Jess Porter

Jess Porter – Editor

Freelance proofreader specialising in literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, literary magazines, YA and Children's.


I worked in and around publishing for fifteen years but became a freelance proofreader four years ago. I currently proofread for Granta magazine, Fitzcarraldo Editions and Chicken House, among others. I have also proofread academic dissertations and advertising campaigns.

I worked for The Literary Consultancy, a manuscript assessment agency and have read for international literary scouts. I also have experience in independent publishing at Persephone Books.

I use the BSI proofreading marks but am very happy to mark up the manuscript less formally. I can be flexible with timings and am a very easy person to work with. I pride myself on my attention to detail.
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's Literary Fiction Short Story
English (UK) English (US)
  • BA (Hons) History
  • CELTA (Merit)

Work experience


Mar, 2020 — Present

I proofread children's fiction.


Mar, 2016 — Present

I proofread fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction.


Dec, 2015 — Present

I proofread and fact-check individual pieces, and proofread the full magazine.

Phoenix Yard Books

Jan, 2013 — Mar, 2015 (about 2 years)

Among other duties, I proofread each book we published.