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Jim Dempsey

Jim Dempsey - Editor

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Experienced, professional novel editor who can provide clarity to your creativity and help nurture your imaginative life.

Overview

With more than 10 years’ experience as an editor, I specialize in full, developmental editing of novel manuscripts, and provide copy-editing and proofreading services to fiction and non-fiction authors. I am a professional member of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders (sfep.org.uk) and have a master’s degree in creative writing.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Literature Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Travel

Certifications

  • MA in creative writing
  • Post-graduate diploma in radio journalism
  • BSc biology
  • CELTA: Certificate of English Language Training to Adults

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
July, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

Book editor providing proofreading, copy-editing and substantive editing services to novelists.

Editor

Contactivity, Leiden, The Netherlands
June, 2007 – June, 2012 (about 5 years)

Editor with an independent publishing company.

Editor

Freelance
February, 2003 – May, 2007 (about 4 years)

Freelance editor and journalist, working out of Angola and The Netherlands.

Producer

Radio Netherlands, Hilversum
April, 2000 – February, 2003 (almost 3 years)

Produced original stories and adapted radio items for the web.

Journalist

Freelance
July, 1999 – April, 2000 (9 months)

Wrote and edited articles and papers, mostly covering international development issues.

Producer

Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, Namibia
September, 1997 – July, 1999 (almost 2 years)

Wrote, edited and produced a daily radio soap opera to provide information on sustainable water resources.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Sin

Teuta Metra

Walking Man: The Secret Life of Colin Fletcher

Robert Wehrman

Walking Man is the only biography of Colin Fletcher, the man who walked through time. He was an icon....

Walking Man is the only biography of Colin Fletcher, the man who walked through time. He was an icon....

Sink or Swing: Working Out When Life Isn't Working Out (Home Gym Strong Book 2)

Chad V. Holtkamp

Sink or Swing, a detailed account of balancing life, personal challenges, diets and staying in shape!Sink or Swing: Working Out When Life Isn't Working Out, from author Chad V. Holtkamp follows up his bestselling debut release Work Out, Pig Out. Sink or Swing is a month-by-month retelling of his fitness and dieting regimens and how they fit in with the everyday life of a busy professional.As c... read more

Sink or Swing, a detailed account of balancing life, personal challenges, diets and staying in shape!Sink or Swing: Working Out When Life Isn't Working Out, from author Chad V. Holtkamp follows up his bestselling debut release Work Out, Pig Out. Sink or Swing is a month-by-month retelling of his fitness and dieting regimens and how they fit in with the everyday life of a busy professional.As c... read more

Hourglass

Eric Hennig

Everyone assumed Jasmine was a typical, confused teenager craving to belong in the world, she did no....

Everyone assumed Jasmine was a typical, confused teenager craving to belong in the world, she did no....

Calvin's Head

David Swatling

Life in Amsterdam isn’t all windmills and tulips when you’re homeless. Jason Dekker lives in a jeep with his dog, Calvin, on the outskirts of the city. A thesis on Van Gogh brought him to the Netherlands, and the love of Dutch artist Willy Hart convinced him to stay. But Willy is gone and Dekker is on the brink of a total meltdown. On a summer morning in the park, Calvin sniffs out the victim ... read more

Life in Amsterdam isn’t all windmills and tulips when you’re homeless. Jason Dekker lives in a jeep with his dog, Calvin, on the outskirts of the city. A thesis on Van Gogh brought him to the Netherlands, and the love of Dutch artist Willy Hart convinced him to stay. But Willy is gone and Dekker is on the brink of a total meltdown. On a summer morning in the park, Calvin sniffs out the victim ... read more

The Raping of Ava DeSantis: A Horror Novel

Mylo Carbia

THE #1 BESTSELLER EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT! Set in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, The Raping of Ava DeSantis tells the story of a working class college student who is brutally attacked by three wealthy fraternity brothers, then confronted with the decision of a lifetime: accept money to stay quiet or seek justice with the police. What she does in response 15 years later is the basis of this captiv... read more

THE #1 BESTSELLER EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT! Set in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, The Raping of Ava DeSantis tells the story of a working class college student who is brutally attacked by three wealthy fraternity brothers, then confronted with the decision of a lifetime: accept money to stay quiet or seek justice with the police. What she does in response 15 years later is the basis of this captiv... read more

