about me (& books)


I am an independent book editor based in Los Angeles, I also represent novelist Katie Delahanty through the Bent Agency. Please visit my publishing profile at Publishers Marketplace: here. 

Previously, I spent twelve years in the New York City book world with HarperCollins Publishers where I was most recently 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; Sara James and Ginger Mauney’s The Best of Friends; Catherine Hanrahan’s Lost Girls and Love Hotels, Jennifer Sey’s Chalked Up; Marina Palmer’s Kiss and Tango; Sarah Hall’s Daughters of the North and How to Paint a Dead ManLola Jaye’s By The Time You Read This; and Michael Zadoorian’s The Leisure Seeker, amongst others. A 1997 graduate of Colgate University, I was also a member of the annual faculty of the Colgate Writers’ Conference from 2006-2010. Additionally, I have been guest faculty or a speaker at the following programs dedicated to writers: 

2013: UC-Riverside/Palm Desert M.F.A. Program
2011: USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program
2010: Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference
2009: James River Writers’ Conference
2009: Colgate University’s “Living Writers” course
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: SDSU Writers’ Conference
2007, 2008: South Carolina Writers’ Conference
2006: Asian American Writers’ Workshop
2006: Surrey International Writers’ Conference
2006: Ohio State University Writers’ Conference
2005, 2006: Algonkian and New York Writers’ Workshop
2004: Grub Street: “The Muse and the Marketplace 2004″

Outside of book publishing, locally I volunteer with the wish granting team of the Los Angeles chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the very extraordinary THERAsurf, and I am about to complete my fourth season mentoring fifth and sixth graders writing their first screenplays with the Young Storytellers Foundation. If so inclined, microphilanthropy donations to any of these three organizations is a great way to help to create magical experiences for children in greater Los Angeles.

jennifer@jenniferpooley.com | @jenniferpooley