I’m Jo. I’m a freelance editor, writer, and book reviewer, and I have 25+ years’ experience of childrens’ and Young Adult fiction as a specialist librarian. I’ve read in excess of 30,000 childrens and YA books and successfully promoted them in schools, and I also teach creative writing to young people.
I help indie authors develop and hone their writing craft at story and sentence level through manuscript appraisals, copyediting and proofreading services. Think of me as a critical friend – honest, supportive, and as excited by your writing journey as you are!
I aim for my services to be affordable, as I appreciate that commissioning editorial services is a big step for many aspiring and indie writers, and there are lots of other demands on our finances.
I’m an entry-level member of the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders, working towards intermediate level.
I studied English Language and Literature at Sheffield Hallam University, winning the 1995 SHU / Virago Prize for feminist literary criticism and having my fifteen minutes’ worth of fame on the local creative writing circuit as a poet, and then went on to study for an MA in Information and Library Studies.
I’m a reviewer for the School Librarian, the journal of the School Library Association, in which I’ve also had several articles published, as well as several booklists also published by the SLA. I’ve also reviewed for The Self Publishing Magazine, and I’ve written articles for Adoption Today, the journal of Adoption UK.
Reading is my lifeblood – I read anything in any genre, for any age group – and have a particular fondness for horror, psychological thrillers, pagan and feminist themes.
Get in touch if you’d like to work with me!