Kate Goldsworthy

Kate Goldsworthy - Editor

Melbourne VIC, Australia

I'm a trade book editor with a decade of experience in the Australian publishing industry.

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I've been working on trade books since 2010. As a freelance editor, I have worked for HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Allen & Unwin, Black Inc. Books, Text Publishing, Affirm Press, Transit Lounge, Ventura Press and Echo Publishing/Bonnier Books UK. I've also worked full-time as an in-house editor at Black Inc. and Affirm Press. My favourite part of the job is working directly with authors, publishers and fellow editors to make books the best they can be.

I've worked on the structural edits of books such as Kevin Sullivan's No Man's Land, Sarah Bailey's Into the Night and Where the Dead Go, Emma Viskic's Darkness for Light, Paula Keogh's The Green Bell, Adam Courtenay's The Ship That Never Was, Alison Evans' Euphoria Kids, Catriona Menzies-Pike's The Long Run, Fleur McDonald's Emerald Springs, Rebekah Clarkson's Barking Dogs and Michelle Dicinoski's Ghost Wife. I've copyedited books such as Bri Lee's Eggshell Skull, Angela Meyer's A Superior Spectre, Emma Viskic's And Fire Came Down, Gabrielle Jackson's Pain and Prejudice, S.A. Jones' The Fortress, Tanya Bretherton's The Suitcase Baby, Angela Pippos' Breaking the Mould, Meg Keneally's Fled, Lily Chan's Toyo, Holly Wainwright's The Mummy Bloggers and How to Be Perfect, Alice Robinson's Anchor Point, R.W.R. McDonald's The Nancys, Alison Evans' Highway Bodies, Will Kostakis' Monuments, and Monica Tan's Stranger Country.

I've also written for Kill Your Darlings and Voiceworks, proofread The Monthly and Readings Monthly, mentored writers at Varuna, and completed the Professional Writing & Editing course at RMIT. In 2019 my memoir piece 'She's Coming Home' was included in the Split anthology, published by Ventura Press and edited by Lee Kofman.

Photo credit: Jessica Friedmann
English (AUS)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Women's Fiction
Young Adult


  • Diploma, Professional Writing & Editing, RMIT

Work experience

Editor, Proofreader and Writer

December, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

My clients include:

Allen & Unwin
Penguin Random House
Echo Publishing/Bonnier Books UK
Ventura Press
Transit Lounge


Affirm Press
November, 2014 – November, 2016 (about 2 years)


Black Inc. Books
September, 2010 – April, 2013 (over 2 years)

Editor and Proofreader

April, 2010 – November, 2014 (over 4 years)

My clients included:

Allen & Unwin
Penguin Random House
Black Inc.
Text Publishing
Affirm Press
The Monthly
Readings Books, Music & Film
The Summer Reading Guide

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Highway Bodies

Evans , Alison

Fled: A Novel

Keneally, Meg

Emerald Springs

McDonald, Fleur

Superior Spectre

Angela Meyer

The Fortress

Jones, S. A.

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