Madeline Jones

Madeline Jones - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I'm an experienced editor of women's fiction, biographies, science, pop culture, and memoir, helping authors hone their stories on the page.

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Overview

I'm an associate editor at Henry Holt and Company, and a former editor 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

Associate Editor

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

I edit a variety of fiction and nonfiction projects at Holt - both my own acquisitions, as well as assisting with team projects and editing and reviewing 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 (6 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

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples: Third Edition

Harville Hendrix Ph.D., Helen LaKelly Hunt PhD

New York Times bestseller with over 4 million copies sold, now fully revised with new insights and lasting wisdom for couples"This soulful and practical handbook helped us build a foundational template for our marriage." ―Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette & rapper Souleye"Take in these time-tested practical steps to love and enjoy the freedom and closeness you deserv... read more

New York Times bestseller with over 4 million copies sold, now fully revised with new insights and lasting wisdom for couples"This soulful and practical handbook helped us build a foundational template for our marriage." ―Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette & rapper Souleye"Take in these time-tested practical steps to love and enjoy the freedom and closeness you deserv... 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

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

Glen Weldon

A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman's rises and falls throughout the ages - and what his story tells us about ourselves. Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim and gritty ninja of the urban night. For more than three-qu... read more

A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman's rises and falls throughout the ages - and what his story tells us about ourselves. Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim and gritty ninja of the urban night. For more than three-qu... read more

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Ball, Molly

Madeline has 3 reviews

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Anthony Bean
Amazing to work with Madeline on my project. She is thoughtful and curious in the best way possible. Will use her again for sure!

Anthony Bean, February 2020


Shanna Hammerbacher
I have enjoyed working with Maddie immensely. I worked with her earlier in the year on a small project for a query letter and have wrapped up a full manuscript edit. Consistent with my previous experience, she was incredibly responsive and flexible. The feedback she provided on my manuscript leaves me with no doubt in my mind that my book is the best it can be as a result of working with her. ...
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Shanna Hammerbacher, December 2019


Shanna Hammerbacher
Working with Maddie has been a game-changer already. She is responsive, beyond helpful, positive, and flexible, on top of providing detailed, professional, high-quality, and actionable feedback. There is no doubt in my mind that I will continue to use her for all my editing needs with my current and future writing projects. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for editing services.

Shanna Hammerbacher, October 2019

Madeline Jones
It's been so nice working with Shanna and seeing her passion for writing first hand. I look forward to reading much more from her!

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