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About

Hi, I’m Jane. I guess I should tell you a little about me. Brace yourself!

I’m Australian and always will be – the accent cannot be denied. It seemed right to name my business after my hometown.

I’ve been reading almost all my life (thanks, Mum!) – indeed I feel lost without a book. I read, on average, 3 books (300+pp) per week and still can’t believe I have managed to successfully turn my passion into my profession. It’s taken a long time for me to realise just what I WANT to do, and now I’m kicking myself I didn’t do it sooner.

My love of editing started in Australia many moons ago, but 33 South Textworks encapsulates all my knowledge and experience, focused now on perfect text – whether it be business documents, theses, websites or stories.

As an Executive Assistant for just shy of 30 years, all but 2 of those years being at Board / C-Suite level, I worked in a large variety of industries on two continents, editing all kinds of documents and websites as part of my day to day role. Recently I realised that I’ve been editing, in one form or another, for most of my working life. All my office jobs involved it, even if it was simply sharpening text with a better word.

And I find I mentally edit whatever I’m reading – occupational hazard?

Recent experience:

My most recent experience is with memoirs, fiction and novella fiction, training courses, marketing materials, conference materials and websites. Though I have also edited Academic / Scientific articles for journal publication, theses and dissertations for students.

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 also if I come across something I think others would really enjoy.

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

Me, collecting arrows from a 3D target

Collecting arrows from a 3D target

Training:

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

Interests:

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

I am a qualified First Aider, Fire Warden and Health & Safety Officer (mainly because no-one else in the office would volunteer!). I do book reviews on my blog, and on NetGalley.

 

 

As a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (formerly the Society of Editors and Proofreaders), the American Copy Editors Society, and the Society of Virtual Assistants, I adhere to their Codes of Conduct.

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

 

For VA work, I’m registered as a Data Controller with the ICO and hold Professional Indemnity insurance from Policy Bee.

My various policies are as follows:

 

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