Jennifer Herrington

Jennifer Herrington - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

An experienced freelance editor, specializing in romance and YA. My passion is helping indie authors take their books to the next level.

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Overview

I am an editor specializing in all genres of romance and young adult. After three years of writing and editing safety and technical manuals for an independent company, I spent six years as a freelance production editor at Lyrical Press/Kensington Corporation, among various other e-presses. I've been freelance editing for four years providing various editorial services such as content editing and proofreading to authors opting to go the self-publishing route.

Editing your book doesn't have to be scary or depressing. I love working with authors at any stage of their career—whether you are a brand new author (newbie), an award-winning author, or bestselling author I can help! I've worked with a variety of authors in all stages of their publishing careers.

I love to help indie authors work through the editing process with positive feedback. Does that mean I won't make recommendations or comment on things that I see aren't working? Heck no! It just means that through positive language, constructive criticism, and a strong understanding of what it means to rip apart your manuscript, we will work through your manuscript to make it the best it can be. I won't squash your writing voice or change the vision for your book. I'll pull out my pompoms and red pen, and let's get to work on your book.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Ryerson University, Publishing Certificate
  • Simon Fraser University, Editing Certificate
  • University of Waterloo, General Arts
  • Conestoga College, Broadcasting Diploma
  • Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
  • Ryerson University, Children's Publishing Professional Development Award
  • Editorial Freelance Association member
  • Editors Association of Canada member
  • ACES: The Society for Editing member

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

I provide editorial services (manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, proofreading) to independent authors in mainly romance genres. I work through a series of editing passes with each author while helping to tighten the story while maintaining the author's voice and vision for their book.

Associate Agent

Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
July, 2020 – Present (about 2 years)

Literary Intern

Corvisiero Literary Agency
September, 2019 – June, 2020 (9 months)

As an intern, my duties included reading and assessing queries (pitch, query, synopsis, and writing sample), requesting partial or full manuscripts for my review, declining manuscripts with personalized feedback, reading mentor's client's manuscript and offer editorial feedback, crafting pitches, and creating/revising client catalogues. I also did market research on what genres and publishers were currently being contracted.

Proofreader

Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing Corporation
January, 2016 – March, 2020 (about 4 years)

I proofread manuscripts to correct typos, formatting errors, grammar errors, and minor discrepancies. I recorded any errors on proofreading recording form.

Content Editor

BookFish Books
December, 2015 – December, 2016 (about 1 year)

I provided developmental editing of acquired books. I worked through a series of passes strengthening characterization, plot structure, world building, and all craft elements with the author through positive feedback and open discussion.

Developmental Editor

Breathless Press/Lycoan Press
August, 2014 – March, 2015 (7 months)

I reviewed queries, presented potential acquisitions to the publisher, worked as the liaison between publisher and author. I provided developmental editing to acquired books.

Production Editor

Kensington Publishing Corporation (Lyrical Press)
February, 2014 – March, 2020 (about 6 years)

I read queries, presented potential acquisitions to managing editor, provided developmental editing to acquired books, formatted manuscripts, reviewed copyedited manuscript with author to explain any recommendations, completed requested copyedits, provided proofread, reviewed proofreading recommendations with author, and reviewed final copy. I acted as the liaison between the publisher and the author.

Intern/Mentee/Reader

Entangled Publishing
February, 2012 – December, 2019 (almost 8 years)

I read partial, full, and client manuscripts and provided reader report and recommendation. I also provided first and second pass editorial notes and letter to my mentor. I worked closely with my mentor.

Portfolio (43 selected works)

Dirty Deeds: Romantic Suspense Series

Nuest, AJ, Herrington, Jennifer

Biker B*tch (Heaven's Sinners MC)

Christopher, Andie J.

Call Sign Karma

Rae, Jamie

Jennifer has 23 reviews

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Rachael Thomas
Working with Jennifer has been great. Her feedback was spot on and together we made the book so much better!

Rachael Thomas, August 2022


Jessica Roberts
I worked with Jenn before and just like last time, she was a total pro and gave me great feedback that helped make my manuscript even better.

Jessica Roberts, June 2022


Jessica Roberts
Working with Jenn was a pleasure! She edited my contemporary romance and her feedback was timely, helpful, and professional. I will definitely be using her services again!

Jessica Roberts, April 2022


Krys Rayne
I really enjoyed working with Jennifer. She was very nice and explained so much in her assessment and gave notes within the document. It was easy to understand what she was asking and when she enjoyed my work I was in shock as this was the first time my manuscript had been set in front of an editor. Jennifer was very professional and I couldn't have had a better experience.

Krys Rayne, April 2022


Nicki LaFoille
Jennifer had such good insights into my manuscript, she brought to light clear and actionable changes in a concise and supportive way so I didn't feel overwhelmed by the edits in my future. She gave specific suggestions and was available for batting around some ideas afterward. Thank you Jennifer!

Nicki LaFoille, March 2022

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