The Flight of the Pickerings: A love story that surprises

John Heide

Guy Pickering is a good man and good husband to his wife Dorothy who grows wackier every day with dementia. Guy sees the end coming and wants to be in control, but Life has other plans. His most private moments spiral out of control as a nosy neighbor intrudes, a rebellious teenage grandson shows up and finally a fame-hungry reporter spotlights them in front of a world-wide audience. Filled wi... read more

Guy Pickering is a good man and good husband to his wife Dorothy who grows wackier every day with dementia. Guy sees the end coming and wants to be in control, but Life has other plans. His most private moments spiral out of control as a nosy neighbor intrudes, a rebellious teenage grandson shows up and finally a fame-hungry reporter spotlights them in front of a world-wide audience. Filled wi... read more

Mays Landing

J.C. Mercer

Parkhill Mays is a third-year medical school dropout from a prestigious university who wakes up from a failed suicide attempt in Bellevue Hospital in New York City. There he meets T-Bone, a self-described "human lab rat" who takes the vulnerable Mays under his wing. Living beneath the streets of the city they make ends meet selling sperm and other body parts and as paid participants for produc... read more

Parkhill Mays is a third-year medical school dropout from a prestigious university who wakes up from a failed suicide attempt in Bellevue Hospital in New York City. There he meets T-Bone, a self-described "human lab rat" who takes the vulnerable Mays under his wing. Living beneath the streets of the city they make ends meet selling sperm and other body parts and as paid participants for produc... read more

Desert Guardian

A.W. Baldwin

Ethan’s world turns upside-down when he slips off the edge of red-rock cliffs into a dangerous world of twisting canyons, ruthless looters, and midnight murders. Saved by a mysterious, moonshining hermit, Ethan must join a whitewater rafting group and make his way back to civilization. But someone in the canyons is killing to protect their illegal dig for ancient treasures. Ethan must learn wh... read more

Ethan’s world turns upside-down when he slips off the edge of red-rock cliffs into a dangerous world of twisting canyons, ruthless looters, and midnight murders. Saved by a mysterious, moonshining hermit, Ethan must join a whitewater rafting group and make his way back to civilization. But someone in the canyons is killing to protect their illegal dig for ancient treasures. Ethan must learn wh... read more

Apocalypse The Memoir

Chantelle Oliver

True story of 90 pound loser racing across America through towards Las Vegas to find her father. The most brutally true memoir you have ever read.

True story of 90 pound loser racing across America through towards Las Vegas to find her father. The most brutally true memoir you have ever read.

Building Positive Organisations: A pragmatic guide to help people and organisations flourish

Rens ter Weijde

This book is a pragmatic guide to building more meaningful, positive organisations. It bridges the gap between the latest research on well-being and today’s organisational practices, highlighting where organisations can learn from the latest insights on human well-being. Translating the findings from top experts in the field into easy-to-understand language, this practical manual will help man... read more

This book is a pragmatic guide to building more meaningful, positive organisations. It bridges the gap between the latest research on well-being and today’s organisational practices, highlighting where organisations can learn from the latest insights on human well-being. Translating the findings from top experts in the field into easy-to-understand language, this practical manual will help man... read more

Mindful Leadership: Effective tools to help you focus and succeed

Wibo Koole

Feel like the world is passing you by as you rush through another workday? Like you never have enough energy to manage the team you're supposed to be leading? Like you can't even accomplish yourself what you set out to achieve?What you need is focus. Focus is at the core of effective leadership, but cultivating it has become daunting in our age of globalization, fast technological change, and ... read more

Feel like the world is passing you by as you rush through another workday? Like you never have enough energy to manage the team you're supposed to be leading? Like you can't even accomplish yourself what you set out to achieve?What you need is focus. Focus is at the core of effective leadership, but cultivating it has become daunting in our age of globalization, fast technological change, and ... read more

Managing Professionals? Don't!: How to step back to go forward

Mathieu Weggeman, Cees Hoedemakers

The powerhouses of companies today are increasingly made up of professionals, knowledge workers. The number of companies that would describe themselves as knowledge-intensive is increasing - think of R&D labs, hi-tech, IT, media, business support, health and educational organizations. Managers tend to think that these new organizations and their staff can be managed like before. But to doing s... read more

The powerhouses of companies today are increasingly made up of professionals, knowledge workers. The number of companies that would describe themselves as knowledge-intensive is increasing - think of R&D labs, hi-tech, IT, media, business support, health and educational organizations. Managers tend to think that these new organizations and their staff can be managed like before. But to doing s... read more

