Rachel Dennis

Rachel Dennis – Editor

Editor/copy editor/proofreader/general wrangler of words, specialising in non-fiction and YA.


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.

Nothing gets me going in the morning quite like being able to help an author deliver their ideas with clarity and flair. Together, let's make your words sing.
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Inspirational Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement True Crime
Middle Grade Short Story Young Adult
English (AUS) English (UK)
  • Masters of Publishing, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney

Work experience


Dec, 2016 — Present

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.

HarperCollins Publishers, Australia

Nov, 2012 — Mar, 2016 (over 3 years)

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.

HarperCollins Publishers, Australia

Feb, 2011 — Nov, 2012 (over 1 year)

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.


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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 t... read more
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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 interst... read more
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Andrew C.

Andrew C.

Aug, 2017

An honest and objective editor.

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