I’m Lesley Jones - welcome to my profile page. Publishing a book on your own (self-publishing as an independent author – indie publishing) can be a daunting task, but I’m here to help you through one of the most important stages: editing (I usually edit crime, fantasy, sci fi and horror, and romance).
Your novel may be the product of years of toil; of late nights at a glowing screen after your children have gone to bed; of lonely mornings with your notebook and pencil and only a slowly cooling cup of coffee for company; of manic getting up in the middle of the night to scribble down an idea that’s just landed in your subconscious – all and more of these. The result is the product of your imagination – delivered as bubbling creativity, or eased gradually from your inner psyche. Or indeed many other things, as referenced by the many authors who have written about their art over the centuries. You are now so close to your creation that only a fresh pair of eyes can help you get your book into the shape you want it to be, to iron out any glitches, and to add some magic. Let’s work together on this wonderful project of yours, so you are ready to share it with the world.
The first thing you should know is that I understand the amount of time and soul searching it has taken you to craft your manuscript, and that I’ll ensure any work I do with you on that manuscript will be with a view to producing a book that’s the best it can be: polishing your prose, but keeping it yours.
I have nearly ten years’ experience in freelance editing, and I’ve taken many courses in editing and proofreading. I keep up to date with continuing education and attend the Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ conference every year (which involves a lot of CPD). I’m an advanced professional member of the aforementioned SfEP. If you head over to my portfolio you’ll see I edit for Macmillan, Harper Collins, Black Library and some of the smaller presses, but most of my work – and the work I value above all else – is for indie authors who have chosen to take on the publishing process themselves. Many of my authors (apologies for sounding possessive) have published series of books which are doing very well; some choose only to write one book – and these also (rightly) do well.
I have been proofreading and copy-editing fiction for nine years, and I trained in both disciplines with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and Editorial Training. My main field of expertise is fiction (crime, fantasy, sci fi and horror, romance, and children's books, but I can turn my hand to most genres).
I work with large publishing houses (such as Pan Macmillan, Black Library, Chicken House, and Harper Collins), but about half the projects I work on are those of self-publishers who are happy to entrust their work to my eyes. I am fortunate in that I have always been sensitive to the correct use of grammar and spelling. Additionally I have an inquisitive personality, happily satisfied by the writings of others temporarily given into my keeping to read and correct as necessary. I can provide publishers’ and authors’ references.
WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its archit... read more
Will he succeed? Or will darkness thrive? This epic fantasy takes an ordinary young soldier called John on the journey of his life. One moment he is on the front line of World War Two fighting for his life and then next, after a sudden tragedy, he finds himself in an unknown and dangerous land inhabited by shape-shifting clans, some of which are hunting him. John, along with new found friends ... read more
'This is a must read for Devil Wears Prada and Shopaholic fans!' ADELE PARKS 'Captivating, glamorous and laugh-out-loud funny' GIOVANNA FLETCHER A fast-paced, fun-packed rummage through the ultimate dressing up box, THE STYLIST is perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Kinsella. When Amber Green, a shop assistant in an exclusive London boutique is plucked from obscurity and mistakenly off... read more
Abraham Brown, Patch Hancock and Indigo Templeton are three American servicemen, separated from their platoon, biding their time in southern France during the Second World War, when they are captured by a desperate group of Renegade Nazi soldiers. This is a meeting that will change the lives of all three men, their captors, and those of the many people they will encounter in the days, weeks an... read more
For more than a century, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream has been listed as a potential 'Jack the Ripper' suspect. Indeed, he was a sinister character, preying on the unfortunate souls who were forced to make a living as streetwalkers in Victorian London, and ultimately led those poor women to an untimely and torturous death. These crimes eventually branded him the 'Lambeth Poisoner'. However, during t... read more
On a police radio a panic button is pushed. Across the town of Langthorne every police officer feels their radio tremble against their chest, a warning beep through the earpiece. They stop what they are doing and turn an expectant ear, somewhere a colleague is in trouble. For a second or two nothing happens, then the terrified voice of one of their own. The voice reads a short message, a littl... read more
Part three of the Langthorne Series. A series of crime thrillers based on the coastal town of Folkestone, Kent and its surrounding areas.
