Jim Spivey

Jim Spivey - Editor

Beaverton, United States

An editor with over twenty years of publishing experience at major houses, who has a sweet spot for genre fiction and comic books.

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I'm an editor with a very diverse background, having started my career in comic book editing before moving into print production and manufacturing and then managing editorial. I have over twenty years of line editing and copyediting experience with major publishers and I've worked in (and enjoy) a variety of genres—ranging from traditional fiction to romance to self-help to sci-fi & fantasy—and in different types of media, such as traditional print, ebooks, manga, and graphic novels. Additionally, I've written scripts for both the page and screen. So if you're looking for an editor with a perspective on the whole lifespan of a manuscript—from inception to publication—as well as the skill to make your story the best it can be, then I'm your guy.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Horror
Mashups
Plays & Screenplays
Science Fiction
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Comics (non fiction)

Awards

  • Harvey Award (nominee)

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Writer / Prepress Production Consultant

Self-employed
April, 1999 – Present (over 20 years)

Highly experienced copy editor and proofreader of manuscripts large and small. Also adept at developmental editing with an approach that encourages the author to be an active participant in the revision process, providing the tools and feedback an author needs to shape his or her story into the best it can possibly be. In addition to my editing experience, I have an extensive background in prepress production (both print and electronic) and am able to usher a manuscript from final edit to finished book.

Current clients include Hachette Book Group (copyediting and proofreading, primarily for their Yen Press imprint), HarperCollins Publishers (proofreading and other editorial services), Action Phase Games (editorial development and copyediting for The Stuff of Legend, an expansion for the popular board game Heroes Wanted, as well as other upcoming projects), Hay House (copyediting and proofreading), and Vendome Press (currently serving as their production director). Prior editorial clients have included Kirkus Editorial (primarily collaborative/ developmental editorial work), Nickelodeon Magazines and Archie Comics (story scripts), and DC Comics (freelance consulting and copywriting on trade editions). Noteworthy projects include development of a three-issue graphic novel series for Tonner Dolls based on a story overview provided by the company, and the script for an eight-page educational story on dinosaurs for Zenscope Entertainment (see portfolio).

Director of Kirkus Editorial

Kirkus Media, LLC
May, 2014 – December, 2014 (7 months)

As the second director in the service’s history, I was the primary contact for the independent authors and publishing partners who relied upon it. Day-to-day responsibilities included overseeing the editing (developmental, copyediting, and/or proofreading) of manuscripts from both traditionally published authors and those who were planning to self-publish, and personally reviewing most projects once complete to ensure quality.

Production Editor

Hachette Book Group
March, 2008 – May, 2014 (about 6 years)

Established the position of production editor for the Yen Press imprint, Hachette’s manga and graphic novel line. This included creating and maintaining Yen’s style guide, modifying HBG’s existing workflows and systems to match the model required by Editorial, and maintaining a very high standard of editorial quality—a standard that did not waver, even as the imprint grew. (At the time of my departure, Yen Press was publishing eight to sixteen manga titles per month, each averaging 192 pages, and at least eight prose titles a year.) At my request, I later took on the production editor role for Orbit’s digital-only science fiction/ fantasy short fiction program and any e-first titles published by the imprint, as well as select print titles on the Little, Brown for Young Readers list.

Associate Production Manager

Time Warner Book Group/Hachette Book Group
November, 1999 – March, 2008 (over 8 years)

Primary responsibility was the production and manufacture of at least five hardcover titles per month with press runs ranging from 20,000 to 650,000+ copies. Due to my background in four-color production, I handled most color titles, including the acclaimed Sopranos Family Cookbook and its sequel, Entertaining with the Sopranos.

Associate Editor

DC Comics
November, 1993 – April, 1999 (over 5 years)

From 1993 to 1995, as an editor in the DC Universe group, I was the editor for the monthly titles Damage, Hawkman, and Primal Force, and I was the editor of the feature “Homecoming” from the anthology Showcase, which won Spain’s Haxtur Award for Best Short Story.

