Jesse Hassenger

Jesse Hassenger – Editor

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


I’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!
Education & Reference Entertainment History
Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime
English (US)

Work experience

Paste Magazine

Oct, 2022 — Present

In my contracted freelance editorial role at Paste, I regularly edit film reviews and essays from two other freelancers, usually around six pieces per month, while also contributing my own reviews and essays to this pop-culture site.

Bedford/St. Martin's (Macmillan Higher Education)

Aug, 2011 — Jun, 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.

McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Dec, 2003 — Jul, 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.

Jesse has 18 reviews





Erik S.

Erik S.

Jan, 2024

Provide great editing services. Delivered on top and was very professional. I would hire him again in a minute.
Robert M.

Robert M.

Nov, 2023

He met our deadline and definitely helped with the developmental editing of the book.
Sean D.

Sean D.

Aug, 2023

Very responsive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Jesse H.
Thanks, Sean! You were a pleasure to work with!
Slawomir S.

Slawomir S.

Jan, 2023

Jesse did a great job, even far beyond what we’ve agreed. Very professional work, clear and understandable comments, fair criticism. Highly recommended!


Sep, 2022

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!

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