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Book Editor – Wendy Smith

Non-fiction, biography/memoir and fiction book manuscripts. Structural editing, copy editing and proofreading.

Wendy Smith is a book editor and business owner of Jewel See Editing. An editor and a wordsmith, Wendy has a passion for words and stories, and for learning new things and helping authors to share their knowledge, expertise, experience and stories. Wendy offers strict attention to detail and delights in drawing out hidden gems, reshaping and polishing manuscripts to let in the light and allow them to shine.

Wendy is a full member of the (Australian) Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) and its Queensland branch Editors Queensland, formerly known as Society of Editors (Qld).

Her experience in editing manuscripts of non-fiction books across a range of subjects including business books, special interest, self-improvement, howto books, and biography and memoir, as well as works of fiction (novels for adults and children) is evident in a selection of published books edited by Wendy Smith featured on this site.

Whether you are a first-time book author or a published author with multiple book titles under your belt, no doubt you want a polished and professional result. If you are looking for structural editing assistance, a copy editor and/or a proofreader for your book manuscript, Wendy can provide constructive suggestions, advice and guidance, to assist you in self-publishing your book or polishing off your manuscript to submit to a publisher.

Note: For Masters and PhD students, there is a separate list with details of academic thesis proofreading and editing.
We also proofread journal articles and papers and academic texts for postgrad students and university staff.

Testimonials from published book authors

I did not hesitate in asking Wendy to edit my second novel, Room 46. As before, she provided me with prompt and professional service, was extremely approachable and gave me the necessary feedback to get my book into the best possible shape. Once again, I cannot recommend Jewel See Editing highly enough and will be back when my next book is ready.
-- Helen McKenna - Sunshine Coast author of Room 46 and The Beach House.

As a first time author I needed some help and guidance and I found Wendy very knowledgeable and easy to chat with. Her editing service was delivered promptly and to the agreed budget. Wendy's insights corrections and suggestions were most helpful to me and my manuscript became infinitely better from her input. I would not hesitate to recommend Wendy's book editing service.
-- Jeremy Hall aka Max Oberon - Gold Coast author of Tilt: a climate change thriller.

Wendy, thank you for the excellent job on editing Lethal Disposal! I was hesitant in hiring an editor at first but it's the best thing I could have done for my book and I'm glad I chose to go with Jewel See Editing. Wendy was professional, efficient, and approachable. She answered my questions quickly and her copyediting skills made the novel stronger and clearer. I will be using her services again for my next novel and would highly recommend her if you're looking for a copyeditor.
-- Kasia Radzka - Gold Coast author of Lethal Disposal.

Thanks so much Wendy, my book has become a #1 best seller on Amazon! Working with Wendy on my manuscript was an absolute pleasure! The only problem for me was that nobody else, throughout the process of setting up my new business, came close to producing the quality of service that Wendy did. She was so prompt, always turning around my work within a couple of days and such a skilled editor and wordsmith.
-- Julie McAnally - Australian author of How to Sell a House using Knockout Marketing Ideas.

Jewel See Editing conducted a structural and copy edit on my manuscript. Wendy provided a prompt, professional and supportive service with fantastic hints, ideas and suggestions to enhance the quality and readability of my book. I would definitely recommend Wendy, and I will return to Jewel See should I need an editor again in the future. Many thanks.
-- Carol A. Jones - Sunshine Coast author of Africa Road Trip.

What this book needed to get it over the line was a professional polishing and that has been expertly provided by editor Wendy Smith, whom Barb and I stumbled over on the Internet. That was where the stumbling ceased and the thoughtful, low-key, comprehensive, insightful drawing together of this story happened.
-- Dave Berry - Queensland author of Robyn Kina, Strong Aboriginal Woman.

Being a speaker not a writer, I therefore needed professional editing assistance. I found this in abundance with Wendy. Wendy always had time for me and guided the finishing of this book to a point I would never have reached by myself.
-- Bruce Richards - Sydney author of I Can Change.

I was fortunate enough to hear Wendy from Jewel See speak at a seminar I attended so when my manuscript was ready for a structural and copy edit, Wendy was my first call. Her professionalism and honesty, combined with her literary expertise and sense of humour was everything I needed. It was the cherry on top for me to find out that we both had lived in the setting of my novel so her local knowledge and understanding of my funny bone was priceless. Wendy's suggestions and corrections gave shine to the rough diamond I submitted and it felt more like a partnership than one person performing work for another. I already miss Wendy's frequent correspondence and her thoughts that edited my thoughts, and her cheery voice at the end of the line. I would definitely recommend Jewel See Editing and would engage Wendy again for any of my future work.
-- Kylie Asmus - Queensland author of The Friday Night Debrief.

In engaging Wendy Smith to proofread my latest book on the Fukushima Disaster I was pleased to find her editing standard high. She was also easy to work with and always supportive. A pleasure to do business with.
-- Richard Hindmarsh - Australian editor of Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima Daiichi.

