Emma Driver

Emma Driver – Editor

Non-fiction editor with 20+ years’ experience in non-fiction books and texts – from music biographies to memoirs to how-to guides.


Are you working on a non-fiction project? If you’re looking for an editor for a factual text – whether it’s memoir, biography, history, comic musings, instructional text, general non-fiction, art monograph or anything else – I’ll be very happy to discuss your work with you.

—> What can I do for you?

• Structural and development editing

• Copy editing

• Writing and rewriting

I can also help with research, converting text to British/Australian or American English, formatting text for designers, fact-checking, and managing endnotes and references in a range of formats.

Currently I’m not taking on proofreading jobs.

—> What kinds of subjects?

I’m especially interested in areas like music, comedy, literature, history, art, First Nations cultures and histories, birds and wildlife, psychology, popular science, food, education, the law, health, politics and current affairs.

I’ve worked on books by a wide range of authors including:

• Professor Kerryn Phelps, Australian former politician, doctor and activist

• Jeff Apter, music biographer

• Conor Woodman, UK TV presenter and true crime writer

• Melissa Doyle, TV presenter, and Naima Brown, producer and writer

• Professor Clive Hamilton, public intellectual

• Professor Inger Mewburn, ‘The Thesis Whisperer’

• Dr Terri Janke, Indigenous (Wuthathi/Meriam) lawyer

• Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Plastic Free July founder

• Alison Pouliot, photographer and ecologist

• Anthony Ham, photographer and travel writer

• John Smailes, motor-racing journalist.

—> How will I communicate?

Respectfully! When there is respect on both sides of an editor–author relationship, everyone gets the best results. I want to help writers craft or polish their text for the audience they have in mind, and for the purpose they intend it.

—> Other details

I’m a professional member of Australia’s Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd). My fees are calculated in Australian dollars (AUD).

Before freelancing, I worked in legal publishing (Butterworth/LexisNexis Australia), then in educational publishing, working on books from preschool level through to tertiary textbooks.

I have a particular interest in anything to do with music or comedy, and I subedit and write regularly for the Australian print magazine Women In Pop.

Art Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Entertainment History Music Parenting & Families Political Science & Current Affairs
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Nov, 2004 — Present

Providing freelance editing, copywriting, proofreading, research, fact-checking, picture research and permissions research since 2004. Specialising in non-fiction books, including memoir, and other factual texts.

NewSouth Publishing

Sep, 2010 — May, 2017 (over 6 years)

Part-time role in-house – managing non-fiction and illustrated books from manuscript to print stages. Included working with designers, illustrators, cover designers and marketing colleagues. Spent my time managing schedules, writing blurbs, providing marketing material, selecting freelance editors and proofreaders, and editing and proofreading where needed.


Developmental Editing Copy Editing
How to Age Against the Machine is a joyous, information-packed ride through ageing as a woman, in all its complexity and diversity. Melissa Doyle and Naima Brown, co-hosts of the popular Age A... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
A Very Secret Trade

Cassandra Pybus

Author of the bestselling Truganini, Cassandra Pybus, has uncovered one of the darkest and best kept secrets in Australian colonial history.In the nineteenth century, collectors and museum cur... read more
Copy Editing
Don't Dream It's Over is the first biography to focus exclusively on Neil Finn, the man who wrote the timeless hits of Split Enz and Crowded House.In early 1980, 21-year-old Neil Mullane Finn ... read more
Copy Editing
Paperback Therapy

Tammi Miller

This book is not a substitute for therapy … but it will give you the skills you need to help you meet your mental health goals. Most of us could probably be doing more to take care of our ment... read more
Copy Editing

Clive Hamilton

Clive Hamilton has spent a life asking why. In his unique memoir, Provocateur, he shows us why questioning the status quo matters, how powerful arguments can change the country, and how the li... read more
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Underground Lovers

Alison Pouliot

‘In the gloom of the forest floor, fallen branches are sheathed with fungal stripes of yellow and purple. But beneath the colourful surface, the fallen litter is alive with the clandestine wor... read more
Copy Editing
Meth Road

Conor Woodman

A wild and dangerous ride from the world's main meth source, a lawless Asian narco-state, to its most valuable market: Australia.When he received an SOS from a friend kidnapped in a dark corne... read more
Copy Editing
Keith Urban

