Jessie Campbell

Jessie Campbell - Editor

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Freelance editor offering top-notch manuscript editing with a backlist of bestselling authors who repeatedly choose me for every new release

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I’m passionate about making every manuscript the best it can be. I lead an editorial team of five diverse, experienced, and highly recommended professionals; our combined training includes decades of proofreading, copyediting, and developmental editing for nearly all genres of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as web content editing and book blurb writing from roles at publishing houses as well as BookBub (though our clients do not receive special treatment regarding BookBub services). By choosing me, you’ll benefit from my personal acumen and I’ll always be your editor, but I’ll often call upon my team members to offer their skills and input so you are getting multiple editors for the price of one, right here on Reedsy!

When I learn more about you and your vision, I’ll present a detailed plan of exactly how my team will partner with me to give your manuscript the best possible service out there. No surprises and open communication with my clients is my promise.

My client list includes multiple USA Today bestselling authors. Author testimonials are available upon request; I am new to Reedsy, which is why I don’t have reviews here, but I have many happy clients who can confirm the quality of my work and that of my team members.

I frequently attend writing and book conferences and am often selected to lead editing panels at conferences for self-published authors. I invest in professional development for my team members and am personally committed to stay on the cutting edge of the book world so my authors benefit from strategic branding insight based on current industry trends.

Every potential client receives a free sample edit and consultation call before committing, because I want you to feel confident you’ve picked the right editor for you.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Romance
Urban Fantasy
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • TEFL

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

Previously a freelance editor, I launched a full-service editing services company and lead a team of talented and experienced developmental editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders to best service my rapidly growing client list. We’re a small but dedicated team with combined professional editing experience in nearly every genre, both fiction and nonfiction. I am a passionate publishing professional with diverse experience in the book world and solid industry know-how that goes far beyond grammar.

One of South Africa’s most successful independent book publishers partnered with me in early 2016, and I edit all new releases by indie powerhouses Adrienne Woods and Kristin Ping, as well as other authors at that house like Isabella White, Melissa Kate, and more. Our relationship is long-standing, constant, and built on trust and excellence. It’s far from transactional.

Production Editor

BookBub
January, 2016 – Present (almost 4 years)

I work with BookBub book data, build deal emails, manage content for audiobooks venture, proofread book blurbs, assemble emails to millions of members, proof partner and reader blogs, and much more. BookBub is considered the gold standard in ebook marketing and my wealth of knowledge from years of working on the front lines of their product extends beyond simple email marketing. I have natural expertise in publisher descriptions, genre audience expectations, cover trends, and much more.

Editorial Department Intern

Pelican Publishing Company
September, 2015 – November, 2015 (2 months)

I worked as an intern in the largest independent book published in the US South. Because it is a small organization, I saw the full scope of editorial duties, including acquisitions.

- Edited full book manuscripts—both copyediting and developmental editing.
- Provided substantive edits on full books to be released in the coming season, including two adult nonfiction books and several children’s picture books.
- Proofread typeset copy and edited book projects.
- Evaluated manuscripts under consideration before they went to the editorial board.
- Sat in on, and sometimes led, talent management meetings to help guide authors through the editorial process.
- Reviewed rough and final art for accuracy, consistency, and style.
- Proofread typeset books for missed errors at a late stage.

Writer, UTOPiAcon staff, and contributor to writing group critiques

Jessie Campbell writer services
January, 2008 – Present (almost 12 years)

I have edited hundreds of manuscripts through my writing groups. My first short story publication (of many) was in 2008. I've been an organizer and panelist at UTOPiAcon since its inception in 2012.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Dream Casters: Shadow

Adrienne Woods

Chastity Blake discovered the hard way what she was: a modern-day Sandman. But things aren't looking up for Chastity. She is guarding a secret deep within her — her dark sand, or what Reverians call her Shadow. Shadow Casters are known for their dark dreams, the nightmares they create. If she's caught with dark sand, she may be subjected to harsh interrogation, even banished to the Oblivion wi... read more

Chastity Blake discovered the hard way what she was: a modern-day Sandman. But things aren't looking up for Chastity. She is guarding a secret deep within her — her dark sand, or what Reverians call her Shadow. Shadow Casters are known for their dark dreams, the nightmares they create. If she's caught with dark sand, she may be subjected to harsh interrogation, even banished to the Oblivion wi... read more

Immortal: Guardian of Monsters (Varcolac Novel Book 1)

