Margaret Larkin Jones

Author Editor Writer

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I have been involved in publishing for thirty-five years, the last fifteen working exclusively as a freelance book editor for publishers, agents, and individual author clients, in both nonfiction and fiction.

I am the author of Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline (HarperCollins, DaCapo Press), a critically praised in-depth biography of the iconic singer as well as the historic setting in which she lived, described as the "definitive" account in reviews. Currently I am in the process of creating an enhanced e-book edition of this work based on almost 100 taped interviews I conducted for the book, including many of the leading figures in country music of that era.

As a writer and freelance journalist in the 1990s, I focused on feature-length profiles of prominent figures in the arts and humanities that were published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. I was also a contributing editor to Publishers Weekly, covering the news, trends, and ways of the publishing industry. I am a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Country Music (Oxford University Press), was a writer for the longstanding PBS television series Great Performances, and was a contributing writer/​editor for Richard Saul Wurman's Access travel book series.

For the last twenty years I have been a freelance book editor, working in all aspects of editing manuscripts for various publishers and individual author clients.