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Jeni Chappelle

Jeni Chappelle - Editor

Charlotte, NC

Freelance editor and writing coach. I work with all genres and authors at all levels.

Overview

I am a full-time book editor. That means my only job is helping authors make sure their books are the best they can be. I build partnerships with authors—whether first-time, seeking representation, or self-publishing—and in all genres to develop and polish manuscripts to be their very best. My passion is helping authors bring their vision of their writing out into the world, and I create a partnership with each author to help him or her succeed.

I offer a free 10-page critique and Pay as You Go plans.

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From my clients:
"Jeni is a thorough editor who not only catches grammatical errors but plot inconsistencies as well. She did a wonderful job with Killer Wedding Cake, and I’ll be utilizing her services again soon!"
Gayle Trent/Amanda Lee/Gayle Leeson
Author with Gallery, Obsidian, and Amazon

"I started working with Jeni Chappelle as a raw newbie writer a year and a half ago. Since then I have published my first novel and completed three others. The most important thing for me, as a writer using a pseudonym, I could not rely on friends and family to help with reviews. I think the best testimonial you can find are the ratings I have on Amazon and Goodreads, all due to Jeni’s help coaching and editing my novels."
Kathleen Rovner
Author of the Lightning series

"We worked with Jeni Chappelle through seven mysteries now and she is by far one of the most intuitive editors we’ve ever known. She always seems to know what we’re thinking and can make effective changes without murdering our novels. I would recommend her to any writer – regardless of genre or where they are in their career. She’s pleasant and professional. What more could anyone ask from an editor?"
Joyce and Jim Lavene
National Bestselling Authors of the Retired Witches Mysteries from Penguin/Random House

"Jeni has been such a pleasure to work with. Her enthusiasm for my first novel really gave me the confidence I needed to see myself as a professional author. In the manuscript assessment, she pointed out several areas that could be strengthened, and the story is truly better for it. In the copy edit, she greatly improved the flow without ever altering my voice. Her touches are subtle yet powerful, and I am so grateful to have found her."
Shari L. Tapscott
Author of the Eldentimber series

"Skilled editing can be the difference between a good book and a memorable one. Jeni has become an invaluable member of my team – can’t imagine working through the process of publishing without her. She’s great at pointing out just the right change I need to make in order for a scene to flow correctly. I’ve happily recommended her to several of my friends."
D.K.Burrow
YA and NA Author of the Secrets and Lies series

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Travel

Certifications

  • BA, English and Communication
  • Pitch to Publication Editor (2015, 2016)
  • EFA (2014-2016)

Work experience

Editor

Jeni Chappelle is self-employed

November, 2009 – Present (over 7 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Emperor's Shadow (Elite Book 1)

Yi Zhu

Orphans cried out, and the world trembled. In the Northern Kingdoms, the chemical Fye can be found in the very air the citizens breathe. Those born with the ability to utilize this potent power dominated the world, and established an Empire that weathered more than fifty generations of turmoil. Vince, a Wolf gang scout, had no lofty dreams, no ambition save for passing his 10th birthday with f... read more

Orphans cried out, and the world trembled. In the Northern Kingdoms, the chemical Fye can be found in the very air the citizens breathe. Those born with the ability to utilize this potent power dominated the world, and established an Empire that weathered more than fifty generations of turmoil. Vince, a Wolf gang scout, had no lofty dreams, no ambition save for passing his 10th birthday with f... read more

Pirate Summer

HL Carpenter

Fifteen year old Josey is a liar. She’d like to stop. But after Mom left, the lies started popping out, like the time Josey left her little brother at the library and told Dad he’d run away.Then Josey meets a boy who tells bigger whoppers than she does. He says he’s the son of a privateer who’s been dead two centuries. He’s so convincing Josey’s brother believes every word and sets off to find... read more

Fifteen year old Josey is a liar. She’d like to stop. But after Mom left, the lies started popping out, like the time Josey left her little brother at the library and told Dad he’d run away.Then Josey meets a boy who tells bigger whoppers than she does. He says he’s the son of a privateer who’s been dead two centuries. He’s so convincing Josey’s brother believes every word and sets off to find... read more

The Caretaker of Imagination

Z.R. Southcombe

Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – that magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero. John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person w... read more

Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – that magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero. John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person w... read more

Dead Girl Blues (Taxi for the Dead Book 2)

Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene

A Taxi for the Dead Novel By Joyce and Jim Lavene National Bestselling Authors of Broken Hearted Ghoul and Dae’s Christmas Past When Nashville cop Skye Mertz and her husband, Jacob, are killed in a wreck, Skye is given the opportunity to come back for twenty years to raise her five-year-old daughter, Kate. With her ghostly mother-in-law’s help, Skye hopes to be there until Kate is old enough t... read more

