Kerry Davies Publishing Services


Kerry has more than 35 years’ experience in publishing and communications. She has worked with ABC Books, Australian Geographic, Focus Publishing, Simon & Schuster, UQP, Weldon Owen and Wiley, mainly on non-fiction, memoir and biography, as well as educational publishers and corporate, government and private clients in a wide range of genres, from academic theses to fiction. She is a well-rounded generalist editor. Kerry was manager of Indigenous publisher Magabala Books 1990–95, and also has experience as a journalist and writer. She is president and honorary life member of the Society of Editors (Qld), and Queensland councillor and chair of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), and an IPEd Accredited Editor.

TYPE OF EDITING: Substantive editing (including structural work), copy editing, proofreading, developmental editing, writing, rewriting, project management.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Fiction, memoir, history, illustrated, children’s, YA, travel and guidebooks, Indigenous writing in all genres.


Tricia Dearborn


Tricia has over twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry, and has worked freelance since 2008. Her clients include major Sydney publishers such as Allen & Unwin, Hachette, HarperCollins, Random House and UNSW Press. She has also worked with institutions including the Australia Council for the Arts, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Lowy Institute. She is an avid and wide-ranging reader with degrees in both science and arts, and a published author.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, manuscript assessment and development.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Biography, autobiography and memoir; fiction (both literary and popular); general non-fiction.


Glenda Downing

Glenda has been editing titles for the major Sydney publishers for 20 years. She was managing editor at Simon & Schuster Australia and senior editor for the GHR Press. Her clients include Random House, Murdoch, Pan Macmillan, Momentum, HarperCollins, Pantera Press, WriteLight and writers who are developing their manuscripts.

TYPE OF EDITING: Manuscript development/mentoring, project management, structural editing, copy editing and proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Young adult and adult fiction; non-fiction – memoir, parenting, lifestyle, Australian history and cooking (illustrated).


Deonie Fiford


Deonie has been working as a freelance and inhouse editor for over 15 years. She has worked as an editor for major publishing companies, such as HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Pan Macmillan. She has taught writing workshops for the NSW and Queensland Writers’ Centres and editing courses at Sydney University and James Cook University. She is currently a freelance editor working for trade publishing companies and helping authors develop their manuscripts for publication.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing, manuscript development, copy editing, proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Fiction – literary, mass market, speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction); YA and children’s.


Sarah JH Fletcher
sjhfletcher [at] gmail [dot] com

Sarah has been working in the publishing industry for the past decade and editing since 2007. She began her career inhouse in the children’s and YA division of Random House Australia, moving to Murdoch Books to work on adult titles, then going freelance in 2011. Her clients range from multinational trade publishers to digital-first startups. An advocate for quality digital publishing, Sarah is a well-regarded speaker and industry trainer. She was previously known as Sarah Hazelton. (Sarah is on leave until mid-2016.)

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing; copy editing; proofreading; ebook development and quality assurance.

AREAS OF INTEREST: All fiction for children’s, YA and adult audiences. General non-fiction, especially popular science and law for non-specialists. Digital publishing in theory and practice. Presentations and industry training.


Scott Forbes


Scott began his career in the late 1980s as an editor at HarperCollins UK then became a senior editor at Larousse. On moving to Australia he worked in-house at HarperCollins and Weldon Owen before setting up a publishing services business. His clients include Reader’s Digest, Weldon Owen, Murdoch Books, Global Book Publishing and UNSW Press. Scott was also a course convenor on the Macquarie University Postgraduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing, and has written and contributed to a wide range of non-fiction books.

TYPE OF EDITING: Project management, concept development, structural editing, copy editing, writing (travel, reference and children’s non-fiction).

AREAS OF INTEREST: Travel, history, natural history, art, science, sport, reference, children’s non-fiction.


Simone Ford


Simone has been working in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. She was an editor at Allen & Unwin and Pan Macmillan before breaking out into the freelance world over a decade ago. Since then she has worked for many publishers, including Allen & Unwin, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Hachette and ABC Books.

TYPE OF EDITING: Copy editing, structural editing, proofreading, project management, manuscript assessment.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Young adult, fiction (literary, commercial, fantasy, science fiction), children’s, sport, memoir, history, narrative non-fiction, science, craft and cooking.


Jessica Friedmann

An experienced magazine and journal editor, Jessica has worked at Dumbo FeatherGoing Down Swinginga cloth-covered button and Farrago, well as for clients such as Angostura Bitters and the Lonely Planet. She is currently Publications Manager at Australian Poetry, and has a strong love of poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction in all its forms.

