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Sara-Jayne Slack

Sara-Jayne Slack - Editor

Madrid, Spain

Developmental editor with a penchant for mindful writing, zero fluff, and large cups of tea.

Overview

I'm the Managing Director of independent publisher Inspired Quill, and have been editing everything from blog posts to fantasy novels and academic philosophy papers for more than a decade. My strengths lie in developmental editing, with specific focus on characterisation, pacing and mindful writing.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Career Guides Publishing
Fiction
Dystopian Fantasy LGBTQ Literature Science Fiction Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor

Broad Winged Books
November, 2015 – June, 2017 (over 1 year)

Developmental edits for more than six titles

Chief Editor / Managing Director

Inspired QUill
April, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Editorial lead on more than 20 titles, including award shortlisted titles 'We Bleed the Same' and 'Sugar and Snails'.

Editor/Writer

Booktin
May, 2009 – December, 2009 (7 months)

Writing and editing feature content and book reviews.

Proofreader

Talisman Studios
December, 2008 – April, 2009 (4 months)

Proofread a number of RPG rulebooks.

Portfolio (29 selected works)

Queen of the World

Ben Hennessy

In the legends, the Four saved the world from war and poverty. These incredible men walked the lands, seeking an audience with the ruler of each nation. They demanded that mankind focus its efforts on education, trade and culture. No longer would the people face starvation and terror. This commandment was enforced with displays of miraculous power. After all, it is difficult to argue with the ... read more

In the legends, the Four saved the world from war and poverty. These incredible men walked the lands, seeking an audience with the ruler of each nation. They demanded that mankind focus its efforts on education, trade and culture. No longer would the people face starvation and terror. This commandment was enforced with displays of miraculous power. After all, it is difficult to argue with the ... read more

We Bleed The Same (The Anjelican Saga Book 1)

David Wilkinson

When the leak of sensitive information is traced back to his computer console, Government official and minor celebrity Danny Parque’s bright future comes crashing down around him.Found guilty and sent out as a conscripted criminal to fight for an Empire he once loved but comes to despise, horrifying combat leads to capture by the terrorists he is supposed to fear. Danny joins their ranks; pers... read more

When the leak of sensitive information is traced back to his computer console, Government official and minor celebrity Danny Parque’s bright future comes crashing down around him.Found guilty and sent out as a conscripted criminal to fight for an Empire he once loved but comes to despise, horrifying combat leads to capture by the terrorists he is supposed to fear. Danny joins their ranks; pers... read more

Leap of Faith (Fall From Grace Book 2)

Matthew Munson

Leap of Faith is the second novel from Matthew Munson, following the adventures of characters we first met in Fall From Grace – human and angel alike.The lives of Paul and Joseph have changed over the past two years; Paul is on Earth, living a new life with his girlfriend, while Joseph is in heaven, living as an angel and still mourning the loss of his sister, Lauren.But war is once again on t... read more

Leap of Faith is the second novel from Matthew Munson, following the adventures of characters we first met in Fall From Grace – human and angel alike.The lives of Paul and Joseph have changed over the past two years; Paul is on Earth, living a new life with his girlfriend, while Joseph is in heaven, living as an angel and still mourning the loss of his sister, Lauren.But war is once again on t... read more

The Whisper of Dreams (Queen of the World Book 2)

Ben Hennessy

Hundreds are dead at the hands of The Four.Three months after the events of Leithar Grove, Tamir is a kingdom in fear. The people no longer trust Prince Remelas; his military ambitions are now public knowledge. So the Sons of Tamir, a nationalistic faction created within this atmosphere of betrayal, march on the capital to seek Remelas’ abdication.And still the rumours persist of a young girl ... read more

Hundreds are dead at the hands of The Four.Three months after the events of Leithar Grove, Tamir is a kingdom in fear. The people no longer trust Prince Remelas; his military ambitions are now public knowledge. So the Sons of Tamir, a nationalistic faction created within this atmosphere of betrayal, march on the capital to seek Remelas’ abdication.And still the rumours persist of a young girl ... read more

The Old Ways

RK Summers

Something snapped. He let the arrow fly.The night Thomas Rhymer’s young sister is stolen away by shadows and smoke, he discovers there’s more to life than the fields and forests he knows so well. If he has any hope of rescuing Alissa, he must first cross into a realm where magic is lifeblood, and where shadows dance with dragonfire.With the help of the seelie faery Thistledown, Thomas embarks ... read more

