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Jessica Hatch

Jessica Hatch - Editor

Jacksonville, United States

Freelance editor Jessica Hatch has always been drawn to telling stories and telling stories well.

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Reviews (11)

Jessica Hatch offers enthusiastic, professional work that is grounded in solid foundational experience from prestigious literary agencies and publishing houses such as Writers House and St. Martin's Press.

Jessica strives to improve upon her client's manuscript, while maintaining the author's inherent voice and purpose for the project. With experience editing everything from memoir to cookbooks, from fantasy to literary fiction, she has had many happy clients.

Interested in becoming a satisfied customer? Contact Jessica to get started.

*** Here's what other authors have said about Jessica's editorial insights. ***

"I can’t say enough about my collaboration with Jessica. From our initial proposal discussions all the way through to the completed copyedit and beyond, she was absolutely marvelous: professional, enthusiastic, and just all around amazing. She was quick to respond to any messages I sent and I always felt she was available if I needed her. As a new author, she has been endlessly patient and flexible with me, providing the perfect mix of critique and encouragement throughout our collaboration. I know she made my manuscript better and I would recommend her to any writer at any level in a heartbeat." — Sarah Holz, Author of THE GOD'S WIFE

“I heartily recommend my editor, Jessica Hatch. Her prices are great, but it’s her personal service that you will love most.” — Kay Dew Shostak, Author of Chancey Book Series

“Jessica and I had an extensive conversation at the beginning of the editorial process and she encouraged me to talk about my manuscript’s strengths, the goals I had as an author, and the problems I was still encountering with WILDER. I appreciated her ability to not only listen to and address my concerns but also to communicate solutions that both made perfect sense to me and were aligned with the market. Jessica’s concrete and specific notes within the manuscript, her insightful editorial report, and each of our conversations gave me the confidence and understanding I need to do what I’m now sure will be my final revision. I’m thrilled with my experience.” — Traci O. Connor, Represented by Victoria Sanders & Associates

“After using two freelance editors in New York I got lucky and found Jessica. She made me feel as if she was invested in getting the project right. Her critique was not overly dogmatic, nor was it tepid. After her initial feedback my mind was open to new ideas, ideas that were well considered and beneficial to the project. Jessica maintains a high standard of professionalism and is easy to work with. Her experience and approach to a manuscript will definitely help add that polish you’re looking for. I would highly recommend working with her.”
— Paul Smit, Author of CALLIAH: LIFE IN THE MAZE

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing LGBTQ (non fiction) Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction LGBTQ Literature Women's Fiction

Awards

  • Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Short Short Fiction Award
  • Accepted into Teen Ink London Writing Program, 2007

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
June, 2013 – Present (almost 5 years)

Publicity

St. Martin's Press
March, 2013 – December, 2013 (9 months)

Secured national print, radio, and online publicity for clients on NPR's All Things Considered, in Real Simple Magazine, Publishers Weekly's "Soapbox" column, and Riffle Books.
Successfully managed 15 simultaneous publicity campaigns in the fall 2013 season.
Proficient use of CisionPoint; LexisNexis; Tracx social analytics software; Concur Solutions travel and expense management software.
Supporting authors throughout the publicity process with regular communication and weekly publicity status updates.
Often praised for "going the extra mile," "impressive levels of organizational work."

Agency Assistant

Fox Literary LLC
November, 2012 – February, 2013 (4 months)

Agency Intern

Writers House
May, 2011 – January, 2012 (8 months)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Huntress

A.E. Radley

Amy is stuck in a rut. After graduating, she never left her temporary job at the motorway service station. Daily visits from a mysterious woman are the highlight of her days. Until one day, when the mystery woman vanishes.Amy investigates the disappearance and makes a shocking discovery. Suddenly, she’s being framed and no-nonsense Claudia McAllister is being sent to arrest her. Will Amy’s uni... read more

Amy is stuck in a rut. After graduating, she never left her temporary job at the motorway service station. Daily visits from a mysterious woman are the highlight of her days. Until one day, when the mystery woman vanishes.Amy investigates the disappearance and makes a shocking discovery. Suddenly, she’s being framed and no-nonsense Claudia McAllister is being sent to arrest her. Will Amy’s uni... read more

The Gondola Maker

Laura Morelli

Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital Award IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book National Indie Excellence Award Finalist Eric Hoffer Award Finalist Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venic... read more

Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital Award IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book National Indie Excellence Award Finalist Eric Hoffer Award Finalist Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venic... read more

Come Dancing (The Jack and Julia Series Book 1)

Leslie Wells

Julia is a book-loving publisher’s assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star. “Opposites attract” is an understatement.“This is a 5 star series... I loved the chemistry between Jack and Julia.”—The Book Enthusiast“Like a well-oiled machine or a well-tuned guitar, Julia and friends work their way into your heart.”—Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers “Once you start, you are completely unabl... read more

Julia is a book-loving publisher’s assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star. “Opposites attract” is an understatement.“This is a 5 star series... I loved the chemistry between Jack and Julia.”—The Book Enthusiast“Like a well-oiled machine or a well-tuned guitar, Julia and friends work their way into your heart.”—Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers “Once you start, you are completely unabl... read more