Kristin Ping

Natasha’s life begins the night she is turned. With the ability to channel fire, a gift that only belongs to the witches, she becomes a terror— not only to the packs, but all the supernatural breeds. She’s known as Blaze. The deadliest vampire out there.But Blaze has a secret. She didn’t want to become a vampire, she needed to become a vampire, and her reasoning is lost. It died the night her ... read more

Natasha’s life begins the night she is turned. With the ability to channel fire, a gift that only belongs to the witches, she becomes a terror— not only to the packs, but all the supernatural breeds. She’s known as Blaze. The deadliest vampire out there.But Blaze has a secret. She didn’t want to become a vampire, she needed to become a vampire, and her reasoning is lost. It died the night her ... read more

From a Jack to a King

Isabella White

The movie “Nottinghill” with a dash of flames.World-renowned author Rebecca Finlay seems to have it all—award-winning books, fame and fortune—but her reality is bleaker than the public eye sees. Widowed three years ago, she tries to juggle her celebrity status while raising her two teenagers. She never thought she' find love again, until she meets Jack Priestly. There are only three things Jac... read more

The movie “Nottinghill” with a dash of flames.World-renowned author Rebecca Finlay seems to have it all—award-winning books, fame and fortune—but her reality is bleaker than the public eye sees. Widowed three years ago, she tries to juggle her celebrity status while raising her two teenagers. She never thought she' find love again, until she meets Jack Priestly. There are only three things Jac... read more

The Curse

Kristin Ping

Dreamcatchers can't ward off nightmares if your nightmare is your reality? Moving to a small town is the last thing Melanie wanted, but her entire family, even her identical twin, Emily, assures her it's the best thing for her family. But Melanie knows it's just another form of punishment, because that's all her family does to her—punishes her. Emily just wants her sister back, wants to recove... read more

Dreamcatchers can't ward off nightmares if your nightmare is your reality? Moving to a small town is the last thing Melanie wanted, but her entire family, even her identical twin, Emily, assures her it's the best thing for her family. But Melanie knows it's just another form of punishment, because that's all her family does to her—punishes her. Emily just wants her sister back, wants to recove... read more

Darkbeam Part I: A Dragonian Series Novel: The Rubicon's Story (The Beam Series Book 2)

Adrienne Woods

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT'S A DARK FANTASY AND NOT FOR YAEveryone in Paegeia knows that only one Rubicon dragon lives at a time.If more than one, they will destroy Paegeia and eventually the rest of the world as they crave that constant power for dominance.Blake Leaf is this era's Rubicon, and is destined for grate things if his darkness can be won.Darkbeam Part 1 follows the story of the Rubicon an... read more

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT'S A DARK FANTASY AND NOT FOR YAEveryone in Paegeia knows that only one Rubicon dragon lives at a time.If more than one, they will destroy Paegeia and eventually the rest of the world as they crave that constant power for dominance.Blake Leaf is this era's Rubicon, and is destined for grate things if his darkness can be won.Darkbeam Part 1 follows the story of the Rubicon an... read more

Moonbeam: a Dragonian Series Novel (The Beam Series Book 1)

Adrienne Woods

Moonbeam follows Blake and Elena ten years later from where the last novel, Starlight, ended.What if your 'what if' becomes finally an option. Would you go and change the past...?

Moonbeam follows Blake and Elena ten years later from where the last novel, Starlight, ended.What if your 'what if' becomes finally an option. Would you go and change the past...?

Revolution: A 5th Year Anniversary special Anthology from UTOPiAcon: Raising funds for the 'Help Build A South African Library Foundation'

Jessie Campbell, Nooce Miller, Christina Benjamin, Raye Wagner, Caroline A. Gill, Desira Fuqua, Tricia Zoeller, Kelly Risser

REVOLUTION A 5th Year Anniversary Anthology for UTOPiA 2016 A diverse and celebratory collection of stories based on the theme of Revolution. With eight stories written in a variety of genres, from Paranormal Romance, to Sci-Fi Dystopia, to Magic Realism, to Political Realism, the anthology, ‘Revolution’ is a page-turning, myriad collection of voices from different times and places, but all wi... read more

REVOLUTION A 5th Year Anniversary Anthology for UTOPiA 2016 A diverse and celebratory collection of stories based on the theme of Revolution. With eight stories written in a variety of genres, from Paranormal Romance, to Sci-Fi Dystopia, to Magic Realism, to Political Realism, the anthology, ‘Revolution’ is a page-turning, myriad collection of voices from different times and places, but all wi... read more

