I am first and foremost a reader.


I read, as Gary Paulsen once advised, ‘like a wolf eats.’

This has given me a special insight into the way language works, the way stories are told, and the way ideas are best explained. What drew me to this field was my love of words.

I worked in the publishing industry for over a decade in editorial, production, and communications roles before starting my freelance business five years ago.

I’ve worked 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 digital content specialist at Barnes & Noble / Nook Media.

My freelance copy editing experience includes fiction and nonfiction books for Kirkus Reviews, peer-reviewed scientific articles for The Optical Society (OSA), academic papers including master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, among many other types of projects.

My freelance writing experience includes creating content for marketing and advertising materials, press releases, white papers, websites, and blogs for both small businesses and major corporations.

See samples of my writing here and my blog here. Testimonials from some of my clients are available here.

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

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