Jessica Lack

Jessica Lack - Editor Tick

Sacramento, CA, USA

YA and MG editor who's worked with HarperCollins, Marvel, and bestsellers. Let's geek out over your story and make it even better!

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I'm a developmental editor and copy editor 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), 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 romances to comics to art books. 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
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
LGBTQ
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Entertainment

Awards

  • Pinsent Prize for Outstanding MA Work
  • 2016 Roehampton Creative Writing Contest Winner

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Callisto Media
January, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Copy Editor and Assistant to the Publisher

Insight Editions
January, 2017 – March, 2018 (about 1 year)

Editorial Work Experience

Working Partners Ltd
April, 2016 – May, 2016 (about 1 month)

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.

Work Experience

HarperCollins Publishers
November, 2015 – December, 2015 (about 1 month)

Reference:

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.

Simon Armstrong
Events Executive, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Freelance Developmental Editor

Disenchanted Publishing
August, 2014 – February, 2015 (6 months)

Completed in-depth developmental edits on manuscripts for publisher specializing in romantic fiction.

Technical Editor

AECOM
May, 2014 – August, 2015 (over 1 year)

Fiction Review Board Editor

Nameless Magazine
October, 2012 – January, 2013 (3 months)

I evaluated short stories submitted for publication in university electronic magazine, and edited and provided feedback on both accepted and rejected submissions.

Intern to Marcy Posner

Folio Literary Management
August, 2012 – January, 2013 (5 months)

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.

Technical Editor

Veridian Environmental, Inc.
May, 2011 – May, 2014 (about 3 years)

Intern to Chris Richman

Upstart Crow Literary
January, 2011 – June, 2011 (5 months)

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.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

Bravelands #1: Broken Pride

Erin Hunter

Heed the call of the wild with this brand-new, action-packed animal fantasy series from the #1 nationally bestselling author of Warriors. Enter the Bravelands…and discover the Erin Hunter series you’ve been waiting for.A lion cast out from his pride.An elephant who can read the bones of the dead.A baboon rebelling against his destiny.For generations, the animals of the African plains have foll... read more

Heed the call of the wild with this brand-new, action-packed animal fantasy series from the #1 nationally bestselling author of Warriors. Enter the Bravelands…and discover the Erin Hunter series you’ve been waiting for.A lion cast out from his pride.An elephant who can read the bones of the dead.A baboon rebelling against his destiny.For generations, the animals of the African plains have foll... read more

Billie the Baby Goat Fairy (The Farm Animal Fairies #4): A Rainbow Magic Book

Daisy Meadows

Farm animal antics!Rachel and Kirsty are visiting beautiful Greenfields Farm. They've been given the very special job of taking care of all the baby animals that live there. But the farm is not as peaceful as it seems . . . The ducklings are barking, the lambs are meowing, and the foals are oinking. Jack Frost has kidnapped the Farm Animal Fairies' magic animals and everything at Greenfields i... read more

Farm animal antics!Rachel and Kirsty are visiting beautiful Greenfields Farm. They've been given the very special job of taking care of all the baby animals that live there. But the farm is not as peaceful as it seems . . . The ducklings are barking, the lambs are meowing, and the foals are oinking. Jack Frost has kidnapped the Farm Animal Fairies' magic animals and everything at Greenfields i... read more

The Crims

Kate Davies

The Addams Family meets Despicable Me in the first book of this new trilogy, perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch!The Crim family is full of notorious criminals. Notoriously inept, that is. Uncle Knuckles once tried to steal a carnival. Great-Uncle Bernard held himself hostage by accident. Aunt Drusilla died slipping on a banana peel. But Imogen is different. She was born ... read more

The Addams Family meets Despicable Me in the first book of this new trilogy, perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch!The Crim family is full of notorious criminals. Notoriously inept, that is. Uncle Knuckles once tried to steal a carnival. Great-Uncle Bernard held himself hostage by accident. Aunt Drusilla died slipping on a banana peel. But Imogen is different. She was born ... read more

