Jim Pennypacker

Jim Pennypacker – Editor

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


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.
Business & Management Career Guides Computers & Internet Engineering Technology Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • 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


Jan, 2009 — Present

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 . . .

West Chester University

Sep, 2007 — Jun, 2012 (over 4 years)

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

PM Solutions

Sep, 1999 — Jan, 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.

Project Management Institute

Jul, 1994 — Sep, 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.

The Show Management Company

Sep, 1992 — Jul, 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.

Fox Pond Communications

Jun, 1986 — Sep, 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.

Transaction Publishers at Rutgers University

Jun, 1984 — Jun, 1986 (about 2 years)

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


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 provid... 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 im... 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,... 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... 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 me... 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 ass... 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 leadin... 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 c... 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 somet... 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 o... 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 misunderstandi... 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... 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 knowl... 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 leadershi... 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... 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 v... 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 yo... 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 Matte... 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... read more

Jim has 2 reviews





Marc C.

Marc C.

Sep, 2023

Enjoyed working with Jim, will use again and again.
Dave M.

Dave M.

Jul, 2023

Jim was refreshing to work with. After having problems with a previous editor who was uncommunicative and repeatedly failed to meet commitments, Jim was a breath of fresh air. I knew from our first conversation that he was the right person for this job. He had experience in the subject matter, was accommodating, and at every step of the way, was clear and precise about the next steps. He de...
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