Katia Ariel

Katia Ariel - Editor

Melbourne VIC, Australia

Manuscript nurturer, sentence polisher, eagle-eyed proofreader, wordsmith, preserver of voice and vision; fiction and memoir specialist.

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Overview

Freelance book editor with over 15 years experience
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Humanities & Social Sciences
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Poetry
Short Story
Themes & Motifs

Certifications

  • Arts/Law (Monash University)
  • Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing (RMIT)

Awards

  • Honours Prize (Publishing and Editing RMIT)

Work experience

Managing Editor

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (over 15 years)

I have been a freelance book editor since completing my editorial training in 2004. I hold an Arts/Law degree from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Publishing and Editing from RMIT. I have lived in Russia and Brazil, collecting several languages along the way. An avid reader and editor of literary fiction and poetry, I have been a managing editor with Five Islands Press since 2010. I edit for Dorling Kindersley, Melbourne University Publishing, Wild Dingo Press, Affirm Press, Transit Lounge and Hardie Grant, as well as print journals such as Dumbo Feather and Attenzione. In my work for private clients, I specialise in manuscript appraisal and structural editing, especially for memoir, narrative fiction and poetry.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The tainted trial of Farah Jama

Julie Szego

Throughout the trial Jama had maintained his innocence against the accusations. Nearly 18 months after Jama's incarceration, his conviction was overturned. When journalist and lawyer, Julie Szego, set out to explore how a travesty of such magnitude could occur, she assumed she could tell the tale with journalistic detachment, delivering judgment from on high. Instead, she found an intriguing a... read more

Throughout the trial Jama had maintained his innocence against the accusations. Nearly 18 months after Jama's incarceration, his conviction was overturned. When journalist and lawyer, Julie Szego, set out to explore how a travesty of such magnitude could occur, she assumed she could tell the tale with journalistic detachment, delivering judgment from on high. Instead, she found an intriguing a... read more

Missing Pieces: Book 2 of the Cass Diamond series

Caroline De Costa

In 1992, toddler Yasmin Munoz went missing from a rainforest picnic spot near Cairns. No trace of her has ever been found. Yet in 2012 Andrew Todd, a wealthy businessman and former mayor of Cairns, dies, and leaves in his will directions for a search for the missing child, who if she is still alive must now be a young woman. Cairns detective Cass Diamond is soon asked to help with the search. ... read more

In 1992, toddler Yasmin Munoz went missing from a rainforest picnic spot near Cairns. No trace of her has ever been found. Yet in 2012 Andrew Todd, a wealthy businessman and former mayor of Cairns, dies, and leaves in his will directions for a search for the missing child, who if she is still alive must now be a young woman. Cairns detective Cass Diamond is soon asked to help with the search. ... read more

The Happiness Plan

Elise Bialylew

What if you could train your brain to experience greater happiness, focus, and emotional balance in daily life? What if it took just ten minutes a day? In The Happiness Plan, Dr Elise Bialylew offers a roadmap to a happier life. Drawing on her background in medicine, psychiatry and mindfulness meditation, she has created a powerful one-month mindfulness program that will lead you to a more bal... read more

What if you could train your brain to experience greater happiness, focus, and emotional balance in daily life? What if it took just ten minutes a day? In The Happiness Plan, Dr Elise Bialylew offers a roadmap to a happier life. Drawing on her background in medicine, psychiatry and mindfulness meditation, she has created a powerful one-month mindfulness program that will lead you to a more bal... read more

Nagaland

Ben Doherty

The diary arrived addressed to me, bearing a message:We live forever through our stories. Tell ours.And so began the author’s journey into the life and legends of the Naga – a forgotten people living in the far north-east of India, struggling to survive in the modern world.An extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary work that traverses new ground in the hinterland between biography and ... read more

The diary arrived addressed to me, bearing a message:We live forever through our stories. Tell ours.And so began the author’s journey into the life and legends of the Naga – a forgotten people living in the far north-east of India, struggling to survive in the modern world.An extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary work that traverses new ground in the hinterland between biography and ... read more

Hippy Days, Arabian Nights

Katherine Boland

Spanning five decades and as many continents, Hippy Days, Arabian Nights is a funny, moving, and compelling story of a woman whose extraordinary life will never be summarised by the words ‘could have’, ‘might have’, or ‘should have’. Whether it’s following her dreams pursuing what she believes in, or chasing matters of the heart, from the outset Australian artist Katherine Boland has grabbed l... read more

Spanning five decades and as many continents, Hippy Days, Arabian Nights is a funny, moving, and compelling story of a woman whose extraordinary life will never be summarised by the words ‘could have’, ‘might have’, or ‘should have’. Whether it’s following her dreams pursuing what she believes in, or chasing matters of the heart, from the outset Australian artist Katherine Boland has grabbed l... read more

With just one suitcase

Cheryl Koenig

This is a true story about two boys, Istvan and Frici, who live two kilometres but worlds apart in Romania. One is Catholic, one is Jewish. Yet when the Second World War breaks out, the familiar world with its clear divisions disintegrates. On their parallel journeys, both young men leave their families and homeland to an uncertain future for a shot at freedom in Australia.This epic book, span... read more

