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Jackie Bates

Jackie Bates - Editor

Hampshire, United Kingdom

Jackie has been editing and proofreading for more than twenty years; food, travel, fiction.

Overview

Reviews (8)


I'm friendly, helpful and inquisitive, and enjoy providing detailed and constructive feedback. I love books of all kinds and genres.

For twenty years I worked on annual guides for the Automobile Association where I learned a lot about restaurants, hotels, and project management. Working on books with multiple contributors really hones the editorial skills. I know a lot about food and drink and the British restaurant scene, as well as having a comprehensive knowledge of the British Isles in general, covering visitor attractions, history and art.

Since becoming freelance I've expanded into travel narrative and fiction, particularly crime, women's fiction, and fantasy.


Services
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits History Travel
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Literature Romance Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BA (Hons) English & History, University of Northumbria at Newcastle upon Tyne

Work experience

Editor and writer

Freelance
July, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

I've worked on more food and accommodation guides, including copy-editing the Good Food Guide. I've proofread travel guides, and done some food/travel writing for Fork2Fork. I've written copy for the Inn Places website, and just started editing fiction.

Editor, Senior Editor, and Managing Editor, Lifestyle Guides

AA Publishing
August, 1995 – July, 2012 (almost 17 years)

Working on annually published food and accommodation guides.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

You Don't Know Me

Mandy Lee

Maya Scotton, a young artist with a severe case of painter’s block, is in need of money. When she takes on an office job at a construction company, she finds herself firmly in the sights of the owner, Daniel Foster - a dangerously attractive man with a dark past and particular tastes in bed.Although she tries to resist him, Maya soon finds herself embroiled in a steamy relationship with Dan. A... read more

Maya Scotton, a young artist with a severe case of painter’s block, is in need of money. When she takes on an office job at a construction company, she finds herself firmly in the sights of the owner, Daniel Foster - a dangerously attractive man with a dark past and particular tastes in bed.Although she tries to resist him, Maya soon finds herself embroiled in a steamy relationship with Dan. A... read more

The Dictator's Highway

Justin Walker

After seizing power in a violent coup, President Augusto Pinochet ordered the construction of the Carretera Austral, a highway across Chile's southern wilderness. In an absorbing account, Justin Walker explores this territory from one end to the other, moving from village to village by any available means. His expertly crafted descriptions create a vivid picture of Chilean Patagonia. Combining... read more

After seizing power in a violent coup, President Augusto Pinochet ordered the construction of the Carretera Austral, a highway across Chile's southern wilderness. In an absorbing account, Justin Walker explores this territory from one end to the other, moving from village to village by any available means. His expertly crafted descriptions create a vivid picture of Chilean Patagonia. Combining... read more

The Good Food Guide 2016

The UK's bestselling restaurant guide, the Good Food Guide is the essential companion for your adventures in the cafes, pubs and restaurants that make the nation's dining scene shine.From brilliant set lunches to blow-out meals in the country's most spectacular restaurants, and from cosy breakfasts to quirky new discoveries, this trusted guide brings together the brightest and best eating expe... read more

The UK's bestselling restaurant guide, the Good Food Guide is the essential companion for your adventures in the cafes, pubs and restaurants that make the nation's dining scene shine.From brilliant set lunches to blow-out meals in the country's most spectacular restaurants, and from cosy breakfasts to quirky new discoveries, this trusted guide brings together the brightest and best eating expe... read more

True Colours (The You Don't Know Me Trilogy Book 2)

Mandy Lee

Reeling from the shock of discovering Dan’s true identity, Maya struggles to make the right decision. But she’s incapable of resisting the man she loves, and soon finds herself drawn back into his world - a world of intensely sexual passion. While his love and support help her to confront her fears and blossom as an artist, what she needs more than anything is the ability to trust. Determined ... read more

Reeling from the shock of discovering Dan’s true identity, Maya struggles to make the right decision. But she’s incapable of resisting the man she loves, and soon finds herself drawn back into his world - a world of intensely sexual passion. While his love and support help her to confront her fears and blossom as an artist, what she needs more than anything is the ability to trust. Determined ... read more

Breaking Protocol (Joe Flanagan Series Book 1)

