Introducing a New Member: S. Jae-Jones!

People of Earth, we have news: a fantabulous editorial assistant has now joined the ranks of Pub(lishing) Crawl. We could not be MORE THRILLED. From authors to agents to book sellers, if there was one thing we felt the lack of in our publishing discussions, it was the editorial side.

Well, the dearth has been filled, and we would like to share with you our newest member:

S. Jae-Jones!

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press, an adrenaline junkie, a skydiving enthusiast, a lover of baby harp seals, The Libertines, Lady Gaga, and anything gothic, creepy, weird, and whimsical. When not editing books or jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, JJ can be found training for the NYC marathon (ha!), attempting to write a book, and obsessing over Doctor Who and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Other places to find JJ include Twitter, Tumblr, and her blog.

If you don’t know about JJ, then you SHOULD. Her blog is amazing (as evidenced by this post), and we all feel incredibly outclassed in the intelligence department.

1) Skydiving, huh? Really? Like…you really jump out of planes A LOT? Um, care to tell us how you got into that death-defying hobby? 

30 jumps, an A license, and an hour of tunnel time. 🙂 Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity in recent years to jump as often as I’d like (or, to be frank, the spare pocket money either). I’d always wanted to skydive at least once in my life, and one day my boyfriend asked out of the blue if I were interested. Didn’t even blink. Said yes, and scheduled our first jumps (beer!—sorry, dropzone rules die hard1). My first jump was a tandem (hooked up to an instructor) out of a tiny single prop(eller) Cessna in early April of 2008: freezing cold but utterly exhilarating. I immediately got addicted to the sport and Bear and I spent the next two summers working towards getting our licenses. But then again, I am an adrenaline junkie and I’m always looking for the next big thrill. (Sometimes said thrills don’t always end well—ask me about the time I fell 1000ft off a cliff during a skiing accident…)

2) You landed on a golf course? This. Is. AMAZING. We expect to hear that story one day. Now, okay…Editorial Assistant. What does that mean. Lay it out for us.

An editorial assistant is exactly what it sounds like: someone who assists another editor (or multiple editors). The position varies from editor to editor, house to house. However, most EA positions mean you do a lot of reading and editing–both for yourself and for your boss—as well as some more mundane and/or administrative tasks, like tracking down foreign rights, going to cover conferences, coming up with marketing plans for book, etc.

3) Perhaps it’s mundane to you. It sounds rather glamorous to us. But now for the really nitty-gritty question: Water-bender, air-bender, earth-bender, or fire?

I’d like to think I’m an airbender, a lighthearted trickster, but in actuality, I’m probably more like a firebender—focused, passionate, and overbearing.

4) Haha. I’d like to be a water-bender, but maybe you’re right—fire-bending is more my style too. But oh snap! PUB BRAWL!!! What weapon are you wielding?

Well, I was a fencer back in high school (foil and epee), so I’d like to think I’d be wielding my rapier (wit), but in all honesty, I’m blunt and like to pummel my opponents to dust, so probably a Gullwhacker (the knotted rope Mariel of Redwall wields).

Did you seriously just reference Redwall? YOU ARE THE COOLEST. Ten bazillion bonus points to JJ.

To celebrate our newest addition, we are giving away a copy of one of JJ’s favorite books: Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce. In JJ’s words:

It’s a YA fantasy novel set in an alternate version of California, in which the main character Flora lives Crackpot Hall, a house with eleven thousand rooms. Crackpot Hall used to be one of the Great Houses of Califa, but has now fallen in disrepair and disarray ever since her mother, General Fydraaca, banished their magical ghost-butler. One day, she stumbles upon an elevator that wasn’t there, and it takes her to a part of the house she’s never seen before, and uncovers the ghost-butler and secrets about her family. The book also includes pirates, a boy best friend who wears makeup and is also a bit of a “rough”, and awesome gender-busting characters. Heavy on the whimsy, but I love these books to pieces.

So, if you want a chance to read it, just leave a comment telling us if YOU’VE ever been skydiving. (I, Sooz, have not. It’s on my bucket list, though…does that count?) OR, tell us which you’d be: Air, Water, Earth, or Fire?

The contest is open internationally and we’ll contact the winner next week!

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  1. At a dropzone, or DZ, there are certain rules regarding beer. First, no one drinks until the sunset (last load of the day) load goes up and the beer light turns on in the hangar. (Yes, we have beer lights in our hangars.) If you are caught drinking on the DZ, you’re banned from ever returning; we take safety VERY seriously. Second, any time you say the words “first” or “I’ve never…”, you owe the dropzone beer. Third, whenever you screw up a jump–like say, land in a golf course, which I have done—you also owe the dropzone beer. Other special occasions: first cutaway, graduation jumps, attaining the next license level, etc. also call for beer. It’s really an opportunity for skydivers to hang out, and in the case of mistakes, talk about what went wrong and how to fix them in the future.