Something snapped. He let the arrow fly.The night Thomas Rhymer’s young sister is stolen away by shadows and smoke, he discovers there’s more to life than the fields and forests he knows so well. If he has any hope of rescuing Alissa, he must first cross into a realm where magic is lifeblood, and where shadows dance with dragonfire.With the help of the seelie faery Thistledown, Thomas embarks ... read more

Another Rebecca

Tracey Scott-Townsend

Rebecca Grey can’t shake off the hallucination she had while in hospital, but her alcoholic mother Bex is too wrapped up in the ‘Great Grief’ of her youth to notice her daughter’s struggles to define dream from reality.After lurching from one poverty-stricken situation to another, and ghosts from the past are disturbed, Rebecca’s dream comes alive. Why does the old woman who left them a sudden... read more

Rebecca Grey can’t shake off the hallucination she had while in hospital, but her alcoholic mother Bex is too wrapped up in the ‘Great Grief’ of her youth to notice her daughter’s struggles to define dream from reality.After lurching from one poverty-stricken situation to another, and ghosts from the past are disturbed, Rebecca’s dream comes alive. Why does the old woman who left them a sudden... read more

Fracture (Resonance Book 2)

Hugo Jackson

Months after the tremors that shook the world, repercussions of battle still lie in Xayall’s broken streets. Among the debris stands Bayer, former bodyguard to Faria, Empress of the city state. His position redundant, and his injuries still healing, he struggles to find new purpose.Unrest between nations is already stirring. A Councillor from Andarn has been murdered, and only a handful realis... read more

Months after the tremors that shook the world, repercussions of battle still lie in Xayall’s broken streets. Among the debris stands Bayer, former bodyguard to Faria, Empress of the city state. His position redundant, and his injuries still healing, he struggles to find new purpose.Unrest between nations is already stirring. A Councillor from Andarn has been murdered, and only a handful realis... read more

Legacy

Hugo Jackson

Her power is unmeasured. Her abilities untested. Her destiny inescapable.Faria Phiraco is a resonator, a manipulator of the elements via rare crystals. It is an extraordinary and secret power which she and her father, the Emperor of Xayall, guard with their lives.The Dhraka, malicious red-scaled dragons, have discovered an ancient artefact; a mysterious relic from the mythical, aeons-lost city... read more

Her power is unmeasured. Her abilities untested. Her destiny inescapable.Faria Phiraco is a resonator, a manipulator of the elements via rare crystals. It is an extraordinary and secret power which she and her father, the Emperor of Xayall, guard with their lives.The Dhraka, malicious red-scaled dragons, have discovered an ancient artefact; a mysterious relic from the mythical, aeons-lost city... read more

Wise Phuul

Daniel Stride

Walking corpses and black-market liquor: the quiet life.Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable. Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will. Until the Empire's dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capit... read more

Walking corpses and black-market liquor: the quiet life.Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable. Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will. Until the Empire's dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capit... read more

Three Worlds

Nick Palmer

With influences of Robert Frost, Max Ehrmann and Roger McGough, in his superb first collection of a collection of thoughts, Nick Palmer explores the three worlds of human experience; what we are like on the inside, the beauty that inspires us to do great things, and the shadows that snare our hearts.

With influences of Robert Frost, Max Ehrmann and Roger McGough, in his superb first collection of a collection of thoughts, Nick Palmer explores the three worlds of human experience; what we are like on the inside, the beauty that inspires us to do great things, and the shadows that snare our hearts.

Chronicles of Syntax, Script Book: Season One

Susan E. Clarke

Somewhere within the Earth's population is a selection of people, each one of them unique, holding traces of information locked deep within their DNA. They do not know who they are......but we do.We are the Fallen Angel Network, a secret government facility charged with finding a way to stop the oncoming apocalypse. Only when we find them all can access their memories, information sent back to... read more

Somewhere within the Earth's population is a selection of people, each one of them unique, holding traces of information locked deep within their DNA. They do not know who they are......but we do.We are the Fallen Angel Network, a secret government facility charged with finding a way to stop the oncoming apocalypse. Only when we find them all can access their memories, information sent back to... read more

Of His Bones

Tracey Scott-Townsend

“Gabe and I are happy this way. We don’t need anyone else in our lives.”Mariana feels like a pawn in other people’s games. Her birth mother is ill and opportunities for them to be reconciled are running out.Despite being adopted, Mariana has always felt secure with who she is. But both sides of her birth family are now closing in, and whatever she decides will irrevocably alter many lives; mos... read more

“Gabe and I are happy this way. We don’t need anyone else in our lives.”Mariana feels like a pawn in other people’s games. Her birth mother is ill and opportunities for them to be reconciled are running out.Despite being adopted, Mariana has always felt secure with who she is. But both sides of her birth family are now closing in, and whatever she decides will irrevocably alter many lives; mos... read more

Sugar and Snails

Anne Goodwin

The past lingers on, etched beneath our skin ...At fifteen, Diana Dodsworth took the opportunity to radically alter the trajectory of her life, and escape the constraints of her small-town existence. Thirty years on, she can’t help scratching at her teenage decision like a scabbed wound.To safeguard her secret, she’s kept other people at a distance... until Simon Jenkins sweeps in on a cloud o... read more

The past lingers on, etched beneath our skin ...At fifteen, Diana Dodsworth took the opportunity to radically alter the trajectory of her life, and escape the constraints of her small-town existence. Thirty years on, she can’t help scratching at her teenage decision like a scabbed wound.To safeguard her secret, she’s kept other people at a distance... until Simon Jenkins sweeps in on a cloud o... read more

Silas Morlock

Mark Cantrell

“Humanity built its monolithic spires of hopes and dreams and tried to believe that the whole sordid mess actually meant something.”Terapolis is an urban sprawl of global proportions. The vast city state has smothered whole nations, liberated humanity from the tides of history; the place is ripe with secrets...Here, billions of people live only to give themselves to The Gestalt. An esoteric te... read more

“Humanity built its monolithic spires of hopes and dreams and tried to believe that the whole sordid mess actually meant something.”Terapolis is an urban sprawl of global proportions. The vast city state has smothered whole nations, liberated humanity from the tides of history; the place is ripe with secrets...Here, billions of people live only to give themselves to The Gestalt. An esoteric te... read more

Heroine Chic

James Webster

"I am the girl the Lost Boys lost."Queens and Scoundrels. Witches and Rebels. Grifters and Goddesses. These are stories about heroines.Featuring 52 very short stories, Heroine Chic is a celebration of the heroine's place at the heart of science fiction, fantasy, and reality. Told with humour, daring, and gorgeous lyricism, these are tales of magic, love, adventure, SCIENCE! and much more.

"I am the girl the Lost Boys lost."Queens and Scoundrels. Witches and Rebels. Grifters and Goddesses. These are stories about heroines.Featuring 52 very short stories, Heroine Chic is a celebration of the heroine's place at the heart of science fiction, fantasy, and reality. Told with humour, daring, and gorgeous lyricism, these are tales of magic, love, adventure, SCIENCE! and much more.

The Red Beach Hut

Lynn Michell

“Their eyes met and locked. Pulling his hand from his pocket, Neville waved. Once.”Eight year old Neville is the first to notice that the red beach hut is occupied again. Abbott, panicked by a homophobic cyber attack, is on the run. The hut is his refuge and shelter.Inevitably man and boy collide. Their fleeting friendship is poignant, honest and healing. But Abbot’s past threatens to tear him... read more

“Their eyes met and locked. Pulling his hand from his pocket, Neville waved. Once.”Eight year old Neville is the first to notice that the red beach hut is occupied again. Abbott, panicked by a homophobic cyber attack, is on the run. The hut is his refuge and shelter.Inevitably man and boy collide. Their fleeting friendship is poignant, honest and healing. But Abbot’s past threatens to tear him... read more

Fall From Grace

Matthew Munson

Since leaving his calling in the priesthood and saying goodbye to the church, Paul’s life has gone from bad to worse. But now, his inability to hold down a job is the least of his problems.He and his friends, sceptic extraordinaire Joseph and academic psychologist Lauren, are thrown head-first into a celestial war which has raged for two millennia. As a secret plot unravels, and Heaven is rule... read more

Since leaving his calling in the priesthood and saying goodbye to the church, Paul’s life has gone from bad to worse. But now, his inability to hold down a job is the least of his problems.He and his friends, sceptic extraordinaire Joseph and academic psychologist Lauren, are thrown head-first into a celestial war which has raged for two millennia. As a secret plot unravels, and Heaven is rule... read more

Elysium's Shadow (The Elysium Chronicles Book 1)

