Kirsten Rawlings

Kirsten Rawlings - Editor

Auckland, New Zealand

My speciality is travel and other non-fiction – I've worked with Lonely Planet for many years. I have 15 years of editing experience.

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There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a new manuscript, exploring the world the author has created and analysing how to make it better. Call it the joy of editing. A sometime-writer myself, I am also very aware of how much hard work you will have done by the time you hand the manuscript to me!

My in-house publishing experience has mostly involved working on travel books, and as a freelance editor I have worked on a range of titles from cookbooks to books about innovation and team creativity. I have a wide range of interests and enjoy working on young-adult novels as much as how-to books about investing.

I have worked with publishing houses in Australia, the US and the UK, and can accurately edit to your preferred English (US or British style etc). I hold a post-graduate qualification in publishing and editing, am an accredited editor in Australia and New Zealand, and have been a managing editor and an associate publisher. I have also trained and mentored editors for many years.

I am organised and punctual and will take great care to work with you to make your book better and help your writing connect with readers. And I'm looking forward to hearing about your project!

English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Business & Management
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Humanities & Social Sciences


  • Accredited Editor, Institute of Professional Editors Limited
  • Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing
  • Advanced Diploma of Arts in Professional Screenwriting
  • Bachelor of Arts (political science and history)

Work experience

Associate Product Director

Lonely Planet
October, 2015 – May, 2020 (over 4 years)

Managed guidebook team (commissioning editors, book editors, cartographers and designers), oversaw book production process and developed the publishing list.

Freelance Editor & Writer

March, 2013 – October, 2015 (over 2 years)

Editing: project editing, structural editing, sub-editing, copyediting and proofreading long- and
short-form print and digital products: books, magazines, apps, websites
Writing: copywriting, content strategy and content creation
Selected clients: Lonely Planet, Google, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Phaidon, Virgin Media

Managing Editor

Lonely Planet
December, 2010 – March, 2013 (about 2 years)

Project managed a suite of travel books, managed a team of in-house and freelance editors, and led the development of editorial style, policy and processes.


Lonely Planet
August, 2007 – December, 2010 (over 3 years)

Project editing, copyediting and proofreading, indexing and editorial layout

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Lonely Planet Experience Italy (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Alberts, Bonnie, Berry, Oliver, Bing, Alison, Blasi, Abigail, Bonetto, Cristian, Christiani, Kerry, Clark, Gregor, Cruickshank, Douglas, Fort, Matthew

Lonely Planet Experience Spain (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Bain, Andrew, Baxter, Sarah, Berry, Oliver, Clark, Gregor, Corne, Lucy, Garwood, Duncan, Ham, Anthony, Handicott, Ben, Le Nevez, Catherine

The Fashion Book: Mini Edition

Mackrell, Alice, Hancock, Beth, Judah, Hettie

Lonely Planet Cruise Ports Mediterranean Europe (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Maxwell, Virginia, Armstrong, Kate, Atkinson, Brett, Averbuck, Alexis, Bainbridge, James, Bonetto, Cristian, Clark, Gregor, Garwood, Duncan, Hardy, Paula

Lonely Planet New Zealand (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Rawlings-Way, Charles, Atkinson, Brett, Bain, Andrew, Dragicevich, Peter, Isalska, Anita, Forge, Samantha, Levin, Sofia

Lonely Planet USA's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Richmond, Simon, Armstrong, Kate, Bain, Carolyn, Balfour, Amy C, Bartlett, Ray, Benson, Sara, Brash, Celeste, Clark, Gregor, Grosberg, Michael

Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Milner, Rebecca, Bartlett, Ray, Bender, Andrew, McLachlan, Craig, Morgan, Kate, Richmond, Simon, Walker, Benedict, Tang, Phillip, O'Malley, Thomas

Lonely Planet Experience France (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Averbuck, Alexis, Bain, Andrew, Baxter, Sarah, Bennett, Sarah, Berry, Oliver, Bindloss, Joe, Christiani, Kerry, Clark, Gregor, Eberle, Janine

Lonely Planet Experience USA (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Andrew, Mark, Balfour, Amy C, Baxter, Sarah, Bender, Andrew, Benson, Sara, Bing, Alison, Cavalieri, Nate, Dunford, Lisa, Hall, Tom

Lonely Planet USA's National Parks (Travel Guide)

Planet, Lonely, Balfour, Amy C, Benchwick, Greg, Denniston, Jennifer Rasin, Grosberg, Michael, Mayhew, Bradley, McCarthy, Carolyn, Pitts, Christopher, Sainsbury, Brendan, St Louis, Regis

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