tcp_1366-lr-wgJackey Coyle is an author and editor with more than two decades in publishing. She has a Masters (Writing and Literature) from Deakin University, earned with a novella based around the golden era of Hawaiian music in Melbourne, as well as units in fiction, nonfiction, editing, travel writing and scriptwriting.

With her mother a nurse and her father a physicist, Jackey was immersed in medicine and science from her earliest moments.

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. She taught writing at both post- and undergraduate level, and now mentors writers and editors one-on-one, as well as presenting her own course, Dance Steps for the Self-Employed.

Jackey lives in Melbourne with her husband and their extensive collection of books, music and film.


Cancer Treatment Breakthroughs (Wilkinson Publishing) was co-written with Tim Ladhams. Released on 3 February 2022, it’s now available via booksellers and Booktopia in Australia and booksellers such as WH Smith in the UK and Book Depository internationally. It will be featured in US Fall 2022 catalogues.

In the End: A Practical Guide to Dying (Fernlea Community Care) was published in 2022. It is available in print here and e-book here.

See more about Jackey as author on her Facebook writer page and in her Australian Society of Authors listing.


Jackey founded Wordy-Gurdy in 2006. It grew from her freelance music/travel/lifestyle writing and editing in magazines and Lonely Planet titles into any project that touched on her passions and interests.

Tutoring writing units 2010–13 at Deakin University led into creating and presenting Dance Steps for the Self-Employed, a course developed for Editors Victoria in 2012 and Writers Victoria in 2015.

Editing and proofreading grew into publishing in 2011, with Indian Summers: Mumbai and beyond by Ian Cochrane (Wordy-Gurdy 2011). A spell as business-magazine founding editor 2011–16 saw Jackey at the helm of Strategic Super Investor (Summit) and Inside Small Business (Octomedia).

Publisher client list includes Black Inc., Bonnier Publishing Australia, Burnet Institute, Deakin University, Lonely Planet, Major Street Publishers, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Octomedia, Wild Dingo Press, John Wiley & Sons, Wilkinson Publishing. Self-publishers include Ali Corke and Ian Cochrane, fiction and nonfiction authors, academics and small businesses.

A highlight of 2021 was Renée Giarrusso receiving Bronze in the Personal Growth category of the US Living Now Book Awards – which recognise ‘exceptional life-changing books and their creators’ – for The Gift Mindset (Major Street Publishing). Jackey and Renée worked closely throughout the long, cold months of 2020’s lockdown as author and editor. The year closed while editing The Female Investor by Nicola McDougall and Kate Hill (Wiley) and 2022 began with exciting new memoir writing and academic editing projects.

Wordy-Gurdy covers many genres across numerous subjects – from fiction, poetry and and nonfiction to lifestyle, small business, biography, health, science, academe, music and the arts. This bower-bird tendency gives a skill to work across seemingly unconnected things. For instance, we’ve even proofread a cricket book!


Masters (Writing & Literature)
Certificate 4 (Training)
Member, Australian Society of Authors, Institute of Professional Editors and Writers Victoria.


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