Jenni Fry

Jenni Fry - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

A context-driven approach to copyediting and a sharp eye for proofing. See my full profile for my standard per-word rates.

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Overview

I'm a senior editor and editorial manager for a world-renowned book publisher. I have a context-driven approach to copyediting (because not every "rule" is appropriate for every circumstance) and a sharp eye for proofreading.*

Genre fiction, always a welcome escape from my day job, holds a special place in my editorial heart. I also have significant experience with "trade" (general interest, nonspecialist) history and science books, museum publications, and critically acclaimed literary fiction. Some of my favorite projects (including a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year) appear in my portfolio, below.

In all my work, I am ably assisted by Norman and Nora, sibling rescue cats who keep very careful watch for the paper that sometimes magically appears from my printer.

* Accepting American English projects only.
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PROOFREADING RATES

-Fiction
-Genre--$19/1,000 words
-Middle Grade / Young Adult--$24/1,000 words
-Adult Literary--$29/1,000 words

Trade Nonfiction
-Humanities and Social Sciences--$34/1,000 words
-Art and Biography--$39/1,000 words
-Sciences--$44/1,000 words

COPYEDITING RATES

Fiction
-Genre--$34/1,000 words
-Middle Grade / Young Adult--$39/1,000 words
-Adult Literary--$44/1,000 words

Trade Nonfiction
-Humanities and Social Sciences--$49/1,000 words
-Art and Biography--$54/1,000 words
-Sciences--$59/1,000 words
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
History
Life Sciences
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Work experience

Principal

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

Although I started my own company, Blue Finch Books, just recently, I have been providing freelance editorial services to trade, museum, and academic publishers as a side business since 1992.

Managing Editor, Books Division

The University of Chicago Press
November, 2016 – Present (almost 5 years)

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Legendary Detective: The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction

John Walton

“I’m in a business where people come to me with troubles. Big troubles, little troubles, but always troubles they don’t want to take to the cops.” That’s Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, succinctly setting out our image of the private eye. A no-nonsense loner, working on the margins of society, working in the darkness to shine a little light. The reality is a little different—but no less fas... read more

“I’m in a business where people come to me with troubles. Big troubles, little troubles, but always troubles they don’t want to take to the cops.” That’s Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, succinctly setting out our image of the private eye. A no-nonsense loner, working on the margins of society, working in the darkness to shine a little light. The reality is a little different—but no less fas... read more

On War and Writing

Samuel Hynes

“In our imaginations, war is the name we give to the extremes of violence in our lives, the dark dividing opposite of the connecting myth, which we call love. War enacts the great antagonisms of history, the agonies of nations; but it also offers metaphors for those other antagonisms, the private battles of our private lives, our conflicts with one another and with the world, and with ourselve... read more

“In our imaginations, war is the name we give to the extremes of violence in our lives, the dark dividing opposite of the connecting myth, which we call love. War enacts the great antagonisms of history, the agonies of nations; but it also offers metaphors for those other antagonisms, the private battles of our private lives, our conflicts with one another and with the world, and with ourselve... read more

Legends in Limestone: Lazarus, Gislebertus, and the Cathedral of Autun

Linda Seidel

Whereas twelfth-century pilgrims flocked to the church of St-Lazare in Autun to visit the relics of its patron saint, present-day pilgrims journey there to admire its superb sculpture, said to have been created by the artist Gislebertus whose name is inscribed above one of the church doors. These two cults, of sculptor and of saint, form points of departure and arrival for Linda Seidel's study... read more

Whereas twelfth-century pilgrims flocked to the church of St-Lazare in Autun to visit the relics of its patron saint, present-day pilgrims journey there to admire its superb sculpture, said to have been created by the artist Gislebertus whose name is inscribed above one of the church doors. These two cults, of sculptor and of saint, form points of departure and arrival for Linda Seidel's study... read more

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition

The University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff

Technologies may change, but the need for clear and accurate communication never goes out of style. That is why for more than one hundred years The Chicago Manual of Style has remained the definitive guide for anyone who works with words. In the seven years since the previous edition debuted, we have seen an extraordinary evolution in the way we create and share knowledge. This seventeenth edi... read more

Technologies may change, but the need for clear and accurate communication never goes out of style. That is why for more than one hundred years The Chicago Manual of Style has remained the definitive guide for anyone who works with words. In the seven years since the previous edition debuted, we have seen an extraordinary evolution in the way we create and share knowledge. This seventeenth edi... read more

Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story

Randy Olson

Ask a scientist about Hollywood, and you’ll probably get eye rolls. But ask someone in Hollywood about science, and they’ll see dollar signs: moviemakers know that science can be the source of great stories, with all the drama and action that blockbusters require. That’s a huge mistake, says Randy Olson: Hollywood has a lot to teach scientists about how to tell a story—and, ultimately, how to ... read more

Ask a scientist about Hollywood, and you’ll probably get eye rolls. But ask someone in Hollywood about science, and they’ll see dollar signs: moviemakers know that science can be the source of great stories, with all the drama and action that blockbusters require. That’s a huge mistake, says Randy Olson: Hollywood has a lot to teach scientists about how to tell a story—and, ultimately, how to ... read more

A Taste for Provence

Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

Provence today is a state of mind as much as a region of France, promising clear skies and bright sun, gentle breezes scented with lavender and wild herbs, scenery alternately bold and intricate, and delicious foods served alongside heady wines. Yet in the mid-twentieth century, a travel guide called the region a “mostly dry, scrubby, rocky, arid land.” How, then, did Provence become a land of... read more

Provence today is a state of mind as much as a region of France, promising clear skies and bright sun, gentle breezes scented with lavender and wild herbs, scenery alternately bold and intricate, and delicious foods served alongside heady wines. Yet in the mid-twentieth century, a travel guide called the region a “mostly dry, scrubby, rocky, arid land.” How, then, did Provence become a land of... read more

Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (Historical Studies of Urban America)

Kyle B. Roberts

At first glance, evangelical and Gotham seem like an odd pair. What does a movement of pious converts and reformers have to do with a city notoriously full of temptation and sin? More than you might think, says Kyle B. Roberts, who argues that religion must be considered alongside immigration, commerce, and real estate scarcity as one of the forces that shaped the New York City we know today. ... read more

At first glance, evangelical and Gotham seem like an odd pair. What does a movement of pious converts and reformers have to do with a city notoriously full of temptation and sin? More than you might think, says Kyle B. Roberts, who argues that religion must be considered alongside immigration, commerce, and real estate scarcity as one of the forces that shaped the New York City we know today. ... read more

America, Compromised (Berlin Family Lectures)

Lawrence Lessig

“There is not a single American awake to the world who is comfortable with the way things are.” So begins Lawrence Lessig's sweeping indictment of contemporary American institutions and the corruption that besets them. We can all see it—from the selling of Congress to special interests to the corporate capture of the academy. Something is wrong. It’s getting worse. And it’s our fault. What Les... read more

“There is not a single American awake to the world who is comfortable with the way things are.” So begins Lawrence Lessig's sweeping indictment of contemporary American institutions and the corruption that besets them. We can all see it—from the selling of Congress to special interests to the corporate capture of the academy. Something is wrong. It’s getting worse. And it’s our fault. What Les... read more

Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA's Graffiti Subculture

Stefano Bloch

“We could have been called a lot of things: brazen vandals, scared kids, threats to social order, self-obsessed egomaniacs, marginalized youth, outsider artists, trend setters, and thrill seekers. But, to me, we were just regular kids growing up hard in America and making the city our own. Being ‘writers’ gave us something to live for and ‘going all city’ gave us something to strive for; and f... read more

“We could have been called a lot of things: brazen vandals, scared kids, threats to social order, self-obsessed egomaniacs, marginalized youth, outsider artists, trend setters, and thrill seekers. But, to me, we were just regular kids growing up hard in America and making the city our own. Being ‘writers’ gave us something to live for and ‘going all city’ gave us something to strive for; and f... read more

Who Wrote the Book of Love?

