Helping you gain peace of mind

and polish your words—without editing

your voice from your story

 

 

Welcome! I’m Jessica. 

I specialize in fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, and historical nonfiction, from short stories to novels; however, I edit all fiction.

I pride myself on keeping your unique voice intact and assisting you with publishing high-quality stories that resonate with readers while keeping the process transparent and smooth.

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“J. Berry Editorial made my stories clearer, more consistent, and stronger!”

Jan JonesRomance Author

About Jessica

 

Have you ever read a novel with an amazing story only to be distracted by errors throughout? I’m here to help with that! Having a second set of eyes view your work is a great way to eliminate errors you may have missed.

I’ve received training in proofreading, copy editing, and line editing in order to spot errors you may not notice. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. My education and experience provide me with skills in writing, research, critical thinking, communication, management, decision-making, and more. 

In my free time, I enjoy reading fantasy and science fiction, along with romance and a non-fiction book here and there. I like to peruse a little of everything! Because reading and helping others is a passion of mine, I enjoy helping writers perfect their message. Contact me so we can get started polishing your next masterpiece!

—Jessica Berry

Editor and Proofreader

My Services

For blog posts, flash fiction, short stories, poetry, or other short works under 10,000 words, an hourly price starting at $30 per hour will be charged upon assessment of your work.

Proofreading

starting at $0.018 per word

Proofreading is the last step before publishing. You may need this service if you've already had your manuscript edited and you'd like to catch any additional errors that may exist.

  • Checking proofs of formatted, edited material for adherence to design and for minor, mechanical errors in copy (such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes or small deviations from style sheet), checking obvious facts, and maintaining consistency. Does not include the following unless specified:
    • checking page breaks
    • inserting or checking page numbers to contents and page references

Copy Editing

starting at $0.02 per word

Copy editing allows you to have another set of eyes look over your manuscript to make sure your audience receives your intended message.

  • Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style
  • Checking for consistency; clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, maintaining style consistency and language style
  • Includes incorporating author’s responses to queries and checking the input thereof.
  • Does not include the following unless specified:
    • providing or changing system of citations
    • addressing issues with flow, tone, clarity, and language (see Line Editing)
    • suggesting phrasing changes (see Line Editing)

Copy and Line Editing

starting at $0.03 per word
*Cyber Week Sale!*

This package is for you if you'd like a line-by-line edit of not only grammatical and consistency errors but also of any issues with the tone, flow, and clarity of your manuscript. It's a great choice if you'd like something more in-depth than a copy edit.

This package includes everything with the copy editing package.

Line editing combines copy editing with additional services, such as making the style consistent, flagging content inconsistency from chapter to chapter, flagging plot holes and making suggestions, suggesting phrasing changes, removing overused words, sentence structure, tone and flow, and more.

I was hesitant an editor would disrupt my voice and my poetry would no longer feel like my work. I enjoyed Jessica’s honesty and professionalism. Honestly, just starting the process was difficult. As a creator, I am terrified to go out of my comfort zone and have a fear of rejection. I am happy Jessica was understanding and let me postpone until I was ready. I am recommending J. Berry Editorial to all of my POC who need any type of editing assistance. I think this was the best experience, especially with this being my first time using an editor for my poetry. She allowed me to step out and into something that has taken about five years... so thank you, Jessica!

Morgan EarlesCopy Editing Client

After speaking to Jessica, I was sad we lived so far apart we couldn't brainstorm in person! But despite geography, I was confident about her ability to do the work.
Jessica "saw" my voice right away, and her edits included grammar but also went deeper—making sure things felt right, made sense, and fit with the characters. I loved that she understood what I was doing and came along for the ride! The only hard part of working with Jessica was that I had to wait for my turn. (I'm not naturally patient!)
I recommend Jessica and have actually already recommended her to my screenwriting partner!

Sara DahmenLine Editing Client

Finding J. Berry Editorial on Instagram made me hesitant and wonder if she was as professional as I needed. However, she made the process as easy and painless as possible. I loved Jessica's edits and the fact that she was willing to put up with my micromanagement. The weekly updates were very helpful and honest. I would definitely recommend her because Jessica managed to edit without taking away my voice and hard work to make it sound like her or anyone else. It was a joy working with her!

