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Welcome! My name is Jane, and I’m an editor and proofreader living in Cambridgeshire in the UK.

As a writer, you want your work to be polished and professional. You’re looking for someone who can lift your writing to the next level and help it engage and absorb your readers, all the while respecting your voice and your style. This where I come in.

My approach is very much one of collaboration. I am on your side! I can help you craft your work into something that you – and your readers – will be delighted with.

If this is your first time working with an editor, it might feel a bit overwhelming, but there’s no need to worry. I can guide you through the process. And you’re in safe hands – I’m a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), and I am bound by its Membership Codes.

Read more about my services below, and find out more about my experience and some of the books I have worked on here.

If you aren’t sure what you need, or if you have any other questions, please do feel free to contact me.

Manuscript Evaluation

When you’ve finished your book and would like professional feedback on how it hangs together, a manuscript evaluation is a great choice.

This is a high-level analysis of your book. It helps you understand which bits are working well and which could benefit from further attention.

My manuscript evaluations look at elements such as plot, story arc, setting, characterisation, point of view, dialogue and more. You will receive a report of at least 2,000 words detailing your manuscript’s strong points and pointing out areas for improvement. I usually also include suggestions for further research or reading.

Read further details here.

Line and Copyediting

For when you’re happy with the structure of your story and are ready to polish the writing so that your readers will feel engaged and immersed.

Line editing looks at style, flow, clarity, word choice, consistency and point of view, while copyediting is concerned more with the mechanical side, such as grammar, spelling and punctuation. I offer the two as a combined service, focusing on working with you to polish your story, while maintaining your voice and style. 

The time for line and copyediting is when your book is structurally complete, you are confident that the story and plot are sound, and you’ve finished your own editing.

The cost varies depending on the amount of work required.

Read further details here.

Proofreading

The final stage – when a book has been thoroughly edited and is ready to go.

Proofreading picks up any remaining errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, layout and formatting.

It is meant to be a final quality-control check before publication. It usually takes place after typesetting, but it can be done beforehand, depending on your workflow and your plans for your book.

The cost of proofreading varies depending on the amount of work required.

Read further details here.

I also offer interior book design (typesetting) and self-publishing services.

I will shortly be offering developmental editing. Check back soon, or sign up the my newsletter The Fenland Pen and I’ll let you know!


I am so glad I discovered Jane Spencer Editorial! Jane recently undertook a manuscript evaluation of my first novel. Her detailed report and follow-up video call were invaluable. Jane’s advice is clear and constructive, with plenty of examples and links to articles and books for further help. Her assessment covered everything from plot and structure to characterisation, dialogue, setting, writing technique and more. Jane pinpointed exactly which areas of my book require attention, so I have a step-by-step action plan of what to do next. When I have rewritten and edited, I will definitely ask Jane for a final evaluation before submitting it to an agent. I highly recommend Jane Spencer Editorial to any writer.

Clare S, March 2024

In the three years I have been writing professionally, I have won an international writing award and been nominated for a second. I could not have done that with the quite honestly brilliant assistance of Jane Spencer. I would recommend her to anyone seeking to publish any work, no matter how long or short.

It’s not just the incredibly high quality of editing work that Jane does which is so good, but also the constructive and educational feedback she provides. Working with her has been an education, in English, in writing and in my own writing philosophies.

I could write volumes of praise for her and her work, but let me summarise with this fact – I refuse to publish any work, whether digital or in print, without having Jane edit it first. If you are smart, you’ll do the same.

Stephen Hart, The Grinning Frog, April 2023