I was an editor at HarperCollins Publishers, Australia, for three and a half years. During that time I specialised in non-fiction -- including memoirs, true crime and illustrated books -- but I also have experience in young adult and children's fiction. I also have a Masters of Publishing degree from the University of Sydney.
But enough about me -- here's what I can do for YOU! To make your book the best it can be, I can help to improve the structure and logical flow of your work; ensure your ideas are being communicated as clearly and concisely as possible, while maintaining your style and tone; fix any inconsistencies; and take care of those nitty-gritty details like spelling, grammar and punctuation, so you can focus on the big picture.
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In October 2016, I moved to Düsseldorf, Germany, and a few months later began working as a freelance editor. My biggest client currently is HarperCollins Publishers, Australia, but I hope to be able to help more international clients in the near future.
As an editor at HarperCollins Publishers, I was responsible for project-managing titles from manuscript stage to the printed book. While this of course involved editing and proofreading, it also included a myriad other tasks that can go into making a book, including picture research, liaising with Design and applying for permissions.
At HCP, we were fortunate enough to work across all lists -- fiction, non-fiction and children's -- though I did have a special aptitude for non-fiction and specialised in works such as memoirs and cookbooks. I also thoroughly enjoyed working on young adult and children's fiction. In August 2015, the company decided to split the editorial department into divisions, and I began working exclusively with ABC Books, which solely publishes non-fiction.
One of the last books I worked on for ABC Books, and one I am particularly proud of, is Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Grieve. This became a bestseller in Australia, and the movie rights to the book have since been bought by Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts.
As a publishing assistant, I provided administrative and editorial support to the Non-Fiction Publishing department. In this role I liaised with just about every department in the company -- Contracts, Marketing, Publicity, Design, Production, Finance -- which gave me a very good overall understanding of the publishing industry, and the many factors that go into creating a successful book.
Penguin the Magpie is the extraordinary true story of recovery, hope, and courage as one injured bird and her human family learn to heal and celebrate life, featuring the gorgeous photography of Cameron Bloom and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Day Book Bradley Trevor Greive.People around the world have fallen in love with Penguin the Magpie, a global s... read more
Five teenagers. Five lives. One final year. The school captain: Ryan has it all...or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now? The newcomer: Charlie's just moved interstate and she's determined not to fit in. She's just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her ... read more
"It's always about the food." A generous, warm-hearted book, The Feast Goes On features the best-loved and most delicious recipes and stories from the heart and soul of the Jewish community right across Australia. Created by the same six women - the 'sisterhood' - of the bestselling Monday Morning Cooking Club cookbook, it speaks of a community drawn together by food, telling intimate and movi... read more
The second book in this hilariously spooky and spookily hilarious new middle-grade series Benjamin Roy is now a zombie ... well, a half-zombie to be exact. The trouble is he can't tell anyone about his new infrared vision and super-speed. Not even his best friend, Sophie. 'Cause he's pretty sure the government or the police or, even worse, his parents will lock him up if they find out. But the... read more
Twelve extraordinary tales of crime and punishment: a collection of true crime writing by New Zealand's award-winning master of non-fiction. A court is a chamber of questions. Who, when, why, what happened and exactly how - these are issues of psychology and the soul, they're general to the human condition, with its infinite capacity to cause pain. A brutal murder of a wife and daughter ... A ... read more
A fantastically funny collection of motoring trivia, tales and quizzes, from the bestselling author of Total Lemons and Total Wheelspin.. total Leadfoot is the book version of hanging out with your mates - having a laugh, shooting the breeze, and pondering life's big questions. Dyou know your Lada from your Frisky? Are cup holders the most moronic things or an essential part of the driving exp... read more
Great Australian stories of faith and friendship in outback Australia, gathered by the inimitable Bill 'Swampy' Marsh - bestselling author of Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories and Great Australian CWA Stories. 'the term "Bible bashing" took on new meaning in our household ... Mum used to suffer from bunions; that is until she started bashing them with the heavy family Bible, believing the... read more
From the successful cooking school and popular TV show, Sachie's Kitchen celebrates Japanese cuisine with authentic yet simple to prepare recipes. Inspired by tradition, informed by modern fusion trends, fun and full of taste - Sachie's Kitchen celebrates Japanese cooking with authentic yet simple to prepare recipes. Based on Sachie's successful cooking school and tV series, this is the perfec... read more
Fabulous yarns and memories of going to school and teaching in the Outback. If your teacher commuted to school in a plane; if you had to watch out for rogue bulls rather than traffic; if your daily pick-up was done by a horse - you probably went to an outback school. this collection of more than sixty stories, gathered by Bill 'Swampy' Marsh in his travels across Australia, perfectly captures ... read more
Practicing psychologist Sarah Edelman clearly lays out how to use CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations. By following the practical, easy-to-follow exercises and examples, you can take control of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and find more positive ways of dealing with life's hurdles-and a happier you.Change Your Thinking will teach ... read more
Beautifully and economically written, this is one of those books that touches your heart, stays with you long after you've finished the final page and says so much about the human condition - and all through three endearing and memorable characters. Heat. Drought. Dust storms. More people missing every day. the city turning into a ghost town. these are not the only dangers for George and his l... read more
BONDI HARVEST brings you the very best of sundrenched, simple, delicious and healthy Australian food and flavours from the most beautiful beach in the world. With a style that sits somewhere between a young Jamie Oliver and a Corona ad, Guy Turland (chef, surfer, free-diver and YouTube cooking sensation) captures the easy, laidback, sundrenched essence of Bondi Beach. His recipes are chock-a-b... read more
Ready to live your dream life?You know that sneaky voice inside your head telling you that you’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, whatever enough? That’s your Mean Girl. And she’s doing her best to keep you stuck in Fear Town, too scared to go after the life you always imagined. But enough’s enough! Melissa Ambrosini has made a life beyond her wildest dreams, all by mastering her... read more
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A highly proficient and reliable copy editor and proofreader, with over 10 years' experience from some of the UK's leading book publishers.
Experienced freelance book editor with an interest in literary fiction and general-interest nonfiction, especially memoir.