John Henry

Joe Flanagan is a forensic scientist, working with the Metropolitan police and based in Whitechapel. In his local pub he intervenes in what appears to be a domestic argument. The man head butts him and breaks his nose. The woman takes him to hospital and then home. A clear case of not knowing when to mind your own business. It’s only when Flanagan returns to work that things take an ominous tu... read more

Joe Flanagan is a forensic scientist, working with the Metropolitan police and based in Whitechapel. In his local pub he intervenes in what appears to be a domestic argument. The man head butts him and breaks his nose. The woman takes him to hospital and then home. A clear case of not knowing when to mind your own business. It’s only when Flanagan returns to work that things take an ominous tu... read more

The Good Food Guide 2017

Elizabeth Carter

Shut Your Eyes (The You Don't Know Me Trilogy Book 3)

Mandy Lee

‘I’d like to tell him we’re never through with the past, that it’s with us forever, sometimes out of sight, sometimes in full view, always unchangeable. We can only ever learn from it … and manage the consequences.’Spending time apart from the man she loves, Maya’s forced to survive in a world where nothing is what it seems. With her faith tested to the limit, a trip to New York sets off a tra... read more

‘I’d like to tell him we’re never through with the past, that it’s with us forever, sometimes out of sight, sometimes in full view, always unchangeable. We can only ever learn from it … and manage the consequences.’Spending time apart from the man she loves, Maya’s forced to survive in a world where nothing is what it seems. With her faith tested to the limit, a trip to New York sets off a tra... read more

The B&B Guide 2015 (AA Lifestyle Guides)

AA Publishing

More than 3,000 B&Bs in Britain and Ireland rated for quality by travel professionals All of the establishments featured have been inspected and graded with one to five stars for quality by the AA's experts. Gold Stars indicate Highly Commended establishments—the very best places within three, four, and five star ratings. Useful symbols highlight the best breakfasts and evening meals, plus the... read more

More than 3,000 B&Bs in Britain and Ireland rated for quality by travel professionals All of the establishments featured have been inspected and graded with one to five stars for quality by the AA's experts. Gold Stars indicate Highly Commended establishments—the very best places within three, four, and five star ratings. Useful symbols highlight the best breakfasts and evening meals, plus the... read more

B&B Guide 2014 (AA Lifestyle Guides)

AA Publishing

Over 3,000 B&Bs rated for quality by professional AA inspectors. All of the establishments featured have been inspected and graded with one to five stars for quality by the AA's inspectors. Gold Stars indicate Highly Commended establishments - the very best places within three, four and five Star ratings. Useful symbols highlight the best breakfasts and evening meals, plus there are up-to-date... read more

Over 3,000 B&Bs rated for quality by professional AA inspectors. All of the establishments featured have been inspected and graded with one to five stars for quality by the AA's inspectors. Gold Stars indicate Highly Commended establishments - the very best places within three, four and five Star ratings. Useful symbols highlight the best breakfasts and evening meals, plus there are up-to-date... read more

AA Guide to Peak District

AA Publishing

The AA's new guide to the Peak District offers the best places to visit in the region, an introduction into the region's background, full-color detailed town plans and maps, and clear A-Z places for easy navigationUnlike other guides, the AA’s new Britain guides are aimed at British readers, offering a fresh way to discover Britain by combining our decades of expert knowledge with a clear, con... read more

The AA's new guide to the Peak District offers the best places to visit in the region, an introduction into the region's background, full-color detailed town plans and maps, and clear A-Z places for easy navigationUnlike other guides, the AA’s new Britain guides are aimed at British readers, offering a fresh way to discover Britain by combining our decades of expert knowledge with a clear, con... read more

The AA Guide to Cotswolds: With Oxford & Stratford-upon-Avon

AA Publishing

The best places to visit in the region, including great places to eat and drink, full-color detailed town plans and maps, and clear A-Z of must-visit places for easy navigation Unlike other guides, the AA's new travel books offer a fresh way to discover Britain by combining decades of expert knowledge with a clear, contemporary design and engaging up-to-the-minute commentary from local writers... read more

The best places to visit in the region, including great places to eat and drink, full-color detailed town plans and maps, and clear A-Z of must-visit places for easy navigation Unlike other guides, the AA's new travel books offer a fresh way to discover Britain by combining decades of expert knowledge with a clear, contemporary design and engaging up-to-the-minute commentary from local writers... read more

