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Jennifer Pooley
Jennifer Pooley Literary Development
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I am a freelance book editor and story consultant based in Los Angeles. Previously, I spent twelve years with HarperCollins Publishers where I was a Senior Editor acquiring for imprints William 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); Michael Zadoorian’s THE LEISURE SEEKER, Catherine Hanrahan’s LOST GIRLS AND LOVE HOTELS; Sara James and Ginger Mauney's THE BEST OF FRIENDS; Jennifer Sey’s CHALKED UP; Marina Palmer’s KISS & TANGO; Ariel Leve's IT COULD BE WORSE, YOU COULD BE ME; Sarah Hall’s DAUGHTERS OF THE NORTH and HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN; and Lola Jaye’s BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, amongst others.

In my freelance work, I direct editorial development on behalf of publishers and agents for their contracted authors; established authors hire me (often in confidence) during their development process in order to have an editor to work with before their book goes to their agent or editor; or I am hired by debut authors who are seeking to elevate their work and to have a creative partner before querying agents or choosing to publish through an e-platform.


years experience: 20
SKILLS
Developmental editing, Line-editing, Writing, Copywriting
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, Screenplay-to-Book Adaptation, New Adult Fiction, Coaching, Discovering Debut Talent
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Selected freelance projects: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (St. Martin's); THREE SOULS and DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD by Janie Chang (HarperCollins Canada & William Morrow); ON THE COME UP by Hannah Weyer (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese); HINDSIGHT by Mindy Tarquini (Sparkpress); LOVE REHAB by Jo Piazza (Open Road Media); THE MAN IN THE EMPTY BOAT by Mark Salzman (Open Road Media); DAUGHTERS FOR A TIME by Jennifer Handford (Amazon Publishing); SWEET THING by Renee Carlino (Atria); ACROSS A GREEN OCEAN by Wendy Lee (Kensington); THE GOLDEN GATE IS RED by Jim Kohlberg (Open Road Media); SATISFACTION by Andee Reilly (Sparkpress); and THE HEART OF ANNIE by J.S. Foote (independently published).
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
CONFERENCE FACULTY AND/OR SPEAKER:

2017, 2015, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006: San Diego State University Writers’ Conference
2014: Writing Workshops LA: The Conference
2013: University of California Riverside M.F.A. Program, December Residency
2011: USC's Master of Professional Writing Program: "How to Leap from MPW to Barnes & Noble and Beyond?"
2010: Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006: Colgate University Writers’ Conference
2009: James River Writers' Conference
2009: Colgate University's "Living Writers" course: "Behind the Scenes in Book Publishing: From Acquisition to Publication"
2008, 2007: South Carolina Writers’ Conference
2006: Asian American Writers' Workshop: “Speed-dating with Editors”
2006: Surrey International Writers’ Conference
2006: Ohio State University Writers’ Conference
2005, 2006: Algonkian and New York Writers’ Workshops: “Pitch to the Editors”
2004: Grub Street: "The Muse and the Marketplace 2004"

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