Derrick Evans is best known as Mr Motivator for his fun and energetic TV workouts. He is frequently invited to appear at festivals and as a motivational speaker, and he is the owner of Hevans Scent and Paintsplat, tourist attractions in Jamaica. The Warm Up is his first book. Janey did a substantive edit of the work and provided general publishing advice. The Warm Up was published in February 2016.
“I am excited to be working with Janey on my book, The Warm Up. I have great confidence in her as she seems to have grasped my life and the story I am telling.”
Michael Thomas’s latest novel is Pilgrims at the White Horizon. His poetry collections include Batman’s Hill, South Staffs (Flipped Eye) and Come to Pass (Oversteps). His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Critical Survey and the TLS. He is currently working on Nowherian, the memoir of a Grenadian traveller.
“I very much appreciate Ms Burton’s perceptive observations and her informed knowledge of the publishing market. Discussions with her are always productive.”
Portia Ungley is a Lecturer in Visual Culture at Kingston University in the School of Art and Design History, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Creative Arts. Janey helped her to finalise her PhD thesis submission: Leon Bakst and Visual Culture, 1909-1912: Interdiscplinary inscriptions of Nijinsky’s Body
“In the last few weeks of write up, Janey provided me with both support and editing, making the final push less stressful and more enjoyable. Her feedback was disciplinarily non specific, helping to clarify the parts that had been overworked and unpack the shorthands developed over this project, without compromising the ethical lines for PhD submission. I have been happy to recommend her as an Editor to other PhD candidates already, for both her calm and patient manner, and her exacting intelligence.”
Novelicious Books is the new digital imprint of the Novelicious community of women’s fiction readers and writers. Janey provides advice and recommendations on the practical implication of their strategy through shaping their contracts.
“Janey has been invaluable in helping us to determine the requirements for the publishing agreements which we use. She is friendly, prompt and accommodating. We will continue to draw on Janey’s significant experience as our company grows.”
Michael Jago ran an educational travel business and a football magazine before adopting the writing of biography as a career. He worked with Janey on a substantive edit of his first book (she is mentioned in his Acknowledgments) and shortly thereafter found representation from Andrew Lownie. His biography of John Bingham The Man Who Was George Smiley was published in February 2013 by Biteback Publishing
“Perceptive and constructively critical, Janey’s suggestions were extremely useful for me in finalising a manuscript. I can recommend her without reservation as an editor and will certainly ask her to review future work of mine before going public with it.”
Frances Burton is a Mediator as well as an academic authority on Family Law and the author of several legal textbooks, including forthcoming titles with Palgrave Macmillan and Taylor & Francis. She is currently working on her first novel.
“Janey has helped me with my legal textbook publishing requirements for over a decade, from writing proposals to copy editing and seeing the books through the publishers’ processes. I often call on her for her tactful advice which I find improves the end product, and she has considerable flair for steering a book through the standard publishers’ procedures, negotiating changes to the contract, and smoothing out disagreements.”
Michael Strong is a retired Army mechanical engineer and a newcomer to publishing. Having self-published a short book called Sid’s War in print, he asked Janey to convert and upload it for purchase on Kindle, including advising him as to terms and conditions, and pricing. He subsequently published Steiner’s War and again Janey assisted him with conversion, upload and suitable keywords for improved discoverability of both books.
“As a total newcomer in writing and publishing my book Sid’s War, I would have been lost without the expertise and the prompt and untiring patience of Janey Burton. I hope she will put up with me again when it comes to publishing my next book.”