Jessica Reino

Jessica Reino - Editor

Massachusetts, United States

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Overview

I am a freelance editor specializing in developmental/substantive editing & final proofreading for works of fiction focusing on Young Adult and Adult Fantasy, Women's Fiction, and Mystery/Thriller/Suspense. I work with individual authors as well as independent publishing houses. I have worked with Bleeding Ink Publishing and Clear Fork Publishing providing final proofreading. I am also on the YA Review Board for Clear Fork Publishing. Additionally, I am a YA/MG Judge for The Purple Dragonfly Awards and a book reviewer for "Story Monsters, Ink" for picture books, MG, and YA novels.

Currently, I work with Pandamoon Publishing providing mainly developmental/substantive editing and line editing. However, I have also provided copy editing and final proofreading as well. Additionally, I have assisted in the Acquisitions Department for Pandamoon Publishing. I have read through submissions and provided comments for the Acquisitions Manager as well as participated in Twitter pitch parties to invite submissions. I also run a monthly Twitter chat #thewriterszen, which was the inspiration behind my new book THE ZEN OF WRITING (Pandamoon Publishing, Fall 2018).

I am represented by Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary and being a published author of both fiction and nonfiction has been an asset as an editor. I love working with authors to make a manuscript the best it can be no matter what genre I am working on.

I am a member of The Editorial Freelancers Association, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and The Women's Fiction Writer's Association (WFWA) where I am a webinar program leader.

I look forward to working with you in your writing endeavors!

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-Employed Contractor
February, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

• Review, critique, and edit Children’s Literature query letters and manuscripts including both fiction and non-fiction
• Freelance editor for Pandamoon Publishing performing proofreading, copyediting and developmental editing for adult fiction: Developmental/Substantive Editing--BECOMING THUPERMAN by Elgon Williams Pandamoon Publishing (February, 2017); MADE SAFE by Francis Sparks; Pandamoon Publishing (January, 2017); A FLASH OF RED by Sarah K. Stephens Pandamoon Publishing (December, 2016)

Copy Editing--THE LAST DETECTIVE by Brian Cohn Pandamoon Publishing (December, 2016)

Proofreading-- FATE'S PAST by Jason Huebinger Pandamoon Publishing (April, 2016); LOVE'S MISADVENTURE by Cheri Champagne Pandamoon Publishing (March, 2016); THE JULIET by Laura Ellen Scott Pandamoon Publishing (March, 2016); 122 RULES by Deek Rhew Pandamoon Publishing (March, 2016)
• Editor and contributor for The Mindsoak Podcast blog
• Contributor for The Children’s Writer’s Guild Online Magazine

Children's Book Author

Self-Employed
August, 2012 – Present (about 6 years)

• Children’s Book author and speaker
• Review, critique, and edit Children’s Literature query letters and manuscripts including both fiction and
non-fiction

Paralegal

The Law Offices of Joseph L. Grimaldi, LLC
November, 2011 – December, 2014 (about 3 years)

• Prepare and edit family-based, humanitarian, and deportation immigration cases (I-130/I-485, I-765, I-131, I-864, G-325A, TPS, Support Letters, Responses to Requests For Evidence, etc)
• Maintain case information and update database appropriately
• Maintain strong client contact regarding case information
• Schedule appointments and answer incoming calls for immigration attorney
• Generate bills
• Order/Maintain office supplies
• Other duties as assigned

Legal Administrative Assistant/Executive Assistant

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
March, 2007 – April, 2010 (about 3 years)

• Served as Legal Assistant to partner & co-chair of the Business Immigration Law Department who also took on the role of Office Managing Partner (“OMP”) in October 2009.
• Assisted the department as a whole including attorneys from the New York, Atlanta, and L.A. offices
• Maintained strong client contact as well as strong contact with foreign nationals regarding their cases via telephone; e-mail
• Reviewed cover letters and resumes for foreign nationals
• Oversaw the opening of non-immigrant and immigrant matters
• Assisted in initiating the PERM process for foreign nationals
• Maintained case information and update database appropriately
• Scheduled appointments, telephone conferences, and travel arrangements for attorneys and staff
• Served as a liaison between staff, HR Department, and OMP
• Entered billable hours for attorneys using Carpe Diem
• Handled expense/check requests and reimbursements for attorneys and paralegals
• Maintained working knowledge of immigration law
• Transcribed messages, legal documents, and other correspondence through dictation
• Participated in pro-bono projects

