So you’ve always wanted to write a book? Or you’ve written your book and you’re not sure where to go from here?
Let me offer you some practical publishing ideas, advice about your writing, and constructive editing.
I promise to offer a kind and candid solution for your editing and copywriting needs.
How can I help you?
Send me a sample of your writing and I’ll provide FREE feedback on the first 250 words.
What is my point of difference?
I offer honest and reasoned feedback to authors, gently and constructively. This means I provide a kind and candid solution for your editing and copywriting needs, supplying explanatory notes about my recommendations. I know that it can be very confronting for an author to open up their work to others, seeking critical feedback, so I am deliberately respectful of the process as well as the person.
I believe in the philosophy of ‘giving back’. For instance, I worked pro bono when I edited a compilation of twenty-five biographies in the publication, Eighteen Point Five. The opportunity to work with John Duthie and his international team of writers gave me the avenue to showcase my work; also, I believe my experience working with people with disabilities and their extended networks suited me to the task.
Working with emerging talent
I frequently provide feedback and advice to emerging writers regarding their work and their pathway to publishing, and have been a resource to post-secondary students seeking to improve their communication skills.
How did I become an editor and copywriter?
Years of formal academic study, combined with over thirty years in the workforce, nurtured a range of skills – including providing strategic advice and designing communications for senior personnel. Specifically, I developed expertise in editing (structural and copyediting), and copywriting (content, correspondence).
During the last five years, I have sharpened my focus to writing and helping other writers, through copywriting and editing. After completing professional development in the field of editing, I officially stepped into the role of freelance editor. Since 2017, I have experience working with authors of both fiction (short stories, poetry, novels) and non-fiction (memoirs, recipe books, self-development, management). The end result? I have contributed to the publishing of more than a hundred manuscripts in the last five years.
What do I write about?
Anything! I love to research a topic, collect different points of view, and summarise what I find. One of my favourite topics is writing about my cohort. That is, women; in particular, women ‘of a certain age’ who often express dismay about becoming invisible, unnoticed, as they age. So in response to this sentiment, I have started to collect some great stories that I hope you’ll enjoy reading.
I also love to write tips and hints for your writing. I hope you enjoy my own story about being an avid reader as a child.
Most recently, I have started to compose Easy Read documents, working with Inspired Services. Easy Read is a method of presenting written information to make it easier to understand for people with difficulty reading. Therefore, it aims to meet the needs of people who are not familiar with English, or who have low literacy or learning disability.
I love learning and have attended universities in three Australian states, studying English Literature, European languages, social work, public sector management, editing and publishing, business management, teaching English to speakers of other (ie non-English) languages, training and assessment. So, as a perpetual student, I continue to learn.
Contact me for editing or copywriting assistance
MOB: 0403 021 176
Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Editors (IPED) and the UK Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)