About Me

Ms Galaxy

I started my working life as a hairstylist, but after twenty-eight years of doing hair I followed a lifelong desire to be a scientist. At the age of forty-four I earned a BS in chemistry and minors in psychology and English at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. I worked as a chemist for a few years, but life has a funny way of changing.

I went back into the beauty business, owning and managing a luxury spa and twenty-five employees for several years. I lost everything in the fallout after the 2008 economic crash; a luxury business in a tourist town was not destined to survive the downturn.

In my early fifties, I took some time off to decide what to do next. When I was a young woman I had fantasized about working in the publishing world, but one had to live in New York back then. After researching various careers, I remembered my love of books and my dream of being a book editor. I finally knew where the next turn in my life was going to take me. 

I worked with a mentor for three years while earning my copy editing certification from the University of California, Berkeley. I started my editing career in 2010 freelancing for Elsevier, a global Dutch publishing company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content. 
I then freelanced for Quest Publishing, Indiana University Press, White Cloud Press, and Blackstone Audio’s print division. Now most of my work is developmental and copy editing for independent authors, although I accept the occasional project for publishing companies. I specialize in nonfiction, yet I still enjoy editing the occasional work of fiction. 

I founded the Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club in 1993 and was president for several years. I also had a really fun side business for a long time called Astronomy for Everyone with Ms Galaxy. I taught the general public about the wonders of the night sky through community classes and sidewalk astronomy. Astronomy remains one of my greatest passions.

In December 2014 my life took another dramatic turn. I needed a big shake-up, so I decided to sell all of my possessions and live the life of a digital nomad. I spent a year divesting myself of all of my possessions, including my house, and hit the road in January 2016. I’ve been traveling and working from all over the world ever since. I spend a lot of time in SE Asia, although I have relocated back to Southern Oregon to settle down for a while and ride out the pandemic.
In addition to astronomy, my passions include general science, philosophy, music, guitar, singing, exercising, reading, hiking, being in the great outdoors, listening to podcasts, and traveling.
I truly love working with my clients. If you want to know why you should hire me, click here.

~ Jessica