Jesse Hassenger

Jesse Hassenger - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor-writer with 17 years of experience in educational publishing (Bedford/St. Martin's; McGraw-Hill), culture writing, and fiction.

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Iā€™m an experienced editor and writer looking for opportunities to use my command of the written word, project management experience, and deadline-oriented efficiency to create content that attracts and engages hard-to-reach audiences. I've worked extensively on textbooks in the humanities, but I also have experience as a reader for a prominent literary magazine, an editor of my own pop culture website, and a writer for plenty of other outlets, including The A.V. Club, Nylon, Polygon, The Week, The Verge, and more.

Educational titles I've edited during my nine years at Bedford include the upcoming Patterns for College Writing 15e, Practical Argument 4e, Arguing about Literature 3e, Practical Strategies for Technical Communication 3e, The Film Experience 4e and 5e, Media & Culture 9e and 10e, Media Essentials 2e and 3e, Media in Society 1e, Filmmaking in Action 1e, Speak Up! 4e, Communication and You 1e, News Reporting and Writing 11e, and Intelligence: A Bedford Spotlight Reader.

I can help you make your content better!
English (US)
Coming of Age
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Education & Reference

Work experience

Senior Editor

Bedford/St. Martin's (Macmillan Higher Education)
August, 2011 – June, 2020 (almost 9 years)

Managed editorial teams of authors, assistants, and freelancers to develop, structure, and schedule revision and first-edition manuscripts, launching 45 products representing approximately $12 million in revenue. Disciplines included mass communication, film, composition, literature, technical communication, journalism, and public speaking.

Editorial Coordinator

McGraw-Hill Higher Education
December, 2003 – July, 2011 (over 7 years)

Developed, managed, and launched online content for 8-10 English titles annually. Titles as development editor included The Short Prose Reader, English Essentials, and the Connect Reading digital learning project.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Patterns for College Writing

Kirszner, Laurie G., Mandell, Stephen

Arguing About Literature: A Guide and Reader

Schilb, John, Clifford, John

The Film Experience

Corrigan, Timothy, White, Patricia

Media Essentials: A Brief Introduction

Campbell, Richard, Martin, Christopher R., Fabos, Bettina

Media & Culture: Mass Communication in a Digital Age

Campbell, Richard, Martin, Christopher R., Fabos, Bettina

Media in Society: A Brief Introduction

Campbell, Richard, Jensen, Joli, Gomery, Douglas, Fabos, Bettina, Frechette, Julie

Communication and You: An Introduction

O'Hair, Dan, Wiemann, Mary

The Short Prose Reader

Muller, Gilbert, Wiener, Harvey

The Film Experience: An Introduction

Corrigan, Timothy, White, Patricia


Barrios, Barclay

Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology

Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell

Jesse has 14 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

It was a pleasure to work with Jesse! He is encouraging, raises relevant questions, and is an excellent line editor. All of that for an affordable price! His contributions, without a doubt, allow for the betterment of the book. Highly recommend and would hire again!

JBS JBS, September 2022

Jonathan Fenton
Overall, Jesse provided excellent advice on editing my story

Jonathan Fenton, July 2022

Donald Sung
I am very please with Jesse's quality of work and punctuality. He does a great job in proofreading with valuable feedbacks. His performance is beyond my expectation. I will recommend him to people who need similar professional services. Donald Sung

Donald Sung, June 2022

Frederick Wentz
Jesse did an excellent job proofreading and editing my workbook. His expertise greatly enhanced the overall workbook quality. He is very honest and definitely does not charge enough for his service.

Frederick Wentz, June 2022

Michael Rogers
Jesse is a real pro with a sense of humor, and patience as well! He copyedited my manuscript and then proofread the galleys before printing. I'm a decent copyeditor myself, and figured the manuscript was almost good to go, but Jesses paid close attention to every detail and also corrected bits of language that were confusing or problematic. Highly recommended!

Michael Rogers, February 2022

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