This is the third instalment in the memoirs of the Georgian Englishman Thomas Flashman, which were recently discovered on a well-known auction website. Thomas is the uncle of the notorious Victorian rogue Harry Flashman, whose memoirs have already been published, edited by George MacDonald Fraser. Thomas shares many of the family traits, particularly the ability to find himself reluctantly at ... read more
When your life is based on lies, how do you hunt down the truth?Jerry Beche should be dead. Instead, he's rescued from a desolate Earth where he was the last man alive. He's then trained for the toughest conditions imaginable and placed with a crack team of specialists on an isolated island. Every one of them is a survivor, as each withstood the violent ending of their own alternate Earth. And... read more
Archaon, the Everchosen was once a man, a devout servant of the warrior-god Sigmar. What could cause such a soul to fall to the worship of the Dark Gods? What dark events could have put a knight of the Empire on the path to becoming the harbinger of the world's end?In the north of the world the forces of Chaos gather, awaiting their moment to strike. At their head is the Everchosen, the warrio... read more
The End Times are coming. As the forces of Chaos threaten to drown the world in madness, Manfred von Carstein and Arkan the Black put aside their difference and plot to resurrect the one being with the power to stand against the servants of the Ruinous Powers and restore order to the world - the Great Necromancer himself. As they set about gathering artefacts to use in their dark ritual, armie... read more
The book sits in the near future fiction genre. In a global ultra capitalistic society, corporations and other large organisations control all of humanity. A research team working at one of the corporations discovers a technology with the power to wipe out all organic life on earth. When faced with an impossible decision what would you do? -Pray that someone else will make that choice for you.... read more
"If Harry Potter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Rick and Morty all got together and had a baby." Paul Ridge, Editor"Original, wry, sometimes funny, and always action-packed, Billy Twigg and the Storm of Shadows is engrossing and sets the stage for further books which will be eagerly anticipated by all ages." D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book ... read more
The Prologue introduces us to a British cemetery in Chunar, where startling discoveries are made regarding the grave of a Sufi mystic and his hoary connections with the Moghuls of the seventeenth century.Many centuries ago, a young prince, born exactly a thousand years from the birth of Islam, becomes the 'Millennium’s Most Fortunate Child'. Prince Khurram, introduced to the perils and fatal i... read more
These are the wild days when Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call - heroes of Lonesome Dove - first encounter the untamed frontier that will form their characters. Not yet twenty, Gus and Call enlist as Texas Rangers under the command of Caleb Cobb, a capricious outlaw determined to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans. The two young men experience their first great adventure in the barren, empty landscape... read more
A TREMBLING EARTH The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. Blood turns against blood as the Dragon and Fox clans compete for the empty throne. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation - a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to force the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan a... read more
Warhammer archon Lord of chaos
Exiled into the depths of the Eye of Terror, former Emperor's Children Apothecary Fabius Bile is drawn back to the Imperium in search of a secret that could be the key to saving his misbegotten life. He is known by many names - Clonelord, Manflayer, Primogenitor. He is the epitome of deceit and perversion, and feared by man and monster alike., Once the Chief Apothecary of the Emperor's Childre... read more
Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives? When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in ... read more
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In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more . . .Gene's life resembles a debutante's dream., Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities - last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age., Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees... read more
OFFER PRICE (Normal price GB£3.49/USD$4.79)When his uncle's life is threatened by a vengeful ghost, Toby is sent to Tintagel, an extraordinary village with strong King Arthur connections. Once there, he discovers that his uncle is bound by many things magical, least of all a dangerously personal connection with the ghost.During Toby's desperate investigations and with the help of his new elven... read more
OFFER PRICE (Normal price GB£3.49/USD$4.79)Toby’s recent terrifying ordeal at the hands of the mer-prince has left him feeling isolated and alone. The arrival of a new witch at Tintagel brings him hope.Together the three new friends, Toby, Arty, and Fay, must find a dragon’s tear in exchange for the safety of Toby’s uncle and protection from a vengeful ghost called the General.But events consp... read more
OFFER PRICE (Normal price GB£3.49/USD$4.79)Toby, Arty, and Fay find that their lives are not getting any easier. Rather than reduce their list of enemies they increase it with two of the most powerful creatures known to the fairydian world.And yet, through their struggles, their bond appears to grow stronger. Friendship is forging an enviable alliance.Arty’s military skills grow stronger. And ... read more
OFFER PRICE (Normal price GB£3.49/USD$4.79)Toby, Arty, and Fay must find a way to persuade royalty help them reclaim the red dragon's powerful Firestone. But their plans go disastrously wrong when Fay is kidnapped. Arty and Toby must act fast before the Blood Curse destroys her - before she returns and destroys Arty and Toby, and Tintagel Village. Hope is found within the walls of their arch e... read more
Toby, Arty, and Fay must divide to find the answers that they need.King Arthur's legend is haunting them. The sword, Excalibur, taunts them. Their enemies are fewer but they grow stronger by the hour. And there are rumours that the symbol of King Arthur's defeat, the mighty white dragon lives, and the King's nemesis, the half-druid, Mordred, is alive.And Toby is struggling to control the dark ... read more
A chilling serial killer thrillerKate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham.DS James "Jim" Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given th... read more
The students return for their second term but face further scandals. Donovan hides a damning secret, while Tobi goes in search of the truth. Tali realises she is no longer welcome in her old life, and May schemes to bring down Donovan, for good, resulting in chaos for them all. As the Coats struggle to take control of their lives, the end of term brings devastating news for the Black’s and Red... read more
The final term sees the Coats return in a more reflective light. A cloud still hangs over the school, as the students come to terms with unsettling events. Tali receives surprising news, as May grows increasingly insecure. Tobi decides to go it alone, and a more reticent Donovan receives help from an unlikely aid.
