J Dupree

J Dupree – Editor

Creative (some say quirky), euphemistically detail-oriented (read: minutia-obsessed) editor ready to dive in and spin your words into gold.

Overview

I am an award-winning, deadline-driven editor with too many years of experience to count. I love research and unearthing facts and other arcane matter. I also love dogs, which, if it won't endear me to you I hope will remain inconsequential. I will not sign off on a project until I have vetted it to exhaustion. I am a true collaborator and reap tremendous satisfaction from helping others achieve their goals. Colleagues have remarked that I am fair, calm and respectful, which are values I strive to uphold as I believe they are crucial to the health and well-being of employee and company.

My day job is directing publications at a renowned K-12 school, where I have won several national awards for my work as editor of the alumni magazine. However, missing the energy and creativity of book publishing, where I began my career oh-so-many years ago, has led me to Reedsy, where I hope to take on freelance projects as a way to return to my roots so that, yes, I can have it all. My portfolio from my book-editing days includes best-selling illustrated children's books, several of which I acquired, updated and brought back to print, and critically acclaimed illustrated books on a wide range of topics, from culinary to gardening to pop culture to Americana. My interests run the gamut, which means my specialties do as well, though I must give a shout-out to the romance genre, which is what I promoted when I dabbled in publicity before setting up shop as an editor, Chicago Manual of Style in one hand and Merriam-Webster in the other.

I hope you'll give me the opportunity to help make your dream(s) a reality!
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Calendars Children’s Non-Fiction Inspirational Travel
Fiction
Children's Romance Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • CASE Circle of Excellence - 2017, 2018
  • UCDA Award of Excellence - 2014, 2015, 2018, 2021
  • UCDA Honorable Mention - 2020, 2022

Work experience

Independent K–12 school in New York

Sep, 2010 — Present

• Direct nationally honored print and digital publications program at K–12 school reaching 4000+ constituents

• Serve on administrative council comprising school leaders who develop initiatives to advance institutional

mission and strategic goals

• Generate story ideas, write articles, conduct interviews, assign and supervise writers, illustrators,

photographers, copyeditors and proofreaders for community magazines and newsletters

• Create, edit and format content and photos for website, portal and social media

• Review and approve all materials and text to ensure consistency of view, content, style and tone

Rizzoli

Sep, 2001 — Aug, 2010 (almost 9 years)

• Acquired and edited best-selling illustrated books and calendars

• Created and oversaw six-figure book budgets and negotiated author contracts

• Developed manuscripts in consultation with authors and licensors

• Wrote book jacket and flap copy

• Hired and supervised editorial assistants, copyeditors, proofreaders and designers

VanDam Inc.

Jan, 2000 — Aug, 2001 (over 1 year)

• Edited cartography for worldwide city maps and atlases

• Wrote copy and researched key travel data; updated and revised content for reprint program

• Hired and supervised freelance editors and designers

Simon & Schuster

Sep, 1997 — Dec, 1999 (about 2 years)

HarperCollins

Nov, 1995 — Sep, 1997 (almost 2 years)

J has 2 reviews

Professionalism

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Value

Responsiveness

Geoffrey G.

Geoffrey G.

Aug, 2023

Appreciate her skills and responsiveness
J D.
Thank you, Geoff, it was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you the best of luck in completing your book. I am looking forward to seeing it in print!
Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Feb, 2023

I'd give Jane 10 stars if I could! Jane was absolutely fantastic to work with and I can't rave about her enough. She was so thorough and caught so many errors from basic typos, to grammar, to suggestions how to word something better and even spotted several times when a paragraph was indented by just one space! Jane's communication was fast and her work timely. As a first time author, I wasn't...
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J D.
Thank you so much, Jennifer, the feeling is mutual. It was a pleasure working with you and I enjoyed the subject of your book tremendously—I learned quite a lot, which is always what I hope for wit...
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