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Shannon Jamieson Vazquez

Shannon Jamieson Vazquez - Editor

Brooklyn, NY

Experienced editor of award­ winning and bestselling fiction and nonfiction, with 15+ years at major NYC publishers. I'm here to help.

Overview

I am an editor with more than 15 years of experience at major New York publishing houses, where I acquired, edited, and developed award-­winning, national bestselling, and New York Times bestselling titles in multiple formats and across a range of categories (with an emphasis on mystery novels, historical fiction, women’s fiction, and narrative nonfiction).

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Entertainment History Publishing Travel

Work experience

Editor

THE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP

March, 2006 – July, 2015 (over 9 years)

• Acquired, edited, and developed bestselling, award-­winning fiction and nonfiction projects in multiple formats and across a range of categories, including women’s fiction, mystery/thrillers, historical fiction, narrative nonfiction and true crime.
o Notable fiction titles include Ali Brandon’s New York Times bestselling Black Cat Bookshop mysteries; Sheila Connolly’s New York Times bestselling County Cork and Orchard Mystery series; Claire Donally’s New York Times bestselling Sunny & Shadow Mystery series; Naomi Hirahara’s Murder on Bamboo Lane (T. Jefferson Parker Winner for Best Mystery); Joanna Campbell Slan’s Death of a Schoolgirl (2013 Daphne du Maurier Award); Judith Rock’s The Rhetoric of Death (Barry Award Nominee for Best Mystery); national bestselling and Barry-Award winner E.J. Copperman’s Haunted Guesthouse mysteries; and NYT bestselling author CJ Lyons’s Angel of Mercy novels.
o Notable nonfiction titles include Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie’s Notes on a Killing (NH Literary Award for Outstanding Work of Nonfiction Finalist); Dan Morse’s The Yoga Store Murder, which Michael Connelly called “one of the best written and researched true crime books I’ve read in quite a while”; and Kevin Grange’s memoir Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic which Publishers Weekly praised as “both exciting and terrifying” and Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States declared, “You will be inspired.”
• Oversaw extensive backlist and managed reprints (both as acquisitions and in­house), including Kate Jacobs’s New York Times bestselling Friday Night Knitting Club series (The Friday Night Knitting Club paperback was on the NYT list for an entire year, including two weeks at #1); Steve Lopez’s The Soloist (a nationwide bestseller and feature film starring Robert Downey Jr); Victor Wooten’s The Music Lesson (originally self-published, and now in its 15th printing); A. Scott Berg’s Max Perkins, Editor of Genius and Saroo Brierley’s A Long Way Home (both forthcoming as feature films in the fall of 2015, under the titles ‘Genius’ and ‘Lion’ respectively).

Associate Editor

BANTAM DELL PUBLISHING GROUP

March, 2000 – March, 2006 (about 6 years)

• Acquired and edited both nonfiction (including several production­-heavy projects) and fiction titles, mainly literary fiction and mystery/suspense, notably Naomi Hirahara’s Snakeskin Shamisen (2007 Edgar Award Winner for Best Paperback Original) and Sean Doolittle’s The Cleanup (2007 Barry Award winner, Anthony Award finalist, Nebraska Book Award Honoree, and currently in development as a feature film).
• Handled revising and reissuing editions among a backlist of approximately fifty titles, including the updated and revised editions of Syd Field’s classic titles, most notably Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting and The Screenwriter’s Workbook.
• Assisted Senior Editor with editorial and administrative needs. Worked closely with authors including Tom Robbins, Rita Mae Brown, Perri O’Shaughnessy, Susan Shapiro, and Elmore Leonard.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

Victor L. Wooten

From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach... read more

From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach... read more

The Rhetoric of Death

Judith Rock

An "amazing"* debut historical novel (*Ariana Franklin, national betselling author of Grave Goods) Paris, 1686: When The Bishop of Marseilles discovers that his young cousin Charles du Luc, former soldier and half-fledged Jesuit, has been helping heretics escape the king's dragoons, the bishop sends him far away-to Paris, where Charles is assigned to assist in teaching rhetoric and directing d... read more

An "amazing"* debut historical novel (*Ariana Franklin, national betselling author of Grave Goods) Paris, 1686: When The Bishop of Marseilles discovers that his young cousin Charles du Luc, former soldier and half-fledged Jesuit, has been helping heretics escape the king's dragoons, the bishop sends him far away-to Paris, where Charles is assigned to assist in teaching rhetoric and directing d... read more

Murder on Bamboo Lane (An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery)

Naomi Hirahara

Trouble awaits rookie LAPD Officer Ellie Rush as she patrols the mean streets of Los Angeles on her bicycle…Bike cop Ellie Rush dreams of becoming a homicide detective, but it’s still a shock when the first dead body she encounters on the job is that of a former college classmate.At the behest of her Aunt Cheryl, the highest-ranking Asian-American officer in the LAPD (a source of pride for Ell... read more

