Salome Jones

Salome Jones - Editor

London, UK

Fiction editor with 15+ years experience. Genres include fantasy - especially urban fantasy - historical romance, and more. Friendly.

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Overview

I’ve been an editor for almost twenty years, and I hold two first-class post-graduate degrees, an MFA in fiction and an MA in writing. In 2011, I was taken on as the acquisitions editor for a small, high-quality publishing house. The following year, in my down-time, I opened a freelance editing company specializing in mentoring writers through to traditional publication deals. Over the years, I’ve developed a keen eye for what agents and publishers are looking for. My success rate with helping serious clients obtain a publishing deal is over 87%.

That’s not all I do, of course. There are some significant benefits to self-publishing, and I’ve worked on numerous books of all lengths on that basis. I’ve also compiled and edited anthologies, helped writers-for-hire with manuscripts for contracted delivery, worked with authors on plotting and outlining novels, assisted in preparing pitches and samples, and all sorts of other things.

My usual genres include historical romance, urban fantasy, non-graphic horror, and romantic suspense. I especially love stories that evoke elements outside of the normal day-to-day of modern life. But I’m comfortable working on a wide range of projects, and I also have good experience in contemporary romance, dark fantasy, crime fiction, cosmic horror, superhero fiction, and near-future sci-fi.

I find it really rewarding to help writers improve their craft, and I particularly love to see my clients succeed. If you’re interested in working towards traditional publication, or just want to make your story the best it can be, get in touch.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Romance
Science Fiction
Short Story
Urban Fantasy

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
October, 2012 – Present (almost 7 years)

Flourish Editing came about because Tim Dedopulos and I were dismayed at how difficult it was for us to find freelance editors of the calibre we wanted for the books we were publishing at Ghostwoods Books. We realised how much help writers needed and we wanted to use our skills for good. Since we started, we have helped dozens of writers prepare their books for publication, including for self-publishing, work-for-hire, small press publishing and publishing with big publishers such as Penguin, Harper Collins and Harlequin. We have worked with American, British and Australian writers, as well as writers from other countries whose first language isn't English. I've had a very high success rate in my editing practice when writers want to be traditionally published and are willing to put in the amount of work necessary.

Acquisitions Editor

Ghostwoods Books
January, 2011 – Present (over 8 years)

Here's what my bio says on the website: Reads new manuscripts before anyone else; acts as a liaison to authors; coordinates book covers and audio books; edits; copy-edits; acts as primary contact to press; makes a lot of snacks. Eats them all herself.

Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran

Marion Grace Woolley

A young woman confronts her own dark desires, and finds her match in a masked conjurer turned assassin. Inspired by Gaston LeRoux's The Phantom of the Opera, Marion Grace Woolley takes us on forbidden adventures through a time that has been written out of history books."Those days are buried beneath the mists of time. I was the first, you see. The very first daughter. There would be many like ... read more

A young woman confronts her own dark desires, and finds her match in a masked conjurer turned assassin. Inspired by Gaston LeRoux's The Phantom of the Opera, Marion Grace Woolley takes us on forbidden adventures through a time that has been written out of history books."Those days are buried beneath the mists of time. I was the first, you see. The very first daughter. There would be many like ... read more

Cthulhu Lives! An Eldritch Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft

Tim Dedopulos, John Reppion, Greg Stolze

"That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die." At the time of his death in 1937, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was virtually unknown. The power of his stories was too vast to contain, however. As the decades slipped by, his dark visions laid down roots in the collected imagination of mankind, and they grew strong. Now Cthulhu is a name known to man... read more

"That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die." At the time of his death in 1937, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was virtually unknown. The power of his stories was too vast to contain, however. As the decades slipped by, his dark visions laid down roots in the collected imagination of mankind, and they grew strong. Now Cthulhu is a name known to man... read more

Red Phone Box: A Darkly Magical Story Cycle

Warren Ellis, Tim Dedopulos, Dan Wickline, Salome Jones

Shatter a mirror, and rearrange the pieces. What shapes will you find in the splintered glass? Sinister forces roam London's streets, skulking through the neon-lit rain. They are not alone. Haunted by memories of the man who abandoned her, Amber goes walking in the deep night. The phone box she enters takes her on a journey she could never have imagined, one in which the past and the future wi... read more

Shatter a mirror, and rearrange the pieces. What shapes will you find in the splintered glass? Sinister forces roam London's streets, skulking through the neon-lit rain. They are not alone. Haunted by memories of the man who abandoned her, Amber goes walking in the deep night. The phone box she enters takes her on a journey she could never have imagined, one in which the past and the future wi... read more

Haunted Futures: Tomorrow is Coming

Salomé Jones, Warren Ellis, Tricia Sullivan, Jeff Noon, Liesel Schwarz, John Reppion, SL Huang, Felicity Shoulders

