Jess Harriton

Jess Harriton – Editor

Passionate developmental editor at Rebel Girls. Formerly at PRH & Disney Books. Lover of YA, MG, Women's Fiction, and Thrillers

Overview

I'm passionate about great storytelling and have ten years of experience editing YA novels, including instant bestseller, THEY WISH THEY WERE US by Cosmopolitan Op-ed Editor Jessica Goodman, A TASTE FOR LOVE by Jennifer Yen, the acclaimed WAR GIRLS by Tochi Onyebuchi, THE SECOND LIFE OF AVA RIVERS, which received three starred reviews, THE WIDE STARLIGHT by Nicole Lesperance, SCREEN QUEENS by Lori Goldstein, THE HAUNTED by Danielle Vega, and many more.


When I'm not reading, writing, or escaping into nature, I can be found wandering around a bookstore, running in the park, or trying out a new recipe in my tiny Brooklyn kitchen.


Testimonials:

"My editor, Jess H., is a gift to writers and a storytelling wizard. She saw what this book *could* be and helped make it so much richer, deeper, and more meaningful. I am in awe of her skill and generosity."--Jessica Goodman, bestselling author of THEY WISH THEY WERE US and the forthcoming THEY'LL NEVER CATCH US


"I have been lucky to find my editor, Jessica H. Thank you for your constant support, encouragement, and sharp editorial eye."--Lori Goldstein, author of SCREEN QUEENS and SOURCES SAY


"Jess. My editor. My superhero. Do people know about all your powers? You turned my story into a book. I'm beyond lucky to have gotten to work with you."--Sorboni Banerjee, author of HIDE WITH ME


"This book has benefitted immensely from Jessica H's brilliant notes."--Danielle Vega, author of THE HAUNTED and THE UNLEASHED

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Romance Middle Grade Romantic Comedy Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Rebel Girls

Dec, 2021 — Present

Penguin Random House

Apr, 2019 — Nov, 2020 (over 1 year)

Acquired and edited high-profile titles including instant bestseller THEY WISH THEY WERE US by op-ed editor at Cosmopolitan Jessica Goodman, which is currently in development with Sydney Sweeney of HBO's "Euphoria" to become a TV series, A TASTE FOR LOVE by Jennifer Yen, the acclaimed WAR GIRLS by Tochi Onyebuchi, THE HAUNTED and THE UNLEASHED by Danielle Vega, THE WIDE STARLIGHT by Nicole Lesperance, and many more.

Penguin Random House

Feb, 2017 — Apr, 2019 (about 2 years)

As an Assistant Editor, I co-edited Tochi Onyebuchi’s acclaimed Beasts Made of Night series, The Valiant series by Lesley Livingston, The Merciless series by Danielle Vega, and THE SECOND LIFE OF AVA RIVERS by Faith Gardner, which received three starred reviews. I also developed and edited IP projects, such as SCREEN QUEENS by Lori Goldstein.

Disney Books

Feb, 2014 — May, 2015 (about 1 year)

Provided extensive editorial notes on several high-profile titles including the #1 New York Times Bestselling ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz and the New York Times bestselling PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken.

Portfolio

The Wide Starlight

Lesperance, Nicole

They'll Never Catch Us

Goodman, Jessica

They Wish They Were Us

Goodman, Jessica

War Girls

Onyebuchi, Tochi

The Haunted

Vega, Danielle

Screen Queens

Goldstein, Lori

A Taste for Love

Yen, Jennifer

Jess has 1 review

Professionalism

Quality

Value

Responsiveness

Lisa T.

Lisa T.

May, 2023

As a first-time writer, I was hesitant to invest in a development editor. But the feedback that Jess provided was thoughtful, valid, and actionable. She provided great ideas on how to improve the plot, pacing, and characters. She also outlined a beat sheet/roadmap for my story that I found to be incredibly helpful. With the direction and supportive guidance she provided, I am excited to wor...
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