38 Responses to Introducing a New Member: S. Jae-Jones!

  1. Amie Apr 4 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Welcome to the gang, JJ! I have NEVER been skydiving, and since my funky inner ears mean I often don’t know up from down, you’re going to have to represent me on that one!

    I adore FLORA SEGUNDA, and you are all the dearer to me for picking it. I raced through that book, and I’m about to start FLORA’S DARE!

    • sjaejones Apr 4 2012 at 8:05 am #

      Thanks for having me!

      I loved FLORA’S DARE and am on pins and needles for FLORA’S FURY, which comes out in May!

  2. Julie Apr 4 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Welcome JJ! So great to have you here! I’m sure you will be a great addition to Pub Crawl. 🙂

  3. Meagan Spooner Apr 4 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Congrats and welcome to the blog, JJ! I’m psyched to read posts from you in the future. And you win so many points for all your Avatar/Redwall references–not to mention picking Flora Segunda as your giveaway book! I loved that book so hard.

    • sjaejones Apr 4 2012 at 8:06 am #

      Yay! I’m so glad other people recognise the brilliance that is FLORA SEGUNDA. It appears as though I am in very good company. 🙂

  4. Soumi Roy Apr 4 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Well, I’m scared of height so no sky driving ever. As big fan of anime series Avatar The last air bender, I have always been team Zutara. I will be choosing water bending

    • sjaejones Apr 4 2012 at 8:08 am #

      Believe it or not, I am also afraid of heights, as was my skydiving coach. For some of us, the idea of conquering that fear over and over is thrilling, but I understand if it’s not something for you. 🙂


  5. Christina Franke Apr 4 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Definitely have not been skydiving, and I doubt I’ll ever do it. I’m way too much of a wimp.

    I love Avatar! Except for the movie, which I couldn’t get through. I would probably be a water bender; I’ve always loved water, and do not feel a kinship with the others. Second choice would be air-bending. Given that I’m a little bit afraid of fire, I don’t think fire-bending would be for me, even if I do still think Zuuko would have been a better choice for Katara! Aang and Katara creep me out as a couple!

    • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 11:05 am #

      KATAANG FOREVER! I think Aang and Katara are TOTALLY adorable: I love that she’s taller and older than him.

  6. Erin Bowman Apr 4 2012 at 9:08 am #

    JJ! I had no clue you were a skydiving fiend! Amazing! (That is one adrenaline rush I will never work up the courage to try. *shudders*)

    Anyway, so glad to have you on board with us! I can’t wait to get more of a glimpse of life behind the EA desk! (As Sooz said, they details may seem mundane to you, but I find them very intriguing!) 🙂

    • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      I am indeed a skydiving fiend. I’m a total thrillseeker–if it weren’t for the fact that I’m a total nerd first and foremost, I’d be Dauntless in the Divergent universe. (I am Erudite though. Erudite and Ravenclaw FTW!)

  7. Giada M. Apr 4 2012 at 9:34 am #

    I’m afraid of heights, but maybe someday I’ll give it a try. Never say never!
    Fire-bender here! 😀

  8. Kat Zhang Apr 4 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Welcome, JJ!! I’m so thrilled to have you join Pub Crawl and am excited for the chance to get to know you better! 😀 I’ve never gone skydiving but want to…though I’d ben terrified out of my mind the entire way down 😉

    • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Yay! Totally excited to be here!

  9. rachel Apr 4 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Not here to win…But I have been skydiving. It was my birthday present to myself and I went in LOTR territory – New Zealand. 9,000 feet in the air… Definitely want to do 15,000 feet next 🙂

    • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 11:08 am #

      My first (beer!) jump was at 10,000 ft. because that was as high as the Cessna could go. We normally jumped with a Twin Engine Otter, and occasionally a Skyvan, which took us to 16,000ft once. IT WAS AWESOME.

      I hate low altitude exits. In order to pass from student level, you have to do what they call a “high solo” (solo jump without coach, only on radio) and a “low solo”. That means you exit at 5000ft and pull right away. It’s so nervewracking to me!

  10. Susan Apr 4 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I can’t say I’ve ever gone skydiving. I’ve always had this niggling want to in the back of my head (ha – more like stomach), but I have this irrational fear of coming down from heights – not the height itself, but the getting down from it.

    Welcome, JJ! I can’t wait to get to meet you further through your posts and whatnot! It’s always exciting to have new people coming to us at Pub Crawl. 🙂

    • Susan Apr 4 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Aaaand kind of amazing that you apparently love Avatar and Redwall. I think I read every single Redwall book published during junior high…and I might still reread Mossflower as many times as possible. And the new Avatar series – squeeeee new episodes! (Despite the lack of Zuko. I loved me that boy.)

      • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 11:21 am #


        I read all the Redwall books through The Long Patrol, and then I sort of stopped. I loved them though--my favourites are Mariel of Redwall and The Bellmaker, but I have a soft spot for Salamandastron. 🙂

        • Marie Lu Apr 4 2012 at 1:10 pm #

          No secret what the depth of my love for Redwall (and TLA) is. 🙂 YAY, welcome JJ my dear! <3 (As for Zuko, Mako is shaping up to be the new Zuko for me, in all his hot glory! And Bolin is totally Sokka. 🙂 )

          • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 1:24 pm #

            The difference between Zuko and Mako for me is that I totally want to hug one and ruffle his hair and I want…to do slightly more “adult” things to the other. 😉

          • Susan Apr 4 2012 at 6:25 pm #

            Yess totally enjoying Mako so far 🙂

  11. Jasmine Stairs Apr 4 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I have never been skydiving, and I admit I plan to keep it that way. I’m not good with heights. 😛

    And I’d love to be an airbender, air being the element of freedom, but I’d probably be a fire bender. A really bad fire bender, still working on control.

  12. Sarah J. Maas Apr 4 2012 at 1:07 pm #


    2) I <3 you forever and ever for loving Avatar. I still get emotional every time I think about the final agni kai between Zuko and Azula. One of the BEST tv moments of all time.

    3) Even though I'm a Pisces and majorly into all things ocean/water/marine-related...I think I'd probably be a firebender.


    • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      I cry every time I watch Sozin’s Comet (yes…I have watched the show multiple times). Also, The Tale of Iroh GETS ME EVERY TIME. SOBS. SO MUCH SOBBING.

      I’m also a Water sign (sun sign Cancer), but I’m more air/fire I think. 🙂

  13. Marie Lu Apr 4 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Oops–I just realized i posted as part of a mini-thread!

    Welcome (again), JJ dear!!

    As for bending….I’m TOTALLY an airbender. I think flying is the coolest ability ever (my love for all things Peter Pan and fighter jets is showing here), and plus, it’d be neat to be part of an endangered group, being one of the last airbenders and all. 😉

    • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Thanks for inviting me!

      I think I have the goofy traits of an airbender, but I’ve totally got all the worst faults of a firebender. 😉

  14. April Tucholke Apr 4 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    By gothic, creepy, weird, and whimsical, are you talking Edward Gorey? Or Tim Burton? Or Dali? Or Poe? Or any movie with Vincent Price? Either way, I’m in.

    • JJ Apr 4 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      I adore both Gorey and Burton, which is that exact intersection between gothic, creepy, weird, and whimsical (Burton also adds sweet to the mix, I think). I also love Dali and Poe, although I think of Dali as more surreal, and Poe as more straight up horror. 🙂

      Also, Vincent Price. <3

  15. Krispy Apr 4 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Hello JJ! I totally already stalk you on Tumblr (I know, I’m such a creep – I don’t even remember how I found you) because you’re too awesome – I mean, your fandoms are more or less my fandoms (A:TLA? Doctor Who? Bookish things?!)

    I almost went skydiving for my friend’s 22nd bday, but I chickened out (and didn’t have the money to spare). I kind of regret it but also the idea also still terrifies me. Haha.

    I’d WANT to be a firebender (because it’s flippin’ cool) or an airbender, but I’m probably more of a waterbender. (And I’m a Ravenclaw and thought I was in Erudite but the Divergent test put me in Amity.)

  16. Vivien Apr 4 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I have not been skydiving, but I oh so want to!!!! Also, I’d probably be a fire-bender. Even though I’m a pisces (water sign) the idea of controlling fire is really appealing.

  17. Andrea Apr 4 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Ah, skydiving. I went almost as soon as I turned 18. I can’t remember ever feeling as mindful or in the moment as when I was free falling. At first I wanted to get my license, but I ran into that lack of spare pocket money you mentioned. Plus, I wanted to try everything else (Bungy jumping, white water rafting, jungle surfing, swimming with sharks, rock climbing, etc) all of which were totally worth it (as you probably know). My next adventure is zorbing! (Followed by climbing Kilimanjaro, and hand gliding!)

    So what’s the story about the time you fell 1000ft off a cliff during a skiing accident (ouch)? Or will that be a separate post? Welcome to Pub Crawl!

  18. Kayla B. Apr 5 2012 at 12:37 am #

    I definitely cannot see me skydiving with my terrible fear of heights. I did a divebomb thing at an amusement park as a teenager to attempt to overcome that, but it only made matters worse. I have trouble standing in a chair to change a lightbulb now.

    Oh, and I’d totally be a water-bender. 🙂

  19. Llehn Apr 5 2012 at 12:41 am #

    No skydiving for me! Too chicken!

  20. Nhi Apr 5 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Woah I could never go skydiving (unless I was coerced with bribery of some sorts) because I am a wimp like that. I’d most likely be something like an earth or water bender, but I’d love to be a firebender because it just sounds simply BAD ASS. Which I’m not in any way.


  21. roro @roro is readin Apr 6 2012 at 11:50 am #

    no skydiving for me lol unless it is in a book lol

    water would be awesome

  22. Myra Apr 10 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Never been skydiving… funny, I was just talking to my friend about this the other day, and she’s planning to go skydiving this summer. I think it’s kind of insane, and I’ve been on the worst of amusement park rides, but, who knows… someday… 😉 I would like the thrill of it.

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