Scott Alexander Jones


As a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association, I specialize in editing genre fiction. 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, and Bedouin Books. 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 a decade 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.”


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Years in the field: 11
Years freelancing: 11


Scott Jones