From 1995 to 1997, as a member of the Special Projects editorial group, I worked on the art direction and editorial development for DC’s line of trading cards, and served as primary liaison and co-developer for the DC Comics edition of Fleer’s OverPower trading card game.

From 1997 to 1999, while serving on the editorial staff for Collected Editions, I worked on a variety of titles, including the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning collections Jack Kirby’s New Gods and Plastic Man Archives Volume One, and I was co-editor of the Harvey-nominated Manhunter: The Special Edition.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Nothing Within

Andy Giesler

"This magical, terrifying, and whimsical debut is a genuinely original and immersive take on post-apocalyptic SF." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) What unforgivable sin would you commit to save the world? In 2161, the first chimera arose. A year later, twelve billion people were dead. The few who survived called it the Reckoning. Generations later, their descendants hide within the walls... read more

"This magical, terrifying, and whimsical debut is a genuinely original and immersive take on post-apocalyptic SF." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) What unforgivable sin would you commit to save the world? In 2161, the first chimera arose. A year later, twelve billion people were dead. The few who survived called it the Reckoning. Generations later, their descendants hide within the walls... read more

Folie à Deux: Mermaid Aslyum Book 2 (The Mermaid Asylum)

Mary Widdicks

Cressida is back. And this time she’s not alone...Another body washes up on the shores of the Mermaid Asylum. The police rule it a suicide: the impetuous act of a woman obsessed with a dangerous legend. But Cressida knows better. Addictions aren't so easy to kill.It’s been two months since Cressida abandoned her life, her psychology practice, and her buried memories back in the eerie fishing t... read more

Cressida is back. And this time she’s not alone...Another body washes up on the shores of the Mermaid Asylum. The police rule it a suicide: the impetuous act of a woman obsessed with a dangerous legend. But Cressida knows better. Addictions aren't so easy to kill.It’s been two months since Cressida abandoned her life, her psychology practice, and her buried memories back in the eerie fishing t... read more

The Fifth Ward: Good Company

Dale Lucas

The third book in a rollicking fantasy series where the grit of grimdark meets a police procedural, and it's up to two watchmen to protect the streets of one of fantasy's most dangerous cities.Yenara is a sprawling, dirty city. Filled to bursting with heroes questing, mages testing out spells, thieves around every corner, elves judging everyone, dwarves hating everyone, orcs fighting everyone,... read more

The third book in a rollicking fantasy series where the grit of grimdark meets a police procedural, and it's up to two watchmen to protect the streets of one of fantasy's most dangerous cities.Yenara is a sprawling, dirty city. Filled to bursting with heroes questing, mages testing out spells, thieves around every corner, elves judging everyone, dwarves hating everyone, orcs fighting everyone,... read more

Toxic Octopus (A Spy Shop Mystery Book 1)

Lisa Haneberg

A popular marine biologist is dead. An octopus named Fred is accused of killing her. Can Xena interrogate Fred and solve the crime before more people die?Xena Cali is a somewhat overzealous investigator with a passion for poetic justice. Her latest case takes her to the Biological and Aquatic Research Labs (BARL) in Galveston, where Dr. Jane Moore is found dead in a tank with a large octopus w... read more

A popular marine biologist is dead. An octopus named Fred is accused of killing her. Can Xena interrogate Fred and solve the crime before more people die?Xena Cali is a somewhat overzealous investigator with a passion for poetic justice. Her latest case takes her to the Biological and Aquatic Research Labs (BARL) in Galveston, where Dr. Jane Moore is found dead in a tank with a large octopus w... read more

A History of Video Games in 64 Objects

World Video Game Hall of Fame

Inspired by the groundbreaking A History of the World in 100 Objects, this book draws on the unique collections of The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, to chronicle the evolution of video games, from Pong to first-person shooters, told through the stories of dozens of objects essential to the field’s creation and development.Drawing on the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s unmatched collect... read more

