Book Reality is fortunate to have a number of exceptional editors to call on
William Yeoman is Literary Editor and West Weekend Staff Writer at The West Australian newspaper. He is also a regular contributor to Gramophone and Limelight classical music magazines. His chief interest is in non-fiction and literary fiction.
Louise Lilley is a freelance editor and member of IPED and the Society of Editors (WA) who transitioned into the publishing industry after working in finance and customer service. In this time, she has edited and proofread a range of documents for a range of clients, including business plans, technical documents and novels.
As a passionate reader, writer and storyteller, Louise specialises in structural editing and copyediting fiction. As well as editing fiction, Louise also blogs regularly with in-depth storytelling advice, which you can find on her website www.jackalediting.com
Amanda Frost has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing) at Curtin University. She has interned at Fremantle Press and worked on the publishing team for an academic anthology with the Curtin Ultimates. Organised, supportive, and professional, she provides structural editing, copyediting, and proofreading services.
Proofreader: Alan’s professional working life was 18 years in a public library and 22 years at the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, where he assessed and collected offers of original materials (letters, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, etc) for the research collections. He now assists his wife, former publisher Cathie Tasker, in her freelance business of creative writing teacher and structural editor.
Type of editing: Proofreading only. Areas of interest: Fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, memoirs, student essays and theses.
Georgina Gregory AE is a business owner and freelance editor at Plume Services. Her background is in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and she has over a decade of classroom experience, working with both adults and children. She completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Writing and French, at Edith Cowan University in Perth, graduating in 2016. While writing creatively and learning French remain hobbies of hers, it was the editing aspects of her degree which excited her in terms of career prospects and led her to starting her freelance business, Plume Services, in 2015. Since then she has been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of talented authors, students, academics and business people, building on her editing and proofreading experience. She is a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) in Australia, and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) in the UK, and she has recently become an accredited editor with the Institute of Professional Editors. For more details about previous projects Georgina has worked on, please see her website www.georginagregory.com
I’m a qualified, experienced and award-winning editor. I provide structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading for a range of texts on a freelance basis. I love nothing more than the satisfying rhythm of crisp, lucid prose.
Having edited a range of texts for a number of years, I’m an all-rounder with something of a specialty in self-published books. Among the comments from authors I’ve worked with are “fantastic”, “excellent”, “professional” and “a natural editor”.
I’m a first-class honours graduate of the University of Melbourne’s editing program, and I’ve worked in a number of editorial roles.
Fiction Specialist: Once a publisher/editor, Cathie Tasker has edited and commissioned nearly 800 books and now works as a teacher for the Australian Writers Centre. She’s passionate about books, reading and online learning. Cathie has worked with Australia’s leading trade and children’s book publishers — Harper Collins Publishers, Scholastic Australia and Koala Books. She judges literary awards for fun, and has worked with the CBCA, the Aurealis Awards and others.
Type of editing: Structural editing and manuscript assessments. Areas of interest: Fiction — genre fiction and children’s books. Mentoring.
Alix is a freelance editor specialising in copy editing. Alix has experience in editing government documents, academic journal articles, children’s fiction, university social media and student communications, and self education manuscripts.
Alix is reliable and professional and is passionate about helping authors ensure their manuscript is the best it can be.
I have over twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry, and have worked freelance as an editor since 2008. I’m also a published author myself, so I know what it’s like being at the other end of the publishing process. My clients include major publishing houses, institutions and corporations as well as people seeking to publish their own work. I have expertise in manuscript assessment, copyediting and structural editing. I enjoy working on both fiction (literary and popular) and non-fiction, and have a particular interest in biography, autobiography and memoir.
Nina Peck has a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from The University of Gloucestershire in the UK.
Along with other student writers she helped in the proofreading, editing and self-publication of two collections of short stories, and has a story of her own in the first collection, The Redundancy of Flightless Birds.
Nina subscribes to literary magazines and always has some sort of submission on the go; her spare time is taken up with writing stories, reading at least one book a week and correcting her husband’s grammar.
Jo Morrison is a former journalist with a Masters degree and a PhD in Creative Writing from Murdoch University. She works as a freelance editor and sessional tutor, running creative writing and academic learning skills workshops at Murdoch University.
A member of IPEd and the Society of Editors (WA), Jo specialises in editing fiction and narrative non-fiction, but she is also available to copyedit or proofread professional, creative and academic writing, as well as media releases, columns and feature articles. Visit her website: www.jodijo.com
* PhD, Creative Writing (2014)
* Master of Arts, Creative Writing (2006)
* Bachelor of Journalism (2002, Graduate Program)
* Graduate Diploma in Education (2001)
* Bachelor of Arts (1998)
Janet Depiazzi is a trained secondary school Music/English teacher, has worked for the State Library and invigilates exams. She is a talented writer herself, but prefers to critique her husband’s writing. Proud mother of a spelling and grammar Nazi, she reads prolifically across a range of subjects from history and spirituality to fantasy and personal development, but has a distinct preference for period romance and crime/murder mysteries. Blessed with an amazing memory that makes her almost unbeatable in Trivial Pursuit, Janet will provide an objective assessment of your work with honest criticism and constructive comments to help improve your manuscript. She is not a professionally trained sub-editor, but her life experience, education and personal skills make her opinion and input well worth considering.
