Jo Finchen-Parsons

Jo Finchen-Parsons - Editor

Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK

Driven, conscientious editor with broad, transferable skills from experience in product development, marketing and technical tutorial books.

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I am an accurate and efficient editor providing proofreading and copyediting services.

During my time as Acquisition Editor at Packt Publishing, I project managed the publication of technical tutorial books and eBooks, from the concept research stage right through to post-publication marketing activities. My main responsibilities included:
• Prioritising conflicting demands (upon leaving I had over 90 books in my active pipeline),
• Researching and writing outlines for accepted book proposals,
• Editing chapters as they were delivered by the authors and giving clear feedback to bring the writing in line with the book outline,
• Editing copy and proofreading.

I took additional responsibilities as JBoss (now WildFly) Category Manager, specialising in bringing books on the Java based application server to market. Some of my most successful projects include: 'Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3' (Development Editor) and 'MATLAB Graphics and Data Visualization Cookbook' (Acquisition Editor). One of my most enjoyable projects was 'The Game Jam Survival Guide' (Acquisition Editor); it was a fun book to work on!

Since my time at Packt Publishing, I’ve worked for a luxury accommodation provider as Product Development Manager where I honed many transferable skills in marketing and project management. Now I’ve returned to my original passion: working with the written word, reading lots and helping writers produce the most useful and accurate content possible.

Personally, my favourite genres to read are fantasy, closely followed by period classics. My favourite authors (in no particular order!) are: Robert Jordan, JRR Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Jane Austen and Bill Bryson.
I pride myself on having a great attention to detail and providing quick responses to your queries.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Education & Reference
Technology

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
February, 2019 – Present (8 months)

Acquisition Editor

Packt Publishing
September, 2011 – February, 2013 (over 1 year)

Project managed the publication of technical tutorial books and ebooks, from the concept research stage right through to marketing activities.
• Prioritised conflicting demands and upon leaving had over 90 books in my active pipeline
• Researched potential customer needs for very niche, technical tutorials using several sources for information
• Wrote proposals for books that then went through rigorous evaluation by peers and Publishers
• Researched and wrote outlines for accepted book proposals
• Built relationships in the relevant technical communities to find and contract the best author for the book outline
• Worked with authors and Development Editors to keep to agreed timelines and ensure the book outline was followed
• Edited chapters as they were delivered by the authors and gave clear feedback to bring the writing inline with the outline
• Edited copy and proofread
• Trained new Acquisition Editors and offered mentoring thereafter

Portfolio (20 selected works)

MATLAB Graphics and Data Visualization Cookbook (Quick Answers to Common Problems)

Nivedita Majumdar, Swapnonil Banerjee

Present your data in the clearest, most engaging way possible by harnessing the visualization power of MATLAB. With a host of practical recipes and step-by-step instructions, this book is the fast-track to stunning results. Overview Customizations used in the visualization recipes are made into functions for easy integration into your data analysis workflow Recipes are cross-referenced with MA... read more

Present your data in the clearest, most engaging way possible by harnessing the visualization power of MATLAB. With a host of practical recipes and step-by-step instructions, this book is the fast-track to stunning results. Overview Customizations used in the visualization recipes are made into functions for easy integration into your data analysis workflow Recipes are cross-referenced with MA... read more

Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3

Ben Frain

"Learn responsive design using HTML5 and CSS3 to adapt websites to any browser or screen size."

"Learn responsive design using HTML5 and CSS3 to adapt websites to any browser or screen size."

