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editorial services, consultant :
Jennifer Pooley
Jennifer Pooley Literary Development

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.

In addition to my work as an independent book editor, I also represent novelist Katie Delahanty ( through The Bent Agency.

years experience: 19
Developmental editing, Line-editing, Writing, Copywriting
Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, Screenplay-to-Book Adaptation, New Adult Fiction, Coaching, Discovering Debut Talent
I represent novelist Katie Delahanty's Brightside series--IN BLOOM (2014), BLUSHING (2015), and BELIEVE (2016)--through The Bent Agency.

Praise for IN BLOOM:

"@bloomolivia, get ‘em girl!”
-- Sara Bareilles

"IN BLOOM is absolutely magical. With Olivia Bloom, Katie Delahanty has created a heroine who will both capture your heart and leave you longing to move to Los Angeles to pursue your own Hollywood dream. A dazzling debut novel with adventure, humor, and passion."

-- Marjorie Hart, New York Times bestselling author of SUMMER AT TIFFANY

“A delightful and dazzling Hollywood romp that had me laughing and loving all the way through!”
-- Ophelia London, author of ABBY ROAD

“We’re all Livs at heart…if she can meet her Prince Charming, maybe, just maybe, we can too. Liv reminds us to take a risk…to jump, to soar and…live!”
-- Lola Jaye, author of BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS

Her deal was announced on Publishers Marketplace on October 7, 2013:

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).

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).

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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