John Staughton

John Staughton - Editor

Denver

Full-time freelance editor, writer and photographer, as well as a published poet and author, specializing in academic and novel editing.

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Overview

As a published short story writer, novelist, poet and essayist, I know how hard it is to "kill your darlings", which is why I bring a sharp set of impartial editorial eyes to every project. With more than 6 years of full-time experience and thousands of editing projects under my belt, I pride myself on bringing out the best in my clients' writing. I primarily work in the realm of novels, non-fiction work and academic texts, as well as short stories and essays.

My approach is simple—clearly communicate with writers to thoroughly understand what they want to achieve, and then polish their work to make that a reality. Whether you need a final pass proofread on a dissertation or comprehensive line editing of your latest post-apocalyptic novel, I provide a range of editing levels to precisely fit your needs.

I help people bring their ideas to life in engaging and accessible ways through meticulous editing and comprehensive feedback. Get in touch when you're ready to elevate your writing and confidently put it out in the world!
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
History
Life Sciences
Fiction
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Work experience

Book Reviewer & Editor

Self-Publishing Review
September, 2015 – Present (over 5 years)

Reviewing and revising novels across a wide range of genres and styles, including short-story collections and poetry.

Creative Editor

Sheriff Nottingham
August, 2014 – July, 2019 (almost 5 years)

Editing and curating the artistic content of Sheriff Nottingham, a quarterly thematic literary journal composed of short stories, essays, poetry, photography and art from contributors around the world.

Lead Editor

EditMyWord
September, 2013 – Present (over 7 years)

Providing editing and writing services, from proofreading and basic copywriting to structural editing for full-length novels, dissertations and other technical texts.

Lead Editor and Copywriter

Organic Facts
June, 2013 – Present (over 7 years)

Writing and editing content of exceptional quality and accuracy through research, analysis and compilation of health- and nutrition-related information from proven academic sources

Writing Consultant

Self-employed
May, 2013 – Present (almost 8 years)

Providing exceptional writing, editing and publishing services to hundreds of international clients, ranging from nutritional copywriting and long-form ghostwriting to substantive editing, assessment/analysis of academic texts and structural/content editing for bestselling novels.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Hungarians: Borders of Language and Dilemmas of Identity

Yehuda, Ph.d. Cohen

This volume provides deep insight into the Hungarians based on a detailed description of their history through more than a thousand years. The volume reaches the conclusion that, despite the national feelings of the Hungarians towards themselves and their heritage, they have recently carried out an internal process of transition over Hungarian sovereignty, having decided to grant the EU and it... read more

This volume provides deep insight into the Hungarians based on a detailed description of their history through more than a thousand years. The volume reaches the conclusion that, despite the national feelings of the Hungarians towards themselves and their heritage, they have recently carried out an internal process of transition over Hungarian sovereignty, having decided to grant the EU and it... read more

The Third Testament

Richard Gerber

Phil Bret had left Switzerland in a hurry years ago, when he was in danger after becoming involved in a conspiracy called the M-Initiative within the Swiss Intelligence Agency. He had returned to South Africa, where he had a semblance of a normal life with his wife, Kate.But when he starts receiving mysterious notes and Kate's life is threatened, he knows he has to return to Switzerland and fa... read more

Phil Bret had left Switzerland in a hurry years ago, when he was in danger after becoming involved in a conspiracy called the M-Initiative within the Swiss Intelligence Agency. He had returned to South Africa, where he had a semblance of a normal life with his wife, Kate.But when he starts receiving mysterious notes and Kate's life is threatened, he knows he has to return to Switzerland and fa... read more

Summers Past

Richard Gerber

The journey of life is a cumulative one, and we often bring the past with us wherever we go. In this epic novel from Richard Gerber, readers enter the mind of a wild youth, Phil, as he maneuvers through the many perils and pleasures of South Africa at the tail end of Apartheid. His erotic escapades carry him past the heartbreaking betrayal of his past which never truly leaves him, and we see t... read more

The journey of life is a cumulative one, and we often bring the past with us wherever we go. In this epic novel from Richard Gerber, readers enter the mind of a wild youth, Phil, as he maneuvers through the many perils and pleasures of South Africa at the tail end of Apartheid. His erotic escapades carry him past the heartbreaking betrayal of his past which never truly leaves him, and we see t... read more

The British: Reverence towards Nationality (A Post- or Super-Nationality in the European Union Book 6)

Yehuda Cohen

"Yehuda Cohen's aim is nothing less than to lay before us a full and detailed account of both the origins and prospect of British national identity and religious heritage. By charting with great skill and amazing erudition the evolution of British nationality from antiquity to the present, the author shows us Britain's unique place and role in the European Union." Prof. Avihu Zakai, The Hebrew... read more

"Yehuda Cohen's aim is nothing less than to lay before us a full and detailed account of both the origins and prospect of British national identity and religious heritage. By charting with great skill and amazing erudition the evolution of British nationality from antiquity to the present, the author shows us Britain's unique place and role in the European Union." Prof. Avihu Zakai, The Hebrew... read more

The Crocodile King (The Dark Fashion Series Book 1)

