Sucheta Raj

Sucheta Raj - Editor

Melbourne VIC, Australia

Children's and YA specialist with in-house experience at Allen & Unwin and interests in fantasy, sci-fi and #OwnVoices!

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Overview

Does your manuscript need a second set of eyes? Whether it’s big-picture structural work or line by line copy edits, I'm here to help!

I would love to use my in-house knowledge from my time in trade and indie publishing houses to collaborate with you and take your novel to the next level. As an editor, I have worked with both established and first-time authors in the Australian and international market and have taken their words from manuscript to bookstore. I am adept at implementing house styles, meeting tight deadlines and working with my authors to meet their goals. Let's get to the heart of your story!

My main specialty is children's and young adult fiction, but I also enjoy working on fantasy and sci-fi novels as well. I would love to collaborate with #OwnVoices creators and help develop their stories. The services I am currently offering are developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading and manuscript assessments.

I look forward to working with you!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
August, 2022 – Present (4 months)

I provide freelance manuscript assessment, editing and proofreading services.

Editor

Allen & Unwin
June, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

As an editor, I have project-managed many titles from manuscript to book and have developed, copyedited and proofed picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade titles and YA novels. I have the pleasure to work with award-winning and bestselling authors such as Garth Nix, Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, Anh Do, E. Lockhart, Leigh Hobbs, Alison Lester and more.

Editorial Assistant

Allen & Unwin (Books for Children and Young Adults)
August, 2018 – June, 2020 (almost 2 years)

After joining the Allen & Unwin Children's and YA team in Melbourne, I have project-managed titles from manuscript to book, repackaged and reformatted existing titles, provided editorial feedback on acquisitions and submissions, assisted with copyedits and proofreads, worked with international publishing houses on buy-ins and assisted in other editorial tasks as needed.

Sales and Marketing Assistant

Allen & Unwin (NZ)
February, 2018 – August, 2018 (6 months)

At the Allen & Unwin NZ office I assisted with key account Christmas presentations and roadshows, created and managed social media accounts, designed marketing collateral, organised bookstore campaigns, arranged print and digital media reviews, published newsletters and supported local and international authors at literary festivals.

Freelance Publishing Assistant

Mākaro Press
July, 2017 – December, 2017 (5 months)

At Mākaro Press, I edited and proofread a range of titles including memoir, fiction, young adult and children's fiction, created marketing/publicity strategies and collateral and typeset poetry books.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing

Whitireia, New Zealand
February, 2017 – November, 2017 (9 months)

During this course, I worked on real publications in editor, typesetter, marketing/publicity manager and project manager roles while also learning from and working with industry professionals.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Flipper and Finnegan - The True Story of How Tiny Jumpers Saved Little Penguins

Sophie Cunningham, Anil Tortop

From the bestselling creators of Tippy & Jellybean - The True Story of the Brave Koala who Saved Her Baby From a Bushfire, this affirming and delightful tale is based on a true story of animal rescue and community cooperation.Flipper and Finnegan live on a beautiful island. Every morning they hunt for fish in the clear blue ocean waters.Every evening they waddle up the beach together with all ... read more

From the bestselling creators of Tippy & Jellybean - The True Story of the Brave Koala who Saved Her Baby From a Bushfire, this affirming and delightful tale is based on a true story of animal rescue and community cooperation.Flipper and Finnegan live on a beautiful island. Every morning they hunt for fish in the clear blue ocean waters.Every evening they waddle up the beach together with all ... read more

Get Me Out of Here!

