Lesley Jones – Proofreader and Copy-Editor

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I am a retired solicitor, with a passion for reading and a love of language.

I am fortunate in that I have always been sensitive to the correct use of grammar and spelling. Additionally I have an inquisitive personality – happily satisfied by the writings of others, temporarily given into my keeping to read and correct as necessary.

I qualified via SfEP (the Society for Editors and Proofreaders), of which I am a Professional Member, and Editorial Training (Merit).

Since becoming professionally qualified, I have joined the teams of several well-known publishing houses (including Macmillan, Black Library, Harlequin), and have proofread and copy-edited fiction of several genres, but usually with an emphasis on my favourite – sci-fi and fantasy, both for adults and teenagers. I also regularly work with self-publishers in fiction and biography. I regularly copy-edit non-fiction from an international client.

My early clients include Colin Baker (well known actor and author – famous for being Doctor Who), Matthew Waterhouse (also famous for Doctor Who), Daphne Ashbrook (a well know American actress) and John Leeson (actor and wine critic)…among many others. I have worked on books by both brand-name commercial authors and literary stars (among them a Pulitzer-winner).

If you are willing to entrust me with the product of your creativity, I will return your work to you corrected, tidied up – whatever we agree.
Please email me for a chat (lesley.91@btinternet.com) about your requirements, and we can agree a provisional fee (subject to alteration when I have seen the complete manuscript).
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 – Proofreader and Copy-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 – Proofreader and Copy-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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