Current Publishing Clients:
Secret Cravings Publishing
Devine Destinies/Extasy Books
Qualifications & Experience:
BA Degree: English and Communications;
Extensive experience in drafting correspondence, documentation, articles and training material;
Writing and publishing company magazines and newsletters;
Website content and graphics;
In-house editing during employment at various companies;
Currently freelance editor with Prism Books, Vinspire Publishing, Secret Cravings Publishing and Devine Destinies/Extasy Books.
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Published author, professional editor/proofreader, passionate about words, people and making dreams happen - I'm proud of my BA degree, but I'm more proud of my surviving The School of Hard Knocks. As that's an ongoing and often intense course of learning, I'm not able to upload the certification anytime soon...
I could, of course, provide the usual summation of various exceptional qualifications, experience and expertise that would set me apart as someone you need. I'd prefer to be someone you know. So, just for fun, I thought I'd examine various words and phrases my friends and colleagues have come up with over the years - a chancy experiment, but I found the results intriguing.
"One thing about you, Jude, you always make a plan." That from my nephew Angus, aka George. Although he referred to being able to call on his aunt for an eleventh-hour-fifty-ninth-minute bail-out (in this particular case, not having a fancy dress costume for a school dress-up day) it is something that has "stuck" and become a familiar family refrain. My daughter used it a couple of times herself, usually when things were at their lowest and "make a plan" meant, quite simply, something one had to do to survive.
"You're a perfectionist and an over-achiever." Hmmm. In all honesty, I don't think the particular speaker meant it as a compliment. As I recall, it was said in a fit of frustration at my continual prodding at her and her staff to give their all for a company promotional event... Still, it has value - I do set high standards, and work myself hard to achieve them. It doesn't always please people though, which is a great pity because I don't intend changing that any time soon.
"I know I can trust you to give me exactly what I'm looking for." As compliments go, this is a biggie for me. I was making her wedding dress at the time, but it spoke of my ability to catch the mood and the look and the creativity and hard work to make it happen. In relooking it, I found that it goes a long way to sum up "me" - a listener, an empathiser, a creater, and not afraid of hard work.
"You're a sick and sin kind of friend." Yep, that's me. Loyal to the end. and I love forever, no matter what.
"You can't rescue every darn kitten out there." Why not? I chuckle over this one - but every time I scuttle past the animal rescue posters I have to work very hard not to look. Kittens, puppies, kids, old people... Oy vey, I should have been born Rockefeller...
"Why can't you just do as you're told?" So sorry, boss, but if it's wrong, it's wrong. My honesty and my integrity are all I have. When you lose everything in your life, you soon realise that those are the things no one can take away from you...unless you let them.
"How do you know all these weird things?" Learning, friend. Learn everything you can, wherever you can, whenever you can. The day I stop learning is the day I'm no longer around. Learning is fun, it's challenging, it's creative, it's satisfying... It keeps you alive.
"You're one tall woman." These are special words from my beloved husband, just before bone cancer claimed him. He was reminding me that I had what I needed to live without him: courage, love, high standards, strong values and a sense of humour.
I think, most of all, it comes down to one simple thing - I've learned to laugh: at life, at catastrophe, calamity and calumny, at betrayal and brokenness, but mostly at myself. When you learn to laugh you learn to have fun, no matter what happens.
I love what I do. It's who I am.
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