Hello, I'm Jake.
I’m a fiction editor and all-round bookish person.
I work with authors like you and help them to 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 additional tools that will help you to express your truth to the world. I know what a positive difference it makes to know that someone has your back; that they 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 fix for a manuscript isn’t always the right one for you as the author, and it is my job to find a way to help you move forward with your work along the path that you want to take. It is your journey; I just provide signposts to show you 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 a mentor, a coach, a cheerleader, an advisor.
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 to make progress with their manuscripts. I’m a Pitch Wars mentor for 2020 and will be working with a writer to help them prepare their manuscript for submission to agents and publishers.
Ways you can reach me: