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Alison Jack

Alison Jack - Editor

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Freelance editor specialising in fiction and business manuscripts. Free no-obligation sample edits and blurb writing part of the service.

Overview

I am a freelance copy-editor experienced in working with authors of fiction, business books and memoirs. In addition I have plenty of experience of proof reading and structural editing. I offer a free no-obligation sample edit (2,000-3,000 words) and a free blurb writing service. References available on request.

Services
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Romance Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management

Certifications

  • SfEP Copy-editing 1
  • SfEP Copy-editing 2

Work experience

Copy-editor

Alison's Editing Service

January, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

Extensive experience of copy-editing fiction, business manuscripts and memoirs. Worked with independent authors and self-publishing service providers. Also has experience of structural editing and proof reading. Blurb writing included as standard.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery

Lucienne Boyce

"Parsons and tyrants friends take note. We have born your oppreshuns long enough. We will have our parish rights or else Bloodie Bones will drink your blood." When Lord Oldfield encloses Barcombe Wood, depriving the people of their ancient rights to gather food and fuel, the villagers retaliate with vandalism, arson and riot. Then Lord Oldfield’s gamekeeper, Josh Castle, is murdered during a p... read more

"Parsons and tyrants friends take note. We have born your oppreshuns long enough. We will have our parish rights or else Bloodie Bones will drink your blood." When Lord Oldfield encloses Barcombe Wood, depriving the people of their ancient rights to gather food and fuel, the villagers retaliate with vandalism, arson and riot. Then Lord Oldfield’s gamekeeper, Josh Castle, is murdered during a p... read more

Marry In Haste: 15 Short Stories of Dating, Love and Marriage

Debbie Young

These 15 warm, witty short stories take an affectionate look at love and romance. There are five wry tales about each of the following stages: seeking a partner, committing to marriage, and surviving the long haul. Each story has a cast of different characters, from single girls seeking Mr Right, to couples struggling with the technicalities of getting hitched, to long-wedded couples who have ... read more

These 15 warm, witty short stories take an affectionate look at love and romance. There are five wry tales about each of the following stages: seeking a partner, committing to marriage, and surviving the long haul. Each story has a cast of different characters, from single girls seeking Mr Right, to couples struggling with the technicalities of getting hitched, to long-wedded couples who have ... read more

Quick Change: Tiny Tales of Transformation

Debbie Young

These twenty wry and witty short stories for adults examine change at every stage of life, in a natural progression from birth to death. Mostly lighthearted, but often moving too, this collection is written with an admirable economy of style, which some might describe as flash fiction, sudden fiction, microfiction, or ultra short fiction. Ranging from a spartan 100 words to the relative luxury... read more

These twenty wry and witty short stories for adults examine change at every stage of life, in a natural progression from birth to death. Mostly lighthearted, but often moving too, this collection is written with an admirable economy of style, which some might describe as flash fiction, sudden fiction, microfiction, or ultra short fiction. Ranging from a spartan 100 words to the relative luxury... read more

Opening Up To Indie Authors: A Guide for Bookstores, Libraries, Reviewers, Literary Event Organisers ... and Self-Publishing Writers (The Alliance of Independent Authors Guides)

Debbie Young, Dan Holloway

You've self-published a book and you'd like to see it in your local library or bookstore or the review pages of your favourite newspaper. You'd like to speak or read at a literary festival or event. You'd like to enter it for a book award or prize. This Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) guide will tell you how to recognise opportunities, work with publishing partners and open doors, and k... read more

You've self-published a book and you'd like to see it in your local library or bookstore or the review pages of your favourite newspaper. You'd like to speak or read at a literary festival or event. You'd like to enter it for a book award or prize. This Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) guide will tell you how to recognise opportunities, work with publishing partners and open doors, and k... read more

Baby Proof Your Career - The Secret To Balancing Work and Family So You Can Enjoy It All

Caroline Flanagan

HOW WILL I KEEP MY CAREER ON TRACK WHEN I START A FAMILY? If you are a career woman and know you want a family in the future, a regular career plan just won’t cut it. What you need is a long-term career strategy that targets the emotional and practical challenges you’ll face when the time comes to balance a family and a career. Babyproof Your Career gives you that strategy, and shows you why t... read more

HOW WILL I KEEP MY CAREER ON TRACK WHEN I START A FAMILY? If you are a career woman and know you want a family in the future, a regular career plan just won’t cut it. What you need is a long-term career strategy that targets the emotional and practical challenges you’ll face when the time comes to balance a family and a career. Babyproof Your Career gives you that strategy, and shows you why t... read more

Coaching with Impact at Work: Practical and Creative Tools for Coaches, Managers and Individuals

