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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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 I've worked as a freelancer for several publishing houses and I've worked directly with many published, unpublished, and contracted-to-be-published authors.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.


"There are so many things that I love about working with Jen as my editor. I want to highlight the two most powerful things she is able to do as an editor. First and foremost, she does not miss a thing. This is not just misspellings and bad punctuation but also context. She is like the Sherlock Holmes of editing. The other thing I really enjoy most about Jen is that she is able to do her job and I still get to keep my voice. Whatever content changes she suggests, she is able to get my voice and keep it in my writing style. She is so easy to work with and probably the best in the business. 5 stars on Yelp would not do her justice."
--Tony Ortega, Psy.D., author of "#IsHeHereYet: Being the Person You Want to Be With" and "#AreYouHereYet: How to STFU and Show Up for Yourself"

"Jen is my partner and she edits and proofreads a lot of what I write. She's a wonderful copy editor. She reads and corrects with alarming accuracy. Her notes are easy to understand, and her insights are valuable."
--Theodore Kechris, short-story author and playwright

English (UK)
English (US)
Contemporary Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Women's Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement


  • Member of American Mensa


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

Work experience

Editor, proofreader, writing coach

January, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

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

Copy Editor/Developmental Editor/Proofreader

Hollan Publishing/Literary Partners Group
October, 2008 – Present (almost 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


Parent, Kayla , Apgar, Laura


Parent, Kayla, Apgar, Laura


Parent, Kayla, Apgar, Laura

Jennifer has 19 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Farah Elsaket
Jennifer was very good to work with. She edited my work, leaving any comments she had for concerns. I was able to go back to her with any questions or amendments done to my piece. Thank you Jennifer

Farah Elsaket, August 2022

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elizabeth meitzler
As this is my first book, I was terrified I wouldn't find an editor I would click with. I'm so happy I found Jennifer! She helped me build my story and make it stronger.

elizabeth meitzler, July 2022

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Elizabeth Hoffmann
Jennifer was absolutely great! Her developmental edits made so much sense and I really feel they will make my book much better! I can't recommend her enough.

Elizabeth Hoffmann, June 2022

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Thank you! Wonderful to work with you!🌟

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Joshua Ahrens
Jennifer Safrey was unbelievably supportive and encouraging throughout this project and invaluable in making my project intelligible and engaging.

Joshua Ahrens, April 2022

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Jack Coey
Jennifer did quality work professionally which met all my expectations.

Jack Coey, February 2022

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