Credentials


Education:

Bachelor of Arts, History
Minor in English
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Copyediting Certification
(120 hours)
University of California, San Diego


Professional Organizations:

Historical Novel Society
Historical Writers of America
Romance Writers of America
Editorial Freelancers Association


Historical Societies:

Central Virginia Heritage Center
Civil War Trust
47th and 55th VA Infantry Re-enacting Units
Colonial Williamsburg Duke of Gloucester Society
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Rochambeau Club


Words of praise from some of my fabulous clients:


I met Jenny at the HNS Conference and was really impressed with her presentations and knowledge. I approached her to work with me on a copyedit of my debut novel, and from the very start, the experience was fantastic. Jenny came alongside me with tender toughness, worked with me to identify plot holes, was available to discuss specific issues, and gave great counsel on character development. Jenny loves historical fiction, and it shows in the depth of her knowledge, her analysis of plot, and her incredibly detailed editing. Thanks, Jenny--The Lady of the Tower is a much better piece of work because of you! ~Elizabeth St. John, author of The Lady of the Tower


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Thank you so much for all your hard work. You went above and beyond what I expected. I'm just so thankful I found you and you were willing to work with me. Your editing is terrific. ~Paula Bicknell, author of Until the Day Breaks

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I thank my lucky stars that I found Jennifer Quinlan. The fabulous Jenny Q initially carried out a development edit on a historical I am writing, and her comments were targeted, focused, and spot on. Jenny Q works with you to make your book the best it can be.

However, Jenny really excelled herself with her copyedits of Blood in the Sand, my debut novel, and went way above what I expected, giving feedback and suggestions on various parts of the manuscript. Thank you so much Jenny Q, and I cannot wait to work with you again. I cannot recommend Jenny highly enough, you will not be disappointed. ~Kelly Clayton, author of Blood in the Sand


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Jenny Quinlan is a gift to all authors. She was such a pleasure to work with, and I’m very appreciative to have found her. From start to finish, I was blown away by her highly professional yet warm work ethic, profound editing knowledge, and amazing responsiveness. She raised the quality of my manuscript to a whole new level with her meticulous copyedits, astute historical insights, and spot-on story suggestions.

I felt that she truly understood my characters and the heart of my story—and she dedicated herself to making sure every sentence reflected my voice. I never felt like she was intruding on my writing style; instead, she sculpted my words with a delicate hand and brought forth their full potential. Even after the edit was completed, she was always an email away, and she answered every one of my inquiries with patience, genuine interest, and indispensable knowledge. ~Rachel L. Demeter, author of The Frost of Springtime and Finding Gabriel


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Let me say it's been such a pleasure to work with you, and I feel so much better about the book because of it. Emerson famously said, "Our chief want in life is someone who shall make us do what we can." That's you, Jenny. ~George Steger, author of Sebastian's Way


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I'm sending you a big hug. We've worked very hard--how many months has it been?--and I couldn't have done all of this without your help, your patience, and your determination that everything be as good as could be--something I wanted, too. You're a wonderful editor and I've spent many a night working and reworking entire scenes because I wanted them just right. You have inspired me to keep learning, to keep stretching myself, and to improve my writing. ~Gayle Mullen Pace, author of A Rose Beneath the Snow

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You're way too clever, Jenny. Thanks for this. Your support has been so wonderful. ~M.K. Tod, author of Unravelled


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I really appreciate the work you've done on my manuscript. Well worth the investment! ~Carol Bodensteiner, author of Go Away Home

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Thanks for all your amazing help, Jenny. I absolutely loved working with you. You're awesome! ~Shelley Schwartz, author of Sepia

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Jenifer Quinlan has been a Godsend. After following her advice on issues of story flow and grammatical tweaks, my historical novel, The Thirty-Ninth Man, was acquired by the first publisher to receive the edited manuscript. Jenny is reasonably priced, thorough, timely, and her timely response to every request is far beyond expectations. Her work is impeccable. ~Dale Swanson, author of The Thirty-Ninth Man

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Your thoughts have been invaluable. If you have more brilliant ideas, let me know! ~Linda Lee Graham, author of Voices Echo

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This is magnificent, thank you so very much. As usual, your eagle eye has alighted on some juicy morsels. Your words of encouragement are also very much appreciated. ~Achilleas Mavrellis, author of Queen of Lies

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Wow, you’ve done so much work and it’s amazing, just what I needed. ~Laura Purcell, author of Queen of Bedlam

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Your thoughts are very helpful. Thanks once again. ~Stephanie Lehmann, author of Astor Place Vintage

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Thank you again for such a thorough developmental edit. My husband and I both felt you did an excellent and very professional job--in his words, "Money well spent!" ~Leah Zieber, author of Libby Morgan: Reunion