Alison Jefferson

Alison Jefferson – Editor

PhD. Line/Dev editing 10+yrs experience. Acquisitions editor. NF: Education/Sociology. Fiction: SF, Fantasy


I'm a professional non-fiction commissioning editor and freelance fiction editor with a decade of experience. I offer line and developmental editing for fiction and select non-fiction projects.

Regardless of the type of edit you need, I aim to retain your unique voice and style whilst writing for your target audience, whether you're writing about aliens, education, or dinosaurs!

I can help you refine your manuscript, honing your prose to bring your plot to life or clarify your structure to help explain your argument. The aim is to enhance readability to help you grow your target audience through clarity, structure, pacing, tense, and point of view.

I have over ten years of experience in editing (and tutoring) across various disciplines and genres. I have always been an avid reader and love many genres, but my specialties in fiction are science /speculative fiction and fantasy. I offer developmental editing and stylistic line editing for novels and shorts. Due to my background and work, my non-fiction specialties are education, sociology, and social justice; I have worked on books, academic articles, and dissertations and have published my own work as an academic.

I enjoy working with less-experienced authors new to the writing and publishing world, as I get to use my knowledge and experience in teaching and coaching to help clients improve their craft for future manuscripts. I'm always happy to offer manuscript assessments and coaching - please ask.

A bit more about me:

I'm not just an editor on Reedsy — I work as a commissioning editor of academic books, and I'm an academic researcher. I've worked on myriad non-fiction manuscripts for independent authors and publishers alike, including Springer and McGill-Queens University Press. I divide my time between academia and fiction. Half my day is concerned with book contracts and research in educational sociology; the other half is spent trawling the internet, checking the distance to Alpha Centauri or how fast a T-Rex runs... the perks of having multiple roles I love!

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Alison was a pleasure to work with. She provided honest, insightful, and actionable feedback on areas where the manuscript was good as well as areas where it needed improvements. Turnaround times for edits were quicker than expected, and she was always responsive to the many queries I had. I would recommend Alison if you require an editor.

Hoi T. Pham -- Author, Broken.

This was the second project I worked with Alison on and she did not disappoint. She's talented and knowledgable

at what she does. Honestly, a great person to fine-tune, edit, and overall enhance your work. Highly recommend!

C. Lawrence -- Author, Dark Guardian.

Education & Reference Sociology Writing & Publishing
Fantasy Science Fiction
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • MS.c.
  • P.G.C.E.
  • BS.c. (Hons).
  • Cert. Fiction Writing

Work experience

Peter Lang

Feb, 2023 — Present

Acquisitions editor for education, social justice, sociology, and writing/study skills and techniques.

Peter Lang

Feb, 2023 — Present

Acquiring and seeing book through editorial/publication process for education, sociology, social justice, and writing/study skills.


Jul, 2021 — Apr, 2022 (9 months)

Provided copyediting service and worked as junior editor to push the project through to completion which included liaising with the chapter authors for various revisions, collating the final manuscript and creating the index. The book was published in 2022.


Nov, 2020 — Feb, 2021 (3 months)

Provided a stylistic line edit for a historical fantasy fiction novel by S.A. Adams. Worked on two iterations over three months, before the book was published in March 2021. Currently 4.5 stars on amazon.


Sep, 2020 — Sep, 2021 (about 1 year)

Provided copyediting assistance for an edited volume, published by Springer. The book is to receive the Council on International Higher Education Award For Significant Research on International Higher Education at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in November 2022. The prize is given every year to a book or major publication that is judged to make a very significant contribution to scholarship on international higher education.


Jun, 2020 — Jul, 2021 (about 1 year)

Provided manuscript assessment, developmental editing, stylistic line editing, and proofreading for a first-in-series fantasy action-adventure novel by Ikenna Osuji. Ikenna's work is influenced by West African cultures, creating a distinct blend of Afrocentric folklore combined with anime-style themes. Published as an independent author on Amazon, and currently rated 5 stars.


May, 2020 — Jul, 2020 (2 months)

Developmental and line editing of a contemporary fiction novel by independent author, Hoi T. Pham. First published in December 2020, and currently 4 stars on Amazon.


Apr, 2019 — Present

Various clients. Provided editing (developmental, line, copy) and proofreading services for websites and business materials, fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and academic work (i.e., editing, plus writing, referencing, and research support for masters and doctoral dissertations, and journal submissions).

Canadian Journal for Students in Higher Education

Jan, 2019 — Present

Provide reviewing, editing advice (structural), and copyediting for journal article submissions. Mentor graduate students and ECRs to help them through the publication process.

University of Toronto

Sep, 2018 — Aug, 2019 (11 months)

Working with one professor of higher education to provide assistance on two book manuscripts to push through to final submission with McGill-Queens Press.

First Tutors

Jan, 2009 — Aug, 2018 (over 9 years)

Worked with numerous students in various disciplines/levels to provide in-person tutoring services, including (but not limited to) secondary and post-secondary sciences and maths, English language/writing.

Alison has 2 reviews





James L.

James L.

Mar, 2023

Alison promptly agreed to take on my manuscript. This was a time only two other editors volunteered some time later. With the content nature of the manuscript I was grateful for her kind professionalism and alacrity. I have not yet delved too far into the manuscript she gave me, but what I have seen is accurate and appropriate. She has invited me to get back in touch with her after I processed ...
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Mike C.

Mike C.

Jan, 2023

Alison gave me an editorial assessment that led me to make many improvements to my manuscript. Her editorial report was comprehensive and insightful. Also, Alison was punctual, delightful and easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
Alison J.
Mike was wonderful to work with. He was clear about his requirements and expectations, and his communication was always friendly, polite, and timely. He took feedback on board, asked questions, and...
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