Lesley Jones - copy editor and proofreader

A51, Tarporley, Cheshire West and Chester CW6, UK
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About me

I specialise in editing fiction by independent authors as
well as for commercial publishers. You will find me approachable and friendly –
please visit my website at www.perfecttheword.co.uk
for more information about how I work.

Skills and services


Copy-editing, line editing, proofreading – on-screen and
paper-based; editing non-native English; manuscript critique. I am a former
solicitor and have competent spoken French.


Subject areas and media


Fiction of all genres – in particular crime and thriller;
science fiction, fantasy, and horror; romance; historical; young adult;
children’s. I also have experience in editing non-fiction, including books on
religion, law/police, biography, and substantial marketing reports. I have
experience in editing both UK and US English, and also work with ESL clients.




I have been a freelance editor and proofreader since 2009,
working full time since 2013. I work with major publishing houses and also deal
directly with independent authors.

Qualifications and recent training


A very long time ago I obtained a degree in psychology and
went on to become a solicitor specialising in criminal law. Having now come to
my senses, my recent training includes:


Editing for fiction workshop (SfEP) 2016


Introduction to fiction editing (SfEP) 2015/16


Brush up your grammar (SfEP) 2014


Copy-editing progress (SfEP) 2014


Introduction to copy-editing (SfEP) 2013


Proofreading today (Editorial Training) 2013


Introduction to proofreading (SfEP) 2013


Recent clients


Pan Macmillan; Black Library; Harlequin (an imprint of
Harper Collins); Endeavour Press; Oxford Language Editing; Ultimate Proof; Whitefox;
Chicken House; Hirst Books; many self-publishing novelists.



has been part of our extensive pool of freelance copyeditors and proofreaders
since January 2014. Myself and the rest of the Editorial Services team have
been greatly impressed by Lesley’s attention-to-detail and diligence. She has
engaged excellently with the books she’s worked on for us and is always
sensitive to the varied styles of our authors. Given her confidence and
professionalism, we’ve had no hesitation in commissioning her to work on books
by both brand-name commercial authors and literary stars (among them a
Pulitzer-winner). She is personable, flexible and great to work with.’ Fraser Crichton, Editorial Services
Assistant, Pan Macmillan


careful, detailed work.’ Adrian
Tchaikovsky, author of
of Time


message to all budding writers is: if you want your manuscript to be polished
and your words to have a beautiful fluency, then Lesley Jones is the copy
editor for you! She simply has a way with words that helps the writer’s message
come across without sacrificing the author’s original voice. She is meticulous,
professional, and caring with any project she undertakes.’ Mehrdad Noorani, spiritualist author

‘It’s like me, only better.’ Fran Clark,
author of
The Long Way Home


‘Lesley is fantastic at what she does. She has
proofread and edited two of my epic fantasy books, Lesley always keeps me up to
date with what she is doing with regards to my stories and will always ask when
she needs to make a change. She’s very thorough and a pleasure to work with. I
plan to use her for my next few titles because of her consistency and her fair
prices.’ H J Cronin, author of Wilmurin,
Land of the Druids and Land of




‘I wish to express how delighted I’ve been with the
work Lesley has done on the first book in my quadrilogy, Silicon Hell.
Lesley completed the work on time and on budget to a high standard. Her editing
style met my requirements exactly and comments on suggested revisions were
always constructive. Almost all of Lesley’s suggested revisions were accepted
without altering the tone and outcome of the book. Her input most certainly
improved its readability and tightened the whole book up. I’m especially
grateful to her for picking up on a hole in the plot regarding the timing of a
series of events.
JR Ford, author of Silicon Hell


has been working as a freelancer for Black Library since September 2013. During
that time, she has proven to be skilful as copy-editor and proof reader and has
continued to improve with time. Lesley has a good eye for detail and is
dedicated to the tasks that are asked of her in addition to thoroughly
researching the style guides and resources provided for our books. Lesley has
always delivered her projects on time and takes suggestions and tips by our
editorial staff with enthusiasm and care. I would highly recommend Lesley as a
freelancer for her impeccable work ethic, quality of work and attention to
deadlines.’ Sarah Greene, Desk Editor, Black Library.



Contact number

01829 781458



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Country United Kingdom
State/Province Cheshire West and Chester
distance: 122 Miles
Address A51, Tarporley, Cheshire West and Chester CW6, UK
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