Jasmin Kirkbride

Jasmin Kirkbride – Editor

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

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!
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History
Fiction
Dystopian Fantasy Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Science Fiction Urban Fantasy
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copyediting and Proofreading (PTC)
  • Rewriting and Substantive Editing (PTC)
  • Proofreading 1 (SfEP)

Work experience

Endeavour Media

Jun, 2017 — Jul, 2018 (about 1 year)

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

Freelance

Jan, 2016 — Jun, 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.

Garnet Publishing (Ithaca Press and Periscope Books)

Jan, 2015 — Dec, 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.

Tenebris Books

Sep, 2014 — Jan, 2015 (4 months)

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

Portfolio

Large Door

Jonathan Gibbs

Animalia Paradoxa: Stories

Henrietta Rose-Innes

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 Wycomb... 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 marrie... 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 ... 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 chi... 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 comp... 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 ... 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... 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 Sha... 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-nati... read more
Riverside Lane

Ginger Black

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 n... read more
Kiraze

Solmaz Kamuran

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 undertak... 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, starv... 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-ve... read more

Jasmin has 27 reviews

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BK R.

BK R.

Feb, 2021

When I set out looking for a new historical fiction editor, I knew I needed someone unique to give me an independent reading, someone with a traditional liberal arts education, well versed in classics and history, but also with a broader experience in creative writing technique. Working with Jasmin went beyond receiving her strong editorial assessment. By answering my long thread of questions ...
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Eric M.

Eric M.

Dec, 2020

Jasmin is a genius. Hire her.
Jasmin K.
Thank you, Eric - hope to work together again!
Brian Y.

Brian Y.

Dec, 2020

Jasmin was considerate and helped me improve my manuscript. I appreciate her help.
Jasmin K.
Thanks for your review Brian - it was lovely working with you!
Diego T.

Diego T.

Nov, 2020

Jasmin was such a joy to work with! She responds quickly, gives wonderful feedback, and values your time. Jasmin's suggestions helped so much in shaping my book into a better story. If you have the privilege to work with her, take it!
Jasmin K.
Thank you so much for your kind review, Diego - it's been such a pleasure to edit your book, and I'm excited to work together in the future as well! Many thanks, Jasmin
Franka M.

Franka M.

Nov, 2020

I got a manuscript assessment on a fantasy novel from Jasmin, and it has been extremely helpful. Her comments are thorough, insightful and well-structured, and always leave you with a sense that the manuscript's shortcomings are fixable. There was a bit of a delay in delivery due to Covid chaos, but overall I can highly recommend working with Jasmin and am looking forward to doing so again for...
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Jasmin K.
Dear Franka, Thank you so much for your very kind review - it was a total joy working on your manuscript with you, and I hope we get to work together again in the future. Very best of luck with you...
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