Heather Millar

Heather Millar – Editor

Accredited editor specialising in biography, memoir, self-help, psychology, spirituality, general non-fiction. Former editor at Hardie Grant


I am passionate about helping people tell their stories as clearly and concisely as possible. I offer developmental and structural editing, as well as copy editing and proofreading.

I’m an accredited editor with over 25 years' experience in publishing houses in the UK and Australia and in my own freelance editorial business. I am also on the board of Life Stories Australia.

I have edited a number of books published by traditional mainstream publishers, including a best-selling book published by Penguin, and I have assisted many writers to self-publish.


When deciding on an editor for my book, it was important for me to connect with someone who could see and understand my vision, as well as connecting with my story. Heather was able to do that. I also gained a lot of learning along the way. Heather really opened my eyes and mind up to the craft of writing, and worked with me in a way that I could understand. I am so appreciative for her work and what I’ve learnt.

Darcia Ondrovcik, author and owner, Beauty in Strength

Engaging Heather to edit my manuscript was the smartest, wisest decision I made, as a novice writer. She was a godsend. I know Heather will treasure and shape the words you wish to share with others, while holding you and your story safe.

Tess Spratt, author of Finding Love

Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Inspirational New Age Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (AUS) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
  • Accredited editor, Institute of Professional Editors
  • Diploma Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT
  • Bachelor of Arts (English & Psych), University of Tasmania
  • Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling

Work experience


Jun, 2005 — Present

Hardie Grant Publishing

Jan, 1998 — Jun, 2005 (over 7 years)

John Brown Publishing, London

Feb, 1993 — Sep, 1997 (over 4 years)


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

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 circumstance... 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 illne... 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 come... 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 athl... read more

Heather has 4 reviews





Andrew Orion M.

Andrew Orion M.

Feb, 2024

Highly recommend Heather, a thorough professional.
Dan G.

Dan G.

Jan, 2024

Heather's insight and comments regarding my memoir are so extremely valuable. She allowed and encouraged me to go deeper into my story and pull out information which added to and made my story better. She suggested adding to the story in parts which while emotionally tough for me to write about proved important to tell my readers. Thanks Heather!
Misha F.

Misha F.

Jul, 2021

Heather was very professional in her attitude and knowledge. The process of editing my manuscript and collaborating with me along the way was excellent as it gave the opportunity to reassess areas that did not flow and make adjustments when needed. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone wanting a professional to assess their manuscript.
Jacques I.

Jacques I.

Mar, 2021

This was the first time I worked with Heather. The assignment was relatively simple: proofreading a book. But she was quick and accurate, her edits were easy to note and apply, and she was a pleasure to work with. She certainly gained my confidence. I will be looking to assign copyediting tasks to her in a future project.
Heather M.
Jacques was a great client to work with. Very responsive to questions, clear in his brief. Would definitely be keen to work with him again.

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