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. I founded the Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club in 1993 and was president for several years. 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.

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. Things are different now, and I finally knew where the next turn in my life was going to take me. 

I earned a copy editing certification from the University of California, Berkeley, and started my editing career in 2010 freelancing for Elsevier, a global publishing company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content. I also freelanced for several other publishers.
Now most of my work is nonfiction developmental editing and copy editing for independent authors, although I accept the occasional project from publishing companies. 
In December 2014 my life took another dramatic turn. I decided to sell all of my possessions and my house and live the life of a digital nomad. I hit the road in January 2016, traveling all over the world for almost five years, working all the while. I rode out the pandemic in Oregon, and now I live in Mexico.
In addition to astronomy, my passions include general science, philosophy, music, guitar, singing, exercising, sailing, 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