Janey Burton


Editor & Contracts Negotiator

Janey Burton

My Specialisms

Non-fiction: General and popular non-fiction. Areas of particular interest include memoir, biography, careers, and self-help.

Fiction: Commercial fiction in all categories for adults. I particularly enjoy mysteries, thrillers, comic fantasy and women’s fiction including romance and cosy mystery. No poetry or children’s books.

Some of the highlights of my freelance career so far include editing TV presenter Mr Motivator’s memoir The Warm Up and negotiating a paperback rights deal on behalf of the bestselling author Nicola May, who wrote The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.

I offer proofreading, line editing, copy editing, structural editing and manuscript assessment. In addition, I can deliver a general consultation service, flexible enough to provide bespoke help for my clients, and I also provide an independent contract negotiation service for authors who don’t have or don’t want an agent.

I’ve been working in publishing in London since 2006, for literary agents, independent publishers, and Big 5 publishers. I also have additional training in editing from the Publishing Training Centre and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.


A final check of the manuscript before publishing: from £10 per 1000 words

Copy editing and line editing:
More extensive than proofreading, this stage smooths out the text: from £12 per 1000 words

Mini structural edit:
A budget option for dealing with big issues such as plot, pace, voice, and intended audience, by working on the first 10,000 words: £150

Manuscript assessment:
An evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript, and suggestions to improve it: from £350 for manuscripts up to 50,000 words


I charge a flat fee of £150 to finalise a ‘standard’ publisher’s contract. This includes analysing the contract, discussing with you what changes to request, and negotiating those changes, usually with me acting as your representative. More complicated contracts will attract higher fees.

Other contracts work can be arranged on a per project or per hour basis, and I can also help with clearing permissions.

For clarity, I am not a lawyer.


Mini consultation: Get an hour of my time, to talk over a project or ask some questions, for £75

You can contact me for a quote on my full consultation services, which include but are not limited to:

  • An independent opinion on a pitch and sample chapters
  • Researching the market for a proposed book
  • Polishing a non-fiction proposal
  • Self or Traditional publishing? Helping you decide what route to market will be the best fit for you and your book


If you don’t see exactly what you need among my list of services, please get in touch to tell me about your project. I’m very flexible and often can find a way to help or refer you to a colleague.


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Contact me

Meetings, phone, and Skype calls are all available by appointment.

FREE introductory phone/Skype call.

If you’d like a quick chat on the phone to tell me about your goals and discuss the work I can do for you, please outline what you’d like to discuss in the contact form, and we can set an appointment for a 15-minute call.

  • Max. file size: 64 MB.
    Please attach a 1000-word sample from your book in a single Word document.