Gill Graves

Coaching has become a core driver of performance improvement within organisations and so, coaching skills are much in demand by coaches, managers and individuals. Based on Gill Graves' own experience as a coach and her acclaimed coaching skills workshops, this book presents a proven toolkit of models, ideas and exercises that are immediately useable to enhance your coaching ability. Read this ... read more

Coaching has become a core driver of performance improvement within organisations and so, coaching skills are much in demand by coaches, managers and individuals. Based on Gill Graves' own experience as a coach and her acclaimed coaching skills workshops, this book presents a proven toolkit of models, ideas and exercises that are immediately useable to enhance your coaching ability. Read this ... read more

Fire Well: How To Fire Staff So They Thank You

Sue Ingram

Ever find yourself lost for words when facing a tough conversation with an employee? Don't know how to tell someone they're failing? Wish you could strike a better balance between firm and fair? Unlock the secrets of effective management with this truly inspirational book from HR expert, Sue Ingram. FIRE WELL guides you through a simple step-by-step process that will help you to become a stron... read more

Ever find yourself lost for words when facing a tough conversation with an employee? Don't know how to tell someone they're failing? Wish you could strike a better balance between firm and fair? Unlock the secrets of effective management with this truly inspirational book from HR expert, Sue Ingram. FIRE WELL guides you through a simple step-by-step process that will help you to become a stron... read more

Insights Into Liberating Leadership: How to become a great leader and create a lasting legacy

Ali Stewart

Are you a business owner, leader or entrepreneur... who finds managing people your biggest headache? Then this book is the solution to your problems. Leaders in charge of a team, or building a team around them, often find that some people just don't behave as expected: some don't work well with others, some don't like the hours or where they sit, some consistently arrive late and miss deadline... read more

Are you a business owner, leader or entrepreneur... who finds managing people your biggest headache? Then this book is the solution to your problems. Leaders in charge of a team, or building a team around them, often find that some people just don't behave as expected: some don't work well with others, some don't like the hours or where they sit, some consistently arrive late and miss deadline... read more

Wulfsuna (The Wolf Spear Saga Book 1)

E S Moxon

AD433 Torn apart when Rome abandoned Bryton, the Wulfsuna are a disparate tribe. Twenty years on, two long ships sail for the east fens to honour their Warrior-Lord’s dream and reunite with lost kin. Soon after landing however, a murderous betrayal divides loyalties, some craving revenge and others indignant on pursuing their Lord’s dream. Blood and brotherhood are tested to their deadly limit... read more

AD433 Torn apart when Rome abandoned Bryton, the Wulfsuna are a disparate tribe. Twenty years on, two long ships sail for the east fens to honour their Warrior-Lord’s dream and reunite with lost kin. Soon after landing however, a murderous betrayal divides loyalties, some craving revenge and others indignant on pursuing their Lord’s dream. Blood and brotherhood are tested to their deadly limit... read more

An Everyday Entrepreneur: Advice, Support and Inspiration From Experience You Can Relate To

Paul Bassi

A book for entrepreneurs to help advise, support and inspire their journey.

A book for entrepreneurs to help advise, support and inspire their journey.

Erotic Encounters

Peter Timbrell

Erotic Encounters This book has been a labour of love. It is a five-hundred-page plus, compilation of erotic stories, incorporating scenarios including sensual romance, exhibition and voyeurism, sex party orgy, sex in the office, sex on holiday, spanking and punishment and hardcore humiliation and domination. The subject matter and the level of erotic content is stepped up in each successive s... read more

Erotic Encounters This book has been a labour of love. It is a five-hundred-page plus, compilation of erotic stories, incorporating scenarios including sensual romance, exhibition and voyeurism, sex party orgy, sex in the office, sex on holiday, spanking and punishment and hardcore humiliation and domination. The subject matter and the level of erotic content is stepped up in each successive s... read more

Progressive Partnerships: The Future of Business

Callum Laing

"Whatever size your business is, getting the right strategic business partnerships in place is fundamental to success. Callum has been creating partnerships for decades and in this book breaks down how anyone can follow his steps to partnership success." - Jean-Michel Wu, Chief Talent Officer at McCann WorldGroup APAC "Callum has pulled back the curtains on the mystery of creating successful p... read more

"Whatever size your business is, getting the right strategic business partnerships in place is fundamental to success. Callum has been creating partnerships for decades and in this book breaks down how anyone can follow his steps to partnership success." - Jean-Michel Wu, Chief Talent Officer at McCann WorldGroup APAC "Callum has pulled back the curtains on the mystery of creating successful p... read more

Learn To Play The Rocksteady Way: How your child can grow in confidence, develop life skills and have fun learning music

Mark Robinson

Learn To Play The Rocksteady Way is a book for parents, teachers and musicians who believe that lear....

