In the list of things about me, before 'writer' or 'editor,' I am first and foremost a reader.


I read, as Gary Paulsen once advised, 'like a wolf eats.' I devour stories and ideas. I can never get enough words.

I've worked in publishing for over a decade in various editorial, production, and communications roles—as a production editor at the American Institute of Physics (AIP); as a production coordinator and typesetter at the Modern Language Association (MLA); and as a publisher liaison at an e-book conversion house and then at Barnes & Noble / Nook Media.

As a freelancer, I've had the opportunity to continue working with scientific and academic content as part of the freelance editorial team for The Optical Society (OSA), Cactus Communications, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston. I've worked with countless students to edit  academic papers including Masters theses and Doctoral dissertations.

I have experience editing fiction and non-fiction books through my work with Kirkus Reviews, and have worked with various clients editing creative works such as short stories, magazine/journal articles, film scripts, TV pilot proposals.

I've also worked for both small businesses and major corporations to create content for business proposals, marketing and advertising materials, press releases, websites, and blogs.

Testimonials from some of my clients are available here.

What drew me to this field was my love of words. As a writer, it's using them to find the perfect expression of a sensation, psychological state, or thought. As an editor, I love helping others to find the best way to express what they are trying to communicate.

As a lifelong voracious reader, I have a special insight into the way language works, the way stories are told, and the way ideas are best explained. It's the familiarity a professional pitcher has with the form and movement of a baseball, ingrained through countless hours of experience that has developed both conscious knowledge and intuitive skill.

If you're interested in what I'm reading these days or looking for a good book recommendation, check out my goodreads page!

Jess's bookshelf: read

Death: A Life
Man V. Nature: Stories
Sleeping Late on Judgement Day
The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life
The Long War
Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life
An Introduction to Jung's Psychology
Last Argument of Kings
Parsival Or A Knight's Tale
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
My Ántonia
Before They Are Hanged
The Blade Itself
Three Hainish Novels
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Childhood's End
The Wise Man's Fear
The Name of the Wind

Jess's favorite books »