Jane Spencer Editorial

My Experience

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I first trained as a proofreader in 1996 and used those skills in many subsequent roles. After gaining considerable experience and taking further training, I became a fulltime freelance editor and proofreader in 2018.

I have worked with a wide range of clients on many types of written material, including novels for publishers and self-publishing authors, websites, blog posts, magazine articles and more. I specialise in fantasy and science fiction and am an experienced RPG editor. You can see a selection of the books I have worked on below, along with testimonials from authors I have worked with.

I also ran my own indie publishing house, Eyrie Press, for eight years, with responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company, including the editing, proofreading and book design. The experience of running a small indie press is very much like self-publishing, so I know exactly how it feels!

As a professional member of the CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading), I abide by the CIEP Membership Codes.

My qualifications/courses

  • Proofreading 1 (CIEP)
  • Proofreading 2 (CIEP)
  • Copyediting 1 (CIEP)
  • Copyediting 2 (CIEP)
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing (CIEP)
  • Manuscript Evaluation (Editors’ Association of Canada)
  • Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory (Liminal Pages)

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southampton
  • Master’s in forensic psychological studies from the Open University
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My genres

I am happy to consider any genre, but I specialise in:


  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • RPG (roleplaying game) material
  • Literary fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Romance (including dark romance and erotica)


  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Alternative education
  • Geocaching

A selection of my work

Due to client confidentiality, I am not able to share specific details of all the books I have edited or proofread, but you can see a selection below. Clicking on the images will take you to more information.

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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

I want to thank you for a job phenomenally well done. Every insight you provided helped the clarity of my meaning.

Guile Branford, March 2024
editing experience - ghost story
editing experience - literary
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editing experience - memoir

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
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Jane has worked on a number of projects for my company now. The work is always of exceptional quality, delivered within the agreed timescale and including both a clean copy and a ‘changes shown’ version. Will keep coming back with more work.

Kel, Awfully Queer Heroes, April 2023
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A Merman's Choice
Music for a Merman
Mermaids Marry in Green

I thought I had a good eye for detail until I used Jane’s services! Jane has proofread a range of texts for me, including lengthy blog posts, magazine articles and even job applications. In particular, I was impressed by her ability to spot inconsistencies in style and tense that had passed me by. I wouldn’t hesitate to use her again.

Andy Wright, aka Tentmantent

Other Project Examples

Jane’s editorial services have been invaluable. As a writer and scriptwriter I have written several scripts of varying styles and lengths and one novel. Jane has professionally copy-edited and proofread each one, returning them (sometimes to very tight deadlines) annotated with corrections and suggestions, all clearly marked and explained. Jane is diligent and hard working and has a great eye for detail. She will sometimes challenge my work and offer alternative ideas which I hadn’t thought of. I will continue to use Jane’s services and skills in the future, and I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone.

D.J., Managing Director, DMJ-Imagery Ltd.