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Cecily Paterson

Cecily Paterson - Editor

New South Wales, Australia

Writer, editor, mentor, encourager, truth-teller, hand-holder. I help you tell your story in the best way possible.

Overview

I'm a ghost writer, freelancer and editor, with the experience to take your story to the next level.

I most love to work with a person who has a story to tell or a book half-written but who doesn't know what to do next. I'm a hand-holder who helps you through every step. If that's you, let's chat. I'm honest and encouraging and I do what it takes to get your story on the page.

I love to help people who've got an idea - or something to share with the world - and get them set up with websites, social media pages and a plan to get going.

As well as that, I love to mentor young writers - teenagers and young adults. You've taken music lessons and sports coaching before, so why not work with a writer?

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Christian Inspirational Literature Themes & Motifs Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Parenting & Families

Awards

  • 2014, Semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
  • 2012, Third place getter in the Australian Christian Book of the Year Award
  • 2006, short listed for the Australian Christian Book of the Year

Work experience

Publisher

Firewheel Press

September, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

I began the boutique publisher, Firewheel Press, as a vehicle for the publication of adult colouring books.

Sub-editor

SOHI Magazine

January, 2010 – December, 2011 (almost 2 years)

As the sub-editor of the elegant SOHI magazine, I worked with paid staff and volunteers to gather copy, edit and keep an eye on layout quirks.

Freelance Editor and Writer

Cecily Paterson

January, 2009 – Present (almost 8 years)

I have been editing and writing in a freelance capacity since 2009, working on a variety of different projects, of all different sizes. See my website for more details:

Communications Officer

CMS Australia

January, 1996 – June, 1999 (over 3 years)

In charge of writing, producing and editing all the written publicity materials for this busy organisation, with a mailing list of over 10,000 members. I sourced copy and edited a quarterly magazine, plus a monthly journal and various other documents.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Love and Muddy Puddles (A Coco and Charlie Franks novel Book 1)

Cecily Anne Paterson

Things can't get any worse, right? Thirteen year old fashionista Coco Franks has finally made it into the popular group when her dad decides to move the whole family to the country so they can 'bond'. Social death is looming, her shoes are covered in mud and all Coco wants to do is get herself back to her city friends. After all, things can't get any worse, right? It'll take a boy with no dres... read more

Things can't get any worse, right? Thirteen year old fashionista Coco Franks has finally made it into the popular group when her dad decides to move the whole family to the country so they can 'bond'. Social death is looming, her shoes are covered in mud and all Coco wants to do is get herself back to her city friends. After all, things can't get any worse, right? It'll take a boy with no dres... read more

Charlie Franks is A-OK (Coco and Charlie Franks Novels Book 2)

Cecily Anne Paterson

Unlike her drama-queen twin sister, Charlie Franks is always fine. At least she is until she has to start a new school, finds out she can't ride her new horse, and gets told that her Mum has something totally weird wrong with her. Charlie's not A-OK. Not at all. And she can't see how things are ever going to get better. Charlie Franks is A-OK is the sequel to Love and Muddy Puddles, the first ... read more

Unlike her drama-queen twin sister, Charlie Franks is always fine. At least she is until she has to start a new school, finds out she can't ride her new horse, and gets told that her Mum has something totally weird wrong with her. Charlie's not A-OK. Not at all. And she can't see how things are ever going to get better. Charlie Franks is A-OK is the sequel to Love and Muddy Puddles, the first ... read more

Invisible

Cecily Anne Paterson

Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken about her dad dying. She’s been drifting and ignoring her over-worried mum for four years now. Wh... read more

Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken about her dad dying. She’s been drifting and ignoring her over-worried mum for four years now. Wh... read more

Invincible (Invisible Book 2)

Cecily Anne Paterson

In book two of the popular Invisible series, 13 year old Jazmine isn't the girl that nobody notices any more. She’s got friends, and even a boyfriend, Liam. Things should be good now, right? But it’s complicated. For starters, she can’t sleep at night. At school, arrogant Angela still has it in for her and bouncy Gabby seems to have disappeared. At home, Mum is keeping her own secrets. And the... read more

In book two of the popular Invisible series, 13 year old Jazmine isn't the girl that nobody notices any more. She’s got friends, and even a boyfriend, Liam. Things should be good now, right? But it’s complicated. For starters, she can’t sleep at night. At school, arrogant Angela still has it in for her and bouncy Gabby seems to have disappeared. At home, Mum is keeping her own secrets. And the... read more

What I know about autism. 1. It's hard. 2. There's hope.: A story of fear and faith, meltdowns and mayhem, tea and tears. But mostly love.

