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About

Hi, I’m Jane. And I’m usually found with my nose in a book.

I’m Australian and it just seemed right to name my business after my hometown, even though I’ve not lived there since 1999.

I’ve been reading almost all my life (thanks Mum!) – indeed I feel lost without a book. I still can’t believe I’ve turned my passion into my profession, and I’m kicking myself I didn’t do it sooner.

As an Executive Assistant for just shy of 30 years, all but 2 of those years being at Board/C-Suite level, I’ve worked in a large variety of industries on two continents, editing all kinds of text as part of my day-to-day role. All my office jobs involved it, even if it was simply sharpening the language with a better word.

33 South Textworks is me, now fully focused on producing perfect text – whether it be business documents, websites, newsletters or stories.

 

Recent experience:

My most recent experience is with fiction and novella fiction, memoirs, training courses, marketing materials, conference materials and websites.

 

Favoured genres:

Science Fiction and Fantasy are my preference, along with dystopian and exploration, though I’ll pick up anything that takes my interest, including; travel, horror, historical, biography/memoir, naval history, war, romance and even encyclopaedias. I also dig a good thriller, procedural or forensic.

I review books for Blog Tours and if I come across something I think others would really enjoy. (And I was interviewed – check it out!)

That’s what it’s all about, after all – a love of storytelling. Right?

 

Training:

My editing training includes in-house with a publisher, The Publishing Training Centre, University of Queensland online, online (CPD verified) courses, courses through editing associations, and courses run by highly experienced editors – mentors who are happy to share what they know.

I’m a lifelong student. There’s always more to learn!

I am also a trained Fire Warden and qualified Health & Safety Officer (leftover from my last office job) and, though my insurance has expired, I still know my First Aid. The knowledge comes in useful…

 

Interests:

Me, collecting arrows from a 3D target

Collecting arrows from a 3D target

Reading (of course!), travelling about and experiencing new things, film/theatre, and I occasionally go out and loose arrows. Thanks to all those years buried within pages, I’m a font of useless knowledge and shine in a pub quiz.

I do book reviews on my blog, all of which are also posted to Amazon & Goodreads. I’ve also got an affiliate shop at Bookshop.org UK – supporting your local indie bookshop!

As a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (formerly the Society of Editors and Proofreaders), I adhere to their Code of Conduct.

I’m also a member of the British Fantasy Society, the British Science Fiction Association, and Archery GB.

 

I’m registered as a Data Controller with the ICO (No: ZA567646) and I hold Professional Indemnity insurance from Policy Bee.

My various policies are:

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