This is a true story about two boys, Istvan and Frici, who live two kilometres but worlds apart in Romania. One is Catholic, one is Jewish. Yet when the Second World War breaks out, the familiar world with its clear divisions disintegrates. On their parallel journeys, both young men leave their families and homeland to an uncertain future for a shot at freedom in Australia.This epic book, span... read more

Crooked Vows

John Watt

Thomas, a 23-year-old student priest, emerges alone from the wilderness four days after surviving a plane crash. But a missing woman's footprints are found with his, near the crash site. What part did Thomas play in her disappearance? And why does he claim he can't remember?Sent to a psychiatrist by Church authorities to recover his memories, Thomas' life and world unravel in ways he could nev... read more

Thomas, a 23-year-old student priest, emerges alone from the wilderness four days after surviving a plane crash. But a missing woman's footprints are found with his, near the crash site. What part did Thomas play in her disappearance? And why does he claim he can't remember?Sent to a psychiatrist by Church authorities to recover his memories, Thomas' life and world unravel in ways he could nev... read more

The Lovers

Catherine Rey

The Lovers is an arresting tale, a mystery with a low burn tension, which revolves around the disappearance of Lucie Bruyère. The novel unveils the truth about her charismatic yet subtly controlling partner, the world-famous artist Ernest Renfield. The suspenseful story, both police investigation and multi-voiced Rashomon, ends in a dramatic and powerful illumination.‘I found The Lovers utterl... read more

The Lovers is an arresting tale, a mystery with a low burn tension, which revolves around the disappearance of Lucie Bruyère. The novel unveils the truth about her charismatic yet subtly controlling partner, the world-famous artist Ernest Renfield. The suspenseful story, both police investigation and multi-voiced Rashomon, ends in a dramatic and powerful illumination.‘I found The Lovers utterl... read more

Mothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Monica Dux

"The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity of this transformation?Mothermorphosis is a collection of essays on the experience as told by some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers.In these stories we read about the yearning for a child, the private and public expressions of... read more

"The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity of this transformation?Mothermorphosis is a collection of essays on the experience as told by some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers.In these stories we read about the yearning for a child, the private and public expressions of... read more

Timeless On The Silk Road: An Odyssey From London To Hanoi

Heather Ellis

Believing this is her last adventure, her one last search for meaning, Heather’s journey ultimately becomes one of destiny. Infused with a deep spiritual power, it is also a story that leaves the reader considering their own ‘time less’ journey called life.After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis is diagnosed with HIV in London. She is thirty years old and is given five years t... read more

Believing this is her last adventure, her one last search for meaning, Heather’s journey ultimately becomes one of destiny. Infused with a deep spiritual power, it is also a story that leaves the reader considering their own ‘time less’ journey called life.After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis is diagnosed with HIV in London. She is thirty years old and is given five years t... read more

Lost Letters from Vienna

Sue Course

In 1977, Sue Course discovered a box of airmail letters in the dark recesses of a cupboard, written in German. Her German was rusty, but she could see that most were from her parents and grandparents and were written from the time of the Nazi invasion of Vienna in 1938. The letters revealed a gripping tale of their war and that of their extended family, the stories of those who escaped and eve... read more

In 1977, Sue Course discovered a box of airmail letters in the dark recesses of a cupboard, written in German. Her German was rusty, but she could see that most were from her parents and grandparents and were written from the time of the Nazi invasion of Vienna in 1938. The letters revealed a gripping tale of their war and that of their extended family, the stories of those who escaped and eve... read more

Forged with Flames

Ann Fogarty, Anne Crawford

Forged with Flames is Ann Fogarty’s poignant and compelling story of her experiences of the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983 and its devastating aftermath as she struggled to survive the severe burns she sustained to 75% of her body, followed by a series of life-threatening events. These have had a profound effect on her psyche, her health and her spirit, yet the reader is repeatedly drawn to a... read more

Forged with Flames is Ann Fogarty’s poignant and compelling story of her experiences of the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983 and its devastating aftermath as she struggled to survive the severe burns she sustained to 75% of her body, followed by a series of life-threatening events. These have had a profound effect on her psyche, her health and her spirit, yet the reader is repeatedly drawn to a... read more

Magic

Jan Golembiewski

‘I couldn’t put it down’ —Sofie LagunaThis is a true story…A young man heads off on a journey to find out if magic still exists in the world, to know its wonder, and to see if it might save him when his own life is unexpectedly at stake.Instead of retreating after being deported from Mexico, or beaten up in Guatemala, he travels to the Caribbean where he meets a Rastafarian Don Juan who teache... read more

‘I couldn’t put it down’ —Sofie LagunaThis is a true story…A young man heads off on a journey to find out if magic still exists in the world, to know its wonder, and to see if it might save him when his own life is unexpectedly at stake.Instead of retreating after being deported from Mexico, or beaten up in Guatemala, he travels to the Caribbean where he meets a Rastafarian Don Juan who teache... read more

Katia has 3 reviews

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Portia Sykes
Working with Katia was wonderful. Her feedback and insights were invaluable. I plan on working with her on future projects. Thank you, Katia!

Portia Sykes, September 2020


Brooke E Putney
Katia was excellent. She edited my work promptly, as well as thoroughly, and maintained my voice throughout.

Brooke E Putney, May 2020


Maria Rodriguez
Im so glad I chose Katia, I really loved her corrections and feedback, and explained to me what I need to do in order to make the story flow. I will keep working with her on my project.

Maria Rodriguez, May 2020

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