Jon Reyes

Jon Reyes – Editor

Collaborative book editor with diverse experience. A believer in harnessing the power of an excellent story to galvanize readers.


I’m a book editor with a multidisciplinary professional background who believes that what ties all industries and people together is a good story.

My editing style is collaborative and communicative during all stages of developmental edits, copyediting, proofreading, and sensitivity read stages. In the end, I'm a guest at your house.

I have an extensive work experience ranging from book publishing, music publishing, journalism, restaurant operations, corporate and private events, and television media.


“Jon is a savvy editor with extensive knowledge of the book industry, positioning, and what goes into making a project shine. A brilliant editorial brain and collaborative partner—Jon is great to have onboard any manuscript!”

– MJ Johnston, Associate Editor, Sourcebooks & Sourcebooks Landmark

“Jon is an incredible, intuitive editor. He did a great job of balancing critical feedback with positive reinforcement so I felt great about the book when we finished polishing it. I absolutely recommend his work and will certainly collaborate with Jon again in the future.”

– NYT & USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre

“Jon's analysis of the text was insightful, straightforward, and delivered with kindness and clarity. He met our deadline and was friendly in all communications. Highly recommended.”

– Ali Fisher, Senior Editor, Tor Books

“Jon is a brilliant, incisive editor and sensitivity reader who will absolutely make your work stronger. I'm so grateful for the warmth, kindness, and passion for justice he brings to his work, in addition to his keen editorial eye.”

– Ashley Winstead

“[Jon] gave thorough feedback with spot-on, insightful notes that were clear and encouraging. [He] was super easy to communicate with, and handled a relatively short turnaround beautifully, right on deadline. I'd highly recommend Jon for future SR and editing needs!”

– Alyson Heller, Senior Editor, Aladdin / Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

“Jon's sensitivity reading was smart, insightful and nuanced. He drew out my intentions and incorporated sophisticated developmental feedback as well. I cannot imagine submitting my manuscript to agents without having incorporated Jon's edits.”

– Rebecca Sanford

Biographies & Memoirs
Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
English (US)

Work experience


May, 2020 — Present

• Perform developmental, line, copy editing, sensitivity reading, and proofreading
• Use track changes in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat
• Utilize Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition and Merriam-Webster Dictionary for jobs
• Communicate directly with clients to negotiate contracts and answer questions


Aug, 2021 — Present

• Perform manuscript content evaluation and development to ensure quality control and alignment with the target audience and sales targets
• Coordinate content workflow with editorial, design, and production colleagues to ensure a successful launch
• Writing copy including TIs, online retail copy, and flap copy for supervisor’s approval
• Communicating between authors, Publisher, and internal departments to coordinate and facilitate the production process from finished manuscript to bound book
• Trafficking of copyedited manuscripts, pages, galley copy, cover copy, and cover mechanicals


Aug, 2020 — Oct, 2020 (2 months)

• Prepared and presented materials for mock acquisitions, mock launch for real submissions
• Researched current cover and positioning trends for selected manuscript
• Wrote catalog copy, jacket copy, and online retail copy for projects
• Worked directly with an editor for a first read, notes, and edit for a live Sourcebooks manuscript

Penguin Random House

Mar, 2018 — Aug, 2019 (over 1 year)

• Drafted press releases and pitch materials for frontlist titles
• Pitched newspapers, magazines, digital, and television shows to secure features, reviews, and author interviews
• Planned and coordinated schedules for author tours and pre-publication tours
• Communicated campaign plans and updates to in-house teams, agents, and authors
• Ensured book campaigns were moving through the publicity process according to designated timelines
• Supported department head & co-publicists in administrative duties such as mailings and contact updates
• Launched the inaugural Employment Resource Group for employees of underrepresented groups
• Produced and edited employee presentations for Penguin Stories; an employee diversity initiative


Sep, 2015 — Sep, 2016 (about 1 year)

• Drafted daily music news copy based on trending topics and assisted in the production of video series
• Accepted and executed assignments from editors
• Posted all assignments on CQ interface for review with proper taglines, categorizations, and photo credit


