Lesley Jones – Fiction Editor

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Hello! I’m Lesley Jones; my trading name is Perfect the Word (which describes exactly what I hope we can do together). Publishing a book on your own (self-publishing as an independent author – indie publishing) can be a daunting task, but I’m here to help you through one of the most important stages: editing. So read on. You’ll soon decide whether we’ll be a comfortable fit.
The first thing you should know about me is that I understand the amount of time and soul searching it has taken you to craft your manuscript, and that I’ll ensure any work I do with you on that manuscript will be with a view to producing a book that’s the best it can be: polishing your prose, but keeping it yours. I love reading; I love books; and it’s a dream to be part of the creation of new ones.

You may also want to know about my qualifications. All you need to know for now is that I have nearly ten years’ experience in freelance editing, and I’ve taken many courses in editing and proofreading. I keep up to date with continuing education and attend the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading conference every year (which involves a lot of CPD). I’m an advanced professional member of the aforementioned CIEP. If you look at my portfolio (on my website) you’ll see I edit for Macmillan, Harper Collins, Black Library and some of the smaller presses, but most of my work – and the work I value above all else – is for indie authors who have chosen to take on the publishing process themselves. Many of my authors (apologies for sounding possessive) have published series of books which are doing very well; some choose only to write one book – and these also (rightly) do well.
Contact me to discuss your requirements ([email protected]). I would be happy to do a sample edit and return it to you with my quote (maximum 1,000 words – but feel free to send me more to read!).
Best wishes,


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.


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.

‘Good Profit to you’ Lesley!


My 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.


I was lucky to have cone across Lesley when I needed a professional to work on my short story collection. She was friendly, helpful and very easy to work with. I was happy with the end result and I would recommend Lesley to anyone.


Lesley Jones proof-read my book, “The Arnick Innocents”. She was meticulous, thorough and extremely helpful throughout the whole process, making the book possible. I would strongly recommend Lesley as a proofreader to any author out there and I have no hesitation at all in using her again myself.
Her work is staggeringly accurate and impressively swift, helped along by an approachable and cooperative manner which is very important in getting your book right and ready for publication.
Kevin Graham,
Co-Author “The Arnick Innocents”

Response from Lesley Jones – Fiction Editor on 12/03/2013

Thank you Kevin – looking forward to the sequel!


I am the author of a published science fiction trilogy and I can always trust Lesley’s keen eye and attention to detail when she proof reads my work. She is not only quick but efficient and thorough. If there is a sentence which Lesley is unsure will work, she will question and, when appropriate, offer alternative solutions. I feel that my work is in good hands and that I can always count on Lesley’s professional, reliable talents. A fresh look at one’s work from someone else’s perspective is always useful and it is evident from Lesley’s proof reading notes that she has not only great skill, but a tremendous amount of enthusiasm!

Response from Lesley Jones – Fiction Editor on 01/03/2013

Thank you so much Ruth! Proofreading your work is a great opportunity for me to catch up with Tom’s adventures on Truxxe – highly recommended!

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