Jim Pennypacker

Jim Pennypacker - Editor Tick

Palmyra, VA, USA

20+ years experience helping business and technology authors produce remarkable copy, and a fun guy to work with

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Overview

With more than twenty years publishing experience, I have edited a wide variety of award-winning nonfiction books covering leadership, management, careers and work, technology, social responsibility, marketing and public relations, project management, social media, entrepreneurship and small business, strategy and planning, teamwork, communications, human resources . . .

I will work with you to make sure that your manuscript is publishing ready. That means I'll make sure that the writing is correct, clear, concise, coherent, consistent, captivating, and compelling. That it follows Chicago Manual of Style rules. That it will inform, engage, and persuade readers.

Some of the books I’ve edited include the first edition of the Project Management Institute’s bestselling business book, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide); Reuters journalist Bobbi Rebell’s Amazon bestseller, How to Be a Financial Grownup; Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila’s award-winning memoir, Against All Odds; consultant Moe Carrick and Nintendo Executive VP/Sales and Marketing Cammie Dunaway’s Amazon bestseller, Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job; H.J. Heinz Chief Talent Management Officer Kimberly Janson’s award-winning Demystifying Talent Management; and Forbes columnist Robert Wynne's Straight Talk About Public Relations.

I love to talk about nonfiction book publishing, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you just want to chat.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Career Guides
Computers & Internet
Engineering
Publishing
Technology

Certifications

  • Graduate Publishing Program, Arizona State University
  • MBA, Technology & Electronic Commerce, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Philosophy of Science and Technology, Temple University
  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • ACES: The Society for Editing
  • Independent Book Publishers Association

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (over 10 years)

Specialize in editing nonfiction books, but I edit all types of documents: nonfiction books, magazines, white papers, newsletters, business reports, technical papers, brochures, marketing copy, press releases, website copy . . .

Adjunct Professor, College of Business

West Chester University
September, 2007 – June, 2012 (over 4 years)

Responsible for developing and delivering courses to graduate and undergraduate students on Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management.

Director, Center for Business Practices

PM Solutions
September, 1999 – January, 2009 (over 9 years)

Built this management consulting company’s publishing and research division into a premier source of management information. Responsible for editorial development, publication, and distribution of corporate knowledge. Established book publishing program and edited book manuscripts.

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Project Management Institute
July, 1994 – September, 1999 (about 5 years)

Grew publishing division from $400,000 to $4.5 million revenue in four years. Edited the first edition of the bestselling business book A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). Edited monthly magazine PM Network and quarterly journal Project Management Journal. Established PMI's book publishing program and edited book manuscripts. Member of the Board of Directors.

Producer and Marketing Director

The Show Management Company
September, 1992 – July, 1994 (almost 2 years)

Planned and implemented marketing for computer trade show, MacShow. Marketing communications included newsletters, direct mail, space advertising, radio, television, billboard, point-of-purchase. Responsible for editorial development of all marketing materials.

Publisher and Creative Director

Fox Pond Communications
June, 1986 – September, 1992 (over 6 years)

Founded and managed small but influential communications consulting and services company. Designed, edited, published, and marketed dozens of business and professional publications — books, magazines, newspapers, catalogs — for associations, publishers, and corporations.

Book Editor, Marketing Director, and Assistant to the President

Transaction Publishers at Rutgers University
June, 1984 – June, 1986 (about 2 years)

Edited books and led marketing efforts for this social science publisher based at Rutgers University.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

How to Be a Financial Grownup: Proven Advice from High Achievers on How to Live Your Dreams and Have Financial Freedom

Bobbi Rebell

Bobbi Rebell, award-winning TV anchor and personal finance columnist at Thomson Reuters, taps into her exclusive network of business leaders to share with you stories of the financial lessons they learned early in their lives that helped them become successful. She then uses these stories as jumping off points to offer specific, actionable advice on how you can become a financial grownup just ... read more

Bobbi Rebell, award-winning TV anchor and personal finance columnist at Thomson Reuters, taps into her exclusive network of business leaders to share with you stories of the financial lessons they learned early in their lives that helped them become successful. She then uses these stories as jumping off points to offer specific, actionable advice on how you can become a financial grownup just ... read more

Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job

Moe Carrick, Cammie Dunaway

This practical guide for job hunters or employees at any career stage offers useful advice, tools, and exercises to help you find the job you’ll love.How can you discover a job that really matches your needs? A job that provides meaning to your life? Fit Matters shows you how.Odds are that you want to bring your best self to work. You want a job that feeds your spirit, your mind, and your hear... read more

This practical guide for job hunters or employees at any career stage offers useful advice, tools, and exercises to help you find the job you’ll love.How can you discover a job that really matches your needs? A job that provides meaning to your life? Fit Matters shows you how.Odds are that you want to bring your best self to work. You want a job that feeds your spirit, your mind, and your hear... read more

The Speaker's Edge: The Ultimate Go-To Guide for Locating and Landing Lots of Speaking Gigs

Ken Lizotte

Speakers for business and nonprofit events are sought out every day by meeting planners and program directors. Those who get the call are typically those who fill a specific need and can boast appropriate credentials and experience. The Speaker's Edge shows you how to land these speaking engagements, especially ones that pay.This comprehensive book covers all the conventional means for locatin... read more

Speakers for business and nonprofit events are sought out every day by meeting planners and program directors. Those who get the call are typically those who fill a specific need and can boast appropriate credentials and experience. The Speaker's Edge shows you how to land these speaking engagements, especially ones that pay.This comprehensive book covers all the conventional means for locatin... read more

A User's Manual to the PMBOK Guide

Cynthia Snyder Stackpole

The professional standard in the field of project management, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge better known as the PMBOK® Guide published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) serves as the ultimate resource for professionals and as a valuable studying and training device for students taking the PMP® exam. A User's Manual to the PMBOK® Guide takes the next logical step ... read more

The professional standard in the field of project management, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge better known as the PMBOK® Guide published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) serves as the ultimate resource for professionals and as a valuable studying and training device for students taking the PMP® exam. A User's Manual to the PMBOK® Guide takes the next logical step ... read more

Straight Talk About Public Relations: What You Think You Know Is Wrong

Robert Wynne

Straight Talk About Public Relations is for those who want to learn the essentials of PR, including how to write a compelling press release, successfully pitch the media, write an editorial that wows, create a persuasive social media campaign, engage audiences with powerful content marketing, and measure PR success.Robert Wynne uses wit, humor, and, yes, straight talk to help readers learn the... read more

Straight Talk About Public Relations is for those who want to learn the essentials of PR, including how to write a compelling press release, successfully pitch the media, write an editorial that wows, create a persuasive social media campaign, engage audiences with powerful content marketing, and measure PR success.Robert Wynne uses wit, humor, and, yes, straight talk to help readers learn the... read more

The NICE Reboot: A Guide to Becoming a Better Female Entrepreneur

Penina Rybak

Today's startup culture and business landscape demands that we more carefully and collectively examine our attempts to balance humanity and technology, and busyness and productivity. The changing rules of engagement and increasing numbers of women in leadership and entrepreneurship are causing us to all redefine success, strategy, outcomes, and outlook. It's time to reboot, especially if you a... read more

Today's startup culture and business landscape demands that we more carefully and collectively examine our attempts to balance humanity and technology, and busyness and productivity. The changing rules of engagement and increasing numbers of women in leadership and entrepreneurship are causing us to all redefine success, strategy, outcomes, and outlook. It's time to reboot, especially if you a... read more

The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition (PM Solutions Research)

J. Kent Crawford

The second edition of this award-winning reference provides step-by-step instructions for establishing and maturing a project management office (PMO). Concise and easy to read, The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition covers the four primary areas of knowledge and practice regarding the PMO: governance and portfolio management, resource optimization, organizational change, and performance ... read more

The second edition of this award-winning reference provides step-by-step instructions for establishing and maturing a project management office (PMO). Concise and easy to read, The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition covers the four primary areas of knowledge and practice regarding the PMO: governance and portfolio management, resource optimization, organizational change, and performance ... read more

Flair: Design Your Daily Work, Products, and Services to Energize Your Customers, Colleagues, and Audiences

