Jonathan Campion

Jonathan Campion - Editor

Norwich, UK

An experienced and friendly editor. I specialise in future fiction, mindfulness books, and perfecting texts by non-native English speakers.

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Overview

I am a book editor, proofreader and writer based in Norwich, England. I specialise in perfecting texts written by non-native English speakers. I also often proofread writing by new authors, looking either to self-publish, or to pitch a book to publishers for the first time. I most often work with near-future fiction novels and books on positive psychology ('self-help').

I have been a professional copy editor and proofreader since 2007. After completing my degree I became the editor and translator at international companies. For these eight years I worked with colleagues from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, whose mother tongues were Ukrainian, German, French, Russian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, as well as Kazakh, Uzbek and many others. I enjoy bringing the best out of writing by people who speak other languages as well as English.

I switched to working as a freelancer in 2018, and now concentrate on editing and proofreading books and more creative texts. Since 2021 I have edited several books on positive psychology and mindfulness, some near-future fiction novels, a novel about human nature and spirituality, and a collection of short stories (folk tales). This includes writing by authors from Great Britain, the United States, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Belgium, Sweden and Russia.

I am a writer myself. My writing about travel, culture, food & drink and sport has been published in five books, and I have been a features writer for a variety of magazines. Having had my own writing changed by editors for the last 12 years – and having not always taken their feedback gracefully! – I make sure to always make changes respectfully and reasonably.

I am proud that since becoming a freelancer, several of my former colleagues have got back in touch with me to ask me to edit or proofread their writing.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Contemporary Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
History
Travel

Awards

  • Certificate of appreciation from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom, for my work with Kazakhstan

Work experience

Proofreader and Russian Translator

Adam Smith Conferences (Informa Plc)
January, 2011 – October, 2015 (over 4 years)

Editor, Proofreader and Russian Translator

Freelance
January, 2010 – Present (almost 13 years)

Full-time freelance editor since 2018.

Proofreader and Russian Translator

Beiten Burkhardt Law Firm
August, 2009 – August, 2010 (about 1 year)

Proofreader and Russian Translator

Volkov and Partners Law Firm
September, 2007 – August, 2009 (almost 2 years)

Orchestra

Gonik, Vladimir

I Think We Should Just Live

Khlebnikova, Ekaterina, Campion, Johnatan

The Code of Civilization

Nikonov, Vyacheslav, Davies, Huw

Slavdom: A Selection of his Writings, in Prose and Verse

Štúr, Ľudovit, S. Kraszewski, Charles

Jonathan has 13 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Jennifer Fox
Jonathan understood what I was trying to achieve with my book which addressed some complex issues. When I get into the flow of creativity I tend to let that burn through without being a stickler for punctuation and tenses. Particularly when switching back and forth between standard English and Jamaican dialect where the sentence structure is different. Jonathan's editing improved what I had wr...
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Jennifer Fox, August 2022


Allen McNair
I am greatly satisfied with my collaboration with Jonathan Campion. He was timely in his editing contributions and informative with his suggestions to improve people's reading experience.

Allen McNair, July 2022


Anton Paramonov
Thanks, Jonathan for your work on the Skies novel! it was a pleasure working with you

Anton Paramonov, June 2022


Erich Shelton
Jonathan Campion was very competent and a master of the small details. His work exceeded my expectations at a very reasonable fee. He was clear in his communication and this carried throughout my book. I would definitely recommend him as an editor for anyone and am very appreciative of his work. He was excellent to work with and turned my manuscript around in a very short time.

Erich Shelton, May 2022


Will Hall
Clear and constructive.

Will Hall, February 2022

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