Introducing a new member: Jordan Hamessley!

Dear Readers, we have an announcement: a Real Live Editor is joining the Pub(lishing) Crawl team. You may remember her from her guest post on mass market paperbacks. Either way, she’s a real publishing insider, and we’re so excited (and incredibly honored) to be able to introduce to you:

Jordan Hamessley London!

Jordan is an assistant editor at Grosset and Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers where she edits Adam-Troy Castro’s middle grade horror series Gustav GloomLiterally Disturbed (an upcoming collection of scary stories from Ben H. Winters), A.J. Stern’s Frankly, Frannie series and more. She is on the editorial team for Ann Hood’s middle grade historical time-travel series The Treasure Chest. When not editing, Jordan can be found on twitter (@thejordache) talking about books, scary movies, and musical theater.

1) Tell us a little about how you settled on (or clawed your way into–whatever!) your current job.

I came to my job in a bit of a roundabout way. I moved to NYC to attend a theatre conservatory and worked as an actress throughout college. After a particularly dreadful gig on a national tour, I returned to New York and had some free time before classes started up again. I was reading a book a day and my writer boyfriend (now author husband) said I should look into being a reader for a publishing house. I applied for a lit agency internship that night and started interning two days later.

I interned throughout college with a pretty lengthy stint at TOR/FORGE BOOKS. After graduation I took a trip to Egypt and decided I would come back to the states and audition AND apply for publishing jobs. Whatever clicked first was what I was supposed to do. I never went on another audition. I got a job at the Barefoot Bookstore in FAO Schwartz and started submitting for editorial assistant jobs. I interviewed to be the publisher’s assistant at Grosset & Dunlap and he just happened to be a huge musical theatre nut, so we spent the first half of the interview talking books and the second half talking theater. I started a week later and I have been there ever since.

2) Wow. VERY COOL. From acting to Egypt to editing–that’s quite a journey. So when you’re reading–clients’ work, books for pleasure, submissions–what must the book have for you to enjoy it? 

Voice is HUGE for me. I’m a big fan of science fiction and horror, so I’m usually hooked by concepts, but if the voice isn’t there, it just doesn’t work for me. I get a LOT of ghost submissions, but it takes a very skilled writer to pull off a great, creepy voice that keeps the tension of the plot intact. Perfect example: Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. She was brilliant.

3) Sci-fi and horror, eh? Nice combo, but I agree–voice is HUGE. Now, outside of publishing/reading, what do you enjoy doing?

As seen from my previous life, I am a HUGE theatre nerd. I can talk about the current state of musical scene for hours. I have many opinions on SMASH. Ha. My current theatre obsession is the web series Submissions Only. Check it out! (http://www.submissionsonly.com/)

You can also find me watching tv when I’m not curled up with manuscripts. Current obsession: Sherlock. I heart Benedict Cumberbatch. Obsession to end all obsessions: Lost. I adored that show.

4) Yeah, Sherlock. I think we already fangirl squeed over that, but…there can never be too much squee-ing over that show. SO GOOD. N0w, Let’s say one of your writers is having a tough time with his/her story–do you have a personal motto or favorite saying you’d give?

The books I work on tend to have complicated magic and story arcs that build across a series. Whenever my authors run into problems, I always remind them that the characters have no idea what happens in book 4, just like the reader. Ask the questions. If your character is confused, that’s ok. Have the character acknowledge it. The reader will feel better knowing she is asking the same questions as the character.

 5) You’re at the pub: what food groups are you gonna eat?

Fried foods and dips. I’m a sucker for a good spinach and artichoke dip or queso. Fried mozzarella with marinara sauce is my big weakness.

6) My mouth is literally watering as I type this. Queso–nom, nom, nom. Okay, final question: What’s your favorite literary cocktail?

Two parts horror with a twist of quirky humor.

Oooh, I like it! Horror and humor all the way (please say you know and adore the latest Fright Night!).

To celebrate Jordan’s arrival to our team, we’re giving away a copy of one of her favorite books—Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment telling us what YOU think of the TV show Sherlock (and of course, saying “hi” to Jordan!). We’ll pick a winner in a week, and the contest is open internationally!

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24 Responses to Introducing a new member: Jordan Hamessley!

