Scott Alexander Jones
SCI-FI, FANTASY, HORROR editor
As a member of the SFWA and HWA, I specialize in editing sci-fi, fantasy, and horror novels. Having worked on dozens of manuscripts for publishers such as Penguin, Viking, and Orbit, I aim to help indie authors write books as compelling as those I edit for professional authors, a number of whom have won or been nominated for the HUGO, NEBULA, and BRAM STOKER awards.
I’m drawn to current fantasy because of the unique twists they put on age-old themes, and I enjoy modern sci-fi because of the vivid new worlds they envision. Offering three levels of editing (developmental editing, basic copyediting, and proofreading), I aim to help authors write eloquently and to hone in on what’s going on below the surface of their stories so that readers will be hooked from the first sentence.
I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and a BA in English from the University of Texas, and I am the author of books published by Black Lawrence Press, Unsolicited Press, Bedouin Books, and Binary Press. In 2009 I was the writer-in-residence at the Montana Artists Refuge, and in 2011 I received the annual literary award from Emrys Journal. Over the years, my writing has appeared in over fifty journals.
I got my start eight years ago, as an editor for the literary magazine CutBank, and I’ve since edited over a hundred manuscripts for various publishers, companies, and clients. I subscribe to the great Montana poet Richard Hugo’s perspective on the necessity of revisions: “Don’t write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn’t be changed.”
Years in the field: 9
Years freelancing: 9