Social Enterprise Unraveled: Best Practice from the Netherlands

Willemijn Verloop, Mark Hillen

Social enterprise is an up and coming phenomenon around the world. Businesses with the primary aim of bettering the world. Social enterprises are claiming a distinct place amongst commercial enterprises, charities, and public sector organizations. This book paints an inspiring picture of the social enterprise, what it is and what it is not. How it works and what the challenges are. With a wide... read more

Social enterprise is an up and coming phenomenon around the world. Businesses with the primary aim of bettering the world. Social enterprises are claiming a distinct place amongst commercial enterprises, charities, and public sector organizations. This book paints an inspiring picture of the social enterprise, what it is and what it is not. How it works and what the challenges are. With a wide... read more

The Business Composition: How to compose, conduct and perform business that moves customers - and delivers results

Floris E. Hurts

Music as a source of inspiration for organizations that want to improve the experiences of their customers. That is what The Business Composition taps into. For musicians customer experience is crucial: if they do not succeed to move their audiences with every performance, their reputation and future are at stake directly. How they take on that challenge offers a potential to learn for all org... read more

Music as a source of inspiration for organizations that want to improve the experiences of their customers. That is what The Business Composition taps into. For musicians customer experience is crucial: if they do not succeed to move their audiences with every performance, their reputation and future are at stake directly. How they take on that challenge offers a potential to learn for all org... read more

Walking the Perspectivity Path: The power of dialogue

Hans Keijzer

"Walking the Perspectivity Path" is a book that appeals to the heart and the mind. In its pages, Hans Keijzer tells a highly personal story about his quest for an attitude that is focused on the service of society as a whole. He reveals himself as a passionate thinker who appeals to our own ability to create connectedness, even in situations where this might be difficult and will require coura... read more

"Walking the Perspectivity Path" is a book that appeals to the heart and the mind. In its pages, Hans Keijzer tells a highly personal story about his quest for an attitude that is focused on the service of society as a whole. He reveals himself as a passionate thinker who appeals to our own ability to create connectedness, even in situations where this might be difficult and will require coura... read more

Change Management Adventures: 28 stories to develop your expertise

Jaap Boonstra

Many of us are involved in organisational change processes. In this book we look at organisational change as an adventure. It contains twenty-eight stories about the practice of organisational change with reflections on the change process and the role of the change agent. The successful implementation of organisational change requires people who are ready to take the initiative and guide the c... read more

Many of us are involved in organisational change processes. In this book we look at organisational change as an adventure. It contains twenty-eight stories about the practice of organisational change with reflections on the change process and the role of the change agent. The successful implementation of organisational change requires people who are ready to take the initiative and guide the c... read more

Work Out, Pig Out: A Year of Losing Fat, Gaining Muscle, and Eating Lots of Ice Cream (Home Gym Strong) (Volume 1)

Chad V. Holtkamp

Do you love to eat as much as you love to stay fit? Ever had the urge to try a new diet or workout plan like paleo, keto, intermittent fasting, CrossFit, or kettlebells? Wonder what happens when you do?Work Out, Pig Out, the first book in the Home Gym Strong series from author Chad V. Holtkamp, is a monthly chronicle of exploring the ups and downs of balancing diet and exercise, all while lead... read more

Do you love to eat as much as you love to stay fit? Ever had the urge to try a new diet or workout plan like paleo, keto, intermittent fasting, CrossFit, or kettlebells? Wonder what happens when you do?Work Out, Pig Out, the first book in the Home Gym Strong series from author Chad V. Holtkamp, is a monthly chronicle of exploring the ups and downs of balancing diet and exercise, all while lead... read more

Breaking Borders: Travels in Pursuit of an Impossible Record

James Asquith

There are 196 officially recognized countries in the world. In 2013, James Asquith became the youngest person in history to travel to every country in the world, and now holds the official world record. Join James on his adventure across every ocean and inhabited continent over the five years he spent to reach his goal before the age of 25. Journey across the globe through all his highs and lo... read more

There are 196 officially recognized countries in the world. In 2013, James Asquith became the youngest person in history to travel to every country in the world, and now holds the official world record. Join James on his adventure across every ocean and inhabited continent over the five years he spent to reach his goal before the age of 25. Journey across the globe through all his highs and lo... read more

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