Jess Bithrey

Jess Bithrey – Editor

Copyeditor and proofreader of non-fiction with experience in an array of topics. Friendly and reliable service for you and your manuscript!


Based in Exeter, I am a freelance Editor, providing copyediting, proofreading and editorial project management services. I enjoy liaising with authors to get the best out of their manuscript, ensuring their finished book is written to a high standard and is suitable for the intended readership. I have experience working on academic and reference books that cover a wide variety of topics, including the sciences, education, history, geography, psychology and architecture, to name a few. My favourite books to work on are those involving the biological sciences, with education and history books coming a close second!

I understand it is key for authors to be a part of all stages of the book production process, and for this reason I place great importance on communication. As your copyeditor or proofreader, I will work with you to ensure you are happy with the edited manuscript and are involved in the editing process as much or as little as you wish to be. If you have any particular requirements I will take these on board and ensure these are applied as necessary throughout your manuscript. I am also happy to complete a sample edit, should you want one, to ensure we will be a good fit for each other.

My aim is to make the copyediting and proofreading stages as easy as possible for authors. Having already done a huge amount of work to reach the point where you have a manuscript ready for production, I think you deserve this!

Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Education & Reference Geography Health & Wellbeing History Life Sciences Nature Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK) English (US)
  • Member of the CIEP (formerly the SfEP)
  • Proofreading and Editing diploma from the Centre of Excellence - Distinction
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing from the CIEP

Work experience


Jul, 2020 — Present

I work freelance as an editorial project manager, copyeditor and proofreader. I am always looking for new projects to work on so if you have a manuscript you would like to get ready for publication, please get in touch!

Swales & Willis

Jun, 2018 — Jun, 2020 (about 2 years)

As a Production Editor I project managed up to 25 books at any one time for an international publisher. I oversaw the whole production process, from receiving the raw manuscript files, seeing the manuscript through the copyediting and proofreading stages, resolving any issues that arose during the course of production, and finally sending off print-ready files to the publisher. As the project manager I communicated with all parties involved in the production process, from authors and the publisher to typesetters and freelancers, to ensure the process ran as smoothly as possible.

I also project managed the production of a number of journals, working with the journal editor to get issues out to a schedule and in good shape.

Copyediting and proofreading were another part of this job role and I loved getting a new project to work on and feeling that I could really improve it through close collaboration with the author.

Florence Production

Dec, 2016 — Jun, 2018 (over 1 year)

As an Editorial Assistant I project managed academic and reference titles on behalf of an international publisher, seeing books through the production process from raw manuscript to print-ready files. I communicated with all the key players in the production process, including authors, the publisher, typesetters, artworkers and freelancers.


This book critically explores the impact that digital technology has had on the practices and norms of sports journalism. In the wake of major digital disruptions in news reporting, the author analyses how sports journalism has been particularly vulnerable to ... read more
The U.S. and the War in the Pacific, 1941-45 analyzes the Pacific War with a focus on America’s participation in the conflict. Fought over a great ocean and vast battlefields using the most sophisticated weapons available, the Pacific War transformed the moder... read more
Thinking Visually

Reed, Stephen K.

With an array of critical and engaging pedagogical features, the fifth edition of Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners offers the best practical introduction to motor learning available. This reader-friendly text approaches motor learning in accessible... read more
The 12th edition of Chudley and Greeno’s Building Construction Handbook remains THE authoritative reference for all construction students and professionals. The principles and processes of construction are explained with the concepts of design included where a... read more
An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Processes and Disorders provides a comprehensive, yet accessible, overview of the field for undergraduate students. The fourth edition has been thoroughly revised throughout to provide a comprehensive introduction to th... read more
The 'Insider Guides to Success in Academia' offers support and practical advice to doctoral students and early-career researchers. Covering the topics that really matter, but which often get overlooked, this indispensable series provides practical and realisti... read more
The Disordered Mind