Keep Dancing (The Jack and Julia Series Book 2)

Leslie Wells

Julia is a young book editor on the rise. Jack is a British rock star at the pinnacle of his fame. Can they both get what they want—when what they need threatens to tear them apart?"This is a 5 star series...I loved the chemistry between Jack and Julia."--The Book Enthusiast"As external forces do their best to force this unusual couple apart, Jack and Julia will need to decide if they should k... read more

Julia is a young book editor on the rise. Jack is a British rock star at the pinnacle of his fame. Can they both get what they want—when what they need threatens to tear them apart?"This is a 5 star series...I loved the chemistry between Jack and Julia."--The Book Enthusiast"As external forces do their best to force this unusual couple apart, Jack and Julia will need to decide if they should k... read more

Beyond the Pale Motel

Francesca Lia Block

Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend Bree are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they've always wanted. But when Catt's husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Holl... read more

Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend Bree are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they've always wanted. But when Catt's husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Holl... read more

The Shredded Chef: 120 Recipes for Building Muscle, Getting Lean, and Staying Healthy (Second Edition)(The Build Healthy Muscle Series)

Michael Matthews

If you want to know how to build muscle and burn fat by eating healthy, delicious meals that are easy to cook and easy on your wallet, then you want to read this book.Let me ask you a few questions: Do you lack confidence in the kitchen and think that you just can't cook great food?Are you not sure of how to prepare food that is not only delicious and healthy but also effective in helping you ... read more

If you want to know how to build muscle and burn fat by eating healthy, delicious meals that are easy to cook and easy on your wallet, then you want to read this book.Let me ask you a few questions: Do you lack confidence in the kitchen and think that you just can't cook great food?Are you not sure of how to prepare food that is not only delicious and healthy but also effective in helping you ... read more

The White Swallow

Anna Kovatcheva

Fiction. "THE WHITE SWALLOW has so many things going for it—starkly memorable imagery, strangeness that feels natural to the story, the feeling that the story itself grew up from the earth like a tree, and an ending that defies moralization. It seems instead to reflect the same unpredictable and mysterious quality of the world that also lets birds go into girls and healing to occur and, for in... read more

Fiction. "THE WHITE SWALLOW has so many things going for it—starkly memorable imagery, strangeness that feels natural to the story, the feeling that the story itself grew up from the earth like a tree, and an ending that defies moralization. It seems instead to reflect the same unpredictable and mysterious quality of the world that also lets birds go into girls and healing to occur and, for in... read more

Derailed in Chancey (Chancey Books Book 3)

Kay Dew Shostak

Carolina's in-law's marriage didn't survive the holidays visiting in her and Jackson's new home in Chancey, Georgia. Now both families have left, but she's not sure how much longer she'll still be in the small town. She knew moving teenagers from the Atlanta suburbs to a small Georgia mountain town last year was a horrible idea. She knew opening a B&B for railfans was an even worse plan. What ... read more

Carolina's in-law's marriage didn't survive the holidays visiting in her and Jackson's new home in Chancey, Georgia. Now both families have left, but she's not sure how much longer she'll still be in the small town. She knew moving teenagers from the Atlanta suburbs to a small Georgia mountain town last year was a horrible idea. She knew opening a B&B for railfans was an even worse plan. What ... read more

Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots

Carol Park

Author Carol Park grew up in Los Angeles during the 1980s and 1990s, a time of ethnic strife. Now she seeks to give voice to the Korean American community both then and now. Memoir of a Cashier is more than just a description of young girl's life growing up while working in a bulletproof cashier's booth in Compton, California. Park tells the story of the Korean American experience leading up t... read more

Author Carol Park grew up in Los Angeles during the 1980s and 1990s, a time of ethnic strife. Now she seeks to give voice to the Korean American community both then and now. Memoir of a Cashier is more than just a description of young girl's life growing up while working in a bulletproof cashier's booth in Compton, California. Park tells the story of the Korean American experience leading up t... read more

I was born a boy, from Venus: It's time to be yourself

Ella Marques

I am in the process of transitioning from male to female (MTF) at the age of sixty. I would like to share with you my extraordinary life, not only because I am transgender, but because I am an international person who has lived in many countries, gone to some of the best schools in the world, worked at management levels within international companies, and had many different, wild, and wonderfu... read more

I am in the process of transitioning from male to female (MTF) at the age of sixty. I would like to share with you my extraordinary life, not only because I am transgender, but because I am an international person who has lived in many countries, gone to some of the best schools in the world, worked at management levels within international companies, and had many different, wild, and wonderfu... read more

The Five Pivotal Points of Change: Achieving Change Through the Mindful Prism Change Process

Rena B. Schochet

Change brings about emotions that are disparate yet similar, uncomfortable and comforting all at the same time. This book guides the reader through the labyrinth of change that is often overwhelming. The Mindful PRISM Change Process helps readers make their way through the darkest of tunnelsby using vignettes and the power of rational thinking. Using the metaphor of a PRISM, the author guides,... read more

