Jennifer Jones – Book Coach, Editor and Proofreader

What is your specialism within book publishing? 

I am a book coach and editor/proofreader. I primarily work with female small business owners who want to write a book to help their current and future clients learn more about what they do and how they can help. I begin by helping my clients own their authorial voice and show them that they don’t need lots of free time to write a book. Then, I help them structure and polish their work.


Can you describe what you do in 10 words or fewer?

I help busy people get their ideas onto the page.


What led you to go freelance? 

I went freelance because I wanted the freedom to work when and where I choose. Also, I really enjoy the variety of working on lots of interesting projects. In a single day, I can go from proofreading a book on Spanish history to coaching a writer working on a book about her coaching practice.

Do you work primarily for publishing companies or independent authors or a mix? 

I only work for independent authors.


What’s the best part of doing what you do?

The best part is that moment when an aspiring author realises she really does have what it takes to write a book.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your freelance journey? 

I wish I’d known how to network and collaborate more effectively, both to build my business and to temper the loneliness that often goes with being a sole trader/freelance.

How many books are in your TBR (to be read) pile/list? And do you plan to read them all eventually? 

I do plan to read them all eventually, but I don't think I want to know how many books are waiting to be read because the ‘list’ grows faster than I read (I bought 3 books just this week).


Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I prefer physical books; I like the weight of a book in my hand and the particular scent of older books. I’m a Victorianist by training and have lots of books that are well over a century old – reading facsimiles on a screen is just too sterile.

Do you have any advice for anyone considering a career in publishing? 

If you’re considering a career in publishing, find your niche (you can’t be everything to everyone) and only do it if you love it. If you don’t love it, you’ll resent the long hours.

What is your favourite children’s book and your favourite adult’s book? 

My favourite children’s book is Harriet the Spy (1964) by Louise Fitzhugh. My favourite adult’s book is The Mill on the Floss (1860) by George Eliot.

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