Machine Learning with R: Expert techniques for predictive modeling to solve all your data analysis problems, 2nd Edition

Brett Lantz

Build machine learning algorithms, prepare data, and dig deep into data prediction techniques with RKey FeaturesHarness the power of R for statistical computing and data scienceExplore, forecast, and classify data with RUse R to apply common machine learning algorithms to real-world scenariosBook DescriptionMachine learning, at its core, is concerned with transforming data into actionable know... read more

Build machine learning algorithms, prepare data, and dig deep into data prediction techniques with RKey FeaturesHarness the power of R for statistical computing and data scienceExplore, forecast, and classify data with RUse R to apply common machine learning algorithms to real-world scenariosBook DescriptionMachine learning, at its core, is concerned with transforming data into actionable know... read more

HTML5 Graphing & Data Visualization Cookbook

Ben Fhala

In DetailThe HTML5 canvas tag makes creating any plot shape easy, all you have to do then is fill it with exciting visualizations written in JavaScript or using other visualization tools. "HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook" is the perfect break into the world of Canvas, charts, and graphs in HTML5 and JavaScript. In this book we will go through a journey of getting to know the tec... read more

In DetailThe HTML5 canvas tag makes creating any plot shape easy, all you have to do then is fill it with exciting visualizations written in JavaScript or using other visualization tools. "HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook" is the perfect break into the world of Canvas, charts, and graphs in HTML5 and JavaScript. In this book we will go through a journey of getting to know the tec... read more

HornetQ Messaging Developer’s Guide

Piero Giacomelli

In DetailMessages and information can be exchanged at exponential speed with JBoss HornetQ asynchronous messaging middleware. Learn how to use the JAVA open source Message Oriented Framework, to build a high-performance, multi-protocol, embeddable, clustered system and manage millions of messages per second.In the HornetQ Messaging Developer’s Guide you will find the most common applications o... read more

In DetailMessages and information can be exchanged at exponential speed with JBoss HornetQ asynchronous messaging middleware. Learn how to use the JAVA open source Message Oriented Framework, to build a high-performance, multi-protocol, embeddable, clustered system and manage millions of messages per second.In the HornetQ Messaging Developer’s Guide you will find the most common applications o... read more

GateIn Cookbook

Ken Finnigan, Luca Stancapiano, Piergiorgio Lucidi

In DetailEnterprises have websites constructed in different web frameworks and the need for them to work together cohesively. GateIn will provide the solution to effectively integrate them into a single website. GateIn is an open source website framework that does more than a web framework by letting you use your preferred one.This GateIn Cookbook provides solutions whether you're planning to ... read more

In DetailEnterprises have websites constructed in different web frameworks and the need for them to work together cohesively. GateIn will provide the solution to effectively integrate them into a single website. GateIn is an open source website framework that does more than a web framework by letting you use your preferred one.This GateIn Cookbook provides solutions whether you're planning to ... read more

Data Visualization: a successful design process

Andy Kirk

This book will benefit anyone who wants to discover effective, attractive ways to visually analyze and communicate data. With no special knowledge required, it's an inspirational guide that teaches through examples and illustration. A portable, versatile and flexible data visualization design approach that will help you navigate the complex path towards success Explains the many different reas... read more

This book will benefit anyone who wants to discover effective, attractive ways to visually analyze and communicate data. With no special knowledge required, it's an inspirational guide that teaches through examples and illustration. A portable, versatile and flexible data visualization design approach that will help you navigate the complex path towards success Explains the many different reas... read more

Instant Moodle Quiz Module How-to

Joan Coy

In DetailEnhancing learning experience and improving student success has many instructors searching for effective tools. Moodle Quiz is just such a tool to aid instructors in creating powerful assessment experiences for their learners. "Moodle Quiz Module How-to" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear step-by-step procedures, which will help you take advantage ... read more

In DetailEnhancing learning experience and improving student success has many instructors searching for effective tools. Moodle Quiz is just such a tool to aid instructors in creating powerful assessment experiences for their learners. "Moodle Quiz Module How-to" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear step-by-step procedures, which will help you take advantage ... read more

Arch Linux Environment set-up How-To

Ike Devolder

Get started with Arch Linux as a blank canvas and build the simple and elegant environment you want Overview Install and configure Arch Linux to set up your optimum environment for building applications Boot and manage services, add and remove packages Discover and get to grips with the features of the Linux Kernel In Detail Over the years there have been many Linux distributions out there, so... read more

