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Jim Spivey

Jim Spivey - Editor

Portland, OR

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

Overview

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.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Mashups Plays & Screenplays Romance Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Comics (non fiction) Entertainment Health & wellbeing Self-help & Self-improvement

Awards

  • Harvey Award (nominee)

Work experience

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.

Freelance Editor and Writer / Prepress Production Consultant

Jim Spivey is self-employed

April, 1999 – Present (over 17 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).

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 (19 selected works)

Gods of Chicago

AJ Sikes

Quarter-finalist for the 2014 ABNA! It's the hit of the century, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and Chicago City's top newshawk, Mitchell Brand, has the scoop. But the killings are more than just one mob wiping out another, and soon enough, Brand wades knee-deep into a world of gangsters and G-men locked in a power struggle for control of the city. The bodies pile up and Brand worries tha... read more

Quarter-finalist for the 2014 ABNA! It's the hit of the century, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and Chicago City's top newshawk, Mitchell Brand, has the scoop. But the killings are more than just one mob wiping out another, and soon enough, Brand wades knee-deep into a world of gangsters and G-men locked in a power struggle for control of the city. The bodies pile up and Brand worries tha... 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

UNKNOWN, Vol. 1

Tsumuji Yoshimura

The Wisdom of God that allows those who possess it to do things beyond their wildest imagination, that which is called UNKNOWN. When this power falls into the wrong hands, it is the "Wisemen" who come to collect it. But what if that power is too much for even the Wisemen to handle?

The Wisdom of God that allows those who possess it to do things beyond their wildest imagination, that which is called UNKNOWN. When this power falls into the wrong hands, it is the "Wisemen" who come to collect it. But what if that power is too much for even the Wisemen to handle?

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... 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... 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 likethe prehistoric world of Dinosaurs, and this book features all their favorites!Velicoraptors, Triceratops, and T-Rex all come to life in this exciting andgroundbreaking new graph... 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 likethe prehistoric world of Dinosaurs, and this book features all their favorites!Velicoraptors, Triceratops, and T-Rex all come to life in this exciting andgroundbreaking new graph... read more

The Naive Guys: A Memoir of Friendship, Love and Tech in the Early 1990s

Harry Patz Jr.

Against the historical backdrop of New York City in the early 1990s, The Naive Guys: A Memoir of Friendship, Love and Tech in the Early 1990s is a hysterical yet poignant coming-of-age novel. Mark Amici embarks on a challenging journey through the postcollege world, where he struggles to emerge from his sheltered upbringing to a life of sex, love, friendship, and career success. Fighting throu... read more

Against the historical backdrop of New York City in the early 1990s, The Naive Guys: A Memoir of Friendship, Love and Tech in the Early 1990s is a hysterical yet poignant coming-of-age novel. Mark Amici embarks on a challenging journey through the postcollege world, where he struggles to emerge from his sheltered upbringing to a life of sex, love, friendship, and career success. Fighting throu... read more

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story

Anne Rice

A richly-illustrated graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as... read more

A richly-illustrated graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as... 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: Faith. 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 sh... read more

The first volume in D.J. Molles's bestselling series, now in a special edition with the bonus novella The Remaining: Faith. 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 sh... 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

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 granny 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 h... 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 granny 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 h... read more

Hard Cold Winter: A Van Shaw Novel

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

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles

Bruce H. Lipton

With more than 100,000 copies sold of his self-published book, The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton teams up with Hay House to bring his message to an even wider audience. This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been... read more

With more than 100,000 copies sold of his self-published book, The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton teams up with Hay House to bring his message to an even wider audience. This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been... read more

Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal

Anthony William

Anthony William, the one and only Medical Medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated or that doctors can’t resolve. He’s done this by listening to a divine voice that literally speaks into his ear, telling him what lies at the root of people’s pain or illness and what they need to do to restore their health. His method... read more

Anthony William, the one and only Medical Medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated or that doctors can’t resolve. He’s done this by listening to a divine voice that literally speaks into his ear, telling him what lies at the root of people’s pain or illness and what they need to do to restore their health. His method... read more

Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots)

Matt K. Lewis

From a leading voice among young conservatives, an impassioned argument that to stay relevant the Republican Party must look beyond short-term electoral gains and re-commit to historic conservative values.In 1963 Richard Hofstadter published his landmark book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Today, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination toward simplicity and stupidity is stronger than ... read more

From a leading voice among young conservatives, an impassioned argument that to stay relevant the Republican Party must look beyond short-term electoral gains and re-commit to historic conservative values.In 1963 Richard Hofstadter published his landmark book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Today, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination toward simplicity and stupidity is stronger than ... 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

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

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