Jim Poage, Jennifer Poage

Learn how to add WOW! to your products, services, and everyday work in order to increase sales as well as advance your career.What makes certain products gain mass appeal, acquire a dedicated following, and draw customers to wait in line for the latest version? Why do some restaurants book out weeks in advance and create buzz among would-be patrons? How are certain employees able to energize t... read more

Learn how to add WOW! to your products, services, and everyday work in order to increase sales as well as advance your career.What makes certain products gain mass appeal, acquire a dedicated following, and draw customers to wait in line for the latest version? Why do some restaurants book out weeks in advance and create buzz among would-be patrons? How are certain employees able to energize t... read more

Otherwise Engaged: How Leaders Can Get A Firmer Grip on Employee Engagement and Other Key Intangibles

John Guaspari

Ask leaders what their biggest challenge is, and they're likely to say: "It's the people part of the job . . . the soft stuff . . . the so-called intangibles." Otherwise Engaged shines a bright light on the cause of this challenge: a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of intangibles, like engagement, empowerment, respect. The book focuses on the too-often overlooked first step in ... read more

Ask leaders what their biggest challenge is, and they're likely to say: "It's the people part of the job . . . the soft stuff . . . the so-called intangibles." Otherwise Engaged shines a bright light on the cause of this challenge: a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of intangibles, like engagement, empowerment, respect. The book focuses on the too-often overlooked first step in ... read more

Project Portfolio Management: A View from the Management Trenches

Inc. EPMC

Written by ten successful project portfolio managers from companies including AAA, Boeing, Franklin Templeton, Johnson & Johnson, Safeway, and the UK Government, this easy-to-follow guide takes you through the project portfolio management process. It's based on what actually works, giving you a clear road map and the tools needed to determine the optimal mix and sequencing of projects in order... read more

Written by ten successful project portfolio managers from companies including AAA, Boeing, Franklin Templeton, Johnson & Johnson, Safeway, and the UK Government, this easy-to-follow guide takes you through the project portfolio management process. It's based on what actually works, giving you a clear road map and the tools needed to determine the optimal mix and sequencing of projects in order... read more

Twisted Leadership: How to Engage the Full Talents of Everyone in Your Organization

Charles C. Manz, Craig Pearce

Discover a new way of thinking about leadership – learn how anyone, at any level of an organization, can be a leader. Today’s business, political, and not-for-profit worlds are plagued by a leadership disease – the overly simplistic view of leadership as something that resides in one person, or a few people, who influence lower-level subordinates. This wrong-headed view of leadership is danger... read more

Discover a new way of thinking about leadership – learn how anyone, at any level of an organization, can be a leader. Today’s business, political, and not-for-profit worlds are plagued by a leadership disease – the overly simplistic view of leadership as something that resides in one person, or a few people, who influence lower-level subordinates. This wrong-headed view of leadership is danger... read more

Six Steps to Small Business Success: How to Start, Manage, and Sell Your Business

Bert Doerhoff, Lowell Lillge, David Lucier, R. Sean Manning, C. Gregory Orcutt

* The first edition of this book won the prestigious Book of the Year Award presented by the Professional Association of Small Business AccountantsMany entrepreneurs fail, not because they have bad ideas, but because they don't have the knowledge it takes to convert their ideas into success. In Six Steps to Small Business Success, five seasoned CPAs provide practical advice, step-by-step guida... read more

* The first edition of this book won the prestigious Book of the Year Award presented by the Professional Association of Small Business AccountantsMany entrepreneurs fail, not because they have bad ideas, but because they don't have the knowledge it takes to convert their ideas into success. In Six Steps to Small Business Success, five seasoned CPAs provide practical advice, step-by-step guida... read more

Against All Odds: Leading Nokia from Near Catastrophe to Global Success

Jorma Ollila, Harri Saukkomaa

In this compelling memoir, Nokia's legendary CEO Jorma Ollila presents a riveting account of the inner workings of the company that created the global mobile revolution. CEO from 1992 to 2006, Ollila led Nokia from near catastrophe to become the world's leading mobile phone manufacturer. He built a company where visionary thinking and courageous decisions were combined with exceptional creativ... read more

In this compelling memoir, Nokia's legendary CEO Jorma Ollila presents a riveting account of the inner workings of the company that created the global mobile revolution. CEO from 1992 to 2006, Ollila led Nokia from near catastrophe to become the world's leading mobile phone manufacturer. He built a company where visionary thinking and courageous decisions were combined with exceptional creativ... read more

