"Sheldon Jacobs is a level-headed gentleman who is a cross between Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama, and Vanguard founder Jack Bogle . . ." -- MarketWatch
Experienced writer and editor; Magazine contributor; Collaborative and/or Ghost Writer, Writing Coach; Fiction editor; former Time Magazine journalist with an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University.
Current/Recent projects include: Developmental Editor of a non-fiction book about prison; a non-fiction book about business in Africa; a non-fiction book about investing and taking smart risks; Carved in Blood (crime novel); Finding Him Again (novel), and The Stealthy Heart (novel), Friends and Lies (novella), River Girl (novel) acquired by imprints at Bonnier Publishing; fiction acquired by Endeavour Press.
I work with authors, non-profits and businesses to create books, press releases, web content and articles that precisely convey their message. I also help authors and others use the power of social media to convey the messages of their stories, books, products or services to the appropriate audience.
I worked as a journalist at TIME Magazine for more than 15 years, covering Business, Politics, Entertainment, Lifestyle, the Arts, and Fashion, and more--meeting deadlines, researching, reporting and writing on a variety of subjects for both fast breaking and longer, in-depth issue-related topics.
I have collaborated on, ghost written, and edited fiction and non-fiction.
Editorial Letter (Manuscript Critique)
College and University Admissions Essays
Singular expertise working with financial, business, economic or other specialized text. Expert proficiency working with non-native speakers of English.
I edit with the writer’s style in mind and have an instinct for uncovering inaccuracies, inconsistencies, continuity issues or potential legal ramifications. Extensive experience interviewing — and working on stories about — noted figures in business, design, fashion, politics, entertainment, lifestyle, music and other fields. Skilled at working with any style — literary, accessible literary, upmarket, commercial, historical, advertising, creative.
Adept at using Track Changes in Word, PowerPoint, InCopy, WordPress, Google Docs, Photoshop and other formats and editing tools. Familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, AP, AMA, APA, New York Times, and others.
I am professional, considerate, imperturbable and I never miss deadlines.
Collaborative and/or Ghost Writer, Writing Coach
Interview and work with individuals and entrepreneurs who are internationally prominent in their fields to create the autobiography, how-to or self-help, etc. books they envision.
Writer, in-depth profiles, business and technology articles
Copywriter for several international entrepreneurs.
Re-write and edit a weekly financial column by an economist from Japan
"I could not have asked for a better editor, and really am grateful to you for your vision, your expertise, and really guiding me on this path."
-- Maili Wong, CFA, author, Smart Risk: Invest Like The Wealthy To Achieve A Work-Optional Life, Amazon bestseller
"I've worked with many editors over the years, and I have to say that KJ Fallon is by far the best. She is a highly skilled editor, dedicated
and compassionate to her clients. She has never once missed a deadline, which is something rare in this business! She is able to consistently work with me no matter which genre I am writing in. Her ability to adapt to her clients’ needs is one of a kind. She is always there for her clients no matter what.”
--E.R. author, Finding Him Again and The Stealthy Heart
"I also want to thank my editors,Jackie, Peter, and K.J. Fallon, for finding me and presenting to me this awesome opportunity to write about the beautiful gifts of essential oils. I enjoyed this beautiful journey editing with all of you."
--Kymberly Keniston-Pond, CIR, CFR, CCMA author of Essential Oils for Health
“I also appreciate the many contributions made by KJ Fallon, the Editor’s Editor, whose careful research and thoughtful editing were invaluable. With our Rock Star Book Team—one of the finest teams I have ever been a part of—I felt like the skipper of a winning boat.”
-- Dennis N.T. Perkins, author Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race, Wiley Books
“I highly recommend KJ Fallon for a wide variety of editorial jobs.
In spring 2011, I hired KJ to edit a book I was writing. Good editors are hard to come by. They need to make corrections and improve copy without losing the author’s intent. This Kathryn did with great skill.
Over the years I have employed a number of editors. (I have published 23 books.) I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that KJ was the best of all these people. She will deliver for any organization smart enough to hire her.”
-- Sheldon Jacobs
Former Editor and Publisher, The No-Load Fund Investor newsletter (the highest-rated Mutual Funds advisor in the nation for ten straight years)
“I am very happy to recommend KJ Fallon. She edits my weekly economic reports and occasionally my economic papers. Her editing is accurate and she also makes constructive suggestions for improving my reports. She is really a perfect editor especially for non-native speakers of English and busy writers. Even though I have a demanding writing schedule, she has never complained and has always edited on time and she has never missed a deadline. I totally trust her professional editing ability as well as her work attitude. I am always eager to see her edited versions of my reports."
-- Dr. Yuzo Kumasaka, Chief Economist
"During my years at Time magazine, I and the other Senior Editors were singularly impressed with KJ Fallon’s intelligence, creativity and work ethic. She was responsible for researching, reporting and writing numerous Time pieces in Business, Nation, Science and the Arts, as well as widely reprinted covers and feature articles. Over the years I have recommended her to numerous colleagues and they have always been impressed. Kathryn seems to me ideal for your needs."
-- Stefan Kanfer, Former Senior Editor, Time; Author, Lecturer and Visiting Professor
My editing philosophy:
"Editing should be...a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, 'How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?' and avoid 'How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?'"
--- James Thurber
"There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them."
Rates upon request