Free Sample Chapter Edits

Written by Tony Fyler on . Posted in General, News, Services

SurpriseWe’ve recently had a  number of authors approach us, incredulous that we offer free sample chapter edits.

So many in fact, it seemed worth putting together a Frequently Asked Questions list, to help authors understand how it works.


1.  Yes, they’re completely free.

2.  Yes, they’re completely without obligation – you can take our sample chapter edits and never speak to us again if you like.

3.  This is how they work. You email us at, attaching your sample chapter (ideally your first chapter) as a Word document. (No, there’s no facility to upload your chapters directly on this website). We acknowledge receipt of your work, and, usually within seven days, we’ll send you back an edited version of your work (using Track Changes, so you can see what we’ve done), a “clean” version of the edit, with all the edits accepted and all the comments removed, and a critique document on the chapter. That’s it. If you don’t want to use us based on what we send you, we’ll wish you well with your writing. If you do want to use us, we talk deadlines and prices.

4.  This is not a limited-time offer. Free sample chapter edits are a fundamental part of the Jefferson Franklin business model.
One free sample edit per author.

5.  We do this because we’re not an average editing house. We believe no author should commit hard-earned cash to an editor without being confident they’re getting a professional service which is right for them.

So no, you have nothing to lose by sending us your sample chapter. Why wait? Email us your chapter today and find out if Jefferson Franklin is right for you.

GB Williams Lands Three-Book Deal

Written by Tony Fyler on . Posted in News

GB Williams – she’s going to lock you in for three books.

We’re going to be smug now.

Intolerably, irredeemably smug. In fact, we’re going to dance around the internet doing the ‘We Told you So’ dance.

GB Williams, one of our longest-serving editors, just signed a three-book deal with Bloodhound Books.

We first encountered GB Williams as a client here at Jefferson Franklin, and we were impressed right from the word ‘Go.’ Besides crafting ingenious plots with simmering tensions between her characters, GB proved to have other oseful skills, and now, barring the Editor-in-Chief, she’s our longest-serving Senior Editor. A whizz at research-led realism, believable timelines, involving worlds, complex plotting and characters you’ll recognise as real human beings, rather than walking plot-engines, GB Williams is a writer you’ll want to read – and then an author you’ll want to read more.

The ‘Locked’ series is set to shake up the contemporary crime market from Autumn 2017, when the first of the three books is launched.

GB Williams, folks – you’re going to want to lock yourself in with her books. Check her out at Bloodhound Books here.

What’s more, GB has since also begun negotiations with Xchyler Publishing in the US to publish the first novel in a steampunk adventure series, Shades of Aether, following the exploits of Amethyst Forrester as she becomes an heiress, moves into high society, and ends up saving the British establishment with the cunning application of marzipan. Xchyler knows a good writer when it sees one, and has previously published GB in a steampunk anthology, Steel And bone.

So whether you like your crime gritty, realistic and modern, or Victorian and steampunk, you’re going to want to check out GB Williams this autumn – whichever side of the Atlantic you’re on, she’s going to take your world by storm.

Editor-in-Chief Writes Doctor Who

Written by Tony Fyler on . Posted in News

Cover of Doctor Who: Purification

What the Editor-in-Chief does between edits – Doctor Who: Purification

Our Editor-in-Chief, Tony Fyler, is a Doctor Who fanatic. So when he got the opportunity to write a 40-minute audio adventure for an ‘unbound’ or ‘unofficial’ Doctor, he jumped at the chance.

The result is Doctor Who: Purification, from On Fleak Productions, which is out today.

In the story, the recently-regenerated Doctor arrives in Hitler’s bunker in the last days of the War, just in time to discover the Fuhrer has one final trick up his sleeves. A trick that could turn the tide of the conflict and change the destiny of the planet.

On Fleak Productions is not affiliated in any way with the BBC, and its audio adventures are entirely unofficial – which means they’re also entirely free to download. Check out Doctor Who: Purification today.

Island of Secrets E-Book Launches

Written by Tony Fyler on . Posted in News

The front cover of Island of Secrets.

Island of Secrets is launched in E-book format.

Patricia Wilson, an English ex-pat living in Crete, dug up a rusted machine gun in her garden. And Island of Secrets was born.

  • Why would there be a machine gun buried in the ground in the quiet Cretan town of Amiras?
  • What secrets does the island hold?
  • And what happened in World War II that rocked the lives of the townsfolk for generations to come?

Patricia Wilson is one of our favourite authors at Jefferson Franklin. Her debut novel is based in a truth of the war which rocked the lives of the people of Amiras.

Telling the story of Maria Kondulakis of Amiras, her daughter Poppy, and her granddaughter Angie, it’s a page-turning wonder with plenty of atmosphere. It’s a story about the horrors of war, the wonder of women, and the strength it takes to face dark secrets and build something positive out of the ashes of the past.

That’s why major publisher Bonnier Zaffre snapped it up as part of a two-book deal.

And that’s why you should read it now it’s released in e-book format. It’s a summer beach read, absolutely, with romance, thrill, atmosphere and character. It spins you along a plot that’s full of ups and downs and sidesteps that keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

Knowing that the book is based in truth makes it more special than any other beach read you’ll buy this year.

Get Island of Secrets from Amazon now, and join the Patricia Wilson fan club.