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Jennifer Pooley
Jennifer Pooley Literary Development

Welcome! I am former editor with a Big Five house in New York City who is now an independent book editor based in Manhattan Beach working with my clients to elevate their vision on projects of all kinds.

Before taking a flying leap west in 2010, I spent twelve years in the New York City with HarperCollins Publishers where I was a Senior Editor acquiring for imprints Willliam Morrow and Harper Perennial. Books that I acquired and published include: Willy Vlautin’s THE MOTEL LIFE, NORTHLINE, and LEAN ON PETE, Marjorie Hart’s SUMMER AT TIFFANY; Daniel James Brown’s THE INDIFFERENT STARS ABOVE and UNDER A FLAMING SKY (reprint); Sara James and Ginger Mauney’s THE BEST OF FRIENDS; Catherine Hanrahan’s LOST GIRLS AND LOVE HOTELS, Jennifer Sey’s CHALKED UP; Marina Palmer’s KISS & TANGO; Sarah Hall’s DAUGHTERS OF THE NORTH and HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN; Lola Jaye’s BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS; Lisa Jewell's VINCE & JOY and 31 DREAM STREET; Michael Zadoorian’s THE LEISURE SEEKER; and Amy Allen's THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO PRADA, amongst others.

Some of my freelance projects forthcoming in 2020 include: Janie Chang’s THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS (William Morrow), Leila Rafei’s SPRING (Blackstone), and Ehsaneh Sadr’s A DOOR BETWEEN US (Blackstone). Selected previous projects include: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (St. Martin’s); THREE SOULS and DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD by Janie Chang (William Morrow); ON THE COME UP by Hannah Weyer (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese); HINDSIGHT by Mindy Tarquini (Sparkpress); THE HEART OF WAR by Kathleen J. McInnis (Post Hill Press/Simon & Schuster); and LOVE REHAB by Jo Piazza (Open Road Media).

A 1997 graduate of Colgate University, I was a member of the annual faculty of the Colgate Writers’ Conference from 2006-2010 and guest faculty for the fall 2009 session of Colgate’s “Living Writers” course. I have also been guest faculty or a speaker at the following programs dedicated to writers: the SDSU Writers’ Conference; Writing Workshops LA: The Conference; the UC-Riverside/Palm Desert M.F.A. Program; USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program; the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, the James River Writers’ Conference; the South Carolina Writers’ Conference; the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; the Surrey International Writers’ Conference; the Ohio State University Writers’ Conference; the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books, and Grub Street’s “The Muse and the Marketplace.”

Outside of book publishing, I volunteer with A Walk on Water where I am an advisor to the Board of Directors, Pure Stoke, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, and THERAsurf, all heart-driven organizations that offer surf therapy experiences to children with disabilities. I’ve also been a wish granter with the Los Angeles chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and have mentored fifth graders writing their first screenplays with the Young Storytellers Foundation. During my years in New York City, I began to mentor Regine Roy when she was a sixteen-year-old student at Washington Irving High School. Seventeen years later, she’s still in my life and has created her own extraordinary organization, Queen Geniuses, to empower teenage girls from low-income communities. If you’d like to support the work of any of these groups with a miniphilanthropy donation, I would be so grateful.

years experience: 21
Developmental editing, Line-editing, Writing, Copywriting
Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, New Adult, Memoir, Spirituality
In addition to my work as an editor, I also represent Katie Delahanty's KEYSTONE (Entangled Teen, January 7, 2020) and DISCONNECT (forthcoming in 2020) and her Brightside series--IN BLOOM, BLUSHING, and BELIEVE (Entangled Embrace)--through The Bent Agency.


September 25, 2019 - WAYSHOWER, by Katie Delahanty (now called DISCONNECT) | Children's: Young Adult Fiction | Katie Delahanty's WAYSHOWER, the sequel to the forthcoming heist novel KEYSTONE, continuing the mission to steal analog history with Andy Warhol's Time Capsules as their target before dark forces can forever alter the digital past, to Candace Havens at Entangled Teen, in a two-book deal, by Jennifer Pooley at The Bent Agency (world).

December 10, 2018 - KEYSTONE, by Katie Delahanty | Children's: Young Adult Fiction | Katie Delahanty's KEYSTONE, a heist novel in which a 15-year-old influencer fakes her death to join a secret society of thieves determined to steal analog history before corporations can forever alter the past, to Candace Havens at Entangled Teen, by Jennifer Pooley at The Bent Agency (world).

October 7, 2013 - IN BLOOM, by Katie Delahanty | Digital: Fiction: Debut | Katie Delahanty's IN BLOOM, the first book in the Brightside series, in which a recent college graduate moves west from Pittsburgh to pursue her dream of becoming a costume designer, is spun by her Hollywood insider neighbors into Los Angeles' My Fair Lady, and who has a chance encounter with a rock star that ignites a whirlwind romance, to Karen Grove at Entangled Embrace, in a three-book deal, by Jennifer Pooley at The Bent Agency (world).

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