He's a geek.
An amateur wine snob.
A former college DJ.
And a full-service publishing consultant with over twenty years of experience at major houses.

Jim Spivey was born and raised in Oklahoma, spent his high school years in New Mexico, and is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. His first job out of college was with Portland-based comics publisher Dark Horse Comics, and he continued his career in comics and graphic novels when he later moved to New York City to join the editorial staff of DC Comics. While at DC, Jim edited such titles as Hawkman, Damage, Primal Force, and Deathstroke the Terminator and co-edited the Harvey Award–nominated collection Manhunter: The Special Edition, and he was privileged to work with and learn from the late Archie Goodwin, one of the comic industry’s leading editor/writers. After several years at DC in a variety of editorial roles, including co-developer of the DC edition of the OverPower collectible card game, Jim joined the production and manufacturing department of Warner Books, later Hachette Book Group. When Hachette launched their manga and graphic novel imprint, Yen Press, he transferred to the managing editorial department so that he could bring his comics experience to the new venture. Most recently, after a stint as the Director of Kirkus Editorial, Jim left NYC behind to return to the Pacific Northwest and set up shop as Working Vacation Studios. He currently provides editorial and prepress production services for such clients as Vendome Press, Hachette Book Group/Yen Press, HarperCollins, and board game publishers Devil Pig Games and WizKids, as well as numerous independent creators.


When not working hard for his clients, Jim enjoys writing for fun and eventual profit, kickboxing to work out the kinks, guilty pleasure movies and TV shows that allow him to turn off his brain, salt water fishing with his dad, and teaching friends how to play his favorite board games.


Jim's full CV, with recommendations, is available on LinkedIn.
(Please note that Jim only accepts connections from people and organizations he knows.)

Reliving my days of radio stardom.  (OK, it was in college. And my show aired on the weekend. But my eight to ten listeners loved me.)

Reliving my days of radio stardom.

(OK, it was in college. And my show aired on the weekend.
But my eight to ten listeners loved me.)

“It was a pleasure to work with Jim as my proofreader. He is professional, timely, and knowledgeable. Jim not only corrected errors I’d missed in the text, but he also introduced me to typesetting concepts with which I was unfamiliar. The book is far better as a result of his influence, and I look forward to working with him again on my next project.”
— Beth Raymond, author of Secrets of the Conclave