Do you need friendly, positive and non-judgemental support to polish your novel, memoir or non-fiction book? I have experience in a wide range of genres including romance, fantasy, historical, young adult, crime, adventure and espionage as well as personal memoir. I edit with empathy – my objective is to keep your own unique voice in the work. Contact me to discuss rates or for a free sample edit.
Are your funding bids, reports, newsletters or publications in need of a critical overview? I can edit for clarity and accuracy and make sure that your content is clear, easy to read and well-presented. I also undertake fact-checking or research by arrangement, please see my services page for details.
I am very responsive to requests, please contact me using any of the methods on the contact page.
I am a qualified and professional editor and a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).
I offer proofreading, line editing and copyediting across all genres of fiction including romance, crime, thriller, fantasy and literary fiction. I also edit personal memoir and creative non-fiction.
Business and charity editing incorporates marketing leaflets, evaluation reports, policies and procedures. I have many years of experience writing a range of materials including policy and procedural documents, funding bids, tender documents, formal reports and information leaflets.
My previous work has been in project management, social care and health, housing and support services, having worked in both the public and voluntary sector.
To find out more about how I can help you, please see my Services, Portfolio or Contact page.
Jenny gave very helpful feedback with a really quick turnaround. Her approach was professional but also friendly; she helped me to improve my writing without discouraging me. I was confident that I could rely on her skill and accuracy, and her ability to support me to use plain language.
As a new writer, I found her help invaluable.
Margaret Davies, Director, Red Dragonfly Services Ltd.
'Jenny is one of the most reliable and trustworthy proofreaders I've had the pleasure of working with. She responds to emails and messages very quickly and consistently meets deadlines (even at short notice). Working with Jenny means I often feel as though a weight is lifted during busy periods as I know that work will always be delivered on time and to a high quality. Thanks, Jenny!'
Dr Nicole Woodford, Company Director, Larkin Tutors
Words alone cannot describe how helpful and amazing Jenny's services are. (Fact.) To someone like myself who had little to none of the key ingredients required to write – punctuation, grammar etc. – her abilities and talents are priceless.
I have learned so much from her expertise in such a short timescale; I love knowing I can write to my heart's content because I am privileged enough to have a great editor behind me.
Jordan Cockburn: Author of The Unknown.
'Jenny helped me with my thesis, providing sound, helpful feedback, including some suggestions about layout to improve the look.
Her approach ensured the consistency of my writing. Feedback was provided in a way that made sense to me and was easy to follow, and I genuinely feel that Jenny cared about the result and my work.
I would highly recommend her if you require proofreading services.'
C. Reed. Business Psychologist
Useful Links for Writers and Editors
Microsoft Word: If you are writing in Word and are planning to work with an editor, you should learn how to use track changes. The following posts will show you how to use track changes efficiently so you can get the most out of your professional editing and it can be useful when you are self-editing too.
Books to help you edit your own manuscript before publishing:
Self-Editing for Self-Publishers by Richard Bradburn
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
A three-part blog on writing insights from successful author Hugh Howey. Read it on his blog here.
A blog post by author Robert Lukins: Getting The Edits Back On Your Debut Novel: A Survival Diary. Read it here.
Louise Harnby offers excellent advice for writers on her blog The Proofreader's Parlour: A blog for editors, proofreaders and writers. Read it here.
Louise's blog about how to punctuate dialogue in a novel can be found here.
New Writing North supports writing and reading in the North of England. Lots of resources for writers.
A free open learn course. Click on the link below:
Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing
The great 18th-century writer Dr Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said, “The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.”