Get started with Arch Linux as a blank canvas and build the simple and elegant environment you want Overview Install and configure Arch Linux to set up your optimum environment for building applications Boot and manage services, add and remove packages Discover and get to grips with the features of the Linux Kernel In Detail Over the years there have been many Linux distributions out there, so... read more

HTML5 Boilerplate Web Development

Divya Manian

HTML5 Boilerplate Web Development is a practical guide rich with information on getting the best out of the boilerplate. Readers follow the expert author through a project of building a music festival site; the tutorials and lessons learned are easily applicable to any website project,This book is for all developers who are familiar with creating web projects using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, h... read more

HTML5 Boilerplate Web Development is a practical guide rich with information on getting the best out of the boilerplate. Readers follow the expert author through a project of building a music festival site; the tutorials and lessons learned are easily applicable to any website project,This book is for all developers who are familiar with creating web projects using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, h... read more

The Game Jam Survival Guide

Christer Kaitila

The Game Jam Survival Guide is an insider view of game jams packed full of expert advice; leading with tips and tricks on how to build a great game with just 48 hours; but clearly defining what should be avoided at all costs during Game Jam mayhem. The reader is led through each half-day phase; from the beginning of your quest in hours 1-12 to breaking through "the wall" on day two and finally... read more

The Game Jam Survival Guide is an insider view of game jams packed full of expert advice; leading with tips and tricks on how to build a great game with just 48 hours; but clearly defining what should be avoided at all costs during Game Jam mayhem. The reader is led through each half-day phase; from the beginning of your quest in hours 1-12 to breaking through "the wall" on day two and finally... read more

Drush User’s Guide

Juan Pablo Novillo Requena

A practical guide full of examples and step-by-step instructions to start using Drush right from chapter 1. Drupal developers or themers who understand Drupal administration’s basic concepts. Drush can make building any kind of website quicker and easier, no matter if it is a development environment, beta, a simple blog or a complex system.

A practical guide full of examples and step-by-step instructions to start using Drush right from chapter 1. Drupal developers or themers who understand Drupal administration’s basic concepts. Drush can make building any kind of website quicker and easier, no matter if it is a development environment, beta, a simple blog or a complex system.

Instant R Starter

Donato Teutonico

In DetailR is a versatile cross-platform environment with the power of a programming language and the flexibility of a scripting language. It is extremely powerful in manipulating and visualizing complex databases, performing statistical computations and producing any kind of plot with a very high graphical quality.Instant R Starter is a practical introduction to the R language and will show y... read more

In DetailR is a versatile cross-platform environment with the power of a programming language and the flexibility of a scripting language. It is extremely powerful in manipulating and visualizing complex databases, performing statistical computations and producing any kind of plot with a very high graphical quality.Instant R Starter is a practical introduction to the R language and will show y... read more

Elastix Unified Communications Server Cookbook

Gerardo Barajas Puente

More than 140 real-life, hands-on recipes and tips to install, deploy, administer, and maintain any VoIP/Unified Communications solution based on ElastixAbout This BookEnable a full cost-effective unified communications server solutionGo from a single server configuration to a multi-site deploymentImplement the Call Center module and take advantage of all the VoIP and Unified Communications fe... read more

More than 140 real-life, hands-on recipes and tips to install, deploy, administer, and maintain any VoIP/Unified Communications solution based on ElastixAbout This BookEnable a full cost-effective unified communications server solutionGo from a single server configuration to a multi-site deploymentImplement the Call Center module and take advantage of all the VoIP and Unified Communications fe... read more

Drupal 7 Development by Example Beginner’s Guide

Kurt Madel

As part of Packt’s Beginner’s Guide series, this book will walk the reader through straightforward examples that show the creation of an e-commerce site built on Drupal. This book is for people who have some experience building websites and who want to learn to do so with Drupal 7. You should have experience with HTML markup, CSS, and jQuery. Experience with previous versions of Drupal would b... read more

