Heather Millar

Heather Millar - Editor

Aldinga Beach, South Australia

Professional writer, ghost writer, editor with a passion for biography, memoir, self-help, spirituality, non-fiction.

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Overview

I help people tell their stories … as a book editor, writer or ghostwriter. I work in the genre of memoir and biography, and general non-fiction. I’m an accredited editor with the Australian Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and on the Board of Life Stories Australia.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing
New Age
Psychology
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Accredited editor, Institute of Professional Editors
  • Diploma Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT
  • Bachelor of Arts (English & Psych), University of Tasmania

Work experience

Director, writer, editor

Self-employed
June, 2001 – Present (over 18 years)

I love to help people tell their stories … whether as a book editor, writer or ghostwriter. I work in the genre of memoir and biography, and general non-fiction.

Managing editor

Hardie Grant Publishing
January, 1998 – June, 2001 (over 3 years)

I managed a range of custom magazine magazines and books from Vital Health magazine for National Pharmacies to the Food & Wine Lovers Guides for Vic Tourism. I also edited Breathe for Life and the Coles Baby books.

Managing editor

John Brown Publishing, London
February, 1993 – September, 1997 (over 4 years)

I was an assistant editor on the Virgin Atlantic magazine Hot Air, and managing editor across a range of titles including Livewire for InterCity Trains and SPICE! for Spice Girls and 19 Management.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Beauty in Strength: Growing Beyond Family Domestic Violence

Darcia Ondrovcik

Growing up in the shadow of domestic violence, Darcia Ondrovcik was able to break free of the tragic cycle and forge her own path. Today, Darcia is a renowned personality in the fitness industry, with more than 10 years’ experience as a trainer, coach and athlete on the world stage. Darcia believes her experiences—how they influenced her life and how she ultimately overcame them—have given her... read more

Growing up in the shadow of domestic violence, Darcia Ondrovcik was able to break free of the tragic cycle and forge her own path. Today, Darcia is a renowned personality in the fitness industry, with more than 10 years’ experience as a trainer, coach and athlete on the world stage. Darcia believes her experiences—how they influenced her life and how she ultimately overcame them—have given her... read more

WTF is Spanish Anyway?!: A tale of dicks and pricks

Fiona Ralton

A memoir of heroin addiction and recoveryHow did Fiona Ralton change from a sweet country girl who loved ballet, to a goth-punk chick giving hand jobs to strange men to support her heroin addiction. A cautionary tale, Fiona’s story details the damage that comes from losing sight of real life, of getting lost in a world of men and heroin. However, amongst the tragedy that comes with drugs and p... read more

A memoir of heroin addiction and recoveryHow did Fiona Ralton change from a sweet country girl who loved ballet, to a goth-punk chick giving hand jobs to strange men to support her heroin addiction. A cautionary tale, Fiona’s story details the damage that comes from losing sight of real life, of getting lost in a world of men and heroin. However, amongst the tragedy that comes with drugs and p... read more

Finding Love: one woman's journey to find her truth, her voice, her song...

Tess Spratt

When Tess arrives home to find the imprint of two bodies in the bed she shares with her husband – one his, one another woman’s – her already fragile world collapses. The betrayal comes towards the end of her six year-long battle with chronic fatigue – an illness at the time barely acknowledged by the medical establishment, let alone understood. Just as she is ready to face life again, her husb... read more

When Tess arrives home to find the imprint of two bodies in the bed she shares with her husband – one his, one another woman’s – her already fragile world collapses. The betrayal comes towards the end of her six year-long battle with chronic fatigue – an illness at the time barely acknowledged by the medical establishment, let alone understood. Just as she is ready to face life again, her husb... read more

OUT OF ORDER

Rob Donnelly

Rob Donnelly entered a catholic contemplative monastery in 1990. His search for truth spanned a decade when the darker realities of the institutional church were beginning to come to light. This memoir is a coming of age story set in extraordinary circumstances. It’s a personal account of the journey into the catholic priesthood and the hard reality of leaving it. It’s a story of whales and my... read more

Rob Donnelly entered a catholic contemplative monastery in 1990. His search for truth spanned a decade when the darker realities of the institutional church were beginning to come to light. This memoir is a coming of age story set in extraordinary circumstances. It’s a personal account of the journey into the catholic priesthood and the hard reality of leaving it. It’s a story of whales and my... read more

All Heart: Life isn't measured by the years you live, but how you live, and the memories you leave behind.

