JR Wesley

JR Wesley - Editor

Glenside, PA, United States

Editor with 8+ years experience. Offering developmental edits and proofreading for fantasy, science fiction, and associated sub-genres.

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Overview

As an editor, I see my role as someone who helps authors communicate with their audience. Every writer has strengths and weaknesses, whether it's dialogue, setting, action, pacing, humor, or the many other aspects that go into crafting a story. My focus is on making those strong elements pop out to readers, and offering advice to shore up those weaker aspects while also teaching authors how they can make them stronger in the future.

Developmental editing means working with an author to understand their vision for a story, and making certain that it ends up on the page. We'll work together to craft subtle but powerful ways to coax readers into being fully invested in finding out what happens next. Along the way, we'll clear up any plot inconsistencies, out-of-character moments, and determine what details could be added to give your story that extra nudge from good to great.

Proofreading is all about removing those final barriers that could unintentionally jostle a reader back into the real world versus being immersed in your story. I'll be an extra set of eyes looking for, and correcting, out of place commas, weird spaces, misspellings, and awkward grammar to ensure that readers forget they're reading a book - instead, they'll be experiencing your story.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Fantasy
Horror
LGBTQ
Paranormal Romance
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Mascot Books
March, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

Author clients can request developmental edits, copyedits, proofreads, or a more in-depth ghost edit for their manuscripts. Editors are paired with projects based on their fields and genres of expertise. For both developmental and ghost edits, there is an additional phone conversation between the author and editor to discuss the proposed changes, and for answering any questions the author might have. Projects are completed on a deadline.

Writer Workshop Presentor

Philadelphia Free Writers Association
May, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

Bi-annual writer seminars and workshops in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Seminars have ranged in topics, including technical edits and continuity systems. Writers are encouraged to bring their current WIP to our workshops where we brainstorm solutions to various narrative and character roadblocks.

Founding Editor

Crimson Melodies Publishing
June, 2009 – Present (over 9 years)

Crimson Melodies Publishing is a micro-press for gritty dark fantasy. Originally a home for Peter Dawes' Vampire Flynn Series, we have been expanding our footprint to include anthologies and novels from other authors. Our eZine, Bloodtide, is currently delivered to email inboxes and has its first issue available as an ebook. We'll be publishing a paranormal dark fantasy novel from author Karyn Mitchell and the second installment of our Nocturnal Embers anthology in the Fall of 2017.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Silence of Ashes: a dark-fantasy vampire thriller (The Vampire Flynn Book 2)

Peter Dawes

Book Two of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter DawesAbomination. Rogue. Murderer. Hero?The Supernatural Order guides and trains any vampire hunter who manifests the gifts of a seer, but Flynn is far from a typical recruit. His bloodstained reputation leads their High Council to hand him a death sentence, not wanting to gamble on the supposed rehabilitation of a va... read more

Book Two of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter DawesAbomination. Rogue. Murderer. Hero?The Supernatural Order guides and trains any vampire hunter who manifests the gifts of a seer, but Flynn is far from a typical recruit. His bloodstained reputation leads their High Council to hand him a death sentence, not wanting to gamble on the supposed rehabilitation of a va... read more

Shadowcast (Deathspell Book 2)

Peter Dawes

No one who knew him would accuse Christian Richardson of being the sort of person who took the easy road.Stranded in the Moorlands in fifteenth century England, Christian must come to terms with the aftermath of his quest for vengeance. Embracing the gifts passed on by his father has put everyone he cares for in danger, and any hesitation to face the road before him could cost someone he loves... read more

No one who knew him would accuse Christian Richardson of being the sort of person who took the easy road.Stranded in the Moorlands in fifteenth century England, Christian must come to terms with the aftermath of his quest for vengeance. Embracing the gifts passed on by his father has put everyone he cares for in danger, and any hesitation to face the road before him could cost someone he loves... read more

Divided By Night (The Vampire Flynn Book 4)

Peter Dawes

Book Four of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes After ten years spent in hiding, the sins of the past have come to visit Peter Dawes again. Living out his life with his watcher, Monica, the two have forged a family within the throes of denial. But something sinister lurks in the shadows, released by the spell which granted the rogue seer back his life. And b... read more

Book Four of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes After ten years spent in hiding, the sins of the past have come to visit Peter Dawes again. Living out his life with his watcher, Monica, the two have forged a family within the throes of denial. But something sinister lurks in the shadows, released by the spell which granted the rogue seer back his life. And b... read more

Undone By Blood (The Vampire Flynn Book 5)

Peter Dawes

Book Five of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes As the identity of his newest antagonist is revealed, Peter discovers just how costly his decade in hiding has become. Europe is in shambles, with a puppetmaster directing the steps of both vampires and the Supernatural Order, and now, Peter stands as the only person who can resolve the conflict.He could also b... read more

Book Five of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes As the identity of his newest antagonist is revealed, Peter discovers just how costly his decade in hiding has become. Europe is in shambles, with a puppetmaster directing the steps of both vampires and the Supernatural Order, and now, Peter stands as the only person who can resolve the conflict.He could also b... read more

Deathspell: an alternate history tale with magic, mercenaries, and revenge

Peter Dawes

DEATHSPELL is the first book in a brand-new series written by USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes.Praise for the Author:"...on Dawes' writing style one word comes to mind: elegant.""He paints a vivid picture in your mind and never lets up..."A boy orphaned by violence grows up in the shadow of his father's murder. His older brother offers him a home, but the life of a farmer is a poor fit... read more

DEATHSPELL is the first book in a brand-new series written by USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes.Praise for the Author:"...on Dawes' writing style one word comes to mind: elegant.""He paints a vivid picture in your mind and never lets up..."A boy orphaned by violence grows up in the shadow of his father's murder. His older brother offers him a home, but the life of a farmer is a poor fit... read more

