Jessica Powers

Jessica Powers – Editor

Award-winning author of 9 books. 22 years of experience as publisher, editor, & publicist. I edit books across all genres & ages.

Overview

Hi! I love books and I love a killer essay or short story or poem. Story is one of the best ways to connect people and engage hearts, minds, and spirits.


I have been an editor and publicist in the publishing industry for twenty-two years. Both as a full-time employee for a publisher focused on multicultural titles for children and adults, and as owner of my own publishing company that publishes literary novels, short story collections, memoir, crime fiction, and children's and young adult titles, I bring to the table a deep and wide experience in both editing and marketing. All in all, I have edited and marketed over three hundred books in all genres and for all ages. I have worked in almost every aspect of the book publishing business and love to help writers bring their work to the next level.


I can offer not only developmental and assessment editorial services, copyediting and proofreading, but also marketing and publicity services, self-publishing and publishing consulting advice, and editorial/marketing assessments that include a comparative analysis of your book. I was one of six Publishers Weekly's Most Valuable Players (MVPs) in the publishing industry for 2019.


I'm an award-winning author of nine published books for children, young adults, and adults, under the name J.L. Powers. These include The Confessional; This Thing Called the Future; That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone; Amina: Through My Eyes; Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza; Broken Circle; and Under Water. I have also written and published hundreds of articles, essays, short stories, poems, and book reviews as a freelance writer.


No matter where writers begin, or what level of accomplishment they have already achieved or wish to achieve, I love the mentoring process. I would love to work with you.


Quotes From Writers


“Jessica has edited four of my book-length manuscripts over the past decade, and I couldn't be happier or more appreciate... She has a sharp and intuitive editorial eye that she applies at both the global and line-editing levels. Jessica perceptively critiques and agilely advises, addressing the full gamut... Each time I work with her, I become a better writer, and my manuscripts reflect that. Run, don't walk, to her editorial services!” Shirley Vernick, author of The Blood Lie, Remember Dippy, The Black Butterfly, and Falling Stars


“Notes from Jessica are a precious, aha-moment gift from a wise mentor. Her discerning eye and pointed yet encouraging comments cut to the chase about what works and what doesn’t... I'm grateful for her critiques that've been integral in refining my three published novels and fourth in progress. I highly recommend her services.” Sonia Patel, author of Rani Patel In Full Effect; Jaya and Rasa; and Bloody Seoul.


“Jessica has worked as an editor of my fantasy novels for the past ten years. I completely trust her intuition and guidance and love working with her.” George Mendoza, author of the Spirit Man trilogy

Services
Fiction
Children's Coming of Age Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Copyediting from UC-San Diego
  • Picture Book Writing-Vermont College

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2016 — Present

Managing all aspects of the book production, marketing, editing, and sales process. We publish 5-8 titles/year.

Cinco Puntos Press

Jan, 2002 — Present

Directing and overseeing Cinco Puntos Press’s editorial processes and foreign rights sales and acquisitions. Informing the public about books published by Cinco Puntos Press; writing press releases; analyzing market forces; sales; arranging author tours; researching, writing, and editing books to be published. We publish 8-12 books a year.

University of Texas at El Paso

Aug, 2021 — Present

I teach writing for children, middle grade, and young adults in the online MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Skyline College

Aug, 2007 — Aug, 2018 (about 11 years)

I was the instructor on record for 9 courses a year, primarily Creative Writing but also Composition and INtro to Literature, both online and in-person.

Portfolio

The Shark Curtain

Scofield, Chris

Developmental Editing
Love Interrupted

Malatji, Reneilwe

Copy Editing Proofreading
Bitter Pill

Church, Peter

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
The Wall

Annas, Max

Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Unmaking Grace

Boswell, Barbara

Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Bom Boy

Omotoso, Yewande

Copy Editing Proofreading
We Kiss Them With Rain

Ntshingila, Futhi

Copy Editing Proofreading
Small Mercies

Krone, Bridget

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Outside the Lines

Patel, Ameera

Copy Editing Proofreading
Crackerjack

Church, Peter

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Dark Video

Church, Peter

Copy Editing Proofreading
Bloody Seoul

Patel, Sonia

Developmental Editing
Nobody's Pilgrims

Troncoso, Sergio

Developmental Editing
The Sky We Shared

Vernick, Shirley Reva

Developmental Editing
Eye Brother Horn

Pitt, Bridget

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Halley's Comet

Barnard, Hannes

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Today is Tomorrow

Kurtz, Caroline

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
The Confessional

Powers, J.L.

Broken Circle

Powers, J.L.

Under Water

Powers, JL

Jessica has 141 reviews

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Edward N.

Edward N.

Jun, 2024

Jessica was a great second set of eyes to review my manuscript. Great attention to detail on grammar and formatting issues. Excellent clarity on her substantive comments.
jessica P.

jessica P.

Jun, 2024

Working with Jessica was a lovely experience, at first I didn't know where she was bringing me but when I started working on her edits I realized the book had a different power which I hadn't noticed before and new doors started to open up. Jessica is friendly and solar and very direct, which I appreciate in a person. It was a real pleasure working with her on my first book and shall surely ca...
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Jessica P.
It was wonderful to work with you, Jessica, and I can't wait to see your book in print! I look forward to working with you again.
Hudson K.

Hudson K.

May, 2024

Jessica has been a huge help to me in writing my first novel! i absolutely recommend her services.
Dennis D.

Dennis D.

May, 2024

I am thoroughly enjoying my collaboration with Jessica. She is very professional, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I strongly recommend her.
Jessica P.
I have loved working with you, Dennis, and hope to continue!
Kristen R.

Kristen R.

May, 2024

great guidance. Jessica helped me get my outline in order. Now I have a solid foundation to tackle my book.
Jessica P.
Thanks, Kristen. I look forward to working with you further as a book coach.

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