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Jamie Groves

Jamie Groves - Editor

London, United Kingdom

As a copy-editor, I'm happy in any genre, as it's the quality of the writing that is key. For structural edits I favour thrillers or crime.

Overview

I have worked in a top literary agency, in TV script development, in marketing at a top publishing house, amongst other media roles. I'm now a freelance editor, offering editorial services to authors and publishers, from structural edits to copy-edits to proofreading. I also offer critical feedback and developmental notes to authors on a couple of the UK's top creative writing classes. I take a professional and honest approach to my work, and clients have always been pleased, returning for further services.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Plays & Screenplays Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA (hons) English Literature
  • Diploma in Creative Writing

Awards

  • Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition 2015

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
April, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Since going freelance I have built a good portfolio of clients. I work for several different publishers, providing editorial services; structural editing, copy-editing, proofreading; I even write the jacket blurb. I also work for private clients, providing critical developmental support as they hone their manuscripts in the hope of finding an agent. I also work with them to identify and approach agents, or to publish independently. I also work with a couple of the leading creative writing schools in offering critical feedback to students, as well as helping them to hone their pitches to agents. I am constantly busy, a good sign (probably - either that or I'm too cheap), but I always pay close attention to the job in hand - possibly the reason my clients keep coming back to me.

Marketing executive

Simon & Schuster UK Ltd
January, 2012 – March, 2015 (about 3 years)

My roles included briefing, organising and seeing through marketing campaigns across the crime & thriller, and sports lists. This included outdoor, online and print campaigns for authors such as Lynda LaPlante, Chris Carter, Sophie McKenzie, Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Weeks; Dennis Bergkamp, Stuart Broad, James Anderson. I also ran social media campaigns and blog tours for authors, providing social media support and training. I also ran the social media accounts for the company, as well as organising events and festival appearances.

Development exec

Parallel Film & TV UK Ltd
January, 2007 – January, 2009 (about 2 years)

I worked at a busy and successful production company, providing editorial support in the script department. Meeting and liaising with writers, providing developmental feedback, helping to tighten up scripts before pitching to commissioners. I also helped to develop format ideas, write pitch documents, etc.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (A Sherlock Holmes & Mrs Hudson Mystery Book 1)

Martin Davies

What if Baker Street's most gifted resident wasn't called Sherlock Holmes?A rollicking new take on Sherlock Holmes: the Kindle #1 bestselling classic crime Mrs Hudson & the Spirits' Curse, the first Holmes & Hudson MysteryAn evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying:... read more

What if Baker Street's most gifted resident wasn't called Sherlock Holmes?A rollicking new take on Sherlock Holmes: the Kindle #1 bestselling classic crime Mrs Hudson & the Spirits' Curse, the first Holmes & Hudson MysteryAn evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying:... read more

Weep Not for Flowers When Forests Burn

Andrew Zoltowski

Nina Sobanska lives with her mother and father, Count and Countess Sobanski, on a modest estate in Podole, a small, predominately Polish province on the southwestern edge of the Russian Empire. Isolated in the sleepy backwater, farming the fertile soils of the steppe, they hear little of the mounting political turmoil that will soon draw the three great empires of Europe into the greatest conf... read more

Nina Sobanska lives with her mother and father, Count and Countess Sobanski, on a modest estate in Podole, a small, predominately Polish province on the southwestern edge of the Russian Empire. Isolated in the sleepy backwater, farming the fertile soils of the steppe, they hear little of the mounting political turmoil that will soon draw the three great empires of Europe into the greatest conf... read more

Inside Enemy (Charles Thoroughgood 4)

Alan Judd

Charles Thoroughgood is now the recently-appointed chief of a reconstituted MI6, married to his predecessor's widow and tasked with halting the increasingly disruptive cyber attacks on Britain, which are threatening government itself and all the normal transactions of daily life - not to mention a missing nuclear missile-carrying submarine. At the same time another aspect of Charles Thoroughgo... read more

