Britta Jensen

Britta Jensen - Editor

Austin, Texas, USA

I'm the award-winning author of three books. I have edited books and taught creative writing for the past eighteen years. Let's talk!

Request a quote
Verified identity

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 eighteen years of combined teaching and publishing experience, as well as explore methods that have helped my clients win awards, get published and become better writers.

I want our editing partnership to include feedback that will help you reach your publishing vision, as well as an action plan that will help you achieve your publishing goals. I have a lot of experience editing YA SFF, MG, Adult Fantasy and SF, Mystery/Thrillers, Contemporary/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 respect your authorship, 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

“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 (about 5 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 (over 2 years)

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

Editor and Writing Coach

Yellowbird Editors
May, 2019 – Present (almost 4 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 (18 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.

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

Project: N.A.N.A.

Vondel, Sisu M

Britta has 16 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Leigh Fendelet
Britta has been wonderful. Very easy to chat with, excellent feedback and a smooth process. I would definitely recommend to anyone in need of coaching or developmental editing.

Leigh Fendelet, December 2022


Jackie McCarthy
I have used Britta's copy editing services for my first book in a new YA sci-fi series. First, her enthusiasm for the project, her responsiveness and her professionalism impressed me. Plus, she is very friendly and approachable. Also, uniquely, in my experience so far in using editors, Britta provides both written feedback and a video explanation of those notes. At first, I was a little skept...
Read more

Jackie McCarthy, November 2022

Britta Jensen
It is such a pleasure to work with such a talented and exceptionally organized author! I look forward to collaborating with you again Jackie and appreciate this thorough review a ton! xx

Reply from Britta Jensen


William Rusinko
Britta is a consummate professional who worked with me to get the editorial services that were right for me. She gave actionable and insightful feedback on my manuscript. I feel that working with her has improved the quality of my writing overall and I would 100% work with her in the future.

William Rusinko, November 2022

Britta Jensen
Thank you so much William! It was a pleasure to work with you. I'm excited to see where your manuscript goes next!

Reply from Britta Jensen


Laura Day
The job for which I hired this Reedsy editor should have been fairly straightforward. As I made clear, she was being sent a completed manuscript that had already been run past experienced editors and book agents. I had their sophisticated notes in hand – and sent them to her – and what I needed was someone who would restructure and help rewrite the manuscript in order to prepare it for the YA m...
Read more

Laura Day, October 2022


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!

Reply from Britta Jensen

Read more reviews

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Charlotte Colwill

A former bookseller turned editor and literary agent, I specialise in childrens and commercial fiction. I love polishing raw literary gems!

London, UK

Sharon Gosling

Award-winning author of middle grade/adult fiction and non-fiction books/features about film and TV. Will copy edit and proofread for tea.

Carlisle, UK

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy