Jessica Riordan

Jessica Riordan - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

I've edited more than 50 nonfiction books in categories like pop-culture, self-help, sports, how-to, and humor. I'd love yours to be next!

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Hi! I'm Jess, an editor with 8+ years of experience working with authors and brands across a wide array of non-fiction genres including humor, pop-culture, self-help, how-to, memoir, and sports -- some recent titles and favorites of mine are linked below.

With dozens of books and stationery products under my belt across multiple imprints and formats, I can help you think about unique strategies for your specific project -- let's get creative and get you published! I look forward to tailoring my expertise to fit the needs of your project no matter what stage it's in, be it a seed of an idea, outline, rough manuscript, or full proposal. I'm here to help with any and every step of the process, from concept development and manuscript evaluation to proofreading, fact-checking, and substantive developmental editing.

I'd love to partner with you!
English (US)
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience


Hachette Book Group / Running Press
July, 2015 – Present (almost 7 years)

I solicit, acquire, develop, and edit 20-30 projects per year across the Running Press, RP Studio, RP Minis, and RP Kids imprints. I've established licensing partnerships with Pusheen, Rotten Tomatoes, Pantone, and The Fred Rogers Company, and have led book, stationery, and mini kit projects under these agreements and Disney, emoji, Fox, NBC, and Paramount licensing agreements.

Assistant Editor

Rodale Books
October, 2012 – May, 2015 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Jessica has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Aruna Gobalan
I’m so pleased to have worked with Jessica on my debut non-fiction book. Jessica has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She was able to take my raw and often discombobulated words and turn them into a coherent story. Jessica went above and beyond her call of duty to hold my hand through the editing process. I would definitely recommend Jessica for developmental / copy editing services.

Aruna Gobalan, December 2020

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