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 9 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Han Nee Chong
Jesse is amazing to work with - he is quick to respond to messages, meets deadlines, and is very professional. In addition to the edits, he provided thoughtful comments that helped me clarify my thoughts. Thank you, Jesse!

Han Nee Chong, September 2021

Jesse Hassenger
Thank you, Han Nee! You're a pleasure to work with!

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Kenyon Johnson
I was told not to employ 3rd party services and although there were many things that were good about the service initially, I found myself doing more work from the middle of the story to the end and that includes both copyediting and reading even after expecting my job to be made easier. There were times where phrases weren't cleaned well and words meant to be replaced, sometimes weren't delete...
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Kenyon Johnson, September 2021

Jesse Hassenger
To my eyes, both I (the proofreader for this project) and the copyeditor (who I don't know and did a lot of work on this project before I did my read) made this manuscript cleaner and clearer on a ...
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Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley, September 2021

Cornelius Peter
Jesse did a great job proofreading my novel. He was thorough, accurate, and worked quickly. I would gladly recommend his services.

Cornelius Peter, August 2021

Paul Savuto
Jesse provided what I needed, straight forward feedback on what I had written.

Paul Savuto, June 2021

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