Madeline Jones

Madeline Jones – Editor

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


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.
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Economics Entertainment Nature Psychology
Literary Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
English (US)
  • Columbia Publishing Course certification
  • BA in English from Cornell University

Work experience

Algonquin Books

Jan, 2021 — Present

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.

Henry Holt and Company

May, 2016 — Dec, 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.

Asymptote Journal

Apr, 2016 — Jun, 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.

Simon & Schuster

Sep, 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.


The Wonders

Medel, Elena


Ball, Molly

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... 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, acclaim... 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, S... read more

Madeline has 10 reviews





Jody S.

Jody S.

Apr, 2023

Madeline is wonderfully kind and communicative—and 100% punctual. She offered useful comments, which I much appreciated. At this stage in the book, it would have been helpful to brainstorm with her about various aspect of the story over the phone, which was not possible. That said, if I need specific editing done in the future I'd definitely work with her again. She also provided a helpful lis...
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Jeannie S.

Jeannie S.

Jun, 2022

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.
Janice B.

Janice B.

Jun, 2022

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

Kimmen S.

May, 2022

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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Jonah M.

Jonah M.

Feb, 2022

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.

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