Jasmin Kirkbride

Jasmin Kirkbride - Editor

London, UK

An experienced editor and author, I’ve worked on Booker-longlistees and Amazon bestsellers. Qualified, kind and honest. Specialises in SFF.

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Overview

Kind, honest and encouraging, I want to help you create the best book possible. I guarantee complete commitment to your work, and will provide clear and detailed comments to help make your dream project a reality.

I am a publisher, editor and author with experience working in fiction and nonfiction. Currently undertaking a PhD Creative and Critical Writing, looking at climate change in science fiction literature, I also hold an MA Creative Writing: Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Previously, I was the Publishing Director at Endeavour Media, and have been a freelance developmental editor, copy editor and proofreader for publishing houses such as Boiler House Press, Rebellion, Garnet Publishing (inc. Ithaca Press and Periscope Books), Tenebris Books, Endeavour Media, and Momentum Books. This has involved work on a Pulitzer-winner, a Man Booker-longlistee, and a memoir featured on BBC Book of the Week, as well as Amazon top ten bestsellers. Similarly, I have worked with authors who have won the Caine Prize for African Writing and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International.

As a journalist I have written for Publisher's Weekly, Time Out and BookBrunch, as well as having had four self-help books and several short stories published as an author in my own right - so I understand exactly what your work means to you!

From editorial assessments and developmental editing to copyediting and proofreading, I can work with your manuscript at any stage, and have 6+ years experience in editorial publishing, guiding books from the beginning of their publishing journey right through to successful completion.

I have worked across genres - from romance novels to essays on particle physics - but I specialise in science fiction, fantasy, dystopia, literary fiction and nonfiction. With an MA in Ancient History from King's College London, I am also an excellent editor for historical fiction and popular history based in Ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, Ancient Mesopotamia, etc.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copyediting and Proofreading (PTC)
  • Rewriting and Substantive Editing (PTC)
  • Proofreading 1 (SfEP)

Work experience

Publishing Director

Endeavour Media
June, 2017 – July, 2018 (about 1 year)

Commissioning books and overseeing the editorial journey from start to finish, providing authors with kind, honest, and in-depth feedback.

Editor and Journalist

Freelance
January, 2016 – June, 2017 (over 1 year)

Working on editorial and copywriting projects for clients including Time Out, Rebellion Publishing, Momentum Books and Periscope Books amongst many others.

Editorial Assistant

Garnet Publishing (Ithaca Press and Periscope Books)
January, 2015 – December, 2015 (11 months)

Managed submissions and wrote reader reports, editing manuscripts and book in translation. Worked as secondary editor on 'Drinking and Driving in Chechnya' by Peter Gonda, and 'Kiraze' by Solmaz Kamuran, amongst others. Proofread Pulitzer Prize-winner and Man Booker-longlisted 'The Moor's Account' by Laila Lailami, and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 'Long Time No See' by Hannah Lowe amongst others.

Editorial Intern

Tenebris Books
September, 2014 – January, 2015 (4 months)

Managed short story submissions for a fantasy anthology, alongside copyediting and proofreading work for novellas.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

DRINKING AND DRIVING IN CHECHNYA

Peter Gonda

It is the mid-1990s, and ordinary Russians are reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Old habits clash with new money, and war rages between Russia and the breakaway Chechen republic. Leonid, a hard-luck lorry driver, lives with his senile, military-veteran father in Moscow and ferries shipments of illicit goods all over Russia for his Mafiya bosses. He nurses a single wish: to leave b... read more

It is the mid-1990s, and ordinary Russians are reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Old habits clash with new money, and war rages between Russia and the breakaway Chechen republic. Leonid, a hard-luck lorry driver, lives with his senile, military-veteran father in Moscow and ferries shipments of illicit goods all over Russia for his Mafiya bosses. He nurses a single wish: to leave b... read more