Wayne Chase

Wayne Chase’s world was shattered one evening, following a fateful knock at the front door. Earlier, Wayne had waved his son Mitch off with friends. They were supposedly wheeling Mitch’s dirt bike to a friend’s property nearby to go riding the next day. Yet the woman on the doorstep said Mitch had been injured ¬in a road accident. When Wayne reached the scene, he discovered Mitch was unconscio... read more

Wayne Chase’s world was shattered one evening, following a fateful knock at the front door. Earlier, Wayne had waved his son Mitch off with friends. They were supposedly wheeling Mitch’s dirt bike to a friend’s property nearby to go riding the next day. Yet the woman on the doorstep said Mitch had been injured ¬in a road accident. When Wayne reached the scene, he discovered Mitch was unconscio... read more

Breathe for Life: How to Reduce Stress and Enhance Your Fitness

Sophie Gabriel

Explains the benefits of good breathing and presents step-by-step directions for breathing exercises and techniques, amply illustrated with photos and diagrams.

Explains the benefits of good breathing and presents step-by-step directions for breathing exercises and techniques, amply illustrated with photos and diagrams.

Eli's Wings: An Uplifting Story of Survival

Elizabeth Best

When Eli’s Wings was first published by Penguin Books Australia Ltd 2002, it was embraced by readers around Australia, then around the world. Journeying from the depths of despair and to the heights of possibility, Eli’s Wings is the unique celebration of love, hope and ultimately, life. Added to high school and book club reading lists, it started a dialogue that brought to light secrets kept ... read more

When Eli’s Wings was first published by Penguin Books Australia Ltd 2002, it was embraced by readers around Australia, then around the world. Journeying from the depths of despair and to the heights of possibility, Eli’s Wings is the unique celebration of love, hope and ultimately, life. Added to high school and book club reading lists, it started a dialogue that brought to light secrets kept ... read more

No Place Like Home: Australian Stories

Sonja Dechian, Jenni Devereaux, Heather Millar

Following the success of "Dark Dreams: Australian Refugee Stories", this extraordinary collection of stories creates a narrative picture of Australians, past and present. It is also a mosaic of journeys, for we are all displaced peoples or the descendents of displaced peoples, whether we are from Indigenous, settler, migrant or refugee families. "There is great sadness in these pages, but also... read more

Following the success of "Dark Dreams: Australian Refugee Stories", this extraordinary collection of stories creates a narrative picture of Australians, past and present. It is also a mosaic of journeys, for we are all displaced peoples or the descendents of displaced peoples, whether we are from Indigenous, settler, migrant or refugee families. "There is great sadness in these pages, but also... read more

Dark Dreams

Sonja Dechian

Dark Dreams: Australian refugee stories' is a unique anthology of essays, interviews, and stories written by children and young adults. The stories are the finest of hundreds collected through a nationwide schools competition in 2002. The essays and stories represent many different countries and themes. Some focus on survival, some on horrors, some on the experiences and alienation of a new wo... read more

Dark Dreams: Australian refugee stories' is a unique anthology of essays, interviews, and stories written by children and young adults. The stories are the finest of hundreds collected through a nationwide schools competition in 2002. The essays and stories represent many different countries and themes. Some focus on survival, some on horrors, some on the experiences and alienation of a new wo... read more

Booby Prize: Mindfully Facing Breast Cancer

Kathryn Brewer

Newly diagnosed with breast cancer, or struggling with the ongoing physical and emotional changes treatment brings? This book is for you.The book is like a friend that turns up just at the right time to remind you that you are doing great, and life can be good again. You are not alone. Part transformational memoir, part personal coaching program, Booby Prize offers a positive roadmap to naviga... read more

Newly diagnosed with breast cancer, or struggling with the ongoing physical and emotional changes treatment brings? This book is for you.The book is like a friend that turns up just at the right time to remind you that you are doing great, and life can be good again. You are not alone. Part transformational memoir, part personal coaching program, Booby Prize offers a positive roadmap to naviga... read more

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