About the Resort Director

Jennifer Lawler, the Club Ed Resort Director, doesn’t spend all her time hanging out on beaches.

The requisite toes-at-the-beach shot

Most of the time, she’s working on story development, usually by developmentally editing clients’ projects, but also by teaching others the craft of editing and working on her own nonfiction books and novels. (For more information about those, visit her personal website at www.jenniferlawler.com)

What I look like when my toes aren’t in the sand.

Jennifer has worked for many years as a freelance book development editor on a wide range of editorial projects for traditional book publishers as well as independent authors, specializing in genre fiction. She launched Crimson Romance for Adams Media (which became an imprint of Simon & Schuster), overseeing all aspects of acquisitions, editorial, and production.  She has also worked as a magazine editor for MSP Custom Publishing.

She teaches aspiring and established story development editors the craft of developmental editing as well as the business of freelancing, primarily through a series of popular classes sponsored by the Editorial Freelancers Association and through her own organization for freelance editors, Club Ed. She also develops and offers expert instruction in more advanced theories of editing, such as her seminar in POV problems.

She is the author or coauthor of more than thirty nonfiction books and nearly twenty novels, including her popular and award-winning Dojo Wisdom series (Penguin). Her personal essays have appeared in publications such as Family Circle, Neurology Now, Minnesota Monthly, and the Chicken Soup book series. Her blog post, “For Jessica,” went viral and is still a source of comfort and inspiration for parents of children with special needs.

She worked briefly as a literary agent and has taught in the biomedical writing program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the copyediting program at the University of California – San Diego, and at other writing programs in colleges and universities.She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She hasn’t quite decided which has been more helpful in her career.

She can be reached at ResortDirector@ClubEdFreelancers.com