Charles Thoroughgood is now the recently-appointed chief of a reconstituted MI6, married to his predecessor's widow and tasked with halting the increasingly disruptive cyber attacks on Britain, which are threatening government itself and all the normal transactions of daily life - not to mention a missing nuclear missile-carrying submarine. At the same time another aspect of Charles Thoroughgo... read more

The Writer's Cut: A Novel

Eric Idle

A manic satirical ride through the booze and sex-fuelled world of Tinseltown from one of the world's most-loved comedians - Monty Python legend Eric Idle.Set during the glorious days of the Bush Empire before they finally invaded and killed irony, The Writer’s Cut follows Stanley Hay, a joke writer. He has a girlfriend, a writing partner and a career going nowhere in particular. Wisecracking, ... read more

A manic satirical ride through the booze and sex-fuelled world of Tinseltown from one of the world's most-loved comedians - Monty Python legend Eric Idle.Set during the glorious days of the Bush Empire before they finally invaded and killed irony, The Writer’s Cut follows Stanley Hay, a joke writer. He has a girlfriend, a writing partner and a career going nowhere in particular. Wisecracking, ... read more

One Day In The Promised Land

Ryan Greenpike

Island paradise. Mecca for clubbers. Home to exuberant transient workers. Third most magnetic spot on Earth. Place where dreams come true, and nightmares too. There are many sides to the Balearic island of Ibiza, and as many different stories. Set over 24 hours at the height of the season, One Day In The Promised Land follows the antics of a selection of the players who make up the island’s li... read more

Island paradise. Mecca for clubbers. Home to exuberant transient workers. Third most magnetic spot on Earth. Place where dreams come true, and nightmares too. There are many sides to the Balearic island of Ibiza, and as many different stories. Set over 24 hours at the height of the season, One Day In The Promised Land follows the antics of a selection of the players who make up the island’s li... read more

Versailles: A novel

Yannick Hill

Versailles is a 100-room mega-mansion set back from the Pacific Ocean, home to Casey Baer, founder and CEO of the internet's pre-eminent social network, and his family.There’s his wife, Synthea Baer, former industrial designer and loving mother. She roams Versailles’ corridors in a drug-induced dream-state, searching for her children so that she might wish them many happy returns.There’s River... read more

Versailles is a 100-room mega-mansion set back from the Pacific Ocean, home to Casey Baer, founder and CEO of the internet's pre-eminent social network, and his family.There’s his wife, Synthea Baer, former industrial designer and loving mother. She roams Versailles’ corridors in a drug-induced dream-state, searching for her children so that she might wish them many happy returns.There’s River... read more

America Über Alles

Jack Fernley

Memory Songs

James Cook

White Bodies

Jane Robins

Once A Pilgrim

James Deegan

John Carr has recently left the SAS, after a long and distinguished career, and is now working for a Russian oligarch in the murky world of private security.But an incident from his past – in which three terrorists were brutally killed – suddenly comes back to haunt him.Tracked by a hitman out for revenge, John Carr is forced to step over the line to defend himself and his family. It’s a cruel... read more

John Carr has recently left the SAS, after a long and distinguished career, and is now working for a Russian oligarch in the murky world of private security.But an incident from his past – in which three terrorists were brutally killed – suddenly comes back to haunt him.Tracked by a hitman out for revenge, John Carr is forced to step over the line to defend himself and his family. It’s a cruel... read more

A Blindefellows Chronicle

Auriel Roe

At midday on 31st August, Sedgewick, the new history master, arrives at Blindefellows, former charity school for poor, blind boys, now a second division private school for anyone who can pay. The naïve newcomer is quickly taken under the wing of the rumbustious, philandering Japes, master of physics, who soon becomes something of a mentor, though not in an academic sense. A Blindefellows Chron... read more

At midday on 31st August, Sedgewick, the new history master, arrives at Blindefellows, former charity school for poor, blind boys, now a second division private school for anyone who can pay. The naïve newcomer is quickly taken under the wing of the rumbustious, philandering Japes, master of physics, who soon becomes something of a mentor, though not in an academic sense. A Blindefellows Chron... read more

The Karma Farmers

Pierre Hollins

The Last Truth

Brian Thomas-Peter

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