I'm an editor and proofreader with over 250 projects under my belt who's been lucky enough to work in multiple facets of the publishing industry. I've evaluated queries for literary agencies, edited content for the companion book to director James Cameron's STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION television series, and worked with well-known publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan), brands (Harry Potter and Marvel), and authors (Erin Hunter and Daisy Meadows).
I have a Master's degree in Children's Literature and particularly love kids' lit, but I've worked on everything from cookbooks to comics to crossword puzzles. And I'm particularly passionate about getting more underrepresented groups (LGBTQ+, POC, etc.) front and center in all genres! I'm also a published author whose own work has been a #1 Amazon Best Seller. I would be thrilled to fall madly in love with your story and help you make your work that much more amazing.
"Jessica edited a variety of fiction manuscripts for readers ranging from 6+ to Young Adult. She also commented on plot outlines and took part in creative brainstorms. In all of these tasks she demonstrated great insight and understanding of story-telling. She identified issues that weren’t working, coming up with productive solutions, and thought up ideas to enrich the story. She finished tasks quickly but always showed close attention to detail. She was enthusiastic and personable - overall, a fantastic addition to the team." - Will Severs, Working Partners Ltd.
"Jessica was an absolute pleasure to work with and approached tasks, regardless of if they were creative and complex or routine and repetitive, with the same gusto, attention to detail and can-do attitude. I would highly recommend Jessica as a new addition to any team." - Simon Armstrong, HarperCollins Children's Books
"I found Jessica incredibly professional, insightful, and eager [. . .] When receiving materials from Jessica, I always knew the work would be of the highest quality." - Chris Richman, Upstart Crow Literary
- Pinsent Prize for Outstanding MA Work
- 2016 Roehampton Creative Writing Contest Winner
Penguin Random House
Simon & Schuster
Working Partners Ltd
I provided developmental edits on plot outlines and manuscripts for readers 6+ to YA at all stages of production. I participated in group brainstorm sessions to develop new creative properties and expand upon existing ones. I also proofread and copy-edited manuscripts near the final stage of production.
Jessica interned at HarperCollins Children’s Books earlier this year, working between the Publicity and Marketing departments. Jessica was an absolute pleasure to work with and approached tasks, regardless of if they were creative and complex or routine and repetitive, with the same gusto, attention to detail and can-do attitude. I would highly recommend Jessica as a new addition to any team.
Events Executive, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Completed in-depth developmental edits on manuscripts for publisher specializing in romantic fiction.
I evaluated short stories submitted for publication in university electronic magazine, and edited and provided feedback on both accepted and rejected submissions.
Folio Literary Management
Evaluated queries and sample pages from writers and provided feedback on requested partial and full manuscripts. Provided in-depth editing and feedback on manuscripts written by existing clients.
Veridian Environmental, Inc.
Upstart Crow Literary
Evaluated queries and sample pages from writers seeking representation from literary agent specializing in children's literature. Provided feedback on requested partial and full manuscripts, and in-depth editing on manuscripts written by existing clients.
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