Hi! I'm Jess Amy

I knew I was going to be a writer at the age of 14, when I penned my first attempt at a screenplay on the family computer. (I also learned I am not a screenwriter, but that’s another story for another day). .

I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Winchester in 2012. Following a brief and ill-fated stint in retail banking, I spent three years working in theatre and then three years in the charity sector.

 

During all this, I got my MSc in Creative Writing with a specialism in fiction from the University of Edinburgh’s Distance Learning programme, and then completed a Certificate in Professional Freelance Journalism from BCJ. In 2019, I started my PhD. I was stacking up one qualification after but still had little idea what to do with them. I always knew I’d write professionally one day, I just didn’t know how. The occasional freelance gigs I was getting were nowhere near enough to constitute a viable business model.

 

The breakthrough came, bizarrely enough, in the middle of the Great Plague of 2020 (COVID-19). I was on a one-year fixed term contract at the University of Leicester, and as that was coming to an end, I had no idea what to do next. The industries I’m qualified to work in didn’t exactly fare well during the crisis.

 

I started applying aggressively for freelance writing and editing jobs. I got one, which turned into several, which started a chain reaction of sorts. Suddenly, I was making enough money to replace a full-time income. It all fell into place. I went full-time as a freelance writer and editor in summer 2020 and I doubt I’ll ever look back.

 

I spend my days ghostwriting, copywriting, and managing content for clients, pitching editors, and working on my own projects such as my blog, Procaffeinating, my novel-in-progress, and my upcoming podcast.

 

I live in Leicestershire with my partner, our two cats, and more books than I have shelf space for. When I’m not writing, you can probably find me reading, knitting, or hanging upside down (pole dancing and aerial silks.)

 

Pro tip: lure me away from my desk with coffee and the promise of a fascinating story.

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