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.

Be The New Must-Read On The Beach

Written by Tony Fyler on . Posted in News, Services

Beach and eBookThis year, don’t just take the new ‘must-read’ on the beach.

BE the new ‘must-read’ on the beach. Get a professional edit at a friendly price from Jefferson Franklin Editing.

We give you the chance to try before you buy with our absolutely free, no-obligation sample chapter edit. Simply send us your first chapter as a Word document by email, and let us do the rest. We’ll tell you straight whether you’ve got a bestseller on your hands, or whether you need to go back to the drawing board and redraft.

That means you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by trying a Jefferson Franklin edit.

Oh Say Can You See… The JF Editing Independence Day Sale!

Written by Tony Fyler on . Posted in News, Services

Mr Jefferson...

Jefferson Franklin was named after two great Americans, and while it’s based in Wales, the company is half American in its make-up. So, to celebrate Independence Day, all writers living in the US will be eligible for a 20% discount on all their editing for the space of one day!

The day will begin at 12.01 GMT on 4th July – (20.01 Eastern Time, 14.00 Hawaii Time – 3rd July) – and will run until 12.01 Hawaii Time (06.00 Eastern) on 5th July, to allow a majority of US writers to take advantage of the offer.

NB – we know it’s not really fair to expect writers to have pieces ready for editing on a one-day deadline, so here’s the deal. You don’t have to SEND your work for editing during this one-day period to take advantage of the 20% discount. You only have to BOOK your work for editing during this period to get 20% off, in celebration of Independence Day.

Tell us what your word-count is, how long you’d like the turnaround time to be – from 1 to 4 weeks – and tell us when you think you’ll be ready to deliver the work. We’ll invoice you at the 20% discounted rate, and then when the work is ready, simply send it to us to get it edited to our publishing standard.

Email us to get your discounted quote, and have a great (and economically responsible) Independence Day!

…and Dr Franklin


JF Editing Rewards Welsh Writers With Discount

Written by Tony Fyler on . Posted in News, Services

Welsh writers in English are well-known for their creative flair, their evocative storytelling and their way with words. What they’re not so well-known for is their eye for rogue commas, misplaced words and inaccurate declensions.

Jefferson Franklin Editing, based in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, is aiming to change all that with a 15%  discount on all its author services for writers in Wales until the end of 2012.

“It’s all about stimulating local creativity,” said Editor-in-Chief Tony Fyler. “Open any local paper in Wales on any given week and you can be fairly sure to see ‘local author hopes for success…’ as a headline. But who’s editing their work? Who’s making sure local authors produce work that can stand proudly with the Big Boys and Girls of the publishing world? Who’s squashing all the rogue commas and spotting all the run-on sentences? Well, now the answer is – we are”.

Fyler – who has only recently returned to the Valleys after 15 years as a journalist and editor in London – says local authors face an increasingly tough challenge.

“In this day and age, most publishers haven’t got the time and won’t allocate the funds to get your work professionally edited,” he said. “They expect you to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of past participles, present possessives, conditional clauses and the like. They see all the grammatical knowledge as part of your job as a writer.

“At Jefferson Franklin, we believe your job as a writer is to make your content engaging. Our job is to worry about declensions, subjunctives, past participles, scansion, margins, fonts, typos, possessive apostrophes and all the underpinning that makes your work read like the professional book it should be. We say let writers be writers, and let us take care of all the fiddly stuff!

“And of course the new trend is to self-publish, or e-publish. That’s a great way of getting your work out into the world, fast – but it also means if your work’s not properly edited, all your mistakes go out into the world fast too, getting in the way of your content and turning off your readers.”
Fyler admits there are plenty of agencies who will offer critiques and editorial services out there.
“But the prices!” he exclaims. “I know there’s the romantic ideal of being a starving writer, but if you went to some of these places, you’d get a whole lot of romantic idealism in one go! Writers cannot live by pristine manuscripts alone, so for the first year, we’ve capped our prices for authors of works up to 200,000 words, be they fiction or non-fiction. And, as a special incentive to get the creative juices flowing, we’re offering a 15% additional discount to writers living in Wales. Just put the word ‘Cymru’ in the subject line of your enquiry email to qualify.”

To get a quote to edit your work, email us or call 0791 789 7813.