Fun Facts

  • Hammond commissioned a custom Robert August longboard, shaped by the legendary surfer himself.
  • He cried when the 2004 Boston Red Sox won the World Series.
  • Greg Attonito, lead singer of The Bouncing Souls, once borrowed SWH’s acoustic guitar to use during a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
  • Hammond is an avid overland explorer and adventurer, journeying to some of the most remote locations in the US.

Editor Jim Spivey - Working Vay-Cay Studios

Jim Spivey - Working Vacation Studios

Jim’s part of the team. He has been instrumental in helping me grow as a writer and pushing me further than I’ve dared to go by myself. He is the editor of The Final Book: Gods, and likewise, he’s had to comb through my rough drafts and rambling insecurities. His bedside manner helps me keep an open mind to restructuring and changes as I know his heart is in the right place. His ability to keep the integrity of the story but also see the larger picture of what is best for the book is second to none. I can’t thank him enough.

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. He was privileged to work with and learn from the late Archie Goodwin, one of the comic industry’s leading editor/writers. Jim later moved to Hachette Book Group where he managed the editorial department at Yen Press.

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 publisher Action Phase Games, as well as numerous independent creators.

Learn more about Jim and his services at his website, Working Vacation Studios.

Meet SW Hammond

Here are a few snapshots of the great times had while promoting the new books. Visit the Events page to see when SW Hammond will be at a show near you!