Having worked across all aspects of print production, Jessica is able to shepherd a publication through its entire life cycle, from concept and design through to printing and distribution. She is available for copywriting and basic typesetting where it complements required editorial work.

TYPE OF EDITING: Project management, structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, plain English rewriting, corporate communications.

AREAS OF INTEREST: General and literary fiction, poetry, short story, general and literary non-fiction, YA, essay, illustrated, memoir, travel, art and photography, design.


Liz Kemp

Liz has worked in the publishing industry for over ten years, most recently as publishing assistant/editor at HarperCollins Children’s and YA department. She has also been a member of the programming team at the State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature. Her freelance business includes an audio transcription service for authors.

TYPE OF EDITING: Manuscript development and author mentoring, structural editing, copy editing and proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Young adult, children’s and adult fiction (genre and literary): general non-fiction — memoir, history, etc.


Vanessa Lanaway
red dot scribble editorial services


Vanessa has been an editor since 2003. Prior to commencing her freelance career, she was managing editor of Macmillan Education’s primary library division, overseeing the children’s illustrated non-fiction list. Freelance since 2011, her clients include Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant Egmont, Penguin, Momentum, Pantera Press, Bounce Books, Hinkler, Macmillan and Oxford University Press.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, briefing illustrators, versioning text between US/UK English.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults, especially YA fiction, children’s non-fiction, romance and cooking.


Portia Lindsay

Portia was proofreader for the 2015 Viva La Novella winners: Formaldehyde by Jane Rawson, The End of Seeing by Christy Collins and Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward. For years Portia proofread Newswrite, the NSW Writers’ Centre magazine, Seizure magazine and the Seizure website. She also has vast experience writing and copy editing content, grant applications and marketing material for a variety of projects and publications to do with Seizure, Mudgee Readers’ Festival and NSWWC. Portia has worked for the Manuscript Appraisal Agency and manages submissions for Seizure, as well as working as a reviewer and industry insider (in bookshops and NSWWC) for many years.

TYPE OF EDITING: Copy editing and proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Fiction, memoir, spec fic, romance, short stories, essays, cultural studies.


Martine Lleonart

Martine Lleonart has worked in the book industry for over eighteen years. Before life as a freelancer, Martine worked in-house for Hinkler Books as its managing editor. She spent several years as senior editor of pictorial books, merchandise and general reference books for Lonely Planet Publications. She has also worked as assistant editor and, later, co-editor of Australia’s leading literary magazine, Meanjin. Her clients include trade publishers as well as not-for-profit organisations and individuals. Past clients include Hardie Grant Books, Allen & Unwin, Plum Publications, Lonely Planet Publications and Random House.

TYPE OF EDITING: Manuscript assessment, structural editing, copy editing, project management including briefing and commissioning, proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: General reference, illustrated non-fiction, literary fiction, travel, humour, food, gardening and children’s reference.


Nikki Lusk

Nikki moved from practising criminal law to editing legal, academic and trade books in 2008. She began freelance editing in 2014, having previously worked in-house as an editor at UQP and a senior editor at Black Inc. She has worked with authors including David Marr, Anna Krien, Benjamin Law, David Malouf and Anna Goldsworthy.

TYPE OF EDITING: Reader’s reports, manuscript development, structural reports and edits, copy edits, proofreads.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Politics, history, current affairs, popular science, memoir, narrative non-fiction, short stories, literary adult and YA fiction.


Kylie Mason

Kylie has been an editor for eight years and worked inhouse for HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan. A freelance editor since 2009, she has worked with HarperCollins, Penguin, UQP, Random House, Hachette, Allen & Unwin, Momentum, ABC Books and Pantera Press.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, manuscript assessment and development.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Literary and commercial fiction, crime, romance, fantasy/science fiction/spec fic, memoir, history, craft and cookery.


Tegan Morrison

Tegan has worked in publishing for over fourteen years, most recently as children’s publisher at Hachette Australia and associate publisher for ABC Children’s Books, HarperCollins. Prior to that she worked as a senior editor for Penguin Books. She has worked with authors such as Morris Gleitzman, Melina Marchetta, Alison Lester, Emma Quay, Shaun Tan and Jen Storer.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing, copy editing and proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Fiction, romance, children’s and YA.


Alexandra Nahlous

Alexandra Nahlous has eighteen years’ editing and publishing experience. She began her editing career at Lansdowne Publishing, then moved to Allen & Unwin, where she remained for the next nine years, progressing her career to editorial manager. In 2009 Alex won the 2009/2010 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship and she spent three months in New York working with publishers in the area of women’s fiction, which is her passion. On her return she moved to Pan Macmillan Australia, where she published commercial fiction. Alex is now a freelance editor specialising in fiction and narrative non-fiction, and working with a variety of Australian publishers and agents, including Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, HarperCollins Publishers, Harlequin Enterprises and Hardie Grant Books. She also works with authors to assess, develop and edit manuscripts. The authors she has worked with include Christos Tsiolkas, Malcolm Knox, Liane Moriarty, Tony Park, Paul McGeough, Cathryn Hein and Valerie Parv.

