Jane Smith

Jane Smith - Editor

Toowoomba QLD, Australia

I'm a freelance editor, author and librarian with an eye for detail. Kids' books, fiction, non-fiction, history books: I love them all!

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Overview

I'm an editor, author and librarian with a special interest in history and children's books. With years of experience in schools and public libraries, I know what readers like. I've reviewed books for 'Magpies' magazine, I've written (and edited) my own books in a range of genres, and I've copyedited for Big Sky Publishing and individual clients. I'm currently structurally editing course materials for the University of Southern Queensland. I expect to complete my Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing at the end of 2019.

I provide copyediting and proofreading services for fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children. My work as an author makes me sensitive to an author's needs and point of view. If you want an editor who will work closely with you, paying attention to detail and listening to your concerns, I could be the one for you!

Here's a testimonial from a happy customer:
"Jane has a keen eye for detail and I was astonished at the subtle inconsistencies and ambiguities she identified within my manuscript - a novel I have worked on for five years and thought I knew back-to-front. Jane is a kind, honest and helpful editor, providing clever solutions and succinct explanations for her suggested revisions. Jane's skilled hand transformed my story into a better book and me into a better writer. "
Tara East, BA, GCEP, MProfPrac(CreativeWriting), Author of 'Every Time He Dies'.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
History
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Currently studying Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (USQ)
  • Advanced Proofreading course through SfEP (2018)
  • Introduction to Copyediting - SfEP (2018)

Awards

  • Shortlisted for Australian Book Industry Award 2015
  • Children's Book Council of Australia 'notable' 2017
  • Shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award 2019

Work experience

Freelance copyeditor

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

I have copyedited books for Big Sky Publishing, including historical fiction, non-fiction and children's picture books. One of the picture books I edited has recently been shortlisted in Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year Awards (along with a book I wrote!). As a freelancer, I have also edited a paranormal crime novel. I am currently contracted to structurally edit undergraduate course materials for the University of Southern Queensland's Surveying and Engineering Faculty. I am also an author of books for children and adults - fiction and non-fiction. Three of my children's books have been short- or long-listed for prestigious awards.

Author

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (over 11 years)

I write historical books: fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children. My books include the 'Australian Bushrangers' series (5 titles), the children's historical fiction 'Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy' (8 titles so far, 5 to come), and 'Captain Starlight: the strange but true story of a bushranger, impostor and murderer), all published by Big Sky Publishing. I also wrote 'The story of The Swamp: a children's history of Toowoomba' (published by Toowoomba City Library) and am about to self-publish 'Ship of death: the tragedy of the "Emigrant"'. My book 'Captain Thunderbolt' (from the 'Australian Bushrangers' series) was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award in 2015, and two books from my 'Tommy Bell' series have been listed for major awards (#1 was a Children's Book Council of Australia 'notable' in 2017 and #7 is currently listed for a Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award). My books are meticulously researched and have been well reviewed.

Librarian/Archivist

Concordia Lutheran College
July, 2004 – June, 2018 (almost 14 years)

I worked as a librarian and archivist at the secondary campus of Concordia Lutheran College from 2011 to 2018, and at one of the junior campuses as librarian from 2004 to 2010. My duties included book selection and cataloguing and working closely with students and teachers to meet their information and recreational reading needs and encourage a love of books. In 2017 I initiated and ran a writing project with a group of Indigenous students. After a three-day writing workshop conducted by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, they produced a book that was launched at the Brisbane Writers' Festival.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Captain Starlight: The strange but true story of a bushranger, impostor and murderer

Jane Smith

Perth, 1899: a respected public servant mistakes a bottle of cyanide for his heart medicine, swallows it and dies. Months later on the other side of the country, a prisoner of Pentridge gaol with the same name as the deceased reads of the inquest with alarm. He writes to the coroner with his suspicions: the supposedly upstanding government accountant was an impostor – an ex-con – who had stole... read more

Perth, 1899: a respected public servant mistakes a bottle of cyanide for his heart medicine, swallows it and dies. Months later on the other side of the country, a prisoner of Pentridge gaol with the same name as the deceased reads of the inquest with alarm. He writes to the coroner with his suspicions: the supposedly upstanding government accountant was an impostor – an ex-con – who had stole... read more

Australian Bushrangers - Captain Thunderbolt (Australian Bushrangers Series)

Jane Smith

Frederick Wordsworth Ward, better known as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’, had one of the longest bushranging ‘careers’ in history. Plaguing New South Wales for almost seven years, Thunderbolt enjoyed much public support as he was intelligent, charming and courageous and a great storyteller. He has become something of a romantic figure of Australia’s past. This book describes some of Thunderbolt’s more... read more

Frederick Wordsworth Ward, better known as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’, had one of the longest bushranging ‘careers’ in history. Plaguing New South Wales for almost seven years, Thunderbolt enjoyed much public support as he was intelligent, charming and courageous and a great storyteller. He has become something of a romantic figure of Australia’s past. This book describes some of Thunderbolt’s more... read more

Australian Bushrangers - Captain Moonlite (Australian Bushrangers Series)

Jane Smith

In 1869 Mt Egerton was outraged by the armed hold-up of the local bank by a masked villain calling himself ‘Captain Moonlite’.The shock deepened when the perpetrator turned out to be the new lay preacher, Andrew George Scott. On his release from prison Moonlite led a ragged bunch of young desperadoes to stage a siege that would end in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. His death cell pr... read more

In 1869 Mt Egerton was outraged by the armed hold-up of the local bank by a masked villain calling himself ‘Captain Moonlite’.The shock deepened when the perpetrator turned out to be the new lay preacher, Andrew George Scott. On his release from prison Moonlite led a ragged bunch of young desperadoes to stage a siege that would end in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. His death cell pr... read more

Hadamar: The House of Shudders

Jason Foster

Hadamar is the story of Ingrid Marchand, is a young girl of mixedGerman-French-African race born and her struggle to survive asthe Nazis rise to power and Hitler’s barbaric racial policies areintroduced.While Ingrid’s colour has always ostracised her in the community,the rise of Adolf Hitler increases the level of hatred and prejudiceto a new, frightening level. At school, Ingrid and her Jewis... read more

Hadamar is the story of Ingrid Marchand, is a young girl of mixedGerman-French-African race born and her struggle to survive asthe Nazis rise to power and Hitler’s barbaric racial policies areintroduced.While Ingrid’s colour has always ostracised her in the community,the rise of Adolf Hitler increases the level of hatred and prejudiceto a new, frightening level. At school, Ingrid and her Jewis... read more

Self Harm: Why teens do it and what parents can do to help

Michelle Mitchell

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a global mental health concernwith studies conservatively indicating 10% of young peopleexperiment with self-harm. The ways in which young people selfharmare wide and varied, and a challenge many families nowhave to face.It remains distressing and difficult for parents and caring adultsto understand, as it seems to go against every innate instinct ofself-prot... read more

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a global mental health concernwith studies conservatively indicating 10% of young peopleexperiment with self-harm. The ways in which young people selfharmare wide and varied, and a challenge many families nowhave to face.It remains distressing and difficult for parents and caring adultsto understand, as it seems to go against every innate instinct ofself-prot... read more

Everyday Resilience: Helping kids handle friendship, drama, academic pressure and the self-doubt of growing up

Michelle Mitchell

The way our children handle ‘small knocks’ is crucial, as it will bethe foundation for much bigger things. Parents are wise to see eachsmall knock as a teachable moment that has long-term significance.We can’t dismiss or understate our child’s daily experiences.Our children can ‘have it all’ and still be ill-prepared to handlelife’s challenges. Despite the posters on our school’s walls and the... read more

The way our children handle ‘small knocks’ is crucial, as it will bethe foundation for much bigger things. Parents are wise to see eachsmall knock as a teachable moment that has long-term significance.We can’t dismiss or understate our child’s daily experiences.Our children can ‘have it all’ and still be ill-prepared to handlelife’s challenges. Despite the posters on our school’s walls and the... read more

Dreaming Soldiers

Catherine Bauer

Dreaming Soldiers poignantly weaves tales of childhoodadventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreamingthemes.This is a touching friendship story about Jimmy and Johnno,two young Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who doeverything together, sharing adventures and growing upside by side in the dusty cattle yards of an Outback SouthAustralian station and later on the muddy WWI battlefi... read more

Dreaming Soldiers poignantly weaves tales of childhoodadventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreamingthemes.This is a touching friendship story about Jimmy and Johnno,two young Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who doeverything together, sharing adventures and growing upside by side in the dusty cattle yards of an Outback SouthAustralian station and later on the muddy WWI battlefi... read more

Grandpa & Tuska

John Phillips

Tuska is a young elephant who loves spending timewith his grandfather. And Grandpa loves spendingtime with him. Tuska never grows tired of Grandpa’sthrilling stories about being a young elephant and thinksGrandpa is the wisest elephant he knows.But Grandpa is getting old, and what’s more, he’s gettingforgetful and, well ... he’s acting rather strangely thesedays!? His stories are not making se... read more

Tuska is a young elephant who loves spending timewith his grandfather. And Grandpa loves spendingtime with him. Tuska never grows tired of Grandpa’sthrilling stories about being a young elephant and thinksGrandpa is the wisest elephant he knows.But Grandpa is getting old, and what’s more, he’s gettingforgetful and, well ... he’s acting rather strangely thesedays!? His stories are not making se... read more

Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 8

Jane Smith

When Tommy Bell’s father’s car breaks down on a road trip, Tommy and Martin are stranded overnight in a motel room in a strange country town. Things get even weirder when Tommy finds himself roaming the deserted streets on a moonlit night, way back in 1869. But wait – is that an armed robbery in progress? And who is that masked man?

When Tommy Bell’s father’s car breaks down on a road trip, Tommy and Martin are stranded overnight in a motel room in a strange country town. Things get even weirder when Tommy finds himself roaming the deserted streets on a moonlit night, way back in 1869. But wait – is that an armed robbery in progress? And who is that masked man?

Australian Bushrangers - Ben Hall (Australian Bushrangers Series)

Jane Smith

The Australian Bushrangers series by historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, and the two men known as ‘Captain Starlight’. These simply written and entertaining books are beautifully presented and historically accurate. Full of interesting facts and dangerous e... read more

The Australian Bushrangers series by historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, and the two men known as ‘Captain Starlight’. These simply written and entertaining books are beautifully presented and historically accurate. Full of interesting facts and dangerous e... read more

Every Time He Dies

Tara Louise East

Daphne Lawrence is haunted. Two years ago, her fiancée died in a terrible accident, her mother passed away from cancer and she stopped speaking to her father. As an embalmer, Daff is used to the company of dead people, but she isn’t used to them talking back. In fact, Daff isn’t used to anything that could be considered woo-woo including, but not limited to: psychics, crystal, meditation, taro... read more

Daphne Lawrence is haunted. Two years ago, her fiancée died in a terrible accident, her mother passed away from cancer and she stopped speaking to her father. As an embalmer, Daff is used to the company of dead people, but she isn’t used to them talking back. In fact, Daff isn’t used to anything that could be considered woo-woo including, but not limited to: psychics, crystal, meditation, taro... read more

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