Jan Weed Baumer is a former acquisitions and substantive editor for HarperOne, the spiritual, religious, self-help, and mind/body/spirit imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. She has edited and acquired numerous nonfiction titles for HarperCollins including New York Times bestsellers Evidence of the Afterlife by Dr. Jeffrey Long and If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by TV personality Kelly Cutrone. She has had the privilege of working with authors such as Sally Quinn, Eric Metaxas, James Van Praagh, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and the late Marcus Borg, in addition to many others. Prior to working at HarperCollins, Jan was a staff writer and editorial assistant at Ellie Award-winning magazine Budget Living in New York City. After relocating to Austin in 2009, Jan served as the programming director for The Writers’ League of Texas and then as editorial director for Austin-based literary agency The Fedd Agency. She is currently a freelance editor and mother of two brilliant and fearless girls. 


  • General Nonfiction, self-help, memoir, religion & spirituality


  • Manuscript critiques, first-chapter critiques, book proposal editing, developmental editing, content editing

"I worked with Jan Baumer for nearly a year in the development of my New York Times bestselling book Evidence of theAfterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.  Jan has that rare combination of being an outstanding professional editor , and also exceptionally pleasant and easy to work with.  Jan significantly contributed to the success of my book, and I recommend her highly."

-Dr. Jeffrey Long, New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experience