Inspired by the groundbreaking A History of the World in 100 Objects, this book draws on the unique collections of The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, to chronicle the evolution of video games, from Pong to first-person shooters, told through the stories of dozens of objects essential to the field’s creation and development.Drawing on the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s unmatched collect... read more

The Wanderer and the New West

Adam Bender

The Wanderer and the New West reinvents the Western novel with a dystopian outlook on a possible America that fully protects the rights of armed citizens to stand their ground.In the near future, the government leaves it to the American people to protect their own communities from the threat of mass shooters and motorcycle gangs. When a marksman known as the Wanderer opens war against injustic... read more

The Wanderer and the New West reinvents the Western novel with a dystopian outlook on a possible America that fully protects the rights of armed citizens to stand their ground.In the near future, the government leaves it to the American people to protect their own communities from the threat of mass shooters and motorcycle gangs. When a marksman known as the Wanderer opens war against injustic... read more

The World's Strongest Rearguard: Labyrinth Country's Novice Seeker (light novel) (The World's Strongest Rearguard (light novel))

Tôwa

After living life as a corporate lapdog, Arihito is reborn in a fantasy world. Strangely, the class he's assigned is the very ambiguously titled Rearguard. It seems weird, but Arihito soon figures out that though it isn't flashy, he's gained the ability to do just about everything in battle, from assisting attacking and defending to healing! As he begins his new life, he quickly gathers curiou... read more

After living life as a corporate lapdog, Arihito is reborn in a fantasy world. Strangely, the class he's assigned is the very ambiguously titled Rearguard. It seems weird, but Arihito soon figures out that though it isn't flashy, he's gained the ability to do just about everything in battle, from assisting attacking and defending to healing! As he begins his new life, he quickly gathers curiou... read more

Manhunter: The Special Edition

Archie Goodwin

When former big-game hunter and intelligence officer Paul Kirk was trampled by an elephant in the African outback, it seemed as if the legendary adventurer's life had come to a poetic close. But when a fanatical organization called the Council repaired and altered Kirk, he began a new chapter in his existence. In the international conspiracy adventure MANHUNTER: THE SPECIAL EDITION, Kirk break... read more

When former big-game hunter and intelligence officer Paul Kirk was trampled by an elephant in the African outback, it seemed as if the legendary adventurer's life had come to a poetic close. But when a fanatical organization called the Council repaired and altered Kirk, he began a new chapter in his existence. In the international conspiracy adventure MANHUNTER: THE SPECIAL EDITION, Kirk break... read more

Discovery Channels Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators (Discovery Channel Books)

Neo Edmund, Joe rusha

Zenescope's second book in its new, all-ages imprint, Silver Dragon Books, takes you on an adventure back in time with Discovery Channel's Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators. Nothing captures the imagination of kids like the prehistoric world of Dinosaurs, and this book features all their favorites! Velicoraptors, Triceratops, and T-Rex all come to life in this exciting and groundbreaking new g... read more

Zenescope's second book in its new, all-ages imprint, Silver Dragon Books, takes you on an adventure back in time with Discovery Channel's Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators. Nothing captures the imagination of kids like the prehistoric world of Dinosaurs, and this book features all their favorites! Velicoraptors, Triceratops, and T-Rex all come to life in this exciting and groundbreaking new g... read more

The Remaining

D.J. Molles

The first volume in D.J. Molles's bestselling series, now in a special edition with the bonus novella The Remaining: Trust.In a steel-and-lead encased bunker a Special Forces soldier waits on his final orders. On the surface a bacterium has turned 90% of the population into hyper-aggressive predators. Now Captain Lee Harden must leave the bunker and venture into the wasteland to rekindle a sha... read more

The first volume in D.J. Molles's bestselling series, now in a special edition with the bonus novella The Remaining: Trust.In a steel-and-lead encased bunker a Special Forces soldier waits on his final orders. On the surface a bacterium has turned 90% of the population into hyper-aggressive predators. Now Captain Lee Harden must leave the bunker and venture into the wasteland to rekindle a sha... read more

