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Susan Pierotti

Susan Pierotti - Editor

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

As a 'sculptor' I craft your story. As an 'interpreter' I translate in your voice. As an 'invisible mender' I make your writing ZING!

Overview

I am a qualified editor, proofreader and writing professional. I love the power of the written word to connect people and record cultures. Apart from web content, e-newletters and other marketing materials, I really enjoy collaborating with authors to craft a better book. I have worked with several indie publishers on books ranging from forestry to science fiction.
My latest project has been to reduce to manageable size the 401,000-word memoir of a retired actress who has lived her whole life in the oldest house in Melbourne, Australia. Her memories date back to 1842, overseeing changes from a grand 19th century city to one of towering skyscrapers, marking the signs of progress with a lament for loss of community. As she is now 94, she left to me the editing, researching, finding a publisher, sourcing the images, organising the book launch and publicity. It's been a fantastic journey, and one I hope to repeat with other authors.

Services
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Design History Music Photography Travel
Fiction
Christian Classics Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Thriller

Awards

  • Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors

Work experience

Editor

Lola Russell's 'City Kid'
February, 2015 – November, 2015 (10 months)

Edited over 401,000 words to 90,000 of 94-year-old' family history and memoirs. Researched family history, drew family trees, organised publication, book launch and marketing.

Editor

Brolga Publishing
March, 2012 – February, 2015 (almost 3 years)

Edited fiction, fantasy, crime, non-fiction, memoirs

Founder/principal

Creative Text Solutions
January, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

Edit fiction/non-fiction for Brolga Publishing and Lothian Custom Publishers
Chief editor of Australian Strings Association magazine, Stringendo
Marketing materials for small businesses
Articles have appeared in numerous print and online music magazines, ishah magazine, Christian Woman magazine

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Hanging of Mary Ann

Angela Badger

A gripping story of power, deceit and passion. Based on the true story of Mary Ann whose case is thought to have brought about the Married Women’s Property Act. When Mary Ann inherits her family’s property, her husband soon begins selling off portions of the land without her consent. Not only does he cheat her of her birthright he then wants to bring his ‘fancy’ woman to live with them. Driven... read more

A gripping story of power, deceit and passion. Based on the true story of Mary Ann whose case is thought to have brought about the Married Women’s Property Act. When Mary Ann inherits her family’s property, her husband soon begins selling off portions of the land without her consent. Not only does he cheat her of her birthright he then wants to bring his ‘fancy’ woman to live with them. Driven... read more

Krystal

Judy Parkinson

Set in modern-day coastal New SouthWales,a part-time university lecturer receives a jolt from the past. Recalling the events leading up to the death of one beautiful girl, his story slowly unfolds, while intertwining with that of another. Who is Krystal, where did she come from, and why did she die? Within the authentically-conveyed lifestyle and conver- sations of thirty-something professiona... read more

Set in modern-day coastal New SouthWales,a part-time university lecturer receives a jolt from the past. Recalling the events leading up to the death of one beautiful girl, his story slowly unfolds, while intertwining with that of another. Who is Krystal, where did she come from, and why did she die? Within the authentically-conveyed lifestyle and conver- sations of thirty-something professiona... read more

Knowing Joey Field

Pauline Luke

By the time we drove into town a briny smelling fog had rolled in from the bay shrouding the buildings and street lamps and the air was filled with a mournful moaning. My feel good moment was immediately replaced by a sense of foreboding. Moving is never easy, and Matt and Stephie soon learn that life in Moody Bay is something else again. Matt is befriended by outsider Joey Field, who is belie... read more

By the time we drove into town a briny smelling fog had rolled in from the bay shrouding the buildings and street lamps and the air was filled with a mournful moaning. My feel good moment was immediately replaced by a sense of foreboding. Moving is never easy, and Matt and Stephie soon learn that life in Moody Bay is something else again. Matt is befriended by outsider Joey Field, who is belie... read more

Beloved on This Earth: Life, Love, Friendship and Living with Motor Neurone Disease

Cheryl Fong

Cheryl Fong's battles in life didn't begin with the onset of Motor Neurone Disease. In a starkly honest autobiography, she relates her story of hardship growing up in a country town with an exacting mother and a demanding father. Her nursing career in Darwin came to an abrupt end as she became the unmarried mother of a son in difficult circumstances. Surviving Cyclone Tracy and a failed first ... read more

Cheryl Fong's battles in life didn't begin with the onset of Motor Neurone Disease. In a starkly honest autobiography, she relates her story of hardship growing up in a country town with an exacting mother and a demanding father. Her nursing career in Darwin came to an abrupt end as she became the unmarried mother of a son in difficult circumstances. Surviving Cyclone Tracy and a failed first ... read more

Buddhas, Bombs and the Babu: A Family's Journey of Discovery Through the Spirit of Nepal

Kerry Tolson

Kerry's marriage is disintegrating and Sebastian is disconnected from his father. To save their rocky relationships, Kerry convinces her work-obsessed and over cautious husband Mal into taking a family holiday - wandering around Nepal is just what the three need. Kerry books nothing, plans little and anticipates a gentle 'hippy-trail' ramble. Instead, the family find themselves stumbling throu... read more

Kerry's marriage is disintegrating and Sebastian is disconnected from his father. To save their rocky relationships, Kerry convinces her work-obsessed and over cautious husband Mal into taking a family holiday - wandering around Nepal is just what the three need. Kerry books nothing, plans little and anticipates a gentle 'hippy-trail' ramble. Instead, the family find themselves stumbling throu... read more

City Kid

Lola Russell

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