TYPE OF EDITING: Developmental/structural, copy editing and proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Fiction – including literary, women’s fiction, romance, crime, thriller, action/adventure and YA – and narrative non-fiction.


Abigail Nathan
Bothersome Words Editing & Writing Services

Abigail has a background in copywriting, magazine sub-editing and legal editing, and has been a freelance editor for more than eight years. She works with various Australian publishing houses, including HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette, Pearson and LexisNexis, as well as Etopia Press in the US, and also works regularly with emerging and self-publishing writers. Abigail is the managing director of Bothersome Words Editing & Writing Services and blogs about editing, writing and reading at She is the website coordinator for the Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. and has co-presented workshops on social media and marketing for freelancers.

TYPE OF EDITING: Manuscript assessment and development; structural editing; copy editing; proofreading; plain English rewriting.

AREAS OF INTEREST: commercial fiction, crime, romance (including erotica), speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and horror), YA and children’s fiction, general non-fiction, memoir, psychology, philosophy, academic and education texts, legal publications.


Kevin O’Brien

Kevin has been a professional book editor for over 12 years. He has recently left his position as a senior editor at Random House Australia to become a full-time freelancer. He is highly experienced at performing all levels of editing on all types of trade books, fiction and non-fiction, having worked with authors such as Paul Ham, Peter FitzSimons, Mike Carlton, Kate Forsyth, Gregory Day and Jacqueline Lunn. He is also an industry trainer in the use of Microsoft Word for editing on screen, having taught workshops for the Australian Publishers Association, University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney.

TYPE OF EDITING: Reader’s reports; structural reports; structural edits; copy edits; proofreading; paragraph styling, text-cleaning and formatting in Word for print books and ebooks; making professional proofs from Word; ebook conversion from Word and InDesign; ebook quality-assurance checking.

AREAS OF INTEREST: History, sport, biography, politics and current affairs, humour, commercial fiction, literary fiction and more.


Kate O’Donnell
Line Creative Services

Kate has been a trade publishing editor since 2006. She has worked with Tara Moss, Jackie French, Sean Williams, Judy Nunn, Lisa Forrest and Will Elliott among others.


AREAS OF INTEREST: Literary fiction, children’s, YA, spec fic, sci-fi, fantasy, romance (any fiction, really).


Nicola O’Shea

Nicola has been working as an editor since the early 1990s. After several years in-house at HarperCollins, she set up her own freelance editing business in 2004. Her clients include Australian publishers such as HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Momentum, Random House, Allen & Unwin, Hachette, as well as authors seeking editorial advice before submitting their manuscript to a literary agent or publisher. She is also the main editor at ebookedit, which provides editing and file conversion services to authors who choose to self-publish. Nicola has taught editing at UTS and Sydney University, the Australian Publishers’ Association and the Society of Editors NSW. She has also run workshops for writers through Sydney Writers’ Festival and NSW Writers’ Centre.

TYPE OF EDITING: Manuscript development/mentoring; structural editing; copy editing.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Genre fiction, literary fiction, YA fiction, memoir.


Nicola Redhouse


Nicola has been working in the publishing industry for over a decade, including five years in legal publishing and eight years in trade. She was non-fiction editor at Scribe Publications for five years, where she helped strengthen the narrative non-fiction list, and worked with new Australian voices including David Carlin and Vivienne Ulman. Since 2010, she has worked freelance for a range of trade publishers and publications, including Hardie Grant, Sleepers, Random House, Text Publishing and Meanjin literary journal. She also provides editorial consultation to writers with manuscripts underway, and runs workshops and lectures for institutions including Writers Victoria and RMIT.

TYPE OF EDITING: Manuscript development/mentoring, project management, structural editing, copy editing and proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Primarily literary fiction and narrative non-fiction (memoir); also commercial fiction, current affairs and travel.


Tony Ryan

Every text needs an editor, an expert set of eyes to anticipate your audience’s needs and give them no excuse to stop reading. By shepherding writing to publication, I help readers to enjoy books, students to learn from course materials and communities to form around websites. (I can un-dangle a dangling phrase while blindfolded, too!) I love nothing more than the satisfying rhythm of crisp, lucid prose.

