Jennifer Safrey

Jennifer Safrey - Editor

Randolph, MA, USA

I'm a 30-year professional word nerd! Let me help you polish your prose into a sparkly, irresistible gem.

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Overview

I'm a word nerd who works both sides of the desk--as an editor and a writer. I've been a professional editor for 30 years, and I've worked on everything from news and feature articles to book-length fiction to short fiction to book-length nonfiction. I've worked as a freelancer for several publishing houses and I've worked directly with many published, unpublished, and contracted-to-be-published authors.

I have a philosophy as an editor: It's my job to help you express your unique voice in the cleanest, most effective way possible. It's not my job to suggest you write your book the way I'd write it. I want your voice to shine through, because the world needs your voice and your stories! So when I work with you, your voice and your vision are my priorities.

I'm very communicative with my clients. I check in to keep you in the loop about what and how I'm doing so you don't need to wonder, and I'm happy to chat with you at any time via email if you have questions or concerns or just want to talk about books. :) I love to be a resource. Because I'm an author myself, I understand how challenging it is to put your work into the world, so I want to help you feel confident and accomplished. After all, if you've gotten to the stage of hiring an editor, you've written a book! You've done something many people say they want to do, but don't. Yay for you!

I hope we can work together.

NOTE: Please let me know (before we agree to collaborate) if there are any elements of your story that are potentially triggering so I'm aware of it before making an offer. I don't mind most of the time; I just appreciate a heads up.

HOWEVER: I don't prefer to work with stories with scenes depicting detailed sexual assault or underage sexual activity, so if your story includes these elements, please choose another editor.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Certifications

  • Member of American Mensa
  • Member of Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Member of ACES: The Society for Editing
  • Member of The Authors Guild

Awards

  • Two-time winner of Golden Leaf Award for Best Long Contemporary Romance Novel

Work experience

Editor, proofreader, writing coach

Self-employed
January, 2021 – Present (almost 2 years)

I provide copy editing, developmental editing, proofreading, and writing-coach services.

Copy Editor/Developmental Editor/Proofreader

Hollan Publishing/Literary Partners Group
October, 2008 – Present (about 14 years)

Edit novels, short stories, nonfiction, children’s books, poetry collections, puzzle books, novelty books, and graphic novels, adhering to "Chicago Manual of Style"

Portfolio (15 selected works)

#IsHeHereYet: Being the Person You Want to Be With

Ortega, Tony, Leavitt, Alisia, Readance, Joel

Lovesick

Parent, Kayla , Apgar, Laura

Melt

Parent, Kayla, Apgar, Laura

Midnight

Parent, Kayla, Apgar, Laura

Jennifer has 25 reviews

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Professionalism
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Quality
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Elizabeth Hoffmann
Jennifer is just the best. I hired her twice: once for a developmental edit and a second time for a "lite" developmental edit + a copy edit. Her comments were extremely helpful and made my manuscript 1000x better than it was before! I cannot thank her enough. This was the first time I had completed a manuscript and I was very nervous to show my work to others. Jennifer made editing a great expe...
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Elizabeth Hoffmann, November 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you! Any time! :)

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Scott Endsley
Jennifer Safrey is a thoughtful professional who reviews and edits carefully. Her comments were helpful in reshaping the characters and story. Wasn't always sure that she fully saw the story as spiritual allegory but that was more likely on the author rather than the reader. I would recommend her work to other authors looking for a professional, timely assistance with the editing process

Scott Endsley, November 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you!

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Vi Tran
Amazing! I have worked with Jennifer on multiple projects, and let's just say, she is, by far, the best editor I have ever worked with. Not only is she thorough, but her suggestions are always clear and only make my writing better. I always feel like she listens to what I have to say and always takes my story into consideration, never changing it or my voice, but somehow made it a thousand time...
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Vi Tran, September 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you! I love working with you!🌟

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Hannah Woolbright
She has been great to work with! Very patient and her comments were really helpful!

Hannah Woolbright, September 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you!🌟

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Charley Black
Jennifer had some very good questions and great comments that really helped me to look at the plot and have it make sense to the reader. Her edits were great and what I needed.

Charley Black, August 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you! 🌟

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