Matthew Munson

“It’s been a hell of a first day.”Jon May has been the Governor of Elysium for a few hours, and he’s already facing a belligerent Chief of Security, an ex-Operations Manager imprisoned for killing the previous Governor, and an amorphous energy mass that has its own agenda.So now Jon has to decide who to trust; his Security Chief will barely talk to him, and his only allies people who are, acco... read more

“It’s been a hell of a first day.”Jon May has been the Governor of Elysium for a few hours, and he’s already facing a belligerent Chief of Security, an ex-Operations Manager imprisoned for killing the previous Governor, and an amorphous energy mass that has its own agenda.So now Jon has to decide who to trust; his Security Chief will barely talk to him, and his only allies people who are, acco... read more

Miles to Go (Delta Stevens Crime Logs Book 1)

Alex Westmore

Delta Stevens runs the beat on her small 1990’s California town where for the most part things are copacetic. That is, until her partner gets gunned down on a routine call. As he lays dying in her arms, she makes a pledge to do whatever it takes to bring his killer to justice.On the way to the darker side of law enforcement, she meets Megan, a high class call girl who services men but craves t... read more

Delta Stevens runs the beat on her small 1990’s California town where for the most part things are copacetic. That is, until her partner gets gunned down on a routine call. As he lays dying in her arms, she makes a pledge to do whatever it takes to bring his killer to justice.On the way to the darker side of law enforcement, she meets Megan, a high class call girl who services men but craves t... read more

Taylor Made (Delta Stevens Crime Logs Book 4)

Alex Westmore

A feisty jewel thief, a gunman whose set his sights on the DA, a sexy stranger in a leather catsuit, and a girlfriend who’s thousands of miles away... Delta’s sure got her work cut out for her this time.Delta Stevens has never shied away from a challenge before, but she’s never been up against such a talented crook either. With Megan away for an extended vacation, Delta throws herself into wor... read more

A feisty jewel thief, a gunman whose set his sights on the DA, a sexy stranger in a leather catsuit, and a girlfriend who’s thousands of miles away... Delta’s sure got her work cut out for her this time.Delta Stevens has never shied away from a challenge before, but she’s never been up against such a talented crook either. With Megan away for an extended vacation, Delta throws herself into wor... read more

Micah Seven Five

Howard Robinson

“Trust ye not in a friend, put he not confidence in a guide.” - Micah, Verse 7 Chapter 5When a sunny morning presents an unnamed corpse stuffed into a black carrier bag and dumped outside a local charity shop, Detective Inspector Jack Munday and his team scramble to piece together the man’s identity. The trail leads them into the excesses of London’s highly paid bankers, where a lifestyle of d... read more

“Trust ye not in a friend, put he not confidence in a guide.” - Micah, Verse 7 Chapter 5When a sunny morning presents an unnamed corpse stuffed into a black carrier bag and dumped outside a local charity shop, Detective Inspector Jack Munday and his team scramble to piece together the man’s identity. The trail leads them into the excesses of London’s highly paid bankers, where a lifestyle of d... read more

Waters and the Wild

Jo Zebedee

Amy was five when she vanished during a family trip, only to be found hours later, clutching a golden acorn and claiming to have visited fairies. Now she’s eighteen, and the fairies are calling her back. While attending a wedding deep in the Antrim glens, the voices grow darker and their song takes hold. Not sure if she's mad or if the fairies are real, she flees, drawing well-meaning Simon in... read more

Amy was five when she vanished during a family trip, only to be found hours later, clutching a golden acorn and claiming to have visited fairies. Now she’s eighteen, and the fairies are calling her back. While attending a wedding deep in the Antrim glens, the voices grow darker and their song takes hold. Not sure if she's mad or if the fairies are real, she flees, drawing well-meaning Simon in... read more

Delta Force (Delta Stevens Crime Logs Book 5)

Alex Westmore

Delta Stevens has spent her life prowling the concrete jungles, protecting, serving, and finding herself in worlds of trouble along the way. But when her lover, Megan, goes missing somewhere in the deep rainforests of Costa Rica, Delta finds herself in a whole new world--and not a very friendly one at that. Did Megan simply get herself lost or was she kidnapped right from under Delta’s nose? A... read more

Delta Stevens has spent her life prowling the concrete jungles, protecting, serving, and finding herself in worlds of trouble along the way. But when her lover, Megan, goes missing somewhere in the deep rainforests of Costa Rica, Delta finds herself in a whole new world--and not a very friendly one at that. Did Megan simply get herself lost or was she kidnapped right from under Delta’s nose? A... read more