Portfolio (18 selected works)

122 Rules (122 Rules Series)

Deek Rhew

In his black-and-white world, Sam Bradford--former Marine turned government assassin--finally sees a speck of gray. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either sever or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity. Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone The Agency ... read more

In his black-and-white world, Sam Bradford--former Marine turned government assassin--finally sees a speck of gray. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either sever or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity. Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone The Agency ... read more

Love's Misadventure (The Mason Siblings Series Book 1)

Cheri Champagne

Mystery, spies, and kidnappings, all wrapped up in a regency romance novel!Love's Misadventure (2nd edition) is the first Amazon Best Selling regency period novel in Cheri Champagne's Mason Sibling Series.Miss Annabel Bradley refuses to accept life as a spinster. Her many years of pouring greedily over gothic novels has put her head in the clouds; dreaming and hoping for the love she reads abo... read more

Mystery, spies, and kidnappings, all wrapped up in a regency romance novel!Love's Misadventure (2nd edition) is the first Amazon Best Selling regency period novel in Cheri Champagne's Mason Sibling Series.Miss Annabel Bradley refuses to accept life as a spinster. Her many years of pouring greedily over gothic novels has put her head in the clouds; dreaming and hoping for the love she reads abo... read more

FATE'S PAST

Jason Huebinger

FATE’S PAST is the story of a couple, Cameron Harrison and Carrie Fields. While driving in rural Louisiana, Cameron and Carrie notice that their environment has changed—a faint cloud distorts the empty road, the clocks blink “00:00,” and a feeling of lifelessness creeps through their veins. For miles, they do not see any other cars, animals, or people. Then their experiences splinter. Carrie h... read more

FATE’S PAST is the story of a couple, Cameron Harrison and Carrie Fields. While driving in rural Louisiana, Cameron and Carrie notice that their environment has changed—a faint cloud distorts the empty road, the clocks blink “00:00,” and a feeling of lifelessness creeps through their veins. For miles, they do not see any other cars, animals, or people. Then their experiences splinter. Carrie h... read more

The Juliet

Laura Ellen Scott

"Ah, the wild west, where the men are tough, the women are trouble, and the emeralds are cursed."THE JULIET is a novel that braids the history of a cursed emerald called The Juliet with the story of an ailing, retired cowboy actor who comes to Death Valley to search for her. Rigg Dexon, best known for his role as Holt Breck in the classic but controversial seventies Western, Gallows River, hol... read more

"Ah, the wild west, where the men are tough, the women are trouble, and the emeralds are cursed."THE JULIET is a novel that braids the history of a cursed emerald called The Juliet with the story of an ailing, retired cowboy actor who comes to Death Valley to search for her. Rigg Dexon, best known for his role as Holt Breck in the classic but controversial seventies Western, Gallows River, hol... read more

The Last Detective

Brian Cohn

It's been two years since the invasion.Two years since the slicks came to our planet and herded humanity together like cattle, placing us under constant watch in the few cities that remain. The lucky ones are left to their own devices. The unlucky few are rounded up and carted off to labor camps to face an unknown fate.Former homicide detective Adrian Grace was cut off from his family, but has... read more

It's been two years since the invasion.Two years since the slicks came to our planet and herded humanity together like cattle, placing us under constant watch in the few cities that remain. The lucky ones are left to their own devices. The unlucky few are rounded up and carted off to labor camps to face an unknown fate.Former homicide detective Adrian Grace was cut off from his family, but has... read more

A Flash of Red

Sarah K. Stephens

A Flash of Red - A Psychological Thriller What happens when you can’t tell the difference between desire, obsession, and reality? Thanks to her husband, Anna is about to find out.Psychology professor Anna Kline and her architect husband, Sean, are a young couple in a fractured marriage, each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. Sean seeks solace from his perfect wife in the col... read more

A Flash of Red - A Psychological Thriller What happens when you can’t tell the difference between desire, obsession, and reality? Thanks to her husband, Anna is about to find out.Psychology professor Anna Kline and her architect husband, Sean, are a young couple in a fractured marriage, each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. Sean seeks solace from his perfect wife in the col... read more

Made Safe: Book 1 in The Moses Winter Mysteries

Francis Sparks

"Francis Sparks' MADE SAFE is a gripping, fast-paced and hard hitting thriller. Sparks' depiction of the gritty underbelly of the heartland will grab you by the throat and not let go. Hold on tight for a wild ride." Heather Gudenkauf ~ NYT bestselling author of The Weight of Silence"MADE SAFE is a fantastic thrill ride that eschews the clichéd Los Angeles detective and focuses on Moses Winter,... read more

