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 (almost 2 years)

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

Editor and Writing Coach

Yellowbird Editors
May, 2019 – Present (about 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)

Chemical Detective

Erskine, Fiona

Iphigenia Murphy

Sara Hosey

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

Britta has 6 reviews

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A.D. Perry
Am inspired and supported by Britta's kindness and enthusiasm.

A.D. Perry, April 2022

Britta Jensen
Thank you A.D.! It's a pleasure to work with you!

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Kyle Cooper
Britta was awesome and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an editor. She did a great job on not just the edit itself, but book-ending the work with extra effort. Before I hired her, she was already putting in extra steps to understand what I needed and where my manuscript was at. After the edit, she gave me a very detailed summary, letter, and follow-up meeting to go over it. I would ...
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Kyle Cooper, April 2022


Jonathan Munz
Britta left amazing and insightful comments throughout my manuscript. The video and cover letter walked me through the major issues and helped me develop an action plan to start making big improvements in my work. Being able to leverage her experience in our follow-up conversation was invaluable, thank you!

Jonathan Munz, March 2022

Britta Jensen
Thank you so much Jonathan for the pleasure of working with you! It was an honor and I look forward to seeing all the great progress you're already on your way to making with your novel!

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donovan bergin
Britta is an absolute pleasure to work with. I had taken my project as far as I could on my own, and I knew I needed a developmental edit to help shape and structure the story I want to tell. I knew I had found a match with Britta after interviewing a LOT of editors. Her communication is professional, her responses timely, and she has a great personality. The feedback she's given me through ...
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donovan bergin, March 2022

Britta Jensen
Donovan is a dream to work with! I loved working on his SF manuscript and can't wait to see where it goes (as I'm so proud of the progress he's made thus far). Thanks Donovan for the pleasure of w...
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Geoffrey Wells
Having been through Britta's highly detailed and astute comments on my manuscript I have no doubt that I have the guidance I need to vastly improve my work in progress. Her cover letter and video has allowed me to conceptualize the book into topics, making my revisions manageable. I look forward to working with her as I finish up the editing.

Geoffrey Wells, March 2022

Britta Jensen
It is a pleasure and honor to work with you Geoffrey! Thank you!

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