Allison Janse

Allison Janse – Editor

15+ years' publishing experience / NY Times bestsellers. Proofreading, copyediting. Self-help, cookbooks, diet, business.


Let me help you make your book shine and share your message with the world. As a senior developmental editor at a major publishing house for 15+ years, I have vast experience in every part of the publishing cycle--from writing a winning proposal that will get you noticed, to brainstorming your ideas, to organizing your content, and then fine-tuning your prose by line editing and proofreading.

I have worked on many New York Times bestsellers and my authors have received positive reviews in Publisher's Weekly, Midwest Book Review, and more.

My specialties include self-help, business, inspiration, parenting, and cookbooks. I have also edited several Christian books and I am proficient in double-checking scripture for consistency and clarity.

One part of my job was to sort through the "slush pile" of incoming book proposals to find the publishing gems and work with literary agents to contract the most marketable books. Therefore, I know what editors look for in a proposal and what you need to hook their interest--and keep it!

I collaborated directly with all contracted authors to help spark their creativity, refine their ideas, and organize their content for clarity, overall flow, and readability.

Once their manuscripts were finished, I provided line edits and proofreading to ensure they were fine-tuned, free of errors, and ready for publication on time.

In addition to helping authors make their books the best they can be, I authored my own book (a humorous guide to germs that Publisher's Weekly called "witty and thorough"). From this experience, I learned firsthand that writing and publishing a book is a marathon not a sprint. I would be honored to help you get your book across the finish line.

Let's talk!

Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Inspirational Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience

Health Communications, Inc.

Mar, 2001 — Jun, 2022 (over 21 years)

Acquired and produced six books per season in many genres including diet/fitness, mental health, self-help, cooking, parenting, memoirs, and business. Worked with authors to develop their manuscripts and finesse them for clarity and readability; copyedited, proofread, and fact-checked all content. Wrote marketing and book jacket copy using best SEO practices, maintained relationships with literary agents, and reviewed incoming literary proposals for viability.


Allison has 2 reviews





Brandy G.

Brandy G.

Aug, 2023

So grateful. Allison was incredible to work with!!!
Brandy G.

Brandy G.

Aug, 2023

Thank you Allison. You are such a caring and wonderful human being ...and a incredible editor. I am so grateful for your guidance, support and dedication... Thank you!

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