Maya Angelou – You’ll Be Missed

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Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou.

As writers, you have a chance to do something amazing. You have a chance to get rich, a chance to get famous, a chance to be remembered beyond your days. But more than that, you have a chance to speak.

The act of putting pen to paper, or taking that deep breath and typing out your thoughts, can be humbling, can be elevating, can be for fun…or it can change the world.

Maya Angelou, who has died at the age of 86, changed the world with her writing and her activism.

When Maya Angelou wrote, it made you think. It made you want to try. More often than not, it left you breathless when you read it, with a heartfelt “Yes!” welling up from inside. She opened up a commonality in the human experience too often brushed past or washed over in the modern world, and for a moment, or an hour, or a day, she made you feel like a real, living part of something greater, a part of what the human race could be.

Maya Angelou, you’ll be missed.


A Big Week At Jefferson Franklin

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Gail Williams - author, editor, shortlistee...

Gail Williams – author, editor, shortlistee…

We’re on tenterhooks here at JFE Headquarters this week.

One of our best and brightest editors, Gail Williams, is also the author of a number of gritty crime novels, and she’s been shortlisted for the highly prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition.

It’s a big deal, and in true Oscar style, it’s a great honour just to be shortlisted…

But it would be fantastic to win!

Why not discover Gail before the rush – her debut self-published novel, the deliciously twisted Foreshadows, has been relaunched on Amazon in a smart new edited version. Go pick up your copy today, then look smug when everyone else discovers her. And when they do, tell them Jefferson Franklin switched you on to her.


All Editing Firms Are Not The Same

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ProofingOne of the things we love about our free sample chapter edits is that they don’t tie authors down. You can get your first chapter edited by us completely free, and it doesn’t stop you seeing who else is out there, and whether they’d be better for your work.

We love the spirit of honest competition, because, as with agents and publishers, we feel authors have to be comfortable with their editor.

After getting a Jefferson Franklin sample chapter edit on her novel, The Wages of Sin, Daniela Taylor booked a full edit with us, but kept her options open, trying another firm too.

This week, Daniela was kind enough to report her findings back to us.

“There is no comparison between the work you did on my novel (for free!) and the £44 I wasted for someone else’s opinion of the same piece. There are good and bad editors obviously; some don’t even know the meaning of the word.

“If the sample chapter is an example of what I can expect from you – super work, at a fair price – I’m looking forward to seeing the end result of my full edit.”

This was not just a mutual admiration society – we never tell authors what we think they want to hear. We tell them what they need to hear.

Sadly, it’s still true that all editing firms are not the same. But don’t take our word for it – get your own sample chapter edit today by sending your chapter as a Word document to, and then shop around. If we’re not the editors for you, we’ll be happy that you’ve found someone you can work with. No cost, no obligation, co commitment, no hassle. But why not see the Jefferson Franklin difference for yourself?

Everybody Loves The Letter

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Kathryn Hughes' debut novel, The Letter.

Kathryn Hughes’ debut novel, The Letter.

The editors at Jefferson Franklin have a soft spot for Kathryn Hughes’s The Letter. It has everything you could want, either to curl up with through a long winter afternoon by the fire, or to stretch out with on a beach of your choosing. Believable, complex characters, a gripping, personal storyline, humour, terror, tragedy and triumph – whatever you sit down expecting, The Letter can give you in spades. What’s more, when Kathryn sent it to us, it allowed us to fulfill a personal commitment to helping work that shows the strength of women and their ultimate power over adversity. You won’t put down The Letter as quite the same person you were when you picked it up.

The Letter has been available on Amazon for a little while now, and one thing has become very very clear. We’re not alone in loving The Letter. It’s now rated 121 out of 400,000 available Kindle books on the site. It only has 4 and 5-star reviews, and averages out rated at 4.7 out of 5 stars.

To celebrate, Kathryn has – for a strictly limited period – reduced the price of The Letter on Kindle to just 99p. Less than a pound to go on a trip that will have you on the edge of your seat or your sun-lounger. You know that makes sense.

What are you waiting for? Go to Amazon today, and read The Letter. You’re going to fall in love with Kathryn Hughes’s writing sooner or later – do it now and you can look smug when she goes international.