Jaimee Garbacik is the owner and founder of Footnote Editorial. An editor, author, and publishing consultant, she has been privileged to edit for New York Times bestselling authors, Caldecott Honor and Emmy Award recipients, and some of the world’s foremost scientists.
Her specialties include literary and commercial fiction, young adult (YA) fiction, essay collections, long-form journalism, and LGBTQIA and gender studies. At Footnote Editorial, she makes it her mission to enhance authors’ innate voices and to “never pummel sentences for sport.”
Before launching Footnote Editorial, Jaimee cut her teeth in publishing as the acquisitions editor for The Literary Group International in New York, handling editorial development for the agency’s more than 200 clients worldwide. Jaimee graduated cumme laude from Boston University, where she studied with renowned editor and literary critic, Sir Christopher Ricks. She holds a certificate in editing from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Northwest Editors Guild. For more about Jaimee’s approach to editing, check out her interview with new crowdfunded book publisher, Inkshares.
Jaimee is also the author of Gender and Sexuality For Beginners (For Beginners, 2013), a critical examination of the sex-gender system and the evolution of gender roles, currently on curricula at more than a dozen universities. She has guest lectured at the University of Washington, Emerson College, Lewis & Clark College, Seattle University, and elsewhere, and has presented on gender and sexuality in bookstores, music venues, and community centers around the country.
She is most recently the editor/curator of Ghosts of Seattle Past (Chin Music Press, 2017), an anthology and art exhibit commemorating places in Seattle lost to rapid development, a finalist for the 2018 Washington State Book Award for nonfiction book of the year. When not writing and editing, she spray paints on found windows and volunteers at p:ear, a creative mentoring space for homeless youth.