Change brings about emotions that are disparate yet similar, uncomfortable and comforting all at the same time. This book guides the reader through the labyrinth of change that is often overwhelming. The Mindful PRISM Change Process helps readers make their way through the darkest of tunnelsby using vignettes and the power of rational thinking. Using the metaphor of a PRISM, the author guides,... read more

Backwater, Florida (Florida Books)

Kay Dew Shostak

Growing up as just plain ol' trailer trash in South Georgia, Becca Sue has floated along on a sea of low expectations for 30 years. Now she's washed up on the coast of Florida, but not on the beach. She finds herself in an unfinished luxury subdivsion which her ex-husband dumped when the market went south, just like he dumped her. Her rich, northern neighbors want to get out their mess of a ne... read more

Growing up as just plain ol' trailer trash in South Georgia, Becca Sue has floated along on a sea of low expectations for 30 years. Now she's washed up on the coast of Florida, but not on the beach. She finds herself in an unfinished luxury subdivsion which her ex-husband dumped when the market went south, just like he dumped her. Her rich, northern neighbors want to get out their mess of a ne... read more

Chancey Jobs (Chancey Books Book 4)

Kay Dew Shostak

Carolina is opening a book store, but that isn't the biggest news on Chancey's Main Street. Why in the world would an upscale coffee shop be opening in the old junk store? Why would a fashionable young woman who's been on TMZ be moving onto Main Street? Who's the guy taking over Carolina's bookstore and at the same time moving in with Patty?

Carolina is opening a book store, but that isn't the biggest news on Chancey's Main Street. Why in the world would an upscale coffee shop be opening in the old junk store? Why would a fashionable young woman who's been on TMZ be moving onto Main Street? Who's the guy taking over Carolina's bookstore and at the same time moving in with Patty?

Pink Slips

Beth Aldrich

An Amazon bestselling author of 2012, for non-fiction Real Moms Love to Eat.A compelling and gripping debut Suspense Urban Thriller filled with unexpected twists that will keep you page-turning and rooting for Betsy Ryan until the early hours. Perfect for fans of Fractured and Gone Girl. “Aldrich’s book delivers a solidly structured and detail-filled plot that starts with a skillful, early bui... read more

An Amazon bestselling author of 2012, for non-fiction Real Moms Love to Eat.A compelling and gripping debut Suspense Urban Thriller filled with unexpected twists that will keep you page-turning and rooting for Betsy Ryan until the early hours. Perfect for fans of Fractured and Gone Girl. “Aldrich’s book delivers a solidly structured and detail-filled plot that starts with a skillful, early bui... read more

Jessica has 11 reviews

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T. S. Stroud

Jessica has provided an insightful development edit for my manuscript. Her review of characters and plot points was in depth and she provided suggestions to balance the flow of the story line. Instead of dreading the edit process (with memories of my second grade teacher, Mrs. Ealey), the review has provided new inspiration to approach the process with the same excitement experienced while work...

, April 2018

Jessica Hatch
Reply from Jessica Hatch

Thank you for your kind words, T.S.! I hope to hear great things as you continue with the editing process.

My best,
Jessica


Stephanie Porter

Jessica was a Godsend. I was extremely nervous going into a freelance service and with my first run through of a novel, but Jessica wiped away all my worries. She explained everything about our collaboration in detail and offered to provide sample work before I even accepted. Her work is beyond exceptional and she has a way of critiquing that doesn't seem like shes being overly critical. She on...

, March 2018

Jessica Hatch
Reply from Jessica Hatch

Thank you for your kind words, Stephanie! (I had no idea I was your first freelance editor event, but I'm glad I made the experience worthwhile.) It was a pleasure to provide you with feedback, and I hope to work together again.


Sarah Holz

I can’t say enough about my collaboration with Jessica. From our initial proposal discussions all the way through to the completed copyedit and beyond, she was absolutely marvelous: professional, enthusiastic, and just all around amazing. She was quick to respond to any messages I sent and I always felt she was available if I needed her. As a new author, she has been endlessly patient and flexi...

, March 2018

Jessica Hatch
Reply from Jessica Hatch

Thank you for your kind words, Sarah! You and Arsinoë [the author's main character] were a dream to work with. Looking forward to great things for the two of you.


Natalie Hanson

Jessica was great to work with and always communicated quickly to any questions I had.

, February 2018

Jessica Hatch
Reply from Jessica Hatch

Thank you, Natalie! It was great to work with you, too.


Sezen Ahıskal

Jessica is a brilliant editor who is responsible, professional, and absolutely amazing. She is easy to reach, always one step ahead and fun to work with. From her first-ever message in our collaboration, I knew that she would elevate my manuscript into a whole another level and after almost three months together, I can honestly say that she delivered everything I would wish for and even more. ...

, January 2018

Jessica Hatch
Reply from Jessica Hatch

Thank you for your kind words, Sezen! I feel lucky to have found you, too. Here's to BLACKOUT's success and your continued success in future.

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