The Key & the Flame

Claire M. Caterer

A gutsy girl unlocks a magical universe—and the danger that lies within—in this “sprightly” and “exciting” middle grade fantasy adventure (Publishers Weekly).Eleven-year-old Holly Shepard longs for adventure, some escape from her humdrum life. That is precisely what she gets when she is given an old iron key that unlocks a door—in a tree.Holly crosses the threshold into a stunning and magical ... read more

A gutsy girl unlocks a magical universe—and the danger that lies within—in this “sprightly” and “exciting” middle grade fantasy adventure (Publishers Weekly).Eleven-year-old Holly Shepard longs for adventure, some escape from her humdrum life. That is precisely what she gets when she is given an old iron key that unlocks a door—in a tree.Holly crosses the threshold into a stunning and magical ... read more

Pandemic

Yvonne Ventresca

The 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic region! Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begi... read more

The 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic region! Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begi... read more

IncrediBuilds: Marvel: Infinity Gauntlet Deluxe Book and Model Set

Jill Pantozzi

Build your own Infinity Gauntlet model with this IncrediBuilds™ deluxe book and model set!The Infinity Stones grant their individual wielders immense power that can influence the very fabric of the universe. Now Marvel fans can gather all six Infinity Stones and build their own Infinity Gauntlet with this deluxe IncrediBuilds kit! The included 32-page deluxe book is packed with information on ... read more

Build your own Infinity Gauntlet model with this IncrediBuilds™ deluxe book and model set!The Infinity Stones grant their individual wielders immense power that can influence the very fabric of the universe. Now Marvel fans can gather all six Infinity Stones and build their own Infinity Gauntlet with this deluxe IncrediBuilds kit! The included 32-page deluxe book is packed with information on ... read more

Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest 3D Book and 3D Wood Model Kit - Build, Paint and Collect Your Own Wooden Model - Great For Kids and Adults, 8+ - 4" x 3"

IncrediBuilds Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Book and 3D Wood Model Kit - Build, Paint and Collect Your Own Wooden Model. High atop a cliff overlooking a great lake lies Hogwarts castle, home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Build your own Hogwarts crest with this IncrediBuilds do-it-yourself 3D wood model, and paint it any way you like! The book gives readers a fascinating behind-t... read more

IncrediBuilds Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Book and 3D Wood Model Kit - Build, Paint and Collect Your Own Wooden Model. High atop a cliff overlooking a great lake lies Hogwarts castle, home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Build your own Hogwarts crest with this IncrediBuilds do-it-yourself 3D wood model, and paint it any way you like! The book gives readers a fascinating behind-t... read more

Skinned

Jeremy Holt, Tim Daniel

In a future obsessed with virtual reality and fantasy, two star-crossed lovers will do whatever it takes to bring down the OccupEye system and free cView City from its virtual prison.iRIS is the perfect marriage of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, serving as the backbone for enhanced-reality contact lenses that provide users with an antidote to reality's many maladies. From pop cul... read more

In a future obsessed with virtual reality and fantasy, two star-crossed lovers will do whatever it takes to bring down the OccupEye system and free cView City from its virtual prison.iRIS is the perfect marriage of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, serving as the backbone for enhanced-reality contact lenses that provide users with an antidote to reality's many maladies. From pop cul... read more

Atomic Frenchie: Sit. Stay. Rule.

Tom McWeeney, Tom E Sniegoski

Kirby is no ordinary French Bulldog—he is twenty-two pounds of fur-covered ruthless ambition. Freakishly intelligent and determined, he has one goal: Rule the World.When Kirby, a French Bulldog with a serious Napoleon Complex, moves to a new home in the quaint New England town of Strasburg, Massachusetts, and stumbles upon a forgotten secret laboratory, he realizes that his dreams of Planetary... read more

Kirby is no ordinary French Bulldog—he is twenty-two pounds of fur-covered ruthless ambition. Freakishly intelligent and determined, he has one goal: Rule the World.When Kirby, a French Bulldog with a serious Napoleon Complex, moves to a new home in the quaint New England town of Strasburg, Massachusetts, and stumbles upon a forgotten secret laboratory, he realizes that his dreams of Planetary... read more

The Baker Street Four, Vol. 4

Olivier Legrand, Jean-Blaise Djian

The adventures of the Baker Street Irregulars continue in the fourth volume of the award-winning comics series based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.After three years spent waging a secret war against the former associates of Professor Moriarty, it’s time for Sherlock Holmes to emerge from the shadows and once again inhabit Baker Street. But first he must take down the last and most da... read more