Imperfect Love (The 4ever Series Book 1)

Isabella White

Two people begrudgingly perfect for each other, creates the ideal recipe for imperfect love.At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. Everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sin... read more

Two people begrudgingly perfect for each other, creates the ideal recipe for imperfect love.At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. Everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sin... read more

Darkbeam Part II: A Dragonian Series Novel: The Rubicon's Story (The Beam Series Book 3)

Adrienne Woods

Please note that this is not for YA Audience like the Dragonian SeriesEveryone knows the Rubicon is predestined for evil, and the alpha dragon does nothing to change their opinions of him. What they don't know is that he harbors a secret, a secret that can set him free, but also trap him forever.Refusing to give in to that which can lead him to a path of freedom, Blake Leaf allows the darkness... read more

Please note that this is not for YA Audience like the Dragonian SeriesEveryone knows the Rubicon is predestined for evil, and the alpha dragon does nothing to change their opinions of him. What they don't know is that he harbors a secret, a secret that can set him free, but also trap him forever.Refusing to give in to that which can lead him to a path of freedom, Blake Leaf allows the darkness... read more

Forbidden: A Red Riding Hood Retelling

Adrienne Woods

This is not The Little Red Riding Hood we grew up with. Supernatural races—vampires, werewolves, witches, you name it—all exist. Eighteen-year-old Rue Chaperon and her family belong to an elite hunting society, the S.H.A—Supernatural Hunting Association—and what the Chaperons hunt best are werewolves. When a new hunting group convinces the Chaperons to team up with them and try a different app... read more

This is not The Little Red Riding Hood we grew up with. Supernatural races—vampires, werewolves, witches, you name it—all exist. Eighteen-year-old Rue Chaperon and her family belong to an elite hunting society, the S.H.A—Supernatural Hunting Association—and what the Chaperons hunt best are werewolves. When a new hunting group convinces the Chaperons to team up with them and try a different app... read more

Hinder: A Bender's Novel (Guardian of Monsters Book 1)

Kristin Ping

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that's what he's trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches' Guardians, who are able to control a witches' ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan's case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost al... read more

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that's what he's trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches' Guardians, who are able to control a witches' ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan's case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost al... read more

Bushwhacker Belles: The Sisters, Wives, and Girlfriends of the Missouri Guerrillas

Larry Wood

A fascinating look at the brave belles of Missouri! Wives, sisters, daughters, lovers, friends, and mothers—they risked their lives and their freedom to give aid and comfort to their menfolk. In spite of the danger, they persevered in feeding, clothing, and sheltering the guerrillas. These courageous women of every age and station acted as essential go-betweens, scouts, spies, guides, and mail... read more

A fascinating look at the brave belles of Missouri! Wives, sisters, daughters, lovers, friends, and mothers—they risked their lives and their freedom to give aid and comfort to their menfolk. In spite of the danger, they persevered in feeding, clothing, and sheltering the guerrillas. These courageous women of every age and station acted as essential go-betweens, scouts, spies, guides, and mail... read more

SMUGGLER'S END: The Life and Death of Barry Seal

Del Hahn

Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal had a brief, but spectacular, career as a cocaine smuggler-turned DEA informant. At the height of his career, he was under investigation by the DEA in Mena, Arkansas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in addition to being under the watchful eye of the FBI. Despite the heat surrounding Seal, he made a drug run to Nicaragua in 1984, where he picked up 1,465 pounds of cocain... read more

Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal had a brief, but spectacular, career as a cocaine smuggler-turned DEA informant. At the height of his career, he was under investigation by the DEA in Mena, Arkansas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in addition to being under the watchful eye of the FBI. Despite the heat surrounding Seal, he made a drug run to Nicaragua in 1984, where he picked up 1,465 pounds of cocain... read more

THE WARMUP GUY

Robert Perlow, Richard John Cummins

A comedy show where no one is laughing is anything but funny, so from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, stand-up comedian Robert Perlow made it his mission to keep the energy flowing on television sets. Perlow perfected his routine as a warmup guy on the sets of some of television’s most popular shows, including Friends, Growing Pains, Cheers, Full House, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. F... read more

