About Me

My name is Cindy and I have a passion for good tales. When I was little, I frequently got in trouble for staying up past my bedtime, reading books by the soft glow of my night light. Things haven't changed much, except now I can use my Kindle to pursue literary adventures late into the night. I am a wife and a mother of three little ones who keep me busy in our Colorado home.  

I have been in love with books my entire life and have been reviewing them for over eight years. I know what readers like, what makes sense in a story, and what doesn't. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and a minor in Italian. I love the intricacies of language and the art of putting together the elements of a story.

My favorite aspect of freelance editing is meeting and working with wonderful authors. I especially love working with indie or self-publishing authors. Each story is unique and presents different editing challenges. I understand how hard you've worked to nurture your story, from a budding idea to a fully fledged novel, and will treat your work with the care and respect it deserves.

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"She really made me feel like my book was her priority." --Kathryn Stuckey, author of Some Kind of Hero

"Starting out as a writer, it's hard to find people to trust with your work and money. I trust Cindy Jewkes." --Stewart Hoffman, author of The Bug Boys 

"I look forward to working with Cindy again and again." --Mitchel Street, author of Prophase, A Present Tale

"Cindy's eagle eyes caught several errors in what I thought was a perfect manuscript." --Laurel McHargue, author of Waterwight 

Current member of the 

American Copy Editors Society (ACES)

Education and Training

I received my bachelor's degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2008, along with a minor in Italian. While psychology isn't directly related to editing, it taught me a lot about people, how they interact with each other, and how they deal with conflict--useful information when looking at character development. Once upon a time I wanted to be a counselor, which helped me develop empathy, a critical skill in helping authors create their best work.

I have completed the Certificate in Editing from Poynter News University/ACES.

I am currently enrolled in the Copyediting Certificate Program at UC San Diego, expected completion early 2019.

Other courses:

  • Keys to Effective Editing (Aims Community College)
  • Copy Editor Essentials: What You Should Know In Your Sleep (Poynter News U)
  • Editing Tools to Supplement Your Brain (Poynter News U)
  • How to Read a Novel (Future Learn)

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