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Before we get writing...

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I'm Jamie Johns!
Mana • BlackManaBurning • The Bird Queen

Whether you're creating a 30-page comic, a memoir, a videogame script, or a fantasy trilogy, let me help you make your writing — and even more importantly, your STORY — the very best it can be!

 

With me at your side, you will have a mentor, teammate, and cheerleader invested in your story's success.

 

I've worked with a wide range of individuals and groups both within the United States and internationally.

 

Whether you're an experienced BAFTA nominee, successful multinational game publisher, world-renowned scholar, accomplished Webtoons creator, fanfiction writer, indie comic creator, or elementary schooler just learning the ropes, I believe everyone has a story to tell... and it's my pleasure to help bring that story to the world!

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As an editor, I specialize in big-picture editing (Developmental Editing and Editorial Assessments) and possess a sensitivity to language and its usage that makes me particularly adept at Line Editing and Copy Editing in a variety of genres and styles. I work to ensure that language is strong and meaningful for a reader regardless of the medium.

 

Those who work with me often note my creative power and eagerness to explore even the most minute details. This unique attention to the finer points of storytelling elevates works to the next level and further ensures that your message reaches your readers.

 

An innate sense of the nuances of linguistics and language, a lifetime of reading, and a passion for storytelling combine to make me the type of editor who thrives in situations requiring both an artist's and logician's touch, melding entertainment with critical thought in a way that creates a truly unforgettable experience for your audience. I am someone who excels at identifying and drawing out themes and ideas within a story that even you, the story's creator, may not have been fully aware of!

 

I have worked on numerous titles as an on-staff member of a traditional publisher's editorial team and played a part in preparing hundreds of books that were geared toward multinational markets, providing editorial and administrative support both one-on-one with creators and as part of a team.

 

As a freelancer, I have both edited and written for a variety of comic books, visual novels, novels, manga, memoirs, movie scripts, webtoons, webnovels, fanfiction, and short story projects geared for both independent and traditional publication. I have also been head prose editor of a literary magazine, and have won awards for journalistic and academic excellence.

 

My breadth and depth of experiences in a wide array of formats, styles, and genres arm me with insight to help you route your story toward your goals, be it for personal enrichment, the underground indie scene, or toward pitching to agents and becoming the next bestseller from a top publishing house.

 

I work frequently with stories that don't fit squarely within singular or more traditional genres, and especially appreciate atypical or unique works that push me to use all of my skills.

When I'm not digging into a manuscript, I love getting my hands dirty gardening or hiking in the sultry summertime. I also love cooking and experimenting with new teas when the snow is falling in the cold Central Wisconsin winters. My best ideas often come to me when I'm exploring the beautiful natural world around me with my "pound special" mix dog, Zoey.

Languages

English (United States)

U.S. Copyright and Cataloguing

CIP 

LCCN 

Copyright Registration

Trademark Registration

Preferred Programs

Microsoft Word

Google Docs

Adobe InDesign

Chat

Discord

Email

DeviantArt

Phone (US/Canada/Mexico)

Skype

X (Twitter)

Specialties

Romance

Fantasy

Psychological

Drama

Myths, Legends, and Tales

Sci-Fi 

Characterization

Setting

Symbolism and Meaning

Vivid Imagery

Tension and Stakes

Dialogue

First Person

3rd Limited/Omniscient

Unreliable Narrator

Experiential

Immersion

Unique Perspectives

Novels

Short Stories

Visual Novels/Videogames

Comics and Manga

Light Novel Style

Anthologies

Team Unmasked Truths
Indie Games Startup
Head Writer | Creator | Co-Director

2021 – Present​

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The opportunity of a lifetime comes along and I sign on with an all-new independent game company! As co-director and head writer, I work with a team to create a visual novel murder mystery story from the ground up!

It's a lot of hard work, but I have high hopes for this team of skilled young professionals as we all bring our skills to the fore and work toward releasing our first game, Unmasked Truths's demo in 2024!

Check out this page for info and updates as they are added!

Ongoing Projects A
Luminous World Stories LLC
Freelancer
Developmental | Line | Assessment | Writing

2020 – Present​

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Continuing from where I left off and bringing with me all that I've learned at R&L, I make my return to full time freelancing as a writer and editor!

 

With plenty of experiences under my belt and even more to come, I'm excited to work with even more amazing creators, and finish up my debut novel with the help of illustrator and one of the winners from a fanart contest I hosted back in 2017, Suomar.

 
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Assistant Production Editor

​2020 – 2021

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Starting in early 2020, I continued my journey in the realm of publishing as an Assistant Production Editor and got my first hands-on experience working within the framework of a traditional publisher specializing in academic-focused works.

 

I had the pleasure of contributing to the production of hundreds of books during my year on the in-house staff with Rowman & Littlefield, and did it all during one of the most transformative times for publishing in decades. 

 
Southern New Hampshire University
Masters of Arts in Creative Writing and Editing

​2015 – 2017

 

Furthering the pursuit of my passions, I continued my writing journey with the goal of taking what I discovered during my English studies to master the craft of creative writing and storytelling.

 

While working on my personal writing style and craft, I discovered a passion for editing and coaching other writers in the art of storytelling: a passion that paired perfectly with my goals to create unforgettable stories and share them with the world.

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University of Wisconsin Marathon County
Associate's Degree

​2011 – 2013

 

Upon entering into college, I knew I wanted to do something with the storytelling arts. I spent most of my time split between the Art and English departments, debating whether I would pursue my passions for drawing or for writing. 

Finding myself drawn to the school's newspaper (Journalism being something I also excelled at in High School), I left the paper in my second year and dedicated myself to the college's Literary Magazine that spotlighted local writers.

 

I learned the role of a Prose Editor and how to parse through a mountain of submissions to arrive at our final selections.

 

I was then faced with a new and unexpected challenge when the layout editor quit, taking up the role myself and teaching myself how to format a print book in under 48 hours.

University of Wisconsin Marathon County now University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Wausau Campus
 
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature Studies

​2013 – 2015

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During my time at UWSP, I explored the rich worlds painted by Romance writers and poets and worked with my fellow students to craft exceptional stories. I discovered a love for literature by writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Leslie Marmon Silko, and for Nature Literature, focusing heavily on these descriptive and often psychologically deep genres and styles of narration in their every aspect.

 

At the end of my two years I was honored to receive a Departmental Award on the recommendation of several English Department Professors for both my creative contributions and academic professionalism.

 

One professor in particular noted how the unique conversational voice I employed made my writing "always distinguishable, even in blind review," and were consistently "the best she'd read in her 24 years as a Professor."

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