"Francis Sparks' MADE SAFE is a gripping, fast-paced and hard hitting thriller. Sparks' depiction of the gritty underbelly of the heartland will grab you by the throat and not let go. Hold on tight for a wild ride." Heather Gudenkauf ~ NYT bestselling author of The Weight of Silence"MADE SAFE is a fantastic thrill ride that eschews the clichéd Los Angeles detective and focuses on Moses Winter,... read more

Food Allergies: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me)

Jessica Reino

It has been estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of the world’s population suffers from food allergies, and the consensus among medical professionals is that these numbers are still growing. Out of every classroom in America, there are at least two teens who have food allergies, and every three minutes someone is taken to the emergency room as a result of an allergic reaction. From school c... read more

It has been estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of the world’s population suffers from food allergies, and the consensus among medical professionals is that these numbers are still growing. Out of every classroom in America, there are at least two teens who have food allergies, and every three minutes someone is taken to the emergency room as a result of an allergic reaction. From school c... read more

Becoming Thuperman (Volume 1)

Elgon Williams

What if you could take make believe and make it real? It’s the summer of 1988 and little is normal about Will and Sandra, except for the name of their town, Normal, Illinois. The two precocious eight-year-olds share overactive imaginations, a love of baseball and genuine affection for each other. But over the course of a single, fateful week at the beginning of their summer vacation the duo di... read more

What if you could take make believe and make it real? It’s the summer of 1988 and little is normal about Will and Sandra, except for the name of their town, Normal, Illinois. The two precocious eight-year-olds share overactive imaginations, a love of baseball and genuine affection for each other. But over the course of a single, fateful week at the beginning of their summer vacation the duo di... read more

Kasigah - Witch Hunt

Seth Brady

Over two years have passed since the Council defeated the gods. In that time, Jennifer Le Fay has been waiting patiently, amassing an army against the magicians. Among them is a group of magic-resistant people known as Witch Hunters, led by Jennifer's right hand, Lucy, have the Council jumping at shadows. Meanwhile, Councilman Jacob has been watching the young auramancer, Jason, preparing him ... read more

Over two years have passed since the Council defeated the gods. In that time, Jennifer Le Fay has been waiting patiently, amassing an army against the magicians. Among them is a group of magic-resistant people known as Witch Hunters, led by Jennifer's right hand, Lucy, have the Council jumping at shadows. Meanwhile, Councilman Jacob has been watching the young auramancer, Jason, preparing him ... read more

Symphony Hollow

Jessica Reino

How do you get to Symphony Hollow? Past the babbling brook and buttercup fields of course! Join musical friends, Bee Thoven, Baa-ach, and Pav-a-RAT-i as they work together to compose a song fit for Vibaldi’s competition and one that would make Mr. Moosezart proud.

How do you get to Symphony Hollow? Past the babbling brook and buttercup fields of course! Join musical friends, Bee Thoven, Baa-ach, and Pav-a-RAT-i as they work together to compose a song fit for Vibaldi’s competition and one that would make Mr. Moosezart proud.

The Hedgewitch's Charm: The Sitnalta Series (Sitnalta Series Book)

Alisee Lee Goldenberg

In book 4 of award winning Alisse Lee Goldenberg's Sitnalta Series, she continues to thrill readers with Princess Sitnalta's exploits.A strange illness is sweeping through the kingdom of Colonodona bringing pain and death wherever it hits. Gwendolyn, a young hedgewitch has made the startling discovery that the illness is one that has been created out of magic. Leaving her home, she makes the t... read more

In book 4 of award winning Alisse Lee Goldenberg's Sitnalta Series, she continues to thrill readers with Princess Sitnalta's exploits.A strange illness is sweeping through the kingdom of Colonodona bringing pain and death wherever it hits. Gwendolyn, a young hedgewitch has made the startling discovery that the illness is one that has been created out of magic. Leaving her home, she makes the t... read more

The False Princess: The Sitnalta Series Book 5

Alisse Lee Goldenberg

In Alisse Lee Goldenberg's fifth and final book in her award winning Sitnalta series, we find a mature Princess Sitnalta facing intrigue, revolution, murder, redemption, and an upcoming marriage in one final story. It is a must read for the followers of this series. Desperate for revenge over the death of his friend, the Duke Sparrow finds himself in the possession of some information that wil... read more