As part of Packt’s Beginner’s Guide series, this book will walk the reader through straightforward examples that show the creation of an e-commerce site built on Drupal. This book is for people who have some experience building websites and who want to learn to do so with Drupal 7. You should have experience with HTML markup, CSS, and jQuery. Experience with previous versions of Drupal would b... read more

Articulate Studio Cookbook

Robert Kennedy III

In DetailMore and more companies find they need to build their training courses internally. They are turning to tools like Articulate Studio because it is easy to use and doesn’t have a steep learning curve. If you are familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint in any way, you should feel right at home with Articulate Studio."Articulate Studio Cookbook" will get you ready to add Articulate Studio to y... read more

In DetailMore and more companies find they need to build their training courses internally. They are turning to tools like Articulate Studio because it is easy to use and doesn’t have a steep learning curve. If you are familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint in any way, you should feel right at home with Articulate Studio."Articulate Studio Cookbook" will get you ready to add Articulate Studio to y... read more

Linux Mint System Administrator’s Beginner's Guide

Arturo Fernandez Montoro

In DetailSystem administrators are responsible for keeping servers and workstations working properly. They perform actions to get a secure, stable, and robust operating system. In order to do that, system administrators perform actions such as monitoring, accounts maintenance, restoring backups, and software installation. All these actions and tasks are crucial to business success."Linux Mint ... read more

In DetailSystem administrators are responsible for keeping servers and workstations working properly. They perform actions to get a secure, stable, and robust operating system. In order to do that, system administrators perform actions such as monitoring, accounts maintenance, restoring backups, and software installation. All these actions and tasks are crucial to business success."Linux Mint ... read more

UDK iOS Game Development Beginner’s Guide

John Preston Doran, Christos Gatzidis

The book takes a step-by-step process in completing tasks with many detailed illustrations while allowing you to add your own creativity to the mix to create a game that is uniquely your own.If you would like to make iOS games with the Unreal Development Kit or are interested in porting your game from PC to iOS, this book is for you

The book takes a step-by-step process in completing tasks with many detailed illustrations while allowing you to add your own creativity to the mix to create a game that is uniquely your own.If you would like to make iOS games with the Unreal Development Kit or are interested in porting your game from PC to iOS, this book is for you

jBPM5 Developer Guide

Mauricio Salatino, Esteban Aliverti

Java developers and architects will find this book an indispensable guide to understanding Business Process Management frameworks in the real world. Using open source jBPM5, it tutors through authentic examples, screenshots, and diagrams. Overview Learn to model and implement your business processes using the BPMN2 standard notation. Model complex business scenarios in order to automate and im... read more

Java developers and architects will find this book an indispensable guide to understanding Business Process Management frameworks in the real world. Using open source jBPM5, it tutors through authentic examples, screenshots, and diagrams. Overview Learn to model and implement your business processes using the BPMN2 standard notation. Model complex business scenarios in order to automate and im... read more

Corona SDK Mobile Game Development: Beginner's Guide - Second Edition

Michelle M. Fernandez

Learn, explore, and create commercially successful mobile games for iOS and AndroidAbout This BookFrom game physics to successful marketing, learn the fundamentals of Corona SDK for game developmentIntegrate your games with social networks such as Twitter and FacebookThis is a pragmatic guide explained in a step-by-step manner to create and deploy games quickly and efficientlyWho This Book Is ... read more

Learn, explore, and create commercially successful mobile games for iOS and AndroidAbout This BookFrom game physics to successful marketing, learn the fundamentals of Corona SDK for game developmentIntegrate your games with social networks such as Twitter and FacebookThis is a pragmatic guide explained in a step-by-step manner to create and deploy games quickly and efficientlyWho This Book Is ... read more

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Jo was a pleasure to work with and her corrections and comments were extremely helpful. I hope to work with her again.

Steve Emery, July 2019

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