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Jen McDonald

I’m a former editor for the New York Times Book Review and other publications, now working directly with writers and publishers as a developmental editor, line editor, copy editor, and writing coach. I edit book manuscripts, essays, stories, and reported articles, and perform manuscript critiques. Interests include: literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, journalism, literary and cultural criticism, the performing arts (especially dance, music, theater), race and identity, sexual politics, science and technology, health and medicine, social justice, the environment, history, food and drink, travel, education, language and usage, and stories of family and parenthood.

In 2012–13, I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In addition to editing, I teach courses on writing and revision. More about me: short bio, frequently asked questions, menu of services, testimonials.

KEY EXPERIENCE/CREDITS:

• Select freelance credits: A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State, by Zach Vertin (Pegasus, 2019);  The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, by Brooke Kroeger (Excelsior Editions/SUNY Press, 2017); Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War, by Thomas J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly (Viking, 2017); The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan, by Steve Wiley (Lavender Line Press, 2017)
• Editor at the New York Times Book Review
• Nieman Fellow at Harvard University
• Editor in newsrooms: the New York Times, the Washington Post, News.com
• Writing instructor, most recently at the Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago’s Graham School

CV and other queries: Please contact me via my website.

http://www.jenbmcdonald.com/

Years in the field: 21
Years freelancing: 4

jen.mcdonald.10772

Jen McDonald