The Moor's Account

Laila Lalami

In 1527 the Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez arrived on the coast of modern-day Florida with hundreds of settlers, and claimed the region for Spain. Almost immediately, the expedition was decimated by a combination of navigational errors, disease, starvation and fierce resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year, only four survivors remained: three noblemen and a Moroccan slave cal... read more

In 1527 the Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez arrived on the coast of modern-day Florida with hundreds of settlers, and claimed the region for Spain. Almost immediately, the expedition was decimated by a combination of navigational errors, disease, starvation and fierce resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year, only four survivors remained: three noblemen and a Moroccan slave cal... read more

Princess Bari

Sok-yong Hwang

In a drab North Korean city, a seventh daughter is born to a couple longing for a son. Abandoned hours after her birth, she is eventually rescued by her grandmother. The old woman names the child Bari, after a legend telling of a forsaken princess who undertakes a quest for an elixir that will bring peace to the souls of the dead. As a young woman, frail, brave Bari escapes North Korea and tak... read more

In a drab North Korean city, a seventh daughter is born to a couple longing for a son. Abandoned hours after her birth, she is eventually rescued by her grandmother. The old woman names the child Bari, after a legend telling of a forsaken princess who undertakes a quest for an elixir that will bring peace to the souls of the dead. As a young woman, frail, brave Bari escapes North Korea and tak... read more

Kiraze

Solmaz Kamuran

DEAR YASMEEN

Sophia Khan

Irenie, a young girl coming of age in upstate New York, has a secret at the core of her life. Her mother – the striking, charismatic Yasmeen – disappeared five years earlier. Her father, James, a distant, eccentric academic so bewitched by his late wife, has never spoken of this gaping absence from their lives. Yasmeen is presumed dead, though Irenie has doubts. In a hidden loft space above he... read more

Irenie, a young girl coming of age in upstate New York, has a secret at the core of her life. Her mother – the striking, charismatic Yasmeen – disappeared five years earlier. Her father, James, a distant, eccentric academic so bewitched by his late wife, has never spoken of this gaping absence from their lives. Yasmeen is presumed dead, though Irenie has doubts. In a hidden loft space above he... read more

Riverside Lane

Ginger Black

Trading Down: The most gripping cyber thriller of the year

Stephen Norman

“Trading Down is a brilliant, faced-paced read that cleverly intertwines the world of high finance and international terror - a realistic possibility in today’s world” - James Longman, Foreign Correspondent, ABC News Chris Peters loves his work in a multi-national bank: the excitement of the trading floor, the impossible deadlines and the constant challenge of the superfast computers in his ca... read more

“Trading Down is a brilliant, faced-paced read that cleverly intertwines the world of high finance and international terror - a realistic possibility in today’s world” - James Longman, Foreign Correspondent, ABC News Chris Peters loves his work in a multi-national bank: the excitement of the trading floor, the impossible deadlines and the constant challenge of the superfast computers in his ca... read more

Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves (Invaders From Beyond!)

Julian Benson

Watch out for the Rag and Bone Man…After his father’s death, Hal Ward and his mum move to the Quarry Hill Estate in Leeds, to try and start a new life. The summer of 1968 stretches out long and dreary, and there’s nothing to distract Hal and his new friend Shahid from the mystery of the masked, sinister Rag and Bone Man—who saw so much with no eyes—or the secrets simmering under the rambling e... read more

Watch out for the Rag and Bone Man…After his father’s death, Hal Ward and his mum move to the Quarry Hill Estate in Leeds, to try and start a new life. The summer of 1968 stretches out long and dreary, and there’s nothing to distract Hal and his new friend Shahid from the mystery of the masked, sinister Rag and Bone Man—who saw so much with no eyes—or the secrets simmering under the rambling e... read more

A Dream of the Nevertime (Judge Anderson: Year One Book 3)

