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.
My most recent experience is with fiction and novella fiction, memoirs, training courses, marketing materials, conference materials and websites.
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.
That’s what it’s all about, after all – a love of storytelling. Right?
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…
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.
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 registered as a Data Controller with the ICO (No: ZA567646) and I hold Professional Indemnity insurance from Policy Bee.
My various policies are: