Directory of freelance editors

Editor: Irma Gold


BA in Professional Writing (UC)

Member of Children’s Book Council of Australia, Ambassador, ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.


  • Editing—Substantive/structural editing, copy editing, proofreading.
  • Other services—Project management, workshops on writing and editing, manuscript assessment and development.
  • Subject fields—Adult fiction (literary fiction and short fiction collections), children’s literature (picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction), memoir and autobiography, arts, culture, travel, anthologies
  • Media—Books (fiction and nonfiction), journals and magazines, newsletters, catalogues and brochures, exhibition text panels, grant proposals, press releases and marketing materials, and websites.

Specific projects

Literary fiction: We Ate the Road Like Vultures by Lynnette Lounsbury; Wisdom Tree by Nick Earls (series of five novellas: Gotham, Venice, Vancouver, Juneau, Noho, winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award).

Middle grade: Midnight Burial by Pauline Deeves; Amazing Grace by Stephanie Owen Reeder (NSW Premier’s Award winner).

Picture books: Sorry Day by Coral Vass; Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly, illustrated by Robert Ingpen (CBCA Award and ABIA Children’s Book of the Year Award winner).

Nonfiction: Australia’s Wild Weather by Mark Tredinnick; How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria (5th ed) by Ann Villiers (ACT Writing and Publishing Awards winner).

Arts organisations: Museum of Australian Democracy exhibition catalogues and text panels; Australian of the Year Awards catalogue.

Anthologies: The Invisible Thread: One Hundred Years of Words (official publication of the National Year of Reading and the Centenary of Canberra), The Sound of Silence: Journeys Through Miscarriage (ACT Writing and Publishing Awards winner).

Freelance editor since 1999. Previously in-house editor for National Library of Australia and National Archives of Australia. Currently Senior Editor at Melbourne publisher Inkerman & Blunt, and Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra since 2008.

Formerly editor of Muse, Canberra’s former monthly arts magazine, with an ongoing interest in all the arts. Also a published author of works for adults and children, so understands both sides of the editing process.