Jill French

Jill French - Editor

Over 15 years of editorial experience I critique, copyedit and proofread for authors of fiction and creative non-fiction.

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Overview

As an author you have put in the time and effort to produce your story and your manuscript. Get a boost with help from 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, supportive, good value editorial services.

If you are looking for a developmental edit, manuscript assessment, line edit, copyedit or proofread I am keen to help move your manuscript forward.
Specialising in fiction particularly adventure, crime and mystery, suspense, thriller, magical realism 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:
● Ambassador for and Advanced Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
● 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 (about 14 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Falling Plaster: A Novel

Jenski, Laura J

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

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

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 Kiss of Two Worlds

Geddes-Ward, Alicen

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

Foster Care and Me

Denton, Judith A.M.

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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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