Jane Covernton was born in South Australia in 1951. She trained as a newspaper journalist but switched to publishing after taking up a position with Berkeley Publishers in London.
From 1975 to 1980 she worked as a general and educational editor for Rigby Limited. In 1981 she left Rigby to set up the specialist children’s book publishing house, Omnibus Books, with co-founder Sue Williams. In the years that followed, Sue and Jane published many Australian classics, including One Woolly Wombat, Possum Magic, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and I Went Walking.
In 1991 they sold Omnibus Books to Scholastic Australia but continued to work with the company until 1997, when they left to set up a new children’s picture book company, Working Title Press.
In 2001 Jane Covernton became the sole publisher/director of Working Title Press. She retired in 2017.