Monthly Archives: June 2014

Some lovely comments from Jefferson Franklin Editors – and they did a great job on the manuscript too!


The Power Of The Sample Chapter Edit

Written by Tony Fyler on June 13, 2014. Posted in News

Alex Kingston as TV's Moll Flanders. If you enjoyed that, you'll love Five Guns Blazing.

Now…just to be clear…we’re not saying this was all down to us. Absolutely not, not in any way, shape or form.

With its Tarantino title, its Moll Flanders tone and its Musketeer-style swashbuckling, Five Guns Blazing, by Emma Rose Millar and Kevin Allen, kicked the doors in and announced itself as a contender not only for publication, but also for TV or movie adaptation right from the get-go.

We loved it here at JFE – the story of a waif in the 1700s, a girl forced to dress as a boy through a youth in a London workhouse, through transportation to a plantation in Barbados, and on into a life of piracy among the likes of ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Anne Bonny and Mary Read was a red-hot page-turner from start to finish, while also delivering a thoughtful elegy on coming of age and becoming yourself in spite of the odds. And we did our best, when it came in for a free sample chapter edit, to improve on what was always going to be a great adventure story.

When Emma Rose got back in touch to book the whole book in for a full edit, we were thrilled – firstly because we’d get to see how it ended, but secondly because she was kind enough to tell us that after our free sample chapter edit, the first chapter of the book had won a prize! The Chanticleer Book Review Great Beginnings Prize, to be exact.

The book was one of a handful to win exposure and a free entry to an appropriate writing contest this year.

Sadly, we can’t give you a link just yet to where the book is available. But trust us…it will be. And you’ll be among the first to know when it is, because it’s a great book that deserves a wider audience.

As we say, we’re not claiming the book’s success is down to our editing by any means.

All the same…

Why not see what a Jefferson Franklin free sample chapter edit can do for your work today – send your opening chapter as a Word document to

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Emma Rose Millar




I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Emma Rose Millar, author to Strains from an Aeolian Harp , who is in the process of writing her second novel.

Cuppa and a Catch up pic

~Author Bio~

Emma Rose Millar is a single mother who lives with her young son in the Midlands. She works part time as an interpreter. Her first novel Strains from an Aeolian Harp was shortlisted for the Chaucer Award for historical fiction in 2013. She has since written a second novel with American author Kevin Allen. Emma has also had two short stories published in the number one best-selling anthology Sun Kissed by Freya Publications.


1922: Charlie is a chancer, with a taste for gin, ragtime and women. Underneath his veneer of assurance however, is a man with a terrible burden of guilt. Fuelled by his fatal addiction to opium, Charlie’s violent temper soon inflicts…

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