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Jenny Knight

Jenny Knight - Editor

Jenny Knight is a prize-winning writer of short story and memoir and a contributor to the celebrated Common People anthology, edited by Kit de Waal (May 2019).

An experienced editor, copy-writer, copy-editor and proofreader, she’s enjoyed 25 years’ successful freelancing for publishers including Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Routledge, and her writing on writing and the publishing world has appeared in Book Machine, National Writers’ Centre and Restless.

Jenny was selected for PenguinRH WriteNow 2018, a 2019 Arts Council/TLC Award, is a NCW Case Study and has won or been shortlisted in competitions including Bridport, Fish, Arvon, ACE/Escalator, Yeovil, Riptide and SWWJ. She has a degree in English Literature and Drama, studied Creative Writing at UEA and is never happier than when writing, critiquing other writers or reading a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction.

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WHY WE LOVE JENNY

She’s taught creative writing in prisons, teaches Masterclasses for Litro and has spoken on panels and held workshops on the writing process, getting agents and dealing with rejection – including for PrimadonnaFest and the Lockdown Stay-At-Home-Fest.

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WHAT JENNY SAYS ABOUT EDITING

I have such a backstory with writing – it took me 20 years from starting out to securing an agent – I’ve learned a lot I wish I’d known earlier! I’m passionate about analysing other writers’ work and find helping writers immensely rewarding – I know how hard it is to write a novel, short story or memoir, and the challenges of making it the best you can. I want to inspire writers to dig deep, produce their best work and increase their chances of reaching their goals.

I offer clear insight into what isn’t working, covering all narrative bases, but only alongside suggestions of what might work better. I’ve had my own writing editorially assessed and know how much this can help – but also how it feels! As a professional copyeditor and proofreader I’m always happy to factor in line-editing/copy-editing if required.

I love stories about women, sex, death, family, midlife, working-class experiences, WWII and also short stories. I also love memoir, narrative-non-fiction and have worked on an array of topic-led books.

Genres Jenny specialises in

Fiction
Contemporary
Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Crime / Thriller / Action
Women’s
Romance & Erotica
Comic/satire
Short Stories & novellas
Non-Fiction
Memoir/autobiography
Other Narrative Non-fiction
Subject-led Non-fiction

Jenny's published books

Common People

Common People

Testimonials

“I found Jenny’s analysis of my (half-written) first-ever novel so helpful. She seemed to understand what I was trying to do even when I didn’t, and while she didn’t hold back from identifying the issues (which I was dreading, by the way!) she always followed it through with ideas for change or a way of tackling the problem and going forward. Even her ideas of what to read to help me understand the genre better, or how to think about what a reader needed, were great! She also helped me to realise I needed to focus on the craft of writing a novel – I’d only written memoir or non-fiction before – rather than trying to pre-empt what an agent I’d like to work with wanted. I’m working with her suggestions now and I am so glad I took her advice, it’s helped my confidence and direction writing this book no end.”

– Katy Massey, author of ‘Are We Home Yet?’ (Jacaranda, 2020)

"I really don't know how to thank you enough. My expectations have been exceeded by far."

- Ella H.

“Jenny has been a tremendous help with all my novels. She brings inspiring and brilliant insights into my characters, their motivations, the pace, the story, structure, tone and dialogue, telling me where she thought I could make improvements while always completely spurring me on. She really is so good at what actually makes a book ‘work’ I’ve been nagging her to do this professionally for other writers since book one – and I’m on book five now!”

– MJ Riley, author of ‘The Bad Things’, ‘After She Fell’, ‘Dark Waters’, ‘Gone in the Night’ (Killer Reads, Harper Collins)

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