I offer manuscript development and editing services to first-time and established authors. My specialty is helping authors develop their manuscript to a point that it can be confidently submitted to a publisher. I offer advice on narrative voice, plot development, narrative pace, dramatic tension, thematic treatment and overall cohesiveness. I particularly enjoy working on memoir, literary fiction, historical fiction and travel narrative. Many of my clients have successfully placed their manuscripts with leading publishers as a result of our collaboration. There are few things more rewarding than seeing a client's manuscript transformed into a published book!
I am is a freelance book editor and writing/editing teacher with over fifteen years’ trade publishing experience. I offer manuscript development and editing services to established and first-time authors seeking editorial feedback before submitting their work to an agent or publisher. My clients also include major publishing companies and literary agents for whom I undertake manuscript assessment and development.
Commissioned, edited and project-managed a range of nonfiction titles from manuscript submission through to publication; negotiated with service providers such as designers, proofreaders and printers. Managed work flows and budgets.
Edited and project-managed prize-winning books by well-known authors such as Don Watson, Sarah Macdonald, Michelle Grattan and Frank Moorhouse. Lliaised closely with authors, agents, designers, production controllers, printers and publishers.
In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India—and for love—she screamed, “Never!” and gave the country, and him, the finger.But eleven years later, the prophecy comes true. When the love of Sarah’s life is posted to India, ... read more
Emmett Brown was a charming young man who quoted poetry and read to his wife and young family from the great novels of the world. But failed efforts to win a fortune at the racetracks turned Emmett into a broken down gambling drunk who terrorized his wife and children. Starting at Emmett’s funeral and reflecting back, the two eldest Brown childrenLouise and Robrecount the rise and fall of th... read more
Me: 'Are you going to be a good boy this year?'Boomer: 'Uh huh. I have no interest in toilet humour.'Me: 'You don't?'Boomer: 'No. No interest at all. I mean, I think "it's funny" when, in The Bad Book, Terence takes off all his clothes. And when Horrid Henry shows his undies. But I would think to myself, "That is something I should not do".' Between juggling work, joint custody and the ordinar... read more
Meet the dazzling women of Paris: from Colette to Nancy Mitford; Marie Antoinette to Coco Chanel; Madame de Stael to Pamela Harriman; Napoleon’s Josephine to Edith Wharton. Rule-breakers and style-setters, demimondes and diplomats, these women were utterly diverse, yet all shared one common passion Paris, the world’s headquarters of femininity.At a turning point in her life, Lucinda Holdfort... read more
In 1629, the ship Batavia, pride of the Dutch East India Company, was wrecked on the edge of a coral archipelago, some fifty miles from the western coast of the Australian continent. Most of the nearly three hundred men, women and children on board escaped from drowning only to become victims of a psychopath who, with the help of a dozen followers, organized a methodical massacre of this haple... read more
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My goal is to guide writers to their best work, to coach them in eloquence and clarity, to lead them to their best stories and storytelling.
Proofreader and copyeditor with experience at St. Martin's Press and Penguin Random House. I love modern memoirs about wild adventures.