Trouble awaits rookie LAPD Officer Ellie Rush as she patrols the mean streets of Los Angeles on her bicycle…Bike cop Ellie Rush dreams of becoming a homicide detective, but it’s still a shock when the first dead body she encounters on the job is that of a former college classmate.At the behest of her Aunt Cheryl, the highest-ranking Asian-American officer in the LAPD (a source of pride for Ell... read more

Snakeskin Shamisen

Naomi Hirahara

From Summer of the Big Bachi to Gasa-Gasa Girl, Naomi Hirahara’s acclaimed novels have featured one of mystery fiction’s most unique heroes: Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler. Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 win–from a novelty slot machine!–he’s torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes... read more

From Summer of the Big Bachi to Gasa-Gasa Girl, Naomi Hirahara’s acclaimed novels have featured one of mystery fiction’s most unique heroes: Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler. Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 win–from a novelty slot machine!–he’s torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes... read more

Lifelines: (InterMix) (Angels of Mercy Book 1)

CJ Lyons

From the New York Times bestselling author of Blind Faith comes the first book in the Angels of Mercy series—a gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day… July 1st—Transition Day. The most dangerous day of the year. The day staff at Pittsburgh’s Angels of Mercy Hospital braces for the arrival of the cocky, untested new interns. It’s also the first day for ... read more

From the New York Times bestselling author of Blind Faith comes the first book in the Angels of Mercy series—a gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day… July 1st—Transition Day. The most dangerous day of the year. The day staff at Pittsburgh’s Angels of Mercy Hospital braces for the arrival of the cocky, untested new interns. It’s also the first day for ... read more

Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic

Kevin Grange

A true account of going through UCLA’s famed Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program—and practicing emergency medicine on the streets of Los Angeles.Nine months of tying tourniquets and pushing new medications, of IVs, chest compressions, and defibrillator shocks—that was Kevin Grange’s initiation into emergency medicine when, at age thirty-six, he enrolled in the “Harvard of paramedic schools”: UCLA... read more

A true account of going through UCLA’s famed Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program—and practicing emergency medicine on the streets of Los Angeles.Nine months of tying tourniquets and pushing new medications, of IVs, chest compressions, and defibrillator shocks—that was Kevin Grange’s initiation into emergency medicine when, at age thirty-six, he enrolled in the “Harvard of paramedic schools”: UCLA... read more

Inspector Specter (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Book 6)

E.J. Copperman

Just when she thought she’d seen everything… Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven’s finest. She’s also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby’s Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it’s hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison pro... read more

Just when she thought she’d seen everything… Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven’s finest. She’s also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby’s Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it’s hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison pro... read more

An Early Wake (County Cork series Book 3)

Sheila Connolly

Pub owner Maura Donovan may have Irish kin, but she doesn’t seem to have the luck of the Irish. Who could have foreseen that bringing live music back to Sullivan’s Pub would lead to a dead musician? Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan’s Pub in the black as the days grow shorter—but how? When she hears that... read more

Pub owner Maura Donovan may have Irish kin, but she doesn’t seem to have the luck of the Irish. Who could have foreseen that bringing live music back to Sullivan’s Pub would lead to a dead musician? Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan’s Pub in the black as the days grow shorter—but how? When she hears that... read more

Golden Malicious (An Orchard Mystery Book 7)

Sheila Connolly

BEETLE MANIA While orchard owner Meg Corey dreads the labor of manual irrigation to stave off a drought, her boyfriend, Seth, couldn’t be more excited about doing historic renovation on one of Granford’s oldest houses. Tagging along as he picks up supplies is supposed to give Meg a much-needed break, but the trip turns rotten when she almost trips over a dead body at an old saw mill’s forest r... read more

BEETLE MANIA While orchard owner Meg Corey dreads the labor of manual irrigation to stave off a drought, her boyfriend, Seth, couldn’t be more excited about doing historic renovation on one of Granford’s oldest houses. Tagging along as he picks up supplies is supposed to give Meg a much-needed break, but the trip turns rotten when she almost trips over a dead body at an old saw mill’s forest r... read more

Literally Murder (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Book 4)

Ali Brandon

From her Brooklyn bookstore, Darla Pettistone not only sells mysteries, but solves them, aided by her big-boned black cat, Hamlet—who has suddenly pounced into the spotlight after unleashing his fists of furry… After a video of Darla and Hamlet performing at a martial arts tournament goes viral, the Florida chapter of the Feline Society of America invites the “Karate Kitty” to be the guest of ... read more

From her Brooklyn bookstore, Darla Pettistone not only sells mysteries, but solves them, aided by her big-boned black cat, Hamlet—who has suddenly pounced into the spotlight after unleashing his fists of furry… After a video of Darla and Hamlet performing at a martial arts tournament goes viral, the Florida chapter of the Feline Society of America invites the “Karate Kitty” to be the guest of ... read more

Hiss and Tell (A Sunny & Shadow Mystery Book 4)

