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Jessica Perini

Jessica Perini - Editor

Sydney

Edited over 100 fiction and non-fiction titles, including Prime Minister's Prize, The Age and various Premiers' literary award winners.

Overview

First of all I am a writer. My passions are sustainability and human rights.

I have had the great honour of editing books for over 15 years – each one derived from a place of passion, obsession and deep thought. I have edited books that went on to win accolades such as the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History; Premier's Literary Awards; The Age Book of the Year; The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and various self-publishing awards.

Services
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Humor & Comedy Literature Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Education & Reference History Home & Garden Parenting & Families Psychology

Certifications

  • Society of Editors
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hon) (Hist)
  • Permaculture Design Certificate

Work experience

Writer

Arts Hub Magazine

February, 2006 – February, 2009 (about 3 years)

Satirical column on the art of writing called 'Writing Bootcamp'.

Jessica Perini

Jessica Perini Editorial Services

January, 2002 – Present (almost 15 years)

Edited squillions of books for too many publishing houses to mention and many self-published authors.
Co-writer.
Author.

Senior Editor

Thomson Reuters

February, 1996 – February, 2003 (about 7 years)

Academic Books, The Laws of Australia

Writer

Amnesty International

February, 1989 – February, 1994 (about 5 years)

Wrote updates for Amnesty actions and letters to supporters.

Copy person

News Ltd

February, 1989 – February, 1991 (about 2 years)

Made bad coffee.
Learned to write copy.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Beneath the Darkening Sky

Majok Tulba

When Obinna's village is attacked by the rebel army, he witnesses violence beyond the capacity of his imagination and comprehension, including the murder of his father. Along with his older brother, Obinna is taken along with the army when they leave, to be shaped into an agent of this horror - to become a child soldier. Marched through minefields and thrown into battlefields, enduring daily e... read more

When Obinna's village is attacked by the rebel army, he witnesses violence beyond the capacity of his imagination and comprehension, including the murder of his father. Along with his older brother, Obinna is taken along with the army when they leave, to be shaped into an agent of this horror - to become a child soldier. Marched through minefields and thrown into battlefields, enduring daily e... read more

Sustainable Food

Michael Mobbs

After renovating his inner-city Sydney terrace and making it almost entirely self-sufficient in energy, water and waste disposal, Michael Mobbs realised his house was sustainable, but he wasn’t. While his house saves 100,000 litres of dam water a year, the same amount of water is used to produce ten days’ worth of food for the average Australian. In this companion book to the bestselling Susta... read more

After renovating his inner-city Sydney terrace and making it almost entirely self-sufficient in energy, water and waste disposal, Michael Mobbs realised his house was sustainable, but he wasn’t. While his house saves 100,000 litres of dam water a year, the same amount of water is used to produce ten days’ worth of food for the average Australian. In this companion book to the bestselling Susta... read more

Chasing Shadows

Leila Yusaf Chung

In the evening, Abu Fadi peeled oranges and apples and recounted stories of Palestine, orange groves and the house with the large wooden door that awaited their return. He pulled a black metal key out of his pocket and said, 'See, children, this big key is to open our front door. I locked the house before I left. Everything is waiting for us in Palestine.This is the story of Lavi, a middle-age... read more

In the evening, Abu Fadi peeled oranges and apples and recounted stories of Palestine, orange groves and the house with the large wooden door that awaited their return. He pulled a black metal key out of his pocket and said, 'See, children, this big key is to open our front door. I locked the house before I left. Everything is waiting for us in Palestine.This is the story of Lavi, a middle-age... read more

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change

Mark Diesendorf

This book is a call to action on climate change, filled with clear and detailed information on the strategies we need to adopt to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. Unlike other books on the subject, it brings together both the technology and policy issues to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach.Mark Diesendorf provides a guide to our future energy options, outlining the enormou... read more

This book is a call to action on climate change, filled with clear and detailed information on the strategies we need to adopt to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. Unlike other books on the subject, it brings together both the technology and policy issues to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach.Mark Diesendorf provides a guide to our future energy options, outlining the enormou... read more

Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica

Tom Griffiths

Listen to a short interview with Tom Griffiths Host: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & Crane From Scott and Shackleton to sled dogs and penguins, stories of Antarctica seize our imagination. In December 2002, environmental historian Tom Griffiths set sail with the Australian Antarctic Division to deliver the new team of winterers. In this beautifully written book, Griffiths reflects on the hist... read more

Listen to a short interview with Tom Griffiths Host: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & Crane From Scott and Shackleton to sled dogs and penguins, stories of Antarctica seize our imagination. In December 2002, environmental historian Tom Griffiths set sail with the Australian Antarctic Division to deliver the new team of winterers. In this beautifully written book, Griffiths reflects on the hist... read more

Historica's Women: 1000 Years of Women in History

Katherine Aaslestad

Historica's Women covers the period from the year 1000 until the present, with feature stories, timelines listing the significant events for each period, contemporary quotations, black-and-white and full-color illustrations, and quirky "time out" facts. These elements combine to make a fascinating historical resource...includes DVD ROM.

