About Jake

Hello, I'm Jake.

A walk in the woods with my dog, Maddie.

Maddie looks at me with confusion as I stand in a tree. ("I thought we were meant to be walking?")

Books have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started bookselling as soon as I turned sixteen and I’ve now worked in the book industry for nearly a decade: as a bookseller, an intern at a not-for-profit literary organisation and now as a freelance fiction editor.

All that bookish experience has given me an in-depth understanding of what appeals to readers across a wide range of genres, particularly in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. Some may call it a curse, but even when I’m reading for pleasure, I can’t help but pick apart the invisible strings that make a novel work—how the author has constructed each scene, how they convey a sense of character, how they maintain the plot’s tension—and that all feeds into my editing.

My background is in modern languages—a degree that enabled me to pursue my love of literature and linguistics—with a sprinkling of physics, which proves useful when helping authors to create interesting yet plausible worlds. Since then, I’ve done extensive training in developmental editing with the Editorial Freelancers Association and continue to take the opportunity for professional development whenever I can.

In my spare time (outside of obsessively devouring words), I write, walk the dog, and particularly enjoy watching TV shows that begin with ‘B’ (Better Call Saul, BoJack Horseman and Battlestar Galactica, to name but a few).