Friendly, approachable and generous.
Jan knew exactly how to run the magazine. From my position as the Friday feature editor she's been supportive, encouraging and visionary.
I've been sorry to disappoint Jan by not making it over to the UK in the two years that she led Words & Pictures, and equally, I've been disappointed not to meet her. But watch this space, Jan, I'm working on that teleporter…! Thanks, Jan, for the opportunities, for the understanding, and the for commitment you've shown and given to Words & Pictures. You did a brilliant job and you'll be missed in the Editor's Chair. Here's to all sorts of wonderful success as you move forward with your writing!
I echo all the enthusiasm you'll collect about Jan's enthusiasm! I've enjoyed her sense of humour - she 'gets' and appreciates tongue-in-cheek articles/comments/emails/etc. Words & Pictures has thrived under her editorship.
I think you must have realized then, if not before, that we author-illustrator types are a hard bunch to herd. Most of us are doing more than two jobs - illustrating (which is often the most time-consuming process) as well as writing, managing accounts, networking and promoting our work. Our multifarious deadline dramas, not to mention a surfeit of not always realizable dreams, can make us seem difficult despite all our good intentions.
We are like a bunch of scattered crayons all in different colours, but with your creative eye, you managed to lay us out in order, and got us putting the 'Pictures' in Words & Pictures. Bravo - and I hope it bodes well for your future career - thank you again Jan!
|Clare Helen Welsh|