John Coomer

John Coomer - Editor

Brisbane QLD, Australia

Editor with over twenty years of experience working for major commercial publishers (Wiley, McGraw-Hill and Cambridge University Press).

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I have operated my own freelance editorial and writing service since 2015, after spending the previous 20-plus years working for major commercial publishers (Wiley, McGraw-Hill and Cambridge University Press).

I enjoy working collaboratively with both first-time and more experienced authors to make their manuscripts the best they can possibly be. I am comfortable editing, researching, writing and proofreading in most non-fiction topic areas, as well as providing self-publishing advice.
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Health & Wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Sports & Outdoors
Writing & Publishing


  • Bachelor of Business Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Education

Work experience


September, 2015 – Present (almost 7 years)

I provide the full range of writing, editing and proofreading services to a diverse range of clients.


Cambridge University Press
May, 2014 – August, 2015 (over 1 year)

Publishing Editor

April, 2004 – April, 2014 (about 10 years)

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Long Distance: Reach Out and Touch Someone

McDonough, Craig, Coomer, John

Drunk On Survival

Whitaker, T.K.

Visitor Magnets: Creating spellbinding zoo attractions

Nagel, Dennis, Kewkacha, Duang, Wang, Qing

John has 10 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Andrew Lord
John gave me compehenssive, constructive feedback in a structural review of my manuscript and pointed me in the right direction for the next steps I needed to take. I felt he was a great fit for my book and gave me good value for money continuing to contribute with answers even after the contract had closed. I took great encouragement from his endorsement of the manuscript and would happily rec...
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Andrew Lord, July 2022

Mark Buschgens
I had a very tight deadline for a project I needed copy edited, and John saved the day! He turned my project around in record time and was still able to make several thoughtful comments to improve my work. John has a great attention to detail and is extremely professional.

Mark Buschgens, April 2022

Henk Joubert
I loved working with John. Although we were separated by many time zones, we slipped easily into a very effective working cycle. I learned quickly that I could trust John's hand on the editing steering wheel, which was an enormous relief (I am not a micro-manager!). He was always open to questions, and reacted promptly when needed. At the end, the edited version of the book was a significant i...
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Henk Joubert, March 2022

James Porter
John completely supported me throughout this stage of my publishing journey. He offered additional guidance and advise alongside the role he was engaged to do. John gave full explanations on all his suggestions and was 100% on time with the timetable he proposed. This is my first attempt at writing a book so John's support at this early stage was invaluable. Regardless of the outcome of my proj...
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James Porter, March 2022

Ross Lightfoot
John was absolutely brilliant, highly experienced, detail oriented, hit the time lines every time and a great source of advice. I recommend everyone to John who wants to be in safe hands and maximise their chances of having a quality product come publishing time.....Ross Lightfoot

Ross Lightfoot, October 2021

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