As a first-time author I needed an editor to review my copy. After ringing around and researching who was available and getting several quotes, I decided to use Jewel See Editing due to the competitive service offered. Not only did I find that the service was competitive, but also fast, friendly, comprehensive and very helpful. I found Wendy to be professional, pleasant, kind, very supportive and encouraging. I highly recommend her services and I will be using Jewel See Editing again.
-- Robert Bousamra - Brisbane author of Lebanon to Ghana - The Food I Grew Up With.

I wanted the absolute best talent I could find in proofing, formatting, checking punctuation and grammar and I was fortunate to meet Wendy Smith from Jewel See Editing. True to her word, she polished my story to a completed work I could be very proud of professionally and personally. Wendy also corrected some editing work that went undetected by my previous editor and I was very grateful to her for this extra care. Wendy understood me as a writer and she knew the importance of my work, it had become my baby. The professional standard of my book could not have been achieved without Wendy. Writers are only as good as their editors and I highly recommend Wendy for polishing your thoughts and words. She is talented and an amazing person to work with. My warmest thanks to you Wendy, I now have a fast moving read and a professional book for sale globally.
-- Julie Wright - Brisbane author of Tarmacs & Tantrums.

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of having my manuscript polished by Wendy. I found her to be thoroughly professional and supportive, demonstrating creativity and efficiency, whilst being respectful of my personal story.
-- Jane Sinclaire - Australian author of Hidden Side to the Story.

Wendy Smith is an editor that I felt I could easily work with when it came to trusting someone with my manuscript. Her style is casual yet professional and she guided me gently through the editorial stages of my book Finding Duong Finding Myself. Her fees are reasonable and I would recommend her services.
-- Robyn Ramsay - Queensland author of Finding Duong Finding Myself.

As a first time author and publisher, I have had a pretty steep learning curve over the past few months. Engaging Wendy Smith from Jewel See Editing to carry out the structural edit, copy edit and then proof read of my book was the best investment I have made. She polished my writing style to emphasise what I wanted to say and made it so much easier to read. Wendy gave me ideas and suggestions on where I could improve the content of the book and also tips on how to improve my writing style. I would highly recommend her to any budding author, and will definitely be engaging Wendy for my next book.
-- Donna Garrett-Young - Queensland author of Home Building Made Easy.

I have found Wendy from Jewel See Editing incredibly professional, friendly and easy to work with. She is a great editor and her suggestions definitely improved my writing and my book. I would recommend her to anyone and look forward to working with her on my future book projects.
-- Elize Hattin - Australian author of The Naked Truth About You.

My journey as a writer has been truly blessed by an amazing team of experts. The incredible talent of Wendy from Jewel See Editing has been amazing. Wendy's dedication to her craft, her professional attitude and her insightful and valuable contributions were welcomed immensely. Thank you, thank you, thank you, lovely lady for challenging me, inspiring me and supporting me to take my book even further than I thought possible - my book is so much more than it ever was because of you. Whether you are new to writing or writing a new book, Jewel See Editing is the ONLY company I would recommend for all of your editing needs.
-- Minda Lennon - Queensland author of I am Woman - the art of being you.

Wendy of Jewel See Editing was recommended to us by one of her valued clients. Being our first book we did not know where to start and the guidance we received was fantastic. Our communications with Wendy were effortless, streamlined, quick and efficient. We look forward to a working relationship for many years to come.
-- Raquel, Greg, Leanne and Ashley - Aussie authors of Fair Dinkum Dampers - Cookbook.

Wendy was easy to work with and provided great feedback in relation to my book. It was invaluable for a professional editor to read my work and provide a different perspective whilst also being sensitive to the fact that it was my baby...
-- Nicole Bijlsma - Victorian author of Healthy Home Healthy Family.

If you're looking for a professional and prompt editor with an eye for detail, then look no further. Wendy was a pleasure to work with and offered valuable feedback which greatly improved the flow of our book. Wendy's good value services were definitely worth it!
-- Simone Essex - Sunshine Coast author of How to Be Yourself.

Wendy told me what I needed to know rather than what I wanted to hear and as a result I believe my novel is much more readable. She is extremely approachable, provides extensive feedback, constructive suggestions and is thoroughly professional. I highly recommend her editing services.
-- Helen McKenna - Sunshine Coast author of The Beach House.

Wendy from Jewel See Editing has been the editor on our last two cookbooks and will be for the next two as well. Prompt, thorough and reasonable - all the things you want in a great Editor! Wendy, keep up the fabulous work!
-- Kim McCosker - Sunshine Coast author of 4 Ingredients KIDS - Cookbook.


Take a look at a selection of books edited by Wendy Smith of Jewel See Editing.

Contact Wendy
Jewel See Editing
Email: editing@jewelsee.com.au