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Jessica Gardner

Jessica Gardner - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

5+ years copyediting and proofreading romance, historical fiction, and mystery for Amazon's 47North, Lake Union, and Thomas & Mercer.

Overview

Reviews (8)

I'm based in Vancouver, Canada, but began my editing career in the Bay Area, first working for the indie publisher Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press in 2010. I currently fulfill contracts for Amazon Publishing and Inkshares and am excited to work on traditionally and self-published books alike. I truly appreciate each manuscript that comes into my hands and work tirelessly to catch every error possible. My communication with clients is always respectful and supportive, and I favor editing with a light hand to truly let your writing shine.

If you're looking to produce a polished final manuscript, I'm your gal. I relish correcting errors, I'm an avid collector of style manuals, and I fact-check just for the fun of it. But don't call me the grammar police: truly knowing all the rules is knowing when to break them . . . and record them on your impeccably organized style sheet.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Romance Thriller Women's Fiction

Work experience

Copyeditor and Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

Since becoming a freelance editor, I've worked on novels published by Inkshares and Amazon Publishing and have been very lucky to work with award-winning and best-selling authors such as Amanda Prowse, Aaron Elkins, Anne Charnock, and Katja Kettu. The genres I most frequently edit are mystery, historical fiction, romance, YA, science fiction, and fantasy. Working on novels under the AmazonCrossing imprint has also provided me a wealth of experience editing translations. Additionally, as a Brit who lived for many years in America, I am often hired to edit British novels for the US market, as well as novels written by US authors and set in the UK.

Assistant Editor

eNotes
March, 2012 – December, 2014 (over 2 years)

eNotes is an academic publisher that develops study guides and teaching materials for thousands of classic novels, plays, and short stories. I was assistant editor there for three years and oversaw its Q and A division, editing content provided by teachers and professors across the world and covering many varied topics.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

The Food of Love

Amanda Prowse

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya onc... read more

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya onc... read more

The Shark (Forgotten Files Book 1)

Mary Burton

At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s ... read more

At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s ... read more

Come Twilight (Long Beach Homicide Book 4)

Tyler Dilts

An Edgar Award Nominee, Best Paperback Original.For the first time in years, things are going well for Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett. He’s closing cases with his partner, Jennifer Tanaka, and keeping a spare suit at the condo of his girlfriend, Julia Rice. But Danny’s peace is shattered when he’s called to investigate an apparent suicide—one that quickly reveals itself to be murd... read more

An Edgar Award Nominee, Best Paperback Original.For the first time in years, things are going well for Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett. He’s closing cases with his partner, Jennifer Tanaka, and keeping a spare suit at the condo of his girlfriend, Julia Rice. But Danny’s peace is shattered when he’s called to investigate an apparent suicide—one that quickly reveals itself to be murd... read more

Mad Love

Nick Spalding

Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.What better way to show that your ‘love algorithms’ work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you’re... read more

Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.What better way to show that your ‘love algorithms’ work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you’re... read more

The Werewolf of Bamberg (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 5)

Oliver Pötzsch

The Werewolf of Bamberg is the fifth book in Hangman’s Daughter, the million-copy bestselling series.In 1668, hangman Jakob Kuisl, his daughter Magdalena, and her husband Simon travel to the town of Bamberg. But what was planned as a family vacation soon becomes a nightmare: a murderer in Bamberg is leaving the severed limbs of victims in the trash outside the city. When rumors quickly spread ... read more

The Werewolf of Bamberg is the fifth book in Hangman’s Daughter, the million-copy bestselling series.In 1668, hangman Jakob Kuisl, his daughter Magdalena, and her husband Simon travel to the town of Bamberg. But what was planned as a family vacation soon becomes a nightmare: a murderer in Bamberg is leaving the severed limbs of victims in the trash outside the city. When rumors quickly spread ... read more

Switcheroo (A Gideon Oliver Mystery Book 18)

