Jessica Hatch

Jessica Hatch – Editor

Award-winning freelance editor Jessica provides practical, marketable revision advice to clients on all six habitable continents.

Overview

Jessica 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.

With 7+ years of steady, full-time freelance editing under her belt, focusing

primarily on women's fiction, historical fiction, LGBTQ+ fiction, and

self-help/memoir hybrids, Jessica has had many happy clients:

- Amanda Radley, who won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and with whom Jessica collaborated on 15 titles before Amanda signed on with Bold Strokes Books

- Laura Morelli, whose early craft work with Jessica on three self-published

historical novels has led to three books with William Morrow

- Kay Dew Shostak, whose women fiction and cozy mysteries have cultivated a voracious fan base in the Southeastern US, and with whom Jessica has

collaborated on 10+ titles

- Monica McCallan, whose 7+ WLW novels edited by Jessica have hit #1 in their genres on Amazon

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

"Getting [Amazon] Bestseller above Jill Taylor’s work that has been a bestseller for the last 10 years is pretty AMAZING! Thanks again to you and your incredible advice and ability to see deep above and beyond my blind spots!" — Tsgoyna Tanzman, Author of HOPE AFTER STROKE

"Jessica, as always, is an absolute pro. This is the third book she's edited for me, all of which have hit #1 in my genre on Amazon. She's punctual, communicative, and provides significant edits without being overwhelming. She's open to a collaborative process and leaves not only great edits for grammar but thoughtful commentary and feedback throughout the work.I can't recommend her enough!" — Monica McCallan, Author of THEN & NOW, TAPPING INTO LOVE, and VESTED INTEREST, among others.

"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. Her prices are great, but it’s her

personal service that you will love most.” — Kay Dew Shostak, Author of Chancey Book Series

"Working with Jessica felt like I was working with a good friend, and her warmth, insight, and positive attitude helped us to cross the finish line and meet our final deadlines without losing our minds. I would not hesitate to work with Jessica again, and hope that I have the opportunity to do so. Highest recommendation!" — Christopher Drajem, Co-Author of WANDERING CLOSE TO HOME

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing LGBTQ Non-Fiction Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Women's Fiction
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Short Short Fiction Award
  • Accepted into Teen Ink London Writing Program, 2007
  • Accepted into Mors Tua Vita Mea workshop, 2017
  • Accepted into Aspen Summer Words, 2019

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2013 — Present

St. Martin's Press

Mar, 2013 — Dec, 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."

Fox Literary LLC

Nov, 2012 — Feb, 2013 (4 months)

Writers House

May, 2011 — Jan, 2012 (8 months)

Portfolio

Back in Your Arms

McCallan, Monica

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... read more
Then & Now

McCallan, Monica

Tapping into Love

Monica McCallan

Lucy Parsons wants absolutely nothing to do with the Westmoore family or the maple syrup they produce. When Sierra Westmoore blows back into town after her father’s death and tries to rent a room at Lucy’s family’s bed-and-breakfast, The Maple Inn, Lucy kicks ... read more
A Kinki samurai in King Henry's Court?With elements smacking of Monty Python and The Princess Bride, The Rose and the Crane is a historical adventure that brings knight and samurai together for a ribald road trip across the medieval world.The year? 1483. The p... read more
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... read more
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 ... 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 he... 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 wa... 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 ... 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 wh... 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 s... 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 t... 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... 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 alway... 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 ... 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 ... 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 M... read more

Jessica has 51 reviews

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Noelle C.

Noelle C.

Oct, 2023

I partnered with Jessica to perform line/copy edits on my novel. She was highly communicative and transparent about her methodology and always kept me informed of where she was in her process. Her output (video call and marked-up copy) spoke to me in a way that empowered me to make easy changes as well as addressing more problematic opportunities. I appreciated her collaborative approach to mak...
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Jessica H.
Thank you so much, Noelle! It was a blast working with you this summer, and I'd be happy to collaborate with you again.
Emma G.

Emma G.

Aug, 2023

Jessica laid out her plan of attack for my novel manuscript so I knew exactly what to expect from the beginning of the process. I was kept up to date on the status of her editing process and I'm so happy I decided to find a professional editor for my draft! I was actually relieved to see so many corrections on my manuscript--I could rest easy knowing a professional set of eyes was catching all ...
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Jessica H.
Thank you so much, Emma! You were a delight, and I fell in love with your characters. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you again too.
David A.

David A.

Apr, 2023

I feel lucky to have found Jessica out of all the possible editors available. She has provided editorial assessments for each of my books, and every one has been made better by it. I, of course, try and provide her with a work that I think is ready and in its final form, and she always kindly illuminates what is working and what could be improved upon. I honestly can't imagine considering a no...
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Jessica H.
You're so sweet, Dave! Thanks for these kind words. I have a blast reading and assessing your books, and I look forward to the next time we can collaborate.
David S.

David S.

Mar, 2023

Jessica is my hero. She went beyond the call of duty to be sure my book would be the best it could be. Thank you, Jessica, for the professionalism, skill, sensitivity, and passion you brought to my book.
Jessica H.
Thanks for your kind words, David! It's hard for me not to do all I can do for a book, and I'm happy I hit the mark for you. All my best wishes for your impending publication, Jessica
Monica M.

Monica M.

Jan, 2023

Jessica is always a pro! This is our 6th? book that we've collaborated on together, so she's definitely become my first reach out once I have a manuscript ready for next steps.
Jessica H.
Thanks, Monica, for making me your first step when you have a completed manuscript—and for taking the time to write such sweet reviews. I believe you’re right with six… here’s to the next half dozen!

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