Historica's Women covers the period from the year 1000 until the present, with feature stories, timelines listing the significant events for each period, contemporary quotations, black-and-white and full-color illustrations, and quirky "time out" facts. These elements combine to make a fascinating historical resource...includes DVD ROM.

Sustainable House

Michael Mobbs

Remarkable and comprehensive, this essential guide provides advice and step-by-step instructions on achieving an environmentally friendly home. Fully revised and updated, this new edition provides tips for working with councils, builders, and engineers while renovating not only kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, and waste systems but also water and energy supplies. Covering the latest revolutions t... read more

Remarkable and comprehensive, this essential guide provides advice and step-by-step instructions on achieving an environmentally friendly home. Fully revised and updated, this new edition provides tips for working with councils, builders, and engineers while renovating not only kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, and waste systems but also water and energy supplies. Covering the latest revolutions t... read more

Warm House Cool House: Inspirational Designs for Low-Energy Housing

Nick Hollo

To aid in the minimization of environmental impact, this book offers valuable advice on how to help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter with little or no reliance upon appliances. Illustrated with more than 100 inspiring contemporary examples of low-energy housing design, this fully updated edition contains practical and clever suggestions to make any home—in any climatic zone... read more

To aid in the minimization of environmental impact, this book offers valuable advice on how to help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter with little or no reliance upon appliances. Illustrated with more than 100 inspiring contemporary examples of low-energy housing design, this fully updated edition contains practical and clever suggestions to make any home—in any climatic zone... read more

Your Sleepless Baby: The Rescue Guide (Your Baby Series) (Volume 1)

Rowena Bennett

Being a parent is like being on a roller coaster ride. There are plenty of ups and downs, enjoyment and frustrations. As a parent I have experienced my share of testing times along with the many joys of parenting. The most challenging times were when my children were babies, toddlers and teenagers. I was already a registered nurse and midwife by the time my children came along. As a result of ... read more

Being a parent is like being on a roller coaster ride. There are plenty of ups and downs, enjoyment and frustrations. As a parent I have experienced my share of testing times along with the many joys of parenting. The most challenging times were when my children were babies, toddlers and teenagers. I was already a registered nurse and midwife by the time my children came along. As a result of ... read more

Parenting for a Peaceful World

Robin Grille

Imagine a world where war, tyranny, human rights abuses and ecological destruction are relics of the past. What if the means to create such a reality were in the hands of mothers and fathers, and all those involved in the care and education of children? Parenting for a Peaceful World is a fascinating look at how parenting customs have shaped societies and major world events. It reveals how chi... read more

Imagine a world where war, tyranny, human rights abuses and ecological destruction are relics of the past. What if the means to create such a reality were in the hands of mothers and fathers, and all those involved in the care and education of children? Parenting for a Peaceful World is a fascinating look at how parenting customs have shaped societies and major world events. It reveals how chi... read more

The Sydney Harbour Bridge: A Life

Peter Spearritt

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this revised edition of the bridge’s biography features new illustrations and updated text detailing recent events related to the bridge, including the Bicentennial and the Olympics. Telling the extraordinary story of the bridge’s design and construction as well as the drama surrounding its official opening, it also discuss... read more

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this revised edition of the bridge’s biography features new illustrations and updated text detailing recent events related to the bridge, including the Bicentennial and the Olympics. Telling the extraordinary story of the bridge’s design and construction as well as the drama surrounding its official opening, it also discuss... read more

Curating Sydney: Imagining the City's Future

Jill Bennett, Saskia Beudel

What happens when artists are asked the questions usually addressed to planners and administrators? In this book, artists, architects, writers, designers, and curators come together to reimagine Sydney’s relationship to its environment. They envision a future where public art plays a vital role in Sydney’s food, water, energy, and waste management, and explore new collaborative and creative pl... read more

