Jane Spencer Editorial

My Experience

I first trained as a proofreader in 1996 and used those skills throughout various roles over the following years.

From 2014 to 2022 I ran my own independent publishing house, a not-for-profit social enterprise which published novels, novellas, children’s books and non-fiction.

I have been a fulltime freelance editor since 2018 and 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 experience RPG editor. You can see a selection of the books I have worked on below.

I am the co-producer of PinPoint Magazine, a magazine for the geocaching community.

I also run Fenland Writers, a group which supports and encourages writers in my community.

I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).

Editing and Proofreading

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

RPG (Roleplaying game) Editing

I’ve been working with the fabulous Stephen Hart, aka The Grinning Frog at www.thegrinningfrog.com, since 2020, providing line and copyediting services for his roleplaying game publications. This has involved discussion about issues such as the merits of adhering to terminology and layouts familiar to the reader, the ways in which punctuation and grammar can change the meaning or tone of the writing, and the importance of consistency. He’s a fantastic writer, and it’s always a joy to work on his material.

The publications I have worked on include Abracadabra: A Guide to Becoming a Magical Games Master, for which Stephen won a Judges’ Spotlight Award at the ENNIE awards in 2021.

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, April 2023

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