The adventures of the Baker Street Irregulars continue in the fourth volume of the award-winning comics series based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.After three years spent waging a secret war against the former associates of Professor Moriarty, it’s time for Sherlock Holmes to emerge from the shadows and once again inhabit Baker Street. But first he must take down the last and most da... read more

The Art of Mondo

Experience the incredible pop culture art of Mondo, beloved by fans and iconic filmmakers alike.Based in Austin, Texas, Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to the love of film, art, music, and collectibles. Over the years, the company has received global recognition for its incredible art posters that bring to life classic films, television shows, and comics in a refreshing and ut... read more

Experience the incredible pop culture art of Mondo, beloved by fans and iconic filmmakers alike.Based in Austin, Texas, Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to the love of film, art, music, and collectibles. Over the years, the company has received global recognition for its incredible art posters that bring to life classic films, television shows, and comics in a refreshing and ut... read more

Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties

Andrew Farago

Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties is the ultimate guide to '80s cartoon nostalgia, featuring the art, toys, and inside story behind icons like He-Man, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, and the Thundercats. For an entire generation of kids weaned on the intoxicating excitement of eighties cartoons, the decade can be summed up with two words: Totally Awesome! With ... read more

Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties is the ultimate guide to '80s cartoon nostalgia, featuring the art, toys, and inside story behind icons like He-Man, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, and the Thundercats. For an entire generation of kids weaned on the intoxicating excitement of eighties cartoons, the decade can be summed up with two words: Totally Awesome! With ... read more

H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

Dobbs

Death comes from the sky in this thrilling War of the Worlds graphic novel adaptation!Several days ago, projectiles from the Red Planet began to rain down on Earth. Professor Ogilvy of the small town of Ottershaw, England, is skeptical of theories that it is an alien attack—until a meteor crashes near his home. Inside the crater, he discovers a giant cylinder that can only be the work of a sup... read more

Death comes from the sky in this thrilling War of the Worlds graphic novel adaptation!Several days ago, projectiles from the Red Planet began to rain down on Earth. Professor Ogilvy of the small town of Ottershaw, England, is skeptical of theories that it is an alien attack—until a meteor crashes near his home. Inside the crater, he discovers a giant cylinder that can only be the work of a sup... read more

H. G. Wells: The Time Machine (H. G. Wells' the Time Machine)

Insight Editions

Get ready for a trip to the fourth dimension in this thrilling H. G. Wells graphic novel adaptation!At the turn of the nineteenth century, a group of friends listen to the adventures of a man who claims to be the world’s first time traveler. His story begins in the year 802,701. Earth is inhabited by the Eloi, descendants of men, who live in harmony, spending their time playing and eating frui... read more

Get ready for a trip to the fourth dimension in this thrilling H. G. Wells graphic novel adaptation!At the turn of the nineteenth century, a group of friends listen to the adventures of a man who claims to be the world’s first time traveler. His story begins in the year 802,701. Earth is inhabited by the Eloi, descendants of men, who live in harmony, spending their time playing and eating frui... read more

James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction

Randall Frakes, Brooks Peck, Sidney Perkowitz, Matt Singer, Gary Wolfe, Lisa Yaszek

The perfect companion to AMC’s six-part television series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, this unique book explores the history and evolution of the genre with contributions from the filmmakers who have helped bring it to lifeFor the show, James Cameron personally interviewed six of the biggest names in science fiction filmmaking—Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, A... read more

The perfect companion to AMC’s six-part television series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, this unique book explores the history and evolution of the genre with contributions from the filmmakers who have helped bring it to lifeFor the show, James Cameron personally interviewed six of the biggest names in science fiction filmmaking—Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, A... read more

Superior

Jessica Lack

A superhero's intern falls in love with a supervillain's apprentice in this star-crossed LGBT YA story from The Book Smugglers.Here's the thing about being a superhero intern: there's a lot less crime fighting than you think there will be, what with the whole liability issue and the administrative headache of constantly monitoring the Heroic Help Hotline. The most action that Jamie sees happen... read more