Lee Siegel

Who Wrote the Book of Love? is acclaimed novelist Lee Siegel's comedic chronicle of the sexual life of an American boy in Southern California in the 1950s. Starting at the beginning of the decade, in the year that Stalin announced that the Soviet Union had developed an atomic bomb, the book opens with a child's first memory of himself. Closing at the end of the decade, when Pat Boone's guide t... read more

Who Wrote the Book of Love? is acclaimed novelist Lee Siegel's comedic chronicle of the sexual life of an American boy in Southern California in the 1950s. Starting at the beginning of the decade, in the year that Stalin announced that the Soviet Union had developed an atomic bomb, the book opens with a child's first memory of himself. Closing at the end of the decade, when Pat Boone's guide t... read more

Love in a Dead Language

Lee Siegel

Love in a Dead Language is a love story, a translation of an Indian sex manual, an erotic farce, and a murder mystery rolled into one. Enticing the reader to follow both victims and celebrants of romantic love on their hypertextual voyage of folly and lust-through movie posters, upside-down pages, the Kamasutra: Game of Love board game, and even a proposed CD-ROM, Love in a Dead Language expos... read more

Love in a Dead Language is a love story, a translation of an Indian sex manual, an erotic farce, and a murder mystery rolled into one. Enticing the reader to follow both victims and celebrants of romantic love on their hypertextual voyage of folly and lust-through movie posters, upside-down pages, the Kamasutra: Game of Love board game, and even a proposed CD-ROM, Love in a Dead Language expos... read more

Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants

Eleanor Spicer Rice, Alex Wild, Rob Dunn

Did you know that for every human on earth, there are about one million ants? They are among the longest-lived insects—with some ant queens passing the thirty-year mark—as well as some of the strongest. Fans of both the city and countryside alike, ants decompose dead wood, turn over soil (in some places more than earthworms), and even help plant forests by distributing seeds. But while fewer t... read more

Did you know that for every human on earth, there are about one million ants? They are among the longest-lived insects—with some ant queens passing the thirty-year mark—as well as some of the strongest. Fans of both the city and countryside alike, ants decompose dead wood, turn over soil (in some places more than earthworms), and even help plant forests by distributing seeds. But while fewer t... read more

James Ensor: The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Art Institute of Chicago)

Susan M. Canning, Patrick Florizöone, Nancy Ireson, Kimberly Nichols

This engaging volume describes the creation and restoration of the extraordinary large-scale drawing The Temptation of Saint Anthony—a work by late 19th-century Belgian artist James Ensor (1860–1949)—on the occasion of its first public showing in more than 60 years. The piece is composed of 51 separate sheets of paper collaged into a hallucinatory social critique and artist’s manifesto. Each s... read more

This engaging volume describes the creation and restoration of the extraordinary large-scale drawing The Temptation of Saint Anthony—a work by late 19th-century Belgian artist James Ensor (1860–1949)—on the occasion of its first public showing in more than 60 years. The piece is composed of 51 separate sheets of paper collaged into a hallucinatory social critique and artist’s manifesto. Each s... read more

Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries

Isa Leshko, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gene Baur

There’s nothing quite like a relationship with an aged pet—a dog or cat who has been at our side for years, forming an ineffable bond. Pampered pets, however, are a rarity among animals who have been domesticated. Farm animals, for example, are usually slaughtered before their first birthday. We never stop to think about it, but the typical images we see of cows, chickens, pigs, and the like a... read more

There’s nothing quite like a relationship with an aged pet—a dog or cat who has been at our side for years, forming an ineffable bond. Pampered pets, however, are a rarity among animals who have been domesticated. Farm animals, for example, are usually slaughtered before their first birthday. We never stop to think about it, but the typical images we see of cows, chickens, pigs, and the like a... read more

Jenni has 3 reviews

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Camille Weissenberg
I really enjoyed working with Jenni! She did an amazing job editing my first book. She was tasked with copy editing my manuscript, but she went above and beyond and gave the occasional content suggestion when something was missing or didn't make sense. She gave me a tracked changes version and a version with her changes already incorporated which was extremely helpful! I will definitely utilize...
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Camille Weissenberg, August 2021

Jenni Fry
You are very welcome, Camille! I really enjoyed your debut work, and I can't wait to read the next in the series!

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Sonja Gambrell
Very good experience working with Jenni. She communicates in a professional and friendly manner. I look forward to possibly working with her on future projects.

Sonja Gambrell, April 2021

Jenni Fry
Thank you, Sonja! Your book was great fun. Characters to love; characters to, well, not love; characters to root for; characters to feel for; and a reminder that learning to ride a horse is definit...
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Shawna Coleing
I really enjoyed working with Jenni. She was interested in my work and responded quickly to any questions I had.

Shawna Coleing, February 2020

Jenni Fry
Thanks, Shawna! Lovely to have a mention in your acknowledgments. The book looks fantastic!

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