Jill French

Jill French – Editor

Over 17 years of editorial experience, I copyedit and proofread for authors of fiction, memoir and creative non-fiction.


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 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 nonfiction including memoirs. Preserving your author's voice while 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 Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
● Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
Biographies & Memoirs
Contemporary Fiction Magical Realism Mystery & Crime Romance Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • SfEP Proofreading Progress
  • Publishing Training Centre: Proofreading
  • SfEP Copy-editing Headway
  • Developmental editing
  • Fiction editing

Work experience


May, 2006 — Present


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... 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... read more

Jill has 26 reviews





Joe P.

Joe P.

Oct, 2023

Jill was a pleasure to work with. This was my first attempt at completing a book and she was very patient and informative throughout the process.
Jill F.
Thank you, Joe, it was a pleasure to work with you on your book.


Aug, 2023

I was impressed with Jill's professionalism and communication. She completed the copy edit early and the work was perfect. Jill gave me options for changes and if she had questions she emailed me to clear up the confusion. I would hire Jill for my next project and would give her a 5 star reference.
Jill F.
Thank you DJ. I enjoyed copyediting 'Back Focus' and would be happy to collaborate again in the future.
J Terry J.

J Terry J.

Apr, 2023

Jill's professional skills as a copyeditor are excellent. I am approaching the publication of my latest murder mystery novel with renewed confidence that the edited manuscript is as good as it can be. Clear communications. Prompt turnaround service. Great value.
Jill F.
Thank you, J Terry, it was a pleasure to copyedit 'Sudden Death at Bogey Bay', I look forward to seeing it in print.
Shatoiya D.

Shatoiya D.

Mar, 2023

I am so happy I chose Jill as my proofreader/ copy editor. She caught my many grammatical and punctuation mistakes. She copy edited thoughtfully, making changes and additions without altering my voice and style. She did everything in a timely manner. She has helped me with questions regarding the process and has been clear in all her communications with me. I highly recommend her.
Jill F.
Thank you Shatoiya, so pleased you found our collaboration so helpful and clear.
Michael F.

Michael F.

Feb, 2023

Jill produced the agreed result on time and on budget. She went beyond the strict limits of the brief to make some suggestions that would improve the layout of the text and made no secret of the fact that she had enjoyed reading the book. What more could I possibly ask of a proofreader? I have every expectation that I shall be working with Jill again.
Jill F.
Thank you Michael, I look forward to seeing this title published, it was a pleasure to work with you.

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