Jon Reyes

Jon Reyes - Editor

New York, NY, USA

BIPOC editor w/ experience in publishing, publicity, marketing, journalism, & restaurant operations. Formerly: Penguin Random House.

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Overview

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.

Testimonials:

“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


Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Romantic Comedy
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Work experience

Developmental, Copyeditor, Proofreader, & Authenticity Reader

TESSERA EDITORIAL
May, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

• 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

Editorial Training Program

SOURCEBOOKS
August, 2020 – October, 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

Publicity Assistant

Penguin Random House
March, 2018 – August, 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

Staff Writer & Production Assistant

BET.COM
September, 2015 – September, 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

Portfolio (19 selected works)

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 dialogue and inspire hope.In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. Thes... read more

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 dialogue and inspire hope.In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. Thes... read more

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 fantastical and out of this world. Follow princesses warring in space, haunting ghost stories in Argentina, mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean, swamps that whisper secrets, and many more realms explored ... read more

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 fantastical and out of this world. Follow princesses warring in space, haunting ghost stories in Argentina, mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean, swamps that whisper secrets, and many more realms explored ... read more

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife

Ashley Winstead

"[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 bestselling author of Survive The NightSix friends.One college reunion.One unsolved murder.Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her southern, elite Duquette Univers... read more

"[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 bestselling author of Survive The NightSix friends.One college reunion.One unsolved murder.Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her southern, elite Duquette Univers... 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 and Liz Moore, Dark Things I Adore is a stunning Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hands of fierce women, men will... read more

"[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 and Liz Moore, Dark Things I Adore is a stunning Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hands of fierce women, men will... 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 courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration.Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. They can hi... read more

"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 courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration.Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. They can hi... read more

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 friend, Sarah, is a ghost. But maybe that's normal when you've spent your childhood running from an abusive parent.Dani and Sarah might be more than friends, though Dani dares not say so. Dani is afraid tha... read more

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 friend, Sarah, is a ghost. But maybe that's normal when you've spent your childhood running from an abusive parent.Dani and Sarah might be more than friends, though Dani dares not say so. Dani is afraid tha... read more

Spin Me Right Round

David Valdes

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 Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his “progressive” school still doesn't allow. Not after what happened with Chaz Wilson. But that was ages ago, when Luis's parents were in hi... read more

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 Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his “progressive” school still doesn't allow. Not after what happened with Chaz Wilson. But that was ages ago, when Luis's parents were in hi... read more

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 have one unbreakable rule when it comes to men -- Don't date another baseball player. Good thing I haven't been tempted once in four years in the majors. Until the day a rising star walks into my locker roo... read more

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 have one unbreakable rule when it comes to men -- Don't date another baseball player. Good thing I haven't been tempted once in four years in the majors. Until the day a rising star walks into my locker roo... read more

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 first spring training. It sure as hell looks like I'm about to fail at it again.The sport I love playing with my very soul hangs in the balance. But everything my heart craves lies with the guy I've got t... read more

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 first spring training. It sure as hell looks like I'm about to fail at it again.The sport I love playing with my very soul hangs in the balance. But everything my heart craves lies with the guy I've got t... read more

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, his love, his passion.So my next five-year plan will include this new ground rule—Love big. Only, that’s easier said than done when my man and I come face to face with hard truths and new troubles about... read more

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, his love, his passion.So my next five-year plan will include this new ground rule—Love big. Only, that’s easier said than done when my man and I come face to face with hard truths and new troubles about... read more

Enamel the Camel

Mike King, Rick Ellis

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 to because everyone can see them. Enamel is tired of getting teased about being different. Then one day the class gets caught in a terrible sandstorm . . . and his exceptional incisors save the day. This i... read more

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 to because everyone can see them. Enamel is tired of getting teased about being different. Then one day the class gets caught in a terrible sandstorm . . . and his exceptional incisors save the day. This i... read more

First, Become Ashes

K.M. Szpara

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 the course of an American road trip.The Fellowship raised Lark to kill monsters.His partner betrayed them to the Feds.But Lark knows his magic is real, and he’ll do anything to complete his quest.For thirt... 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 the course of an American road trip.The Fellowship raised Lark to kill monsters.His partner betrayed them to the Feds.But Lark knows his magic is real, and he’ll do anything to complete his quest.For thirt... read more

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’s mother can see the future. Her father can move things he doesn't touch. Her brother Aaron can read minds. And Rose, well, she makes a mean spaghetti bolognese. Everyone else in her family is Atypical, ... read more

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’s mother can see the future. Her father can move things he doesn't touch. Her brother Aaron can read minds. And Rose, well, she makes a mean spaghetti bolognese. Everyone else in her family is Atypical, ... read more

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 story of a university student's sudden disappearance, the woman who became obsessed with her case, and the crime writer who uncovered the chilling truth about what happened... In 2011, Zoe Nolan walked out... read more

"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 story of a university student's sudden disappearance, the woman who became obsessed with her case, and the crime writer who uncovered the chilling truth about what happened... In 2011, Zoe Nolan walked out... read more

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! Through bravery, charm, and an alarming amount of enthusiasm, Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams. Now instead of just writing stories about him, Nick actually gets to kiss him. On t... read more

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! Through bravery, charm, and an alarming amount of enthusiasm, Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams. Now instead of just writing stories about him, Nick actually gets to kiss him. On t... read more

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 Emyr North was supposed to change that. But when Wyatt lost control of his magic one devastating night, he fled to the human world.Now a coldly distant Emyr has hunted him down. Despite transgender Wyatt’s ... read more

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 Emyr North was supposed to change that. But when Wyatt lost control of his magic one devastating night, he fled to the human world.Now a coldly distant Emyr has hunted him down. Despite transgender Wyatt’s ... read more

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 adventure.Twelve-year-old Etta Johnson has Loud Days where she can hear just fine and Quiet Days where sounds come from far away and she gets to retreat into her thoughts. Etta spends most of her time al... read more

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 adventure.Twelve-year-old Etta Johnson has Loud Days where she can hear just fine and Quiet Days where sounds come from far away and she gets to retreat into her thoughts. Etta spends most of her time al... read more

Unwritten Rules

KD Casey

"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 in this delightful sports romance from debut author KD Casey. Zach Glasser has put up with a lot for the sport he loves. Endless days on the road, playing half-decent baseball in front of half-full stadi... read more

"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 in this delightful sports romance from debut author KD Casey. Zach Glasser has put up with a lot for the sport he loves. Endless days on the road, playing half-decent baseball in front of half-full stadi... read more

The Measure

Nikki Erlick

Age of Miracles meets The Immortalists in this spirit-lifting, high-concept blockbuster debut set in a world where people can find out how much time they have left to live.Would you choose to find out the length of your life?One spring day, small wooden boxes arrive for every person, all over the world, from suburban doorsteps to desert tents. All the boxes feature the same inscription, “The m... read more

Age of Miracles meets The Immortalists in this spirit-lifting, high-concept blockbuster debut set in a world where people can find out how much time they have left to live.Would you choose to find out the length of your life?One spring day, small wooden boxes arrive for every person, all over the world, from suburban doorsteps to desert tents. All the boxes feature the same inscription, “The m... read more

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