The AA Guide to Scotland (AA Guides)

AA Publishing

No one knows Britain like the AA - we've been producing guides to the best of the country for more than 50 years. Unlike other guides, the AA's new Britain guides are aimed at British readers, offering a fresh way to discover Britain by combining our decades of expert knowledge with a clear, contemporary design and engaging up-to-the-minute commentary from local writers in the know - a modern ... read more

No one knows Britain like the AA - we've been producing guides to the best of the country for more than 50 years. Unlike other guides, the AA's new Britain guides are aimed at British readers, offering a fresh way to discover Britain by combining our decades of expert knowledge with a clear, contemporary design and engaging up-to-the-minute commentary from local writers in the know - a modern ... read more

The AA Guide to Ireland (AA Guides)

AA Publishing

No one knows Britain like the AA - we've been producing guides to the best of the country for more than 50 years. Unlike other guides, the AA's new Britain guides are aimed at British readers, offering a fresh way to discover Britain by combining our decades of expert knowledge with a clear, contemporary design and engaging up-to-the-minute commentary from local writers in the know - a modern ... read more

No one knows Britain like the AA - we've been producing guides to the best of the country for more than 50 years. Unlike other guides, the AA's new Britain guides are aimed at British readers, offering a fresh way to discover Britain by combining our decades of expert knowledge with a clear, contemporary design and engaging up-to-the-minute commentary from local writers in the know - a modern ... read more

AA Bed & Breakfast Guide 2016 (AA Lifestyle Guides - B&B 2016)

AA Publishing

Over 3,000 B&Bs rated for quality by the AA's professional team of inspectors. All of the establishments featured have been inspected and graded with one to five stars for quality. Gold stars indicate Highly Commended establishments - the very best places within three, four and five star ratings. Useful symbols highlight the best breakfasts and evening meals, plus there are up-to-date details ... read more

Over 3,000 B&Bs rated for quality by the AA's professional team of inspectors. All of the establishments featured have been inspected and graded with one to five stars for quality. Gold stars indicate Highly Commended establishments - the very best places within three, four and five star ratings. Useful symbols highlight the best breakfasts and evening meals, plus there are up-to-date details ... read more

AA Pub Guide 2016 (AA Lifestyle Guides)

AA Publishing

Over 2,000 great pubs selected for good food, real ale, character and comfort. Countryside Inns, taverns, gastro-pubs and welcoming hostelries are included, carefully selected on merit with no charge for inclusion. The guide also features inspected and rated accommodation by the AA's professional team of inspectors. Each entry includes information on opening times, prices and food. There are a... read more

Over 2,000 great pubs selected for good food, real ale, character and comfort. Countryside Inns, taverns, gastro-pubs and welcoming hostelries are included, carefully selected on merit with no charge for inclusion. The guide also features inspected and rated accommodation by the AA's professional team of inspectors. Each entry includes information on opening times, prices and food. There are a... read more

Jackie has 8 reviews

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Tracy Stanley

Jackie provided excellent feedback on Over Byron Bay across story and character development, to word usage (and elimination), to story gaps. I thought that my draft was 'nearly there' but she has added value to every chapter. There were areas that I expected to get feedback on, (which I received) and areas which were important which I completely missed. She has improved the quality of my ...

, December 2017


Mike Regan

Jackie is extremely thorough and professional, and added massively and positively to the project. I could not have asked for more and cannot recommend her highly enough. Brilliant.

, November 2017


Nathan Stearns

Jackie was very professional and was a pleasure working with her. It was my first experience with writing and the info she gave me was invaluable. I look forward to working with her again.

, November 2017


Ali Mc

As a first time user of Reedsy, I was very happy with the experience. I reached out to a number of editors and it was hard to work out which one to choose, as they all sounded so professional. Jackie proved to be a perfect match for the assigned task, with plenty of sound advice on how to improve the travel story. Thanks Jackie!

, November 2017


Rory Moulton

Can I leave six stars? That's how happy I am with my collaboration with Jackie. She's a pro. She found all the little things I was doubting and plenty more. Her editing is top-notch. I know my book is going to be much, much better because of the work she did and I am forever thankful. Great communication throughout. Really cool, likable, easygoing but professional demeanor. I'm excited to work ...

, September 2017

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