based on soulful love and intimate connection. The book is built around interviews with eight well-known conscious couples.Conscious Love will inspire you to see that MORE is indeed available when you leap into the faith and trust that your conscious wisdom will guide you in how... read more

Diana’s Freelance Tips: How to Succeed on Upwork: A Winning 7-Step Formula and Some Hard Truths from a Freelance Pro

Diana Marinova

"An insider's take on how to break into the Upwork marketIf you are a freelancer hoping to break into the Upwork job market, this book will save you hours of browsing through free blog posts and forums. You might be thinking" why pay for this information when, with a little diligence, I can find this info all over the web? Here's why:1. This author has managed to build a quite successful (tran... read more

"An insider's take on how to break into the Upwork marketIf you are a freelancer hoping to break into the Upwork job market, this book will save you hours of browsing through free blog posts and forums. You might be thinking" why pay for this information when, with a little diligence, I can find this info all over the web? Here's why:1. This author has managed to build a quite successful (tran... read more

Incorporated First Strike: First Strike

Martin McConnell

Corporations will eventually make the East India Company look like a taco stand. . .Jacob Ness is in charge of protection for the CEO of SepiaCorp, one of the biggest megacorporations of the twenty-first century. Usually it's a boring job, but today, shots will be fired.The CEO is sped off to the hospital, and the investigation begins. The shooter is already dead, and a number of questions hov... read more

Corporations will eventually make the East India Company look like a taco stand. . .Jacob Ness is in charge of protection for the CEO of SepiaCorp, one of the biggest megacorporations of the twenty-first century. Usually it's a boring job, but today, shots will be fired.The CEO is sped off to the hospital, and the investigation begins. The shooter is already dead, and a number of questions hov... read more

Full Confession (No Secrets Book 2)

Julie Olsen

“This was what it was like to be in love. It was jubilation and agony and desire and sweet, sweet desperation. And now that I had felt it, I knew I couldn’t live without it.”Olivia St. Clair may be reeling from Damien Stone’s full disclosure of his shady past, but neither can escape the bond of feeling like they own each other body and soul.The billionaire’s protective alpha male tendencies co... read more

“This was what it was like to be in love. It was jubilation and agony and desire and sweet, sweet desperation. And now that I had felt it, I knew I couldn’t live without it.”Olivia St. Clair may be reeling from Damien Stone’s full disclosure of his shady past, but neither can escape the bond of feeling like they own each other body and soul.The billionaire’s protective alpha male tendencies co... read more

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