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Each month we profile a member of the Pragmatic Bookshelf team. This month it’s development editor Jackie Carter. Here’s Jackie’s story, in her own words.
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Jackie Carter, Development Editor

“For much of my working life, I’ve been a developer, a DBA, a consultant. Sometimes clients would ask for something that meant I had to learn a new language or technology, so I’d go to the bookstore. After roaming through the aisles, I’d settle on a book I thought I could use and take it home. Often, while reading it, I’d run into confusing organization, incomplete examples, and things that just didn’t work. I’d think ‘If only I could talk to the author, we could make this a good book!’

“Well, now I can.

“After the dotcom crash, I decided I wanted to do something else and I was looking around. I stumbled into editing through a series of coincidences and I found I really enjoyed working with authors to develop their ideas into books. After a few years, I heard about the Pragmatic Bookshelf. I was immediately intrigued—it sounded like the perfect place for me. I contacted Andy and Dave and soon I was working for them. We’ve got a great team here and it’s very gratifying to be able to work with them and the authors to create good books.

“When I’m not working, I like to spend my time exploring the Northern California coast (and whale-watching at certain times of the year), gardening, and of course, reading.

“And then there’s music. When I was consulting, the most interesting client I had was the San Francisco Opera. I’ve always loved music, and I’ve played classical piano and flute, but I didn’t think I liked opera. Over the years, listening to the glorious music that was piped into the computer room during afternoon rehearsals and watching performances, I grew to love opera and I really missed it when I left. I don’t go to as many operas these days since it’s a bit of a trek, but it’s still my favorite performing art. I love the way it synergistically combines the story, orchestra, chorus, ballet, and of course the wonderful arias in one production.”

Email: jackie@pragprog.com