Jonathan Pountney

Jonathan Pountney - Editor

Manchester, UK

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

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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 nearly a decade and have helped authors and publishers reach a combined total of over 250,000 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.

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


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

Work experience


Reformation Lightning
April, 2020 – Present (11 months)

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

March, 2020 – Present (12 months)

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

Publishing Manager

April, 2019 – March, 2020 (11 months)

Publishing Assistant

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

January, 2011 – November, 2018 (almost 8 years)

Portfolio (34 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

Jonathan has 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

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

john cox
Jonathan is diligent and easy to communicate with. He is thoughtful and thorough in his feedback and I have no hesitation in recommending him.

john cox, February 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Thank you for your kind review, John. It was a pleasure to work with you again.

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Philip Crouse
Jonathan from the outset of our collaboration was helpful, timely, and professional. After reading over the selection I provided, he was honest about what he believed I needed, and he was spot on. Jonathan frequently communicated with me and even set up times for us to talk about the project. His feedback will help me get my manuscript where I need it to be. His fee was more than reasonable and...
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Philip Crouse, January 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Thank you so much for your kind words, Philip. It was great working with you!

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Anthony Jones
Jonathan was extremely knowledgable and professional. He was kind, and his comments were very encouraging and constructive, helping me know how to move forward with my manuscript. I felt as if he showed a great deal of care for my manuscript, and his comments reflect that. I love the editorial letter he wrote as an overview, it was truthful and encouraging, giving me an idea of the condition an...
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Anthony Jones, January 2021

Jonathan Pountney
Thank you, Anthony. You are a talented writer. It was a real pleasure to work with you. Wishing you all the best with your future writing.

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john cox
Jonathan was very thorough and helpful in the feedback he provided for my Editorial Assessment, He is friendly, encouraging, and very respectful. He certainly encouraged me to believe that my project has merit and is worth pursuing. He is quick to respond and generous with his communication. I would highly recommend him - no reservations,

john cox, December 2020

Jonathan Pountney
Thank you for your kind words, John. It was great working with you. Wishing you all the best as you take your manuscript forward to the next stage.

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