Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith – Editor

Advocate for inclusivity and diversity; #OwnVoices reader for queer/mentally ill characters. I specialize in romance, fantasy, and poetry.


A dedicated, hard-working professional bookworm with six years of publishing experience and more than 250 titles closed to print as production editor so far, including New York Times and USA Today best-selling books such as the Dark Olympus series by Katee Robert and King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair. Enthusiastic self-starter with a passion for written works and the village of people that makes them possible. I've worked primarily on romance and women's fiction in the past, but now work mainly on academic texts, monographs, short story collections, and poetry in my day job and fantasy, sci-fi, and romance in my freelance work. In my free time I read everything from nonfiction on international relations to steamy paranormal romance and a whole lot in between. My specialties include project management, copy editing, and proofreading.

I take a holistic approach to my projects, identifying any pain points, creating and maintaining a style sheet for your book to ensure accuracy and consistency based on Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (or your preferred style guide/dictionary), and using my experience and knowledge of the bookmaking and publishing processes as a whole to serve as more than a copy editor or proofreader--I hope that I can be a resource for any questions you might have about the publishing/book production process as a whole.
Contemporary Romance Fantasy Historical Romance LGBTQ Fiction Paranormal Romance Poetry Romantic Comedy
English (US)

Work experience


Aug, 2022 — Present

I provide copy editing and proofreading services to clients including WEBTOON, polishing up content for their digital fiction app, Yonder.

The University of Wisconsin Press

May, 2022 — Present

Oversees the editorial process for 25–35 book projects each year from manuscript to bound book.
Prepares manuscripts for freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers and evaluates their work, evaluates and organizes illustrations and permissions. Copy edits select fiction projects.
Serves as editorial liaison with authors, vendors, and other Press departments; reviews authors’ revisions to edited manuscripts; edits introductions, indexes, and occasional manuscripts; reviews page proofs and author corrections; and performs other duties as assigned.
Coordinates corrections for reprints, copy edits marketing materials, applies for CIP data, and submits applications to register copyright.


Feb, 2017 — May, 2022 (about 5 years)

Lead production editor on Sourcebooks Casablanca romance and historical western titles, as well as a handful of Bloom Books rush projects.
Governed full list of titles, managed production timelines and workflow through bookmaking process, hitting all scheduled benchmark dates or projecting new benchmarks as needed.
Worked to ensure highest quality possible on each project through facilitating copy edit and proofread processes, routing covers and pages to relevant stakeholders, etc.
Managed freelance copy editing, proofreading, and scanning services, communicating queries to authors and editors, as well as training new freelancers on styles, style sheets, and PDF mark-up to ensure house conventions were followed.
Collaborated with editorial, production, and design to produce the best possible product, evaluating content and ensuring content and messaging across all formats remained consistent.


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Jessica has 2 reviews





Danielle P.

Danielle P.

Oct, 2023

We had to cancel this collaboration due to Jessica’s illness, but she was very sweet to let me know beforehand. From the time we did talk, she was very communicative, professional, and sounded very excited to work on my second poetry book. I hope we can work together again next time!
Valerie G.

Valerie G.

Jul, 2023

Jessica was so great to work with. She was very professional, responsive, and thorough when it came to working on my book. She gave great feedback and suggestions. I have no doubts that my book is better because of her.

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