Lorae Harbottle-Purs

Lorae Harbottle-Purs - Editor

Sydney NSW, Australia

Editor in a large publishing house with experience in children's and YA books, adult fiction, and scientific and business non-fiction works.

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I first started in publishing in 2016, when I helped found a publishing collective to provide pro bono publishing and editing services to new Australian authors, where I focused predominately on young adult fiction. In 2018, I set up my own company, first in Ireland and then in Australia, to provide freelance editorial services to individuals and businesses. This saw me focusing mainly on non-fiction academic and business publications in various formats, including textbooks, anthologies and business reports. In 2019, I joined the team at Scholastic Australia as an editor across the Scholastic Australia and Koala Books imprints, with a focus on picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult releases. I have a Masters degree in Editing and Publishing.

I take a very collaborative approach to each stage of the editorial process, working with the author to make those vital improvements that embody the tone and spirit of the work and meet the needs of its intended audience. My aim is to support the creator in making their work the very best it can be, and to give the creator the best editorial experience possible by bringing my love of and passion for books to each and every project. I look forward to working with you!
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Literary Fiction
Young Adult
Humanities & Social Sciences
Math & Science


  • Master of Arts (Editing and Publishing) with Distinction
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology Innovation (Honours)
  • Ethics in Editing
  • Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)

Work experience


Scholastic Australia
January, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

Scholastic Australia is Australia's largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.

- Project managing, including contracting and scheduling, a range of new publications across two imprints in both hardcopy and digital formats
- Assessing new manuscript submissions and foreign rights purchases for the Australian market
- Creating commission briefs for new publication ideas
- Editing manuscripts and layouts, including structural editing, copyediting and proofreading, with substantial experience in editing onscreen in MS Word
- Creating illustration, cover design and internal design briefs
- Working as part of a team, including creators, publishers, designers, logistics, printers, marketers and buyers, to deliver quality publications to schedule
- Experience in picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction


October, 2017 – Present (about 5 years)

- Providing freelance structural editing, copyediting and proofreading services for various publication formats and genres for individuals and businesses
- Experience in business proposals, scopes and reports, academic textbooks and anthologies, and adult fiction and non-fiction

Publications Manager and Editor

Black Phoenix Publishing Collective
July, 2016 – December, 2019 (over 3 years)

bPPc is a publishing collective made up of editors, writers and book specialists.

- Project managing, including project acceptance, scheduling, resourcing and budgeting, a handful of carefully selected titles with an emphasis on Australian writers
- Editing manuscripts and layouts, including structural editing, copyediting and proofreading
- Working as part of a team, including creators, editors, designers, typesetters and ebook formatters, to deliver quality publications
- Experience in young adult fiction and adult literary fiction in digital and print-on-demand formats

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Nanotechnology: Therapeutic, Nutraceutical, and Cosmetic Advances

Mazumder, Bhaskar, Ray, Subhabrata, Pal, Paulami, Pathak, Yashwant

Beneficial Insects

Alford, David V.

After She Left

Hanley, Penelope

The Weekend

England, Suzy

Lorae has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Brian Keltner
Lorae is a true professional and an expert wordsmith who help me become a better storyteller in the process. I have several other books ready for a copy editor. I hope Lorae will help me with those as she did with the first in the serial.

Brian Keltner, March 2021

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