Jeff Apter

A comprehensive biography that documents how Keith Urban lived out his childhood dream - and the price he's had to pay to reach the top.Four Grammys. 20 US Number Ones. A Hollywood marriage. W... read more
Copy Editing
True Tracks

Terri Janke

Indigenous cultures are not terra nullius — nobody’s land, free to be taken.True Tracks is a groundbreaking work that paves the way for respectful and ethical engagement with Indigenous cultur... read more
Copy Editing
Plastic Free

Rebecca Prince-Ruiz

‘I’m going plastic free next month, who wants to join me?’When Rebecca Prince-Ruiz asked her colleagues this question in 2011, she had no idea that less than a decade later it would inspire a ... read more
Copy Editing
Acclaimed travel and nature writer Anthony Ham spotlights the world's largest rainforest in this unique combination of international politics, conservation, true crime, travel, biography and m... read more
Copy Editing
Beyond Alice

Tanya Heaslip

From the happiness and freedom of her bush childhood, Tanya Heaslip is sent to a boarding school sixteen hundred kilometres away from everything and everyone she loves. As these years pass sur... read more
Copy Editing
Bad Boy Boogie

Jeff Apter

The life, death and rock'n'roll rollercoaster career of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.Bon Scott was once asked if he was AC or DC. 'Neither,' he grinned, 'I'm the lightning flash in the middle.' An... read more
Copy Editing
Slam Your Poetry

Miles Merrill

"No props. No music. No costumes. Just you, your words and a mic-you've got two minutes to make the crowd scream your name.Miles Merrill, spoken word artist and founder of Australian Poetry Sl... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Level Up Your Essays is the essential guide to essay writing for university students. Written by the people who mark your essays, it will show you step-by-step how to write high-quality essays... read more
Copy Editing
Stop Being Reasonable

Eleanor Gordon-Smith

What if you’re not who you think you are? What if you don’t really know the people closest to you? And what if your most deeply-held beliefs turn out to be…wrong? In Stop Being Reasonable, phi... read more
Copy Editing
Podcasting is hailed for its intimacy and authenticity in an age of mistrust and disinformation.And while it is relatively easy to make a podcast, it is much harder to make a great one.In The ... read more
Copy Editing
What controls our sex lives? Our brains. Yet there is surprisingly little research into the ways our brains influence our sex drive. Extraordinary insights into how the brain works can be gai... read more
Copy Editing
Malcolm Young

Jeff Apter

'What a great read. The last chapters really got to me - so sad.' Herm Kovac, bandmate and lifelong friend of Malcolm (and co-founder of TMG)Malcolm Young was a legend: the founder and the dri... read more
Copy Editing
George Young wasn't so much on the charts for the best part of three decades: he and his musical partner Harry Vanda were the charts. George's journey began with the trailblazing Easybeats and... read more
Copy Editing
The Idea of Australia

Julianne Schultz

Former publisher of Griffith Review Professor Julianne Schultz challenges our notions of what it means to be Australian and asks timely and urgent questions about our national identity.'Schult... read more
Copy Editing
Copy Editing

Emma has 1 review





Al J.

Al J.

Mar, 2024

Emma is very professional and focused on getting the job done to a high standard. The work on my book was detailed, and gave a new sense of order and clarity to the text. I found Emma very easy to work with and felt well supported throughout the editorial process which for a novice writer, was a huge help.
Emma D.
Al has been terrific to work with, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration. He takes care with his text and genuinely wants to make everything he writes the best it can be for the student rea...
Read more

Professionals similar to Emma

Get a range of offers by requesting quotes from multiple professionals.

Jennifer Yankopolus

Jennifer Y.

20 years' experience editing architecture and design books. I help authors make their books the best they can be.

Atlanta, GA, USA

100% reply rate

View profile
Bob Land

Bob L.

Full-time freelance editor, proofreader, and indexer of hundreds of books, most recently with university and theological publishers.

Locust Grove, VA, USA

100% reply rate

View profile
Edward Levy

Edward L.

Experienced, award-winning nonfiction book editor, providing developmental and substantive editing, evaluations, and coaching

New York, NY, USA

100% reply rate

View profile