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"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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Books 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. My first career was in film and television. I started at a small TV station in central New York and moved to Los Angeles where I worked for 15 years in various roles at small production companies before finally settling at 20th Century Fox Broadcasting. I transitioned into writing after moving to London where I wrote my MA dissertation on Japanese cinema. I became a British Citizen in 2018 and now consider the UK my home.

Now with 6 years and more than 45 projects under my belt, including my own book released in 2023 on my imprint Noctua Press, my most valuable skill is adaptability. I research the background of the subject and write in the voice of the client. 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 from the first word to the final layout.

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

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My Story

An American in London

Portfolio of Work


Ghost Writer




Woman Writing

45+ clients (references available) 
Gotham Ghostwriters
Association of Ghostwriters


2017 - Present

Clients include

  • Film directors, Family HistoriesMilitary Veterans

  • CEOs & Business OwnersTrauma Survivors

  • Immigration StoriesArtists & Musicians

Editor & Proofreader 


2016 to present

  • Copy editing, developmental editing

  • Non-fiction  & fiction

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Blogger & Researcher


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2016 to present

  • Women's Health Issues, Product Reviews & Lifestyle

  • Film Reviews, Academic Essays

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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! 

Fred Olen Ray, filmmaker, screenwriter & author

"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

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Writing Samples

The One 

The December night air was chilly but I couldn’t feel it clothed in the warmth of my first

Christmas drink of the night. It didn’t take long for my downstairs neighbour’s door to

open after I knocked. Nell Dowles looked me up and down.

“Do you want to come upstairs? We’re having a party,” I said, dangling a

cigarette between my fingers on one hand, and clutching a beer in the other. It was

Christmas Day evening in East London, 1972 - the days of long hair, wide-collared shirts

in the shops, and Marc Bolan and Led Zeppelin on the radio. At 21, I was the height of

fashion as much as I could be for a working-class boy from Edinburgh. I must have been

quite the sight to Nell/ Nonetheless, she accepted my invitation. She and her daughters,

Rosemary and Jeanette, would attend our festive gathering. My life would never be the


Earlier that day, my mother had convinced me to invite “the single mum and her

daughters” in the flat above us in our council building. Not because we knew them but so

they wouldn’t be angry about the noise. I pushed my way past some of our other guests

when the bell rang and answered the door. There stood Jeanette next to her mother. A 17-

year-old beauty with cropped Cilla Black light brunette hair and eyes that drew you in. I

know it sounds weird, but I swear, I saw an aura around her. I knew in that moment that

someday I would marry this girl.

Truth be told, I was no angel. My whole life at this point consisted of waking up,

going to work and having a pint at the pub after. I had no fixed relationships with women.

If I happened to meet a girl on a night out, it never lasted longer than one frenzied

encounter. Somehow, watching Jenny at that party, I knew she would be different. It took

me the better part of the evening (and a few more drinks) to muster the courage to

approach her. I not only feared our four-year age difference, which was considered large

at that time, but also that she was out of my league. Finally, I moved over to her side of

the room. She was shy and kept looking down. We chatted for a while and after I

suggested a date, I was sure she was going to give me the brush-off.

Until she said “… I’m free tomorrow night!” Our first date would happen on Boxing

Day. The rest, as they say, “is history.”

Eulogy for a Friend

We were 12 when we met and remained best friends until our late ‘30s. Rebels in a sea of conformity. Watching Evil Dead while everyone else watched Cosby. Listening to Dead Kennedys while everyone else listened to Night Ranger. Reading Oscar Wilde while everyone else read Nancy Drew. Writing sketches and jokes to crack each other up while others played sports. 


She was my shadow and my light for more than 30 years. A better writer, smarter, prettier and wittier than I ever could be. Her own shadows were deeper and darker than anyone I have known and her light so brilliant as to transform a room full of people and leave all in its glance enamored. Perhaps it is apropos that hers was not a face to grow old and lose its luster. A light that never goes out in the grieving hearts of those who knew her. 


Oscar Wilde wrote, “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” 


We are all better people for having known her, flawed and beautiful a woman as she was. Human as she was. Rest in Peace, my friend. I love you. Always. 


Blog or online articles
(with research time & bibliography) 

£75/$93 per 1k words

Manuscript Writing
(with research time, outline creation
& one round of revisions) 

11p/13¢ per word or £25/$31 per hour 

Book outline

11p/13¢ per word or

£25/$31 per hour 

Proofreading MS Word or PDF

10p/12¢ per word or

£24/$30 per hour 

Copyediting MS Word or PDF
without rewrites

10p/12¢ per word or

£24/$30 per hour 

Copyediting MS Word or PDF
with substantial rewrites

11p/13¢ per word or

£25/$31 per hour 

Manuscript Appraisal 
with notes

£500/$625 per 50k words 

Book Layout
with text & pictures

£30/$37 per hour 

Assistance with ISBN & Distribution
Ebooks & Print 

£85/$110 per edition 

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