Elgar Editing Services: Mary Elgar, JP, is a qualified, freelance editor who specialises in non-fiction manuscripts. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing, a BA (Hons), a graduate diploma of Editing, and accreditation as an oral historian.
Mary’s passion is history, but she has edited storybooks for graphic novels, memoirs, medical books, historical non-fiction, and written pro bono for brochures, magazines, newsletters, websites and blogs.
Mary is a member of IPEd, the Society of Editors WA, and the Oral History Association of Australia (WA branch). More details can be found on her website www.elgareditingservices.com
Linda is a lifelong reader and has gained a reputation for having an ‘eagle eye’ when it comes to finding mistakes in books. After working with several independent authors, Linda founded Black Opal Proofreading. Her goal is to help independent authors of both fiction and non-fiction works, produce a quality book for their readers. One of her primary skills is picking up plot holes and inconsistencies in manuscripts that others have missed.
Linda’s qualifications include a BA Degree in Education and Psychology, and she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Editing and Publishing through the University of Southern Queensland.
Jane Hammett is an Advanced Professional member of the UK-based Society for Editors and Proofreaders (see her entry in SfEP’s online Directory at https://www.sfep.org.uk/directory/jane-hammett). Freelance since 1998, she has worked on thousands of projects, on subjects from YA fiction to birdwatching, and on projects ranging from book series to website copy, blogs and press releases. She is accurate, thorough and reliable. She always meets deadlines, and enjoy working with authors to achieve their aims. She specialises in working with self-publishing authors to make their books as polished as possible, while retaining the author’s voice. Website: http://www.jane-hammett.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.hammett.editing/
Robert Horne has a Doctorate in Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters from the University of Adelaide, as well as an Adv Dip of Arts (Professional Writing) which included units in Editing. He is the author of seventeen published short stories and two novels. Before his post-graduate study he was a senior Secondary teacher and also wrote documents for the Australian Government. He now combines writing and editing with gardening and keeping mildly fit; he considers this to be pretty much a dream life.
Lindy Ferris is a freelance editor/proofreader with her own business and ABN. She is a meticulous qualified independent and professional book/manuscript editor, copy editor and proofreader with over 35 years’ experience. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing from Macquarie University. Lindy’s particular skill lies in being a communications all-rounder, and her expertise extends across editing books, both fiction and non-fiction. She is a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors and EditorsNSW and has comprehensive experience over a wide genre of books and is well known for correcting timelines, plot conflicts and inconsistencies that may have been overlooked. To be completely honest her first love is books – she is a voracious and passionate reader and is especially interested in crime/mystery fiction as well as memoirs and biographies, although she has worked on many other types of books.She enjoys the challenge of assisting authors, the majority who self-publish both fiction and non-fiction, to find the right words to communicate with their potential readership. Of course no two editors will ever edit in exactly the same way although Lindy believes that a successful outcome to any job begins with taking the time to listen and becoming genuinely interested in an author’s needs.
Tony Berry is a lifelong journalist and editor working in the UK and Australia. For many years he held senior editorial positions on a variety of magazines and metropolitan daily newspapers (Adelaide Advertiser, Cairns Post, The Age, Herald Sun) while building a reputation as a freelance editor for publishers and individual clients.
Now fully freelance, he is a fully accredited member of IPED (Australia), the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK) and the Australian Society of Authors. He has worked as an editor for Sid Harta (Australia) and Endeavour Press (UK) over a wide range of genres and non-fiction titles covering a wide range of topics but most of his work now comes via word of mouth from individual authors (including two from WA).
Tony is also a published crime fiction writer with four titles to his name (published by Endeavour Press) and another now seeking publisher interest since the recent change of management and policy at Endeavour. Done Deal, the first novel he completed, met with immediate success by winning a New South Wales Genre Fiction Award. The sequel, Washed Up, also won a NSW Genre Fiction Award plus a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors.
After a gap in which he concentrated on editing other writers’ works, he produced Death by Diamonds, the third book in the series featuring disgraced secret service agent and reluctant sleuth Bromo Perkins as its hero and crime-solver.
In early 2017, Tony was accepted into the inaugural crime-writing residency at Canada’s prestigious Banff Centre for Excellence under mentors Michael Robotham and Louise Welsh. This was followed by the completion of Twisted Trees, his fourth book which, like its predecessors, is set in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond.
The fifth, as yet untitled, in the series was completed early this year and is undergoing revision while, as mentioned, awaiting publication.
Tony continues to be kept busy as a professional editor of fiction and non-fiction. For recreation, he competes regularly as one of the UK’s top age-group runners over distances from 5km to the full marathon and enjoys reliving his 1980s detour into life as a chef by cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
He maintains a home in Melbourne while enduring a lengthy sabbatical in the UK to continue research for a revised edition of a memoir published in 2010.
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