rogena mitchell-jones, literary editor
Rogena quite possibly saved my writing career before it could even begin. She was my shooting star, my wish upon a candle—my editing savior. Her punctuality is impressive. Rogena’s impeccable skills have allowed me to publish error-free novels. I can’t see how I could ever turn to another editing service. —B.B. Reid, Bestselling Author
Award-winning editor, Rogena Mitchell-Jones has a background that consists of over 25 years in journalism and is now an expert editor working for independent authors internationally since 2013. Her clientele base includes a vast array of Amazon, USA Today, and NY Times bestselling authors, editing hundreds of books during her now vast career.
Rogena isn’t a writer—she’s an editor. She is here to assist you, the author, in creating a manuscript free of typographical errors, including correcting misspelled words, grammatical errors, and inconsistencies in plot, timeline, and characters. She is meticulous and thorough in her editing. With attention to detail, Rogena will read your manuscript for continuity and logical consistency, will make certain everything makes sense to your readers, and she will query when something doesn't add up.
Let’s make your manuscript the masterpiece you have dreamed of publishing. She is an editor, not an author. She is a reader, not a writer. She is a Copy Editor. She wants to live in your story while reading your manuscript. She is here to assist you in producing the best product possible for your readers.
Currently, Rogena lives in South Jersey with her wife, Karen, and their extremely pampered cats. If she isn’t at home with a cat assisting her as she edits or snuggled with one as she reads a good book, coffee in hand, you might find her on the beach with a good book—sans cats, of course.
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"You shine your brightest when you are honest, accept mistakes, build others up instead of tearing them down. These are the things that will help you grow, keep you calm, and make you the best you can be." — Rogena Mitchell-Jones
Colleen Snibson, Editor
Colleen Snibson lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She has been editing professionally since 2014 after she completed on online course through Open Colleges for her Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading. After brushing up her skills, she started her own editing business, Colleen Snibson Editing. Not long after Colleen started editing full time, she and Rogena met online. After a year of mentorship, a wonderful bond and friendship had formed.
Now, Colleen and Rogena have decided to join forces. Still working separately with their own editing businesses, they now offer editing and proofreading together--Two Editors, Two Red Pens, and a Little Red Ink. If you hire both Rogena and Colleen, you will receive the benefit of having two editors working on your manuscript—one as your initial copy editor and the other as your proofreader.
Trust us—we make a great team.
Colleen takes pride when editing and proofreading a manuscript and considers herself somewhat pedantic. She is an avid reader and loves all things words and grammar.
A note from the editor
To current and future clients,
Understanding the relationship between author and editor is a central part of publishing your manuscript. I've been told it's a relationship similar to being married. I'm not sure how I feel about that. However, it is a vital part of publishing, so you want to find an editor you can relate to and who will do the best editing possible without changing your style or your voice.
I am someone who reads a work of fiction with a critical eye. My expertise is in all things grammar, punctuation, and clarity. I aim to improve grammar, spelling, characterization, and general inconsistencies in the story. This includes working through awkwardness, logic flaws, and sentences that could be confusing to a reader, before you publish your book. I am a professional with an eye for detail. Describing my editing in one word, I believe the word would be thorough.
I am a copy editor or copyeditor—depending on what style guide or dictionary you use. One who seeks to preserve your style, your perspective, and your voice while paying attention to every aspect of detail, including typographical errors that might have been missed in previous beta and proofreading. I am committed to you, the author, and strive to make you look your very best. I strive for excellence.
My focus is concise literary editing, focusing on every word—word-by-word, line-by-line manuscript editing. I focus on both Rules-Based Editing as well as Analysis-Based.
I am dedicated to you, the writer, and to your story being told in your voice while focusing on how the reader will perceive it. My goal is to be ‘in sync’ with you, the author, as I am editing. Remember, I am not an author, but a reader. So I am a reader first, which means I am not out to rewrite your story.
Along with editing your book, I will tell you if a sentence isn't fluent or coherent. I will suggest a clearer way of writing the sentence or might suggest a better word or proper word usage. I will tell you if something confuses me within the story.
My goal is to help you create that perfect manuscript. I know your dream is always going to be to publish a bestseller. I am here to assist you in achieving that goal. I want YOUR book to reflect the hard work and dedication you have invested! Do not rely on your own eyes. Let me polish your manuscript for you.
Allow me to use my art and my craft to hone your talent as a writer. Just as writing a novel is an art, so is editing. I'm ready to apply my art to yours. Are you ready, too?
Sincerely and best regards from your biggest supporter, Rogena Mitchell-Jones
"Not only is Rogena a lovely lady to work with, so very patient, but she does amazing and professional work. I am so over the moon with the finished result." —L.L. Hunter, Bestselling Author of The Legend of the Archangel Series
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