Pauline Deeves, Brent Wilson

Full of crims, crooks and rascally runaways, this fun and light-hearted non-fiction title is a colourful celebration of our convict pastMeet the convicts behind Australia's most rascally, dastardly prison escapes. Gifted geniuses or total goofballs? You be the judge! Featuring Moondyne Joe, Mary Bryant, and a guy who put on a kangaroo skin and hopped away (literally), this fun and engaging col... read more

Full of crims, crooks and rascally runaways, this fun and light-hearted non-fiction title is a colourful celebration of our convict pastMeet the convicts behind Australia's most rascally, dastardly prison escapes. Gifted geniuses or total goofballs? You be the judge! Featuring Moondyne Joe, Mary Bryant, and a guy who put on a kangaroo skin and hopped away (literally), this fun and engaging col... read more

It's Not You, It's Me

Gabrielle Williams

A literally life-changing novel about time travel, soulmates and serial killers that asks a very big question: Can you ever change your fate? This is award-winning YA author Gabrielle Williams' most surprising, ambitious and dexterous book yet.Holly Fitzgerald has inexplicably woken up inside the body of an LA teenager called Trinity Byrne in 1980 - trapping Trinity in Holly's forty-year-old b... read more

A literally life-changing novel about time travel, soulmates and serial killers that asks a very big question: Can you ever change your fate? This is award-winning YA author Gabrielle Williams' most surprising, ambitious and dexterous book yet.Holly Fitzgerald has inexplicably woken up inside the body of an LA teenager called Trinity Byrne in 1980 - trapping Trinity in Holly's forty-year-old b... read more

Four Dead Queens

Astrid Scholte

Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara's most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara's queens being murdered. With no other choices and on the run from he... read more

Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara's most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara's queens being murdered. With no other choices and on the run from he... read more

League of Liars

Astrid Scholte

Four teenagers charged with the illegal use of magic get together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. A thrilling YA fantasy novel full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Shadow and Bone.Shadows are dangerous. Edem is illegal. And liars are cowards.Ever since his mother was killed in a freak edem-based crime, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal: to have ille... read more

Four teenagers charged with the illegal use of magic get together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. A thrilling YA fantasy novel full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Shadow and Bone.Shadows are dangerous. Edem is illegal. And liars are cowards.Ever since his mother was killed in a freak edem-based crime, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal: to have ille... read more

The Vanishing Deep

Astrid Scholte

Two sisters. One dangerous secret. Twenty-four hours to uncover the truth.Seventeen-year-old Tempest was born into a world of water. The most skilled diver on the Equinox Reef, she searches drowned cities with her older sister Elysea, seeking out old world treasures to trade for Notes. After Elysea mysteriously drowns, Tempest scavenges the ruins alone, driven to collect enough Notes to buy he... read more

Two sisters. One dangerous secret. Twenty-four hours to uncover the truth.Seventeen-year-old Tempest was born into a world of water. The most skilled diver on the Equinox Reef, she searches drowned cities with her older sister Elysea, seeking out old world treasures to trade for Notes. After Elysea mysteriously drowns, Tempest scavenges the ruins alone, driven to collect enough Notes to buy he... read more

Sugar Town Queens

Malla Nunn

Fifteen-year-old Amandla's mother has always been strange. For starters, she's a white woman living in Sugar Town, one of South Africa's infamous shanty towns. She won't tell anyone, not even Amandla, about her past. And she has visions, including ones that promise the return of Amandla's father as if he were a prince in a fairytale, but their hardscrabble life is no fairytale. Amandla knows h... read more

Fifteen-year-old Amandla's mother has always been strange. For starters, she's a white woman living in Sugar Town, one of South Africa's infamous shanty towns. She won't tell anyone, not even Amandla, about her past. And she has visions, including ones that promise the return of Amandla's father as if he were a prince in a fairytale, but their hardscrabble life is no fairytale. Amandla knows h... read more

When the Ground is Hard

Malla Nunn

Adele loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school will be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn't pray and defies teachers' orders. As they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior an... read more

Adele loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school will be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn't pray and defies teachers' orders. As they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior an... read more

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Garth Nix

From the bestselling author of Angel Mage, this ABIA winner set in 1980s London follows one girl's quest to find her father, leading her to a secret society of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World when it disastrously intrudes into the modern world.WINNER: 2021 ABIA Book of the Year for Older ChildrenEighteen-year-old art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in sea... read more

