Karin Cox

Karin Cox - Editor

Brisbane QLD, Australia

A passionate 'generalist' who lives to learn, I've edited fiction and non-fiction for both indie and trade publisher clients for decades.

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I'm a book and magazine editor with 20 years of experience in polishing and perfecting both fiction and non-fiction books for indie authors and trade publishers.

I have worked inhouse or freelance for Steve Parish Publishing, Pascal Press, University of Queensland Press, Elsevier Reed, New Holland Publishing, Teach Starter Publishing, Bookmark Publishing, and Indelible Ink Press. Several bestselling authors are on my client list, as I can edit for US or AU/UK English, and my preferred style guides are CMoS, Oxford, and Wiley. I'm also a fan of Pam Peters and Alan Garner.

As the published author of 50+ titles myself, I know what it's like to be on both sides of the editorial desk, and I love working closely with my authors to help them realise the potential of their manuscripts. I offer developmental/structural edits, copyedits, and occasionally proofreads (for trusted clients) – all at an affordable rate.

* Review: "I have found Karin's editorial and writing service incredibly professional, quick and helpful. More importantly, though, my writing is continually improving as a result of Karin's care and attention. After consulting many editors with my initial manuscript, Karin is the one I recommend to fellow writers." – Katrina Logan, Children's book author of A Fish with a Wish, Down by the Bay, The Very Shy Peacock, What if we Ate Like Cows Do and The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew.

* Review: "... the number of errors she catches is breathtaking. But more than errors, she advises on flow, rhythm, and structure. She suggest cuts where the prose is flabby, where dialogue is just a filler, at any point where I am not moving the story forward. It makes the whole narrative punchier and tighter, and the overall effect more powerful. After I incorporate her changes, the story always moves up a level or two. The difference is unreal."
David Gaughran, author of Liberty Boy​, Mercenary, A Storm Hits Valparaiso, and Let's Get Digital: How to Self-Publish and Why You Should.

English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Picture Books
Young Adult
Life Sciences


  • Whitley Award 2010

Work experience


Teach Starter Publishing
March, 2019 – June, 2020 (over 1 year)

– Editing and QA of primary school educational resources for a digital publishing house, including editing literacy and numeracy resources for grades K–6 and ensuring they aligned to the Australian national curriculum and TEKS (US) curriculum.

 – Writing web and promotional content and editing blog posts and copy in WordPress.

– Style-setting and establishing an online style guide and hub for internal/external contributors.

– Mentoring and guiding staff to facilitate greater consistency and improved writing and self-editing skills, and to foster the company values of Pursue Quality and Unleash Creativity.


Wildlife Australia Magazine
January, 2017 – March, 2019 (about 2 years)

– Planning and delivering quarterly issues to schedule.
– Interviewing and briefing scientists and authors, managing all content and images, editing and writing articles, and choosing cover images and layouts.
– Crafting captions, supplementary material, microcopy, editor's message, advertorial, and promotional web copy.
– Promoting and publishing digital versions on Pocketmags and EBSCO.
– Managing Facebook, social media and website content, including creating infographics, and seeking out and booking opportunities for digital advertising, promotion, and publicity.


January, 2011 – Present (over 10 years)

Freelance editing for valued, repeat clients concurrently with working part or full-time and raising children.


LexisNexis/Elsevier Reed
February, 2004 – December, 2004 (10 months)

– Styling and editing content for educational textbooks and digital and print newsletters, using MS Word and Adobe Pagemaker.

– Liaison with production/printers to ensure material was printed and/or added to relevant websites on time.

Senior Editor & Inhouse Author

Steve Parish Publishing
January, 2004 – June, 2012 (over 8 years)

– Briefing and managing a team of editors, proofreaders, and freelancers to produce natural history and social history books, travel guides, and educational print and digital publications.
– Preparing costing estimates and project- managing schedules.
– Planning content and briefing authors for commissioned titles, or researching and writing text for my own, often choosing images and layouts too.
– Editing for content, grammar, punctuation, and style; working with authors to transform academic text into mass-market copy.
– Structural editing, fact-checking, line editing, and proofreading.
– Laying out text and images and editing in-page using Adobe CS.
– Being responsible for QA and sign-off on all final product.
– Writing and editing jacket blurb and promotional copy, press releases, web copy, and blog content.


January, 1999 – May, 2003 (over 4 years)

– Researching, ghostwriting, editing, and formatting commissioned works for New Holland Publishing, including Roma: From Prison to Paradise, Secret Women's Business, Irresitible Italy, Ripple Effect, and Whatever’s Going to Become of Us.
– Project-managing the progress from initial drat through to final edit.
– Editing and proofreading titles for University of Queensland Press, Hema Maps, John Wiley & Sons, and various indie clients.
– Writing marketing content, synopses, jacket blurbs, and website copy.

Editorial Assistant

Bookmark Publishing
May, 1998 – January, 1999 (8 months)

Editorial tasks, including line editing and proofreading, for a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles in a small press.

Portfolio (18 selected works)


Gaughran, David M.

My Dog Doesn't Like Me

Fensham, Elizabeth

Spud & Charli

Wheeler, Samantha

The Chosen One

Markinson, T. B.

Claudia Must Die

Markinson, T. B.


Steve Parish

Karin has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Charlene McIver
An enthusiastic, creative and professional lady.

Charlene McIver, May 2021

Karin Cox
Thanks, Charlene. All the best with your storybook. I am sure the children will enjoy reading it.

Reply from Karin Cox

Nina Boulatouf
Amazing. She exceeded my expectations. Great professional editor who supported me through the self publishing process. Highly recommended.

Nina Boulatouf, November 2020

Karin Cox
Thank you so much, Nina. That's very kind. I'm so glad I was able to help you and Ava out.

Reply from Karin Cox

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