A shift in the night. A red phone box by arched trees. An enchanted world deep beneath London. A family tragedy sets Asha on a peculiar vow of silence, until she meets the Dwellers, a community transported to our time from olde London. The Dwellers are in search of a missing part of their world, last spotted in 1821 when they were being hunted by the Bow Street Runners. Asha reunites with her ... read more
Set in 1851, A Curiosity of the Solar System follows the adventures of Captain Ivor Hooke, an affable but rather undistinguished officer in the British army who has been sent on a mission of diplomacy to one of the farthest flung corners of the British Empire. Ivor is soon hurled in to a world of rebellious intrigue that sees him plotting his escape from a city suspended above the clouds while... read more
After narrowly surviving the battle in the skies above Newearth, Major Ivor Hooke reluctantly returns to London for a court martial hearing with the Duke of Wellington. Intent on putting his adventures among the stars behind him, a chance encounter sees quite the opposite happening.From the filth-strewn slums of Victorian London to the great plains of colonial Mercury, Ivor will encounter new ... read more
A gripping & unmissable debut thrillerTwo women will never meet, but their lives are about to collide. Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent. Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away. As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre and the promi... read more
"Had me on the edge of my seat." Erin StetlerDo you love psychological thrillers full of suspense? Then discover best-selling author, Pat Young's, unmissable I Know Where You Live.Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives.Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe.At the airport, they meet charming Sophie, f... read more
Barrister Cassie Hardman is being stalked by an unknown male. She doesn’t know why but there is some connection to the defendant Paul Sadler, who faced trial for rape.Cassie struggles with the unwanted invasion into her life as she works on a murder trial – her most important case to date. Each communication forces her to relive her role in the Sadler trial.How does a woman like Cassie cope wi... read more
When a beautiful young widow catches the attention of a vicious Denver drug lord, her only hope is the tough owner of Resolution Security. The first in a new series of romantic suspense novels by Christy Shields. Alessia Lowell has no idea what kind of trouble she is getting into when she agrees to a simple dinner. Matt Heynes has no desire to get involved with anyone, let alone a widow with t... read more
Former US Navy Lieutenant Dani Heynes returns to Denver when she is kicked out of the Navy after fifteen years’ loyal service. Working for Resolution Security, her brother’s security firm, gives her a chance to build a new life.Raphael Fallon inhabits a world he never expected to, until his life fell apart six years before. Nothing and no one will stop him from amassing the fortune that will g... read more
Liv Palmer has been running from her past for over a decade. Working for Resolution Security in Denver has finally given her a chance at a peaceful life. As the ten year anniversary of her husband’s death approaches however, a series of threats force her to reveal details of her past that she has kept hidden for years.Ranger Nick ‘Al’ Daniels’ life fell apart when he returned home from his las... read more
Do you love crime thrillers full of suspense? Then you'll love Sharon Thompson's #1 best-selling debut.Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager, her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for... read more
What would you sacrifice for your children?Ballymor, Ireland, 1847As famine grips the country Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her two remaining children alive against all odds, Kitty must decide how far she will go to save her family.Present dayArriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy – and his beloved mother, the mys... read more
"one of the most enriching stories I have read this year." Sean Talbot - Reviewer"an enthralling and entertaining read that kept me turning those pages." Sarah Hardy By The Letter Book ReviewsCENTRAL IS LOSING ITS GRIP ON THE CITIZENS OF GALE CITY.Megan Skyla, who refused to play by Central’s rules and become a surrogate for her masters, has thrown the city into chaos. Corrupting those around ... read more
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My goal is to guide writers to their best work, to coach them in eloquence and clarity, to lead them to their best stories and storytelling.
I have worked as an editor at HarperCollins specializing in middle grade and children's picture books, which I am so passionate about.