From the bestselling author of Angel Mage, this ABIA winner set in 1980s London follows one girl's quest to find her father, leading her to a secret society of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World when it disastrously intrudes into the modern world.WINNER: 2021 ABIA Book of the Year for Older ChildrenEighteen-year-old art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in sea... read more

The Champ: The Champ 1

Anh Do, Dave Atze

From spectator to superstar, that's The Champ! A brilliant new series from number one bestselling author Anh Do.Summer loves sport. She would love to charge down the field towards an open goal, or soar through the air over the basket. She would love to be part of a team. But instead she always seems to be the last one picked.That is until the day her life changes forever... Until the day Summe... read more

From spectator to superstar, that's The Champ! A brilliant new series from number one bestselling author Anh Do.Summer loves sport. She would love to charge down the field towards an open goal, or soar through the air over the basket. She would love to be part of a team. But instead she always seems to be the last one picked.That is until the day her life changes forever... Until the day Summe... read more

Friends Fur-ever: Smarty Pup 1

Anh Do, Anton Emdin

The first ever full-colour adventure from mega-bestselling author Anh Do. Smarty Pup is PAWSOME!Hi! My name is Lily.Nothing exciting every happens to me.Right now, I have a potato in my schoolbag because it was the most interesting thing I could find for show-and-tell.But all that's going to change now that we are getting a dog... Lily's new pup JJ is kind of clumsy, but something about his sm... read more

The first ever full-colour adventure from mega-bestselling author Anh Do. Smarty Pup is PAWSOME!Hi! My name is Lily.Nothing exciting every happens to me.Right now, I have a potato in my schoolbag because it was the most interesting thing I could find for show-and-tell.But all that's going to change now that we are getting a dog... Lily's new pup JJ is kind of clumsy, but something about his sm... read more

Guardians: Wylah the Koorie Warrior 1

Jordan Gould, Richard Pritchard

Meet Wylah: warrior, hero and friend. Her adventures have been 40,000 years in the making!Wylah is brave, clever and strong-willed, and all her best friends are giant megafauna animals. But she isn't a warrior. Not yet, anyway.Then comes the day when her family is stolen by the dragon army, and her life is forever changed. She must find the courage to set out on a journey to save them. What wi... read more

Meet Wylah: warrior, hero and friend. Her adventures have been 40,000 years in the making!Wylah is brave, clever and strong-willed, and all her best friends are giant megafauna animals. But she isn't a warrior. Not yet, anyway.Then comes the day when her family is stolen by the dragon army, and her life is forever changed. She must find the courage to set out on a journey to save them. What wi... read more

Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid: The Super Life of Ben Braver 2

Marcus Emerson

Ben Braver: Hero or Hoax?Even though Ben Braver saved Kepler Academy from total destruction last year, he knows he still doesn't fit in at his secret school for kids with special abilities.His super skills still haven't kicked in and keeping it a secret is getting harder. And with a well-meaning fan club, scheming school bullies and nightmares about worm-eaters, Ben's got his hands full making... read more

Ben Braver: Hero or Hoax?Even though Ben Braver saved Kepler Academy from total destruction last year, he knows he still doesn't fit in at his secret school for kids with special abilities.His super skills still haven't kicked in and keeping it a secret is getting harder. And with a well-meaning fan club, scheming school bullies and nightmares about worm-eaters, Ben's got his hands full making... read more

Cuckoo's Flight

Wendy Orr

If she had stayed to load the kiln as she should have, she'd never have seen the ship. Mama said the ship still would have been there, so everything had to happen the way it did. But that's not true. Clio saw it, and the world changed. When a raiders' ship appears off the coast, the goddess demands an unthinkable price to save the town - and Clio's grandmother creates a sacred statue to save C... read more

