“When I decided to self-publish my first book, I was almost through the process when I began to notice more and more errors. Through sheer luck, I came in contact with Jane Dean and she – thankfully – was able to proofread my manuscript. Thanks to Jane’s numerous catches and excellent suggestions, I am now confident that readers will get lost in my story and not caught up on the mistakes.”
Jennifer S. Alderson: Author, Down and out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking
“Having now completed my first book, I can’t imagine having done it without Jane’s steadfast support, insight, and keen eyes. There’s so much more to the process than I realized, but having Jane by my side made the whole experience manageable and far less stressful. She always responded quickly – I never felt out of touch – and guided me through everything graciously and dealt with potential problems etc. deftly and thoroughly – sometimes even preemptively! I can neither thank her nor recommend her enough.”
Christopher O’Shaughnessy: Public Speaker. Author, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between
“JANE DEAN is the best companion one can have when publishing a book. I’m so happy to have been able to work with her during the editing and production stages of Passage of the Stork! Her sharp eyes don’t miss a thing and she has a wonderful, graceful way with words. Her deep empathy and encouraging words pulled me through many a discouraging moment. I can highly recommend her!”
Madeleine Lenagh: Author, Passage of the Stork: One woman’s journey to self-realisation and acceptance
“If you want to write a book, you’ll want to have Jane Dean perch on your shoulder. During a two-year period writing my book, Jane was my loyal falcon, hovering somewhere in the ether. We never met during twenty-four months of writing. But I knew, with one flick of a keystroke, that she would swoop to my side.
From a mile away, Jane’s eyes can spot something unusual in the foliage ahead. During the lonely hike that writing a book is, those clear cries from skies above offer the practical guidance to stay on the right path, but also the emotional reassurance that you’re not utterly mad. You’re going somewhere. And the floating entity out there can see where you’re going, in a way that you, as a first-time author, simply can’t.
When the writing process gets tricky – as it inevitably does – and when danger looms, you’ll probably never even know. Until afterwards. Trudging along your path, a falcon will drop silently from the sky above you. You may detect a brief whoosh of air, but in the next instant, you’ll see Jane perched upon a venomous snake. You were about to walk towards disaster, and you didn’t even know it.
But Jane did.
She says ‘words are my passion’. But make no mistake about it, this isn’t some run-of-the-mill ‘feel good’ passion. Jane’s is a passion balanced with sharp talons. Jane’s is a gentleness armed with a relentless eye for detail. She has the tools of a great editor, but these tools are pumped by a fully-invested heart. That’s what makes the difference. That’s why I say, with Jane Dean, you are hiring the total package.
Let Jane settle on your shoulder. I recommend her unequivocally.”
Doug Ota: Author, Psychologist, Consultant, Presenter. Author, Safe Passage: How mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it.
“Jane is the consummate editor: highly professional, diplomatic, a talented writer with strong command of the nuances of the English language and impeccable editing skills.”
Linda A. Janssen :Author, Writer, Resilience & Cross-Cultural Transitions Consultant/ Trainer, Author, The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures
“Thank you for your guidance, time, and above all patience… Your support throughout the writing process helped me so much…Whenever I was in doubt your guidance was spot on… I am incredibly grateful and feel privileged to have worked with you.”
Valérie Besanceny, Author, B at Home: Emma Moves Again
“When my publisher recommended a choice of editors for my first book, I had no idea what I was looking for. I spoke with all of them, but only Jane understood immediately what I needed, let me speak in my voice, and turned my amateurish ramblings into a book. She was responsive, always available and an absolute delight to work with.”
Lindsay de Feliz, Author, What About Your Saucepans?
“Writing a book for the first time is a daunting process, so having someone who not only understands your vision but has the skill to bring your project to a whole new level is invaluable. Jane was that person. From the outset, she was warm, engaged, honest, and patient, and allowed us the freedom to share our voice, but the expertise to make sure our words were clear. We can’t wait to work with her again.”
Rachel Yates, co-author, Finding Home Abroad: a guided journal for adapting to life overseas
“ … Rachel and I have enjoyed working with you and appreciate your thorough professionalism.”
Trisha Carter, Registered Psychologist, Intercultural Specialist, Executive Coach, Trainer, Speaker, co-author, Finding Home Abroad: a guided journal for adapting to life overseas