Nocturnal Embers: a Supernatural / Dark Fantasy Anthology

Noree Cosper, Peter Dawes, Jessica Fortunato, Anya Harker, Kelley Frank, Zack Rewey, Brendan Sullivan, Catherine Peace

Rupert Shaw. The name may strike you as remarkable, or not. It might conjure expectations of the person who answers to it, in which case you’ll no doubt be surprised.Or, perhaps you’ve heard of him.If you have, you are most likely a vampire. Humans who know the name have limited lifespans or are in his employ (in which case you have not heard of Rupert Shaw, the vampire who rules over San Fran... read more

Rupert Shaw. The name may strike you as remarkable, or not. It might conjure expectations of the person who answers to it, in which case you’ll no doubt be surprised.Or, perhaps you’ve heard of him.If you have, you are most likely a vampire. Humans who know the name have limited lifespans or are in his employ (in which case you have not heard of Rupert Shaw, the vampire who rules over San Fran... read more

Fellowship Of Psys

Denise Meyer

Dina Karson became a killer at age six. She didn't fire a gun or wield a knife. The weapon at her disposal was her mind. Now eighteen, she has yet to be punished for her crime. The Guild, the secret underground society of psychics that took her in, values such skills and has already selected her next victim. Her father.Discovered amidst the burning wreckage of a hunter's cabin, Dina has never ... read more

Dina Karson became a killer at age six. She didn't fire a gun or wield a knife. The weapon at her disposal was her mind. Now eighteen, she has yet to be punished for her crime. The Guild, the secret underground society of psychics that took her in, values such skills and has already selected her next victim. Her father.Discovered amidst the burning wreckage of a hunter's cabin, Dina has never ... read more

Temptation in Neon: a poly paranormal vampire dark romance

Peter Dawes, P.W. Davies

Danny Turner had sex last night. At least, he’s pretty sure that’s what happened. Memory gaps, strange wounds on his neck, and blood-stains on his clothing lead him on a quest to recreate a wild night spent at his favorite club, Nocturne. When his journey brings him to a vampire feeding den, he finds out that you only get one chance to walk away – and his curiosity blew it. The vampire who mar... read more

Danny Turner had sex last night. At least, he’s pretty sure that’s what happened. Memory gaps, strange wounds on his neck, and blood-stains on his clothing lead him on a quest to recreate a wild night spent at his favorite club, Nocturne. When his journey brings him to a vampire feeding den, he finds out that you only get one chance to walk away – and his curiosity blew it. The vampire who mar... read more

Follow Him Home: an mmm romance with a doctor, a lawyer, and a hitman (Alternate Worlds Book 1)

P. W. Davies

When a mysterious man walks into the emergency room, Dr. Peter Dawes could have never expected the turn his life was about to take. Drawn to the enigmatic Christian, he agrees to one date, but the more his former patient reveals about himself, the more Peter wonders if he should take a step away. When he’s introduced to Christian's other lover, though – the more refined Victor – the charming m... read more

When a mysterious man walks into the emergency room, Dr. Peter Dawes could have never expected the turn his life was about to take. Drawn to the enigmatic Christian, he agrees to one date, but the more his former patient reveals about himself, the more Peter wonders if he should take a step away. When he’s introduced to Christian's other lover, though – the more refined Victor – the charming m... read more

Dark as the Grave: a dark-fantasy thriller (The Vampire Flynn Book 1)

Peter Dawes

First Book of The Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Best Selling Author Peter Dawes Flynn is a killer of killers - an assassin who targets his own kind, and the perfect weapon in a world of warring immortal factions. But the surefooted steps and quick hands that make him one of the deadliest vampires ever sired are attributes of a mortal destiny which haunts him even beyond death. When his o... read more

First Book of The Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Best Selling Author Peter Dawes Flynn is a killer of killers - an assassin who targets his own kind, and the perfect weapon in a world of warring immortal factions. But the surefooted steps and quick hands that make him one of the deadliest vampires ever sired are attributes of a mortal destiny which haunts him even beyond death. When his o... read more

Blade of the Slayer: a dark-fantasy supernatural thriller (The Vampire Flynn Book 3)

Peter Dawes

Book Three of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes-----As the assassin named Flynn becomes the seer named Peter, the final leg of his journey begins to unfold. Pursuing the path of his kidnapped watcher, Peter is accompanied by an unlikely assistant as he discovers Ian had not been acting alone. The doorway to great power lies open before him. And it is his mi... read more

Book Three of the Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Bestselling Author Peter Dawes-----As the assassin named Flynn becomes the seer named Peter, the final leg of his journey begins to unfold. Pursuing the path of his kidnapped watcher, Peter is accompanied by an unlikely assistant as he discovers Ian had not been acting alone. The doorway to great power lies open before him. And it is his mi... read more

Make Him Tremble (Alternate Worlds Book 2)

P.W. Davies, J.R. Wesley

Trust doesn't come easy when opposites attract. But that doesn't mean they have to keep their hands to themselves.Book Two of the Alternate Worlds Series takes place before the events of Follow Him HomeBefore Peter, it was just Victor and Christian. That doesn’t mean it was simpler, because a hitman can’t exactly tell a lawyer what he does for a living. Their first night together is a whirlwin... read more

Trust doesn't come easy when opposites attract. But that doesn't mean they have to keep their hands to themselves.Book Two of the Alternate Worlds Series takes place before the events of Follow Him HomeBefore Peter, it was just Victor and Christian. That doesn’t mean it was simpler, because a hitman can’t exactly tell a lawyer what he does for a living. Their first night together is a whirlwin... read more

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