Jane Struthers - Editor
Jane Struthers has been writing books since her teens and ghosted her first book for A Very Famous Person in her twenties.
Jane first made it into print under her own name in 1990 and since then has written over 30 non-fiction books that have been published by Ebury Press, Godsfield Press and Watkins Books, among others. Her book on the British countryside, Red Sky at Night, was named a Hatchards Book of the Year in 2010. As well as writing on a wide variety of general topics, Jane specializes in Mind, Body, Spirit subjects, including astrology, tarot, palmistry and healing. Jane recently trained as a homeopath but has yet to write about it. She is a non-fiction editor as well as a writer, so understands books from both sides of the writing process. Her books include Beside the Seaside, The Book of Christmas, The Palmistry Bible, The Psychic’s Bible, Attracting Abundance, The Wisdom of Trees Oracle and Moonpower.
WHY WE LOVE JANE
Jane is our specialist editor in non-fiction spirituality. No one is more qualified to offer writing advice on this specialist subject!
WHAT JANE SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I know from my own experience how unnerving it can be to write a book and be unsure whether it’s any good. Showing it to friends and family isn’t necessarily the answer because most of them are too kind-hearted to say anything other than ‘It’s wonderful’. That might be good for the ego but it’s not always good for the writing. Every writer needs an objective and encouraging sounding board – someone who understands the business of writing and who can give guidance or praise as necessary. That’s why I enjoy my work for Jericho Writers. It’s so satisfying to get my metaphorical teeth into a manuscript and assess it carefully, not only for its content and the quality of the writing but also for its structure. Does point A flow into idea B, or are they interrupted by point P that has somehow strayed into the mix? My many years as a non-fiction editor have taught me to analyse a book to see whether it has succeeded in conveying the author’s message.
Genres Jane specialises in
Jane's published books
Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Country Wisdom
In this world of traffic tailbacks, supermarket shopping and 24-hour internet access, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the beauty and rhythms of the natural world.
If you have ever gazed in awe at stars in the night’s sky, tried to catch a perfect snowflake or longed for the comfort of a roaring log fire, then this is the book for you. From spotting Britain’s five kinds of owl to gardening by the phases of the moon, and from curing a cold to brewing your own ale, Red Sky at Night is packed with instructions and lists, ancient customs and old wives tales, making it an indispensable guide to countryside lore.
The Book of Christmas: Everything We Once Knew and Loved about Christmastime
Did you know that, long before turkey arrived on our shores, it was traditional to serve a roasted wild boar’s head at Christmas? Or that our Christmases were once so cold that Frost Fairs were held on the River Thames?
Christmas Day was first celebrated on 25 December in the fourth century CE. But when should our Christmas decorations come down – Twelfth Day, Twelfth Night … or Candlemas? And why?
Packed with fascinating facts about ancient religious customs and traditional feasts, instructions for Victorian parlour games and the stories behind our favourite carols, The Book of Christmas is a captivating volume about our Christmas past.
Beside the Seaside: A Celebration of the Place We Like to Be
Can you remember why the sea is salty?
How does the moon affect the tide?
Where were Britain’s most notorious places for smugglers?
And what was the mystery of St Michael’s Mount?
There are almost as many stories about the sea as there are pebbles on the beach. Beside the Seaside is a book for anyone who has been captivated by the crash of waves on sand, thrilled by the exploits of pirates or delighted in an ice cream at the end of the pier.
Moonpower: How to Work with the Signs of the Moon and Plan Your Timing for Every Major Decision
The moon doesn’t just affect the tides – it also affects every living organism, our moods and our decision-making. Whether you want to make a good impression at an interview, start a new business, get married, try for a baby, buy a property, go on a diet, sow seeds or harvest crops, matching the right action to the appropriate lunar phase will ensure the best results. And this book shows you how.
There are auspicious days for all big decisions, according to their nature. Whatever your needs and desires, never underestimate the help you can receive from the power of the moon!