Dawson also works as a freelance editor for authors who are preparing their manuscripts for publication. Dawson has worked as both a tutor, teacher, and editor for near to a decade, currently working as an Associate Editor at Escape Pod. She holds a BFA in Playwriting and English, and holds a MS in Education with a focus in English.
Dawson prides herself on her professionalism, passion, and fair rates. Please use the contact form to receive a quote. Indicate what your project is, how many pages in proper format, and what sort of service you need.
While she is open to any sort of manuscript, she finds her strength and passion in Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, short story collections, and General Fiction.
"I have been writing for well over ten years now. I first approached Jen to do an edit last year after I had rewritten my novel, Sleight of Spirit. She was very professional, using Microsoft Office to track changes so that I could accept or reject them for myself, as well as leaving notes on sections which needed re-wording. This was valuable not only to my manuscript but also for keeping my weaknesses in mind for the future. I was most impressed with Jen's macro-edits, which challenged me to think about my characterizations and helped me narrow my themes, contributing to a finished product that was far and away better than the manuscript."
- Kaitlin Nichols, "Valeria" and Pandora's Ring
"If you’re looking for expert feedback and counsel when it comes to writing, look no further than J.R. Dawson. My experiences working with Jen were my first involving a professional analysis of my writing, and the entire process was completely worth it. Jen provided me with specific, thorough, and nuanced feedback that goes far beyond the typical “insert comma here” styles of editing. Her perspective and advice concerning my writing will not only help to make me a better writer, but also will certainly help to make me a more effective teacher of writing! I absolutely recommend soliciting Jen’s expertise as an editor and a writer. If what you’re seeking is valuable critique and an enlightening experience overall, you’ve come to the right place."
-Evan Pennington, English teacher