George Graham

The Disordered Mind, Third Edition, is a wide-ranging introduction to the philosophy of mental disorder or illness. It examines and explains, from a philosophical standpoint, what mental disorder is: Its reality, causes, consequences, compassionate treatment, ... read more
This book considers the practical challenges likely to be faced when conducting research in the reality of busy educational contexts. It presents an understanding of the perceived efficacy and accessibility of creative research approaches from the perspective ... read more
Water and wastewater treatment normally take place in a series of continuous flow units, each designed to perform a step of the intended purification process - typically involving coagulation or flocculation, sedimentation or filtration, and disinfection. The ... read more
The Process of Argument: An Introduction is a necessary companion for anyone seeking to engage in successful persuasion: To organize, construct, and communicate arguments. It is both comprehensive and accessible: An authoritative guide to logical thinking and ... read more
Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury tells the story of Tom, a 43 year-old man who acquired a brain injury from a road traffic accident at the age of 22. Tom survived but went on to take his own life 20 years later. As a vulnerable adult with mental health ... read more
The Social Dynamics of Family Violence explores family violence throughout the life course, from child abuse and neglect to intimate partner violence and elder abuse. Paying special attention to the social character and institutional causes of family violence,... read more
Helen Curran’s invaluable book aims to support new and experienced SENCOs with the task of developing and leading special educational needs provision and inclusive practice, through the exploration of practical strategies and approaches. This book takes a prag... read more

Daniel Winterbottom

Design-Build provides everything you need to know about how to embark on a design-build project within a studio or professional practice setting. Design-build models have increased across academic programs worldwide, allowing students to address the real-world... read more
How can we teach better quicker? In Powerful Pedagogy, Ruth Powley, Love Learning Ideas blogger and experienced teacher and school leader, debunks teaching and learning myths and shows how the more we know about pedagogy, the more able we are to make informed ... read more
How to Get Tenure

Michael S. Harris

Helping assistant professors and pre-tenure faculty balance competing obligations in teaching, research, and service, this comprehensive book explores the challenging path toward tenure. Drawing from research literature on faculty development, pedagogy, and ps... read more
Learn how to teach global concepts and use them to increase critical thinking across the curriculum. In this new book from popular consultant Becky Hunt, you’ll get ready-to-use lesson plans, stories, and activities to help you teach five key global concepts—C... read more
As student learning objectives become an increasingly prominent approach to setting goals and growth measures in schools, teachers’ competence in formative assessment is essential. Using Formative Assessment to Support Student Learning Objectives introduces cu... read more
Key Thinkers in Neuroscience provides insight into the life and work of some of the most significant minds that have shaped the field. Studies of the human brain have been varied and complex, and the field is rich in pioneers whose endeavours have broken new g... read more
Mindfulness for Coaches

Michael Chaskalson

Mindfulness for Coaches accessibly presents theory and research on the benefits of mindfulness training and explores how mindfulness can feature in coaching work. Michael Chaskalson and Mark McMordie explain how coaches can use mindfulness to become more deepl... read more
There are many transitions that children experience before they are five, including the first major transition from home to an early years setting. Successive changes can have a serious impact on young children and stress, separation and insecure attachments c... read more
The enclosed garden, or hortus conclusus, is a place where architecture and landscape come together. It has a long and varied history, ranging from the early paradise garden and cloister, the botanic garden and giardini segreto, the kitchen garden and as a sta... read more
The Third Reich is a succinct, comprehensive examination of the major debates surrounding this crucial period in modern German history. The character and operation of the Nazi state, and of its global consequences, have been discussed and disputed since 1933. ... read more

Jess has 5 reviews





Patrick B.

Patrick B.

Aug, 2022

Jess did a fantastic job in copy editing what had become a somewhat amorphous and prolix text. She achieved this despite some challenges with the MS Word track changes functionality - almost certainly her customer's fault - and a major further restructuring by me about halfway though the process. I will use her again for my next book and recommend her without reservation.
Steven W.

Steven W.

May, 2022

Working with Jess has been excellent. She has been professional, punctual and delivered outstanding value for money over the two months that we have worked together. I would definitely hire her again if I write another book.
Patrick B.

Patrick B.

Aug, 2021

Jess is brilliant, fast, accurate and excellent value.
Dean J.

Dean J.

Jul, 2021

Jess is one of the most efficient and effective people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is extremely punctual and the speed at which she is able to work is almost unbelievable - especially when you consider the high-quality work that she produces. Jess also has an eagle-eye for detail - noticing even the smallest of discrepancies within a long and detailed manuscript. I ...
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Elizabeth M.

Elizabeth M.

Feb, 2021

My book was very dense and regionally specific. Jess did a fantastic job of grasping issues and providing excellent feedback. She was also very patient.

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