Jessica Riordan

Jessica Riordan - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

I've edited 50+ nonfiction books for Big 5 publishers, focusing on entertainment/pop-culture, sports, humor, and memoir. Let's collaborate!

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Hi! I'm Jess, an editor with 10+ years of experience at two Big 5 publishers 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, proposal, or full manuscript. 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)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sports & Outdoors

Work experience


Hachette Book Group / Running Press
July, 2015 – October, 2021 (over 6 years)

In my time as an editor at Running Press (an imprint of Hachette Book Group, a Big 5 publisher), I solicited, acquired, developed, and edited 20-30 projects per year across the Running Press, RP Studio, RP Minis, and RP Kids imprints. I 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. I am now Managing Editor for Running Press and Black Dog & Leventhal, managing our lists and schedules.

Assistant Editor

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

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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