Learn To Play The Rocksteady Way is a book for parents, teachers and musicians who believe that lear....

A Shy and Simple Warrior

R. H. Parr

An inspiring account of struggle, survival and coping with life during the early twentieth century… Two sailors sit astride camels at the Pyramids, on leave from guarding Suez against attack in 1914. Crewmen scramble from the flooded engine room of their cruiser 'Warrior' as it sinks at the Battle of Jutland. British warships shell Bolshevik troops in Estonia in 1919. The Royal Navy visits Jap... read more

An inspiring account of struggle, survival and coping with life during the early twentieth century… Two sailors sit astride camels at the Pyramids, on leave from guarding Suez against attack in 1914. Crewmen scramble from the flooded engine room of their cruiser 'Warrior' as it sinks at the Battle of Jutland. British warships shell Bolshevik troops in Estonia in 1919. The Royal Navy visits Jap... read more

Sastrugi: An Irish South Pole

Jonathon Bradshaw

'Sastrugi' tells the gripping story of Jonathon Bradshaw who, at the age of 36, gave up every modern comfort and started cycling from London to New York via the Arctic Circle. After crossing the barren volcanic deserts of Iceland, only Greenland and its vast polar icecap stood in the way of him reaching North America. This is the story of how Jonathon crossed the Greenland icecap with no previ... read more

'Sastrugi' tells the gripping story of Jonathon Bradshaw who, at the age of 36, gave up every modern comfort and started cycling from London to New York via the Arctic Circle. After crossing the barren volcanic deserts of Iceland, only Greenland and its vast polar icecap stood in the way of him reaching North America. This is the story of how Jonathon crossed the Greenland icecap with no previ... read more

Kritsotopoula: Girl of Kritsa

Yvonne Payne

Throughout her childhood exploits, the feisty daughter, Rodanthe, of Kritsa’s pappas (priest), yearns for her father’s approval without appreciating his efforts to keep her safe under Ottoman oppression. Years later, the ruling Pasha orders Rodanthe’s kidnap intent on making her his wife. Determined not to yield, Rodanthe tricks the Pasha, and then flees to the mountains dressed as a young man... read more

Throughout her childhood exploits, the feisty daughter, Rodanthe, of Kritsa’s pappas (priest), yearns for her father’s approval without appreciating his efforts to keep her safe under Ottoman oppression. Years later, the ruling Pasha orders Rodanthe’s kidnap intent on making her his wife. Determined not to yield, Rodanthe tricks the Pasha, and then flees to the mountains dressed as a young man... read more

Level X (Robot Chronicles Book 1)

Thom Lloyd

Radio-controlled robot racing is a mass spectator sport. The top-ranked drivers are global super-stars. After an indecisive grand slam tournament, the two rival finalists, Luce Baggio, the champion and Chris Foley, a qualifier, are recruited by a shadowy organisation to compete in a supposedly mythical ultra-game, known as Level X. It turns out to be a race against time, in a bid to foil a ter... read more

Radio-controlled robot racing is a mass spectator sport. The top-ranked drivers are global super-stars. After an indecisive grand slam tournament, the two rival finalists, Luce Baggio, the champion and Chris Foley, a qualifier, are recruited by a shadowy organisation to compete in a supposedly mythical ultra-game, known as Level X. It turns out to be a race against time, in a bid to foil a ter... read more

Nozzlehead and the Funny Little Mask

TJ Spencer

A dinosaur, a princess, a cowboy, doctor and even a clown assist Nozzlehead to change a child's fear of their mask into a fun, funny, educational lesson. Firefighters worldwide are concerned that their mask may scare a child causing them to hide during a fire. This will create an even more dangerous and difficult situation during a rescue. "The Funny Little Mask" helps to change that fear in a... read more

A dinosaur, a princess, a cowboy, doctor and even a clown assist Nozzlehead to change a child's fear of their mask into a fun, funny, educational lesson. Firefighters worldwide are concerned that their mask may scare a child causing them to hide during a fire. This will create an even more dangerous and difficult situation during a rescue. "The Funny Little Mask" helps to change that fear in a... read more

Nozzlehead's Christmas The Giving Tree

TJ Spencer

Decorations are going up all over town and the community is full of excitement. Nozzlehead makes a visit to Santa to find a way to share with families in need and with Santa's help comes up with a brilliant solution. Learn how to make a giving tree. Nozzlehead also discovers Santa's one true wish and they each change roles in this wonderful tale of Santa, the jolly firefighter and Nozzlehead, ... read more

Decorations are going up all over town and the community is full of excitement. Nozzlehead makes a visit to Santa to find a way to share with families in need and with Santa's help comes up with a brilliant solution. Learn how to make a giving tree. Nozzlehead also discovers Santa's one true wish and they each change roles in this wonderful tale of Santa, the jolly firefighter and Nozzlehead, ... read more

Nozzlehead Goes to Mexico

TJ Spencer

Firefighter Nozzlehead takes the reader on his Mexico Vacation to visit the firefighters there. We learn some Spanish and discover how firefighters fight fire in Mexico as Nozzlehead rides along with the crew. Adventure, Friendship, kindness and diversity are featured in this book along with beautiful images of whales, dolphins and a Mexican Sunset.

