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Jenny Jacoby

Jenny Jacoby - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Experienced editor of writing for children and adults (fiction, non-fiction, picture books, novelties) through all stages of editing.

Overview

I'm an experienced editor of writing for children and adults (fiction, non-fiction, picture books, novelties, and writing for brands).

I help an author develop and structure their ideas, be consistent and make sense - while ensuring their voice shines through. A recent highlight of my close working relationships with an author was working with Laura Dockrill on her novel LORALI, which was recently nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

I copy-edit and proofread thoroughly and intelligently to ensure faultless writing. A light touch can be needed here to maintain the author's voice rather than rigidly applying grammatical rules without sense.

I also enjoy polishing translated text, working with a translator or author to ensure that their words shine as naturally in English as they deserve to.

"Jenny is a wonderful editor of children's fiction - expert at structural editing, a grammar guru, wonderful at working with authors and illustrators. Creative and diligent, I would recommend Jenny as a highly skilled editor." -- Sara O'Connor, as Editorial Director, Hot Key Books

"We are very pleased with what you've done to the translation. We love it! Your comments are very helpful to us in the production of this book." -- Xinlin Wang, Publisher, Balestier Books

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Literature Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Parenting & Families Travel

Work experience

Editor

Hot Key Books

March, 2013 – Present (almost 4 years)

I structural-edit, line-edit, copy-edit, working with the author, and manage the flow of copy to Production.

Commissioning Editor

Walker Books

February, 2008 – February, 2013 (about 5 years)

Working in the Novelty team, I helped authors develop complex pop-up books, to ensure non-fiction books spoke appropriately and engagingly to their audience, and worked with authors such as Jeanne Willis on fiction for 7-11 year olds.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Sarah Beeny's 100 DIY Jobs

Sarah Beeny

Sarah Beeny's practical good sense and expert eye, combined with her natural warmth and energy, are familiar to fans of her hugely popular TV programmes. Her down-to-earth attitude and expert knowledge, gained at the coalface of house renovation, inform her approach to DIY and, in 100 DIY Jobs, she shows exactly how to tackle 100 most common household jobs. For each, a comprehensive tool list ... read more

Sarah Beeny's practical good sense and expert eye, combined with her natural warmth and energy, are familiar to fans of her hugely popular TV programmes. Her down-to-earth attitude and expert knowledge, gained at the coalface of house renovation, inform her approach to DIY and, in 100 DIY Jobs, she shows exactly how to tackle 100 most common household jobs. For each, a comprehensive tool list ... read more

Terror Kid

Benjamin Zephaniah

What is a terrorist? A shocking, moving and timely novel about the choices that shape us.Rico knows trouble. He knows the look of it and the sound of it. He also knows to stay away from it as best he can. Because if there's one thing his Romany background has taught him, it's that he will always be a suspect. Despite his efforts to stay on the right side of the law, Rico is angry and frustrate... read more

What is a terrorist? A shocking, moving and timely novel about the choices that shape us.Rico knows trouble. He knows the look of it and the sound of it. He also knows to stay away from it as best he can. Because if there's one thing his Romany background has taught him, it's that he will always be a suspect. Despite his efforts to stay on the right side of the law, Rico is angry and frustrate... read more

Being a Girl

Hayley Long

A funny, frank and fearless guide to being a girl. Being a girl is not all sugar and spice. How can you possibly survive school and even think about talking to your crush when you have spots in places you didn't even know you had, your boobs are too big (or too small) and the friend drama is off the charts. Luckily, bestselling YA author and sixth-form teacher Hayley Long provides a straight-t... read more

A funny, frank and fearless guide to being a girl. Being a girl is not all sugar and spice. How can you possibly survive school and even think about talking to your crush when you have spots in places you didn't even know you had, your boobs are too big (or too small) and the friend drama is off the charts. Luckily, bestselling YA author and sixth-form teacher Hayley Long provides a straight-t... read more

Counting Stars

Keris Stainton

A new life in a new city - would could possibly go wrong . . . ?When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) houseshare on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming... read more

A new life in a new city - would could possibly go wrong . . . ?When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) houseshare on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming... read more

The Book of Storms

Ruth Hatfield

A boy on a quest against the power of the stormEleven-year-old Danny's parents are storm chasers - which sounds fun and exciting, and it is, so long as you aren't the son who has to wait behind at home. And one night, after a particularly fierce storm, Danny's parents don't come back. Stranger still, the old sycamore tree in Danny's yard seems to have been struck by lightning, and when he pick... read more

A boy on a quest against the power of the stormEleven-year-old Danny's parents are storm chasers - which sounds fun and exciting, and it is, so long as you aren't the son who has to wait behind at home. And one night, after a particularly fierce storm, Danny's parents don't come back. Stranger still, the old sycamore tree in Danny's yard seems to have been struck by lightning, and when he pick... read more

Lorali

Laura Dockrill

Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical - this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted. Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from. Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as ... read more

Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical - this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted. Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from. Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as ... read more

The Big Lie

Julie Mayhew

This is a startling coming-of-age novel set in a contemporary Nazi England. Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Madel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess... read more

This is a startling coming-of-age novel set in a contemporary Nazi England. Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Madel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess... read more

Can We Live Here?: Finding a Home in Paradise

Sarah Alderson

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah Alderson quit her job in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter, on a mission to find a new place to call home. After a year spent exploring India, Singapore, Australia and the U.S., they settled in Bali, where inspiration struck for Sarah, whose vocation as a writer began to flourish. Her blog Can W... read more

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah Alderson quit her job in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter, on a mission to find a new place to call home. After a year spent exploring India, Singapore, Australia and the U.S., they settled in Bali, where inspiration struck for Sarah, whose vocation as a writer began to flourish. Her blog Can W... read more

The Only Pupil in the School

Hsukung Liu

On the first day of school, a young girl shows up and discovers she is the only pupil in school. All the teachers want to teach her what they know but they start fighting for her attention. They fight so much that they do not notice the girl creeping out of the classroom... Where does she go? Who will she meet? And will she learn anything new in the world outside school? Beautifully illustrate... read more

On the first day of school, a young girl shows up and discovers she is the only pupil in school. All the teachers want to teach her what they know but they start fighting for her attention. They fight so much that they do not notice the girl creeping out of the classroom... Where does she go? Who will she meet? And will she learn anything new in the world outside school? Beautifully illustrate... read more

This Old Thing: Fall in Love with Vintage Clothes

Dawn O'Porter

Give your wardrobe a thoroughly modern vintage makeover with Dawn O'Porter and her team of style experts!Tying-in to her new prime-time six-part Channel 4 show of the same name, journalist Dawn O'Porter is a woman on a mission: to ignite Britain's passion for vintage fashion! We're a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing - but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to sh... read more

Give your wardrobe a thoroughly modern vintage makeover with Dawn O'Porter and her team of style experts!Tying-in to her new prime-time six-part Channel 4 show of the same name, journalist Dawn O'Porter is a woman on a mission: to ignite Britain's passion for vintage fashion! We're a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing - but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to sh... read more

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