In Alisse Lee Goldenberg's fifth and final book in her award winning Sitnalta series, we find a mature Princess Sitnalta facing intrigue, revolution, murder, redemption, and an upcoming marriage in one final story. It is a must read for the followers of this series. Desperate for revenge over the death of his friend, the Duke Sparrow finds himself in the possession of some information that wil... read more

The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks

Brian Cohn

THE UNRAVELING OF BRENDAN MEEKS is a first-person glimpse into the mind of a young man with schizophrenia as he deals with tragic loss. The result is a unique and unforgettable mystery clouded with hallucinations and fraught by paranoia. Meeks is a young man born with a silver spoon jammed down his throat, a fact his domineering mother has never let him forget. Although he has nearly everythin... read more

THE UNRAVELING OF BRENDAN MEEKS is a first-person glimpse into the mind of a young man with schizophrenia as he deals with tragic loss. The result is a unique and unforgettable mystery clouded with hallucinations and fraught by paranoia. Meeks is a young man born with a silver spoon jammed down his throat, a fact his domineering mother has never let him forget. Although he has nearly everythin... read more

Little Maryam

Hamid Baig

“Little Maryam is a compelling story, filled with pain and heart, and culminating in such a poignant and original twist, it stayed with me for days after I put the book down.” - Author Francine LaSala, A Comfortable Madness What sacrifices are we willing to make for love? While giving a speech for his Nobel Prize nomination, Dr. Saadiq Haider receives a phone call that changes his life. Abando... read more

“Little Maryam is a compelling story, filled with pain and heart, and culminating in such a poignant and original twist, it stayed with me for days after I put the book down.” - Author Francine LaSala, A Comfortable Madness What sacrifices are we willing to make for love? While giving a speech for his Nobel Prize nomination, Dr. Saadiq Haider receives a phone call that changes his life. Abando... read more

Kasigah-Godspeed

Seth Brady

What if I told you the Gods had been locked up for thousands of years and someone was trying to release them? The person trying to release them will stop at nothing, including killing three wizards at Circe, a special school for fledgling wizards. New student Jason has just arrived and is quickly caught up in a struggle between Gods, Wizards, and Kasigah, the caretaker of an ancient Wellspring... read more

What if I told you the Gods had been locked up for thousands of years and someone was trying to release them? The person trying to release them will stop at nothing, including killing three wizards at Circe, a special school for fledgling wizards. New student Jason has just arrived and is quickly caught up in a struggle between Gods, Wizards, and Kasigah, the caretaker of an ancient Wellspring... read more

The To-Hell-And-Back Club (The To-Hell-And-Back Club Series) (Volume 1)

Jill Hannah Anderson

When you've been to hell... new friends can bring you back. In this inspiring debut from Jill Hannah Anderson~ Peyton Brooks, a newly-empty nester with a comatose marriage, loses her three best friends in a car crash, and reaches out to women in the To-Hell-And-Back Club, hoping they’ll help resuscitate her life. Through the “Hell Club”, Peyton learns that it’s never too late to begin again. T... read more

When you've been to hell... new friends can bring you back. In this inspiring debut from Jill Hannah Anderson~ Peyton Brooks, a newly-empty nester with a comatose marriage, loses her three best friends in a car crash, and reaches out to women in the To-Hell-And-Back Club, hoping they’ll help resuscitate her life. Through the “Hell Club”, Peyton learns that it’s never too late to begin again. T... read more

Crazy Little Town Called love: The To-Hell-And-Back Club Series: Book Two

Jill Hannah Anderson

Get ready for relatable stories for and about women in book two in Jill Hannah Anderson's best selling "The To Hell-And-Back Club" series.Thirty-two-year-old Molly’s cushy life in Minneapolis tanks when her long-time boyfriend bails on her and their underwater-mortgaged home. She needs a place to live and a new job—and the answer to both may be in a quaint town called Love. The town where her ... read more

Get ready for relatable stories for and about women in book two in Jill Hannah Anderson's best selling "The To Hell-And-Back Club" series.Thirty-two-year-old Molly’s cushy life in Minneapolis tanks when her long-time boyfriend bails on her and their underwater-mortgaged home. She needs a place to live and a new job—and the answer to both may be in a quaint town called Love. The town where her ... read more

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