Cecily Paterson

What does Cecily Paterson know about autism? When her three year old son was diagnosed with autism, the answer was ‘nothing’. She didn’t know anything about it. At all. Four years later, she knew a lot more. But it wasn’t just information from a book. Her knowledge was deeper than that. It delved into her heart and her emotions and her strength. Cecily’s son’s autism would turn her upside down... read more

What does Cecily Paterson know about autism? When her three year old son was diagnosed with autism, the answer was ‘nothing’. She didn’t know anything about it. At all. Four years later, she knew a lot more. But it wasn’t just information from a book. Her knowledge was deeper than that. It delved into her heart and her emotions and her strength. Cecily’s son’s autism would turn her upside down... read more

Small Change Big Change: My Life's Financial Journey from the Streets to Financial Freedom.

Justin Gardner

Small Change Big Change is the follow up book to ‘CrimeSon’, the exceptionally popular autobiography by Justin Gardner. This remarkable book explores the fascinating financial journey that Justin has been on since finding God. Homeless at just 14 years old, Justin lived a criminal life until the age of 22, when he miraculously became a Christian. Justin was in debt, had no savings and had a po... read more

Small Change Big Change is the follow up book to ‘CrimeSon’, the exceptionally popular autobiography by Justin Gardner. This remarkable book explores the fascinating financial journey that Justin has been on since finding God. Homeless at just 14 years old, Justin lived a criminal life until the age of 22, when he miraculously became a Christian. Justin was in debt, had no savings and had a po... read more

Be Inspired

Justin Gardner

BE INSPIRED is the follow-up book to Small Change Big Change, the exceptionally popular financial education book by Justin Gardner. This inspiring book explores the fascinating leadership and life journey that Justin has been on since finding God. Homeless at just 14 years old, Justin lived a criminal life until the age of 22, when he miraculously became a Christian. Justin was in debt, was di... read more

BE INSPIRED is the follow-up book to Small Change Big Change, the exceptionally popular financial education book by Justin Gardner. This inspiring book explores the fascinating leadership and life journey that Justin has been on since finding God. Homeless at just 14 years old, Justin lived a criminal life until the age of 22, when he miraculously became a Christian. Justin was in debt, was di... read more

CrimeSon

Justin Gardner

A little boy grows up with his family in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. It sounds idyllic, but the reality is far different. Justin Gardner’s family was dysfunctional, his father was abusive, and Sunshine was full of darkness, with crime and drugs and violence lurking around every corner. Thrown first out of school, and then out of home, Justin’s ambition when he was 14 was to grow up to be... read more

A little boy grows up with his family in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. It sounds idyllic, but the reality is far different. Justin Gardner’s family was dysfunctional, his father was abusive, and Sunshine was full of darkness, with crime and drugs and violence lurking around every corner. Thrown first out of school, and then out of home, Justin’s ambition when he was 14 was to grow up to be... read more

Superhero Eyes: A mother's journey against the odds to give her son the gift of sight

Katherine Hartley

Introduction The day that everything changed was the day an ophthalmologist told me the terrible, gut-wrenching truth. I’d had fears, of course; worries, like any mother does, but I never realized the problem in my beautiful infant son’s eye was as bad as it was. The fact was, my little boy, NJ, could hardly see. And his vision was getting worse. After that day I was desperate to find whatever... read more

Introduction The day that everything changed was the day an ophthalmologist told me the terrible, gut-wrenching truth. I’d had fears, of course; worries, like any mother does, but I never realized the problem in my beautiful infant son’s eye was as bad as it was. The fact was, my little boy, NJ, could hardly see. And his vision was getting worse. After that day I was desperate to find whatever... read more

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