Hannes Steen Thörnhammar

The Crocodile King is chick-lit noir, a thriller of Beauty & the Beast meets The Devil Wears Prada, the first story in a three part series, Dark Fashion. The story chronicles a young aspiring fashion editor, Jessica Styles, as she uncovers a dark conspiracy at the heart of the fashion industry and discovers a terrifying secret that will alter her life forever.The story begins in NYC a few year... read more

The Crocodile King is chick-lit noir, a thriller of Beauty & the Beast meets The Devil Wears Prada, the first story in a three part series, Dark Fashion. The story chronicles a young aspiring fashion editor, Jessica Styles, as she uncovers a dark conspiracy at the heart of the fashion industry and discovers a terrifying secret that will alter her life forever.The story begins in NYC a few year... read more

The Princess, the Dragon & the Silence

R. R. Boucher

Miriana, an Elven princess, had the misfortune of being born the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and was considered cursed by many. Being unable to hear, she speaks not a word to anyone but her most trusted friend and personal guard, Latiera. Unwanted by her many suitors, she shunned the world and lost herself in the romantic tales of her favorite texts. She adored the adventure and rom... read more

Miriana, an Elven princess, had the misfortune of being born the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and was considered cursed by many. Being unable to hear, she speaks not a word to anyone but her most trusted friend and personal guard, Latiera. Unwanted by her many suitors, she shunned the world and lost herself in the romantic tales of her favorite texts. She adored the adventure and rom... read more

Midnight Showing

J. Stoute

When Detective Coby Drake is called to the Cinema Direct theater on 9th Street, the scene doesn’t seem any different from others he had worked during his career. It was when theater deaths began to increase around the city of New Orleans and the common factor between them all was the discovery of inoperable cell phones near the victims that tested his skills as a detective. Coby, a tough NOPD ... read more

When Detective Coby Drake is called to the Cinema Direct theater on 9th Street, the scene doesn’t seem any different from others he had worked during his career. It was when theater deaths began to increase around the city of New Orleans and the common factor between them all was the discovery of inoperable cell phones near the victims that tested his skills as a detective. Coby, a tough NOPD ... read more

Sheriff Nottingham 15 Black Friday (Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald)

Chris Blim, Ben Renner, Jack Davies, Victoria Mullis, Bobby Minelli, J. Mark Tebben, Francois Pointeau, Elle Griffiths, John J. Staughton, Brandon Ruiter, Laurinda Lind, Sean Flannery, Zack Anderson

Sheriff Nottingham is an avant-garde literary magazine. Created by dolphins and read by fish. Non-humans only. Thank you. www.sheriffnottingham.com

Sheriff Nottingham is an avant-garde literary magazine. Created by dolphins and read by fish. Non-humans only. Thank you. www.sheriffnottingham.com

Sheriff Nottingham 14 Twilight Zone (Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald) (Volume 4)

Chris Blim, John J. Staughton, Bobby Minelli, Ben Golden, Mark Ehler

www.sheriffnottingham.com

www.sheriffnottingham.com

Sheriff Nottingham 13 The Ides of March

Chris Blim, Ryan Andrej Lough, Jade Wolf, Anthony Bravo, John J. Staughton

Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald is an experimental literary journal published quarterly since 2015. For more information and excerpts, please visit www.sheriffnottingham.com.

Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald is an experimental literary journal published quarterly since 2015. For more information and excerpts, please visit www.sheriffnottingham.com.

Sheriff Nottingham 12 Festivus

Chris Blim, John J. Staughton, Allison Lynch, A.W. Greene, Brittany Harlin, Janek Ambros, Ellie Reed, Ashley Whelan

Sheriff Nottingham’s Holiday Herald is a literary magazine used by secret government agents to brainwash you and your loved ones.

Sheriff Nottingham’s Holiday Herald is a literary magazine used by secret government agents to brainwash you and your loved ones.

Sheriff Nottingham 11 Collect Rocks (Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald) (Volume 3)

Chris Blim, Kristen Simental, Kathryn Larkin, Elle Griffiths, Bobby Minelli, Bryanna Cloney, John J. Staughton, Faye Griffiths

Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald is a bonkers literary journal full of all sorts of good words. Even if you don't read, it looks cool on your coffee table and people will think you're smart. Perfect bathroom reading material but NOT WATERPROOF. Do not shower with Sheriff. Thank you.

Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald is a bonkers literary journal full of all sorts of good words. Even if you don't read, it looks cool on your coffee table and people will think you're smart. Perfect bathroom reading material but NOT WATERPROOF. Do not shower with Sheriff. Thank you.

Sheriff Nottingham X: The Green Issue (Sheriff Nottingham's Holiday Herald) (Volume 3)

Chris Blim, John J. Staughton, Laura Koroski, Sally J. Johnson, Mike Jewett, Jane McCarthy

Sheriff Nottingham is a literary journal released on 4 holidays every year since 2015. The Holiday Herald features original work from around the globe. The content ranges from short stories and critical essays to political commentary, scripts, gonzo-journalism, illustrations and poetry on a wide variety of themes for each holiday issue. Sheriff Nottingham is available in local bookstores in Lo... read more

Sheriff Nottingham is a literary journal released on 4 holidays every year since 2015. The Holiday Herald features original work from around the globe. The content ranges from short stories and critical essays to political commentary, scripts, gonzo-journalism, illustrations and poetry on a wide variety of themes for each holiday issue. Sheriff Nottingham is available in local bookstores in Lo... read more

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