A comedy show where no one is laughing is anything but funny, so from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, stand-up comedian Robert Perlow made it his mission to keep the energy flowing on television sets. Perlow perfected his routine as a warmup guy on the sets of some of television’s most popular shows, including Friends, Growing Pains, Cheers, Full House, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. F... read more

Dream Casters: Light (Dream Casters Series Book 1)

Adrienne Woods

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da.....Seventeen year old Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children's story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, ... read more

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da.....Seventeen year old Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children's story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, ... read more

Hercules on the Bayou

Connie Morgan

Hercules faces his biggest challenge yet—the Louisiana swamps! Including battles with a twelve-clawed crawfish and the taming of a raging hurricane, this Cajun reimagining of the Hercules legend stirs together myth, culture, and Louisiana spice. Sent down to the hot and humid bayou from his kingdom in the clouds, Hercules must perform four daring labors to escape the immortal queen’s wrath. Lu... read more

Hercules faces his biggest challenge yet—the Louisiana swamps! Including battles with a twelve-clawed crawfish and the taming of a raging hurricane, this Cajun reimagining of the Hercules legend stirs together myth, culture, and Louisiana spice. Sent down to the hot and humid bayou from his kingdom in the clouds, Hercules must perform four daring labors to escape the immortal queen’s wrath. Lu... read more

CHAPPAQUIDDICK TRAGEDY: Kennedy's Second Passenger Revealed

Donald Frederick Nelson

On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off Dike Bridge and into Poucha Pond in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, after a night of partying in nearby Edgartown. Kennedy was unharmed and returned to Edgartown as if nothing had happened. His cousin Joe Gargan was reportedly willing to take the rap for the wreck, but he was not going to be held responsible for a death!In the morning, a... read more

On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off Dike Bridge and into Poucha Pond in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, after a night of partying in nearby Edgartown. Kennedy was unharmed and returned to Edgartown as if nothing had happened. His cousin Joe Gargan was reportedly willing to take the rap for the wreck, but he was not going to be held responsible for a death!In the morning, a... read more

Strange Case of Dr. Etienne Deschamps, The: Murder in the New Orleans French Quarter

Christopher G. Peña

Was Dr. Etienne Deschamps a vicious murderer, or insane? The French dentist made his home in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In addition to traditional dental procedures, he treated patients by using his supposed magnetic and hypnotic powers, frequently using chloroform. Dangerously obsessed with the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte, Deschamps began a search for the perfect spirit medium to gu... read more

Was Dr. Etienne Deschamps a vicious murderer, or insane? The French dentist made his home in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In addition to traditional dental procedures, he treated patients by using his supposed magnetic and hypnotic powers, frequently using chloroform. Dangerously obsessed with the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte, Deschamps began a search for the perfect spirit medium to gu... read more

DISAPPEARANCE OF AMANDA WRENN, THE

Joyce A. Stengel

After the deaths of her father and sister, Lou Harrison hopes that moving to Somerville with her mother will be the fresh start they need—but the secrets that hide in the small town threaten to shatter the order of Lou’s life all over again. Somerville is still scarred by the unsolved mystery of Amanda Wrenn, a girl who disappeared when she was thirteen and who bears a startling resemblance to... read more

After the deaths of her father and sister, Lou Harrison hopes that moving to Somerville with her mother will be the fresh start they need—but the secrets that hide in the small town threaten to shatter the order of Lou’s life all over again. Somerville is still scarred by the unsolved mystery of Amanda Wrenn, a girl who disappeared when she was thirteen and who bears a startling resemblance to... read more

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Larry Feign
Jessie provided more than I asked for: a microscopically detailed copy edit, catching every stray comma and minor spelling inconsistency within a vast array of non-English character names, while at the same time catching me on the overuse of several words. I did not ask her to edit my prose, but to be on the lookout for tangled sentences and dangling plot questions; she was remarkable in her ju...
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Larry Feign, September 2019


Lynda Meyers
Jessie's proofread once again highlighted areas that still needed a bit of tweaking. She was thorough, consistent, and created a Series Bible for me to use in my subsequent books. I love her exuberance and especially her love for her work and highly recommend her services.

Lynda Meyers, August 2019


Lynda Meyers
Jessie is a gold mine. I have been looking for a long time for an editor I can truly connect with. One that believes in my work as passionately as I do! Jessie and her team improved my book significantly. I can't say enough about how strong she is as a developmental editor, while still being committed to me retaining my own voice.

Lynda Meyers, August 2019

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