Jessica Perini

Jessica Perini – Editor

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


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.

Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History Home & Garden Parenting & Families
Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
English (AUS) English (US)
  • Society of Editors
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hon) (Hist)
  • Permaculture Design Certificate
  • Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd)

Work experience

Arts Hub Magazine

Feb, 2006 — Feb, 2009 (about 3 years)

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


Jan, 2002 — Present

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

Thomson Reuters

Feb, 1996 — Feb, 2003 (about 7 years)

Academic Books, The Laws of Australia

Amnesty International

Feb, 1989 — Feb, 1994 (about 5 years)

Wrote updates for Amnesty actions and letters to supporters.

News Ltd

Feb, 1989 — Feb, 1991 (about 2 years)

Made bad coffee.
Learned to write copy.


On Track tells the story of John Blay’s long-distance search for the Bundian Way, an important Aboriginal pathway between Mt Kosciuszko and Twofold Bay near Eden on the New South Wales far south coast. The 360-kilometre route traverses some of the nation’s mos... 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?Parenti... read more
In recent years, thousands of Australians have been moved to act in support of asylum seekers and refugees and against the Australian government's immigration policy and practice. In Acting from the Heart, over 50 people who reflect the diversity of this movem... 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... 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, Dampi... 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 h... 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 aborig... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. Tellin... 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? Parent... 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 childr... 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 ... read more
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 r... read more
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 ... read more
Listen to a short interview with Tom GriffithsHost: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & CraneFrom Scott and Shackleton to sled dogs and penguins, stories of Antarctica seize our imagination. In December 2002, environmental historian Tom Griffiths set sail with th... 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 i... 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 sh... 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 ... 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 sam... read more

Jessica has 7 reviews





Bryan B.

Bryan B.

Feb, 2024

Jessica's experience as an editor showed up big in our collaboration. She engaged the work at both higher and lower levels and offered a lot of useful feedback.
Jessica P.
Dear Bryan, I am so pleased that I was able to help with your project. Thank you for the wonderful review! I look forward to continuing our work together. Very best wishes Jess
Jack H.

Jack H.

Mar, 2023

Jess is my secret weapon. She works lightning fast but never sacrifices detail or communication.
Jessica P.
Thanks so much Jack for another lovely review. Working with you is so much fun. Your imagination, creativity and commitment to excellence make your manuscripts a joy to edit.
Jack H.

Jack H.

Jan, 2023

As always, Jess was insightful, thorough and communicative. My book is much better for her input.
Jessica P.
Thanks so much Jack, it's been a joy working with you and your manuscript!
Jack H.

Jack H.

Nov, 2022

Jess is very experienced, communicated well, was flexible with the schedule and scope for the project, and just generally did great work. I'd hire her again in a heartbeat.
Jessica P.
Thank you so much Jack for this wonderful feedback, your manuscript was so thoughtfully constructed. A joy to edit.
Alexandru Gabriel L.

Alexandru Gabriel L.

Jun, 2020

Working with Jessica was more than I could have imagined. Being my first experience with asking an editor to review my work, I felt felt really anxious. But Jessica was so good in helping me navigate through the process. Her expertise blew my mind. I cannot wait to work with her again.
Jessica P.
Alex, thank you for this wonderful review! It was a pleasure to work with you, you embraced the editing process so wholeheartedly, even though at times it could be painful, you accepted the feedbac...
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