If she had stayed to load the kiln as she should have, she'd never have seen the ship. Mama said the ship still would have been there, so everything had to happen the way it did. But that's not true. Clio saw it, and the world changed. When a raiders' ship appears off the coast, the goddess demands an unthinkable price to save the town - and Clio's grandmother creates a sacred statue to save C... read more

The Raven's Song

Bren MacDibble, Zana Fraillon

A wonderful children's novel by two stellar writers featuring Shelby and Phoenix, living 100 years apart yet unexpectedly joined across time - and each make the discovery of a lifetime that has the potential to upend their worlds.We've been told over and over we're the generation that waits for the world to recover. We endure the heat. We endure the storms, the wrecking floods, the long drough... read more

A wonderful children's novel by two stellar writers featuring Shelby and Phoenix, living 100 years apart yet unexpectedly joined across time - and each make the discovery of a lifetime that has the potential to upend their worlds.We've been told over and over we're the generation that waits for the world to recover. We endure the heat. We endure the storms, the wrecking floods, the long drough... read more

Welcome to Paradise: Wolf Girl 8

Anh Do, Lachlan Creagh

Wolf Girl and her trusty pack are in for a really WILD adventure!Wolf Girl and her pack have escaped their enemies' clutches - only to find themselves in a canoe hurtling down a croc-infested river towards a terrifying waterfall!But saving themselves from certain death is only the beginning! Soon after, the pack is marooned on a mysterious island filled with wild animals. Why does it exist? An... read more

Wolf Girl and her trusty pack are in for a really WILD adventure!Wolf Girl and her pack have escaped their enemies' clutches - only to find themselves in a canoe hurtling down a croc-infested river towards a terrifying waterfall!But saving themselves from certain death is only the beginning! Soon after, the pack is marooned on a mysterious island filled with wild animals. Why does it exist? An... read more

Rock 'n' Roll: The Champ 2

Anh Do, Dave Atze

From spectator to superstar, that's The Champ! Summer is back for another fast-paced and funny adventure.Summer used to always be picked last for a sports team, but one day her life changed forever. Now she has the skills of the greatest sports stars who ever lived. Now she is THE CHAMP!When everyone's favourite rock band is kidnapped by the mysterious Book Witch, it's up to Summer and her sid... read more

From spectator to superstar, that's The Champ! Summer is back for another fast-paced and funny adventure.Summer used to always be picked last for a sports team, but one day her life changed forever. Now she has the skills of the greatest sports stars who ever lived. Now she is THE CHAMP!When everyone's favourite rock band is kidnapped by the mysterious Book Witch, it's up to Summer and her sid... read more

Sabriel 25th Anniversary Edition

Garth Nix

Garth Nix's masterwork is a compelling high fantasy, the gripping story of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic.WINNER: 1995 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Best YA Novel & Best Fantasy NovelWINNER: 1996 American Library Association Award, Best Book for Young Adults... read more

Garth Nix's masterwork is a compelling high fantasy, the gripping story of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic.WINNER: 1995 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Best YA Novel & Best Fantasy NovelWINNER: 1996 American Library Association Award, Best Book for Young Adults... read more

Sucheta has 3 reviews

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Danae Thorp
Suchet's edit was very useful. She paid a lot of attention to details, characters, plot, dialogue etc and made comments on every chapter. Her recommendations were thought provoking and were understood. I appreciated the fact that she was honest and wants me to produce a high quality manuscript for publishing.

Danae Thorp, October 2022


Karen Davis
Sucheta Raj is a lovely person with a good sence of humour. I enjoyed working with her and will do so again.

Karen Davis, October 2022


Rose Gaspard
I really enjoyed working with Sucheta. Communication is very important to me and she was a great communicator. Her assessment was thorough and the feedback was constructive. She has a wonderful way of teaching and maintaining a writer's self esteem and self confidence. This is often rare in the publishing world. Her fees did not break the bank either, as a self published author, that is very im...
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Rose Gaspard, October 2022

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