Tom Flood is the administrator and editor/assessor of his own writers' service. He has been a writer, editor, copy editor and proofreader for many years and has experience in many areas of writing, from picture books to literary fiction and non-fiction. He has been a highly regarded assessor at Driftwood Manuscripts and at Manuscripts Online. He was Chief Fiction Judge for NSW Premiers Awards 2003 (and also judged in 1993) and has judged and been on selection panels for NSW Premiers Writers Fellowship, Sydney University Fiction Award, Harper Collins Manuscript Award, Varuna, A Writers House and the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival 2007. He has edited and proofread for McPhee Gribble and Penguin, launched books for Allen&Unwin, Angus&Robertson and many other publishers, and has read, taught, lectured and spoken on creative writing from Perth to Paris. As a writer, Tom's work has won The Miles Franklin Award, the Victorian Premiers Award, the Australian/Vogel Award and the Orange Banjo Paterson Short Story Award. His writing has been commissioned in collections, journals and newspapers in Australia, UK and USA, for screen, stage and radio, and is also exhibited in the National Museum of Australia. He is also a working musician/singer/songwriter in the acoustic roots group Blues Angels. 'Flood is bringing Australian fiction to a place where it might take ten or twenty years for most other writers to catch up.' Prof. Nicholas Birns, American Assoc. of Australian Lit. Studies, in Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. XXVII|Fall 2007, Dalkey Archive, University of Illinois, Ann Arbor, Ill. As an award-winning author, a literary judge, a teacher, editor and assessor, Tom has a knowledge and love of the craft of writing and brings exacting standards and, through his family, a lifetime of experience to the work before him, matching helpful criticism with empathy and respect for the work and its author.
Bryce Fegan 11:25 AM
Hi Tom. Thank you for your work. It looks great - just what I was after. The text is now with an illustrator and I estimate that it will be sent to a designer around mid-March. I have a few more manuscripts to be edited in the new year, so if you're still available, I might contact you again later in the new year. Thanks again.
I've been meaning to write to you about how I incorporated your "thoughts" into the final manuscript. You had many, but the one that really struck me was that I had not respected my compact with the reader. This was made especially worse by the fact that you were right. I was determined to fix that error. So, I rewrote the end. I do think it interesting that the whole edit took me less than two hours. It was as though the story was waiting for me to find it (with your help!)
I do feel very lucky to have you as my editor, Tom. Thanks for your honesty. I'm getting ready to start my next book (which may very well not be a sequel--I haven't decided yet). It's comforting to know that, whatever I decide, you'll be the one helping me get it right.
Julia York ('The God Bride') May 2015.
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Children's book editor especially interested in middle grade, YA, and chapter books. I've worked at Scholastic and Sky Pony Press.
Fantasy editor (for 10+ years) who has worked with bestsellers like Charlie N. Holmberg, Brian McClellan, and Heather Moore.