If the dead can wake and walk among us, how can we know what is truly real?Roos Beckman has a spirit companion only she can see. Ruth—strange, corpse-like, and dead for centuries—is the light ... read more
Editorial Assessment
I'll Be the Moon

Phillip D. Cortez

I'll Be the Moon is a heartening immigration story about a child’s courage and the distance traveled to be with loved ones."Bold hope is the theme of this picture book." —Foreword Reviews In h... read more
Developmental Editing
From New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Coddling of the American Mind, an essential investigation into the collapse of youth mental health—and a plan for a healthier, freer childhoodAf... read more
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Whoever You Are

Sandy López

Quiet and loud, soft and strong. You being you, there's no way to be wrong...Every day, parents come home from the hospital with a brand-new human being. What if we made vows to our babies to ... read more
Developmental Editing
A relatable early reader that taps into important life lessons about friendship, grief, and talking through feelings."Debut author Oliveira’s lush prose brings the Portugal setting to life and... read more
Developmental Editing
Hollow Beasts (Jodi Luna)

Valdés, Alisa Lynn

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing

Jen Bailey

Juno meets Heartstopper in Jen Bailey's Unexpecting, a poignant and emotional story about found family, what it means to be a parent, and falling in love.Benjamin Morrison is about to start ju... read more
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Caught in a Bad Fauxmance

Elle Gonzalez Rose

A fresh, fun contemporary rom-com from debut author Elle Gonzalez Rose, about an aspiring artist who agrees to fake date one of his family’s longtime enemies in the hopes of gathering intel go... read more
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Glitter and Concrete

Elyssa Maxx Goodman

*The Millions Most Anticipated List of 2023**A Vogue Best LGBTQ+ Book of 2023*From journalist and drag historian Elyssa Maxx Goodman, an intimate, evocative history of drag in New York City ex... read more
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Forgive Me Not

Jennifer Baker

In this searing indictment of the juvenile justice system, one teen in detention weighs what she is willing to endure for forgiveness.All it took was one night and one bad decision for fifteen... read more
Primal Animals

Julia Lynn Rubin

“Like a queer version of The Wicker Man, Julia Lynn Rubin's Primal Animals is a wonderfully-creepy mystery set under sunshine and fresh air, where nothing is what it seems and no one is what y... read more
Medici Heist

Caitlin Schneiderhan

A sharp-witted teenage thief leads a team of skilled misfits in a dangerous and daring heist for fortune, freedom and revenge against a corrupt Pope in Renaissance Italy in Caitlin Schneiderha... read more
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And They Lived . . .

Steven Salvatore

From the author of Can't Take That Away comes a sex-positive, fairytale-inspired YA novel that celebrates first love and self-acceptance, perfect for fans of What If It's Us. "My heart didn't ... read more
Copy Editing
Always the Almost

Edward Underhill

A trans pianist makes a New Year's resolution on a frozen Wisconsin night to win regionals and win back his ex, but a new boy complicates things in Edward Underhill's heartfelt debut YA rom-dr... read more
Editorial Assessment
Switching Fields

George Dohrmann

A Pulitzer Prize–winning sports journalist unravels why the United States has failed to produce elite men’s soccer players for so long—and shows why a golden era just might be coming.“George D... read more
Editorial Assessment
Fire Island

Jack Parlett

*A Town and Country Must-Read Book of Summer?**A BUZZFEED BEST BOOK OF JUNE**A Washington Post “Book to Read This Summer”**AN ADVOCATE BEST LGBTQ+ BOOK OF 2022**A USA Today "Book to Celebrate ... read more
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The definitive comprehensive and foundational text for critically analyzing and applying actionable DEI techniques and strategies, written by one of LinkedIn's most popular experts on DEI.The ... read more
Copy Editing
Radical Business

David Gaines

This book goes on my "sacred shelf" which holds half a dozen honored books that I use to provoke new thoughts.” –Cynthia M. Adams, founder, Do you have, work for, or dream of ... read more
Developmental Editing
Con Pollo

Jimmy Fallon

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERCon Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure is an engaging and hilarious picture book that serves young readers as an introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary, brought... read more
Editorial Assessment
City Dark: A Thriller

Canaff, Roger A.