Aaron Elkins

The Skeleton Detective is back.A cold case dating from the 1960s draws forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver to the Channel Islands decades later to shine a light on the mysterious connection between two men who died there on the same night.Swapped as young boys by their fathers during the Nazi occupation, wealthy Roddy Carlisle and middle-class George Skinner had some readjusting to do after ... read more

The Skeleton Detective is back.A cold case dating from the 1960s draws forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver to the Channel Islands decades later to shine a light on the mysterious connection between two men who died there on the same night.Swapped as young boys by their fathers during the Nazi occupation, wealthy Roddy Carlisle and middle-class George Skinner had some readjusting to do after ... read more

The Midwife

Katja Kettu

Orphaned into an unforgiving foster home and raised as an outsider, Weird-Eye shoulders her unflattering nickname. She relies on her vivid imagination to sustain her work as a midwife bringing newborns into the world while World War II overruns her native Finland, desecrating life. She finds herself drawn to the handsome, otherworldly Johannes Angelhurst, a war photographer working for the SS.... read more

Orphaned into an unforgiving foster home and raised as an outsider, Weird-Eye shoulders her unflattering nickname. She relies on her vivid imagination to sustain her work as a midwife bringing newborns into the world while World War II overruns her native Finland, desecrating life. She finds herself drawn to the handsome, otherworldly Johannes Angelhurst, a war photographer working for the SS.... read more

Duplicity

Sibel Hodge

There are three sides to every story: Yours. Mine. And the truth…Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life—newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared?The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads—was Max’s incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business p... read more

There are three sides to every story: Yours. Mine. And the truth…Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life—newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared?The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads—was Max’s incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business p... read more

The Unremembered Girl: A Novel

Eliza Maxwell

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of fam... read more

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of fam... read more

Follow You Home

Mark Edwards

The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk abo... read more

The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk abo... read more

The Secret Life of Mrs. London

Rebecca Rosenberg

San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by esc... read more

San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by esc... read more

Prisoner of the Queen (Tales from the Tudor Court Book 2)

E. Knight

Kindhearted Katherine Grey knows well the peril of being born with royal blood. As Henry VIII’s grandniece and one of the heirs to the English throne, her noble birth has doomed her to live among the schemers and seducers of the king’s court—barring her from the peaceful life that she truly desires.After her sister fails to keep the throne, and a new queen rises to power, Katherine finds herse... read more

Kindhearted Katherine Grey knows well the peril of being born with royal blood. As Henry VIII’s grandniece and one of the heirs to the English throne, her noble birth has doomed her to live among the schemers and seducers of the king’s court—barring her from the peaceful life that she truly desires.After her sister fails to keep the throne, and a new queen rises to power, Katherine finds herse... read more

Apricot Kisses

Claudia Winter

Hanna has a foodie’s dream job: as a culinary journalist, she gets to travel across Europe to write up the Continent’s finest restaurants. But after penning a scathing review of a restaurant nestled in a Tuscan apricot grove, her boss informs her of a big problem: when the restaurant’s owner read the article, she keeled over dead from a heart attack. Now the owner’s grandson, Fabrizio, has fil... read more

Hanna has a foodie’s dream job: as a culinary journalist, she gets to travel across Europe to write up the Continent’s finest restaurants. But after penning a scathing review of a restaurant nestled in a Tuscan apricot grove, her boss informs her of a big problem: when the restaurant’s owner read the article, she keeled over dead from a heart attack. Now the owner’s grandson, Fabrizio, has fil... read more

While You Were Mine

Ann Howard Creel

Everything she loved could so easily be lost.The end of World War II should have brought joy to Gwen Mullen. But on V-J Day, her worst fear is realized. As celebrating crowds gather in Times Square, a soldier appears on her doorstep to claim Mary, the baby abandoned to Gwen one year earlier. Suddenly Gwen is on the verge of losing the child she has nurtured and loves dearly.With no legal claim... read more

Everything she loved could so easily be lost.The end of World War II should have brought joy to Gwen Mullen. But on V-J Day, her worst fear is realized. As celebrating crowds gather in Times Square, a soldier appears on her doorstep to claim Mary, the baby abandoned to Gwen one year earlier. Suddenly Gwen is on the verge of losing the child she has nurtured and loves dearly.With no legal claim... read more

