Jenna Whittle

Jenna Whittle – Editor

Experienced copyeditor and proofreader with a passion for children's and history publishing (former editor at Penguin Random House)


I'm a freelance copyeditor and proofreader with over 14 years of experience in the publishing industry. I've worked for both big-name (Penguin Random House Children's, Taylor & Francis, Springer) and independent (Amberley) publishers in a variety of roles that featured proofreading, editing, writing and project management. I'm lucky to have worked on titles across a range of genres – lifestyle books, educational titles, science publications and academic works, to name but a few – but I have a particular passion for children's fiction and non-fiction and history publishing.

As well as working on books in an editorial capacity, I've authored titles myself. I know how nerve-racking sending your diligently written manuscript to an editor can feel. I offer a sensitive approach that will help you create your best work and engage your reader. I can assist with removing distracting errors and ensuring consistency of style throughout a manuscript.

Looking for an experienced editor to help your book connect with its intended readership? I'd love to hear from you!

Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference History
Picture Books
English (UK) English (US)
  • CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) Professional Member

Work experience


Jul, 2023 — Present

I work with clients on a range of projects, offering editorial project management, proofreading, editing, writing, research and process improvement support.

Penguin Random House Children's

Jan, 2023 — Jul, 2023 (6 months)

I helped develop titles and concepts for the Education list. I also project-managed the creation of audiobooks for a flagship series; proofread and edited book content; and wrote online educational resources.

Penguin Random House Children's

Jan, 2022 — Dec, 2022 (12 months)

I project-managed a programme of customised print and audio children's products through all stages of production, overseeing all copy-editorial requirements.

Taylor & Francis

Jun, 2015 — Dec, 2021 (over 6 years)

I was responsible for ensuring that content flowed through the production process smoothly to speed and quality standards for over 40 academic journals. I also proofread journal articles covering a wide range of subject areas.

Amberley Publishing

Sep, 2014 — Jun, 2015 (10 months)

I managed a team of five assistant editors and oversaw the production schedule for the list. I also commissioned, acquired and carried out editing (developmental and copyediting) on titles, and performed final quality control checks on all the list's print and digital book files.


Jun, 2011 — Mar, 2013 (almost 2 years)

I managed the publication schedule of two well-respected journals and carried out copyediting on all articles accepted for publication. I also proofread articles that were selected for publication in other journals.


Two stories that build on the phonics learned in previous steps and focus on the sound and letter combinations: ai, ee, oa, oo (long), oo (short).Jack and Jen is from Beginner Reader Level 0 a... read more
Copy Editing
Bristol A Portrait 1970-82

Stephen Dowle

Amberley Publishing Limited

Stephen Dowle first started taking photographs using a pre-war Coronet Cub given to him by his father. He spent the 1970s and the early 1980s documenting his home city and the lives of the inh... read more
Copy Editing
Cranborne Chase

Roger Lane

Amberley Publishing Limited

Cranborne Chase is an area of outstanding natural beauty in southern England, encompassing the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Here royalty once came to hunt deer and other game i... read more
Copy Editing
Discover the Terracotta Army, the Silk Road and the great inventions of China - from paper and porcelain to fireworks and acupuncture.Ancient and Imperial China is from Fluent Reader Level 4. ... read more
Join Ladybird Class on another imaginative learning adventure. This time, the class are learning about outer space! Join Tao Meerkat and the others as they meet some friendly astronauts, go on... read more
Based on a popular Panchatantra story from India. The big lion in the forest is very hungry! He wants to eat the other animals for his lunch. The clever little rabbit doesn't want to be eaten.... read more
Based on the award-winning children's series!Featuring everyone's favourite little piggy, Peppa! Enjoy all the fun of the fair with Peppa Pig and her family. Who will win all the teddy bears a... read more
How does our planet work? From millions of years ago to the modern day, learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and mountains, and how our wonderful Earth was formed!Planet Earth is from Confident ... read more
Two stories that build on the phonics learned in previous steps and focus on the sound and letter combinations: igh, ear, air, ure.At the Fair is from Beginner Reader Level 0 and is ideal for ... read more
Copy Editing
Based on the well-loved classic fairy tale. The Ugly Duckling looks different from everyone he meets. Everywhere he goes, he's chased away and called ugly. Will he ever find anyone who accepts... read more
Two stories that build on the phonics learned in previous steps and focus on the sound and letter combinations: j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu.Visit the Vet is from Beginner Reader Level 0 and is id... read more
Bristol in 50 Buildings

Stiles, Cynthia

Amberley Publishing

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
The Finest Gardens of the South West

Russell, Tony

Amberley Publishing

Copy Editing
The Classic Guide to Cocktails

Thomas, Jerry

Amberley Publishing

Copy Editing

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