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“Jo gives such constructive and considered feedback in her assessments, helping authors realise the potential of their manuscripts through her strong grasp of both the big picture and the finer details. I am so grateful for her thoughtful and professional assessment service, which helped me rework my manuscript into a state that was ready for submission. It has since been accepted for publication!”
– Penny Harrison, writer, book reviewer,
“Jo’s assessments of Unpublished Picture Book Manuscripts were thoughtful, insightful and detailed, encouraging each creator to think outside the square and push themselves higher.”
– Tania McCartney, writer, illustrator, founder of www.kids-bookreview.com,
“Jo's services are first class. An experienced and astute editor, she has a deep understanding of her clients' needs and provides guidance with care and respect”
– AJ Collins, professional writer and editor,
“Jo is an experienced editor with an excellent eye for identifying what’s working and what isn’t. Whether your work is fiction or non-fiction, genre or corporate, Jo has a knack for elucidating big picture issues, and an ability to suggest structural modifications that will help you to make your work shine. I thoroughly recommend her. ”
– Melissa Catherine Manning,
I’m a freelance editor who loves helping fellow writing enthusiasts make their stories shine.
Whether you are working on your first or fiftieth work, I am passionate about story and love to help fellow enthusiasts develop their writing craft.
My particular editing interests include:
– Providing manuscript assessments, which include links and tips for developing the writing craft
– Copy editing everything from blog articles, short stories and business proposals to long form fiction and non- fiction
– Providing all the above to writers of children’s literature.
With regard to my writing, I earned a berth at the 2015 Hardcopy ACT’s Non-Fiction professional development program. From this amazing opportunity, Jacinta di Mase agreed to represent my memoir “Behind the Calico Curtain” as well as my children’s picture book “Douglas”.
Works in progress include a middle grade series “Inventors’ Ink” and a young adult novel “BoomTown Blues”.
I have been a long-time reviewer with www.kids-bookreview.com, which receives an average of 60,000 visits per month.
I am also a committee member for SCBWI Victoria, which is a branch of the International Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I achieved distinction in all subjects when I studied the Associate Degree in professional Writing and Editing and am now a member of the Institute of Professional Editors.