What happens when artists are asked the questions usually addressed to planners and administrators? In this book, artists, architects, writers, designers, and curators come together to reimagine Sydney’s relationship to its environment. They envision a future where public art plays a vital role in Sydney’s food, water, energy, and waste management, and explore new collaborative and creative pl... read more

We talked of other things

Arthur Wheen

Writer, artist, war hero, saint, viper – Arthur Wheen has been described as an ideal companion whose letters ‘disclose a delightful range of wit, oblique fancy, irreverent humour and erudition.’ (Australian Dictionary of Biography)This story of his life, told through letters, begins in 1915 with his enlistment in the AIF. Wheen became the only soldier in his battalion to win the Military Medal... read more

Writer, artist, war hero, saint, viper – Arthur Wheen has been described as an ideal companion whose letters ‘disclose a delightful range of wit, oblique fancy, irreverent humour and erudition.’ (Australian Dictionary of Biography)This story of his life, told through letters, begins in 1915 with his enlistment in the AIF. Wheen became the only soldier in his battalion to win the Military Medal... read more

Science and Soul

Charles Birch

Preeminent scientist Charles Birch credits many pivotal scholars in the science and science-religion worlds with shaping his thinking and his world view. In Science and Soul he recalls the leaders in the sciences and science-religion field who most influenced him. Vignettes and quotes reveal their thoughts, personalities and interactions and unveil the ways in which shared thinking and ideas e... read more

Preeminent scientist Charles Birch credits many pivotal scholars in the science and science-religion worlds with shaping his thinking and his world view. In Science and Soul he recalls the leaders in the sciences and science-religion field who most influenced him. Vignettes and quotes reveal their thoughts, personalities and interactions and unveil the ways in which shared thinking and ideas e... read more

One Sun One Moon: Aboriginal Art in Australia

This dazzling exploration of Australian indigenous art is destined to become the definitive work on the world's oldest living artistic tradition. From rock shelters dating back 20,000 years to politically inspired contemporary prints, the artwork of the aboriginal cultures is recognized for its mastery, beauty, and cultural significance. Drawing from Australia's most outstanding collections--T... read more

This dazzling exploration of Australian indigenous art is destined to become the definitive work on the world's oldest living artistic tradition. From rock shelters dating back 20,000 years to politically inspired contemporary prints, the artwork of the aboriginal cultures is recognized for its mastery, beauty, and cultural significance. Drawing from Australia's most outstanding collections--T... read more

Commercial Contracts for Managers Box Set (Commercial Contracts for Managers Series)

Frank Adoranti

Every manager from the CEO down needs to have a basic understanding of commercial contracts and their ramifications. The current climate of business is one of heightened awareness of risk. This series of books gives managers and employees an understanding of how organizations need to deal with these risks. Failure to detect such risks can have a devastating effect on the organization. By gaini... read more

Every manager from the CEO down needs to have a basic understanding of commercial contracts and their ramifications. The current climate of business is one of heightened awareness of risk. This series of books gives managers and employees an understanding of how organizations need to deal with these risks. Failure to detect such risks can have a devastating effect on the organization. By gaini... read more

1606: An Epic Adventure (New South Books)

Evan McHugh

1606 marked the first European sighting of Australia, when the Dutch ship Duyfken landed on Cape York. This gripping book tells the stories of the seafaring explorers, shipwrecks and mutinies that followed, including the voyages of Torres and La Perouse, Dampier and D'Entrecasteaux. These are tales of adventure, discovery and navigational triumph in the face of hardship, starvation and fear at... read more

1606 marked the first European sighting of Australia, when the Dutch ship Duyfken landed on Cape York. This gripping book tells the stories of the seafaring explorers, shipwrecks and mutinies that followed, including the voyages of Torres and La Perouse, Dampier and D'Entrecasteaux. These are tales of adventure, discovery and navigational triumph in the face of hardship, starvation and fear at... read more

Historica : 1000 Years of Our Lives and Times

Chief Consultant Geoffrey Wawro

Historica shows the evolution of people's lives over the last thousand years, & shows how dramatically the world has changed. In the year 1000 most people lived in rural areas, cities were small & grew around cathedrals or fortresses or castles; transportation was by horse & cart; breakfast for most people was a small meal of bread & cheese at sunrise; most people were illiterate; education wa... read more

Historica shows the evolution of people's lives over the last thousand years, & shows how dramatically the world has changed. In the year 1000 most people lived in rural areas, cities were small & grew around cathedrals or fortresses or castles; transportation was by horse & cart; breakfast for most people was a small meal of bread & cheese at sunrise; most people were illiterate; education wa... read more

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