TYPE OF EDITING: Manuscript assessment, structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, plain English rewriting, professional communications, thesis editing.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Narrative non-fiction, memoir, autobiography, literary fiction, genre fiction.


Emma Schwarcz


Emma has been a professional book editor for more than 12 years. She was senior editor at Hardie Grant Books, where she focused mostly on narrative non-fiction and memoir and worked with such authors as Shaun Micallef, Denise Scott, Dave O’Neil, James Halliday, Malcolm Knox and Barry Dickins. Since going freelance in 2010, she has found a greater balance between fiction and non-fiction, editing and proofreading books by J.M. Coetzee, Graeme Simsion, Fiona McIntosh and Angela Savage, among others. Her freelance clients include trade publishers such as Penguin, Text Publishing, Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant, Random House and MUP, as well as literary journals, and individual writers looking to self-publish or polish their work for submission. She has taught writing at RMIT and has been on the literature panel for Arts Victoria.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, project management.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Narrative non-fiction, memoir, fiction (both literary and commercial), humour, YA fiction.


Deborah Singerman Writing Editing and Proofreading Consultancy
LinkedIn: Deborah Singerman

Deborah’s consultancy builds on her professional and personal experiences in Australia, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Her insatiable curiosity means she still enjoys writing and editing about issues before they become mainstream, contributing to their increasing acceptability. With degrees in economics and sociology (BSc from the London School of Economics and an MA in Australian Studies from the University of New South Wales), she helps creatives, solo authors, SMEs, start-ups, and not-for-profits get their message across to increase appreciation and understanding of their work. She also offers one-to-one collaborative consultations. She enjoys meeting long-standing and new friends, goes to cafes, tries different foods and coffees, walks and reads, and talks about ideas that feed into her work for existing and potential clients. Member of Editors NSW, NSW Writers’ Centre, South Sydney Business Chamber and meet-ups for senior and solopreneurs and a range of creatives.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural, detailed, proofreading and production advice; concept and development; commissioning; project managing and consulting on multi-author custom corporate and academic collections; one-to-one collaborative consultations.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Specialist professional and industry association journals; newsletters and blogs; product and project directories and databases; humanities and social sciences; architecture, design and creativity; city sustainability; infrastructure and transport; health and wellbeing; and gender and sexuality.


Kim Swivel

Kim is a freelance editor and ghost writer with over fifteen years’ industry experience working with the major Sydney publishers. She is also author of the novels Black DiamondsThis Red Earth and A Blue Mile under the name Kim Kelly.

TYPE OF EDITING: Author development/mentorship, and structural advice; copy editing for works contracted to publishers only.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Literary and genre fiction of all kinds, and narrative non-fiction, such as memoir, biography, history.


Cathie Tasker

Cathie Tasker began her professional life as a librarian, then worked in publishing for many years, creating about 700 books  ‒ at Scholastic, HarperCollins and Koala Books. As an editor and publisher she worked on both popular and award-winning titles, many of which are still in print. She is now in her third career as a creative writing teacher, mostly at the Australian Writers’ Centre. And she is also a freelance structural editor ‒ look at her website to see a list of people she has worked with. Cathie also enjoys judging literary awards ‒ currently for the Aurealis Awards and the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

TYPE OF EDITING: Structural editing, manuscript development, manuscript assessment.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Speculative fiction, genre fiction, children’s & YA fiction.


Russell Thomson AE
clear communications

Russell is an IPEd accredited editor and professional member of Society of Editors (NSW) with over ten years experience as proofreader, editor, sub-editor and project manager. Has worked in-house with Scholastic Press, Little Hare Books, ABC Books, POL Corporate Publications, HarperCollinsPublishers and Hardie Grant Egmont and freelance for Murdoch Books, Random House and many government, corporate and private projects.

TYPE OF EDITING: Experienced in all levels of editing and extensive proofreading (60 + titles for ABC/HarperCollins; 100+ for Random House).

AREAS OF INTEREST: Worked on full spectrum of books – from picture books, YA, fiction, non-fiction, recipe books, sports, memoir, etc.


Gordana Trifunovic

Gordana has over 13 years’ experience as an editor. She worked inhouse as a managing editor at Hardie Grant Books. She has freelanced for Murdoch Books, Random House, Reader’s Digest, Weldon Owen, ACP, Pacific Publications and IMP. Gordana has worked with authors such as Margaret Fulton, Pete Evans, Greg Malouf, Jane Kennedy, Darcey Bussell, Martyn Thompson, and Jason Grant.

TYPE OF EDITING: Project management, manuscript assessment, structural editing, copy editing and proofreading.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Illustrated non-fiction – interiors, gardening, craft, fashion, photography, cooking, lifestyle, travel and memoir.