Ian Mathieson

Ian Mathieson – Editor

Empathic editor, works with authors in fiction, thriller, family history, memoir, self-help, Australian bush fiction, illustrated childrens.


In my work as an editor, I find my role involves guidance, encouragement, suggestions and advice about effectiveness in writing. I work in developmental and structural editing as well as copyediting.

I'm hands-on, working to understand each author's wishes and mindset, as well as their drive in writing. I also keep the end result in mind -- a manuscript that will interest a publisher and appeal to the target readers. Each editing commission gets my thoughtful, focused attention.

Authors have described my editing in terms such as "Ian's editing enabled me to sharpen the language and plot", "Opened my eyes" and "perceptive and enthusiastic, as well as skilled". One wrote: "Sincere thanks for adding to this book in the editing of it". Another wrote: "Please accept my humble 'thank you' ... yours is a gift bigger than you could ever imagine."

I bring extensive experience to my work. I've edited a great number of manuscripts across general and Australian bush fiction, thriller, family history, memoir, self-help, illustrated childrens', and military history genres. Publishing houses have taken up six of my own books, written on leadership, self-help, and memoir. I've contributed short fiction to anthologies, written well over a hundred business reports and annual reports and, in an earlier career, government reports and submissions.

I do have a wide skillset and my varied background in both writing and editing is supportive of that skillset. I'm a professional-level member of the Institute of Professional Editors Australia and New Zealand. I've had the honour of judging short story competitions and making presentations to authors on the broad topic of editing practice; a bridge between author, publisher and readers. I have edited to Chicago Manual of Style and American Psychology Association specifications

I'm passionate about excellence and privileged to experience so much that's fine, in my editing work
Action & Adventure Children's Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Short Story Thriller & Suspense
Biographies & Memoirs
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • Professional Member, Institute of Professional Editors Australia & New Zealand

Work experience


Apr, 2017 — Present

Professional writing and editing were an integral part of my career both in the Australian Government and in my subsequent corporate consulting career. Until I retired from consulting, I edited more than twenty books -- self-help, children's adventure, illustrated children's, and management texts. On 'retirement' I established my full-time freelance service. I've now edited more than another hundred books across a wide range of genre. I regularly engage in PD through courses, webinars, and seminars, and this year, I was appointed co-chair of the Australian Institute of Professional Editors' Standing Committee on Professional Development. Freelance editing is terrific! It's wonderful and rewarding.

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