It’s a treacherous region, the future.You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared into their minds whi... read more

It’s a treacherous region, the future.You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared into their minds whi... read more

Cthulhu Lies Dreaming: Twenty-three Tales of the Weird and Cosmic

Salomé Jones, Peter Rawlik, Lynne Hardy, Mike Davis, Lynnea Glasser, Leeman Kessler

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."The classic American horror author H. P. Lovecraft coined the term weird fiction in the 1920s. Even today, in our rational world of wonder, his legacy of cosmic horror slumbers on. Deep in the recesses of our unconscious minds, we suspect it to be the truth that we begin to glance ... read more

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."The classic American horror author H. P. Lovecraft coined the term weird fiction in the 1920s. Even today, in our rational world of wonder, his legacy of cosmic horror slumbers on. Deep in the recesses of our unconscious minds, we suspect it to be the truth that we begin to glance ... read more

Educated Corpses (Lucius Fogg Book 3)

Dan Wickline

Jimmy Doyle returned home from the war to begin his career as a private detective working for Lucius Fogg, the preeminent occultist in 1950’s New York City. Together they help the police with cases too bizarre for the normal laws of man. In his time working as Fogg’s legman, Doyle has come across all manner of monsters including vampires, werewolves, golems and demons. But their latest case in... read more

Jimmy Doyle returned home from the war to begin his career as a private detective working for Lucius Fogg, the preeminent occultist in 1950’s New York City. Together they help the police with cases too bizarre for the normal laws of man. In his time working as Fogg’s legman, Doyle has come across all manner of monsters including vampires, werewolves, golems and demons. But their latest case in... read more

Malicious Intent (Lucius Fogg Book 2)

Dan Wickline

Jimmy Doyle is an honorable man who took a bullet for his country and returned home to become a private detective. His boss, Lucius Fogg, is a preeminent occultist who dabbles in solving the more macabre crimes of 1950s New York City. As Fogg’s legman, Doyle is thrust deep into the world of the supernatural, pitting him against everything from disembodied spirits to demonic possessions with a ... read more

Jimmy Doyle is an honorable man who took a bullet for his country and returned home to become a private detective. His boss, Lucius Fogg, is a preeminent occultist who dabbles in solving the more macabre crimes of 1950s New York City. As Fogg’s legman, Doyle is thrust deep into the world of the supernatural, pitting him against everything from disembodied spirits to demonic possessions with a ... read more

Deadly Creatures: A Lucius Fogg Novel (Volume 1)

Dan Wickline

Jimmy Doyle is an honorable man who took a bullet for his country. On his return home to 1950s New York City to become a private detective, he accepts a position with Lucius Fogg, a preeminent occultist. Fogg dabbles in solving macabre crimes, and as his legman, Doyle is thrust deep into the world of the supernatural. He often has to face danger alone, for Fogg never, ever steps outside of his... read more

Jimmy Doyle is an honorable man who took a bullet for his country. On his return home to 1950s New York City to become a private detective, he accepts a position with Lucius Fogg, a preeminent occultist. Fogg dabbles in solving macabre crimes, and as his legman, Doyle is thrust deep into the world of the supernatural. He often has to face danger alone, for Fogg never, ever steps outside of his... read more

Treasured Secrets (Treasure Hunters Book 1)

Kendall Talbot

His secrets are tearing them apart.But the truth may get them killed.Fed up with Archer’s shadowy secrets, headstrong Rosalina seeks a fresh start by fleeing back to Tuscany. But even her home town isn't safe. A clue to Archer’s mysterious medallion hurtles her right back into danger.Treasure hunter, Archer Mahoney, has spent twenty years trying to forget his father’s brutal death, and sabotag... read more

His secrets are tearing them apart.But the truth may get them killed.Fed up with Archer’s shadowy secrets, headstrong Rosalina seeks a fresh start by fleeing back to Tuscany. But even her home town isn't safe. A clue to Archer’s mysterious medallion hurtles her right back into danger.Treasure hunter, Archer Mahoney, has spent twenty years trying to forget his father’s brutal death, and sabotag... read more

Finding Jordie (Love Lies Bleeding Book 1)

HJ Harley

Jordie has lived through the worst. Widowed at twenty-three and left to raise a child alone, she packed up, moved to NYC and beat the odds. Now, a successful business owner, nothing can shake this indomitable woman. Nothing until a chance at love arrives in the form of handsome movie star, Nathan Harper.Jordie is nothing like any other woman he's ever met. Her quick wit and sass only add to he... read more

Jordie has lived through the worst. Widowed at twenty-three and left to raise a child alone, she packed up, moved to NYC and beat the odds. Now, a successful business owner, nothing can shake this indomitable woman. Nothing until a chance at love arrives in the form of handsome movie star, Nathan Harper.Jordie is nothing like any other woman he's ever met. Her quick wit and sass only add to he... read more

YOU: A Fiction

Greg Stolze

YOU is a second person novel that puts you in the role of Leo Evans. Leo is disgruntled, middle-aged, unhappily divorced, and a cultist who has developed genuine extra senses and paranormal abilities by adhering to a set of beliefs he freely admits seem preposterous. Join him as he gets punched, kicked, and mystically enjoined to fell hatred for the person he loves most in the world. Thrill to... read more

YOU is a second person novel that puts you in the role of Leo Evans. Leo is disgruntled, middle-aged, unhappily divorced, and a cultist who has developed genuine extra senses and paranormal abilities by adhering to a set of beliefs he freely admits seem preposterous. Join him as he gets punched, kicked, and mystically enjoined to fell hatred for the person he loves most in the world. Thrill to... read more

World of Grey - A Hellhounds Story

R K Athey

When archaeologists discover an ancient device at the edge of space, Sarge and his Hellhounds set out to retrieve the artifact at the center of the mystery. What started as a simple smash-and-grab gets complicated quickly when the crew of Green Dawn discover they aren't the only ones after the artifact.

When archaeologists discover an ancient device at the edge of space, Sarge and his Hellhounds set out to retrieve the artifact at the center of the mystery. What started as a simple smash-and-grab gets complicated quickly when the crew of Green Dawn discover they aren't the only ones after the artifact.

The Boy Who Spoke to Stars (The Astral Strings Series) (Volume 1)

Reuben Miles

Secrets. Forgiveness. Death. Nothing has been right in Kasper’s life for quite some time. Then the eclipse comes, and his father is stolen away. When the police arrive, instead of trying to help, they drag off his mother too. Down at the station later, the desk sergeant claims to know nothing about Kasper’s mum, and insists that the detective who arrested her doesn’t exist. Loki, Kasper’s cous... read more

Secrets. Forgiveness. Death. Nothing has been right in Kasper’s life for quite some time. Then the eclipse comes, and his father is stolen away. When the police arrive, instead of trying to help, they drag off his mother too. Down at the station later, the desk sergeant claims to know nothing about Kasper’s mum, and insists that the detective who arrested her doesn’t exist. Loki, Kasper’s cous... read more

All Lies and Jest

Kate Harrad

A dark, sexy subculture romp, All Lies and Jest is a novel about belief, delusion, and the dangers of being so open-minded that your brain falls out.When the USA becomes a fundamentalist theocracy, one of its first actions is to round up all the queers, atheists, deviants, geeks, goths and other undesirables it can find, and throw them out. The United Kingdom welcomes more than its fair share.... read more

A dark, sexy subculture romp, All Lies and Jest is a novel about belief, delusion, and the dangers of being so open-minded that your brain falls out.When the USA becomes a fundamentalist theocracy, one of its first actions is to round up all the queers, atheists, deviants, geeks, goths and other undesirables it can find, and throw them out. The United Kingdom welcomes more than its fair share.... read more

Double Take: A gripping crime thriller full of unexpected twists. (Detective Steel Mystery Book 1)

Kendall Talbot

Get the cash. Save his wife.. . . at least that’s the plan.To rob the bank, Jack needs to enlist the help of his estranged childhood friends who owe him. They’d never forget Jack. Not after the sacrifice he’d made. At least, that’s what he’s banking on.Trouble is, someone is watching every move Jack makes.Detective Steel receives the tip-off of his thirty-year career. But despite his suspicion... read more

Get the cash. Save his wife.. . . at least that’s the plan.To rob the bank, Jack needs to enlist the help of his estranged childhood friends who owe him. They’d never forget Jack. Not after the sacrifice he’d made. At least, that’s what he’s banking on.Trouble is, someone is watching every move Jack makes.Detective Steel receives the tip-off of his thirty-year career. But despite his suspicion... read more

Old, Fat, Punks

James Desborough

Derek, Tim and 'Trol' are three ageing rebels, hitting their fifties. Disillusioned by the way the world has turned out and the frustration of their teenage dreams of a better life or a revolution. All they have left are stories of past glory and pints of cheap beer at one of the last punk-pubs in London. Watching a riot unfurl on television, to no point and no effect, their frustration boils ... read more

Derek, Tim and 'Trol' are three ageing rebels, hitting their fifties. Disillusioned by the way the world has turned out and the frustration of their teenage dreams of a better life or a revolution. All they have left are stories of past glory and pints of cheap beer at one of the last punk-pubs in London. Watching a riot unfurl on television, to no point and no effect, their frustration boils ... read more

Tempted By Trouble: The Doctor and The Rancher (Bad Boys Western Romance Book 1)