The Memory of Us: A Novel

Camille Di Maio

Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and ... read more

Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and ... read more

Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind

Anne Charnock

Named by the Guardian as one of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015 History is storytelling. But some stories remain untold.In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.In the present day,... read more

Named by the Guardian as one of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015 History is storytelling. But some stories remain untold.In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.In the present day,... read more

Shining Sea

Mimi Cross

Seventeen-year-old Arion Rush has always played the obedient sidekick to her older sister’s flashy femme fatale—until a mysterious boating accident leaves Lilah a silent, traumatized stranger. As her sister awaits medical treatment with their mother, Arion and their father head to his hometown in Maine to prepare a new life for them all. Surrounded by the vast Atlantic, songwriting is Arion’s ... read more

Seventeen-year-old Arion Rush has always played the obedient sidekick to her older sister’s flashy femme fatale—until a mysterious boating accident leaves Lilah a silent, traumatized stranger. As her sister awaits medical treatment with their mother, Arion and their father head to his hometown in Maine to prepare a new life for them all. Surrounded by the vast Atlantic, songwriting is Arion’s ... read more

The Secret Healer (The Secret Healer Series)

Ellin Carsta

In the fourteenth century, opportunities for women are limited to the home. But spirited young Madlen finds her calling as assistant to the city’s trusted midwife, Clara. Working alongside Clara, Madlen develops a surprisingly soothing technique and quickly becomes a talented healer.After Clara’s tragic death, Madlen alone rushes to assist the birth of a local nobleman’s child. But rather than... read more

In the fourteenth century, opportunities for women are limited to the home. But spirited young Madlen finds her calling as assistant to the city’s trusted midwife, Clara. Working alongside Clara, Madlen develops a surprisingly soothing technique and quickly becomes a talented healer.After Clara’s tragic death, Madlen alone rushes to assist the birth of a local nobleman’s child. But rather than... read more

The Draper's Daughter

Ellin Carsta

A thrilling historical novel by the author of The Secret Healer.Cologne, 1351: Elisabeth and Stephen Hardenstein are twins, but they could not be more different. While Elisabeth is inspired by the family business, absorbing everything her father shows her about the cloth trade, Stephen enjoys a leisurely life and pays little attention to their father’s teachings. Elisabeth recognizes her true ... read more

A thrilling historical novel by the author of The Secret Healer.Cologne, 1351: Elisabeth and Stephen Hardenstein are twins, but they could not be more different. While Elisabeth is inspired by the family business, absorbing everything her father shows her about the cloth trade, Stephen enjoys a leisurely life and pays little attention to their father’s teachings. Elisabeth recognizes her true ... read more

The Wilhelm Conspiracy (A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery)

Charles Veley

A prominent banker is found dead in an unsavory part of London. Hours later, the charred remains of another body lie on a beach in Dover. Both deaths—and their possible link—attract Sherlock Holmes. Then the Secretary of War summons the detective with catastrophic news whose consequences could harm the nation for generations: on the eve of war, a new British superweapon has fallen into the wro... read more

A prominent banker is found dead in an unsavory part of London. Hours later, the charred remains of another body lie on a beach in Dover. Both deaths—and their possible link—attract Sherlock Holmes. Then the Secretary of War summons the detective with catastrophic news whose consequences could harm the nation for generations: on the eve of war, a new British superweapon has fallen into the wro... read more

The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (The Malayan Series)

Selina Siak Chin Yoke

Facing challenges in an increasingly colonial world, Chye Hoon, a rebellious young girl, must learn to embrace her mixed Malayan-Chinese identity as a Nyonya—and her destiny as a cook, rather than following her first dream of attending school like her brother.Amidst the smells of chillies and garlic frying, Chye Hoon begins to appreciate the richness of her traditions, eventually marrying Wong... read more

