Jill French

Jill French - Editor

Experienced and meticulous I am keen to advise on, copyedit or proofread for authors of fiction and creative non-fiction.

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As an author you have put in the time and effort to produce your story and your manuscript. After reworkings and rewriting you need a trained pair of eyes to search out any issues which have become harder for you to spot and which may trip up the next reader. Try my friendly good value editorial services.

If you are looking for a developmental edit, line edit, copyedit or proofread I am keen to help move your manuscript forward.
Specialising in fiction particularly adventure, crime and mystery, thriller, magical realism, LGBTQ, women's fiction and creative non-fiction including memoirs. I work to preserve the author's voice whilst catching inconsistencies and errors so that the next reader's experience is as good as it can be.

Do get in touch to discuss your manuscript.

My professional affiliations include:
● Advanced Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
● Partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Magical Realism
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Publishing Training Centre: Proofreading
  • SfEP Copy-editing Headway
  • Developmental editing
  • Fiction editing

Awards

  • SfEP Proofreading Progress

Work experience

Copyeditor and proofreader

Self-employed
May, 2006 – Present (almost 14 years)

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Blind Witness (The Charters' Mysteries)

Vicki Goldie

In 1922 a blind WWI veteran and former intelligence officer attends a weekend with his aristocratic wife and her family at a country house in the New Forest, Hampshire. Fourteen people sit down to dinner on the Friday night; by the end of the weekend there are two murders, an attempted murder and a suicide. This is book one in a series of humorous murder mysteries and introduces young sleuths ... read more

In 1922 a blind WWI veteran and former intelligence officer attends a weekend with his aristocratic wife and her family at a country house in the New Forest, Hampshire. Fourteen people sit down to dinner on the Friday night; by the end of the weekend there are two murders, an attempted murder and a suicide. This is book one in a series of humorous murder mysteries and introduces young sleuths ... read more

Artolan Slime and The Mystery of The Blue Lady

Lee Verity

Artolan Slime is an ordinary eleven-year-old boy growing up in the sleepy village of Dawnberry - a place still traumatised by a mining tragedy nearly forty years ago.Bullied by Lysander Nettle's gang and seemingly invisible to his odious Geography teacher, Mrs Potovens, Artolan is sceptical of the rumours circulating Dawnberry Academy of the Blue Lady - the ghost of a former teacher believed t... read more

Artolan Slime is an ordinary eleven-year-old boy growing up in the sleepy village of Dawnberry - a place still traumatised by a mining tragedy nearly forty years ago.Bullied by Lysander Nettle's gang and seemingly invisible to his odious Geography teacher, Mrs Potovens, Artolan is sceptical of the rumours circulating Dawnberry Academy of the Blue Lady - the ghost of a former teacher believed t... read more

Daisy

Veronica Ewen

Daisy was an only child, born – she had been told – on the coldest day of the year, with her mother sitting up in bed wearing a fur coat to keep warm, it was snowing heavily outside, making any travel almost impossible. Daisy’s earliest memories were of the small farm cottage on the edge of the New Forest where she lived, two up and two down, with a rather long old shed, at the bottom of the f... read more

Daisy was an only child, born – she had been told – on the coldest day of the year, with her mother sitting up in bed wearing a fur coat to keep warm, it was snowing heavily outside, making any travel almost impossible. Daisy’s earliest memories were of the small farm cottage on the edge of the New Forest where she lived, two up and two down, with a rather long old shed, at the bottom of the f... read more

The Mirror of Muraro (Nea Fox Book 5)

Amelia Ellis

When the magic mirror of a long forgotten magician is broken in the attic of a London theatre, no one realises what dire consequences the seemingly harmless mishap will have. Soon, inexplicable incidents disturb the theatre's daily operations, and before long, rumours start to spread that the restless soul of a drowned woman had been trapped in the glass of the cursed mirror. While the capital... read more

When the magic mirror of a long forgotten magician is broken in the attic of a London theatre, no one realises what dire consequences the seemingly harmless mishap will have. Soon, inexplicable incidents disturb the theatre's daily operations, and before long, rumours start to spread that the restless soul of a drowned woman had been trapped in the glass of the cursed mirror. While the capital... read more

Candle-lit Quest

John Chudley

Disturbing visions since childhood of a red headed woman holding up a brass candlestick bearing a flaring candle motivated Jamie Sinclair in 1959 to journey to England from New Zealand on a quest to discover the origins of these early visions.On the passage by sea to Southampton, subsequent employment in Kent culminating in an epic visit to Scotland's Western Isles, with the inevitable relatio... read more

Disturbing visions since childhood of a red headed woman holding up a brass candlestick bearing a flaring candle motivated Jamie Sinclair in 1959 to journey to England from New Zealand on a quest to discover the origins of these early visions.On the passage by sea to Southampton, subsequent employment in Kent culminating in an epic visit to Scotland's Western Isles, with the inevitable relatio... read more

Five Years on Pelion, Ten Years at Troy

Will Roberts

Minor Greek heroes, Epistrophus and Schedius, are left behind by their father when he goes with Jason and the Argonauts who are setting sail in search of the Golden Fleece. The two young heroes are left in a beautiful part of Greece called Pelion. They are under the guidance of Cheiron, who teaches them about many of the legendary Greek heroes. He tells stories of their bravery, their triumphs... read more

Minor Greek heroes, Epistrophus and Schedius, are left behind by their father when he goes with Jason and the Argonauts who are setting sail in search of the Golden Fleece. The two young heroes are left in a beautiful part of Greece called Pelion. They are under the guidance of Cheiron, who teaches them about many of the legendary Greek heroes. He tells stories of their bravery, their triumphs... read more