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats (Newsflesh)

Mira Grant

It was the summer of 2014, and the true horrors of the Rising were only just beginning to reveal themselves. Fans from all over the world gathered in San Diego, California for the annual comic book and media convention, planning to forget about the troubling rumors of new diseases and walking dead by immersing themselves in a familiar environment. Over the course of five grueling days and nigh... read more

It was the summer of 2014, and the true horrors of the Rising were only just beginning to reveal themselves. Fans from all over the world gathered in San Diego, California for the annual comic book and media convention, planning to forget about the troubling rumors of new diseases and walking dead by immersing themselves in a familiar environment. Over the course of five grueling days and nigh... read more

Fast N' Loud: Blood, Sweat and Beers

Richard Rawlings, Mark Dagostino

The breakout star of Discovery’s hit automotive restoration show Fast N’ Loud takes readers on an entertaining ride through his wild life and behind the scenes of his hit show in this memoir and automotive handbook, revving with outrageous details and jaw-dropping stories, and injected with the quick-witted, foul-mouthed charm viewers love.“If we’re gonna have fun, it better have a motor!”In F... read more

The breakout star of Discovery’s hit automotive restoration show Fast N’ Loud takes readers on an entertaining ride through his wild life and behind the scenes of his hit show in this memoir and automotive handbook, revving with outrageous details and jaw-dropping stories, and injected with the quick-witted, foul-mouthed charm viewers love.“If we’re gonna have fun, it better have a motor!”In F... read more

Akame ga KILL!, Vol. 4

Takahiro

General Esdeath assembles a special police squad called the Jaegers and sets her sights on the annihilation of Night Raid in the name of the emperor. Meanwhile, Tatsumi, desperate to overcome the loss of another ally, decides to participate in a grand fighting tournament engineered by Esdeath herself...

General Esdeath assembles a special police squad called the Jaegers and sets her sights on the annihilation of Night Raid in the name of the emperor. Meanwhile, Tatsumi, desperate to overcome the loss of another ally, decides to participate in a grand fighting tournament engineered by Esdeath herself...

Yowamushi Pedal, Vol. 1

Wataru Watanabe

For the love of all things otaku--anime, video games, figures, you name it!Power-pedaling Sakamichi Onoda has long been conquering the steepest slopes and regularly making the ninety-kilometer round-trip to Akihabara on a mommy bike!! But when his bike commute to his new high school lands him in a confrontation with the serious first-year road racer Imaizumi, Onoda has a major showdown on his ... read more

For the love of all things otaku--anime, video games, figures, you name it!Power-pedaling Sakamichi Onoda has long been conquering the steepest slopes and regularly making the ninety-kilometer round-trip to Akihabara on a mommy bike!! But when his bike commute to his new high school lands him in a confrontation with the serious first-year road racer Imaizumi, Onoda has a major showdown on his ... read more

Hard Cold Winter: A Van Shaw Novel (Van Shaw Novels)

Glen Erik Hamilton

Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed Past Crimes.When an old crony of Van Shaw’s late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently-discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey to the Olympic Mountains, in search of a missing girl tied to Van’s own cr... read more

Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed Past Crimes.When an old crony of Van Shaw’s late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently-discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey to the Olympic Mountains, in search of a missing girl tied to Van’s own cr... read more

Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies

Jason Diamond

For all fans of John Hughes and his hit films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone, comes Jason Diamond’s hilarious memoir of growing up obsessed with the iconic filmmaker’s movies—a preoccupation that eventually convinces Diamond he should write Hughes’ biography and travel to New York City on a quest that is as funny as it is hopeless.For as long as Jason Diam... read more

For all fans of John Hughes and his hit films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone, comes Jason Diamond’s hilarious memoir of growing up obsessed with the iconic filmmaker’s movies—a preoccupation that eventually convinces Diamond he should write Hughes’ biography and travel to New York City on a quest that is as funny as it is hopeless.For as long as Jason Diam... read more