A superhero's intern falls in love with a supervillain's apprentice in this star-crossed LGBT YA story from The Book Smugglers.Here's the thing about being a superhero intern: there's a lot less crime fighting than you think there will be, what with the whole liability issue and the administrative headache of constantly monitoring the Heroic Help Hotline. The most action that Jamie sees happen... read more

The Art and Making of Pacific Rim Uprising

Daniel Wallace

Explore the epic art of Pacific Rim Uprising, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2013 monster hit. The Art and Making of Pacific Rim Uprising takes readers behind the scenes and back into the heart of the epic battle between Kaiju and Jaegers. Showcasing the brilliant concept art behind the film and immersing fans in the creation of a true sci-fi epic, this book will be the ultimate explo... read more

Explore the epic art of Pacific Rim Uprising, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2013 monster hit. The Art and Making of Pacific Rim Uprising takes readers behind the scenes and back into the heart of the epic battle between Kaiju and Jaegers. Showcasing the brilliant concept art behind the film and immersing fans in the creation of a true sci-fi epic, this book will be the ultimate explo... read more

Splendid Life: The Art of Scott C.

Scott Campbell

Enter the whimsical world of internationally acclaimed pop artist Scott C. in this charming book featuring all-new paintings, drawings, and illustrations.Celebrated pop artist Scott C. continues to captivate audiences around the world with his deceptively simple watercolor paintings and illustrations. Now fans can once again submerge themselves in his fanciful world of dancing skeletons, smili... read more

Enter the whimsical world of internationally acclaimed pop artist Scott C. in this charming book featuring all-new paintings, drawings, and illustrations.Celebrated pop artist Scott C. continues to captivate audiences around the world with his deceptively simple watercolor paintings and illustrations. Now fans can once again submerge themselves in his fanciful world of dancing skeletons, smili... read more

H. G. Wells: The Invisible Man

Dobbs

A mysterious stranger possesses a disturbing secret in this thrilling H. G. Wells graphic novel adaptation!In the midst of winter, a snowstorm blows into the small, quiet village of Iping—and along with the storm arrives a mysterious stranger. The village inhabitants are quickly disturbed by the sudden appearance of this peculiar scientist who keeps his face hidden and prefers solitude. When t... read more

A mysterious stranger possesses a disturbing secret in this thrilling H. G. Wells graphic novel adaptation!In the midst of winter, a snowstorm blows into the small, quiet village of Iping—and along with the storm arrives a mysterious stranger. The village inhabitants are quickly disturbed by the sudden appearance of this peculiar scientist who keeps his face hidden and prefers solitude. When t... read more

Skip to the End

Jeremy Holt

Bassist-turned-junkie Jonny Wells is addicted to his past, and the only way to get there is through the music. The bassist of a breakout '90s punk band, Jonny falls apart when his band mate and best friend Kirk commits suicide. Twenty years later he struggles with heroin addiction, lost in the songs they created and desperate to relive the past, when he discovers that he can—literally. With th... read more

Bassist-turned-junkie Jonny Wells is addicted to his past, and the only way to get there is through the music. The bassist of a breakout '90s punk band, Jonny falls apart when his band mate and best friend Kirk commits suicide. Twenty years later he struggles with heroin addiction, lost in the songs they created and desperate to relive the past, when he discovers that he can—literally. With th... read more

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Leilani Baker
Jessica was a pleasure to work with! She gave me great feedback and communicated with me regularly. I highly recommend her editing services :)

Leilani Baker, April 2019


Ron Smith
Jessica gives clear advice and direction. She helped me convert my manuscript to what it needs to be. She saw a number of inconsistencies from her genre knowledge and showed me how to correct them. A very efficient person and would gladly recommend her to anyone.

Ron Smith, February 2019


Lisa H.
Jessica gave me insightful feedback in a timely manner. I'm very grateful for the ways she's improved my novel.

Lisa H., January 2019


Mackenzie Vuotto
Jessica was very helpful and encouraging! She not only caught errors in my work that I would've never seen, she also pointed out what I had done well, which I thought was great of her to do. Thank you so much!!

Mackenzie Vuotto, November 2018


Grace Ogren
Wonderful experience all around.

Grace Ogren, September 2018

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