About Star & Jake
With nearly 20 years in the publishing industry, nine of which he spent working at Gartner Research, Jake, an award-winning editor, has created and edited content for a wide variety of clients. He has collaborated on book-length manuscripts published by major and indie publishers alike, and, teaming up with independent writers, has edited bestselling works of fiction, as well as those that have been signed by big publishers.
As Director of Content and Editorial at DoubleCheck, Jake ensures that all deliverables, including reports, blog posts and other content, are informative, actionable, and engaging. He has a deep understanding of what it means to put the reader first, and also pays close attention to brand, messaging, and consistency. A fierce proponent of style guides, Star describes Jake as “the first person I turn to when I want a smooth edit that maintains my voice. Jake is flawlessly professional.”
Jake is also a writing coach and award-winning graphic designer. He has collaborated with business professionals and artists alike to create effective, visually compelling e-books, logos, event posters, and websites.
Star loves writing and ghostwriting blog posts, which has become a career for them, but that isn’t the only writing they enjoy. Star is also a social media consultant and writer for clients like marketing strategy expert and Harvard Business Review contributor Dorie Clark,, so interacting with entrepreneurs, and crafting posts and campaigns, are rich aspects of their work.
Fiction writing has always been a passion of Star’s. Under their old name, they were an instructor at Grub Street, where their writing courses, like their publications, spanned a variety of genres. Grub Street is also where they started writing coaching, taking a special interest in confidence building. (For more information about their confidence-boosting writing coaching, you can contact Star here.) At Grub, they even taught a Buffy-themed writing course—one of their favorite subjects to date. Star also used to be an editor at Narrative, which has been called “‘the gold standard’ of international literary magazines” by Esquire. Narrative publishes authors like Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut, and Sherman Alexie, and while working there, Star managed a group of editors, promoting stories to senior editors and sitting on contest finalist panels.
Star has won literary awards and recognitions for their own fiction writing, which has appeared in numerous magazines and journals. Under a pen name, they’re an Amazon bestselling romance author, having reached #2 in two major categories. In fact, they published a novel with Harper Collins, using that same identity, and have worked as a romance and LGBTQ+ editor. Star started out as an English, literacy, and drama teacher in the UK. They are LGBTQ+ and prefer they/them pronouns.