A Taxi for the Dead Novel By Joyce and Jim Lavene National Bestselling Authors of Broken Hearted Ghoul and Dae’s Christmas Past When Nashville cop Skye Mertz and her husband, Jacob, are killed in a wreck, Skye is given the opportunity to come back for twenty years to raise her five-year-old daughter, Kate. With her ghostly mother-in-law’s help, Skye hopes to be there until Kate is old enough t... read more

When Lightning Strikes (Lightning Series Book 1)

Kathleen Rovner

The island hides a mysterious secret…Julie Marin has it all: supportive parents, incredible talent, and the almost-realized dream of becoming a professional dancer. When she's attacked leaving practice one night, her seeming perfection comes crashing down. Without notice, her parents pack up the house and move Julie and her brother to a remote island. As she realizes her dreams may not come tr... read more

The island hides a mysterious secret…Julie Marin has it all: supportive parents, incredible talent, and the almost-realized dream of becoming a professional dancer. When she's attacked leaving practice one night, her seeming perfection comes crashing down. Without notice, her parents pack up the house and move Julie and her brother to a remote island. As she realizes her dreams may not come tr... read more

Shadows for a Princess (Trials of Terraina Book 1)

Dominique Kristine

At the age of twenty-eight, Princess Ysolde Westbrook is a spinster duchess, the adopted daughter of Hindera's eccentric monarch. Commoners love their benevolent leader, but the kingdom's gentry take offense to the outsider among them. Amid noble plots and demands for her to marry a local aristocrat, an assassination attempt places her life in peril--if she will not have one of them for a husb... read more

At the age of twenty-eight, Princess Ysolde Westbrook is a spinster duchess, the adopted daughter of Hindera's eccentric monarch. Commoners love their benevolent leader, but the kingdom's gentry take offense to the outsider among them. Amid noble plots and demands for her to marry a local aristocrat, an assassination attempt places her life in peril--if she will not have one of them for a husb... read more

Covering Her Assets: A Dix Dodd Mystery (Dix Dodd Mysteries Book 4)

Norah Wilson, Heather Doherty

Dix Dodd is going undercover again, this time at the behest of Elizabeth Bee. No, make that Mrs. Hugh Drammen. Our favorite, ever-enterprising spa worker has snagged herself a wealthy octogenarian husband. But she believes someone is out to kill her darling “Hugh-Bear”. She’s not about to let that happen, at least not before their first anniversary when her inheritance entitlement kicks in. Ac... read more

Dix Dodd is going undercover again, this time at the behest of Elizabeth Bee. No, make that Mrs. Hugh Drammen. Our favorite, ever-enterprising spa worker has snagged herself a wealthy octogenarian husband. But she believes someone is out to kill her darling “Hugh-Bear”. She’s not about to let that happen, at least not before their first anniversary when her inheritance entitlement kicks in. Ac... read more

Mum's gay and Dad's a lesbian

A G Chambers

Having gay parents didn’t screw me up. Fifty Shades did. And all those other bloody erotic novels and rom coms that made out like sex was this wonderful, magical thing. It’s not. It’s messy and awkward, there are limbs in strange places, and you pant — not because it’s hot, but because you’re out of breath. Some of those Kama Sutra positions are hard. For so long we’ve all just been left in th... read more

Having gay parents didn’t screw me up. Fifty Shades did. And all those other bloody erotic novels and rom coms that made out like sex was this wonderful, magical thing. It’s not. It’s messy and awkward, there are limbs in strange places, and you pant — not because it’s hot, but because you’re out of breath. Some of those Kama Sutra positions are hard. For so long we’ve all just been left in th... read more

Reflections: Prayers from the Heart of a 14 - Year Old Boy: A Small Victory in Prayer

Michael Alexander Beas

Reflections is an inspirational prayer book created for young adults looking to seek guidance in a world that is in constant change.It was written when I was only fourteen-years of age trying to surpass all of the temptations our world constantly presents us. Somehow, thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, these prayers have managed to not only stand the test of time, which has lasted over twenty ye... read more

Reflections is an inspirational prayer book created for young adults looking to seek guidance in a world that is in constant change.It was written when I was only fourteen-years of age trying to surpass all of the temptations our world constantly presents us. Somehow, thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, these prayers have managed to not only stand the test of time, which has lasted over twenty ye... read more

Seduction (Big, Beautiful Werewolf, Werewolves of Montana) (Werewolves of Montana Mating Mini Book 1)

Bonnie Vanak

Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all... Desperate to free her family from their evil alpha, curvy werewolf Alexa Grant sells her virginity in a private auction. Alexa has heard nothing good about Jeremiah Jackson Taylor, the ruthless and cold Lupine who purchased her innocence. She’d rather experience passion with J.J., the sexy and handsome co... read more

Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all... Desperate to free her family from their evil alpha, curvy werewolf Alexa Grant sells her virginity in a private auction. Alexa has heard nothing good about Jeremiah Jackson Taylor, the ruthless and cold Lupine who purchased her innocence. She’d rather experience passion with J.J., the sexy and handsome co... read more

Familiar

Electra Nanou

What would you do if you inherited a necklace that was as much trouble as it was worth? Ruby Thrade rather likes hers, passengers and all. It is her birthright, a gift from her grandmother. It is also a trophy coveted by another. A short story of dark deeds done to a cello's song.