Alec Worley

Mega-City One, 2101 AD. Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson’s first year on the streets as a full-Eagle Judge is at an end.Haunted by a strange dream of storm and shadow, Anderson learns she’s been infected by a psychic virus – and is Patient Zero of an epidemic that could spread to everyone in the Meg.Tracing the infection to a dangerously gifted mutant out in the Cursed Earth, she sets out to find ... read more

Mega-City One, 2101 AD. Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson’s first year on the streets as a full-Eagle Judge is at an end.Haunted by a strange dream of storm and shadow, Anderson learns she’s been infected by a psychic virus – and is Patient Zero of an epidemic that could spread to everyone in the Meg.Tracing the infection to a dangerously gifted mutant out in the Cursed Earth, she sets out to find ... read more

The Brass God (The Gates of the World Book 3)

K. M. McKinley

War is coming to Ruthnia. As ancient, inhuman powers move against one another, Rel Kressind finds himself in the company of the fabled modalmen – giants who regard themselves as the true keepers of humanity’s legacy. Far out in the blasted, magical wastelands of the Black Sands where no man of the Hundred has ever set foot before, Rel comes face to face with the modalman’s deity, the Brass God... read more

War is coming to Ruthnia. As ancient, inhuman powers move against one another, Rel Kressind finds himself in the company of the fabled modalmen – giants who regard themselves as the true keepers of humanity’s legacy. Far out in the blasted, magical wastelands of the Black Sands where no man of the Hundred has ever set foot before, Rel comes face to face with the modalman’s deity, the Brass God... read more

Enlightenment Inc.

David Zen

Enlightenment Inc., the latest company from Silicon Valley legend – and now aging hippie – Pax Wilson, is failing.Tensions between management, lackluster products, and Pax’s obsession with a seemingly dead-end ‘enlightenment’ app, NirvanApp, mean that the company is losing money, fast. Carter Allman, the CEO brought in to turn it around, can’t see a way out of the mess. And he’s dealing with h... read more

Enlightenment Inc., the latest company from Silicon Valley legend – and now aging hippie – Pax Wilson, is failing.Tensions between management, lackluster products, and Pax’s obsession with a seemingly dead-end ‘enlightenment’ app, NirvanApp, mean that the company is losing money, fast. Carter Allman, the CEO brought in to turn it around, can’t see a way out of the mess. And he’s dealing with h... read more

The Staircase: A haunting romantic thriller

Deryn Lake

Helena had always been haunted by the dream of the staircase.It prevents her from forming any real relationship with a man, because who could live up to the haunting, handsome figure that awaits her at the top of the staircase?When her on-off boyfriend and childhood sweetheart Hal takes Helena on a romantic trip to Paris, he offers her a final ultimatum, and she is suddenly forced to decide be... read more

Helena had always been haunted by the dream of the staircase.It prevents her from forming any real relationship with a man, because who could live up to the haunting, handsome figure that awaits her at the top of the staircase?When her on-off boyfriend and childhood sweetheart Hal takes Helena on a romantic trip to Paris, he offers her a final ultimatum, and she is suddenly forced to decide be... read more

The Anklets: A haunting historical romance

Deryn Lake

‘With history this colourful and a mystery this baffling, the result is delicious’ – Good Book GuideAlison Pope is the daughter of famous archaeologist Edgar Pope. After finishing her degree, she follows her adventurous spirit, and joins her father on all his digs. His latest excavation will take them to stunning Knidos in Turkey, where the resting place of a legendary Greek statue of Aphrodit... read more

‘With history this colourful and a mystery this baffling, the result is delicious’ – Good Book GuideAlison Pope is the daughter of famous archaeologist Edgar Pope. After finishing her degree, she follows her adventurous spirit, and joins her father on all his digs. His latest excavation will take them to stunning Knidos in Turkey, where the resting place of a legendary Greek statue of Aphrodit... read more

