• Jane Simmonds •

Membership Grade
Advanced Professional Member

About Jane

An independent developmental editor, copyeditor and proofreader since 1998, I am versatile, efficient and enthusiastic. I have worked on a wide range of non-fiction titles for numerous clients from general and academic publishers to businesses and charities and self-publishing authors. I can tackle subjects ranging from history to gardening, from travel to psychology.

I focus on excellent client communication, and producing work to an extremely high standard within deadlines.

Find out more: https://www.janesimmonds-editorial.com

How can I help you?

  • I offer developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading and can work on your material at any stage, from first draft to the final stages before publication.
  • I specialise in non-fiction, both print and digital, including adults’, children’s, academic and travel titles, websites, and business materials.
  • I work with publishers, businesses, charitable organisations and authors who wish to self-publish or prepare their work for agents and publishers.
  • I can help you to clarify the purpose of your text and get its message across.
  • I offer web editing - including working directly on the site in WordPress.


Gardening, horticulture, botany

Biography, autobiography, memoir


Business and marketing

Academic humanities (history, art, architecture, literature, psychology)

"How to" guides


General science

Natural history, conservation, ecology



Books, academic books, illustrated books, how to books, journals, company literature, training materials, business materials, websites, multi-author books, travel guides.

Specialised software

InDesign, Word, WordPress, Adobe Acrobat Reader, MailChimp.

Qualifications and training

Training courses: Web editing (CIEP) 2020; References (SfEP) 2017; On-screen editing 2 (SfEP) 2015; Copy-editing 2 (SfEP) 2014; WordPress workshop 2014.

Conferences: CIEP conference 2020–23; SfEP conference 2016, 2019; SfEP Southwest mini-conference 2018.

Academic qualifications: BA English Language and Literature (University of Manchester, 2.1); Certificate in Ecology and Conservation (Birkbeck, Merit).


Independent copyeditor and proofreader since 1998; senior editor, DK Publishing, 1990–98; assistant editor, Europa Publications, 1989–90.

Recent clients

Publishers: Right Book Company, Dorling Kindersley, Princeton University Press, Thameside Media, Neon Squid, Routledge/T&F, CUP, Palgrave Macmillan, Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Independent and self-publishing authors, and students.

Websites: EAG Tax, National Handwriting Association, Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Walthamstow Montessori School, Newhouse Farm Cottages.

Educational training resources/charities: Thrive, National Handwriting Association.



Associated skills

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