Britta Jensen

Britta Jensen - Editor

Austin, Texas, USA

I'm the award-winning author of two YA novels, have edited books and taught creative writing for the past seventeen years. Let's talk!

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Overview

I want your journey as a writer to include working with someone as enthusiastic about your story as you are! Writing is not a solo endeavor. It requires collaboration, revision and a willingness to learn. Often success is a matter of finding the right partner to help you. I'd love to share my seventeen years of combined literacy and publishing experience, as well as explore methods that have helped my clients win awards, get published and become better writers.


My goal is for you to walk away from our editing partnership with feedback that will help you reach your publishing vision. I have a lot of experience editing YA SFF, MG, adult Fantasy and SF, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Multi-Cultural fiction as well as short stories. The most important part of our work together is making sure that my feedback is crafted around your intended vision for your story so that the most essential threads of the narrative aren't lost or muddled when you receive edits. I believe in a holistic editing process that will make sure that your work is always yours, but with feedback that will help you reach that next stage on your publication journey! I'm also a member of SCBWI, EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association), The Writer's League of Texas and ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors). I'm also always reading, attending conferences and conducting industry research to make sure you have the most up to date information about the publishing industry!


PRAISE FOR MY EDITORIAL WORK


“Every piece of Britta’s feedback felt invaluable, but really it was the questions that brought about the most important changes. Britta’s feedback made me feel like I had a partner working with me to make my manuscript the best version of itself.”
-Annie Williams, author of The Line of Tepes


“Britta is fantastic! She listened as I told her about my end goals and edited my manuscript with those in mind. Criticism is never easy, but it’s a necessary part if we want to grow. Britta doesn’t sugarcoat, as no good editor should. She takes her job seriously and focuses on what her clients want to achieve. Her one-on-one is invaluable! Britta took as much time necessary to answer ALL my questions and clarify any confusion. I left realizing I still had a lot of work to do but also had a game plan that will take me one step closer (if not more) to my goal. Thank you, Britta, for pushing me to be my best!”
-Amelie Corner author of Flower in the Ash, Finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest


“I learned so much: keeping a consistent POV (point of view), setting the scene, getting rid of unnecessary detail, being precise. The best gift from Britta was validation of what I was doing right. I loved how she organized her feedback into manageable chunks: story development, voice, prose, etc. It made tackling the revisions a lot less daunting.”
-Chuck Preston Jr. author of Road Burn


“Britta has taught me how to look deeper into my characters and make them live and breathe on paper.”
-Eddie Bujans, short story author

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Coming of Age
Epic Fantasy
Magical Realism
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MA-Teaching of Literature & Composition
  • New York State Teaching Certificate (Secondary English Literature)

Awards

  • Writer's League of Texas YA Discovery Prize
  • General Sharp Award for Teaching of Creative Writing
  • Longlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize
  • Deep Vellum Publishing Grant 2020
  • Better Business Bureau Heart of Texas Grant 2021

Work experience

Editor & Writing Coach

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

I developmental and copy-edit fiction and memoir for authors seeking both traditional and indie publication. I also offer writing coaching for authors desiring assistance with manuscript drafting.

Adjunct Professor of Writing & Rhetoric

St Edwards University
August, 2020 – Present (about 2 years)

I teach freshman composition focusing on rhetoric, composition and non-fiction writing.

Editor and Writing Coach

Yellowbird Editors
May, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

I work with authors at a variety of stages of manuscript development in the following genres: Fiction: Sci-Fi/fantasy; Coming of age; Literary Fiction (particularly multi-cultural/cross cultural narratives); Mystery/Thriller; Romance; New Adult

Nonfiction: Memoir; University essays/Application essays

YA and Middle Grade (not chapter books)

Department Chair & Teacher of Creative Writing/Literature

Department of Defense Education Activity
August, 2008 – August, 2018 (about 10 years)

Teacher of English Literature & Composition

City College Academy of the Arts
August, 2005 – August, 2008 (about 3 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Eloia Born

Britta Jensen

"Loved it! A well-written narrative of disability, dystopia, and exploration...consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry's The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan's The Village."--Nicole Dieker, Discovery Reedsy"Britta Jensen's epic worldbuilding shines and the story is full of mystery, suspense, and heart. I'm looking forward to more stories in this universe."--Amanda Bennett, Midday Moonrise ... read more

"Loved it! A well-written narrative of disability, dystopia, and exploration...consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry's The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan's The Village."--Nicole Dieker, Discovery Reedsy"Britta Jensen's epic worldbuilding shines and the story is full of mystery, suspense, and heart. I'm looking forward to more stories in this universe."--Amanda Bennett, Midday Moonrise ... read more

Stories for Homes: Volume Two

Ward, Jacqueline, Ironside, J.A., Wilson, Lorraine, Bromley, Shell, Assheton, Catherine , Taylor, John , Swingewood, Sally, Alper, Debi

A Test of Time (Children's Anthology Book 3)

Wester, Vanessa, Ironside, Jules Anne, Hetzel, Katherine, Beanland, Malcolm, Willis, Matthew, Jensen, Britta, Dyer, Madeline, Price, Sara, Mark, Stephen, Ginnane, Karen

Ghosts of Yokosuka

Jensen, Britta

The Line of Tepes

Williams, E.A.

Paris Mon Amour

Costello, Isabel

The Moon Divas Guidebook

Vesta, Lara, Munay, Deva

Castle of Horror Anthology Volume 6: Femme Fatales

Hoover, PJ, Addy, M.J., Anderson, Jessica Lee, Austin, Miracle, de Becerra, Katya, Berry, Christina, Cornelison, Shelli, de Freitas, S., Gray, Carmen, Hagemann, Jess, Jensen, Britta, Johnson, Bernadette “Berni”, Kander, Beth, Rodriguez, S.N., Smoot, Madeline , Joy Preble

Chemical Detective

Erskine, Fiona

Britta has 12 reviews

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Daniel Valente
Britta has been an exceptional help in my query writing. She is communicative, detailed, and friendly. Her advice is well thought out and explained, and she has opened my eyes to many ways to improve my submissions. I am looking forward to our follow-up meeting, and am certain I will exit our collaboration a stronger writer than when I began.

Daniel Valente, September 2022

Britta Jensen
Thanks so much Daniel! It's a complete pleasure to work with you!

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Rebecca Timperley
Britta far exceeded my expectations. Her input on my manuscript was very detailed. I feel like I had my work edited and took a class on writing at the same time. I will definitely want her to edit my future manuscripts.

Rebecca Timperley, August 2022

Britta Jensen
Thank you so much Rebecca!

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Deborah Reed
Working with Britta has been amazing. Her videos were so helpful and her advice and edits were spot on and invaluable. I look forward to our future collaborations.

Deborah Reed, July 2022


Edward Bablin
very goof and insightful

Edward Bablin, July 2022

Britta Jensen
Thanks Edward!

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Tim Dinsdale
Britta provided incredibly thorough, helpful editing. She was cheerful, patient, and articulate in our face to face meeting. She helped with a whole load of problems I knew I had and a bunch I didn’t, and gave me clear, actionable advice for each one. Amazing service, I would use her again.

Tim Dinsdale, July 2022

Britta Jensen
Tim is a delight to work with and I love his wonderfully inventive and original story! I'm so excited to see where his book goes next. Thank you, Tim!

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