The Mermaid's Kiss: A mysterious romance about the myths of the sea

Deryn Lake

The myths are about to come true…When, at the ripe age of forty-two, Major Hugh Delamare decides it’s time to settle down, he never could have dreamed that the young and pretty Millicent Dwyer would agree to take his hand, and together, they begin their married life at the Major’s idyllic island retreat off the coast of England.But after a strange accident in the sea, lovely Millie appears to ... read more

The myths are about to come true…When, at the ripe age of forty-two, Major Hugh Delamare decides it’s time to settle down, he never could have dreamed that the young and pretty Millicent Dwyer would agree to take his hand, and together, they begin their married life at the Major’s idyllic island retreat off the coast of England.But after a strange accident in the sea, lovely Millie appears to ... read more

Haven (The Aftermath Book 2)

Adam Roberts

Young Forktongue Davy has visions; epilepsy, his Ma calls it. He’s barely able to help around the family farm.But something about the lad is attracting attention: the menacing stranger who might be the angel of death himself; the women-only community at Wycombe; Daniel, sent by the mysterious Guz.They all want Davy for their own reasons.But what use can he be to anyone? He has visions of fligh... read more

Young Forktongue Davy has visions; epilepsy, his Ma calls it. He’s barely able to help around the family farm.But something about the lad is attracting attention: the menacing stranger who might be the angel of death himself; the women-only community at Wycombe; Daniel, sent by the mysterious Guz.They all want Davy for their own reasons.But what use can he be to anyone? He has visions of fligh... read more

Animalia Paradoxa: Stories

Henrietta Rose-Innes

Large Door

Jonathan Gibbs

Jasmin has 20 reviews

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Chad Valentine
Just hire her already.

Chad Valentine, August 2020

Jasmin Kirkbride
Thanks Chad, this made my day! :)

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David Beck
Jasmin is wonderful! She has approached our collaboration with kindness and sharp insight. Her edits are spot on. Someone wrote in an earlier that she goes above and beyond, and I wholeheartedly agree! I have enjoyed going through each of her edits as they’ve not only improved the manuscript immensely, but they’ve also taught me how to be a better writer. I absolutely hope to work with her in t...
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David Beck, August 2020

Jasmin Kirkbride
Dear David, Thank you so much for your kind feedback, it's been a pleasure working with you too, and likewise I hope we get to work together in the future as well. Very best, Jasmin

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Jordan Reeves
Jasmin was simply terrific. This was my first novel and I hired Jasmin as my Copy Editor. She was thoughtful and thorough in her notes, helping me take my manuscript to the next level. She was also kind and encouraging, going above and beyond her role as a Copy Editor, to really help me understand my work and how I can grow as a writer in the future. I would strongly recommend her to any and e...
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Jordan Reeves, July 2020

Jasmin Kirkbride
Hi Jordan, Thank you for your lovely review - it's been such a joy working on this book with you and I wish you the very best with your writing moving forward. Many thanks, Jasmin

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Brooxy Moon
I really enjoyed collaborating with Jasmin. She is very prepared, and her comments always honest e productive. She helped me not only with my novel, but also with information about the publishing process. I loved her gentle and polite approach and her way to overcome possible issues by suggesting books where I could find the inspiration to improve my work. I will definitely collaborate with h...
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Brooxy Moon, July 2020

Jasmin Kirkbride
Thank you so much for your lovely review, Brooxy - it was a pleasure working with you too and I look forward to working together in the future! Very best, Jasmin

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Steve Porter
I found Jasmin prepared, having fully read my piece and ready with an inciteful, objective series of suggestions to improve what I was trying to communicate in a more concise manner that would be easier for the reader. She also unpicked themes that could be developed further, was astute in pointing out mistakes concerning points of view and had many helpful suggestions. Overall I greatly appr...
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Steve Porter, July 2020

Jasmin Kirkbride
Hi Steve, Thank you so much for your really kind feedback - it was a pleasure getting to read your book, and I hope to work together again in the future. Best wishes, Jasmin

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