Jon Roemer

Jon Roemer – Editor

My focus is memoir, upscale fiction and LGTBQ+ in all genres. I run an award-winning publishing house, and editing genuinely thrills me.


I'm a seasoned senior editor at an award-winning indie publishing house, working for over ten years with experienced and debut authors of acclaimed nonfiction and fiction books. I studied writing at Northwestern and, before working as a book editor, delivered big editorial projects for a lot of big brands.

As a book editor, here's my core principle: to fully embrace and uphold each author's vision. My job is to refine your voice, message and story authentically, true to you and in service of your readers. That holds for any category or genre, from business books to memoirs to novels. We'll work together to make sure your message or story lands with your readers the way you want it to.

I have one bias. I'm a big believer in concision -- always striving for fewer, more powerful words. Precision in writing is more engaging and persuasive, and that's one of the few personal preferences I'll advocate for with anybody's work.

We can start from scratch together, you can lean on me for a final polish, or if you're stalled or uncertain, I can find ways to keep your manuscript moving forward. Regardless of our starting point, we'll work in stages, with clear deliverables and timeframes, so you can move at your own pace, charging ahead or pausing if you need to. We'll find a process and rhythm that works best for you.

Editing thrills me. I look forward to working together!
Biographies & Memoirs LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Contemporary Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction
English (US)

Work experience

Outpost19 Books

Aug, 2011 — Present

For the past 10 years, I've served as senior editor/publisher of an award-winning indie publishing house, earning praise from major and indie media as well as booksellers nationwide. Authors and books have been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, and by dozens of others. My primary focus is literary fiction and mainstream nonfiction, principally novels, memoirs and biographies but also LGBTQ titles and business/management titles. Each project stands on its own legs, and I work to help each author realize their own vision, refining and elevating their individual voice and message. Clients I work with via Reedsy are engaged with separately from the editing and publishing services provided by my imprint.

Jon has 6 reviews





Rick B.

Rick B.

Jul, 2024

Jon provided a very careful, detailed edit of the entire manuscript with multiple comments, including pointing out inconsistencies or vague or confusing sentences, scenes that were repetitive or unnecessary (and could be deleted), and a long list of words/phrases that I used too often. He also noted where more needed to be said about what characters were thinking and feeling and suggested how p...
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Dan T.

Dan T.

May, 2024

It was a pleasure to work with Jon who enjoyed the content of my novel. His global comments were informative and appreciated. His editorial suggestion were keen-eyed. I'd happily work with Jon again.
Louise B.

Louise B.

Mar, 2024

I felt lucky to have Jon edit my manuscript. His critique was constructive, and I felt great support from him. His detailed corrections were easy to understand, and I trusted his opinions. I highly recommend Jon and hope to use him again with my next project. Thank you! Sincerely, Louise
Ike S.

Ike S.

Feb, 2024

Job was timely, sincere and very helpful with his editing prowess.
Kevin G.

Kevin G.

Jul, 2023

Working with Jon has been an absolute delight. Not only is he a proficient and thoughtful editor and proofreader, but he also found areas where I could (and did) improve my manuscript by adding word count and meaningful content. He delivered his feedback when he said he would and made himself available for any questions as I worked through the edits. Jon considered my manuscript through the eye...
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