Editing and Ghostwriting
Jennifer Banash is a critically acclaimed writer, a former professor of English and creative writing, and has ghostwritten several New York Times bestselling books for major publishers. A widely published author in her own right, she is also the author of five celebrated young adult novels: Silent Alarm, White Lines, Simply Irresistible, In Too Deep, and The Elite (Penguin USA and G.P. Putnam & Sons). Silent Alarm, was a 2015 finalist for the American Library Association’s Best Work of Young Adult Fiction prize. She is also the former co-founder and editor of Impetus Press, a small, independent publishing house that championed works of literary fiction with a pop edge. Her most recent novel, The Rise and Fall of Ava Arcana, was released in April 2023 from Lake Union Publishing, and is being developed for television by Warner Media.
Through her sixteen years of experience in ghostwriting, editing, and developmental editing, Jennifer's meticulous attention to detail has become the trademark of her process. She is highly skilled at bringing a book from the “idea” phase of development through to completion, and with her hands-on approach to editing has shepherded clients’ projects in all genres — from non-fiction and memoir to YA fiction and both commercial and literary novels.
You already have a draft of your book, and you're feeling pretty good about it. But before you query that agent, you want an extra set of eyes on it, just to make sure it's all tight. That's what you'll get with a line edit: a thorough markup of your completed draft.
You have an idea, but you aren't quite sure how to turn it into a book — but you want to try, and just need some assistance to make it all work. That's what you'll get with a developmental edit: I'll help you get from idea to a completed draft, chapter by chapter. You'll be doing the writing, but I'll be helping you at every step along the way.
You have an idea, and you want to see it as a book — but you want someone else to do the heavy lifting. That's what you'll get with ghostwriting: We'll talk over your concept, plot it out, and I'll write it, from the first line to the last.
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"I have worked with Jen on multiple manuscripts over the span of more than a decade, and I can't recommend her highly enough! Not only is she an immensely talented author, she's also hard-working, passionate, and organized--not to mention a lovely person. Jen is one hundred percent committed to everything she sets her mind to, and she will not let you down!"
—Joelle Hobeika, VP of development, Alloy Entertainment
"As an award-winning author with seven books, I can honestly say that Jennifer is the best editor I have ever worked with. I only wish I had met her sooner. She and I worked together on the last two and will be working together again on future projects."
—Judy Gaman, author of Love, Life, and Lucille
“I worked with Jennifer Banash years ago when she was running her own book imprint, and not only is she a powerhouse and a skilled editor, she ended up being a friend for life. The passion and verve Jennifer brings to all situations is infectious and goes above and beyond the usual editor/author experience.”
—Gina Frangello, author of Blow Your House Down
“Working with Jennifer was fabulous and rewarding. She was able to quickly capture the essence of what I wanted to say and reorganize and rewrote my written gibberish into a cogent, flowing, easy to understand, powerful story. Her edits and rewrites were lightening fast. I am now successful, published author—it could have never happened without Jennifer’s expertise. My call to hire Jennifer is one of best decisions I’ve ever made. ”
—Brad Bartholomew, author of Safe Landings
“I have worked with Jennifer on multiple projects, and she is a fantastic, insightful editor and writer. She is incisive, thoughtful, compassionate, and always a delight to work with.”
—Kira Breed-Wrisley, author of the Five Nights at Freddy's series