Not Just Numbers: Rediscovering the Promise and Power of Marketing Research

Lawrence D. Gibson

In this provocative and insightful book, highly regarded marketing research expert Lawrence Gibson argues that the multibillion-dollar marketing research industry has largely failed. The book shows you exactly why it's failed and how it must change. Gibson asserts that businesses need a different way of looking at marketing research, both more scientific and more practical. Marketing research ... read more

In this provocative and insightful book, highly regarded marketing research expert Lawrence Gibson argues that the multibillion-dollar marketing research industry has largely failed. The book shows you exactly why it's failed and how it must change. Gibson asserts that businesses need a different way of looking at marketing research, both more scientific and more practical. Marketing research ... read more

The Boomer's Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing: Learn How to Navigate the Digital Highway

Kalynn Amadio

Are you a baby boomer business professional struggling to make sense of social media? Discover how to get in front of ideal prospects, increase customer retention and loyalty, and grow your business using social media. You'll see that it's fun to use social media to build your business when you have the right guide showing you the way.This book will show you: Which six social media websites yo... read more

Are you a baby boomer business professional struggling to make sense of social media? Discover how to get in front of ideal prospects, increase customer retention and loyalty, and grow your business using social media. You'll see that it's fun to use social media to build your business when you have the right guide showing you the way.This book will show you: Which six social media websites yo... read more

Project Management Essentials: A Quick and Easy Guide to the Most Important Concepts and Best Practices for Managing Your Projects Right

William P. Athayde, Ruth Elswick, Paul Lombard

If you're new to project management or need to refresh your knowledge, Project Management Essentials, Third Edition, is the quickest and easiest way to learn how to manage projects successfully. The simple techniques and templates in this book provide you with the essential tools you'll need to be an effective project manager. It's as simple as that.Read the book and discover: How to plan well... read more

If you're new to project management or need to refresh your knowledge, Project Management Essentials, Third Edition, is the quickest and easiest way to learn how to manage projects successfully. The simple techniques and templates in this book provide you with the essential tools you'll need to be an effective project manager. It's as simple as that.Read the book and discover: How to plan well... read more

Demystifying Talent Management: Unleash People's Potential to Deliver Superior Results

Kimberly Janson

Demystifying Talent Management offers practical advice for all managers, HR professionals, senior leaders, and other employees on how to work together to build a talented and motivated workforce. The book addresses performance, development, coaching, feedback, compensation, and other elements of people management. Using simple, straightforward language, Kim Janson tells you how you can avoid c... read more

Demystifying Talent Management offers practical advice for all managers, HR professionals, senior leaders, and other employees on how to work together to build a talented and motivated workforce. The book addresses performance, development, coaching, feedback, compensation, and other elements of people management. Using simple, straightforward language, Kim Janson tells you how you can avoid c... read more

Project Management Casebook

David I. Cleland, Richard Puerzer, Karen M. Bursic, A. Yaroslav Vlasak

How do project team members get the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to perform effectively? One proven method is through the case study approach. The book offers 50 case studies that represent the breadth and importance of project management and its impact on the everyday management of projects. Each of the cases provides new and unique challenges that have been mastered by the practic... read more

How do project team members get the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to perform effectively? One proven method is through the case study approach. The book offers 50 case studies that represent the breadth and importance of project management and its impact on the everyday management of projects. Each of the cases provides new and unique challenges that have been mastered by the practic... read more

The Superior Project Manager: Global Competency Standards and Best Practices (PM Solutions Research)

Frank Toney

Describes global best practices, competencies, and standards of superior project organizations based on research conducted by the Top 500 Project Management Forum. It emphasizes the selection process, performance evaluation, and personnel development to provide the key elements for adjusting and adapting to flexible conditions. The text also highlights enhancements in professional image, job p... read more

Describes global best practices, competencies, and standards of superior project organizations based on research conducted by the Top 500 Project Management Forum. It emphasizes the selection process, performance evaluation, and personnel development to provide the key elements for adjusting and adapting to flexible conditions. The text also highlights enhancements in professional image, job p... read more

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