Madeline Jones

Madeline Jones - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I'm a supportive, author-focused book editor of nonfiction titles, translations, and select novels.

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Overview

I'm an editor at Algonquin Books, an imprint of Workman Publishing, and a former associate editor at Henry Holt and Company. I was also editor-at-large for Asymptote Journal, an award-winning magazine of world literature. I've worked with many well-known and bestselling authors like Gloria Steinem, Molly Ball, Sarah Parcak, Betina Gonzalez, Rina Raphael, Chelsea Conaboy, Kim Ghattas, Tim Weiner, and Laurie Gelman.

In particular, I like literary and international fiction, especially in translation from other languages. I often edit upmarket women's fiction and memoir, too. I like narrative, reported nonfiction books in the sciences, arts, history, politics, nature, biography, pop culture, and women's issues, but I'm always open to reading about something new!

I love helping authors find their voices and arguments and determine the best way to convey their message to readers. My editorial process is very hands-on; I ask a lot of questions and am very communicative throughout the process. I want to know why an author creates a certain character or plot point before I offer any suggestions for how to better bring that character or moment to life on the page.

Feel free to reach out to me about your projects, from novels to academic writing.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
Economics
Entertainment
Nature
Psychology
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course certification
  • BA in English from Cornell University

Work experience

Editor

Algonquin Books
January, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

I acquire and edit narrative nonfiction titles, particularly in science, nature, politics, and pop culture. I also work on select translated and foreign fiction titles, such as Elena Medel's forthcoming novel THE WONDERS, translated from the Spanish.

Associate Editor

Henry Holt and Company
May, 2016 – December, 2020 (over 4 years)

I acquired and edited a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles at Holt and edited and reviewed manuscripts for the editor-in-chief.

Blog Editor, Editor-at-Large

Asymptote Journal
April, 2016 – June, 2017 (about 1 year)

Creating, assigning, scheduling, and editing daily content for the literary magazine's website and quarterly edition. Asymptote Journal is a premier publisher of world literature in English, translated from about 150 different languages from countries all over the world.

Publicity Assistant

Simon & Schuster
September, 2015 – May, 2016 (8 months)

Supporting a senior vice president of Simon & Schuster's publicity department, as well as managing my own book publicity campaigns by writing press releases, creating pitch lists, planning events, scheduling author tours, managing media outreach, accompanying authors to events and interviews, and securing major national reviews, radio, and tv coverage of books, etc.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

Sarah Parcak

National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the exciting new world of space archaeology, a growing field that is sparking extraordinary discoveries from ancient civilizations across the globe. In Archaeology from Space, Sarah Parcak shows the evolution, major discoveries, and future potential of the young field of satellite archaeology. From surprise adva... read more

National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the exciting new world of space archaeology, a growing field that is sparking extraordinary discoveries from ancient civilizations across the globe. In Archaeology from Space, Sarah Parcak shows the evolution, major discoveries, and future potential of the young field of satellite archaeology. From surprise adva... read more

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

GLORIA STEINEM

An updated, third edition of the renowned feminist’s most diverse and timeless collection of essays, with a new foreword by Emma Watson. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions has sold over half a million copies since its original publication in 1983, acclaimed for its witty, warm, and life-changing view of the world, "as if women mattered." Steinem's truly personal writing is here, from the ... read more

An updated, third edition of the renowned feminist’s most diverse and timeless collection of essays, with a new foreword by Emma Watson. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions has sold over half a million copies since its original publication in 1983, acclaimed for its witty, warm, and life-changing view of the world, "as if women mattered." Steinem's truly personal writing is here, from the ... read more

The Breast Cancer Survival Manual, Sixth Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide for Women with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

John Link M.D., James Waisman M.D., Nancy Link R.N., Shlomit Ein-Gal M.D.

One of the most comprehensive and bestselling books on breast cancer treatment and survival, completely revised and updatedThe sixth edition of Breast Cancer Survival Manual provides essential updates on treatment and care, enhancing the basic information that has made this the most trusted guide for women diagnosed with breast cancer for the past two decades. This edition includes the most cu... read more

One of the most comprehensive and bestselling books on breast cancer treatment and survival, completely revised and updatedThe sixth edition of Breast Cancer Survival Manual provides essential updates on treatment and care, enhancing the basic information that has made this the most trusted guide for women diagnosed with breast cancer for the past two decades. This edition includes the most cu... read more

Pelosi

Ball, Molly

American Delirium: A Novel

González, Betina, Cleary, Heather

The Wonders

Medel, Elena, Davis, Lizzie, Bunstead, Thomas

Madeline has 9 reviews

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Jeannie Salomon
It's great to work with Madeline. She is very understanding and has made constructive comments about my manuscript (I have yet to go through the entire manuscript.). She is meticulous and pays attention to details. However, she is also very flexible in her approach and willing to go with your highest priority. I would work with Madeline again and recommend her.

Jeannie Salomon, June 2022


Janice Brown
Madeline is thorough, frank and encouraging. I wish I'd met her a long time ago.

Janice Brown, June 2022


Kimmen Sjölander
This was my first time working with Madeline, and also the first time I requested an Editorial Assessment of a short story I was working on (instead of my normal use of Reedsy, for Developmental Editing). Madeline was professional, punctual and responsive, and her comments and recommendations on my story were solid and reflected a deep understanding of what makes a short story work (or not). ...
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Kimmen Sjölander, May 2022


Jonah Murray-Laird
A big thank you to Madeline for doing such a great job with my story. She was very professional and thorough. Madeline was great at pointing out the gaps in the narrative that needed filling and making suggestions as to how the story can get to where it needs to be for a finished product. I definitely recommend her editing services.

Jonah Murray-Laird, February 2022


Sandra Damiani
Madeline’s assessment of my manuscript exceeded my expectations. Her recommendations on word choice brought clarity to my story and helped me to polish up my dialogue tags. I would work with her again. Thank you Madeline!

Sandra Damiani, September 2021

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