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 I've worked as a freelancer for several publishing houses and I've worked directly with many published, unpublished, and contracted-to-be-published authors.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 specialize in commercial/genre fiction, particularly all subgenres of romance.

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 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.

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


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


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

Work experience

Editor, proofreader, writing coach

January, 2021 – Present (about 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 (over 14 years)

Edit novels, short stories, nonfiction, childrenโ€™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 29 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Marilyn Osowiski
This was my first attempt at writing and I was so fortunate that Jen was willing to work with me. She was so professional, encouraging, patient and understanding. Her assessment and video call with me were detail oriented, honest and thorough. I HIGHLY recommend Jen and hope to work with her again in the future.

Marilyn Osowiski, December 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you! It was wonderful working with you!๐ŸŒŸ

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Twyla Wheeler
I can't thank Jen enough for her insight, guidance, and help. I feel validated as a writer after working with her. Jen's approach is gentle, informative, and directive. She gives you the good, the not-so-good, and the dreaded bad. Even the dreaded bad is constructive and in my case, on point. I will take her advice and make the needed revisions to make my manuscript the best it can be. It was ...
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Twyla Wheeler, December 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you! It was great to work with you!๐ŸŒŸ

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Francisca Andrade
I am so happy that I had the opportunity to work with Jen! She is very professional, detailed oriented, and is a great communicator. She did an incredible job in editing my manuscript and was available to answer any questions that I had during the process, and after her delivery. Sheโ€™s very knowledgeable in her field and has helped me tremendously in navigating this process. I will definitely b...
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Francisca Andrade, December 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you! Wonderful to work with you!๐ŸŒŸ

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Alexis Kalikman
I hired Jen to do an editorial assessment on my book. She was incredibly helpful. Her feedback was thoughtful and thorough. I recommmend highly.

Alexis Kalikman, December 2022

Jennifer Safrey
Thank you!๐ŸŒŸ

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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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