The Sword and Its Servant (Grauwelt Book 1)

Victor Salinas

Between Our World and Hel, Uncover... deep lore, dark intrigue, depraved enemies.The links between the Nine Worlds of Creation are deteriorating. The Gates to the Underworld are closed. A veil of shadow shrouds all the land. Rumors of a dead savior reemerge.Einsa finds herself without memory of her past and her origin, held prisoner by the Löwa, a species of warped monsters bent on using the C... read more

Between Our World and Hel, Uncover... deep lore, dark intrigue, depraved enemies.The links between the Nine Worlds of Creation are deteriorating. The Gates to the Underworld are closed. A veil of shadow shrouds all the land. Rumors of a dead savior reemerge.Einsa finds herself without memory of her past and her origin, held prisoner by the Löwa, a species of warped monsters bent on using the C... read more

Gods of Chicago

AJ Sikes

Quarter-finalist for the 2014 ABNA!If truth is the first casualty of war, who do you look to for answers when the bullets fly and the bombs begin to drop?It all starts with the hit of the century, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and Chicago City's top newshawk, Mitchell Brand, has the scoop. But he'll have to dodge more than bullets when the gods and monsters behind Gangland hit the stage ... read more

Quarter-finalist for the 2014 ABNA!If truth is the first casualty of war, who do you look to for answers when the bullets fly and the bombs begin to drop?It all starts with the hit of the century, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and Chicago City's top newshawk, Mitchell Brand, has the scoop. But he'll have to dodge more than bullets when the gods and monsters behind Gangland hit the stage ... read more

Secrets of the Conclave

Beth Raymond

A power passed down through generations. A people hungry for freedom. The time for change has come.Since its founding, the matriarchal society of Corinas has existed under the oppressive rule of the Masters of the Conclave, who use powerful child Adepts to aid in their governance. Rebellions have come and gone, but none have managed to displace the Conclave's iron-fisted control.Now, a new gro... read more

A power passed down through generations. A people hungry for freedom. The time for change has come.Since its founding, the matriarchal society of Corinas has existed under the oppressive rule of the Masters of the Conclave, who use powerful child Adepts to aid in their governance. Rebellions have come and gone, but none have managed to displace the Conclave's iron-fisted control.Now, a new gro... read more

We Were Wilder (The Wilder Trilogy Book 1)

Rebecca K. O'Connor

An experiment in “re-wilding” the western United States and reviving the environment seems a stunning success -- at first. A virus spread by the predators and prey relocated and now thriving in the West devastates the adult human population, raging out of control and reshaping the county. Cordoned off to separate the now much smaller populace from the dangers of virus-spreading wildlife, 100 y... read more

An experiment in “re-wilding” the western United States and reviving the environment seems a stunning success -- at first. A virus spread by the predators and prey relocated and now thriving in the West devastates the adult human population, raging out of control and reshaping the county. Cordoned off to separate the now much smaller populace from the dangers of virus-spreading wildlife, 100 y... read more

Jim has 21 reviews

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Kei kianpoor
Excellent work, within deadline, very transparent on expectations, extremely detail oriented and surprisingly knowledgeable in my limited field.

Kei kianpoor, September 2019


Martin White II
Jim was great to work with. His communication was clear and timely. He provided useful and helpful feedback. He managed changes and issues in a professional and respectful way. I look forward to working with him on future projects if possible.

Martin White II, August 2019


Neva Bryan
Jim was very professional. His comments were insightful and practical and really helped me polish my manuscript.

Neva Bryan, May 2019


Ian Humphrey
Working with Jim was a pleasure I look forward to enjoying again.

Ian Humphrey, March 2019


Kendall Roberts
Jim did a great editorial assessment of my book. His feedback was precise and insightful and gave me the guidance I needed to work through the rough areas and strength my story. I would definitely recommend him.

Kendall Roberts, March 2019

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