"No one should attempt a memoir without a great editor
and Jenn was the perfect match for me... I know it's a cliché, but I couldn't have done it without her." 
                                          - Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray

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Jennifer Upton

Writer. Ghostwriter.

Member: The Society of Authors
Chartered Institute for Editing & Proofreading

Alliance of Independent Authors
Freelance Writing & Developmental Editing Services

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My Story
 

An American (non-werewolf) in London

Memoirs are about journeys, whether they be personal, professional, or somewhere in between. We all start out in one place in life and end up somewhere else. I grew up in America in a small town in northern New York near the Canadian border renting horror and sci-fi films from my local video store during the long, cold winters. After working in local TV Production at WSTM in Syracuse, I headed west where I worked for 15 years in Los Angeles in the film and television industry in various roles at small production companies before finally settling at 20th Century Fox Broadcasting. I always had one foot in the writing world on the side but, it wasn’t until I finished my Master's Degree in London that I realized how important cultural understanding and historical research is to the writing process. I completed my dissertation on the films of Kiyoshi Kurosawa in 2012 and, after a brief stint back in Live TV operations, began working as a writer of memoirs in late 2016. I became a British Citizen in 2018 and now consider the UK my home where I enjoy the vibrant punk music scene.

 

Now with 5 years and more than 40 projects under my belt, my most valuable skill is adaptability. In my own essays, film, and book reviews, I strive to develop my own literary style. When approaching ghost and editorial projects, I research the background of the subject and write in the voice of the client. For editing projects and re-writes, I always consider the author's original intent and audience. I've worked with people from all walks of life ranging in age from 27 to 92 to help them create books both for private limited runs and commercial publication.

To find out more or to discuss a potential project, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Portfolio of Work

As Seen in GQ Magazine UK

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Past Clients: 
Story Terrace (40+ books)
Current Clients:

Gotham Ghostwriters
Book of My Life

2017 - Present

Premium-level Ghostwriter

  • Name

  • Family Histories

  • Military Veterans

  • CEOs & Business Owners

  • Trauma Survivors

  • Immigration Stories

  • Artists & Musicians

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2016 - Present

Contributing Writer

  • Film Reviews, Essays & Interviews

  • Women's Issues & Politics

  • Music Reviews, Essays & Interviews

  • Culture & Travel & Ex-pat Life

  • On Writing

  • Humour

 

Testimonials

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"No one should attempt a memoir without a good editor and Jenn was the perfect match for me. 

She kept me focused on the task and talked me down when I wanted to throw everything out and start over.

I wasn't aware of her work before we began my book, but I came to value and rely on her opinions and observations. I know it's a cliché, but I couldn't have done it without her! 

"I would just like to say what a pleasure it was to have you interpret my ramblings into a very readable account of my journey through life. You were always patient and helpful. I will always be grateful for your guidance and expertise. Thank you." 

John Woods, Retired Decorated British Army Officer

"...Jenn's professional approach is amazing, matched only by her attention to detail and natural gift as a writer. There is so much I wish to express about this wonderful lady. For a writing partner, look no further!" 

Ray Atkinson, Founder & Chairman of ACS & The Atkinson Group

Fred Olen Ray, filmmaker, screenwriter & author

 

Services

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Coming Soon! 

Starting in May 2022 I will offer full-service packages including:

Interviews

Your story written in your voice

A customized layout for your book

Full color e-book and/or print-on-demand copies 

Bespoke affordable plans 

Featured in GQ Magazine UK

 

November 2021

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Lost in Adaptation: Ringu

From Novel to Screen

Through a Feminist Lens

Bloody Women - The Final Girls

September 2020

An exploration of Koji Suzuki's novel and Hideo Nakata's film

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Review:

Alvin Gibbs' Diminished Responsibility:

My Life as a UK Sub Volume 1

Medium

August 2020

Book Review

 

Select Pieces

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Halloween Horrors 2020

Review: 

Classic TV Horror

When Michael Calls

Horrorandsons.com

October 2020

A look at Michael Douglas in an obscure TV movie from 1972.

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Review:

Naked Massacre (1976)

From the Series: Chilling Classics Month

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November 2018

A film review "that makes you want to watch the movie immediately."

B&W Punk Band

Square Punk

Womanycom

October 2019

A short essay on the state of punk rock music scene.

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Positivity in a Time of Pandemic

Medium

March 2020

A short essay on staying positive under the lock down

 

Editing Clients

More books in this series coming soon!

The American English version of Xarpa Books' Spanish Children's Series Txano & Oscar

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Contact

Greater London, United Kingdom

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