Facing challenges in an increasingly colonial world, Chye Hoon, a rebellious young girl, must learn to embrace her mixed Malayan-Chinese identity as a Nyonya—and her destiny as a cook, rather than following her first dream of attending school like her brother.Amidst the smells of chillies and garlic frying, Chye Hoon begins to appreciate the richness of her traditions, eventually marrying Wong... read more

Not Afraid of the Fall: 114 Days Through 38 Cities in 15 Countries

Kyle James

As seen on the front page of Cosmopolitan.com, Travel + Leisure, POPSUGAR, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, HelloGiggles, Woman's Day, and Country Living. After purchasing one-way flights from New York City to Paris, Kyle James and his girlfriend Ashley quit their day jobs, planned futures, and daily paradigms to see as much of the world as they could. In 114 days, they trekked acr... read more

As seen on the front page of Cosmopolitan.com, Travel + Leisure, POPSUGAR, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, HelloGiggles, Woman's Day, and Country Living. After purchasing one-way flights from New York City to Paris, Kyle James and his girlfriend Ashley quit their day jobs, planned futures, and daily paradigms to see as much of the world as they could. In 114 days, they trekked acr... read more

A God in the Shed

J-F. Dubeau

"Move over True Detective. A rich, gothic story of murder and mystery, A God in The Shed is quite possibly one of the most enthralling novels I've read in the last ten years. Dubeau is a force to be reckoned with." —Jerry Smith, Fangoria Magazine and Blumhouse.comThe village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life: farmhouses stretching from one main street, a small police pre... read more

"Move over True Detective. A rich, gothic story of murder and mystery, A God in The Shed is quite possibly one of the most enthralling novels I've read in the last ten years. Dubeau is a force to be reckoned with." —Jerry Smith, Fangoria Magazine and Blumhouse.comThe village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life: farmhouses stretching from one main street, a small police pre... read more

Devil's Call

J. Danielle Dorn

“The Revenant with witches.” ―James Demonaco, screenwriter and director of The Purge seriesOn a dark night in the summer of 1859, three men enter the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shoot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unbeknownst to them, Li Lian, his wife, hails from a long line of women gifted in ways that scare most folks―the witches of the MacPherson clan―and her need for vengea... read more

“The Revenant with witches.” ―James Demonaco, screenwriter and director of The Purge seriesOn a dark night in the summer of 1859, three men enter the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shoot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unbeknownst to them, Li Lian, his wife, hails from a long line of women gifted in ways that scare most folks―the witches of the MacPherson clan―and her need for vengea... read more

The Punch Escrow

Tal Klein

"An alt-futuristic hard-science thriller with twists and turns you'll never see coming. I couldn't put it down." —Felicia Day, founder of Geek & SundryIt’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transpor... read more

"An alt-futuristic hard-science thriller with twists and turns you'll never see coming. I couldn't put it down." —Felicia Day, founder of Geek & SundryIt’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transpor... read more

Jessica has 8 reviews

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Kane McLoughlin

Jessica is truly amazing to work with. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an editor who goes up and beyond to make your work shine. I will definitely be asking for her services again in the future and so should you.

, May 2018


Erik Nickerson

I don't have much experience with copy-editors, but Jessica did an awesome, thorough job cleaning up my manuscript. She provided significant extra detail about what she was changing and why she was changing it. I learned a lot about my own writing by reading her notes and edits. I don't know how she compares to other editors in her price range, but I would pay the money again without hesitation.

, March 2018


Cualli Carnago

It's been a pleasure working with Jessica. She is very efficient, thorough, precise, and also diplomat when it comes to changes. She copy edited some parts of my novel with virtuosity and managed to proofread it in a record time. I highly recomment her!

, March 2018


Angus McKinnon

Jessica is everything an Editor should be; professional, perceptive, highly competent, and keenly attuned to both genre fiction, and literary fiction. Besides which, she's a delight to work with! Thank you so much! Iskra & Angus

, August 2017


Jennifer Alsever

Highly recommend Jessica. Detail-oriented, thorough and careful, she is a word master! Not only did she find misspellings and grammatical errors, she paid attention to details and facts and I am oh so grateful.

, February 2017

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