Susan Arden

For a woman who'd like to forget the past, it'll take a bad boy to break old habits!When Dr. Carolina Rodriguez accepts a temporary assignment in Texas, she immediately locks horns with her new boss. Matt is brash, pigheaded, and too sexy for words. She's looking for a fresh start, not a date! Yet on a cattle ranch of all places, Carolina discovers a world far different than she could have eve... read more

For a woman who'd like to forget the past, it'll take a bad boy to break old habits!When Dr. Carolina Rodriguez accepts a temporary assignment in Texas, she immediately locks horns with her new boss. Matt is brash, pigheaded, and too sexy for words. She's looking for a fresh start, not a date! Yet on a cattle ranch of all places, Carolina discovers a world far different than she could have eve... read more

The Insect Hotel

David Stringer

A 2013 'Wishing Shelf' Gold Award Winner!! Read the fun times and adventures Harry and his Dad share together during the day while working in their garden, then enjoy the fictional bed time stories Dad created for Harry about all the new insect friends they met that day.The book also contains a lovely foreword from Nature expert and TV personality Bill Oddie who shares his high regard for both... read more

A 2013 'Wishing Shelf' Gold Award Winner!! Read the fun times and adventures Harry and his Dad share together during the day while working in their garden, then enjoy the fictional bed time stories Dad created for Harry about all the new insect friends they met that day.The book also contains a lovely foreword from Nature expert and TV personality Bill Oddie who shares his high regard for both... read more

The New Moon Murders (A Thomas Gunn Detective Story Book 1)

R K Athey

January, 1930 - ChicagoSomething evil stalks the streets performing human sacrifices every new moon.The police are baffled. High society wants it covered up. The mob wants the murder weapon.Fearing the involvement of a long time parishioner, aging priest Father Burke turns to a man he once thought possessed.Private detective Thomas Gunn, tormented by visions he cannot control, takes the case o... read more

January, 1930 - ChicagoSomething evil stalks the streets performing human sacrifices every new moon.The police are baffled. High society wants it covered up. The mob wants the murder weapon.Fearing the involvement of a long time parishioner, aging priest Father Burke turns to a man he once thought possessed.Private detective Thomas Gunn, tormented by visions he cannot control, takes the case o... read more

Ashen Sky: A Novella

Thord D. Hedengren

The gray sky looms over the broken remains of our world. Life is hard for Dirk, who’s stumbling through the wasteland. Demon grass is cutting him, and acid rain is burning his skin. Out here, far from his family, Dirk makes acquaintances that lead him upon a path he didn’t know he yearned for.ASHEN SKY is a novella in three parts, set in a post-apocalyptic world where the low-ceilinged gray sk... read more

The gray sky looms over the broken remains of our world. Life is hard for Dirk, who’s stumbling through the wasteland. Demon grass is cutting him, and acid rain is burning his skin. Out here, far from his family, Dirk makes acquaintances that lead him upon a path he didn’t know he yearned for.ASHEN SKY is a novella in three parts, set in a post-apocalyptic world where the low-ceilinged gray sk... read more

How to Bake a Man

Jessica Barksdale Inclán

When Becca drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. With the help of her lizard-booted neighbor Sal, she starts a small business selling her wares to hungry office workers. But things quickly get complicated when she meets the man of her dreams – and an arch-enemy, his bitchy lawyer girlfriend. Before long, she’s neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romanc... read more

When Becca drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. With the help of her lizard-booted neighbor Sal, she starts a small business selling her wares to hungry office workers. But things quickly get complicated when she meets the man of her dreams – and an arch-enemy, his bitchy lawyer girlfriend. Before long, she’s neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romanc... read more

Finding Nathan (The Love Lies Bleeding)

H. J. Harley

This book is no longer available through this publisher. Will be available again in February 2015 Date TBA. A whole new story with a whole new look.

This book is no longer available through this publisher. Will be available again in February 2015 Date TBA. A whole new story with a whole new look.

Finding Rachel: Sometimes the best choice is the scariest. (Love Lies Bleeding Book 3)

HJ Harley

Rachel Fallon is gone. With everything changing at a pace she can’t control, she isn’t sure whose life she’s living anymore. Is this the life she wants or the life everybody else wants for her? When Rachel decides to leave her fiancé, Tyler, and best friend, Jordie, behind, the journey to rediscovering herself takes her places that she never expected. It also leads her to meet someone who coul... read more

Rachel Fallon is gone. With everything changing at a pace she can’t control, she isn’t sure whose life she’s living anymore. Is this the life she wants or the life everybody else wants for her? When Rachel decides to leave her fiancé, Tyler, and best friend, Jordie, behind, the journey to rediscovering herself takes her places that she never expected. It also leads her to meet someone who coul... read more

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