Why did I choose book editing?

Old BooksHow I became a book editor.

Hello there!

I believe that a career choice is a tough one and it was always important for me to do something that I would be happy doing. I eventually found my passion in books and editing but it took me a while to get here, so I thought I’d share a bit about how I did just that.

Book editing and proofreading wasn’t a career choice that I decided on in high school, in fact I could barely make decisions on what to eat for lunch in high school let alone these big scary life decisions that now almost seem a part of everyday.

So a few years out of high school after working in retail, (and knowing that I certainly didn’t want to spend the rest of my life working weekends and serving customers) I decided to take on a Bachelor of Social Science. My reasoning was that I am quite a sensitive and caring person so a career in welfare would be perfect. However, it was that sensitivity and caring that ultimately made me realise that I would not cope in this field as there are too many problems in the country (and the world!) that I cannot fix and that would be too much for me to handle. (I suppose my wanting to fix things should have been a hint!).

As soon as I completed my Bachelor of Social Science all I wanted to do was read and not stop reading. For two years I pretty much did just that (as well as working part-time to pay the bills). After a while a few people (family, friends and work colleagues) started saying, ‘Why don’t you find a career in something to do with books?’. I started searching on the internet and came across A Master of Publishing at The University of Sydney, and the brilliant thing was that I had to have completed an arts or humanities undergraduate degree! Perfect! 

I have to admit that at first I was a bit concerned that this would be another course that I would complete and then decide at the end that it wasn’t right for me. Instead I thoroughly enjoyed my classes and discovered how much passion I have for stories and imagination and wanting to help authors to create their best work possible.

So here I am, exactly where I want to be, as a book editor.


Office Space

OfficeOffice SpaceHiya!

My partner Nug and I spent pretty much our entire weekend converting our spare room into an office. The pictures posted are the result, mine being the (*cough* better looking) left side. (And yes that is a Singin’ in the Rain poster, I mean who doesn’t love a good musical?!).

The funny thing is that we weren’t just content with a desk and a chair each, we also had to purposely go out and buy good looking office accessories. It sounds silly but hey we all know that a positive work environment enhances work productivity!

So now that we have such a lovely workspace we want to work ALL THE TIME! Not even kidding, we are the biggest nerds.


Melissa-Jane Fogarty.

Welcome to MJ Editing!


Hi All,

Welcome to the brand spanking new MJ Editing website!

I’ll be using these blog posts to invite you all to gain an insight into who I am, my loves, my likes, my passions and maybe even my dislikes, as well as keeping you updated with news and information in regards to editing and books in general.

You can also check out MJ Editing on Facebook and Twitter.

A big thanks to Chris Newbold for creating my amazing logo and Chris Nguyen who created this brilliant site!


Melissa-Jane Fogarty.