The Language of Touch: Philosophical Examinations in Linguistics and Haptic Studies

Mirt Komel

Offering an in-depth analysis of the relationship between touch and language through the history of philosophy, this book revitalizes the field of haptic studies, providing new insights into the philosophy of language and ontological nature of touch. The Language of Touch draws together an international team of linguists, anthropologists, and philosophers to demonstrate from a variety of disci... read more

Offering an in-depth analysis of the relationship between touch and language through the history of philosophy, this book revitalizes the field of haptic studies, providing new insights into the philosophy of language and ontological nature of touch. The Language of Touch draws together an international team of linguists, anthropologists, and philosophers to demonstrate from a variety of disci... read more

A Great Deal of Ruin: Financial Crises since 1929

James Gerber

A Great Deal of Ruin provides an accessible introduction to the enduring problem of financial crises. Illustrated with historical analysis, case studies, and clear economic concepts, this book explains in three parts what financial crises are, how they are caused and what we can learn from them. It begins with a taxonomy of crises and a list of factors that increase the risk for countries expe... read more

A Great Deal of Ruin provides an accessible introduction to the enduring problem of financial crises. Illustrated with historical analysis, case studies, and clear economic concepts, this book explains in three parts what financial crises are, how they are caused and what we can learn from them. It begins with a taxonomy of crises and a list of factors that increase the risk for countries expe... read more

Euripides: Children of Heracles (Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy)

Florence Yoon

This book is an accessible guide through the many twists and turns of Euripides' Children of Heracles, providing several frameworks through which to understand and appreciate the play. Children of Heracles follows the fortunes of Heracles' family after his death. Euripides confronts characters and audience alike with an extraordinary series of plot twists and ethical challenges as the persecut... read more

This book is an accessible guide through the many twists and turns of Euripides' Children of Heracles, providing several frameworks through which to understand and appreciate the play. Children of Heracles follows the fortunes of Heracles' family after his death. Euripides confronts characters and audience alike with an extraordinary series of plot twists and ethical challenges as the persecut... read more

A History of the Netherlands: From the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day

Friso Wielenga

This is the most comprehensive history of the Netherlands available in the English language. It surveys Dutch history from the 16th century, when the nation took shape as a geographical, administrative and political entity, right through to the Netherlands of today.Examining domestic politics and wider international contexts, as well as economic and cultural history, Friso Wielenga provides a ... read more

This is the most comprehensive history of the Netherlands available in the English language. It surveys Dutch history from the 16th century, when the nation took shape as a geographical, administrative and political entity, right through to the Netherlands of today.Examining domestic politics and wider international contexts, as well as economic and cultural history, Friso Wielenga provides a ... read more

Foster Care and Me

Judith A.M. Denton

Please let me introduce you to Judith AM Denton. Placed in Foster Care at the age of 9, growing up through the system, Judith experienced exclusions from School and College, a run in with the Law, and then as a Care Leaver, she experienced a period of poor Mental Health.But thankfully her story doesn’t end there….In this real-life narrative, Judith openly details the challenges faced and overc... read more

Please let me introduce you to Judith AM Denton. Placed in Foster Care at the age of 9, growing up through the system, Judith experienced exclusions from School and College, a run in with the Law, and then as a Care Leaver, she experienced a period of poor Mental Health.But thankfully her story doesn’t end there….In this real-life narrative, Judith openly details the challenges faced and overc... read more

Scotland's Other Royal Family

Linda Lennen

They had not always been on the right side of the law and they had their own code of conduct. Gallant deeds of love and acts of bravery as well as bloody battles, banquets, pillage, murders and hangings are all woven into this rich history of the Borders.Scotland’s Other Royal Family is an important chronicling of the Gypsy Royals history. It reveals, both affectionately and sympathetically, t... read more

They had not always been on the right side of the law and they had their own code of conduct. Gallant deeds of love and acts of bravery as well as bloody battles, banquets, pillage, murders and hangings are all woven into this rich history of the Borders.Scotland’s Other Royal Family is an important chronicling of the Gypsy Royals history. It reveals, both affectionately and sympathetically, t... read more

Sober in Seven: Transform Your Drinking with this Radical New Guide

Andy Smith

Do you have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol? Enjoy one glass too many? Or one bottle? You are not alone. Millions of people are in a desperate fight with alcohol right now. Andy Smith was one of them. Alcohol was ruining his relationships, his health and his sanity.Other options (AA, willpower, counselling, hypnotherapy) hadn't worked for him and he was desperate. Crippled with gout and... read more

Do you have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol? Enjoy one glass too many? Or one bottle? You are not alone. Millions of people are in a desperate fight with alcohol right now. Andy Smith was one of them. Alcohol was ruining his relationships, his health and his sanity.Other options (AA, willpower, counselling, hypnotherapy) hadn't worked for him and he was desperate. Crippled with gout and... read more

Jill has 2 reviews

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Mark DeNome
My manuscript was long and challenging. Jill did an exceptional job and provided clear edits five days early.

Mark DeNome, October 2019


Jack Hummey
Jill did a great job on the first book I gave to her for copy editing. She did not only correct my English mistakes and typos, she also made suggestions about certain choice of words. She is very reactive and very precise in her communications, which is also very helpful. The best way to show that I'm satisfied is to mention that I will trust her with my next books.

Jack Hummey, September 2019

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