Jess Berbey

Jess Berbey - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Writer, editor, and proofreader with experience in comics. Other genres include poetry and fiction.

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Overview

I can write in any facet, and thus, can edit anything that has words. I am passionate about editing, detail-oriented and precise, a total grammar nerd, and I have plentiful experience. More so than that, I genuinely do mean it when I say I love editing and can guarantee that your work will be given the care and attention it deserves.

My most recent experience is in comic book publishing, serving as an assistant editor at the world-renowned DC Comics, where I played an editorial role in the production of titles like Batgirl, The Green Lantern Season Two, Green Lantern: Blackstars, Supergirl, Event Leviathan, and Justice League Odyssey. I also served as assistant editor for titles in the DC Imprint, Black Label, sharing my expertise on titles like Lucifer, Amethyst, Far Sector, The Last God, among many others.

Aside from comics, I have experience in fiction, news, short fiction, poetry, satire, technical writing, and legal writing. I’ve served as editor-in-chief of Re:Search, the literary criticism journal at the University of Illinois, Daytime News Editor at The Daily Illini, and assistant editor at Ninth Letter, a prominent poetry journal.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Classics
Comics & Graphic Novels
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Poetry
Short Story

Work experience

Assistant editor (contract)

DC Comics
September, 2019 – June, 2020 (9 months)

• Assist editors with the development and production of comics from conception to publication, including placement work, script formatting, giving talent feedback on pitches, art and dialogue, and submitting art to respective departments

• interact and maintain relationship with talent, particularly artists and writers, to ensure deadlines are being met and work submitted is of highest caliber

Editor-in-Chief

Re:Search, the literary criticism journal at the University of Illinois
May, 2018 – May, 2019 (about 1 year)

• Absorbed Faculty Advisor's role in managing journal staff
• Led major journal processes such as Recruitment, Peer Reviewing, Copy-Editing, Formatting, and MLA workshops
• Devised and maintained a timeline for journal deadlines and events, including presenting at the Research Symposium
• Hired and worked with graphic designer to develop promotional material, cover, and marketing strategies to appeal to prospective authors
• Reviewed journal meticulously prior to its publication to ensure formatting and structural accuracy

Daytime News Editor

The Daily Illini
March, 2017 – March, 2018 (about 1 year)

• Assigned story ideas, monitored daytime shifts, helped budget weekly ideas, and edited news articles
• Updated the online content of the paper, as well as collaborated with other editors on significant news stories
• Facilitated everyday production of News, staying alert of police blotters, campus events, and breaking news

News Writer

The Daily Illini
September, 2016 – March, 2017 (6 months)

• Researched story ideas and pitched three weekly proposals with at least three sources per proposal
• Produced factual, concise, and engaging news stories every week within tight deadlines
•Conducted and transcribed source interviews

Formatting Editor

Re:Search, the literary criticism journal at the University of Illinois
May, 2016 – May, 2018 (about 2 years)

• Produced the final layouts of the journal publication for both Online and Print
• Managed journal microsite in collaboration with University librarian
• Recruited and trained a team of undergraduates for the peer reviewing aspect of the formatting process
• Reviewed and offered commentary and edits on authors’ submissions

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The Green Lantern Season Two (2020-) #1

Morrison, Grant, Sharp, Liam, Sharp, Liam, Sharp, Liam, Oliff, Steve, Olyoptics

Supergirl (2016-) Annual #2

Venditti, Robert, Bogdanovic, Viktor, Glapion, Jonathan, Plascencia, FCO, Braga, Laura, Braga, Laura, Sotomayor, Chris

Leviathan Dawn (2020-) #1

Bendis, Brian Michael, Maleev, Alex, Maleev, Alex, Maleev, Alex, Maleev, Alex

Lucifer (2018-) #18

Watters, Dan, Turrill, Tiffany, Fiumara, Max, Fiumara, Max, McCaig, Dave

The Last God: Tales from the Book of Ages (2020-) #1 (The Last God (2019-))

Johnson, Philip Kennedy, Telfer, Dan, Carpenter, Kai, Fedderici, Riccardo, Blanco, Jared

Amethyst (2020-) #5

Reeder, Amy, Reeder, Amy, Reeder, Amy, Reeder, Amy, Reeder, Amy, Louise, Marissa

Far Sector (2019-) #6

Jemisin, N.K., Campbell, Jamal, Campbell, Jamal, Campbell, Jamal, Campbell, Jamal

The Green Lantern: Blackstars (2019-) #3

Morrison, Grant, Sharp, Liam, , Xermanico, , Xermanico, Oliff, Steve, Olyoptics

Make it a Double

McNair, Randall, Berbey, Jessica, Smith, Graye

Jess has 13 reviews

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Carolyn Fettes
Jess communicates on time and had the work done very punctually. Here editing is excellent, it was an enormous help having her detail orientated approach. She writes in a way that helps one feel that she is really interested in one's endeavours I would have no hesitation is asking her help with my next book.

Carolyn Fettes, May 2021


Andrea G
Jess is a wonderful editor. Her notes and tips helped my work (poetry) grow so much. I'm really happy and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.

Andrea G, May 2021


Kellie Brown
Jess is absolutely amazing. Extremely friendly and efficient, but her best quality is that she will push you to be better and to do better, resulting in phenomenal results.

Kellie Brown, April 2021


John Thomas
Jess, is punctual, knowledgeable and reasonable, I look forward to working with her again.

John Thomas, April 2021


Bridget Sackey-Aboagye
It was a pleasure working with Jess on my poetry manuscript! She provided helpful suggestions on the arrangement of poems, pointed out strengths of my manuscript and where revisions were needed. After providing her review comments, she reached out to inquire if I have any questions regarding her edits. Her comments improved my manuscript and I look forward to working with her again.

Bridget Sackey-Aboagye, April 2021

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