About us


We love all sorts of projects, here at Wordy-Gurdy.

Whether it’s editing – a novel, a small-business magazine, a nonfiction book, a thesis or a travel memoir –  or maybe proofreading a true-crime book or training/mentoring a creative freelancer, we pay attention to every detail.

We’re now spending more time travelling and writing, leaving less time for taking on editing projects.

Between that, lately we’ve been ghostwriting, structural editing, copyediting and proofreading across the long-form fiction–nonfiction spectrum. Jackey’s creative small-business-skills course – Dance Steps for the Self-Employed – runs every year at venues such as the national editors conference, Editors Victoria and Writers Victoria.

About Wordy-Gurdy 

We’re interested in many genres across numerous subjects – from fiction, poetry and and nonfiction to lifestyle, small business, biography, health, science, academe, music and the arts. This gives us an edge in forging links among seemingly unconnected things. For instance, we’ve even proofread a cricket book!

Our client list? For starters,  Black Inc., Bonnier Publishing Australia, Burnet Institute, Deakin University, Lonely Planet, Major Street Publishers, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Octomedia and Wild Dingo Press. Not to mention fiction and nonfiction authors, academics and small businesses.

About Jackey

Founder Jackey Coyle is a professional writer and editor with more than two decades in publishing.

In recent years she has been President, Editors Victoria, Australia’s oldest and most innovative professional editing association, and the largest branch of Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) for more than three years – this immersed her in best-practice publishing. Her Master of Arts in Writing and Literature (Deakin University) combined a novella as a minor thesis with coursework units in editing, fiction and nonfiction, travel writing and scriptwriting – this grounded her in good writing and editing.

Jackey’s experience spans research, writing, editing, proofreading, project management, and web and book publishing, as well as teaching writing at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and mentoring writers and editors, both one-on-one and through her small-business course, Dance Steps for the Self-Employed. She brings to a project diverse know-how distilled from a chequered career – aeronautics to art, music business to boutique retail, jewellery creation to teaching/training.

See her experience, services and qualifications, search Jackey Coyle here.

Jackey is a member of Australian Society of Authors, Institute of Professional Editors and Writers Victoria.