Kirpa SinghProofreading Client

Thank you, J. Berry Editorial, for your amazing work! After your copyediting and line editing, I was more confident to self-publish my short story. Definitely worth it!

B.N. KumarLine Editing Client

My biggest hesitation going into the editing process was not knowing what to expect. I was concerned about whether my voice would be understood, and I had this image of big blocks of text being scratched out in red.
The thing I enjoyed most about working with Jessica was that everything was laid out in the beginning. From costs to due dates, I knew what to expect.
The process was simple, efficient, and less stressful than I anticipated.
I would certainly recommend her services! I would also use her services again myself for future projects.
I sincerely appreciate her help in making this project more tangible for me. Having a professional eye on this book gives me much more confidence going through the self-publishing process.

Christine HillLine Editing Client

Jessica is very professional, thorough, and kind. What I enjoyed most was the speed with which she responded to my numerous emails and the thoroughness of her work. I'll love to work with her again and again. I have no hesitation recommending J. Berry Editorial to anyone who needs the services of a humane, professional, and swift line editor and copy editor.

Moses Owojaiye

I met Jessica in my most desperate hour when I was in the throws of publishing my first book. I had sued my first editor and was looking for someone to fill that void. Jessica came in and was professional, timely, and accurate.

Desmond WilliamsCopy Editing Client

We writers are landscapers. We hew and cut, plant and prune. It needs an able reader to wander through our world and help us celebrate what works well and what needs alteration. Jessica’s insightful comments have allowed me to see what flourished, and just as importantly, what needed to be altered or elaborated on to ensure the story flowed. My work will be a stronger, more cohesive piece of writing because of her input. I have no hesitation in recommending her services!

Richard BarryProofreading Client

I'm always a little bit hesitant when it comes to working with editors and proofreaders because of their pricing . . . I loved and appreciated Jessica’s patience with me. I know my response time isn't the best. The process was easy and straightforward. I definitely will recommend J. Berry Editorial and use her services again.

A'deara ChavisProofreading Client

I am so grateful for the feedback and edits that Jessica provided. I am a first time writer, and she gave me confidence with my writing material. I feel confident that she can polish any material to be precise in the point being conveyed!

Crystal AlbaProofreading Client

I hesitated before hiring an editor because I'm a first-time author and am playing it by ear, learning as I go.

I'm a photographer, and the first thing I noticed was Jessica’s picture. The photographer did an excellent job of conveying something in her that is lovely. One can't photograph something that isn't already there, and it's a beautiful portrait.

She made the entire editing process go smoothly, and I needed it to go smoothly!

Jessica was engaging and welcoming, which I appreciated because I was nervous. I appreciated her insight and that she wasn’t overbearing in her thoughts about my book.

I would definitely recommend Jessica! She is professional and comes across as even-tempered and consistent. We should all be so lucky to possess these attributes!

Moja Ma'atCopyediting Client

Working With Me

Working with an editor can be a daunting task for any writer. However, it doesn’t have to be! Here is a clear guideline of what it’s like to work with me.

 

  1. Look over your work first to make sure you have all details complete and you are ready to receive input.

  2. Contact me to get started! 

  3. Have a conversation either by phone or email to discuss the project and expectations.

  4. Send a sample of the project to me for a quote or free sample edit! 

  5. Sign a contract to protect both of our work and pay your deposit.

  6. Receive your personalized welcome packet with details to guide you through the process.

  7. Enjoy open communication throughout the project by email.

  8. Review your edited or proofread manuscript.

  9. Receive an included revision after the first edit and a phone call to ask any additional questions! 

  10. Pay the final invoice, and enjoy your polished manuscript! 

Projects

I have had the pleasure to work on a variety of different projects. Below you will find recent projects I have edited or proofread.

How Can I Help?

Professional Proofreader, Copy Editor, and Line Editor

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