Sally McInnes

Sally McInnes - Editor

Melbourne VIC, Australia

An award-winning editor of information books for adults and young people. Major areas include environment, animals, science and education.

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I have edited non-fiction books for adults and children, government reports, school textbooks, newsletters and websites. My topics of interest reflect prior work experience in environmental conservation, animal management and education. I have a Master's Degree in Agriculture (Animal Science) and qualifications in Writing and Editing and in Education. I am also skilled in formatting text using Microsoft Word and InDesign.

I aim to ensure your message is clear, logical and accessible to your readers. I achieve this by checking the elements of style, grammar, vocabulary, structure, illustration, layout and overall suitability of the language for the particular target audience. If required, I will evaluate the structure of a text, its length and the use of headings. My approach to editing involves making changes when there are small errors, through to suggestion for larger changes when these can improve the clarity of your message. At all stages of the edit I seek to preserve the author's style and voice, and no changes in wording are made without the author's approval (although I might try hard to convince them otherwise!).
English (AUS)
English (UK)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
Physics & Chemistry


  • Accredited Editor, Institute of Professional Editors, Australia & NZ, since 2016
  • Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, 2013
  • Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Science, Biology, Chemistry), 2000
  • Master of Agricultural Science (Animal Science), 1989
  • Registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, since 2001


  • Editor of 'Hold On!' Saving the Spotted Handfish, by Gina Newton, nominated for the 2021 Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Children's Book Council of Australia.

Work experience

Freelance Editor

July, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

During the past five years I have completed projects across a wide range of genres and topics related to my background in science, including agriculture, animal science, environment and education.
Major work has included the following:
Cambridge University Press: Series of Science textbooks for junior secondary school (covering Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Evolution, Earth Science, Ecology).
CSIRO Australia: Three books, see Portfolio for details.
Pearson Education Australia: Chemistry textbooks for senior secondary school.
Designed Learning: Resources for teaching literacy for primary school teachers.
Insight Publications Australia: Senior secondary school trial Chemistry exams.
Academic editing: Master of Agricultural Science theses; scientific research papers and abstracts.

Secondary school teacher, science and mathematics

Department of Education, Victoria
February, 2001 – September, 2002 (over 1 year)

Taught in the subjects of senior school Chemistry and junior school Science and Mathematics.

Project and Policy Officer

Victorian State Government, Departments of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources.
December, 1994 – December, 1999 (about 5 years)

Projects in land management and integrated catchment planning. Collection of data by interview of landholders and consultation with local government, statutory authorities and environmental groups. Extensive writing of reports for both government and public audiences. Preparation of collateral materials such as correspondence, brochures and press releases.

Project and Policy Officer

Department of Planning and Environment, Victoria
September, 1989 – September, 1991 (about 2 years)

Research of rural land use planning issues; preparation of issues document; public consultation and development of policy options.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Hold On!: Saving the Spotted Handfish

Newton, Gina M., Tribout, Rachel

Cambridge Science for Queensland Year 8

Dale, Gemma, Shaw, Victoria, Humphreys, Christopher, Roberts, Evan

Cambridge Science for Western Australia Year 7 (Australian Secondary Science)

Reid, Brodie, Shaw, Victoria, Humphreys, Christopher, Roberts, Evan, Dale, Gemma

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