Claire Donally

In this Sunny & Shadow Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Last Licks, a fat-cat wedding is making waves in Kittery Harbor, Maine. Political heiress Priscilla Kingsbury is about to marry Carson de Kruk, son of business mogul Augustus de Kruk, at the Kingsburys’ waterfront compound. For reporter Sunny Coolidge, an assignment from the Harbor Courier to cover the event is like c... read more

In this Sunny & Shadow Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Last Licks, a fat-cat wedding is making waves in Kittery Harbor, Maine. Political heiress Priscilla Kingsbury is about to marry Carson de Kruk, son of business mogul Augustus de Kruk, at the Kingsburys’ waterfront compound. For reporter Sunny Coolidge, an assignment from the Harbor Courier to cover the event is like c... read more

Death of a Schoolgirl (The Jane Eyre Chronicles)

Joanna Campbell Slan

In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves… Jane can’t help but fret when a letter ar... read more

In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves… Jane can’t help but fret when a letter ar... read more

The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing

Dan Morse

The full true story of the lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood--photos included.It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a lululemon athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs.Thirty-year-old Jayna Murray was dead—slashed, stabbed, and... read more

The full true story of the lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood--photos included.It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a lululemon athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs.Thirty-year-old Jayna Murray was dead—slashed, stabbed, and... read more

Notes on a Killing: Love, Lies, and Murder in a Small New Hampshire Town

Kevin Flynn, Rebecca Lavoie

Their friendship would kill her… Weaver and fiber artist Edith “Pen” Meyer knew her friend Sandy Merritt’s relationship with a married man was wrong. She had even urged Sandy to take out a restraining order against Kenneth Carpenter. Which was why her call to Sandy on February 23, 2005, seemed to come from out of the blue. During it, she told Sandy to drop the restraining order and get back to... read more

Their friendship would kill her… Weaver and fiber artist Edith “Pen” Meyer knew her friend Sandy Merritt’s relationship with a married man was wrong. She had even urged Sandy to take out a restraining order against Kenneth Carpenter. Which was why her call to Sandy on February 23, 2005, seemed to come from out of the blue. During it, she told Sandy to drop the restraining order and get back to... read more

The Cleanup

Sean Doolittle

Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a marriage and a career. His fellow officers think he’s a joke. His commanders are tired of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper... read more

Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a marriage and a career. His fellow officers think he’s a joke. His commanders are tired of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper... read more

The Cleaner (A Jonathan Quinn Novel Book 1)

Brett Battles

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional “cleaner.” Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies, doing a little cleanup if necessary. But in Brett Battles’s electrifying debut novel, Quinn’s latest assignment will change everything, igniting a harrowing journey of violence, betrayal, and revenge.The job seemed s... read more

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional “cleaner.” Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies, doing a little cleanup if necessary. But in Brett Battles’s electrifying debut novel, Quinn’s latest assignment will change everything, igniting a harrowing journey of violence, betrayal, and revenge.The job seemed s... read more

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

Syd Field

From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script.. Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed.•Why are... read more

From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script.. Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed.•Why are... read more

The Seafront Tearoom

Vanessa Greene

From the author of The Vintage Teacup Club The first rule of afternoon tea: never rush. Take time to savor it. Just like friendship…The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough – a beach-front haven with the best tea and cakes in town – and journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want t... read more

From the author of The Vintage Teacup Club The first rule of afternoon tea: never rush. Take time to savor it. Just like friendship…The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough – a beach-front haven with the best tea and cakes in town – and journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want t... read more

Hooked on Ewe (A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

Hannah Reed

In national bestselling author Hannah Reed’s latest Scottish Highlands mystery, aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn’t the only thing that’s dramatic when a local woman is done in...It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortuna... read more

In national bestselling author Hannah Reed’s latest Scottish Highlands mystery, aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn’t the only thing that’s dramatic when a local woman is done in...It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortuna... read more

Justice for Bonnie: An Alaskan Teenager's Murder and Her Mother's Tireless Crusade for the Truth

Karen Foster, I.J. Schecter

When Karen Foster was told that something had happened to her eighteen-year-old daughter, Bonnie Craig, she knew what it meant. The Alaska State Troopers investigating the scene ruled it a hiking accident, but for Karen, the pieces didn’t add up. Bonnie would never have ditched class to go hiking. And she didn’t drive—so how would she have reached McHugh Creek, miles out of town, in the first ... read more

When Karen Foster was told that something had happened to her eighteen-year-old daughter, Bonnie Craig, she knew what it meant. The Alaska State Troopers investigating the scene ruled it a hiking accident, but for Karen, the pieces didn’t add up. Bonnie would never have ditched class to go hiking. And she didn’t drive—so how would she have reached McHugh Creek, miles out of town, in the first ... read more

The Book of Bright Ideas

Sandra Kring

Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other.Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing he... read more

Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other.Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing he... read more

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