Firefighter Nozzlehead takes the reader on his Mexico Vacation to visit the firefighters there. We learn some Spanish and discover how firefighters fight fire in Mexico as Nozzlehead rides along with the crew. Adventure, Friendship, kindness and diversity are featured in this book along with beautiful images of whales, dolphins and a Mexican Sunset.

Troubleshooters (Jackson Chase Novella Book 2)

Connor Black

“Killing me will not change anything. He will keep sending us.” Formerly a soldier with the New Zealand SAS, Jackson Chase is back with Naval Intelligence officer Haley Chen and SEAL Chief Joe Sterba, the team that worked so well together in Afghanistan. A brutal bomber is terrorizing the town of Arusha, targeting western tourists and threatening Tanzania’s delicate balance of religions. Jacks... read more

“Killing me will not change anything. He will keep sending us.” Formerly a soldier with the New Zealand SAS, Jackson Chase is back with Naval Intelligence officer Haley Chen and SEAL Chief Joe Sterba, the team that worked so well together in Afghanistan. A brutal bomber is terrorizing the town of Arusha, targeting western tourists and threatening Tanzania’s delicate balance of religions. Jacks... read more

Castles in the Air: A Family Memoir of Love and Loss

Alison Ripley Cubitt, Molly Ripley

A highly readable story about a remarkable life Rosemary S, librarian, NetGalley Great story about a daughter trying to find her path after she uncovers her mother's life and secrets, Strongly recommends, CLJ Reviewer, NetGalley An eight-year-old child witnesses her mother's secret and knows that from that moment life will never be the same. After Molly, her mother dies, Alison uses her legacy... read more

A highly readable story about a remarkable life Rosemary S, librarian, NetGalley Great story about a daughter trying to find her path after she uncovers her mother's life and secrets, Strongly recommends, CLJ Reviewer, NetGalley An eight-year-old child witnesses her mother's secret and knows that from that moment life will never be the same. After Molly, her mother dies, Alison uses her legacy... read more

Juliet's Journey

Kathy Gates

Juliet Carlsen is about to become a volunteer in an art school in the tiny northern Italian village of Baiardo. She has recently suffered the loss of her mother. Serene surroundings, a warm welcome and the attentions of a handsome local named Luca help her come to terms with her loss. Then someone from her past shows up and turns everything on its head. Juliet finds herself in the middle of a ... read more

Juliet Carlsen is about to become a volunteer in an art school in the tiny northern Italian village of Baiardo. She has recently suffered the loss of her mother. Serene surroundings, a warm welcome and the attentions of a handsome local named Luca help her come to terms with her loss. Then someone from her past shows up and turns everything on its head. Juliet finds herself in the middle of a ... read more

Heng Mountain

Mike Robinson

In the seventeenth century guardians protected China’s most precious secrets – teachings that could change the course of its history. When the Manchu tribe invade and march to the Great Wall of China, the legends of these secrets send Jun, a young man from the southern Hunan province, to find and protect them. From the first day his mother had held Jun, she wanted to share all that she knew of... read more

In the seventeenth century guardians protected China’s most precious secrets – teachings that could change the course of its history. When the Manchu tribe invade and march to the Great Wall of China, the legends of these secrets send Jun, a young man from the southern Hunan province, to find and protect them. From the first day his mother had held Jun, she wanted to share all that she knew of... read more

The Dinner Party: A Short Story

R.L. Tighe

How quickly a person's life can fall apart. As Claire and her guests sit down to dinner, the evening rapidly descends into a nightmare as shocking revelations come thick and fast. Claire is left reeling - but there is one final devastating twist to come. Devastating, but to whom? Told over the course of one evening, The Dinner Party: A Short Story is a piece of contemporary fiction looking at ... read more

How quickly a person's life can fall apart. As Claire and her guests sit down to dinner, the evening rapidly descends into a nightmare as shocking revelations come thick and fast. Claire is left reeling - but there is one final devastating twist to come. Devastating, but to whom? Told over the course of one evening, The Dinner Party: A Short Story is a piece of contemporary fiction looking at ... read more

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