What would you do if you inherited a necklace that was as much trouble as it was worth? Ruby Thrade rather likes hers, passengers and all. It is her birthright, a gift from her grandmother. It is also a trophy coveted by another. A short story of dark deeds done to a cello's song.

No Denying Sin N'awlins Exotica Book Three

BLMorticia, Michael Mandrake

Living in the Big Easy is downright deadly especially if you’re a stripper. When another exotic dancer is found dead in her apartment, the heat mounts on Frankie and his fellow detectives to find the killer. Due to the magnitude of this unsolved mystery along with the LaBoy murders, tension runs high at nineteen making it hard for all to breathe around the police station and sending everyone i... read more

Living in the Big Easy is downright deadly especially if you’re a stripper. When another exotic dancer is found dead in her apartment, the heat mounts on Frankie and his fellow detectives to find the killer. Due to the magnitude of this unsolved mystery along with the LaBoy murders, tension runs high at nineteen making it hard for all to breathe around the police station and sending everyone i... read more

Perseverance: Book Two of the Fundamentalists

Geoff Livingston

"An Inevitable WarJason and his fellow villagers are happy to have escaped from the grasp of Christian Emperor Pravus to the seeming security of Fort Collins. Unfortunately, the Empire’s reach is long. When the villagers make the unsettling realization that Pravus has tracked them down and is bent on destruction, their preparations for the approaching winter are suddenly thrown into disarray.A... read more

"An Inevitable WarJason and his fellow villagers are happy to have escaped from the grasp of Christian Emperor Pravus to the seeming security of Fort Collins. Unfortunately, the Empire’s reach is long. When the villagers make the unsettling realization that Pravus has tracked them down and is bent on destruction, their preparations for the approaching winter are suddenly thrown into disarray.A... read more

Here They Lie (The Bloodstone Legacy Book 1)

D. K. Burrow

One town.Three families.A secret that refuses to stay buried.Now the deadly legacy passes to a new generation.After her aunt's untimely death, Reese Everett is summoned to Devil's Vale, Georgia. Colton Waters is returning home for an entirely different reason. Their lives soon become entangled as a generations-old secret comes to light.Winner of the 2014 YARWA Rosemary Award for Excellence in ... read more

One town.Three families.A secret that refuses to stay buried.Now the deadly legacy passes to a new generation.After her aunt's untimely death, Reese Everett is summoned to Devil's Vale, Georgia. Colton Waters is returning home for an entirely different reason. Their lives soon become entangled as a generations-old secret comes to light.Winner of the 2014 YARWA Rosemary Award for Excellence in ... read more

The Magical Awakening of Emmy Sukar: Limitless Series Book I

Sol Kwon

Guilt, shame and disappointment. But the darkest night will also bring the sun.Sixteen-year old Emmy Sukar feels disconnected from everyone and dreams of leaving her small town home. She finally feels like a part of something great when the powerful Rational Party launches a new political order against religion and spirituality, but her world soon turns upside down when her family disappears f... read more

Guilt, shame and disappointment. But the darkest night will also bring the sun.Sixteen-year old Emmy Sukar feels disconnected from everyone and dreams of leaving her small town home. She finally feels like a part of something great when the powerful Rational Party launches a new political order against religion and spirituality, but her world soon turns upside down when her family disappears f... read more

Memories of an African Sun

Mary Ann Simkins

Eight-year-old Mary Ann Simkins was about to embark on a new life in a faraway place. Traveling far from her familiar home, she was on a journey to a life of adventure through the wild bush of Africa, where she would stand face-to-face with a rhinoceros and run as fast as she could from a troop of baboons. An adventure that would also eventually lead her to experience the vibrancy of life and ... read more

Eight-year-old Mary Ann Simkins was about to embark on a new life in a faraway place. Traveling far from her familiar home, she was on a journey to a life of adventure through the wild bush of Africa, where she would stand face-to-face with a rhinoceros and run as fast as she could from a troop of baboons. An adventure that would also eventually lead her to experience the vibrancy of life and ... read more

Silver's Captive (Fallen Star Book 1)

Lee-Ann Wallace

Tarnee is determined to finish her studies and restart the search for her missing parents, but her life is thrown into chaos when a silver-eyed stranger kidnaps her. Held captive by the captain of a pirate ship, Tarnee finds herself drawn to him despite her need to get home.Tor’Arr has been searching the universe for his one and only, the woman who will complete him, and knows when their eyes ... read more

Tarnee is determined to finish her studies and restart the search for her missing parents, but her life is thrown into chaos when a silver-eyed stranger kidnaps her. Held captive by the captain of a pirate ship, Tarnee finds herself drawn to him despite her need to get home.Tor’Arr has been searching the universe for his one and only, the woman who will complete him, and knows when their eyes ... read more

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