Jackie Who?

There are three things you need to know about the people you work with:

1.Who they are                         2.Why they’re here             3.What fuels them

Who I am:

I’m a freelance editor living with my husband and two sons in the lovely Scottish Borders, along with two lively dogs, one cat and a gaggle of crazy chickens. Before I started editing I was a Parent Coach and published my best-selling book, ‘Unlock the Cage: Empowering Parents to Step out of Fear into Freedom’. I am also a qualified NLP Practitioner, and worked as a Life Coach prior to focusing on parenting issues.

So I’ve come to editing very much from the perspective of helping people become the best they can be, and since I just couldn’t shrug off my love-affair with words, I work with them now full-time. My ability to do so is ratified by:

  • 1st Class Honours BSc: Psychology of Human Communication
  • Trinity College (London): TESOL CertificateJackie Charley

  • Society of Proofreaders and Editors (UK): Proofreading Course

  • Society of Proofreaders and Editors (UK): Copy-editing Course
  • The Writer’s Bureau : Comprehensive Creative Writing course

Why I’m here:

I’m here to make sure that your writing looks good.

That’s it.

After all, you’re the one with the amazing ideas and the passion to communicate them. I simply want to support you by polishing your words, sharpening your grammar, and refining your structure so that your writing is clear and powerful. In short, so it does what you want it to do.


What fuels me:

I love language, and I love people. Bringing the two together, as an editor, is a pretty good combination. I get really excited by the way we communicate through language in all its weird forms – the smiles and nods, our symbols and signposts, and, of course, the written word.

I love witnessing someone’s joy when they achieve their goal, and celebrating with them.

I get energized by music, especially singing, because it’s a great stress-buster and a wonderful way to make friends.

I love ideas that make me think, and even re-think my viewpoint.

I also really enjoy animals, because sometimes you just need a hug from someone you don’t have to peel away from the computer screen first.