Jonathan Pountney

Jonathan Pountney - Editor

Manchester, UK

Editor and Publisher with PhD. I specialize in Christian fiction and Christian non-fiction writing.

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Overview

I am an experienced editorial and publishing consultant who specializes in editing and promoting fiction and non-fiction Faith books. I have worked in the industry for over a decade and have helped authors and publishers reach hundreds of thousands of readers across international markets. I am also a published writer and have written for mainstream media publications like the Financial Times and published an academic monograph with a major university press.

Being an author and having worked in the industry, I know what it takes to finish a manuscript. I regularly take part in acquisition meetings, so know what publishers look for. I have excellent book marketing experience and am in regular contact with key industry contacts. Before working in publishing I worked as a Lecturer in English Literature.

My focus is typically in the Faith sector, but I am open to working in other sectors like: Academic Humanities, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Story and Poetry.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Magical Realism
Poetry
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • PhD, English Literature
  • MA, Creative Writing
  • BA, English & Creative Writing

Work experience

Publisher

Reformation Lightning
April, 2020 – Present (almost 2 years)

We are a micro publisher specialising in creative Christian writing for young readers. Born from a desire to become a beacon of quality in the Middle Grade and Young Adult faith sector, we value and publish writing that is artistically robust and Christ-glorifying in its concept and content.

Editorial Director

Self-employed
March, 2020 – Present (almost 2 years)

Our consultancy works with multiple publishers in the UK and US to help create innovative and influential books.

Publishing Manager

10ofThose
April, 2019 – March, 2020 (11 months)

Publishing Assistant

10ofThose
December, 2018 – March, 2019 (3 months)

Associate Lecturer in English

Lancaster University
August, 2018 – December, 2018 (4 months)

Adjunct Lecturer in English

University of Manchester
September, 2015 – December, 2018 (about 3 years)

Editorial Assistant

Comma Press
September, 2012 – December, 2012 (3 months)

Assistant to Senior Market Analyst

Financial Times
August, 2011 – August, 2011 (less than a minute)

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2011 – November, 2018 (almost 8 years)

Portfolio (40 selected works)

Fresh Pathways in Prayer

Julian Hardyman, Julian Hardyman, 10Publishing, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Revolutionary Work: What's the Point of the 9 to 5?

William Taylor, Neil Gardner, 10Publishing, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Revolutionary Sex: How the Good News of Jesus Changes Everything

William Taylor, Neil Gardner, 10Publishing, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Broken Works Best: When God Turns Your Pain into Gain

Catherine Campbell, Catherine Campbell, 10Publishing, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

A Chance to Die

Elizabeth Elliot

The Weirdest Nativity

Andrew Sach, Jonathan Gemmell

Brahmin Reborn

Bhaskar Sreerangam, Esther Sandys

The Radiant Dawn

Tom Parsons

The Red Book

Newham, Gillian

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Rich Castro

Jonathan has 10 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

David Harakal
Jonathan was not only professional but it was a pleasure to get to work with him. His suggestions were excellent and offered in an encouraging way. He was patient with me in making suggested updates.

David Harakal, November 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Thank you for your kind words, David. It was a joy to work with you. Wishing you all the best with the book!

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Greta Bennett
I found Jonathan to be extremely personable and flexible. He worked with my schedule and provided me the time I needed to submit redrafts. This was my first time with a professional editor, and Jonathan has set the bar very high!

Greta Bennett, October 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Thank you, Gina. You were, likewise, a pleasure to work with. All the best with your future writing!

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Jim Durand
I really like what Jonathan did, especially his report and the inserted (using Word change tracking) comments on how something could be better. The punctuation fixes (97% of which were my putting a comma outside of a quote) got a little tedious for me to accept, but I'm sure it was tedious for him as well. A universal-replace (CTRL H) could have accomplished the same thing, but I never though...
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Jim Durand, May 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Hi Jim, Thanks for your honest review. Appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience. It was a pleasure to work with you. As I mentioned in my editorial report, I thought that your...
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Saul Flores
Jonathan is very kind and courteous in his critique of your work. He is knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I am very appreciative of his contribution to my manuscript.

Saul Flores, March 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Thanks, Saul. It was great working with you, too!

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Rip Brown
With Jonathan's experience as an agent, working at publishing houses and as an editor, what better qualified professional could you hire to review your work at any stage in the process of writing? Jonathan not only gave me an honest encouraging assessment but also took the time to point out what agents and publishers will look for as to improvements in my story to ensure it receive the attentio...
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Rip Brown, February 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Thanks for your generous review, Rip. It was a real joy and privilege to work with you. You have written a terrific manuscript. Wishing you all the best with it!

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