Not in the Cards (Delta Stevens Crime Logs Book 3)

Alex Westmore

Delta Stevens is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to her police work. But when a child ends up dead, both she and her methods are suddenly put under intense scrutiny. Transferred to a training position, she finds herself saddled with a macho rookie and a captain watching her every move.Unfortunately, a new criminal syndicate bent on abusing children forces Delta back into the line ... read more

Delta Stevens is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to her police work. But when a child ends up dead, both she and her methods are suddenly put under intense scrutiny. Transferred to a training position, she finds herself saddled with a macho rookie and a captain watching her every move.Unfortunately, a new criminal syndicate bent on abusing children forces Delta back into the line ... read more

Underneath

Anne Goodwin

He never intended to be a jailer …After years of travelling, responsible to no-one but himself, Steve has resolved to settle down. He gets a job, buys a house and persuades Liesel to move in with him.Life’s perfect, until Liesel delivers her ultimatum: if he won’t agree to start a family, she’ll have to leave. He can’t bear to lose her, but how can he face the prospect of fatherhood when he ha... read more

He never intended to be a jailer …After years of travelling, responsible to no-one but himself, Steve has resolved to settle down. He gets a job, buys a house and persuades Liesel to move in with him.Life’s perfect, until Liesel delivers her ultimatum: if he won’t agree to start a family, she’ll have to leave. He can’t bear to lose her, but how can he face the prospect of fatherhood when he ha... read more

Claiming One

E.J. Runyon

"Runyon tells her stories with an unashamed truthfulness--what seems to be almost an unaware truthfulness. The work is edgy, but never for the sake of edginess. At the same there exists a compelling emotional accessibility. If you are willing to risk reading, this will challenge you, capture your attention, and dare you to continue till the very last."-Catherine Ryan Hyde, acclaimed author of ... read more

"Runyon tells her stories with an unashamed truthfulness--what seems to be almost an unaware truthfulness. The work is edgy, but never for the sake of edginess. At the same there exists a compelling emotional accessibility. If you are willing to risk reading, this will challenge you, capture your attention, and dare you to continue till the very last."-Catherine Ryan Hyde, acclaimed author of ... read more

A House of Light and Stone

EJ Runyon

Growing up is never easy, but for young Duffy Chavez, whose childhood is anything but innocent, the journey is particularly painful.Swimming against the tides of her troubled family as well as her own cultural identity, she struggles with the cards she has been dealt. Buoyed up by the belief of a select few, she strives to achieve the kind of self-knowledge that comes so naturally to the ‘real... read more

Growing up is never easy, but for young Duffy Chavez, whose childhood is anything but innocent, the journey is particularly painful.Swimming against the tides of her troubled family as well as her own cultural identity, she struggles with the cards she has been dealt. Buoyed up by the belief of a select few, she strives to achieve the kind of self-knowledge that comes so naturally to the ‘real... read more

The Last Time We Saw Marion

Tracey Scott-Townsend

Meeting author Callum Wilde is the catalyst that turns Marianne Fairchild’s fragile sense of identity on its head, evoking demons that will haunt two families. She is seventeen and has spent her life fighting off disturbing memories that can’t possibly belong to her.His twin sister Marion died seventeen years ago.When Cal and his older sister Sarah spot Marianne in the audience of a TV show th... read more

Meeting author Callum Wilde is the catalyst that turns Marianne Fairchild’s fragile sense of identity on its head, evoking demons that will haunt two families. She is seventeen and has spent her life fighting off disturbing memories that can’t possibly belong to her.His twin sister Marion died seventeen years ago.When Cal and his older sister Sarah spot Marianne in the audience of a TV show th... read more

Run Alice Run

Lynn Michell

Respectable, middle-aged women do not embark on crazy shop lifting sprees ...But Alice Green realises that being over fifty is much the same as being invisible, so why not make the most of it? Her head-in-the-sand husband doesn’t notice the mountain of clothes and the piles of stationery.When two police cars draw up outside her house in leafy, upmarket Edinburgh, Alice back-tracks through her ... read more

Respectable, middle-aged women do not embark on crazy shop lifting sprees ...But Alice Green realises that being over fifty is much the same as being invisible, so why not make the most of it? Her head-in-the-sand husband doesn’t notice the mountain of clothes and the piles of stationery.When two police cars draw up outside her house in leafy, upmarket Edinburgh, Alice back-tracks through her ... read more

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