  1. Christina K. Jun 1 2012 at 5:24 am #

    I love that show! Great stories, and the guys are gorgeous (which always helps)

  2. Julie
    Julie Jun 1 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Hey Jordan! Welcome to Pub Crawl!!! I LOVED your guest post and look forward to reading your future posts! 🙂

  3. Kat Zhang
    Kat Zhang Jun 1 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Welcome, welcome, welcome Jordan!!! So excited to have you! 😀

  4. JJ
    JJ Jun 1 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Woohoo, welcome Jordan!

  5. Lori Jun 1 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Welcome Jordan! So exciting to see more faces added to this site 😀

    I LOVE Sherlock! And of course Sherlock is my favorite character, although I also think John is the best thing ever. Mrs. Hudson is great too, as is Lestrade and Moriarty is a crazy genius and… basically I love them all haha.

  6. Erin Bowman
    Erin Bowman Jun 1 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Jordan, we should totally hit up the pub together some day. I seem to share your weakness for fried deliciousness. (Oh, and welcome!! So glad to have you!) 🙂

  7. Jodi Meadows
    Jodi Meadows Jun 1 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Hi Jordan! Soooo happy to have you with us!

  8. Marie Lu
    Marie Lu Jun 1 2012 at 10:00 am #

    HOORAY, welcome to the group, Jordan!! So thrilled you’re here!

  9. Amie Kaufman
    Amie Kaufman Jun 1 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Welcome on board! SO much Sherlock love on this end. I have to admit a bit of a John Watson weakness, but that’s perfect, right? We won’t have to fight over them!

  10. Ryan Graudin Jun 1 2012 at 10:01 am #

    A triple threat: editor, actor and traveler! Nice!

  11. Melissa Jun 1 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Hurray for Jordan! Wonderful editor, person, and fellow devotee of Sherlock and the ‘Batch!

  12. Vanessa Di Gregorio
    Vanessa Di Gregorio Jun 1 2012 at 10:07 am #

    YES! LOST! You and me, Jordan – Losties for life! (I bawled my eyes out the entirety of the last episode. Like – SOBBED. But more on that later ;P)

    So glad to have you in the group, Jordan! CHEERS! 😉

  13. Rachel Seigel Jun 1 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Hey Jordan! Welcome to Pubcrawl! 🙂

  14. JoSVolpe Jun 1 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Girl after my own heart with all of the horror. Love it.

  15. April Tucholke Jun 1 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Sherlock. Yeah. Wow. I love it in all its incarnations–the original stories, Guy Ritchie, Jeremy Brett–but this modern interp is my favorite. I really dig Bilbo as Watson, but Benedict C is…unreal. The perfect embodiment of dripping-with-hyper-intelligence gorgeously sexy asexuality. And the way the show uses texts–putting the words right on screen instead of doing a close up on an iphone…brilliant. The last ep of season 2 blew my little mind…

  16. EM Castellan Jun 1 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I have been meaning to watch Sherlock for a while, everybody seems to love it and I feel I’m missing out on something great… Oh, and welcome to Jordan!

  17. Yael Itamar Jun 1 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I love Sherlock! My favorite character is (big surprise) Sherlock. Gotta love a fellow genius sociopath. (Did I just say that out loud?)

  18. Leonicka Jun 1 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Welcome! I love your “how I got into publishing” story! So inspiring. 🙂

  19. Jordan Hamessley
    Jordan Hamessley Jun 1 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I’m so excited to be a part of this fantastic blog. Happy to see all of the Sherlock love!

    ~Jordan

  20. Katherien Jun 3 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Welcome! I haven’t seen Sherlock yet. I love a great horror story.

  21. Beth Jun 5 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Sherlock is one of my favorite shows! I’d have to say my favorite character is Sherlock himself, just because I love Benedict Cumberbatch so.

  22. Kate Traylor Jun 11 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi, Jordan! Thank you for the book rec. I’ve only read “The Lottery,” and keep planning and forgetting to pick up We Have Always Lived In The Castle. It was also nice to hear about your editorial journey– it’s wonderful to hear about publishing from an editor’s perspective. I’ve never seen Sherlock, but someone I like has offered to lend me the DVDs, thus making the very watching of the show a potentially romantic endeavor. Does that count? 😛

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