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.
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.”