John Briggs

John Briggs – Editor

I specialize in children's books because kids will be your best critics and biggest fans -- next to a good editor.

Overview

I've been an editor for more than twenty-five years and have had the pleasure of working on hundreds of short stories, novels, picture books, and non-fiction tracts. I began my career in newspapers and magazines, both as an editor and reporter. After three years in national syndication I turned to the publishing industry. In addition to working with dozens of self-published authors, I've worked with and for Academic Press (an imprint of Elsevier), Sterling Children's Books, Sage Hill Books, and other traditional publishers. I was also the Communications Director overseeing Editorial and Marketing at a nationwide educational publisher before returning to my true love: working as a freelancer with aspiring authors.

I thoroughly enjoy working with new authors needing solid editing and guidance. My years as a journalist can help you keep your story crisp and succinct and help you get to your hook earlier. It's also made me a quick editor able to meet your deadlines. I also pride myself on making sure your voice stays in your story. Simply put, my job is to make your story stand out and hopefully turn a profit in this incredibly competitive business.

What Others Have Said About My Work:

“Straight up the best editor I’ve ever worked with. I hired nine editors to work on my book because I wanted a variety of opinions. He found misspelled words and problems every other editor missed.” -- Author Rebecca Tyler

"Magnificent work." -- K. Alex Walker, Sage Hill Books

"John's a good writer but a great editor." -- Kay Hafner, Chapter President, Sisters in Crime

"If you're serious about your writing career, hire him!" -- Zackary Richards, President, Ari Communications (formerly Ari Publishing)
Services
Fiction
Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Picture Books Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • B.A., Political Science, Temple University
  • Creative Writing, New York University
  • Completed 50+ SCBWI Writing Workshops

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2001 — Oct, 2009 (about 8 years)

Freelance editor working with individual authors, small businesses, and organizations, including Ari Publishing. I also continued my journalism career during this period, writing for AOL, USA Today, Livestrong, and other national and local publications.

Tribune Media

Jan, 1996 — Sep, 2001 (over 5 years)

Five years experience as an editor for a well-known newspaper syndicate, rising to the rank of National Desk Manager overseeing a team of editors contributing materials to print and online media outlets in the United States and Canada. This experience gave me strong analytical skills, made me detail-oriented, and taught me to work quickly under high-pressure deadlines. I was also a nationally syndicated children's TV critic for three years, with my work appearing in such papers as the San Francisco Chronicle, the Toronto Star, and the Kansas City Star.

Self-employed

Feb, 2012 — Present

I provide content/developmental editing and proofreading services for a wide variety of books, from picture books to adult romances, thrillers to humor. Over the years, I've had the privilege of working with authors from around the world. I've taken dozens of workshops related specifically to children's books, am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and am an author of several picture books and middle-grade titles. While I have a soft spot and lengthy expertise working in the children's book market, I also specialize in humor books.

RSC, LLC

Oct, 2009 — Sep, 2012 (almost 3 years)

I oversaw all editorial production for a nationwide educational publisher. Initially this meant revising and updating all current texts and eventually creating new books for parents and students. I went on to become the Communications Director, adding direct-to-consumer marketing and media relations to my publishing duties, placing our writers and company representatives on local TV and radio programs and several notable publications, including Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing
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ESCAPE, Dead End

Antocci, David

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Tut The Generous

Johnson, T. L.

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
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Grandma Rose's Magic (Shabbat)

Marshall, Linda Elovitz

Developmental Editing
The Summer Girl

Hill Brown, K.

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
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Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

John has 248 reviews

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Evan N.

Evan N.

Apr, 2024

He had the best prices for the most amount of value- exactly what you'd want from an editor. He was gracious upfront with suggestions and notes before even accepting the offer, so you'd trust that he knows what he is doing. Upon starting the offer, he was very quick in turnaround, and delivered lots of incredible insight, as well as helpful creative suggestions to build upon. Will definitely wo...
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Morna G.

Morna G.

Apr, 2024

I have used John many times for help with editing, content and story arc. I am always pleased with all the revisions.
Annette J.

Annette J.

Apr, 2024

John was awesome! He made the process seamless. My manuscript looks great!
W M.

W M.

Apr, 2024

John was an absolute pleasure to work with. He's eye for detail and dedication to making the book the best it can be is amazing. I'm thankful I chose him to edit one of my books and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
Emily B.

Emily B.

Apr, 2024

John has been incredible to work with. I hired him to edit my first children's story, and he did so with speed and expertise, going the extra mile in the service he offered, responding quickly, being very open to making adaptations and explaining his edits in great detail. Highly recommend!

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