Jules Elmore

Jules Elmore – Editor

Seasoned story coach, developmental editor, fiction expert - 20 years experience. A passion for gripping stories. A mission to empower you.


I am the author of THE AMATEUR AMERICAN (Crown) and a former creative writing instructor (New York University, Tulane University) with nearly ten years of teaching experience and over a decade of professional editing experience.

As an actively publishing novelist, I bring a storyteller's mindset to my editorial and coaching projects. These have ranged from literary fiction, to commercial mysteries and thrillers, to creative nonfiction and memoir--though I specialize in psychological suspense, mystery & crime, and dystopian fiction.

The result has been publications at the highest level of the industry, with books sold to top publishers, including Penguin, Putnam, Crown, and Little, Brown, as well as to notable university and academic presses.

In addition to expert developmental editing and mindful book coaching, my services include:

- Editorial assessment

- Structural editing

- Actionable feedback

- Line and copy editing

- Concept and story building

- Character and scene-work refinement

- Query letter development and refinement

- Agent acquisition strategies

All of these services are aimed at taking your manuscript to the next level--at any stage of the book-drafting process--and making your story shine.

My approach to this work is an extension of my life philosophy: I engage all writers with honesty and empathy, always encouraging what the work aspires to be, always tailoring my feedback to the writer's expressed needs, always thoughtful and always thorough.

So whether your project is ready for a top-tier editorial eye, or you're simply stuck mid-draft and need seasoned guidance, let me help your story reach the destination it deserves.

Biographies & Memoirs
Dystopian Espionage Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Psychological Thriller Young Adult
English (UK) English (US)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University, 2001
  • Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Nantes, France, 2002
  • New York Times Fellowship, New York University, 2004
  • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, New York University, 2006.
  • Bachelor of Arts, English & Creative Writing, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University, 2002.

Work experience

Storyport Editorial

Nov, 2021 — Present

An innovative writing service that features customized, back-channel manuscript strategies at every stage of the book-making process.

Dotdash Meredith

Feb, 2018 — Present

Developmental editing: tens of thousands of articles across Dotdash's vast catalogue of brands.

Tulane University

Sep, 2010 — Jul, 2014 (almost 4 years)

Creative writing instruction: short fiction, short memoir.

Edible New Orleans

Jan, 2010 — Jun, 2010 (5 months)

Spring 2010 Issue: all things editing, plus management.

New York University

Aug, 2005 — Dec, 2009 (over 4 years)

Expository writing instruction: personal essay and memoir.

Ohio University Press

Jun, 2000 — Jul, 2002 (about 2 years)

Book editing: an exhaustive introduction to the nuts and bolts of editing and editorial correspondence with authors; focus on academic and creative nonfiction.


Made with Reedsy
Forever Faithful

Kathleen, Danielle

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Izzy + Tristan

Dunlap, Shannon

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Monterey Bay: A Novel

Hatton, Lindsay

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
The Kingdom of Ohio

Flaming, Matthew

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
The Amateur American: A Novel

Elmore, Joel Saunders

Travel + Leisure Magazine

Meredith Corporation

Editorial Assessment
Copy Editing

Jules has 29 reviews





Aisha C R.

Aisha C R.

Jun, 2024

Working with Jules was my first experience with a Reedsy story development coach and I hadn't realized how much I needed one till now. Having help to organize my thoughts, from someone who's a published author, and affirmation for what I'm doing right, are great incentivizers! He seems to feel sincere enthusiasm for my story and is engaged with what I'm trying to accomplish and he asks probing ...
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Cameron H.

Cameron H.

Jun, 2024

Jules is a great person to work with as someone new to writing. He introduced me to many big-picture ideas about story structure and scene work, while also spotting the little things I was missing. He makes sure his advice was both direct and easy to understand. He focuses on craft and quality. If you are new like myself, you will notice the difference in your work so long as you listen and try...
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Andrew G.

Andrew G.

May, 2024

Jules is a great writing coach for beginners because he will shown you directly how to improve your writing with specific examples using your own documents rather than just sending notes separately. His bespoke toolkit documents are also helpful in guiding you.
Stanislav A.

Stanislav A.

May, 2024

Working with Jules and participating in his coaching program was an absolutely rewarding experience that significantly enhanced my writing skills. Through his guidance, I gained deep insights into storytelling, character development, and crafting a book that captivates readers. Jules consistently came to our sessions well-prepared, with plenty of enthusiasm, and made the process of writing a bo...
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Aisha M.

Aisha M.

May, 2024

I recently had the pleasure of working with Jules, and I must say his diligence, availability, and helpfulness were exceptional. From the very beginning, he demonstrated an impressive level of attention to detail, meticulously reviewing and refining every aspect of my queries to ensure clarity and accuracy. Overall, I highly recommend this query editor to anyone in need of professional and met...
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