About

Hello, I'm Jake.

A walk in the woods with my dog, Maddie.

I’m a fiction editor and all-round bookish person.

I work with authors like you and help them develop their stories and hone their writing craft. But I see my job as so much more than that.

Editing is not just about words: it’s about giving you the tools you need to express your truth to the world. I know what a positive difference it makes to know that someone is on your side and will support you, no matter what. That’s what I aim to do for you as a writer.

I fully acknowledge—and celebrate—that the most straightforward or conventional solution to a manuscript problem isn’t always the best one for you as the author. It is my job to help you find a way forward with your work, along the path that you want to take. It is your journey, and I'm there to provide signposts towards different options and possibilities. There is no 'right' way to do things; there is only your way.

So, in the spirit of revision, let me rephrase my introduction: I’m not ‘just’ a fiction editor. I am a champion for you and your work. I am the Samwise to your Frodo, the ground control to your Major Tom. I am an advisor, a coach, a cheerleader.

In short, I’ve got your back.

Things I've done:

  • Worked in the UK book industry for a decade: as a bookseller, an intern at a not-for-profit literary organisation and now as a fiction editor. All that bookish experience has given me an in-depth understanding of what appeals to readers across a wide range of genres, and particularly in the realm of speculative fiction.
  • Completed extensive professional training with the Editorial Freelancers Association. I've done all the courses on developmental editing that I could get my hands on, and I continue to take the opportunity for professional development whenever I can.
  • Mentored emerging writers. I've worked with writers from the LGBTQIA+ community to give them a confidence boost and help them make progress with their manuscripts. I have also been a Pitch Wars mentor.

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