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Lesley Jones

Lesley Jones - Editor

Cheshire, UK

Hello - I am a freelance editor specialising in fiction for indie authors. I am friendly and approachable with lots of experience.

Overview

I have been proofreading and copy-editing fiction for over five 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, 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.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Literature Romance Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Professional member, SfEP

Work experience

Copy editor and proofreader

Freelance

September, 2009 – Present (over 7 years)

I have been proofreading and copy-editing fiction for over six 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.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

silicon hell

J Ford

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

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

Remember My Name

Abbey Clancy

The Stylist

Rosie Nixon

'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

'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

Children of Time

Adrian Tchaikovsky

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

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

The Awakening of Abraham Brown

Graeme Richard Smith

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

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

Prisoner 4374

A. J. Griffiths-Jones

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

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

No Miracles (The Langthorne Series Book 2)

Charlie Gallagher

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

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

Watch Me Burn

Charlie Gallagher

Part three of the Langthorne Series. A series of crime thrillers based on the coastal town of Folkestone, Kent and its surrounding areas.

Part three of the Langthorne Series. A series of crime thrillers based on the coastal town of Folkestone, Kent and its surrounding areas.

Flashman in the Peninsular

Robert Brightwell

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

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

Extinction Game

Gary Gibson

COULD YOU SURVIVE THE END OF YOUR WORLD?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 ... read more

COULD YOU SURVIVE THE END OF YOUR WORLD?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 ... read more

Wilmurin: Land of the Druids (The Druid Chronicles Book 1)

HJ Cronin

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

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

Archaon: Everchosen

Rob Sanders

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

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 Return of Nagash (The End Times)

Josh Reynolds

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 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

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