Developmental Editing
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"KD Casey's sexy, dreamy, poignant baseball romances hit a homerun every time!" — Lauren Blakely, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Scoring With HimEx-teammates—and exes—reunite for a second chance... read more
Copy Editing
Etta Invincible

Reese Eschmann

In this touching debut middle grade novel, a girl with hearing loss and a boy adjusting to life in a new country connect through their love of comics and get entangled in their own fantastical... read more
Editorial Assessment
The Witch King

H.E. Edgmon

To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind.In Asalin, fae rule and witches like Wyatt Croft…don’t. Wyatt’s betrothal to fae prince Em... read more
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Flash Fire

TJ Klune

First editions of the Flash Fire hardcover come with a reversible jacket!Flash Fire is the explosive sequel to The Extraordinaries by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author TJ Klune! ... read more
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True Crime Story

Joseph Knox

"Ingenious... truly immersive: complex, disturbing, unexpectedly funny and very smart."—The GuardianTHE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER!What happens to all the girls who go missing?The thrilling s... read more
Editorial Assessment
Some Faraway Place

Lauren Shippen

Some Faraway Place, the third Bright Sessions novel from creator Lauren Shippen, features Rose, who has her humdrum life flipped upside down when she starts to travel into dreams.Rose Atkinson... read more
K. M. Szpara follows his explosive debut novel Docile with First, Become Ashes, a fantastic standalone adventure that explores self-discovery after trauma and outgrowing abusive origins over t... read more
Copy Editing
Enamel wishes he were like all the other camels who live in Camel-lot, but his front teeth are bigger than anyone else's. And they stick out. He's the only camel who brushes his teeth—he has t... read more
Editorial Assessment
All In With Him

Lauren Blakely

Once upon a time all I needed was baseball, friends and extracurricular activities. Then everything changed when Declan Steele stormed into my life and upended all my priorities with his heart... read more
Developmental Editing
Winning With Him

Lauren Blakely

Grant and Declan's romance continues in this MM forbidden sports romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely! Resisting the shortstop has never been my strong suit. I failed at it during my ... read more
Developmental Editing
Scoring With Him

Lauren Blakely

An emotional, sexy, forbidden romance! Scoring with Him is the first novel in the utterly addictive Men of Summer Series! Falling for the rookie wasn't part of the plan. As a pro athlete, I ha... read more
Developmental Editing
From lauded writer David Valdes, a sharp and funny YA novel that's Back to the Future with a twist, as a gay teen travels back to his parents' era to save a closeted classmate's life. All Luis... read more
Copy Editing
Violet Ghosts

Leah Thomas

From William C. Morris and Edgar Award finalist Leah Thomas comes an ethereal, thought-provoking YA tale about a teen who can see ghosts . . . and helps them avenge their deaths.Dani's best fr... read more
Can't Take That Away

Steven Salvatore

"A charming, inspired story about being true to who you are." - Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of UsAn empowering and emotional debut about a genderqueer teen who finds the co... read more
Dark Things I Adore

Katie Lattari

"[C]areful and sinewy plotting, which reveals in chilling detail who gets to make art, and who gets subsumed in the process."—New York Times Book ReviewA debut thriller for fans of Lucy Foley ... read more
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"[A] mordant debut novel....examines what it means to covet the lives of others, no matter the cost."—The New York Times"Tense, twisty, and packed with shocks."—Riley Sager, New York Times bes... read more
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Reclaim the Stars

Zoraida Cordova

From stories that take you to the stars, to stories that span into other times and realms, to stories set in the magical now, RECLAIM THE STARS takes the Latin American diaspora to places fant... read more
Copy Editing
Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed

Saraciea J. Fennell

Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dia... read more
Copy Editing

Jon has 2 reviews





Eduardo R.

Eduardo R.

Mar, 2022

Talented and thorough Copy-editor! I will definitely hire him again for future projects!
Tom P.

Tom P.

Dec, 2021

I was very pleased with Jon's work. He carefully worked through the manuscript, editing grammar and punctuation and offering suggestions on phrasing. It was just what I needed. Finished on schedule.

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